There is no doubt that when it comes to unveiling the beauty of tourist attractions in the world, importance of UNESCO World Heritage sites can’t be ignored. However, there are various countries in the world that have several world heritage sites, but India is the country that has maximum number of UNESCO World heritage sites. There are total 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. Out of this list, 27 sites come with great cultural significances. Moreover, remaining 8 UNESCO sites in India are of natural significances. So, if you are planning to visit India, you should not forget visiting these mesmerizing world heritage sites. Are you still in dilemma? If so, then you should check out stated below list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in India.

27 Cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites

1 – Nalanda Mahavihara, Bihar

Nalanda University or Nalanda Mahavihara is considered among the top archaeological sites in India. This ancient university is situated in the Indian state of Bihar. It was the main center of ancient learning. It is also considered among the most auspicious Buddhist monastery. This monastery is considered from 3rd century BC to 13th century CE. Tourists can see the remains of shrines, Viharas and stupas if they stroll around this location. Nalanda is known for being one of the best Buddhist religion areas in the world. It remained the key education center in the world for 800 years. The ancient Nalanda University was the center of ancient Vedic learning. Students throughout the Central Asia, Korea and China studied at this renowned university. It is second most visited world heritage site in the Indian state of Bihar.

Nalanda Our Pride

Nalanda Our Pride | Credits: By Arunava de Sarkar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

2 – Rani Ki Vav, Patan, State Gujarat

This world heritage site of India was constructed during the 3rd of millennium BC especially in the memory of the then kings. It is considered among the best specimen of Indian architecture. This structure was built during the reign of Solanki dynasty. It is said that the structure was built in the memory of king Bhimadeva I, who was the son of the key founder of Solanki dynasty. In the year of 2014, it was officially declared as a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rani Ki Vav is basically famous for its sculptures, stepped corridors and yes stone carvings in the ancient well. It is observed that most of the sculptures at the structure are devoted to Hindu God Vishnu in his 10 incarnation. It is not only a fine example of storage water establishment but also a religious structure. It is certainly a great example of ancient Indian architecture. Visitors or tourists, who want to unveil mystical, mesmerizing and historical buildings in India, shouldn’t forget visiting at Rani Ki Vav.

3 – Group of Monuments at Hamper, State Karnataka, India

Group of monuments at Hamper is among most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It is situated at the northern reign of Karnataka state, India. The group of monuments simply display the glorious past of kingdom of renowned Vijayanagar. By unveiling the mystery of ruins at Hampi, tourists can be able to know about a new ancient India culture, architecture and social values. It is certainly a great specimen of ancient Dravidian kind of architecture and art. Virupaksha temple is considered among one of the most significant monuments at this place. It is certainly an ancient Hindu structure. Since there are various monuments, ruins and structures available at the site, they are collectively known as Group of monuments at Hampi. Some of the key tourist attractions at this UNESCO world heritage site are Narasimha temple, Krishna temple, Achyutaraya temple, Pattabhirama temple, Vitthala temple, Lotus Mahal area, and various other puras and bazaars around the archaeological site.

4 – Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, State Karnataka, India

Group of monuments at Pattadakal is among top UNESCO world heritage sites in India. It is situated in the Indian state of Karnataka. The site is basically renowned for its amazing Chaulakya kind of architecture that derived in Aihole and merged with famous Dravidian and Nagara kinds of architecture. It is a fact that Pattadakal is famous for being the capital of ancient Chalukyas kings. When it comes to major tourist attractions at this site, there are various ancient temples available here. Tourists can witness the beauty and grandeur of different types of Hindu and Jaina temples. There are eight ancient temples, which are devoted to Lord Vishnu. Some of the highly appreciated monuments at this world heritage site are Sangameshwara temple, Virupaksha temple, Chandrashekhara temple, Kashivishwanaath temple, Mallikarju temple, Jain temple, and Galganath temple.

Group of monuments At Pattadakal

Group of monuments At Pattadakal | By Manjunath Doddamani Gajendragad at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

5 – Khujuraho Group of Monuments, State Madhya Pradesh, India

Situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Khujuraho Group of monuments is a prominent UNESCO World Heritage site of India. This unique world heritage site is basically renowned for ancient Jain and Hindu temples. These temples are prominent for their amazing erotic figures, sculptures and Nagara style of architecture. These temples are famous for their erotic sculptures. These sculptures can be divided into three sexual categories. First category simply depicts the sexual relationship between a man and a woman. Second category displays the hardcore type of sexual positions. The third category is certainly shocking as display the sexual relationship between human and animals. These ancient temples were constructed between 950 CE to 1050 CE especially under the ancient Chandella dynasty. There are total 85 ancient temples found in the area of around 20 square km. The Kandariay temple is considered as the most significant temple in the temple complex of Khajuraho.

6 – Hill Forts, State Rajasthan, India

Hill Forts, Rajasthan is added to the Indian list of UNESCO world heritage site in the year of 2013. Hill Forts is basically prominent for its incredible Rajput army defense architecture. It is a group of six grand forts such as Kumbhalgarh, Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer Fort, Amber Fort, Gagron Fort, and Ranthambore fort. These majestic forts can be seen on the Aravalli mountain area in Rajasthan, India. These forts simply resemble the amazing political power of Rajupuna kings in the area. The fortifications of these military structures are very strong. The main motto behind constructing these forts was to grab unbreakable security. Within the walls of these great forts, a complete small town can be witnessed. Temples, markets, trading centers were present over there. The water storage and harvesting facilities at these forts are still used by people.

Top of Pavadagh hill

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7 – Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, State Bihar, India

Mahabodhi temple complex at Bodh Gaya is situated only 96 km far from Patna city in the Indian state of Bihar. It is considered among the top UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. Apart from being a world heritage site, Bodh Gaya is also a great religious site for Buddhist. It was the location where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodhi Tree and Mahabodhi temple are the key tourist attractions at this site. This ancient temple was constructed during the region of King Ashoka about 250 BCE. It is considered among the earliest temples of Buddhism. This temple complex has 50 meter tall sacred Mahabodhi temple, Bodhi tree, Vajrasana, and other sex auspicious sites of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment. It is the best world heritage site for tourists who have keen interest in unveiling the history of ancient temples, stupas and Buddhist structures.

8 – Churches and Convents of Goa, India

Churches and convents of Goa can be positioned among the most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. There are various churches and other structures in the Goa state that were constructed by Portuguese. If you want to witness the beauty of Portuguese architecture, art and style, you should not forget visiting at this world heritage site of Goa. Some of the highly visited structures are Saint Catherine’s Chapel, Basilica do Bom Jesus, Church and convent of sacred saint Francis of Assisi, Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Church of sacred saint Cajetan & its seminary, and sacred church of Saint Augustine. These Portuguese structures were constructed during the 15th and 16th century. These grand churches are the part of a list of UNESCO world heritage sites of India.

See of Goa | Churches and Convents of Goa

See of Goa | Churches and Convents of Goa | By Photo by Danny Burke; edit by Kjetil_r (File:Se cathedral goa.jpg) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

9 – Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, State Madhya Pradesh, India

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi is situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for ancient temples, monolithic pillars, monasteries, palaces, Ye Dharma Hetu sacred inscriptions, and Mauryan architecture. The site is famous for its world’s ancient stone structures. Most of the sacred structured were constructed by emperor Ashoka during the 3rd century. The prominent Sanchi Stupa is situated only 46km far from the north-east area of Bhopal city. Apart from being famous for sacred Sanchi Stupa, this world heritage site is also known for its various other incredible structures such as temples, monolithic pillars, places, and mystical monasteries. During the 12th century AD, it was considered as the center of Buddhism. Today, the site is considered among the most visited tourist destinations in India.

Great Budhha Sanchi Stupa

Great Budhha Sanchi Stupa | Image Credits: By Suyash Dwivedi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

10 – Great Living Chola Temples, State Tamil Nadu, India

Great Living Chola temples are among the top UNESCO World Heritage sites of India. This world heritage site is located in the India state of Tamil Nadu. Some of the key temples at this site are Thanjavur Brihadisvara temple, Brihadisvara temple, Darasuram temple, Airavatesvara temple, and Gangaikondacholisvaram temple. These ancient structures are famous for bronze casting, painting, sculptures and Chola architecture. These incredible ancient temples were constructed in Southern reign of India especially under the Chola dynasty. The sacred Brihadisvara temple was constructed by King Rajaraja first. It is the first specimen of Chola architecture. The holy temple at Gangaikondacholapuram was constructed by King Rajendra I. This temple is devoted to Bhagwan Shiva. Rajaraja II constructed the famous Airavatesvara temple. If you have keen interest in knowing the Chola architecture, Hindu mythology and mysticism in the historical structures, you should not forget visiting at this world heritage site.

11 – Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, State Tamilnadu, India

Group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is considered among the top UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. This site is situated in the India state of Tamilnadu. This sacred site is basically famous for various ancient Hindu temples. Some of the major temples at this location at Ganesha Ratha temple, Pancha Rathas temples, Cave temples of sacred Mahabalipuram, Shore Temple, Olakkannesvara temple, and various other ancient structures. In concise, it can be concluded that this world heritage site at Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu is famous for sacred Chariot temples, Pallava dynasty architecture, Mandapas, and yes grand open air rock. These ancient temples are located in the famous Mahabalipuram town, which is only 58 km far from Chennai city. Pallava rulers constructed these sacred temples at Mahabalipuram. This group of monument simply adds 40 amazing sanctuaries such as Ganga’s descent, biggest open air relief area, and many more. Some of the major attractions at this site are Pancha Rathaas, Draupadi Ratha, Dharmaraja Ratha, Cave temples of town Mahabalipuram and Aruna Ratha.

12 – Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, State Madhya Pradesh, India

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka is basically renowned for stone-age inscriptions, rock paintings within organic rock shelters and sitting place of Mahabharata age Bhima. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year of 2003. It is the site where the oldest traces of human life on Asia were officially discovered. Rock Shelters of Bhimpetka is situated at the foothills of famous Vindhaya mountain range in Deccan Plateau. It is a famous archaeological site for ancient Mesolithic period. It means that it is the site that can display the human life around 100,000 years ago on the earth. The site simply reveals the secrets of early Stone Age life at India. It is a group of total five rocks. These rock shelters were discovered in the year of 1957. Rock shelters at Bhimpetka are known for its Mesolithic age paintings and carvings. These carvings as well as paintings can help us understanding the ancient store age lifestyle in India.

13 – Ajanta Caves, State Maharashtra, India

Ajanta Caves are renowned for richly decorated frescoes and paintings just similar to popular Sigiriya paintings and Buddhist rock-cut sacred cave monuments. Ajanta Caves are one of the earliest UNESCO World Heritage sites of India, date back to about 2nd century BCE to 650 CE. It is a site famous for its total 31 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments, sculptures and paintings. If you want to visit a tourist destination with lots of mesmerizing and mystical structures, you should not forget visiting at Ajanta Caves. Paintings, carvings and sculptures at these caves simply display the life of stone-age men in the Indian subcontinent.

Ajantha Caves

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14 – Ellora Caves, State Maharashtra, India

Ellora Caves are renowned for Jain, Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries, rock-cut ancient architecture, caves excavated out of big mountains. Ellora Caves are considered among the top UNESCO World Heritage as well as archaeological sites on the earth planet. It is located only 29km far from Northwest of Aurangabad city. These ancient caves are basically famous for their incredible rock-cut architecture. It is found that there are total 34 rock cut ancient temples and sacred caves that can be dated to around 600 to 1000 AD. These ancient structures are the fine example of three basic religions in India i.e. Hindu, Jain and Buddhist.

15 – Elephanta Caves, State Maharashtra, India

Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra are renowned for Buddhist and Hindu caves, basal rock caves, ancient lord Shiva temples and caves on island in famous Arabian Sea. Elephanta caves are situated on an island in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The group of sculpted rock caves is situated on famous Elephanta Island. It is also famous as Gharapuri. There are several archaeological remain available on the site that offer tourists a glimpse into rich heritage of India. These ancient caves are renowned for their rock-cut sculptures. These sacred sculpted and carvings are simply depicting the Lord Shiva as the destroyer and creator of the universe. There are various caves with number i.e. cave number 1, 2 3, etc.

Shiva cave in Elephanta Caves

Shiva cave in Elephanta Caves | By AKS.9955 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

16 – Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park, State Uattarakhand, India

However, there are various UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, but visiting at Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers national park is certainly a great one. This world heritage site of India is famous for snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, brown bear, biosphere reserves, and yes Himalayan monal. The best part of visiting at this most visited world heritage site in India is the Nanda Devi peak. It is considered among the highest peaks in India. Apart from Nanda Devi, there is also another highest peak called Sunanda Devi. This ancient site is also famous for its great significances dated back to Upanishads and Puranas.

If you are looking for a mesmerizing tourist destination in India, you should not forget unveiling the beauty of Valley of flowers. It is a national park, situated adjacent to Nanda Devi. This world heritage site of India is also famous for its 520 species of amazing fauna and 600 species of great flora. So, if you are looking for a tourist destination that can offer you loads of tourist attractions, you should look nowhere else but this world heritage site in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

17 – Sundabans National Park, State West Bengal, India

Sundarban or Sundarbans is famous for biggest estuarine mangrove woods, Biosphere reserve, salt water crocodile species and yes Bengal tiger reserve. Basically, the site is renowned for royal Bengal tigers. Sunderban National Park is a popular tiger reserve and biosphere reserve in West Bengal, India. Being located at the Bay of Bengal, this location offers amazing tourists attractions. If you want to visit a tourist location with lots of natural beauties, you must not forget unveiling the beauty of this location. It is also a great place for wildlife lovers. So, if you want to spice up your journey to India, you shouldn’t forget including this place to your must-watch tourist list. Visiting this place can help you unveiling a new world of wildlife and weird species of flora and fauna.

18 – Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi, India

Humanyun’s Tomb is considered among the top UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It was constructed by Begum Bega, who was the first wife of Mughal king Humanyun. This structure was built from 1565 to 1572. Humanyun’s Tomb is considered as the only monument that has gone through various restoration works. It is a kind of tomb complex that consists of various tiny monuments such as the tombs of an Afghan warrior of King Sher Shah Suri’s court, Isa Khan Niyazi and various others. However, there are various other historical buildings, forts and monuments in Delhi, but if you want to witness the greatness of Mughal king Humanyon, you shouldn’t forget visiting at this historical tomb. Since the tomb is situated amidst the city, you can easily find out desired transport facility to reach at this historical structure. So, when it comes to visiting top tourists destinations in Delhi, you must visit at Humanyun’s tomb, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

19 – Red Fort Complex, Delhi, India

Since you are going to unveil the architectural beauty of Humanyun’s tomb in Delhi, you should also not forget visiting at Red Fort. This historical Fort in Delhi is famous for its red sandstone architectural work, Moti mosque is a fine example of Timuri, Persian, Indian, and Shahjahanbad architectural styles. Red Fort is located in the main area of capital city Delhi. It was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan when he moved his capital city from Agra city to Delhi. Agra was earlier called as Shahjahanabad. This fort soon became the political center of the then Mughals kings. It is a known fact that Mughal king Shah Jahan always concentrated on constructing incredible buildings such as world famous Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Delhi. If you want to witness the amazing combination of Hindu, Islamic and Persian architecture, you should visit at Red Fort complex. It is still considered as the most influencing political building in India. The structure is famous for its amazing red sandstone works. There are various small-sized buildings also available in the Red Fort complex such as Diwan-e-aam, private pavallion and Diwan-e-khas. Red fort in Delhi city is considered among the top world heritage sites of India. Archaeological Survey of India manages this amazing structure in India.

20 – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Vitoria Terminus), State Maharashtra, India

Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus was also called as Victoria Terminus. It is among the top tourist attractions in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is famous for its Gothic style architecture, terror attacks on Mumbai and yes being a central railways head office. It is located at Mumbai city. Victoria terminus was constructed by Frederick W. Stevens with the great inspiration from famous Victorian Italianate Gothic architecture. It is a blended form of Gothic Italian and Mughal architecture in India. It was constructed during 1878-1888. It was Victoria terminus that gave Mumbai recognition of being an international port in India. When it comes to visiting a building with Indian, Italian, Mughal, and gothic architecture, importance of Shivaji terminus can’t be underestimated. So, if you want to visit a building with great architectural values, you need to look nowhere else but Victoria terminus or Shivaji terminus in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) | Image Credits: Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

21 – Sun Temple, Konark, State Odisha, India

Sun temple at Konark is renowned for Kalinga architecture, Chariot of Sun and yes Black Pagoda. It is among the top seven wonders of India. The 13th century Sun Temple is located at Konark in Indian state of Odisha. This ancient temple was constructed by king Eastern Ganga dynasty called Narasimhadeva 1st in 1250 AD. The famous Sun temple is literally in the shape of a massive chariot along with carved stone big wheels, walls and pillars. It is led by total six big carved horses. The temple is also placed among the top biggest Brahmin sanctuaries in the country. This ancient Hindu structure is originally believed to be constructed at the bank of river Chandrabhanga. This one of most visited UNESCO world heritage sites in India displays the traditional and grandeur style of Kalinga architecture and design. So, if you want to visit a place where you can see a massive ancient Hindu worship with lots of myths associated with the same, you must visit at Sun Temple in Konark.

22 – Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, State Rajasthan, India

The Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in the pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It is an astronomical observatory. It was constructed during 18th of century in Rajasthan. Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory, was constructed by Rajput king called Sawai Jai Singh in the year of 1738 CE. Jantar Mantar houses 19 astronomical devices or instruments that also include world’s biggest stone sundial. The best part of these instruments at Jantar Mantar is that they all are man-made. The main motto behind setting up these instruments at this structure is to calculate horizon-zenith local system, celestial coordinate system, equatorial system, and yes ecliptic system. This world heritage site in India is considered as the most preserved observatories in the world. It is certainly a fine specimen of cultural heritage and scientific evolution in India.

23 – Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh, India

Located adjacent to the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra Fort is considered among the most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. This Mughal era fort is a fine example of Timurid and Persian art. It also depicts the Indian architecture. The key reason behind the great architectural fusion is that it was basically a brick monument called Badalgarh. It was held by a Hindu Rajput king called king Badal Singh. It was Sikander Lodhi who decided to move his capital from Delhi to Agra. This fort is known for various outstanding monuments such as Sheesh Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e-khas, Muhamman Burie, Nagina Masjid, Moti Masjid, and Diwan-e-aam.

Gagron fort | UNESCO world heritage site of India

Gagron fort | By Sagar581 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

24 – Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India

When it comes to unveiling the architectural, historical and art of Mughal era buildings, monuments and forts, importance of Fatehpur Sikri can’t be ignored. The city derived its name after the great victory of Mughal King Akbar over Ranthambore and Chittor. Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO world heritage site in Uttar Pradesh, India. It basically houses four key monuments such as Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Jada Baai ka Mahal and Panch Mahal. The wood for Buland Darwaza was imported from Australia. Moreover, the famous Jadda bai ka Mahal is also considered as the original place of famous Navaratnas of Akbar’s court. Tomb of Saint Salim Chishti can also be found adjacent to Buland Darwaza. These historical Mughal structures are part of UNESCO world heritage sites in India.

25 – Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh, India

This white marbled structure, designed by a Mughal King Shah Jahan, is a fine example of love, dedication and sacrifice. Being one of the seven wonders in the world, Taj Mahal in Agra attracts thousands of visitors or tourists towards it every day. As everyone knows that this white marble building was constructed by the king Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife called Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is situated at the bank of
river Yamuna in Agra city, Uttar Pradesh, India. The construction work of this grand building was done in the year of 1653. It is also called as the “Jewel of Islamic art in India”. It is certainly one of the most visited tourist attractions in India. Without visiting this monument, your trip to India can’t be completed.

26 – Mountain Railways of India

The world-famous mountain railways of India comprise of famous Kalka-Shimla Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain railway and Darjeeling Himalayan railway. It is a part of UNESCO world heritage sites of India. Northern part of Bengal is considered as the most sought after scenic temptations on this earth planet. Tourists can be mesmerized by tiger hills, long tunnels, amazing tea plantations, and yes toy train. Mountain railway was constructed during the 19th to 20th century. Certainly, it is a great specimen of engineering. The main motto behind starting the mountain railways was to connect the mountain area with each other. If you want to enjoy a fun and romantic ride, you must unveil the advantages of mountain railways.

27 – Qutub Minar & Its Monuments, Delhi, India

Basically, Qutub Minar is famous for its various monuments such as Alai Minar, Alai Darwaza, and tomb of Iltumish, Qubbat-ul-Islam, and yes iron pillar. It is considered among the most visited UNESCO world heritage sites in India. Qutub Minar was constructed in the year of 1193 by Qutub-uddin Aibak of famous Mamluk dynasty. He was the first Muslim ruler in India. It is among the various other structures situated within the famous Qutub complex. It is about 73m in height and 15m in diameter. This giant Minar was constructed by the famous King Kutub-uddin Aibak to honor his poplar Sufi saint called Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki. Visitors can also visit at the adjacent mosque called Quwwat-ul-Islam. This mosque was constructed on the ruins of famous Lal Kot of previous Hindu kingdom. It is also considered as the first mosque in India. The structure is also poplar for its brick minarets that surround it. These historical monuments are called Qutub Minar complex. It is among the earliest known Islamic architectural symbols in India.

28 – Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, State Gujarat, India

The last but not the least site in the list of India’s UNESCO world heritage sites is Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park. This archaeological site is situated at district Panchmahal in Gujarat state, India. It is centered on the famous Champaner city, which is also called Muhammadabad. It was constructed by Sultan Mahmud Begada of state Gujarat. Culturally and historically, it is certainly a popular place. It is considered as the only complete unchanged historical Islamic pre-Mughal town in India. Most of the part of Champaner is still officially excavated. The site houses total 11 monuments. Some of the key tourist attractions here are Tombs, temples, mosques, Gateways, palaces, helical wells, pavilion, and various other structures. This world heritage site in Gujarat state is also houses a few ancient chalcolithic sites from the Indian stone-age era.

Jama Masjid in Champaner

Jama Masjid in Champaner | Image Credits: By Phso2 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

7 Natural UNESCO world heritage sites in India

29 – Renowned Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim State, India

It is situated in the grand Himalayan region. It is the part of great Sikkim state, India. Sikkim is considered among the most beautiful states in India. National Park of Khangchendzonga was officially declared as the UNESCO world heritage site in the year of 2016. The national park is also called as Kanchenjunga. It covers an area of about 850 sq. km. this national park is also famous for the world’s third highest peak called Kanchenjunga Peak. If you have keen interest in unveiling the world of flora and fauna, you should not forget visiting this world heritage park in India. The park also houses a few trekking ways. So, trekking enthusiasts can make their trip more exhilarating than ever before.

30 – Great Himalayan National Park, State Himachal Pradesh, India

Great Himalayan National Park covers an area of about 754.4 sq. kilometers. It is among the top national parks in India. It is situated in Kullu area of Northern part of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This park consists of glacial water melt and upper mountain organic snow melt. It is considered as the origin of various rivers. If you want to witness the hidden world of fauna species, you can find around 375 species here. Apart from fauna, you may also witness a range of flora in the park. It is certainly a new entry to the list of World Heritage sites of India. It is considered as an essential part of famous Himalayan biodiversity area. Snowy peaks, coniferous forests and pristine glaciers naturally add mesmerizing colors to its amazing beauty. Since it is a wildlife conservation area, tourists or visitors aren’t supposed to enjoy hunting of animals.

31 – Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, State Assam, India

When it comes to creating a list of top UNESCO World Heritage sites of India, importance of Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary can’t be ignored. This world heritage site is located in Assam state, India. Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary is basically famous for one-horned rhinoceroses, wild water buffalo, bird area, elephants, and tiger reserve zone. If you have keen interest in seeing natural scenic beauty and wildlife, Kaziranga can be a final choice for you. Tourists can also see various other animals at this sanctuary such as hoolock gibbon, capped langur, tiger, sloth bear, leopard, Ganges dolphins, water buffalo, wild boar, swamp deer, gaur, Indian muntjac, and hog deer.

32 – Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, State Assam, India

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Indian state of Assam. It is famous for elephant reserve, tiger reserve and biosphere reserve, Pygmy hog, golden langur, hispid hare, and roofed turtle. This wildlife sanctuary derived its name after river Manas. If you want to spend great time in the lap of nature, you should not forget visiting at this famous wildlife sanctuary in Assam, India.

21 – Keoladeo National Park at Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India

Keoladeo National Park is situated at Bharatpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is famous for Siberian cranes, man-made wetland bird sanctuary and location for ornithologists. It is also called Bharatpur bird sanctuary. It is home to various bird species. Tourists, who have keen interest in witnessing the beauty of nature, wildlife and bird species, need to visit at this location. It is the best place for tourists or visitors who want to unveil the beauty of nature, flora and fauna and yes lots of bird species.

24 – Western Ghats, India

Some of the major tourist attractions at Western Ghats are wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, reserve forests, and many more. Sahyadri mountain ranges or Western Ghats lies along with the famous western coast of typical Indian peninsula. It covers northern area to southern area along with western edge of famous Deccan Plateau. It houses various national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests in Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. The hilly area covers about 160000 sq. km. area with a heavy length of about 1600 km. this world heritage site is known for its great bio diversity. It is considered among the world’s top eight biological locations. The dense forests along with mesmerizing Western Ghats are also known as a home to around 325 species of flora and fauna. Therefore, if you have keen interest in unveiling the amazing world of flora and fauna, you should not forget visiting at this one of the best UNESCO world heritage sites in India.

Other world heritage sites in India

3 – Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India

If you want to unveil the hidden secret and beauty of architectural work of famous Le Corbusier, you should not forget visiting at Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, India. The best part of this architectural wonder is that it hosts the legislative assembly for two states i.e. Punjab and Haryana. Capitol Complex is situated at Sector, 1, Chandigarh, India. This world heritage structure was constructed during 1950.

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