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Six Places added to India’s Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Six sites added to India’s tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sitesMinister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture Prahlad Singh Patel stated that 6 places have been added to India’s tentative list of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)  World Heritage sites.

  • 9 sites were proposed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in which 6 were selected.
  • With addition of the 6 sites, UNESCO has 48 proposals in the tentative list of India.

Maratha Military ArchitectureMaharashtra
Temples of KanchipuramTamil Nadu
Satpura Tiger ReserveMadhya Pradesh
Hire Benkal-Megalithic SiteKarnataka
Bhedaghat-Lameta Ghat in Narmada Valley

(referred as Grand Canyon of India)

Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh
Ganga Ghats – the Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of VaranasiUttar Pradesh

What is a Tentative List?

  • It is an inventory or registry of properties or sites which a country intends to consider for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
  • The site/monument can be something which an state party considers to be cultural or natural heritage of outstanding universal value.
  • As per Operational Guidelines, 2019 it is mandatory to put any site/monument on the TL for being considered for nomination to the UNESCO Heritage list.

UNESCO – World Heritage List

  • There are around 1, 121 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the world.
  • China & Italy have the most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • India has 38 UNESCO Heritage sites, the 1st ever World Heritage Sites in India were Ajanta Caves (Maharashtra), Agra Fort (U.P.), Ellora Caves (Maharashtra) & Tajmahal (U.P.) – added in 1983.
  • Last Added World Heritage Site from India – Jaipur, Rajasthan – 2019.

Recent Related News:

December 8, 2021, UNESCO has inscribed the fort cities of Gwalior and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh (MP) in its world heritage cities under urban landscape city programme.

About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Director-General – Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters – Paris, France