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
Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Bhitarkanika Conservation Area
Buddhist Monastery Complex, Alchi, Leh, known as Alchi Chos-kor
Churchgate - Extension to Mumbai CST
Delhi - A Heritage City
Desert National Park
Dholavira: a Harappan City, Gujarat, Disstt, Kachchh
Excavated Remains at Nalanda
Golconda Fort, Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh
Great Himalayan National Park
Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Hemis Gompa
Historic city of Ahmadabad
Kangchendzonga National Park
Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala
Mughal Gardens in Kashmir
Namdapha National Park
Neora Valley National Park
Oak Grove School
Rani-ki-Vav (The Queens Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat
River island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam
Santiniketan
Silk Road Sites in India
Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab
Temples at Bishnupur, West Bengal
The Kangra Valley Railway - Extension to the Mountain Railways of India
The Maharaja Railways of India
The Matheran Light Railway (extension to the Mountain Railways of India)
The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Charminar
The Victorian & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
Tomb of Sher Shah Suri, Sasaram, Bihar
Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh
Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch

Sites that have been nominated in the past
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Silent Valley NP

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