UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

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India has 30 world heritage sites24 cultural and 6 natural properties . While International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) evaluates nominations for natural sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage list The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) evaluates the cultural sites fit to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The World Heritage List includes 981 properties (as on June 2013) forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 759 cultural , 193 natural and 29 mixed properties in 160 States Parties. As of September 2012, 190 States Parties have ratified the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

India's World Heritage List

CULTURAL :

  • UTTAR PRADESH
  1. Agra Fort
  2. Taj Mahal, Agra
  3. Fatehpur Sikri
  • MAHARASHTRA
  1. Ajanta Caves
  2. Ellora Caves
  3. Elephanta Caves
  4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
  • MADHYA PRADESH
  1. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  2. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
  3. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  • ORISSA
  1. Sun Temple, Konark, Puri
  • KARNATAKA
  1. Group of Monuments at Hampi, Karnataka
  2. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Karnataka
  • GOA
  1. Churches and Convents of Goa
  • TAMIL NADU
  1. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
  2. Great Living Chola Temples 
  • DELHI
  1. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
  2. Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  3. Red Fort Complex
  • BIHAR
  1. Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
  • RAJASTHAN
  1. Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  2. Hill Forts of Rajasthan (group of six forts ) : Latest to join List in June 2013
  • GUJARAT
  1. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
  • MOUNTAIN RAILWAYS OF INDIA - Nilgiri (Ooty, Tamil Nadu), Darjeeling (West Bengal), Kalka- Shimala (Himachal)

NATURAL:

Western Ghats
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks , Chamoli ,Uttarakhand
Kaziranga National Park , ASSAM
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, ASSAM
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

  • Agra Fort and the Ajanta Caves were India’s first two sites to be listed at the Seventh Session of the World Heritage held in 1983.
  • The latest site to be listed is Hill Forts of Rajasthan in June 2013
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