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Unesco-listed world heritage sites in India- South and East

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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.

SOUTH

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

 

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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

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The temples at Pattadakal were designated under Unesco World Heritage List in 1987.

Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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This site comprises the archaeological remains of a scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE.

OTHER

Western Ghats

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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

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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.