Category Archives: India

18 encroachments on ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’; ML Verma; Himvani News

India – Mountain Railways of India

The Himachal Pradesh High Court (HP HC) today directed Deputy Commissioner Kangra to pass demolition order of a Shopping mall built up on the land belonging to HP State at Palampur in district Kangra stating that respondent raised the construction without the consent of Railway and other authorities. The Court also directed three top Railway Officer of Ambala to remain present in the Court on next date of hearing after finding that 18 encroachments were existing on UNESCO world heritage site.

The Division bench of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed the order during hearing a petition today regarding encroachment of Railway lands and unauthorized constructions on the public infrastructure.

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Must-visit UNESCO World heritage sites in Maharashtra; Siddhartha Joshi; The Wanderer

India – Ellora Caves

When it comes to UNESCO world heritage Sites, Maharashtra actually has the largest number of sites in the entire country. From 2nd century BC onward architectural marvels at Ajanta and Ellora Caves, to the iconic CST (previously Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai, Maharashtra has it all. Not to mention Maharashtra’s very own valley of flowers at Kaas, the state indeed has much to explore and see.

I have been living in the state for a few years now and have been to all the sites, except the Elephanta caves near Mumbai, which is quite a shame. Having explored all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Gujarat, I hope to finish them all in Maharashtra as well this summer.

So are you tempted to explore these wonders of Maharashtra? Here’s a travel guide to help you do just that!

1. Ajanta Caves

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Top 10: most spectacular railway stations in the world; The Luxury Travel Expert

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Train travel is not only fast and efficient, but also provides ample opportunity to admire some of the world’s greatest wonders. Though now less popular, train travel was once at the forefront of innovation, revolutionizing travel and prompting monarchs, architects, and city planners to build magnificent train stations to impress passengers. From lavish Beaux-Arts stations to ultra-modern masterpieces, here are the 10 most amazing railway stations from around the world.

I previously published my top 10 of the greatest train journeys in the world.

There is more information below the slide show. Think I missed one? Share your favorite train station in the comments section, or take my poll below!


Santiago Calatrava’s sleek, curvaceous train station in Liège has earned the contemporary architect countless accolades and attracts architecture buffs to this small Belgian city.

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The win some, lose some heritage game; Vikas Dilawari; Mid-Day

India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

While we celebrate the inclusion of Ahmedabad in the World Heritage Site list, we mourn the dilution of the AMASR Act, which protects monuments across India.

Earliar this month, UNESCO declared Ahmedabad as a World Heritage city, making it the first such in India. While its addition to a distinguished list marked by other heritage sites like Bath, Edinburgh and Cairo, was being celebrated, an email petition titled Save Our Heritage for Future Generations was doing the rounds of the net. It was to oppose the proposed dilution of the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (AMASR) 1958 that will now allow “public works” to be built within what was a 100 m buffer of prohibited area, as per the notification of 1992 and made into Act in 2010, around all ASI protected monuments. These monuments amount to about 3,686 in number.

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A 21st century stroll into the 2nd Century BC- Ajanta/Ellora; KP; Tripoto

India – Ajanta Caves

Agreed! That I am also one of those people who are fascinated by the idea of walking into Lourve ‘ (and also one of those who probably don’t know the correct pronunciation of this name)just because it’s in Paris and walking in those Boston and Philly “Museums of history”holding hands with someone I love.. But wait! Let’s take a step back look around us.We are the freaking history creators long before the West rose to power. Not that any nations’ history isn’t great but we have been there since like the start of civilization. This was the idea to stop procrastinating and visiting Ajanta and Ellora, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

So one fine Saturday I caught the bus to Ajanta (in Aurangabad) from Pune for 500 bucks –reached early morning and waited a couple of hours for the caves to open.

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The hills are calling: This monsoon, head to these misty mountains in India; ANI

India – Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

There are numerous ways to enjoy the rains but nothing can beat the thrill of going on a trek and rediscovering yourself amidst misty mountains. Hills get concealed with lush greenery and the panoramic view during monsoons is just mesmersing.

If exploring the formidable hills in India is on your list, here’s a list of 5 most amazing monsoon treks for your travel bucket list

1) Laitlum Canyon, Meghalaya: Laitlum Canyon gives you a bird’s eye view of Shillong’s magnificent landscape. Located in the East Khasi Hills, this destination overlooks breathtaking gorges and mist-shrouded cliff that plunge into the exquisitely beautiful valley below. It’s important to know the local guidelines before the trek as the terrain can be a bit difficult to manoeuvre.

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Too many visitors, not enough awareness: Report highlights threat to Kaas plateau; Pune NYOOOZ

India – Western Ghats

Summary: The UNESCO World Heritage Committee had recognised Kaas plateau as a heritage site in 2012. Since 2012, the local community has worked tirelessly for conservation of Kaas Plateau and made all-out efforts to attract tourists. Kaas plateau is home to around 350 flowering plants, including species listed as ‘rare, endemic and threatened’ by the Botanical Survey of India and International Union for Conservation of Nature. A report by city-based organisation TERRE Policy Centre on Kaas Plateau — one of the 39 World Natural Heritage Sites in the Western Ghats — notes that while the site received highest revenue from visitors’ fees in 2016, the large number of visitors may adversely affect the plateau. Since then, thousands of tourists, nature enthusiasts, researchers and wild flower lovers from around the world have visited the plateau.

Thousands of tourists, nature enthusiasts, researchers and wild flower lovers visit the plateau.

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30,000 years old rock drawings at Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh; Pooja Bhatia; Detechter

India – Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rock Shelters, the Bhimbetka, is a pleasant delight. It is absolute fun to walk the rugged path of rocks showing beautiful depictions of painting from the pre-historic times. The rocky terrain is full of sights of craggy cliffs and lofty mountains surrounding you. Besides, you learn, how early humans interacted with nature, animals, and shared their social life expression in raw fashion by using colors on rocks.

Nestled among the Vindhyachal ranges of Madhya Pradesh is Bhimbetka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a drive surrounded by lush greenery of dense forests is this rocky terrain with natural cliffs and soft rocks display.

It has archaeological records dating back to the end term of the 18th century and was completely discovered in 1947. It was noted to be a Buddhist site earlier by the local adivasis.

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Best Places To Visit In Gujarat: Biggest Tourist Attractions in Narendra Modi’s Home State; Dilip Merala;

India – Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Gujarat is one of India’s underrated tourist attractions. The state is full of amazing holiday spots that one must explore. We give you some of the best places to visit in Gujarat, home of Mahatma Gandhi and Narendra Modi.

When you think of tourist places in India, what comes to your mind? Chances are that you will not think beyond Shimla, Manali, Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Ladakh or northeast India. And rightly so! All the wonderful destinations are so alluring and have so much to offer that you hardly feel the need to think about other options. However, once you move past the cliched holiday spots, you realize that India is full of astonishing places that let you in on its rich history and diverse culture.

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Brihadesswarar Temple of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu; Pratha Sharma; Sanskriti

India – Great Living Chola Temples

Also famed as the “Rajarajeshwara Temple”, “Rajarajeshwaram” and “Peruvudayar Temple”, this temple is located in Thanjavur in the State of Tamil Nadu. This temple is amongst the largest temples of India, and is a part of the UNESCO World heritage sites.

Although believed to be named after the king, it is precisely the presiding deity Lord Shiva who is known by the name of ‘Rajarajeshwara’. Later, it came to be known as ‘Brihadeeswara’ as synonym to the Great Ishwara.

Constructed by the Tamil king Arulmozhivarman, famously known as RajaRaja Chola in order to fulfill an order given to him in a dream.

This temple, built around 1010 CE is around one thousand years old, and gives an insight to the exquisite Chola Dravidian temple architectural style.


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