UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India (Updated)

»  A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, or mountain) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural or physical significance.
»  UNESCO has 195 member states and its headquarter is located in Place de FontenoyParis, in France.
»  The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.
»  As of July 2016, 1052 sites are listed: 814 cultural, 203 natural, and 35 mixed properties, in 165 states parties.
»  According to the sites ranked by countryItaly is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites with 51 sites, followed by China (50), Spain (45), France(42), Germany (41), India (35) and Mexico (34).
»  As there are 35 (27 cultural and 7 natural sites and 1 mixed) World Heritage Sites in India that are recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as on July 2016.
»  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, 33 more sites have been inscribed, the latest being the three new sites - "Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University)" at NalandaBihar , "Capitol Building Complex - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier" in Chandigarh and "Khangchendzonga National ParkSikkim" have been added to the list in July, 2016.
»  Maharashtra has 4 World Heritage Sites which is the maximum in no by any other Indian states.


List of 27 Cultural Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO
Name of the Site
Location
Year of Inscription
Agra Fort
Uttar Pradesh
1983
Ajanta Caves
Maharashtra
1983
Ellora Cave
Maharashtra
1983
Taj Mahal
Uttar Pradesh
1983
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Tamil Nadu
1984
Sun Temple, Konârak
Orissa
1984
Churches and Convents of Goa
Goa
1986
Fatehpur Sikri
Uttar Pradesh
1986
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Karnataka
1986
Khajuraho Group of Monuments
Madhya Pradesh
1986
Elephanta Caves
Maharashtra
1987
Great Living Chola Temples
Tamil Nadu
1987
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
Karnataka
1987
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
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu
Kalka-Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
1999
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
Bihar
2002
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
Madhya Pradesh
2003
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
Gujarat
2004
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
Maharashtra
2004
Red Fort Complex
Delhi
2007
The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Rajasthan
2010
Hill Forts of Rajasthan
Rajasthan
2013
Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell)
Gujarat
2014
Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University), Bihar Sharif
Bihar
2016
Capitol Building Complex - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
Chandigarh
2016
List of Seven Natural Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO
Name Of the Site
Location
Year of Inscription
Kaziranga National Park
Assam
1985
Keoladeo National Park
Rajasthan
1985
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Assam
1985
Sundarbans National Park
West Bengal
1987
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
Uttarakhand
1988
Western Ghats
Covers Four states (Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Maharashtra)
2012
Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area
Himachal Pradesh
2014
Mixed (Cultural & Natural) Heritage Sites in India
»  Khangchendzonga National Park (previously named Kanchenjunga National Park) also Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve is a National Park and a Biosphere reserve located in Sikkim, India.
»  It was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list on July 17, 2016, becoming the first "Mixed Heritage" site of India.
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