UNESCO is also known as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO is established in the year of 1972. UNESCO list out the important places of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

In India, UNESCO recognized a total of 38  World Heritage sites. India ranks in 6th place in the world which are having world heritage sites. Those were 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites and 1 mixed criteria sites. Italy has the highest numbers of World Heritage sites in the world.

List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Here is the list of Cultural World Heritage Sites in India

S.NoHeritage SiteState
1.Agra FortUttar Pradesh
2.Ajanta CavesMaharashtra
3.Ellora CavesMaharashtra
4.Taj MahalUttar Pradesh
5.Group of Monuments at MahabalipuramTamil Nadu
6.Sun Temple, KonarakOdisha
7.Churches and Convents of GoaGoa
8.Fatehpur SikriUttar Pradesh
9.Group of Monuments at HampiKarnataka
10.Khajuraho Group of MonumentsMadhya Pardesh
11.Elephanta CavesMaharashtra
12.Great Living Chola Temples 12Tamil Nadu
13.Group of Monuments at PattadakalKarnataka
14.Buddhist Monuments at SanchiMadhya Pradesh
15.Humayun’s TombDelhi
16.Qutb Minar and its MonumentsDelhi
17.Mountain Railways of India (Includes Darjeeling Himalayan
Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka-Shimla
Himachal Pradesh,
Sikkim, Tamilnadu
18.Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh GayaBihar
19.Rock Shelters of BhimbetkaMadhya Pradesh
20.Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological ParkGujarat
21.Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)Mumbai
22.Red Fort ComplexDelhi
23.The Jantar MantarJailpur, Rajasthan
24.Hill Forts of Rajasthan (Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh,
Ranthambore Fort, Gagron Fort, Amber Fort and Jaisalmer
25.Rani-ki-Vav at PatanGujarat
26.Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda
27.Capitol Building Complex – The Architectural Work of Le
28.Historic City of AhmadabadGujarat
29.Victorian Gothic and Art Deco EnsemblesMaharashtra
30.Kaziranga National ParkAssam
31.Keoladeo National ParkRajasthan
32.Manas Wildlife SanctuaryAssam
33.Sundarbans National ParkWest Bengal
34.Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National
35.Western GhatsKerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and
36.Great Himalayan National Park Conservation
Himachal Pradesh
37.Khangchendzonga National ParkSikkim
UNESCO World Heritage Sites List of India

World Heritage Sites of India

  • First time from India, in 1983 Agra Fort, Ajanta Caves were listed in World Heritage Sites list
  • In 2016, Nalanda Mahavihara University (Bihar), Capitol Building Complex (Chandigarh), Khangchendzonga National Park (Sikkim) were added
  • Ahmedabad is a first city is added from India in World Heritage site list in 2017
  • Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai listed as 37th World Heritage Sites from India in 2018
  • Only one mixed-criteria site in India is Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim.