World Heritage Sites in India

Site nameEntered
Ellora Caves1983
Ajanta Caves1983
Agra Fort1983
Taj Mahal1983
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram1984
Sun Temple, Konarak1984
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary1985
Kaziranga National Park1985
Keoladeo National Park1985
Khajuraho Group of Monuments1986
Group of Monuments at Hampi1986
Churches and Convents of Goa1986
Fatehpur Sikri1986
Sundarbans National Park1987
Great Living Chola Temples1987
Elephanta Caves1987
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal1987
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks1988
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi1989
Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi1993
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi1993
Mountain Railways of India1999
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya2002
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka2003
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)2004
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park2004
The Red Fort complex2007
Jantar Mantar2010
Western Ghats2012
Hill Forts of Rajasthan2013

Tentative list of India
Apatani Cultural Landscape
Archaeological remains of a Harappa Port-Town, Lothal
Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi
Bhitarkanika Conservation Area
Buddhist Monastery Complex, Alchi, Leh, known as Alchi Chos-kor
Cellular Jail, Andaman Islands
Chettinad, Village Clusters of the Tamil Merchants
Chilika Lake
Churchgate - Extension to Mumbai CST
Delhi - A Heritage City
Desert National Park
Dholavira: A Harappan City
Ekamra Kshetra – The Temple City, Bhubaneswar
Excavated Remains at Nalanda
Great Himalayan National Park
Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Hemis Gompa
Historic city of Ahmadabad
Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India
Kangchendzonga National Park
Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala
Moidams – the Mound-Burial system of the Ahom Dynasty
Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate
Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town
Mountain Railways of India (Extension)
Mughal Gardens in Kashmir
Namdapha National Park
Narcondam Island
Neora Valley National Park
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Rani-ki-Vav (The Queens Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat
River island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam
Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala
Santiniketan
Silk Road Sites in India
Sites along the Badshahi Marg - The Grand Trunk Road
Sites of Saytagrah, India’s non-violent freedom movement
Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam
Temples at Bishnupur, West Bengal
The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways
The Kangra Valley Railway - Extension to the Mountain Railways of India
The Neolithic Settlement of Burzahom
The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Charminar
The Victorian & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
Thembang Fortified Village
Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh
Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch

Sites that have been nominated in the past
Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Oak Grove School
Silent Valley NP
The Maharaja Railways of India
Tomb of Sher Shah Suri, Sasaram, Bihar

RTW trip #5: Islamic Delhi (February 2011)

My final days in India I spent in its capital Delhi. An enormous city, full of military, police and other security measures - also at each WHS myself and my bag were searched. The city's three (!) WHS can easily be seen in a short period. I was not blown away by one of them - it could be the Mughal architecture, or that I had reached a sightseeing overdose after 4 weeks continuous travelling in India from site to site.

. Humayun's Tomb
. Qutb Minar
. Red Fort


RTW trip #4: Caves and Stupas (February 2011)

Travelling northwards through India, I have now arrived in an area where Buddhism has had a large and early impact. This is visible in three out of the four WHS that I visited here: the fine Buddhist paintings at Ajanta Caves, the man-made Ellora Caves with their Buddhist/Hindu/Jain sculptures, and the Great Stupa of the Buddhist sanctuary at Sanchi. The rock shelters of Bhimbetka are natural caves with rock paintings among the oldest in the world.

. Ajanta Caves
. Ellora Caves
. Sanchi
. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka


RTW trip #3: Central India (January 2011)

Central India is a bit far from everywhere. I travelled there by night train, not too bad. It does see its fair share of western tourists though - in Goa, and also at formidable Hampi. The latter site is the highlight of my India trip so far.

. Churches and Convents of Goa
. Pattadakal
. Hampi