UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
As I track my footprints, sometimes I feel that I haven’t travelled much. At other times when I sit back and ponder, I realise that it’s not true and yet yearn for more. The ‘World Awaits Me’ – the idea behind the title of the parent category under which all the posts are listed and photographs are catalogued. Unfortunately the images shown here are not my own as the travel bug had bit me long before the shutter bug bit me. And definitely much before the digital cameras came in. Thank you Wikipedia and yes what an opportunity lost for my Nikon… sigh!
A check-list –
Out of the 27 places listed in India, I have been able to leave my footprints in 17 places. And out of the 32 places submitted for the tentative inclusion to the list, I have visited 8 places.
[A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance. As of 2011, 936 sites are listed: 725 cultural, 183 natural, and 28 mixed properties. Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites to date with 47 sites inscribed on the list. While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the state wherein the site is located, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the international community to preserve each site. Info Courtesy – Wikipedia]
The following are the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India that I have visited (most of them are Cultural sites as categorised by the UNESCO list and not inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, unless stated otherwise):
Mountain Railways of India
Among the three railways that are still fully operational, I have had the experience to travel only on the first one-
- The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway. Opened in 1881, its design applies bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty.
- Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a 46-km long metre-gauge single-track railway in Tamil Nadu State was first proposed in 1854, but was completed in 1908.
- The Kalka Shimla Railway, a 96-km long, single track working rail.
Sundarbans National Park [Natural site & not inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO has recorded Sunderbans as the only World Heritage site in West Bengal]
From the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List (submitted for inclusion)
Hill Forts of Rajasthan (Among the 5 forts listed, I have visited only Chottorgarh Fort. The others listed are – Kumbhalgarh, Gagron Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Amber Fort, Balor Fort, Bala Kila Fort)