Chinese President Xi Jinping has been to Mahabalipuram in Chennai and as per the latest news, PM Modi would accompany him to some of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in the southern state.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of distinctive cultural or physical importance which is considered of outstanding value to humanity. UNESCO strives to encourage the conservation, identification, and maintenance of natural and cultural heritage around the world. This is exemplified the Convention regarding the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, accepted by UNESCO in 1972.
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UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites are those sites with distinctive cultural facets such as geological formations, physical, biological and cultural landscapes.
The list of UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites in India is given below:
|Natural World Heritage Site||State||Year of Notification|
|Kaziranga National Park||Assam||1985|
|Keoladeo Ghana National Park||Rajasthan||1985|
|Manas Wildlife Sanctuary||Assam||1985|
|Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers||Uttarakhand||1982
|Sundarbans National Park||West Bengal||1984|
Tamil Nadu and
|Great Himalayan National Park||Himachal Pradesh||2014|
List of Natural World Heritage sites in India:- Download PDF Here
UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites
UNESCO Cultural World Heritage sites are those sites with unique cultural facets such as Paintings, monuments, architecture, etc.
The list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage sites in India is given below:
|Cultural World Heritage Site||State||Year of Notification|
|Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University)||Bihar||2016|
|Hill Forts of Rajasthan||Rajasthan||2013|
|The Jantar Mantar||Rajasthan||2010|
|Red Fort Complex||Delhi||2007|
|Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park||Gujarat||2004|
|Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus||Maharashtra||2004|
|Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka||Madhya Pradesh||2003|
|Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya||Bihar||2002|
|Mountain Railways of India||Tamil Nadu||1999|
|Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi||Delhi||1993|
|Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi||Delhi||1993|
|Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi||Madhya Pradesh||1989|
|Great Living Chola Temples||Tamil Nadu||1987|
|Group of Monuments at Pattadakal||Karnataka||1987|
|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|
|Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram||Tamil Nadu||1984|
|Sun Temple, Konarak||Orissa||1984|
|Agra Fort||Uttar Pradesh||1983|
|Taj Mahal||Uttar Pradesh||1983|
List of Cultural World Heritage sites in India:- Download PDF Here
UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Sites
A mixed site comprises components of both natural and cultural importance.
|Name of Mixed World Heritage Site||State||Year of Notification|
|Khangchendzonga National Park||Sikkim||2016|
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