World Heritage Sites in India 2022: The latest addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, India has now 40 World Heritage Sites which makes India the 6th largest number of World Heritage Sites in the world. There are 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites, and 1 mixed one as recognized by UNESCO. All these sites reflect the country’s magnificent history and cultural significance.
What Is a World Heritage Site?
World heritage sites are those natural or man-made sites, areas that are being designated by the world heritage convention an organization of UNESCO as of outstanding international importance. These sites are specially protected by the government of the country. A total of 195 countries support life on earth and are in line with the UNESCO framework. UNESCO has found cultural, historical, scientific, and architectural significance and documented the best world heritage sites.
List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
There are a total of 40 world heritage sites in India. Here is the complete list of all world heritage sites in India.
|Name of Sites||Location||About|
|Ellora Caves||Maharashtra||The Ellora Caves are well known for their Indian-rock-cut architecture.|
|Agra Fort||Utter Pradesh||It is one of the high points of the Indo-Islamic architecture, with influences of Persian and Timurid architecture|
|Taj Mahal||Utter Pradesh||Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.|
|Sun Temple||Orissa||One of the Seven Wonders of India, the Sun Temple in Konark is a 13th-century ancient temple.|
|Mahabalipuram Monuments||Tamil Nadu||The Temples are situated in the town of Mahabalipuram which is approximately 58 kilometers from Chennai.|
|Kaziranga National Park||Assam||Kaziranga National Park is popularly known for housing the famous one-horned rhinoceros.|
|Keoladeo National Park||Rajasthan||It was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 under the category of natural property.|
|Manas Wildlife Sanctuary||Assam||
This sanctuary is famous for Project Tiger Reserve, Biosphere Reserve, and Elephant Reserve
|Churches and Convents of Goa||Goa||The Churches and Convents of Goa are monuments inscribed by UNESCO under the World Heritage List in 1986 as cultural property.|
|Khajuraho is a group of temples depicting erotic sculptures. Spread across an area of 20 square kilometers.|
|Monuments of Hampi||Karnataka||Hampi is also known for its striking natural beauty.|
|Fatehpur Sikri||Uttar Pradesh||Fatehpur Sikri, “the City of Victory,” was built during the second half of the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar|
It is popular for Buddhist and Hindu caves. It is situated on Island in the Arabian Sea.
|Great Living Chola Temples||Tamil Nadu||These temples were built in the Southern Part of India during the rule of the Chola empire.|
It is popular for its Chalukya style of architecture that originated in Aihole and blended with the Nagara and Dravidian styles of architecture.
|Sundarbans National Park||West Bengal||Famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers, the Sunderban National Park is a known Tiger reserve and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Indian state of West Bengal.|
|Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers National Park||Uttarakhand||Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty.|
|Madhya Pradesh||The Buddhist Monuments located at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh are a manifestation of the Heritage of India, and they are the oldest stone structures in India.|
|Humayun’s Tomb||Delhi||It was built in 1570 and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument in 1993 for its cultural importance.|
|Qutub Minar||Delhi||It was inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List for its unique representation of Islamic architectural and artistic excellence.|
|Mountain Railways of Darjeeling,
Kalka Shimla & Nilgiri
|Darjeeling||The Mountain Railways of India represent a collective listing of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.|
|Mahabodhi Temple||Bihar||It’s an important religious center for the Buddhists as this was the place where Mahatma Buddha attained enlightenment.|
|Bhimbetka Rock Shelters||Madhya Pradesh||It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 as a unique cultural property representing a convergence displayed in the art form|
|Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus||Maharashtra||The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historic railway station in Mumbai, which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways.|
|Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park||Gujarat|
|Red Fort||Delhi||the Red Fort was built by Emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi,|
Famous for Architectural Astronomical Instruments, Maharaja Jai Singh II is, Largest of its kind Observatory.
|The Western Ghats, also known as the Sahyadri Mountains, a mountain range along the western side of India and one of the world’s ten “Hottest biodiversity hotspots”|
|Hill Forts||Rajasthan||This place is famous for its unique Rajput Military Defense Architecture. It includes six majestic forts.|
|Rani Ki Vav||Gujarat||Rani ki Vav is a famous stepwell It is famous for its size and sculpture.|
|Great Himalayan National Park||Himachal Pradesh||The great Himalaya national park is located in Kullu Himachal Pradesh|
|Nalanda||Bihar||The Nalanda Mahavihara site is in the State of Bihar, in north-eastern India.|
|Khangchendzonga National Park||Sikkim||the Khangchendzonga National Park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers, and spectacular|
|Architectural Work of Le Corbusier||Chandigarh||Recognized as a World Heritage Site as part of an outstanding contribution to the Modern Movement.|
|The Historic City||Ahmedabad||The walled city of Ahmedabad, founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah I in the 15th century, on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River.|
|Victorian Gothic and Art Deco
It is a collection of 94 buildings of great cultural importance, located in the Fort Area of Mumbai.
|Pink City (Jaipur)||Jaipur||Jaipur is home to many magnificent forts, palaces, temples, and museums|
|Telangana||Rudreshwara, popularly known as Ramappa Temple, is located in the village of Palampet in the State of Telangana.|
|Dholavira||Gujarat||the site is set apart by its unique characteristics, such as its water management system, multi-layered defensive mechanisms, extensive use of stone in construction|
40 World Heritage Sites in India
- Agra Fort (1983)
- Ajanta Caves (1983)
- Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar (2016)
- Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)
- Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (2004)
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004)
- Churches and Convents of Goa (1986)
- Dholavira: a Harappan City (2021)
- Elephanta Caves (1987)
- Ellora Caves (1983)
- Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
- Great Living Chola Temples (1987, 2004)
- Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986)
- Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984)
- Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987)
- Hill Forts of Rajasthan (2013)
- Historic City of Ahmadabad (2017)
- Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993)
- Jaipur City, Rajasthan (2019)
- Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (2021)
- Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986)
- Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (2002)
- Mountain Railways of India (1999,2005,2008)
- Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993)
- Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat (2014)
- Red Fort Complex (2007)
- Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)
- Sun Temple, Konârak (1984)
- Taj Mahal (1983)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
- The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)
- Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (2018)
- Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (2014)
- Kaziranga National Park (1985)
- Keoladeo National Park (1985)
- Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985)
- Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988,2005)
- Sundarbans National Park (1987)
- Western Ghats (2012)
- Khangchendzonga National Park (2016)
FAQs: World Heritage sites are in India 2022
Q1. How many World Heritage sites are in India?
Ans. There are 40 world heritage sites in India.
Q2. What are the 7 World Heritage Sites in India?
Ans. Kaziranga National Park is the 7th world heritage site in India.
Q3. Is Dholavira a World Heritage Site?
Ans. Yes, Dholavira is a world heritage site.