Our world is a mass of cultural and historical past, both in present in physical forms and carried out on text, and to commemorate the physical presence of our astounding past, UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – decided to list out places that hold special and important relevance in our world. There are hundreds of world heritage sites in the world and 38, to be precise, World Heritage Sites in India.

Red Fort Delhi | Indian World Heritage Sites
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These sites are present all across the country and hold significant value, both in our past and future. Few of them are historical monuments, whereas some are entire cities that have been named and added to the list. And, we have collated a list of all these World Heritage Sites in India for the traveler in you. Since every Indian needs to make it a point to visit them and come in awe of the glory of them. Especially, in times like these, the country is slowly and steadily trying to get back to its feet and trying to help people to make ends meet.

Lockdown has had a negative effect on a bunch of jobs but the real hit is taken by the travel industry, especially the local businesses that we set up near important and most-visited places. So, for 2021 travel plans, do make a mental note to visit as many of these World Heritage Sites in India, as possible, and contribute to the needy. Check them out:

1. Ajanta Caves

Located in Maharashtra, these were built in two phases, firstly in the reign of Emperor Ashoka and then during the Gupta period ranging from 2nd century BC and 6th century BC. These are beautiful and uniquely textured and they will amaze you for real.


2. Ellora Caves

These caves too are located in Maharashtra and the other name given to this place is Ellora Complex. It was built from 600 to 1000 AD. They present the religious and cultural art mixture of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

3. Agra Fort

This World Heritage Site in India was built during the 16th century and is located on the banks of the holy river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. It basically represents what was brought by the Mughals from Akbar to Aurangzeb. You need to visit this structure and enjoy the magnanimity of it.

Agra Fort - UNESCO Sites in India

4. Taj Mahal – World Heritage Sites in India

Who does not know about the Taj Mahal, which is also included in the Seven Wonders of the World, and is located in Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It was built in the 17th century and has been called one of the greatest creations of love.

Taj Mahal | Indian World Heritage Sites

5. Sun Temple – World Heritage Sites in India

Located in Konark, Odisha, this is a very famous temple which is built in the form of Surya Rath. It is a 13th-century temple and mirrors the grandeur of Kalinga Architecture.  

Sun Temple

6. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

They were built by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th century and is located in Tamil Nadu. It is popular for its Chariot temples, largest open-air rock relief, and for its 40 sanctuaries based on the Pallav Dynasty architecture.

Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

7. Kaziranga National Park

It was built in the 20th century in Assam, and is home to the largest number of one-horned Indian rhinoceros and covers an area of 42,996 hectares. It is also one of the largest natural areas in the country and lies on the plains of Brahmaputra.

Kaziranga National Park - Heritage Site In India
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8. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

This too was built in the 20th century and is located in Assam itself, and it covers a total area of 50,000 hectares. The ever famous Project Tiger was started from here and it is home to various other endangered species.

Elephant at Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
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9. Keoladeo National Park

It was built in 1981 in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, and extends over an area of 2783 hectares, and has been a bird sanctuary as well, and currently is home to 364 bird species. Apart from birds, this national park houses 379 floral species, 13 species of snakes, 50 species of fish and others.

Brahminy starling bird at Keoladeo National Park
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10. Churches and Convents of Goa

It is located in Goa and was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. These churches marked the arrival of Portuguese to the country and have still been beautifully maintained by the locals. One of the most famous churches from these World Heritage Sites in India is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and it contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier.

Churches and Convents of Goa
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Here are all the other World Heritage Sites In India:

11. Khajuraho Group of Monuments – In Madhya Pradesh

12. Group and Monuments of Humpi – Ballari, Karnataka

13. Fatehpur Sikri – Uttar Pradesh

14. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal – In Karnataka

15. Elephanta Caves – Maharashtra

16. Great Living Chola Temples – Tamil Nadu

17. Sunderbans – West Bengal

18. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks – Uttarakhand

19. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi – Madhya Pradesh

20. Humayun’s Tomb – Delhi

21. Qutub Minar and its Monuments – Delhi

22. Mountain Railways of India – Tamil Nadu

23. Mahabodhi Complex at Bodh Gaya – Bihar

24. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka – Madhya Pradesh

25. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Maharashtra

26. Champaner Pavagarh Archaeology Park – Gujarat

27. Red Fort Complex – Delhi

28. The Jantar Mantar – Rajasthan

29. The Western Ghats

30. Hill Forts of Rajasthan

31. Rana ki Vav – Gujarat

32. Great Himalayan National Park – Himachal Pradesh

33. Archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara – Bihar

34. Khangchendzonga National Park – Sikkim

35. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier – In Chandigarh

36. The Historic City of Ahmedabad – Gujarat

37. The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble – Maharashtra

38. Jaipur (Pink City of India) – Rajasthan

These were all of 38 World Heritage Sites in India, and while some of these sites are actual locations, some are entire cities that have had an important significance on this country and its people. Do plan to add these locations in your travel book and enjoy the beauty our country has to offer.

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