Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India That You Must Visit

by Paripsa Pandya

We may travel to numerous countries abroad, but there’s something about India that is unbeatable. The amount of diversity India offers to travellers is remarkable. From high altitude ranges to mesmerising oceans, India has it all. India has something for every kind of traveller from the adventure enthusiast to the culture nerd. Almost every foreigner has India on their travel bucket list. While there are countless places to see in India, some of them stand apart. Over the decades, several Indian destinations have made their way to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Here are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India you must check out:

1. Mountain Railways

The charm of travelling by train in India is irreplaceable! The experience becomes even more special when you pass some of the most scenic vistas in the countries. The Darjeeling Mountain Railway, the Nilgiri Railway and the Kalka-Shimla route provide a magical experience. In all these trains, the journey is the destination. You pass through mountains and can get a whiff of the hills at every stop. Those who value experiential travel must witness the grandeur of mountains through the mountain railways.

2. Hampi

While there are countless places in India that take your breath away, Hampi is a land like no other. Sprawling ruins, paddy fields, coracles rides on the river, welcoming hostels and delicious food; all these put Hampi on the top of any traveller’s list. Due to its huge temple complex, Hampi is one of the UNESCO heritage sites in India you must visit!

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3. Art Deco Buildings of Mumbai

Mumbai, or Bombay as lovers of the city often call it, is known to be the financial capital of the country. But did you know that one of most beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites lies in the city that never sleeps? The Art Deco buildings of Bombay form the second largest cluster in the world after Miami. The admirable complex of Art Deco structures in South Bombay is a visual delight and one that you must explore.

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4. Kaziranga National Park

The Kaziranga National Park in Assam, was declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its unique natural environment. While it is home to the Great one-horned Indian rhinoceros, it houses several mammals and birds too. Wildlife enthusiasts must totally add this to their bucket list!

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5. Churches of Old Goa

The churches made by the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th century in Goa are declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most notable one is Basilica Bom Jesus, since it houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. These churches are mainly located in old Goa. History enthusiasts who wish to go offbeat must explore these churches.

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6. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park

The Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park are located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. They were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the remarkable natural beauty, flora and fauna. Hikers and nature enthusiasts must explore these national parks since they provide untouched natural beauty. In addition to that, the Hemkund Saheb Gurudwara is an added bonus for those who enjoy the vibe.

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7. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

In the last one year, the number of tourists coming to Gujarat has increased due to the Statue of Unity. But did you know of Champaner, which is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites, just 2 hours away from Statue of Unity! Champaner boasts of incredible architectural beauty while the hills of Pavagadh will delight nature lovers. A visit during monsoon is recommended and those who are travelling to Vadodara can even drive up to Saat Kamaan in the area for some downtime.

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8. Great living Chola Temples

Lovers of intricate architecture and ancient history must absolutely have Tamil Nadu on their bucket list. The Great Living Chola Temples consist of 3 temples in Tanjore and its nearby areas. The temples are spread across a wide area and must ideally be visited in winter months. The craftsmanship of each temple is majestic and will delight even atheists!

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9. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Rock formations are the answer to the mountains vs beaches debate! If you’re someone who loves adventure and history, you must visit Bhimbetka Caves. Located in Madhya Pradesh, these natural rock shelters house ancient murals and paintings within them. Those who are tired of exploring touristy, overcrowded places must definitely have this spot on their list.

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10. Khangchendzonga National Park

The Khandchendzonga National Park houses Kanchenjunga, which is the world’s third highest mountain. It is also home to stunning glaciers and frozen lakes. Located in Sikkim, the region is a pristine zone which offers immense natural beauty. Lovers high-altitude hiking must visit this region!

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Bookmark this post and start planning your next trip to explore India’s wonders. If you need help in planning a trip to India, Hire a Scout to save time on planning and to travel confidently!

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