World Heritage Sites in India

There are 32 World Heritage Sites in India that are recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of 2014.These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. 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 Fort and the Ajanta Caves. Over the years, 30 more sites have been inscribed, the latest being the Great Himalayan National Park in 2014. 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.
Cultural (25)

  • Agra Fort (1983)
  • Ajanta Caves (1983)
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (2004)
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004)
  • Churches and Convents of Goa (1986)
  • Elephanta Caves (1987)
  • Ellora Caves (1983)
  • Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
  • Great Living Chola Temples (1987)
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986)
  • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984)
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987)
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan (2013)
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993)
  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986)
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (2002)
  • Mountain Railways of India (1999)
  • 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 Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)

Natural (7)

  • 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)
  • Sundarbans National Park (1987)
  • Western Ghats (2012)

Tentative list of India

Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Apatani Cultural Landscape
Archaeological remains of a Harappa Port-Town, Lothal
Bahá’í House of Worship at New Delhi
Bhitarkanika Conservation Area
Cellular Jail, Andaman Islands
Chettinad, Village Clusters of the Tamil Merchants
Chilika Lake
Cold Desert Cultural Landscape of India
Delhi – A Heritage City
Desert National Park
Dholavira: A Harappan City
Ekamra Kshetra – The Temple City, Bhubaneswar
Evolution of Temple Architecture – Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal
Excavated Remains at Nalanda
Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Historic city of Ahmadabad
Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India
Jaipur city, Rajasthan India
Kangchendzonga National Park
Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala
Moidams – the Mound-Burial system of the Ahom Dynasty
Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate
Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town
Mountain Railways of India (Extension)
Mughal Gardens in Kashmir
Namdapha National Park
Narcondam Island
Neora Valley National Park
Padmanabhapuram Palace
River island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam
Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala
Santiniketan
Silk Road Sites in India
Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road
Sites of Saytagrah, India’s non-violent freedom movement
Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam
Temples at Bishnupur, West Bengal
The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways
The Neolithic Settlement of Burzahom
The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Charminar
The Victorian & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
Thembang Fortified Village
Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh
Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch