UNESCO World Heritage in India

08 May 2017, Manish Padhi

There are 35 (27 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed) World Heritage Sites in India that are recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as on July 2016.
These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.
The Convention concerning the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted on 17 November 1972 following the General Conference of the UNESCO held from 17 October 1972 to 21 November 1972. 


India’s first two sites inscribed on the list at the Seventh Session of the World Heritage held in 1983 were the Agra Fort and the Ajanta Caves. 

List of Cultural Sites (27)
 

Name State Year
Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) Nalanda, Bihar 2016
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement Chandigarh 2016
Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) Patan ,Gujarat 2014
Hill Forts of Rajasthan Chittorgarh; Kumbhalgarh; Sawai Madhopur; Jhalawar; Jaipur, and Jaisalmer (Rajastahan) 2013
The Jantar Mantar Jaipur,Rajastahan 2010
Red Fort Complex Delhi 2007
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park Panchmahal,Gujarat 2004
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) Mumbai,Maharashtra 2004
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka Madhya Pradesh 2003
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya  Bihar 2002
Mountain Railways of India India 1999
Humayun's Tomb Delhi 1993
Qutb Minar and its Monuments Delhi 1993
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Bihar 1989
Elephanta Caves Mumbai,Maharashtra 1987
Great Living Chola Temples Thanjavur,Tamil Nadu 1987
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal Karnataka 1987
Churches and Convents of Goa Goa 1986
Fatehpur Sikri Agra,Uttar Pradesh 1986
Group of Monuments at Hampi Karnataka 1986
Khajuraho Group of Monuments Madhya Pradesh 1986
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Kancheepuram,Tamil Nadu 1984
Sun Temple, Konârak Odisha 1984
Agra Fort Agra,Uttar Pradesh 1983
Ajanta Caves Aurangabad,Maharashtra 1983
Ellora Caves Maharashtra 1983
Taj Mahal  Agra,Uttar Pradesh 1983

 
List of Natural Sites (7) : 

Name State Year
Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area  Himachal Pradesh 2014
Western Ghats India 2012
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks Uttarakhand 1988
Sundarbans National Park West Bengal 1987
Kaziranga National Park Assam 1985
Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan 1985
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary Assam 1985

 
List of Mixed Site(1) :

Name State Year
Khangchendzonga National Park Sikkim 2016

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