06 Sep India’s Less-Known UNESCO Heritage Sites
For those who are unaware, India has 38 World Heritage Sites, albeit not all are as well-known as the Taj Mahal. The country is ranked sixth in the world in terms of the number of heritage sites. UNESCO has designated many cultural sites, natural sites, and one mixed site. Here are some of India’s lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites that demand your attention.
Chandigarh – Chandigarh Capitol Complex-
This government compound, located in Chandigarh’s Sector-1, was created by the renowned architect Le Corbusier. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is spread across over 100 acres. The Palace of Assembly, also known as the Legislative Assembly, the Secretariat Building, and the High Court are the three primary structures in the complex.
Madhya Pradesh’s Bhimbetka rock shelters-
This is a prehistoric archaeological site from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods. The cave, which is located in Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen area, contains the earliest indications of human life in India. Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with seven hills and over 750 rock shelters.
Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Park-
Did you know that India’s only and first Mixed Heritage Site is Khangchendzonga National Park? The Kangchenjunga mountain, at 8586 metres above sea level, is home to the world’s third highest peak. The massive park covers an area of 1784 square kilometres and is home to over 500 different bird species. The location is ideal for viewing incredible species like as the snow leopard and Himalayan musk deer, among others.
Gujarat’s Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park-
Heritage monuments, mediaeval fortresses, old temples, and exquisite stepwells and tanks can be seen in this park, which is located in the historical city of Champaner in Panchmahal district.
Uttar Pradesh’s Agra Fort-
Because of the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, a beautiful red stone edifice, is often forgotten. The Mughal emperors used to live in this mediaeval fort, which was originally their principal palace. In 1983, the fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is significant in terms of architectural history.