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An Architectural Marvel called Hampi; Anil Kumar; Tripoto

India – Group of Monuments at Hampi

Hampi being one of the UNESCO World heritage centers in India and situated in Karnataka, it was a must visit place for me in my life. But never made it to the place for many years with many false attempts. But this time I had made up mind to at least spend a weekend in the ruins, which was once an architectural marvel in the past. Once upon a time Hampi was the largest and richest cities of India, and still the stunning monuments here define the richness to visitors who visit Hampi even today.

We had our bus booked from Bangalore on Friday night and arrived by 8:00 a.m. at Hospet bus stop just 13 kms from Hampi and we had to take an auto rickshaw from Hospet to reach Hampi.

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6 Gorgeous U.K. Wedding Venues from Film and Television; John Bell; Just Luxe

UK – Durham Castle and Cathedral

The U.K. is one of the most historically rich destinations in the world, from the castles of Scotland to the iconic country estates dotted around the English countryside, each with their own fascinating story to tell and plethora of famous ex-residents. So varied and culturally significant are these buildings that visitors from all over the globe frequently visit the UK simply to tour some of these stunning locations, from commercial ventures like Warwick Castle through to tourist hotspots like the Tower Of London.

Commonly, some of the most popular destinations are those that make regular appearances in film and television, particularly in popular series such as Harry Potter or Downton Abbey. But did you know that you can actually get married in many of them? Fancy getting hitched in the castle from Downton Abbey?

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Research at Lake Baikal—for the protection of a unique ecosystem;

Russia – Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, with its exceptional species diversity and unique wildlife, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. As part of the Helmholtz Russia Research Group LaBeglo, UFZ researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins on the lake’s fauna. In a recent study, together with researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Irkutsk, they addressed the question of how Baikal amphipods that fulfil important ecological functions in the lake react to pollutants in the water.

Lake Baikal formed between 25 and 30 million years ago and contains around 20 per cent of all unfrozen fresh water on Earth. At approximately 23,000 cubic kilometres, its water volume is even larger than that of the Baltic Sea. Lake Baikal is not only the oldest and largest lake on Earth, but with a depth of over 1,500 metres also the deepest.

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Lake District Hotels; Alisha Prakash; Oyster

UK – The English Lake District

At first glance, the Grand Canyon, Taj Majal, and Machu Picchu don’t have much in common with the United Kingdom’s Lake District, but as of last week, all four bucket-list sites share the same prestigious title. In early July, the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, making it the 31st place in the U.K. to earn this designation. Other UNESCO sites in the U.K. include Stonehenge, Durham Castle and Cathedral, and the city of Bath. The World Heritage Committee praised the 885-square-mile area’s beauty, farming, and inspiration it had on writers and artists. Home to England’s largest natural lake and highest mountain — Lake Windermere and Scafell Pike, respectively — it’s not hard to see why the Lake District made the cut, though it’s not the first time it has tried to obtain a spot on the UNESCO list.

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Saudi Arabia sets up commission to develop historic sites; Trade Arabia

Saudi Arabia – Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has decreed the establishment of renovation commissions tasked with the development of two of the most important archaeological and historic sites in the Kingdom, Al Ola and Diriyah Gate.

These two areas’ historic, cultural and architectural significance are expected to make them major tourist attractions as Saudi Arabia’s hospitality and tourism industry matures to welcome both local and international travellers, said senior tourism officials.

The new Royal Orders issued recently to establish the Royal Commission for Al Ola Province and Diriyah Gate Renovation Commission are an outgrowth of Vision 2030, the kingdom’s roadmap to the future. The boards of both panels will be headed by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Caves of the Ice Age become 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany; Juergen T Steinmetz; eTurboNews

Germany – Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has included a new site to its list: the Caves of the Ice Age in the Swabian Jura in Baden-Württemberg. More than 50 artifacts mostly made of bone and ivory, were discovered in six caves in the Ach- and Lonetal valley. These archaeological sites and prehistoric works of art from the Ice Age will enable researchers to draw conclusions about the earliest traces of human settlement.

Visitors to Germany can see the works of the Ice Age in various historical museums throughout Baden-Württemberg. The Prehistoric Museum Blaubeuren is a central museum for the Paleolithic period of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It displays, among other original finds, the “Venus vom Hohlenfels” and three flutes of the Ice Age. At various locations, visitors can not only study the objects, but also try working with stone tools.

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Meet India’s only world heritage city; Sandeep Goyal; Rediff

India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

How did the newly anointed heritage city bag the title and is it ready for the expected rush of tourists?

UNESCO recently declared the 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad as a world heritage city.

With this, Ahmedabad has joined Paris, Vienna, Cairo, Brussels, Rome, Melaka (Malacca, Malaysia) and Edinburgh as one of the 287 world heritage cities.

There are only two other cities in the Indian subcontinent which enjoy the same status: Bhaktapur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.

The nomination of Ahmedabad was supported by about 20 countries. India’s team at UNESCO, led by the feisty Ruchira Kamboj, a 1987 batch IFS officer, lobbied successfully for Ahmedabad’s candidature.

The city’s journey towards branding itself as a heritage destination began in 1984.

Ford Foundation instituted a study for conserving heritage structures in Ahmedabad that year.

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Cambodia to link World Heritage; Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit; TTR Weekly

Cambodia – Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura

PHNOM PENH, 26 July 2017: Cambodia will develop heritage tourism packages now that it has three World Heritage sites under its belt.

The three World Heritage Sites are Angkor Wat, listed in 1992, Preah Vihear (2008) and the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site in Kampong Thom province listed earlier this month.

Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the addition of Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site as a UNESCO world heritage would prompt new tour programmes.

“About 50% of tourists to Cambodia visit cultural and historical tourism sites like Angkor Wat, so we believe there are opportunities to package the three sites.”

Cambodia National Tourism Alliance general secretary, Ho Vandy, noted that Cambodia’s travel agents association has 300 members and they will now be encouraged to promote the three sites.

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The best way to experience Newfoundland is by sea; Lydia Schrandt; USA Today

Canada – L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

From viking settlements to majestic fjords, make an ocean voyage around Canada’s easternmost province.

The first thing to expect from expedition travel is to expect the unexpected. (Say that five times fast.)

Before I’d even stepped aboard Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavor, sitting at anchor in the port of St. John’s, my planned circumnavigation of Newfoundland had become, well, not. Pack ice paired with persistent southwesterly winds made the Strait of Belle Isle, the waterway separating the Labrador Peninsula from the island of Newfoundland, impassable.

And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I came to Newfoundland without many expectations; I knew it was in Eastern Canada and that it was pronounced “new-fun-land” with an emphasis on the “land.” That’s about it.

What I found was one of the most genuine places I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit.

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How a tiny island nation become the biggest empire the world; Steve McKenna; Stuff

UK – Maritime Greenwich

This is how epic seafaring endeavours helmed by iconic figures put the “Great” into Britain.

Britain’s shock foray into “Brexitland” may have been driven by voters’ concerns about immigration and their antipathy – or ambivalence – to the European Union.

But the referendum result can, in part, be explained by a nostalgia for the days when Britannia ruled the waves (free from the shackles of the bureaucrats of Brussels).

It was the country’s epic seafaring endeavours, helmed by iconic figures such as Captain Cook, Admiral Lord Nelson and Sir Francis Drake, that helped put the “great” into Great Britain, transforming it from a tiny island nation to the biggest empire the world has ever seen.


A Unesco World Heritage listing has been bestowed on this lovely London village thanks to its hoard of maritime treasures.

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