List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

As designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Presently, there are 38 World Heritage Sites in India . These include 30 cultural sites7 natural sites and 1 mixed-criteria site.

UNESCO & World Heritage Sites

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. 

A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by UNESCO for its special cultural or physical significance. The list of World Heritage Sites is maintained by the international ‘World Heritage Programme’, administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

CULTURAL SITES (30 Nos):

S.NoStateWorld Heritage Site
1BiharMahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, (2002)
2BiharArchaeological Site of NalandaMahavihara(Nalanda University) at Nalanda (2016)
3ChandigarhThe Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
4DelhiHumayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993)
5DelhiQutub Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993)
6DelhiRed Fort Complex, Delhi (2007)
7GoaChurches and Convents of Goa (1986)
8GujaratChampaner-Pavagarh Archaeological Park (2004)
9GujaratRani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan (2014)
10GujaratHistoric City of Ahmedabad (2017)
11.AHimachal PradeshMountain Railways of India – Darjeeling (1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla (2008)
12KarnatakaGroup of Monuments at Hampi (1986)
13KarnatakaGroup of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987)
14Madhya PradeshKhajuraho, Group of Temples (1986)
15Madhya PradeshBuddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)
16Madhya PradeshRock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)
17MaharashtraAjanta Caves (1983)
18MaharashtraEllora Caves (1983)
19MaharashtraElephanta Caves ( 1987)
20MaharashtraChhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004)
21MaharashtraVictorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (2018)
22OdishaSun Temple, Konark (1984)
23RajasthanThe Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)
24RajasthanHill Forts of RajasthanKumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer and Ranthambhore, Amber and Gagron Forts) (2013)
25RajasthanJaipur City, Rajasthan (2019)
26Tamil NaduGreat Living Chola Temples at Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram (1987 & 2004)
27Uttar PradeshAgra Fort (1983)
28Uttar PradeshTaj Mahal (1983)
29Uttar PradeshFatehpurSikri (1986)
30Tamil NaduGroup of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984)
11.BTamil NaduMountain Railways of India Darjeeling,(1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla (2008)
11.CWest BengalMountain Railways of India Darjeeling,(1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla (2008)

NATURAL SITES: (7 Nos.)

Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

31.Kaziranga National Park (1985)Assam
32.Keoladeo National Park (1985)Rajasthan
33.Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985)Assam
34.Sunderbans National Park (1987)West Bengal
35.Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988, 2005)Uttarakhand
36.Western Ghats (2012)Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu
37Great Himalayan National Park (2014)Himachal Pradesh

MIXED SITE: (1 No)

Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

38.Khangchendzonga National Park (2016)Sikkim

Dholavira: A Harappan City’ has been submitted for nomination of World Heritage Site in 2019-2020. Nomination dossiers of ‘Santiniketan, India’ and ‘Sacred Ensemble of Hoysalas’ have been submitted to UNESCO for the year 2021-22 cycle.

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