The 40 World Heritage Sites in India. Check them out

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Dholavira, the Harappan-era archaeological site in the Kutch district of Gujarat, received the World Heritage Site tag from UNESCO on Tuesday.

While Dholavira became the fourth site from Gujarat and 40th from India to make the list, it is the first site of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation in India to get the recognition.

The Harappan-era village earned the distinction at the 44th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at Fuzhou, China.

Recently, the UN body also included the Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple in Telangana in the list.

With this, India now has 40 world heritage sites. Only Italy, Spain, Germany, China and France have more.

The 40 world heritage sites in India:

1. Agra Fort

2. Ajanta Caves

3. Ellora Caves

Ellora cave temple: Kailash Temple, 8th century, cave N°16, a Unesco World Heritage site. Photo: Getty Images
Ellora cave temple: Kailash Temple, 8th century, cave N°16, a Unesco World Heritage site. Photo: Getty Images

4. Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

5. Mountain Railways of India

6. Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

7. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

8. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

9. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

10. Sun Temple, Konark

Carving details of a wheel at Konark Sun Temple, Odisha.  Photo: Getty Images
Carving details of a wheel at Konark Sun Temple, Odisha. Photo: Getty Images

11. The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

12. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

13. Red Fort Complex

14. Kaziranga National Park

15. Keoladeo National Park

16. Khajuraho Group of Monuments

17. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

18. Churches and Convents of Goa

19. Fatehpur Sikri

20. Group of Monuments at Hampi

21. The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal: This UNESCO World Heritage site was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1632 and 1648. Photo: Getty Images
Taj Mahal: This UNESCO World Heritage site was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1632 and 1648. Photo: Getty Images

22. Elephanta Caves

23. Great Living Chola Temples 13

24. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

25. Sundarbans National Park

26. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

27. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

28. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

29. Western Ghats

30. Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Gujarat, Patan: Rani-Ki Vav stepwell, a Unesco World Heritage site. Photo: Getty Images
Gujarat, Patan: Rani-Ki Vav stepwell, a Unesco World Heritage site. Photo: Getty Images

31. Hill Forts of Rajasthan

32. Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area

33. Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar

34. Khangchendzonga National Park

35. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

36. Dholavira, a Harappan-era city

A tourist takes photos at the ancient Dholavira archaeological site in Kutch district in Gujarat. Dholavira has emerged as a major Harappan city remarkable for its exquisite town planning, monumental structures, aesthetic architecture and amazing water management and storage system. The Dholavira excavated site is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. Photo: San Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images
A tourist takes photos at the ancient Dholavira archaeological site in Kutch district in Gujarat. Dholavira has emerged as a major Harappan city remarkable for its exquisite town planning, monumental structures, aesthetic architecture and amazing water management and storage system. The Dholavira excavated site is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. Photo: San Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images

37. Historic City of Ahmedabad

38. Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai

39. Jaipur City, Rajasthan

40. Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana

UNESCO, on its website, called Dholavira as ‘one of the best preserved urban settlements from the period in Southeast Asia’.

Discovered in the 1960s by ASI’s Jagat Pati Joshi, Dholavira has continuously been researched and excavated since 1990 by the archeological body and has also opened up new developments in the study of the Indus Valley Civilisation. There have been several other major sites uncovered from the Bronze-era civilization that include Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Ganeriwala, Rakhigarhi, Kalibangan, Rupnagar and Lothal.

Dholavira has been noted for its spectacular planning and architecture.

What is a world heritage site?

A natural or man-made site, area, or structure recognised as being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection. These sites represent unique, or the most significant or best, examples of the world's cultural and/or natural heritage.

These sites are nominated to and designated by the World Heritage Convention (an organization of UNESCO). World heritage sites include forests, lakes, monuments, buildings and cities.

To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria.

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