The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s works-Capital Complex in Chandigarh, Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim and Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) in Bihar as the World Heritage Sites in India. The UNESCO, thus approved all the three nominations from India this year at its 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on July 17, 2006. It is the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the World Heritage List at a single session. The UNESCO had already granted the World Heritage Status to Nalanda Mahavira but the session got hampered due to a failed coup bid in Turkey. The meeting had resumed a day after and the rest of the tow Indian nominations got the status in that meeting.

Total 17 sites across 7 countries were granted World Heritage Status in the 40th session of the UNESCO–
 ● Le Corbusier’s Capital Complex in Chandigarh comprises Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.
● Khangchendzonga National Park is located at the heart of the Himalayan range in Sikkim. It is known for its unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers etc.
After these new World Heritage Sites, there are 35 World Heritage Sites in India.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
Cultural
Agra Fort – (1983)
● Ajanta Caves – (1983)
● Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi – (1989)
● Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – (2004)
● Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) – (2004)
● Churches and Convents of Goa – (1986)
● Elephanta Caves – (1987)
● Ellora Caves – (1983)
● Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
● Great Living Chola Temples – (1987)
● Group of Monuments at Hampi – (1986)
● Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram – (1984)
● Nalanda University, Bihar – (2016)

Natural
Great Himalayan National Park – (2014)
● Kaziranga National Park – (1985)
● Keoladeo National Park – (1985)
● Manas Wildlife Sanctuary – (1985)
● Group of Monuments at Pattadakal – (1987)
● Hill Forts of Rajasthan – (2013)
● Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi – (1993)
● Khajuraho Group of Monuments – (1986)
● Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (2002)
● Mountain Railways of India – (1999)
● Qutub Minar and its Monuments, Delhi – (1993)
● Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat – (2014)
● Red Fort Complex – (2007)
● Rock Sheltres of Bhimbetka – (2003)
● Sun Temple, Konark – (1984)
● Taj Mahal – (1983)
● The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur – (2010)
● Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks – (1988)
● Sundarbans National Park – (1987)
● Western Ghats – (2012)
● Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim – (2016)

Mixed
Capital Complex, Chandigarh – (2016)