UNESCO World Heritage for India

UNESCO World Heritage Sites represent some of the best natural, cultural and historic attractions in world travel. Below are details of the 35 cultural, natural and mixed sites inscribed for India to date (a red World Heritage symbol denotes a site currently regarded as endangered). For more details of these properties, click on the links to the UNESCO website and the photographic galleries of these sites from OurPlace (where available) or see our highlights of India for descriptions. Also, check out UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage for India below.

1983 - Ellora Caves
1983 - Taj Mahal
1983 - Ajanta Caves
1983 - Agra Fort
1984 - Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
1984 - Sun Temple, Konârak
1985 - Keoladeo National Park
1985 - Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
1985 - Kaziranga National Park
1986 - Khajuraho Group of Monuments
1986 - Group of Monuments at Hampi
1986 - Fatehpur Sikri
1986 - Churches and Convents of Goa
1987 - Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
1987 - Elephanta Caves
1987 - Great Living Chola Temples
1987 - Sundarbans National Park
1988 - Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

Taj Mahal

Ellora Caves

Ajanta Caves

Agra Fort
1989 - Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
1993 - Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
1993 - Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
1999 - Mountain Railways of India
2002 - Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
2003 - Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
2004 - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
2004 - Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
2007 - Red Fort Complex
2010 - Jantar Mantar
2012 - Western Ghats
2013 - Hill Forts of Rajasthan
2014 - Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area
2014 - Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat
2016 - Khangchendzonga National Park
2016 - Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar
2016 - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Fatehpur Sikri

Churches and Convents of Goa

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Recently UNESCO has begun to document the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage which includes "traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts". The current listings for India are shown below - click on the links for more details.

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

2008 - Ramlila, the traditional performance of the Ramayana
2008 - Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatre
2008 - Tradition of Vedic chanting
2009 - Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas, India
2009 - Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz, Nevruz
2010 - Kalbelia folk songs and dances of Rajasthan
2010 - Chhau dance
2010 - Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of Kerala
2012 - Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India