UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India 2023: Know Future World Heritage Sites in India

World Heritage Sites are those natural or man-made sites, area or structures that are being designated by the World Heritage Convention an organization of UNESCO as of outstanding international importance. These sites are specially protected by the government. There are more than 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India in 2023.

All world heritage sites in India are of universal value and preserved for current and future generations. Apart from this, these sites generate good revenues through tourism. In today’s post, we are going to share the list of UNESCO World Heritage in Sites in India.

List of All UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India 2023

Here is the list of UNESCO world heritage site India 2023:

Name Region Period Built by
Ajanta Caves Maharashtra 2nd century BC to the 6th century Ashoka and Gupta Rulers
Ellora Caves Maharashtra 600 to 1000 AD The Rashtrakuta king, Krishna I
Agra Fort Uttar Pradesh, India 16th Century Akbar
Taj Mahal Agra, Uttar Pradesh 17th Century Shahjahan
Sun Temple Konarak Puri, Odisha 13th Century Narasimhadev I
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 7th and 8th Centuries Pallava Kings
Kaziranga National Park Assam 20th Century
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary Assam 20th Century
Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan 1981
Churches and Convents of Goa Velha Goa (Old Goa), Goa 16th and 18th Centuries Portuguese Colonial Rulers
Khajuraho Group of Monuments Madhya Pradesh 950 AD to 1050 AD Chandela Dynasty
Group of Monuments at Hampi Vijayanagara district, Karnataka 14th and 16th Centuries Vijayanagara Empire
Fatehpur Sikri Uttar Pradesh 16th Century Akbar
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal Bagalkot District, karanataka 8th Century Queen Lokamahadevi and her husband (King Vikramaditya II)
Elephants Caves Maharashtra 5th and 8th Century Rashtrakuta rulers
Great Living Chola Temples Brihadeeswarar temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Tamil Nadu, Airavateshwarar Temple, Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 11th and 12th Century Chola Empire
Sundarbans National Park West Bengal 1939 and 1982
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks Uttarakhand 1939 and 1982
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Madhya Pradesh 3rd and 1st Centuries BC to the 12th Century AD Emperor Ashoka and Mauryan Empire
Humayun’s Tomb Delhi Delhi 1572 Mughal Emperor Humayun’s widow Biga Begum (Hajji Begum)
Qutub Minar and its Monuments, Delhi Delhi Late 12th Century  Qutubuddin Aibak and Illtumish
Mountain Railways in India Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (1999), Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Nilgiri Mountain Railway (2005) Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

Kalka-Shimla Railway, Himachal Pradesh (2008), India

19th and early 20th Centuries Indian Railways
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya Bihar 3rd century BC

5th and 6th century AD and 19th century

Emperor Ashoka and Gupta Rulers
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka Madhya Pradesh 30000 years _
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Formerly Victoria Terminus) Maharashtra 1887 to 1888 Frederick William Stevens
Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park Gujarat Prehistoric and 8th to 14th centuries
Red Fort Complex Delhi 1648 Shahjahan
The Jantar Mantar Jaipur Jaipur, Rajasthan 1727 and 1734 Jai Singh II
Western Ghats Agasthyamalai Sub-Cluster (Kerala)

Periyar Sub-Cluster (Kerala)

Anamalai Sub-Cluster (Kerala)

Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (Tamil Nadu)

Talakaveri Sub-Cluster (Karnataka)

Kudremukh Sub-Cluster (Karnataka)

Sahyadri Sub-Cluster (Maharashtra)

Hill Forts of Rajasthan Ranthambhore

Amber Sub-Cluster



7th to 16th Centuries Rajput Rulers
Rani ki Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) Patan, Gujarat 11th Century Rani Udaymati
Great Himalayan National Park Himachal Pradesh
Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar Bihar 5th to 12th Century
Khangchenzonga National Park Sikkim
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier Chandigarh 20th Century Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Matthew Nowicki and Albert Mayer
Historic City of Ahmadabad Ahmedabad, Gujarat 15th Century Sultan Ahmad Shah I
The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai Maharashtra Late 19th to Early 20th Century
Jaipur Jaipur, Rajasthan November 1727 Sawai Jai Singh II
Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple Telangana 1213 Ganapati Deva and Recharla Rudra Reddy
Dholavira: A Harappan City Gujarat 3rd to mid 2nd millennium BCE

Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indian States

Here is the state-wise list of Number of World Heritage Sites in India in 2023-

  • Arunachal Pradesh – 1 Sites
  • Assam – 2 Sites
  • Bihar – 2 Sites
  • Chandigarh – 1 Sites
  • Delhi – 3 Sites
  • Goa – 1 Sites
  • Gujarat – 4 Sites
  • Himachal Pradesh – 2 Sites
  • Karnataka – 3 Sites
  • Kerala – 1 Sites
  • Madhya Pradesh – 3 Sites
  • Maharashtra – 5 Sites
  • Odisha – 1 Sites
  • Rajasthan – 4 Sites
  • Telangana – 1 Sites
  • Tamil Nadu – 3 Sites
  • Uttarakhand – 1 Sites
  • Uttar Pradesh – 3 Sites
  • West Bengal – 2 Sites
  • Sikkim – 1 Sites

List of Future UNESCO heritage sites in India

Apart from the list of 40 World Heritage Sites in India mentioned above, there is a list of tentative sites for recognition which has been submitted to the UNESCO Committee for evaluation and acceptance. So, it is accepted that there will be many more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Name Region Period
Temples at Bishnupur West Bengal (Bishnupur) 1600 – 1758 AD
Mattancherry Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala Kerala (Mattancherry, Kochi) 1555 AD
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh Group of Monuments Madhya Pradesh (Mandu) Mostly 16th and 17th Centuries AD
Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh (Sarnath, Varanasi District) 500 CE
Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab Punjab, India (Amritsar) August 1604
River Island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam Assam (Brahmaputra River)
Namdapha National Park Arunachal Pradesh
Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch Gujarat (Kutchh)
Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Odisha
Neora Valley National Park West Bengal (Kalimpong District)
Desert National Park Rajasthan
Mughal Gardens in Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir (Chashma Shahi, Srinagar) 1619–1650 AD
Silk Road Sites in India Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh Around 114 BC – 1450s
Santiniketan West Bengal (Shantiniketan) 1862
The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad Telangana (Hyderabad) 14th to 17th centuries
Delhi Delhi 6th century BC
Apatani Cultural Landscape Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Archaeological remains of Lothal Lothal, Gujarat 2450 BC to 1800 BC
Bahá’í House of Worship Bahá’í House of Worship, Delhi (New Delhi) December 24, 1986
Cellular Jail Cellular Jail, Port Blair 1906
Chettinad, Village Clusters of the Tamil Merchants Tamil Nadu mostly 19th century
Chilika Lake Odisha
Monuments and forts of the Deccan Sultanate Karnataka (Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur) and Telangana (Hyderabad) 16th and 17th centuries
Ekamra Kshetra – The Temple City Odisha (Bhubaneswar) 3rd century BC to 11th century AD
Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India India 2014
Padmanabhapuram Palace Tamil Nadu 1601 AD
Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala                Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebidu Karnataka (Belur and Halebidu) 1113–1268 AD
Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town Karnataka 9th–18th century
Narcondam Island Andaman and Nicobar islands
The Neolithic Settlement of Burzahom Jammu and Kashmir 3000 BC to 1000 BC
Thembang Fortified Village Arunachal Pradesh
The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways Telangana (Warangal) 12th and 13th centuries                2014
Sites of Satyagraha India
Moidams – the Mound-Burial system of the Ahom Dynasty Assam
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam Tamil Nadu (Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli) 817 AD, or before, to 1987
Mountain Railways of India (Extension) Maharashtra 1881
Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road India
Evolution of Temple Architecture – Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal Karnataka (Aihole, Badami, and Pattadakal) 5th to 8th Centuries
Cold Desert Cultural Landscape of India Ladakh
Keibul Lamjao Conservation Area Manipur 1977
Garo Hills Meghalaya
The historic ensemble of Orchha Madhya Pradesh 16th century
Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of Varanasi Varanasi, India
Temples of Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu 6th – 7th centuries CE
Hire Benkal, Megalithic Site Karnataka Neolithic Age
Bhedaghat- Lametaghat in Narmada Valley                Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat Madhya Pradesh
Satpura Tiger Reserve Madhya Pradesh
Serial Nomination of Maratha Military Architecture in Maharashtra Maharashtra 17th century CE
Geoglyphs of Konkan Region of India Maharashtra, Goa
Jingkieng jri: Living Root Bridge Cultural Landscapes Meghalaya
Sri Veerabhadra Temple and Monolithic Bull (Nandi), Lepakshi (The Vijayanagara Sculpture and Painting Art Tradition) Andhra Pradesh
Sun Temple, Modhera and its adjoining monuments Gujarat
Vadnagar – A multi-layered Historic town, Gujarat Gujarat
Rock-cut Sculptures and Reliefs of the Unakoti, Unakoti Range, Unakoti District Tripura
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