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UNESCO granting World Heritage Site tag

Date: 25 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


The ministry of culture has decided to nominate six cultural sites in tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by UNESCO for its special cultural, historical, scientific and other significance.



  • The tentative list of World Heritage sites are a group of properties that a country believes deserved to be on the list of World Heritage Site.

  • Tentative list will not be final but the country must prepare a nomination document that UNESCO will consider before nominating it in the list.

  • The selection of sites for the list is undertaken by the World Heritage Committee. India is not a member of this committee.


Facts on Indian UNESCO sites

  • India has a total of 48 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of them are natural, man-made and mixed. The list is jointly led by China and Italy.

  • Khangchendzonga National Park is India’s only mixed UNESCO World heritage Site.

  • Agra Fort is the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

  • Maharashtra state has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.


New tentative UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Iconic riverfront of the historic city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

  • Maratha Military Architecture in Maharashtra

  • Temples of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.

  • Megalithic site of Hire Benkal, Karnataka.

  • Satpura Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

  • Bhedaghat-Lametaghat in Narmada Valley, Madhya Pradesh.