The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Elephanta Caves finally have company! Mumbai's Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai has now been identified by United Nations as India's newest World Heritage Site. The ensemble consists of a range of architectural marvels that comprise both 19th century Victorian Neo Gothic buildings and 20th century Art Deco buildings. The list of structures that will now be identified as World Heritage Sites include Bombay High Court, Elphinstone College, Eros Cinema, National Gallery of Modern Art amongst others. Additionally, a lot of residential spaces surrounding South Bombay's famous Oval Maidan and Marine Drive will also be given the special status.
Where is it: Fort, Mumbai
Why visit: Get a sneak peek into the elaborate architectural styles of the 19th and 20th century
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai, which is 30km away. Nearest major railway station is Mumbai Central Railway Station, which is 5km away.
Became a heritage site in: 2018
For someone who came in late, a World Heritage Site is selected and recognised by the United Nations on the basis of its "cultural, historical, scientific or any other form of significance". These sites are preserved and protected by UNESCO and international treaties.
There are 36 such sites in India, that include the usual suspects such as Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, etc. But there are many more incredible sites that most of us aren't aware of. Hence, I'm listing down ten of the most surreal UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India you had absolutely no idea about: