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Incredible Treasures: UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India

Shikha Jain (Author) Vinay Sheel Oberoi (Author)

Contents: Foreword/Eric Falt. 1. Introduction/Shikha Jain and Vinay Sheel Oberoi. 2. Cultural Sites. 3. Natural Sites. 4. Mixed Sites and Cultural Landscapes.


The World Heritage Sites listed by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are places on Earth that are of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity, to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. UNESCO has inscribed 38 such sites in India, all of which are presented in this volume, together with beautiful illustrations and commentary by heritage experts and conservationists.


The cultural sites in India are a rich repository of the country’s glorious past—from the earliest periods of rock art, Buddhist caves and Hindu temples, Sultanate and Mughal forts, palaces, tombs and memorials, medieval Hindu and Islamic cities, step-wells and observatories to Portuguese churches, Victorian and Art Deco ensembles to 20th-century industrial and modern heritage sites. The natural and mixed sites include national parks of exceptional natural beauty, flora and fauna and, sites of long interaction between people and the landscape. 

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About the author

Shikha Jain

Shikha Jain studied architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and later finished Masters in Architecture from Kansas State University, USA. Her doctoral work on the traditional havelis of Rajasthan from Prasada, De Montfort University, UK has been awarded the IIA Research Award 2003 by the Indian Institute of Architects. She is involved in architectural research and teaching. A number of her articles on heritage and conservation have been published in architecture journals. She is also editor of Context: Built, Living and Natural, a biannual refereed journal on built heritage and environment and consultant to INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Gurgaon Chapter.

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Bibliographic information

Title Incredible Treasures: UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.11.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789385360718
length 240p., 246 Colour Photographs