Our planet is filled with incredible places to travel and explore. And many of them are globally recognised for their cultural, educational, historical values. Such sites are often considered as heritage sites and typically the most intriguing to visit. If you wish to discover some of the best places, here are 10 best heritage destinations to add your bucket list.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Situated on the top of a mountain in southern Peru, Machu Picchu, the ruined city is only accessible by a four-day trek or train.
The city carried the cultural legacy of Inca civilisation but was deserted when the Spanish invaded the expanse. Machu Picchu is also known as the Lost City of the Incas. It was declared as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO and also named one of the Seven Wonders in 2007.
The Pyramids of Giza
It’s still unknown how over 3000 years back Egyptians built a masterpiece as precious as the Pyramids of Giza.
There are three pyramids that are aligned to the stars and the solstices. The pyramids have tonnes of chambers that remain unopened. The largest of the three, known as Great Pyramid, was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu. The monuments are actually a marvel of human engineering and were perfectly built for the kings.
Situated in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal was built in the 1600s by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved, deceased wife Mumtaz. Taj Mahal was declared a heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.
Nearly two to four million travellers visit every year to explore the beauty of the Taj Mahal. Reputed airlines often offer cheap first class tickets to India for the travellers interested in visiting this great historical monument.
The Great Wall of China
Spanning almost 5,500 miles across China, the Great Wall consists of numerous fortifications and walls. Conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 3rd century B.C., the wall was meant to keep out the Mongol hordes from invading the country.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Situated in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is one of the largest and greatest monuments in the world. The most interesting thing about it is that in spite of now being a Buddhist temple, once it was regarded as a Hindu place of worship. This UNESCO heritage site offers great insight into the evolutionary features of travelling and how time changes things in a simple but dramatic way.
Literal meaning ‘at the mouth of the well of Itza’ – It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico and also named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is perhaps the most significant Mayan heritage destination in America and is greatly restored in the last couple of years.
Petra meaning the ‘lost city’ has always been the top choice for the travellers while visiting the Middle East. The city is half-carved and half-built into the rock, making it spectacular and fascinating in the present day as it was historical.
Situated near Salisbury, England, this pre-historic monument was built more than 3000 years back. The building stones were brought all the way from Wales. But the researchers are still unsure of how the builders managed to bring the stones. The site is now fenced off and visitors are not allowed to go into the circle – they can only take a walk around the Stonehenge.
Volubilis, Morocco had been a major trading hub and southernmost settlement during the Roman era. The heritage site is one of the most well-preserved ruins of its kind. Most parts of the city are unexplored. It offers a raw feel that any true traveller would love to discover.
Hoi An, Vietnam
The sleepy town located along the coast of Vietnam can win any heart with its exclusive South-east Asian charm. Locals are friendly by nature. With magnificent beaches nearby, you can hardly ignore the magic of Hoi An.
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