Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites In India

1) Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Himachal Pradesh

1) Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Himachal Pradesh

Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area is a protected area in the Western part of the Himalayan mountains in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The park’s main attraction is its diverse flora and fauna. It has a wide variety of wild animals like leopards, tigers, and elephants, birds like peacocks and hornbills, insects like butterflies, reptiles like cobras and snakes, amphibians, fish, plants, and trees.

Date of Inscription: 2014
Spread over: 90,540 ha
Buffer zone: 26,560 ha

2) Kaziranga National Park, Assam

2) Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park is one of India’s most famous national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the state of Assam, which is known for its lush rainforests and biodiversity. Also for its endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros. It is also a Tiger reserve providing a home to many other wildlife creatures.

Date of Inscription: 1985
Spread over: 42,996 ha
Buffer zone: NA

3) Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

3) Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

It is located in the state of Rajasthan and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the country. Earlier it was a duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas and is one of the major wintering grounds for large numbers of aquatic birds including Palaearctic migratory waterfowl from Afghanistan, China, Siberia, and Turkmenistan. There are around 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane, which have been recorded in the Keoladeo National Park.

Date of Inscription: 1985
Spread over: 2,873 ha
Buffer zone: NA

4) Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

4) Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

The sanctuary lies in the state of Assam in India and has been declared to be one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in India. The park is also famous for its scenic beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is home to endangered species, including tiger, swamp deer, greater one-horned rhino, pygmy hog, and Bengal florican.

Date of Inscription: 1985
Spread over: 39,100 ha
Buffer zone: NA

5) Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttarakhand

5) Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttarakhand

The beauty of Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttarakhand is beyond compare. The park is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including rare birds and animals including the Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, and blue sheep. Its landscape is also breathtaking which is perfect for hiking, trekking or just enjoying nature’s beauty at your own pace.

Date of Inscription: 1988
Spread over: 71,210 ha
Buffer zone: 514,857 ha

6) Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

6) Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

The Sundarbans is an extraordinary park in which the majority of it falls under India and the rest in Bangladesh in the Ganges delta having the largest area of Mangrove forests in the world. It boasts rare species including tigers, reptiles, aquatic mammals, and birds. The lush greenery and abundant wildlife make it an ideal destination for nature lovers.

Date of Inscription: 1987
Spread over: 133,010 ha
Buffer zone: NA

7) Western Ghats, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala

7) Western Ghats, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala

The Western Ghats are the most important geographical mountain range in India. They are an important region of biodiversity and have been declared a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of these mountains is due to the variety of plants, animals, and other life forms that inhabit them. The Western Ghats are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in India and provide some of the best hiking, biking, and camping opportunities throughout the country.

Date of Inscription: 2012
Spread over: 795,315 ha
Buffer zone: NA

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