The listing of the World Heritage sites by UNESCO that was announced at the 40th session of the WHC currently underway in Turkey, has chosen Kahchendzonga National Park (KNP) in Sikkim as the first mixed heritage site from India. The mixed site exhibits qualities of both natural and cultural significance.
The Park exhibits one of the widest altitudinal ranges of any protected area, as it has a unique diversity of lowlands, valleys, and snow-clad mountains, including the worlds highest peak, Mt Khanchendzonga, besides numerous lakes and glaciers.
Earlier the archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) in Bihar was also marked as a heritage site.
The Capital Complex in Chandigarh also made it to the list. It includes the legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court designed by French architect Le Corbusier.
This is the first time any country got three sites inscribed in the World Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting.
India now has 35 sites, including 27 cultural properties, seven natural sites and one mixed site on the list.