UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India


India has a very glorious past. Contribution of India to the world’s art, crafts, sculptures, science, architecture, festivals, dance, Ayurveda, Yoga, meditation, languages have been tremendous. It is evident from it’s cultural and spiritual heritage. Here follows the list of such monuments and natural wonders of India, which have been recognized by the UNESCO as world’s heritage.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of special cultural or physical significance. There are 38 World Heritage Sites located in India. Out of them, 30 are cultural sites, seven natural sites and one is mixed-criteria site. India has the sixth largest number of sites in the world while China and Italy have the highest number of World Heritage Sites, both with 55 entries.

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are classified in three groups.

  1. UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site,
  2. UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site,
  3. UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Site.

UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site

S.No.Name of the SiteYear of Notificiation
1Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam1985
2Kaziranga National Park, Assam1985
3Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan1985
4Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal1987
5Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttarakhand1988
6Western Ghats, Western Coast of India2012
7Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Himachal Pradesh2014

UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site

S.NoName of the SiteStateYear of Notificiation
1Taj Mahal, AgraU. P.1983
2Agra Fort, AgraU. P.1983
3Ellora CavesMaharasthra1983
4Ajanta CavesMaharasthra1983
5Group of Monuments at MahabalipuramTamil Nadu1984
6Sun Temple, Konarak Odisha1984
7Churches and Convents of GoaGoa1986
8Fatehpur SikriU. P.1986
9Group of Monuments at Hampi Karnataka1986
10Khajuraho Group of MonumentsM. P.1986
11Elephanta CavesMaharasthra1987
12Great Living Chola TemplesTamil Nadu1987, 2004 (Ext.)
13Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Badami Karnataka1987
14Buddhist Monuments at SanchiM. P.1989
15Humayun’s TombNew Delhi1993
16Qutb Minar and its MonumentsNew Delhi1993
17Mountain Railways of IndiaW. Bengal, Tamil Nadu, H. P.1999, 2005, 2008 (Ext.)
18Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Bodh GayaBihar2002
19Rock Shelters of BhimbetkaM. P.2003
20Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, MumbaiMaharasthra2004
21Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological ParkGujrat2004
22Red Fort ComplexNew Delhi2007
23Jantar Mantar, JaipurRajasthan2010
24Hill Forts of RajasthanRajasthan2013
25Rani-ki-Vav (Queen’s Stepwell), PatanGujrat2014
26Archaeological Site of Mahavihara at NalandaBihar2016
27The Complexe du Capitole, ChandigarhChandigarh2016
28Historic City of Ahmadabad Gujrat2017
29Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of MumbaiMaharasthra2018
30Jaipur City, JaipurRajasthan2019

UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Site

S. No.Name of the SiteYear of Notificiation
1Khangchendzonga
National Park, Sikkim
2016

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