Travel tips- Travel India for World Heritage Sites

There are 32 World Heritage Sitesin India that are recognized by theUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of 2014.[1][2] These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.[3] The Convention concerning the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted on 17 November 1997 following the General Conference of the UNESCO held from 17 October 1972 to 21 November 1972. India’s first two sites inscribed on the list at the Seventh Session of the World Heritage held in 1983 were the Agra Fortand the Ajanta Caves. Over the years, 30 more sites have been inscribed, the latest being the Great Himalayan National Park in 2014.[4] Of these 32 sites, 25 are cultural sites and the other seven are natural sites. A tentative list of further sites/properties submitted by India for recognition includes 51 sites. The cultural sites in India are marked by their brilliant craftsmanship on stone. Most of the temples of India which are inscribed on this list are built in stone, without any mortar and with sculpture carved on it.[1][5]

Location of Heritage sites

List of Heritage sites

Name: as listed by the World Heritage Committee
Region: of the States and territories of India
Period: time period of significance, typically of construction
UNESCO data: the site’s reference number; the year the site was inscribed on the World Heritage List; the criteria it was listed under: criteria(i) through (vi) are cultural, while (vii)through (x) are natural.
Description: brief description of the site
  † In danger

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was listed as being danger (since 1992),but removed in 2011 following significant improvements.[6] Hampi was added to the danger list in 1999, but removed in 2006 following successful conservation efforts.[7][8]

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Sites by states

The list shows the number of the heritage sites statewise.

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Tentative list

Apart from the 32 sites inscribed on the World Heritage list, India has also maintained a list of tentative sites for recognition which has been submitted to UNESCO Committee for evaluation and acceptance. This procedure of prelisting is a prerequisite for the nominations for the World Heritage list to be accepted.[78][79]

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Name Image Region UNESCO data Period Description
01 Temples at Bishnupur Radhamadhab Temple Bishnupur,West Bengal, India 1998 West Bengal is famous for itsterracottatemples built in the 17th and 18th centuries and the balucheri sarees
02 Mattancherry Palace Mattancherry Palace (Kerala Dutch Palace), Kochi Mattancherry,KochiKerala, India 1998 Mattancherry Palace, also known as theDutch Palace, inMattancherry,Kochi, Kerala features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. (1998)
03 Mandu, Madhya Pradesh Group of Monuments Rani Rupmati pavilion Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, India 1998 Mandu, Madhya Pradesh Group of Monuments are in the fortress town on a rocky outcrop about 100 km (62 mi) from Indore, and are celebrated for their fine architecture
04 Ancient Buddhist Site in Sarnath Ancient Buddhist Site in Sarnath Sarnath,Varanasi DistrictUttar Pradesh, India 1998 Ancient Buddhist Site in Sarnath,Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh whereGautama Buddhafirst taught theDharma, and where theBuddhist Sanghacame into existence through the enlightenment ofKondanna. (1998)
05 Sri Harimandir Sahib (The “Golden Temple”) Sri Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar Amritsar,Punjab, India 2004 Sri Harimandir Sahib (The “Golden Temple”) in Amritsar,Punjab, is the holiest shrine inSikhism
06 River Island of Majuli Majuli island Brahmaputra RiverAssam, India 2004 River Island of Majuli in midstream of theBrahmaputra River in Assam
07 Namdapha National Park Namdapha National Park Arunachal Pradesh, India 2006 This is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot is located inArunachal Pradesh inNortheast India
08 Wild Ass Sanctuary Indian Wild Ass in Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary Kutchh,Gujarat, India 2006 Wild Ass Sanctuary, largest wildlife sanctuary in India is known for the endangered wild ass sub-species of Indian Wild Ass in Little Rann of Kutch
09 Kangchendzonga National Park North Sikkim,Sikkim, India 2006 Kangchendzonga National Park, a national park and a Biosphere reserve is located in North Sikkimdistrict
10 Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh Palace of Assembly Chandigarh by Le Corbusier Chandigarh, India 2006 Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh, is home to numerous architectural projects of Le CorbusierPierre Jeanneret, Matthew Nowicki and Albert Mayer
11 Excavated Remains at Nalanda Nalanda University Nalanda,Bihar, India 2009 Excavated Remains atNalanda, an ancient center of higher learning, is one of the world’s first residential universities with a number of ruined structures in Bihar
12 Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Bhitarkanika Mangroves Orissa, India 2009 A mangrove wetland in Orissa
13 Neora Valley National Park Neora Valley Darjeeling DistrictWest Bengal, India 2009 This is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast situated in theKalimpongsubdivision under Darjeeling District in West Bengal
14 Desert National Park Rajasthan, India 2009 This is an example of the ecosystem of theThar Desert
15 Mughal Gardens in Jammu and Kashmir Chashme Shahi Chashma Shahi,Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir, India 2010 There are six gardens. They are Chashma ShahiShalimar BaghPari Mahal,Verinag Garden,Achabal Gardensand Nishat Bagh
Shalimar Bagh Shalimar Bagh,Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir, India
Verinag Garden Verinag Garden,Anantnag,Jammu and Kashmir, India
Pari Mahal Pari Mahal,Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir, India
Achabal Garden Achabal Gardens,Anantnag,Jammu and Kashmir, India
Nishat Bagh Nishat Bagh,Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir, India
16 Silk Road Sites in India Buddha's ashes Stupa, Vaishali, BiharVikramshila ancient universitySanghol Stupa site BiharJammu and Kashmir,Maharashtra,Puducherry,PunjabTamil Nadu andUttar Pradeshin India 2010 This is part of the extensive interconnected network of trade routes across theAsian continentconnecting East, South, andWestern Asiawith theMediterraneanworld, as well as North and Northeast Africaand Europe
17 Santiniketan Prayer Hall in Santiniketan Shantiniketan,West Bengal, India 2010 Santiniketanmade famous byNobel LaureateRabindranath Tagore, whose vision became the present university townVisva-Bharati University
18 Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Gujarat, India 2011 The historic and most important city of the state of Gujarat in India- nominated for World Heritage Citystatus
19 Delhi Delhi NCT Delhi, India 2012 India’s historic national Capital- nominated forWorld Heritage City status
20 The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad golkonda Hyderabad, India 2011 Golconda Fort,Qutb Shahi Tombs,Charminar
21 The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai Mumbai, India 2012
22 Apatani Cultural Landscape Arunachal Pradesh, India 2014
23 Archaeological remains of Lothal Gujarat, India 2014
24 Bahá’í House of Worship New Delhi, India 2014
25 Cellular Jail Cellular Jail Andaman Islands, India 2014
26 Chettinad, Village Clusters of the Tamil Merchants Chettinad,Tamil Nadu, India 2014
27 Chilika Lake Chilika Lake Odisha, India 2014
28 Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate Gol Gumbaz Karnataka (Gulbarga,BidarBijapur) and Telangana (Hyderabad), India 2014
29 Ekamra Kshetra – The Temple City Bhubaneswar,Odisha, India 2014
30 Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India India 2014
31 Padmanabhapuram Palace Padmanabhapuram Palace Kerala, India 2014
32 Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebidu Karnataka(Belur andHalebidu), India 2014
33 Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town Sri Ranganatha temple, Srirangapatna Karnataka, India 2014
34 Narcondam Island Narcondam Island Andaman and Nicobar islands, India 2014
35 The Neolithic Settlement of Burzahom Pot, excavated from Burzahom Jammu & Kashmir, India 2014 3000 BC to 1000 BC Prehistoric occupational culture ofNeolithic era, Megalithic era and early Modern Period
36 Thembang Fortified Village India 2014
37 The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways Warangal, Telangana, India 2014
38 Sites of Saytagrah, India’s non-violent freedom movement India 2014
39 Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road India 2015
40 Moidams – the Mound-Burial system of the Ahom Dynasty India 2014
41 Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam Sri Ranganathanswamy Temple Srirangam,Tiruchirapalli,Tamil Nadu, India 2014
42 Dholavira: A Harappan City Dholavira 2014
43 Evolution of Temple Architecture – Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal Badami Cave no. 3 (Vaishnava, 578 AD)

Durga temple, Aihole, 650 ADBhutanatha temples, Badami

Aihole,BadamiandPattadakal inKarnataka, India 2015 Cradle of Indian rock cut architecture
44 Jaipur Jaipur 2015
45 Cold Desert Cultural Landscape of India India 2015
46 Mountain Railways of India (Extension) India 2014

Nominated Sites

The following sites have been nominated for world heritage site:[80]

  1. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Silent Valley National Park

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