UNESCO World Heritage sites in India

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Here is the list of top UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. 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. As of now there are 38 world Heritage sites in India. 30 cultural sites and 8 natural sites.

Cultural Sites

Sr. No.Name Of The SiteState
01Ajanta Caves (1983)Maharashtra
02Ellora Caves (1983)Maharashtra
03Agra Fort (1983)Uttar Pradesh
04Taj Mahal (1983)Uttar Pradesh
05Sun Temple, Konarak (1984)Odisha
06Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984)Tamil Nadu
07Churches and Convents of Goa (1986)Goa
08Group of Temples, Pattadakal (1987)Karnataka
09Group of Monuments, Fatehpur Sikri (1986)Uttar Pradesh
10Group of Temples, Khajuraho (1986)Madhya Pradesh
11Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986)Karnataka
12Elephanta Caves ( 1987)Maharashtra
13Great Living Chola temples at Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram (1987 & 2004)Tamil Nadu
14Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)Madhya Pradesh
15Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993)Delhi
16Qutb Minar Complex, Delhi (1993)Delhi
17Prehistoric Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)Madhya Pradesh
18Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (2004)Gujrat
19Red Fort Complex, Delhi (2007)Delhi
20Hill Forts of Rajasthan (Chittaurgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer and Ranthambhore, Amber and Gagron Forts) (2013)
Note: Amber and Gagron Forts are under protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums
21Rani ki Vav (2014)Gujrat
22Mountain Railway of India (Darjeeling,1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla(2008)West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh
23Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (2004)Maharashtra
24Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya (2002)Bihar
25Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)Rajasthan
26Archaeological sites of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda (2016)Bihar
27Architectural work of Le Corbusier (2016)Chandigarh
28Historic City of Ahmedabad (2017)Gujarat
29The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (2018)Maharashtra
30Jaipur (Pink City) (2019)Rajasthan

Natural Sites

Sr. No.Name Of The SiteState
31Kaziranga National Park (1985)Assam
32Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985)Assam
33Keoladeo National Park (1985)Rajasthan
34Sunderban National Park (1987)West Bengal
35Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988, 2005)Uttarakhand
36Western Ghats (2012)Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu
37Great Himalayan National Park (2014)Himachal Pradesh
38Khangchendzonga National Park (2016)Sikkim

FAQS for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

1. How many UNESCO World Heritage sites are in India?

Presently, there are 38 World Heritage Sites located in India. India has the sixth largest number of sites in the world.

2. Which state has highest Unesco World Heritage Sites in India?

Currently, Maharashtra has total five Unesco World Heritage Sites and this number is highest among all states and UTs in India. The sites include Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco buildings of South Mumbai.

3. Which city is known as Heritage city of India?

Explore India´s first World Heritage City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The city of Ahmedabad is endowed with a rich architectural heritage that is vital to the local identity and continuity of the place.

Manish Aggarwal
Founder of edumo, Educator, BCA Graduate, Educational Content Writer

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