Latest addition to UNESCO World Heritage sites from India
Western Ghat were the last one to be added to UNESCO world heritage sites from India in the year 2012. This year, we have two more additions, One into the natural hetiritage list and other into the cultural list.
Rani ki Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) – Gujarat
Located on the bank pf river saraswati in Patan district of Gujarat, this stepwell dates back to 11th century. This well was used as water storage system and is one of the deepest storage well divided into seven layers of stairs with artistic sculptures. The design of inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water makes it unique.
The second addition in the list is Great Himalayan National Park, located in the Western Himalayas in northern Indian state of Himachal pradesh. The park was notified in 1984 as a national park. The Great Himalayan National Park is a habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species that comprises nearly around 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks and 127 insects. Starting from an altitude of 1,700 metres above mean sea level, the highest peak within the Park approaches almost 5,800 metres. The area of the National Park at the moment is 754.4 km² and it is naturally protected on the northern, eastern and southern boundaries by permanent snow or steep ridges.
Check out the full list of New Inscribed Properties (2014)