India Has 40 Sites In The UNESCO World Heritage List

India Has 40 Sites In The UNESCO World Heritage List

India has 40 sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List, according to a reply given by Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North-Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy in  Lok Sabha. 

“Currently, India has 40 Sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List and 52 sites (including 6 added in year 2022) in the UNESCO Tentative List,” Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) G Kishan Reddy said in a reply in the Lok Sabha.

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) follows its own guidelines for the conservation of Centrally protected monuments as per the National Conservation Policy, 2014.

There are 3,696 Centrally protected monuments/sites under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Conservation of monuments/sites is taken up as per the requirement and availability of resources, the Minister said.

Inclusion of any property in Tentative List is a prerequisite condition for onward inclusion in the World Heritage List. Augmentation of Tentative List is a continuous process.

As per UNESCO Operational Guidelines, 2021, only one property, either cultural or natural, can be nominated for the inscription process annually. Additionally, inclusion of any site requires fulfilment of Criteria, meeting the condition of authenticity and integrity and providing justification of Outstanding Universal Value, the Minister said.

Dholavira is the first Indus Valley Civilisation site in India to be bestowed the coveted title by UNESCO

Dholavira is the latesed addition to the list of 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.