India has the sixth largest number of Unesco heritage sites in the world, with a total of 38 sites. Take a look at them, region-wise.
Group of Monuments at Hampi, Karnataka
Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site, the ruins of over 20 elaborate temples, and many other smaller structures bear testimony of a flourishing empire in the medieval era.
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
These rock carved monuments along the Coromandel Coast, were listed under Unesco in 1984 as a cultural heritage site.
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Karnataka
The temples at Pattadakal were designated under Unesco World Heritage List in 1987.
Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu
These temples built by the rulers of the Chola Dynasty were listed under Unesco in 1987. This cultural heritage site includes three great temples of the 11th and 12th centuries.
EAST and NORTHEAST
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
The largest mangrove forest in the world is a mist-shrouded, river-riddled swamp region of shifting tides, man-eating tigers and off-the-beaten-track adventure.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park is home to 1800-odd rhinos (just 200 in 1904), representing more than two-thirds of the world’s total.
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
This sanctuary dons many feathers – it is a wildlife sanctuary, a biodiversity hotspot, a Project Tiger and Project Elephant reserve and, of course, a Natural World Heritage Site.
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
The 12-acre temple complex at Bodh Gaya was inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage List as a unique property of cultural and archaeological importance.
Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
This National Park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, glaciers and spectacular mountains, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga.
Sun Temple, Odisha
The 13th-century temple is made entirely of oxidised sandstone and is a remarkable example of Odisha’s architecture.
Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar
This site comprises the archaeological remains of a scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE.
The lush Western Ghats is one of the world’s ten “ Hottest biodiversity spots”. This impassable bulwark of evergreen and deciduous tangle from north of Mumbai to the tip of Tamil Nadu, covering 4 states.
Mountain Railways of India
These represent a collective listing of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka-Shimla Railway under the Unesco World Heritage Site.