World Heritage List South Asia

Following objects of Cultural and Natural Importance in the South Asian Countries are listed on the World Heritage List issued by UNESCO.


2002 Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
2003 Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley


1985 Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat
1985 Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
1997 The Sundarbans


1983 Ajanta Caves
1983 Ellora Caves
1983 Agra Fort
1983 Taj Mahal (photo to the right)
1984 Sun Temple, Konarak
1985 Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
1985 Kaziranga National Park
1985 Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
1985 Keoladeo National Park
1986 Churches and Convents of Goa
1986 Khajuraho Group of Monuments
1986 Group of Monuments at Hampi
1986 Fatehpur Sikri
1987 Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
1987 Elephanta Caves
1987 & 2004 Great Living Chola Temples (The "Brihadisvara Temple, Tanjavur", which was previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, is part of the "Great Living Chola Temples")
1987 Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur
1987 Sundarbans National Park
1988 Nanda Devi National Park
1989 Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
1993 Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
1993 Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
Nilgiri Queen1999 & 2005 Mountain Railways of India (The “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway” which was previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, is part of the “Mountain Railways of India”. The Nilgiri Railway in Tamil Nadu was added in 2005 – see photo)
2002 Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
2003 Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
2004 Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
2004 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
2007 Red Fort Complex, Delhi new

– another important site waiting to be added to the World Heritages Sites list in India is: • Dalhousie Square (now called BBD Bag) in central Kolkata. See panoramic views of this place and the already existing World Heritage sites in India. new


1979 Sagarmatha National Park
1979 & 2006 Kathmandu Valley (The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan)
1984 Royal Chitwan National Park
1997 Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha


1980 Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
1980 Taxila
1980 Buddhist Ruins at Takht-i-Bahi and Neighboring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
1981 Historic Monuments of Thatta
1981 Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
1997 Rohtas Fort

– another important site waiting to be added to the World Heritages Sites list in Pakistan is: • The historic town of Uch Sharif, 75 km from Bahawalpur. See panoramic views of Uch Sharif and the already existing World Heritage sites in Pakistan. new

Rock temples Dambulla
Rock temple at Dambulla, Sri Lanka. One of Unesco’s World heritage sites in South Asia.


1982 Sacred City of Anuradhapura
1982 Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
1982 Ancient City of Sigiriya
1988 Sinharaja Forest Reserve
1988 Sacred City of Kandy
1988 Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
1991 Golden Temple of Dambulla

For the World Heritage Sites of Natural Importance more Information is given about each one of them, by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, at Cambridge, United Kingdom.

WHTour.org new

Since 2001, the non-profit organization WHTour.org has documented in panographies – 360-degree imaging – sites registered on the World Heritage list by UNESCO. The six South Asian countries that have sites on the list have already been covered in part or in full. All panographies are shot, assembled and uploaded on their website by Tito Dupret from Belgium and Bijuan Chen from China, husband and wife. Go to WHTour.org web site.

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