List of 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India | 2020

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selects a landmark or area on the basis of cultural, historical, scientific or other forms of significance. These landmarks or areas are known as World Heritage Sites. These World Heritage Sites are legally protected by international treaties.

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is established in 1972. It has all the places that hold importance to the cultural or natural heritage of the world.

From the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra to the architectural ruins of Hampi, India is home to 38 World Heritage Sites. India had 37 UNESCO world heritage sites until 2019. The Jaipur in Rajasthan is the new entry in 2019 to this list. These world heritage sites in India are recognized by UNESCO.

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List of UNESCO world heritage sites in India

UNESCO world heritage sites in India
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Here is the list of world heritage sites in India by UNESCO.

NameRegionPeriodUNESCO Data
1.Ajanta CavesMaharashtra 2nd century BC to the 6th century 242; 1983
2.Ellora CavesMaharashtra 600 to 1000 AD 243; 1983
3.Agra FortUttar Pradesh 16th century 251; 1983
4. Taj Mahal Uttar Pradesh 17th century 252; 1983
5. Sun Temple, Konârak Puri District, Odisha 13th-century 246; 1984
6.Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 7th and 8th centuries 249; 1984
7. Kaziranga National Park Assam 20th century 337; 1985
8. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary Assam 20th century 338; 1985
9. Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan 1981 340; 1985
10. Churches and Convents of Goa Velha Goa (Old Goa), Goa 16th and 18th centuries 234; 1986
11. Khajuraho Group of Monuments Madhya Pradesh 950 AD to 1050 AD 240; 1986
12. Group of Monuments at Hampi Ballari district, Karnataka, India 14th and 16th centuries 241; 1986
13. Fatehpur Sikri Uttar Pradesh 16th century 255; 1986;
14. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal Bagalkot District, Karnataka 8th century 239; 1987
15. Elephanta Caves Maharashtra 5th to 8th centuries 244rev; 1987
16. Great Living Chola Temples ( Brihadeeswarar temple )Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Tamil Nadu 11th and 12th century 250bis; 1987
Great Living Chola Temples ( Airavateshwarar Temple ) Darasuram, Tamil Nadu 11th and 12th century 250bis; 1987
Great Living Chola Temples ( Brihadeeswarar Temple )Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 11th and 12th century 250bis; 1987
17. Sundarbans National Park West Bengal 1939 and 1982 452; 1987 
18. Nanda Devi and Valley of flowers Uttarakhand 1939 and 1982 335bis; 1988, 2005
19. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Madhya Pradesh, India 2nd and 1st centuries BC to the 12th century AD 524; 1989
20. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhidelhi 1572 232, 1993
21. Qutb Minar and its MonumentsDelhi Late 12th century 233, 1993
22. Mountain Railways of India ( Darjeeling Himalayan Railway  )Darjeeling, West Bengal 19th and early 20th centuries 944ter; 1999
Mountain Railways of India ( Nilgiri Mountain Railway) Ooty, Tamil Nadu 19th and early 20th centuries 944ter; 2005
Mountain Railways of India ( Kalka-Shimla Railway) Himachal Pradesh 19th and early 20th centuries 944ter; 2008
23. Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh GayaBihar 3rd century BC, 5th and 6th century AD and 19th century 1056 rev; 2002;
24. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka Madhya Pradesh 30,000 years 925; 2003
25. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) Maharashtra 1887–1888 945rev; 2004
26. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological ParkGujrat Prehistoric and 8th to 14th centuries 1101; 2004
27. Red Fort ComplexDelhi 1648 231rev, 2007
28. The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur Jaipur, Rajasthan 1727 and 1734 1338; 2010
29. Western Ghats Agasthyamalai Sub-Cluster, Periyar Sub-Cluster, Anamalai sub-cluster, Nilgiri sub-cluster, Talakaveri Sub-Cluster (five properties), Kudremukh Sub-Cluster (five properties), Sahyadri Sub-Cluster 2012
30. Hill Forts of Rajasthan Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambhore, Amber Sub-Cluster, Jaisalmer, Gagron 7th to 16th centuries[ 247; 2013
31. Rani ki vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) Patan, Gujarat, India 11th century AD2014
32. Great Himalayan National Park Himachal Pradesh2014
33. Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, BiharBihar 5th to 12th centuries2016
34. Khangchendzonga National ParkSikkim2016
35. The Architectural Work Of Le Corbusier Chandigarh 20th century2016
36. Historic City of Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
15th century2017
37. The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of MumbaiMaharashtra18622018
38. Jaipur Jaipur, Rajasthan 18 November 17272019

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This is the List of World Heritage Sites in India. Some of these places were established in 1st century BC and they still exist. Isn’t it exciting? Make a travel plan and visit all these World Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO. Trust us!! you would feel new energy after seeing these places.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many Unesco heritage sites are there in India?

A. There are a total of 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. We have already added a full list. Click to know all.

Q. Which is the first world heritage site in India?

A. Ajanta Caves was the first world heritage site in India?

Q. Is India Gate a World Heritage Site?

A. No. India Gate is not a World Heritage Site

Q. Which state in India has the highest number of World Heritage sites?

A. Maharashtra

Q. Is Jaipur a world heritage city?

A. Yes, Jaipur is the world heritage site. It was added to the list in 2019 last year.

Q. Is Hawa Mahal a world heritage site?

A. No, Hawa Mahal is not.

Q. Is the Taj Mahal a world heritage site?

A. Yes, the Taj Mahal is the world heritage site.

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