UNESCO Sites in India

by Katie Skrzek

Jul 18, 2019

Of course, no first visit to India is complete without a trip to the instantly recognizable Taj Mahal. A testament to the love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the famous mausoleum incorporates Islamic design elements, beautiful stonework and an array of precious stones. © Cbaumg | Dreamstime.com

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India offers visitors stunning natural landscapes and iconic cultural attractions. There are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. Start with these on your next visit.



  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi: This site contains a collection of Buddhist monuments including palaces, temples and monasteries, some dating back to the first and second centuries B.C.
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan: Housed in the state of Rajasthan, the forts are located in Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jhalawar, Jaipur and Jaisalmer.
  • Taj Mahal: The most recognizable site on the list, the white marble mausoleum was built 1631–1648 and designated a World Heritage Site in 1983.



  • Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area: The park in the Himalayan Mountain range boasts high alpine peaks, alpine meadows and riverine forests.
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary: The wildlife sanctuary is located at the foot of the Himalayas and is home to numerous endangered species, including the pygmy hog and Indian elephant.
  • Western Ghats: This mountain range is older than the Himalayas. The site features biophysical and ecological processes key to India’s biodiversity.



  • Khangchendzonga National Park: The only mixed cultural and natural site is located in the heart of the Himalayan Mountain range in northern India.


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