UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Eastern and North-Eastern India is home to a number of World Heritage Sites. In this part of the country, there are many famous Heritage Sites of the World, inclusive of 03 sites of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Assam, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal –

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train – This is the first, and still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway. Opened in 1881, it applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. It is still fully operational and retains most of its original features intact. It is regarded as a site of UNESCO World Heritage; one can enjoy a delightful mountain rail journey in Darjeeling Hills.

  • The Konark Sun Temple – On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konark is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. It is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries; a site of UNESCO World Heritage and also is one of India's most astonishing temples. The temple at Konark is a monumental representation of the Sun God

  • Mahabodhi Temple of Bodhgaya – The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, particularly the attainment of Enlightenment. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India, from the late Gupta period and is considered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Temple Sites, along with The Bodhi Tree, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment 2500 years ago.

  • Kaziranga National Park – Located in the heart of Assam at Kohora, on the banks of River Brahmaputra, is regarded as one of the World's finest Heritage Sites. The Indian one-horned rhino is the main attraction of this park. It also has swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig, pythons, tiger and elephants. There is a rich variety of shallow water fowls, the egrets, pond herons, river terns, fishing eagles, adjutant storks, black necked storks etc. The river here has crocodiles and dolphins. The best season to visit the Park is November mid to April. Trained elephants are available as mounts for going around the park

  • Manas National Park – Lying on the foothills of the Himalaya, Manas is the most stunning pristine wildlife habitat in India, comparable to the best in the world in the beauty of its spectacular landscape. It is also a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve – a unique distinction. This semi-evergreen forest Terrestrial Eco-region is also the richest in species of all Indian wildlife areas and the only known for the rare and endangered Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog.

  • Sunderbans National Park – Located in the Ganga delta in West Bengal, spanning the Hooghly in the west and Teulia River in the east, Sunderbans was declared a National Park in 1984. The park covers a vast stretch of mangrove swamp, lush forested islands and small rivers near the Bay of Bengal. Most of the region comprises estuarine mangrove forests and swamps which supports an ecosystem specially adapted to great salinity. Sunderbans is home to the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger, the park holding more tigers than any other tiger reserve. More than 400 tigers were recorded during the mid-1980s. Project tiger has also launched a programme to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles. Crocodiles and the Gangetic dolphin are to be found aplenty in the Raimangal River. The Sajnakhali sanctuary, famous for its rich avian population, is regarded as a part of the Sunderbans National Park. Situated on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, is this world's largest delta covered by mangrove forest and vast saline mud flats. A land of 54 tiny islands, crisscrossed by innumerable tributaries of Ganga that was once infested by Arakanese and Portuguese pirates is now the abode of varied flora and fauna population. An area of 9630 sq. km., where 70 percent is under saline water makes the life of commoners, mostly honey-catchers, prawn-catchers and fishermen, very difficult. This is Sunderbans, the world's largest estuarine forest. The Tiger Reserve covering an area of 2585 sq. km. has one of the largest tiger populations of any of the Indian parks, 269 Royal Bengal Tigers. The sanctuary is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage (Natural) site.

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The Eastern and North Eastern part of India including the islands of Andaman and Nicobar have traditionally been one of the treasure troves of natural beauty and heritage sites.