World Heritage Sites of India

N 1972, the General Conference OF UNESCO adopted a resolution with overwhelming enthusiasm creating thereby a ‘Convention the protection of the Wold Cultural and Natural Heritage’. The Main objective were to: {A} Define the World Heritage in both culture and natural aspect, {B} Enlist site and monuments from member countries which are of exceptional interest and universal value the protection of which is the concern of all mankind and {C} Promote co-operation among all Nations and people to contribute for the protection of these universal treasures intact for future generations.

India is an active member state on the World Heritage from 1977. It has been working in close co-operation with other International agencies like International Council of Monument and Sites {ICOMOS}, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and National Resource {IUCN} and International Centre for the study of Preservation of Cultural Property {ICCROM}.

The Department of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India, Apart from observing this World Heritage Day on April 18 and the World Heritage Week from 19th November every year. It is specially aimed to involve the youth of the country through NSS/NCC units in such works as protection, preservation and propagation of the great heritage for which our India is world famous.

List of World Heritage in India:

Cultural

  1. AgraFort {1983} {Agra}
  2. Ajanta Caves {1983} {Mumbai }
  3. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi {1989}
  4. Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park {2004}
  5. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus {Formerly Victoria Terminus}
  6. Churches and Convents of Goa {1986}
  7. Elephanta Caves {1987}
  8. Ellora Caves {1983}
  9. Fatehpur Sikri {1986}
  10. Great Living Chola Temples {1987}
  11. Group of Monuments at Hampi {1986}
  12. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal {1987}
  13. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram {1984}
  14. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi {1993}
  15. Khajuraho Group of Monuments {1986}
  16. Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya {2002}
  17. Mountain Railways Of India {1999}
  18. Qutb Minar and its Monuments Delhi {1993}
  19. Red Fort Complex {2007}
  20. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka {2003}
  21. Sun Temple, Konarak {1984}
  22. Taj Mahal {1983}

Natural

  1. Kaziranga National Park {1985}
  2. Keoladeo National Park {1985}
  3. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary {1985}
  4. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park {1988}
  5. Sundarbans National Park