UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates World Heritage Sites of outstanding universal importance to cultural or natural heritage.

Which have been nominated by countries that are signatories to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, founded in 1972.

There are 40 World Heritage Sites in India announced by UNESCO. Recently, in 2021, UNESCO added two more heritage sites from India: ‘Ramappa Temple,’ Telangana, and ‘Dholavira,’ Gujarat, to the UNESCO World Heritage sites list.

Made this decision in China’s UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s 44th session.

Site

Location

Year

Ajanta Caves

Maharashtra

1983

Ellora Caves

Maharashtra

1983

Agra Fort

Uttar Pradesh

1983

Taj Mahal

Uttar Pradesh

1983

Sun Temple, Konârak

Odisha

1984

Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

Tamil Nadu

1984

Kaziranga National Park

Assam

1985

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Assam

1985

Keoladeo National Park

Rajasthan

1985

Churches and Convents of Goa

Goa

1986

Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Madhya Pradesh

1986

Group of Monuments at Hampi

Karnataka

1986

Fatehpur Sikri

Uttar Pradesh

1986

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

Karnataka

1987

Elephanta Caves

Maharashtra

1987

Great Living Chola Temples

Tamil Nadu

1987

Sundarbans National Park

West Bengal

1987

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

Uttarakhand

1988

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

Madhya Pradesh

1989

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Delhi

1993

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

Delhi

1993

Mountain Railways of India

West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh

1999

Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

Bihar

2002

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Madhya Pradesh

2003

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Maharashtra

2004

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Gujarat

2004

Red Fort Complex

Delhi

2007

The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Rajasthan

2010

Western Ghats

Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu

2012

Hill Forts of Rajasthan

Rajasthan

2013

Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Gujarat

2014

Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area

Himachal Pradesh

2014

Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar

Bihar

2016

Khangchendzonga National Park

Sikkim

2016

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier

Chandigarh

2016

Historic City of Ahmadabad

Gujarat

2017

Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai

Maharashtra

2018

Jaipur City, Rajasthan

Rajasthan

2019

Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana

Telangana

2021

Dholavira: a Harappan City

Gujarat

2021

FAQ About World Heritage Sites in India

Which is the largest world heritage site in India?

The Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India in 1983.

Which is the 14th world heritage site in India?

Elephanta Caves

Which state has the most heritage sites?

Maharashtra

WHO declared Ajanta & Ellora as a World Heritage Site?

Archaeological Survey of India

Which is the mixed heritage site in India?

Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP), Sikkim

Which two cities in India are on the Unesco World Heritage?

Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple

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