World Heritage Site: India has 42 sites listed under Tentative List

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New Delhi: At present, India has 42 sites listed under Tentative List which is a pre-requisite condition for inscription as World Heritage Site. ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’ has been submitted for nomination of World Heritage Site in 2019-2020. Nomination dossiers of ‘Santiniketan, India’ and ‘Sacred Ensemble of Hoysalas’ have been submitted to UNESCO for the year 2021-22 cycle.

Augmentation of sites on the World Heritage List/Tentative List is a continuous process and sites are selected on the basis of their potential for fulfilling criteria under Operational Guidelines and demonstration of Outstanding Universal Value.

At present, India has 38 World Heritage Properties. All the sites under the Ministry are conserved as per ASI’s Conservation Policy and are in good shape.



Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India (22)

S.No. Name of SiteState 
 Agra Fort (1983)Uttar Pradesh
 Ajanta Caves (1983)Maharashtra
 Ellora Caves (1983)Maharashtra
 Taj Mahal (1983)Uttar Pradesh
 Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984)Tamil Nadu
 Sun Temple, Konark (1984)Odisha
 Churches and Convents of Goa (1986)Goa
 FatehpurSikri (1986)Uttar Pradesh
 Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986)Karnataka
 Khajuraho, Group of Temples (1986)Madhya Pradesh
 Elephanta Caves ( 1987)Maharashtra
 Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram (1987 & 2004)Tamil Nadu
 Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987)Karnataka
 Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)Madhya Pradesh
 Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993)Delhi
 QutbMinar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993)Delhi
 Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)Madhya Pradesh
 Champaner-Pavagarh Archaeological Park (2004)Gujarat
 Red Fort Complex, Delhi (2007)Delhi
 Hill Forts of RajasthanKumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer and Ranthambhore, Amber and Gagron Forts) (2013)(Amber and Gagron Forts are under protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums)Rajasthan
 Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan (2014)Gujarat
 Archaeological Site of NalandaMahavihara(Nalanda University) at Nalanda (2016)Bihar

Under Protection of Ministry of Railways (2)

23.Mountain Railways of India Darjeeling,(1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla (2008)West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh
24.ChhatrapatiShivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004)Maharashtra

Under Protection of Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (1)

25Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, (2002)Bihar

Under Protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums (1)

26.The JantarMantar, Jaipur (2010)Rajasthan

Under Protection of Chandigarh Administration (1)

27.The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)Chandigarh

Under Protection of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (1)

28.Historic City of Ahmedabad (2017)Gujarat

Under Protection of Bombay Municipal Corporation (1)

29.Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (2018)Govt of Maharashtra

Under Protection of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (1)

30.Jaipur City, Rajasthan (2019)Govt of Rajasthan


Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

31.Kaziranga National Park (1985)Assam
32.Keoladeo National Park (1985)Rajasthan
33.Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985)Assam
34.Sunderbans National Park (1987)West Bengal
35.Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988, 2005)Uttarakhand
36.Western Ghats (2012)Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu
37Great Himalayan National Park (2014)Himachal Pradesh


Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

38.Khangchendzonga National Park (2016)Sikkim 

This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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