UNESCO World Heritage sites in Pakistan

Pakistan has a rich history and beautiful heritage sites. You will find minarets, ancient ruins, and mausoleums. Many cultural sites are known as a world heritage landmark. This status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded the status of world heritage landmark to many places in Pakistan. These sites are very important because they have cultural and historical importance. The international treaties also protect them from ruin or damage.

People travel to Pakistan or local people of Pakistan travel to these places for sightseeing and exploring them. These sites are real assets of Pakistan, are the natural and cultural properties, and have outstanding universal value. People all around the world understand the importance of these heritage sites so they deserve protection.


Archaeological ruins at Mohenjo Daro have great cultural importance. This site was the first entry of Pakistan in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is an ancient city of Mohenjo-Daro. Mohenjo Daro is located in Sindh and this ancient city dates back to 2500 BC. It is related to ancient civilization and it was ruined in the 19th century. In 1920, this ancient city was rediscovered in the 1920s and the naturally preserved antiques were also explored. Now a great number of visitors visit this site from different parts of the country. The site is perfect for history lovers and tourists get a great experience. 

The Takht-i-Bahi Buddhist Ruins and Sahr-i-Bahlol 

These two sites are located in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan. These are two sites but UNESCO considered a single World Heritage site. The tourists can find remains of both a Buddhist monastery and a Buddhist city.   In the early 1900s, the site was rediscovered and now it is the best example of Buddhist Monastic architecture.


Taxila consists of four ancient settlement sites and some ancient religious buildings in Punjab. There are archaeological sites and Taxila is the best example of the settlement of Saraikala, Bhir, Sirkap, and Sirsukh. The Saraikala site shows the earliest settlement of the four. The Bihr site was founded in the 6th century B.C. and it is connected with Alexander the Great's (356-323 B.C.).The site of Sirkap was a fortified city and had modern architecture. This important site attracts a huge number of visitors not only from Pakistan but also abroad.

Fort And Shalimar Garden, Lahore (1981)

Both the fort and the Shalimar garden date back to the 17th century. These are the best examples of Mughal architecture. These places are listed as UNESCO World Heritage site in Pakistan.

Makli, Thatta (1981)

The site is a graveyard that consists of about half a million tombs. The necropolis of Makli is in Thatta and it is one of the largest necropolises in the world. There are graves of some influential people like kings, governors, queens, scholars, saints, and philosophers. Hundreds of visitors come and visit Makli as it is a very attractive place for tourists. The site comes in the list of UNESCO heritage sites in Pakistan.

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