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World Heritage Sites in India: What are they?

There are 38 (29 cultural, 7 natural, and 1 mixed) World Heritage Sites in India that are recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of July 2017. These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.

There are 38 World Heritage Sites located in India. These include 30 cultural sites, seven natural sites, and one mixed-criteria site.

List of World Heritage Sites in India:

Sl. No.Name of Natural World Heritage SiteStateYear of NotificationArea  (In Km2)
1Kaziranga National ParkAssam1985429.96
2Keoladeo Ghana National ParkRajasthan198528.73
3Manas Wildlife SanctuaryAssam1985391
4Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of FlowersUttarakhand1982630
5Sunderbans National ParkWest Bengal19841,330.10
6Western GhatsMaharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala20121,60,000.00
7  Great Himalayan National Park    Himachal Pradesh2014905.4
Sl. No.Name of Cultural World Heritage SiteStateYear of Notification 
1Agra FortUttar Pradesh1983 
2Ajanta CavesMaharashtra1983 
3Buddhist Monuments at SanchiMadhya Pradesh1989 
4Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological ParkGujarat2004 
5Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Formerly Victoria Terminus)Maharashtra2004 
6Churches and Convents of GoaGoa1986 
7Elephanta CavesMaharashtra1987 
8Ellora CavesMaharashtra1983 
9Fatehpur SikriUttar Pradesh1986 
10Great Living Chola TemplesTamil Nadu1987 
11Group of Monuments at HampiKarnataka1986 
12Group of Monuments at MahabalipuramTamil Nadu1984 
13Group of Monuments at PattadakalKarnataka1987 
14Hill Forts of RajasthanRajasthan (Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambhore, Amber Sub-Cluster, Jaisalmer, Gagron)2013 
15Humayun’s Tomb, DelhiDelhi1993 
16Khajuraho Group of MonumentsMadhya Pradesh1986 
17Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh GayaBihar2002 
18Mountain Railways of IndiaTamil Nadu1999 
19Qutb Minar and its Monuments, DelhiDelhi1993 
20Rani-Ki-Van (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, GujaratGujarat2014 
21Red Fort ComplexDelhi2007 
22Rock Shelters of BhimbetkaMadhya Pradesh2003 
23Sun Temple, KonarakOrissa1984 
24Taj MahalUttar Pradesh1983 
25The Jantar Mantar, JaipurRajasthan2010 
26Archaeological Site of NalandaMahavihara (Nalanda University) at NalandaBihar2016 
27The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern MovementChandigarh2016 
28Ahmedabad World Heritage cityGujarat2017 
29The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of MumbaiMaharashtra2018 
Sl. No.Name of Mixed World Heritage SiteStateYear of Notification 
1Khangchendzonga National ParkSikkim2016 

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