India’s World Heritage Sites Images:-
Here is the total of 38 World Heritage Sites of India as per UNESCO that people generally love to visit.
We know that History & Heritage fascinates you and especially in India, hence we came up with this wonderful list of all architecture and monuments with year of declaring Heritage site and place.
- Tajmahal – 1983 (Agra) – This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. King Shahjahan had built this structure in the memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal.
- Agra Fort – 1983 (Agra) – This is one of the most prominent monumental structures by the Mughal empire.
- Ajanta Caves – 1983 (Maharastra) – Famous for Buddhist Rock-cut Cave Monuments. It is richly decorated with Paintings and Frescoes like Sigiriya Paintings.
- Allora Caves – 1983 (Maharastra) – Famous for Buddhist, Jain and Hindu Temples and Monasteries. These caves were excavated out of Hills, and it is a rock-cut Architecture
- Konark Sun Tample – 1984 (Orissa) – This temple is famous for the traditional style of Kalinga Architecture.
- Mahabalipuram Monument – 1984 (Tamil Naddu) – This monument is famous for the Largest Open Air Rock Relief, Mandapas, Chariot Temples, It is a Pallava Dynasty Architecture.
- Kajiranga National Park – 1985 (Assam) – Famous for Worlds 2/3rd population of Great One-Horned Rhinoceroses. It has the highest density of Tigers in World, Wild Water Buffalo, Elephants, Swamp Deer, and the park is also recognized as the Important Bird Area.
- Keoladeo National Park – 1985 ( Rajasthan) – This National Park is popular for Man-Made Wetland Bird Sanctuary, Hotspot for Ornithologists, and Siberian Cranes.
- Manas Wildlife Sanctuary – 1985 (Assam) – This National Park is popular for Man-Made Wetland Bird Sanctuary, Hotspot for Ornithologists, and Siberian Cranes.
- Churches and Convents of Goa – 1986 (Goa) – famous for Rome of the Orient, First Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque Art Forms in Asia, First Latin Rite Mass in Asia.
- Khajuraho Temple – 1986 (Madhyapradesh) – This monument is popular for a group of Jain and Hindu Temples. It is situated 175 km south-east of Jhansi. Well known for their Nagara style symbolism and erotic figures and sculptures.
- Hampi – 1986 (Karnataka) – Prosperous kingdom of Vijayanagar. The ruins at Hampi depict the fine Dravidian style of art and architecture. The most important heritage monument in this site is the Virupaksha Temple.
- Fatehpur Sikri – 1986 (Agra) – It structure constitutes of four main Monuments. The Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal or Jada Baai ka Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, and Diwan-e-aam.
- Elephanta Caves – 1987 (Maharashtra) – Buddhist and Hindu caves. It is situated on Island in the Arabian Sea. And has Basal Rock Caves, and Shiva Temples.
- Chola Temple – 1987 (Tamil Nadu) – This temple is popular for Chola Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, and Bronze Casting.
- Pattadakal – 1987 (Karnataka) – It is popular for its Chalukya style of architecture that originated in Aihole and blended with the Nagara and Dravidian styles of architecture.
- Sundarban National Park – 1987 (Weste bengal) – This National Park is popular as Biosphere Reserve, Largest Estuarine Mangrove Forest, Bengal Tiger, and Salt-Water Crocodile.
- Nanda Devi National Park – 1988 (Uttarakhand) – Valley of Flowers – It is famous for Snow Leopard, Asiatic Black Bear, Brown Bear, Blue Sheep, and Himalayan Monal, World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
- Monuments of Budha – 1989 ( Sanchi, MP) – It is popular for Monolithic Pillars, Palaces, Monasteries, Temples Mauryan Architecture, Ye Dharma Hetu Inscriptions.
- Humayun’s Tomb – 1993 (Delhi) – It is popular for Precursors to the Taj Mahal and Mughal Architecture. It constitutes a Tomb, a Pavilion, any Water Channels, and A Bath.
- Qutub Meenar – 1993 (Delhi) – Includes Qutub Minar, Alai Darwaza, Alai Minar, Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque, Tomb of Iltumish, and Iron Pillar.
- Mountains Railways of India – 1999 (Kalka – Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Darjeeling (West Bengal), Nilgiri (Tamil Nadu) – The mountain railways of India comprise of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and the Kalka-Shimla.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Darjeeling Mountain Railway
Kalka – Shimla Mountain Railway
- Mahabodhi Temple – 2002 (Bodh Gaya, Bihar) – An important religious center for the Buddhists as this was the place where Mahatma Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is considered as the holiest pilgrimage spot for the Buddhists.
- Bhimbetka Caves– 2003 (Madhya Pradesh) – Rock Shelter – An important religious center for the Buddhists as this was the place where Mahatma Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is considered as the holiest pilgrimage spot for the Buddhists.
- Chatarpati Shivaji Terminus – 2004 (Maharastra) – It is popular for central Railways Headquarters, Terror Attacks on Mumbai in 2008, Gothic Style Architecture.
- Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – 2004 (Gujarat) – This place is the only complete and unchanged Islamic pre-Mughal city. The park also houses some of the ancient Chalcolithic Indian Sites, from the Stone Age era.
- Red Fort Complex – 2007 (Delhi) – It is popular for Shahjahanabad, Persian, Timuri and Indian Architectural Styles, Red Sandstone Architecture, Moti Masjid.
- Jatra Mantra – 2010 (Delhi) – Famous for Architectural Astronomical Instruments, Maharaja Jai Singh II, Largest of its kind Observatory.
- Western Ghats – 2012 (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Maharastra) – Famous for Among World’s Ten “Hottest Biodiversity Hotspots”. Includes many National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, and Reserve Forests.
- Hill Fort – 2013 (Rajasthan) – This place is famous for its unique Rajput Military Defense Architecture. It includes six majestic forts in Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore Fort, Gagron Fort, Amber Fort, and Jaisalmer Fort.
- Rani ki Vav – 2014 (Gujarat) – The Queen’s Stepwell – It is an explicit example of fine Ancient Indian architecture which is constructed during the time of the Solanki dynasty.
- Himalayan National Park – 2014 (Himachal Pradesh) – It is home to about 375 fauna species and several floral species, including some very rare species of plants and animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer spruces, horse chestnuts, and huge alpine meadows. It is a part of the Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspots.
- Nalanda Mahavihara – 2016 (Bihar) – A center of learning and a Buddhist monastery from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE.
- Khangchendzonga National Park – 2016 (Sikkim) – The national park is famous for its fauna and flora, with snow leopard being occasionally sighted.
- Capitol Complex Chandigarh – 2016 ( Chandigarh) – Archeological work of le corbusier – Recognized as a World Heritage Site as part of an outstanding contribution to the Modern Movement.
- The Historic City Ahemdabad – 2017 (Ahemdabad) – A walled city on the banks of Sabarmati where communities following Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism have co-existed for centuries.
- Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles – 2018 (Mumbai) – It is a collection of 94 buildings of great cultural importance, located in the Fort Area of Mumbai.
- Jaipur- The Pink City – 2019 (Rajasthan) – Jaipur is home to many magnificent forts, palaces, temples, and museums and also filled to the brim with local handicrafts and trinkets.
Hope this article helped you get to know the most beautiful monuments and sites listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Of India 2020.