No Parking Will Be Built Near Taj Mahal, Foreign Tourist Can Walk To See The Monument, Says SC; India Times


India – Taj Mahal

Tourists can walk 1.5 kms up to the Taj Mahal, the court said.

The Supreme Court has refused to lift the status quo order on construction of a multi-level parking near the iconic Taj Mahal, saying there is no harm in tourists walking up to the monument.

“You can’t get Taj again if it is destroyed. As it is, pollution in Agra is very high. We don’t want you to have an ad hoc measures. Have a long-term perspective to protect the monument. You don’t have a vision document for the protection of Taj. That’s the whole problem,” the court told the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday.

The apex court rapped the state government for not coming out with a comprehensive policy to protect and preserve the beauty of Taj Mahal, saying “we need sustainable development”.

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India races to save World Heritage; AFP


India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

AHMEDABAD, 21 November 2017: Traffic chokes the centuries-old stone archway into Ahmedabad’s historic quarter, the snarl of honking rickshaws and sputtering buses coats the monuments of India’s only World Heritage city in a layer of soot.

Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world’s most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash.

The 600-year-old enclave was named India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ last July — despite warnings from some of UNESCO’s own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs.

Ahmedabad hosts the towering Bhadra fort, the legendary stone latticework of the 16th-century Sidi Saiyyed mosque, and countless relics fusing the unique Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of its conquerors.

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Western Ghats’s biodiversity faces threat of encroachment: UN body; PTI


India – Western Ghats

Biodiversity in the Western Ghats is facing a threat from deforestation, encroachment and conversion, says International Union for Conservation of Nature at the UN climate change conference in Bonn.

Kochi: Biodiversity in India’s iconic Western Ghats is facing a threat from forest loss, encroachment and conversion, said a global environment agency in its report.

It also put the hills in the “significant concern” category in its new outlook in the conservation prospects of natural World Heritage sites. The report, released recently by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, says pressure from the human population in the Western Ghats region is greater than that faced by many protected areas around the world.

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Legacy lost: No pols in polls; Times of India


India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

AHMEDABAD: In July this year, Ahmedabad’s Walled City became Indian’s first to be bestowed with Unesco’s World Heritage Tag. It was a global recognition both for Amdavadis and for Indians. But both major parties, BJP and the Congress, have given this world honour a miss in their poll campaigns. Interestingly, since 2009, projects like BRTS, Sabarmati riverfront and Kankaria lakefront have often appeared as mascots of ‘vikas’ or development for parties during elections.

As a city, heritage experts say, the Unesco tag is a chance for old cities to see if heritage conservation and development can go together.

A Walled City resident, Himanshu Patel, in Dhobi ni pol points out, “For me, the Unesco tag meant better civic facilities and community life. We don’t hear any promises by political parties.”

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11 countries to visit where you can get the most bang for your buck on airfare; Charlene Oldham; Business Insider


India – Taj Mahal

These destinations have cheap airfare and cheap accommodations to match.

  • GoBankingRates consulted Kiwi.com’s 2017 Flight Price Index and identified the countries you can fly to for the cheapest airfare (per 100 kilometers). 
  • The top 11 countries include South Africa, Portugal, and Romania. 
  • The country on their list with the cheapest airfare per 100 km is Malaysia.

Airfares can change by the day or even the hour and are driven by movements in everything from fuel prices to currency conversion rates. So it’s no surprise that the average cost of outbound air travel can vary significantly from country to country.

To help travelers navigate the complex world of fluctuating fares, GOBankingRates consulted Kiwi.com’s 2017 Flight Price Index. The flight search engine company analyzed more than 1 million flights to find the average price of outbound air travel in 80 countries.

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Ahmedabad: India’s heritage city racing to save icons from polluted ruin; AFP


India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

Traffic chokes the centuries-old stone archway into Ahmedabad’s historic quarter, the snarl of honking rickshaws and sputtering buses coats the monuments of India’s only heritage city in a greasy layer of soot.

Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world’s most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash.

The 600-year-old enclave was named India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ in July – despite warnings from some of UNESCO’s own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs.

Ahmedabad hosts the towering Bhadra fort, the legendary stone latticework of the 16th-century Sidi Saiyyed mosque, and countless relics fusing the unique Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of its conquerors.

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A walk in the wilderness; Priti David; Live Mint


India – Khangchendzonga National Park

Mountains, flowers, birds and forests abound in this eastern part of the Himalayas.

If there is one Indian state that is all about the wild outdoors, it has to be Sikkim. A national park around Mt Kanchenjunga (the Khangchendzonga National Park, or KNP, a Unesco world heritage site), seven sanctuaries, 28 important peaks and a designated ecological hot spot. So whichever trek or walk you choose, there will be virgin forests and minimal human interface.

Most of Sikkim lies above 3,000m, with Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the landscape, so you traverse a variety of terrain ranging from sub-tropical, mixed broad-leaf and conifer forests to high alpine meadows. If you are a birdwatcher, you probably know that it’s also home to many varieties of bird species that feed off local flora such as orchids and rhododendrons.

You can try a combination of trekking and cycling here.

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A Guide On Experiencing The Best Of India’s First UNESCO World Heritage City; Anshul Akhoury; Tripoto


India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

Ahmedabad

If I mention beautiful Dargahs, quaint mosques, museums, lovely havelis and a market serving mouthwatering nihari, kulcha and tandoori chicken, you’ll think that I am talking about Delhi. But no, this is not the Capital of India but the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. Recently declared the first Indian World Heritage City by UNESCO, Ahmedabad holds everything that hides in Delhi along with bustling night markets, culinary culture and scattered monuments in every corner of the city Ahmedabad has something that Delhi lacks and it is the safety that makes traveling here an extraordinary affair.

Are you planning to take a trip down the capital of Garba, Fafda-Jalebi and Kites? Here is how you should plan your trip.

Explore the well-maintained heritage trail of the city.

Like Delhi, Ahmedabad evolved into a city of strategic importance during the reign of Sultan Ahmed Shah.

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Will the Taj Mahal face the same fate as Babri Mosque?; Mahmood Hasan; Daily Star


India – Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, the 7th wonder of the world with its extremely sophisticated architecture and extraordinary beauty, is already going through bad times.

An anti-Muslim communal storm kicked off recently in India involving the Taj Mahal. On September 27, while observing World Tourism Day, Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi released a tourist guide, “Uttar Pradesh Tourism-Limitless Possibilities”, which conspicuously omitted the Taj Mahal.

The white marble mausoleum known as the monument of love was built in Agra, Uttar Pradesh (UP) in the 17th century (1632-53 AD) by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

It is not only a Unesco world heritage site, but also India’s topmost tourist attraction visited by millions each year, bringing in huge revenues (about Rs 210 million annually) for the UP government. Tourists coming to India feel their trip remains incomplete unless they visit the Taj Mahal.

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HAMPI: the Flintstones land; Malvika Mayur; Tripoto


India – Group of Monuments at Hampi

Hampi, as strange as the name may sound, this place is alarmingly beautiful. This magnificent city of ruins, and the capital of the Vijaynagara Kingdom, stands gracefully surrounding the River Tungabhadra in the state of Karnataka, to the north of Bangalore. A UNESCO world heritage site, Hampi has attracted immense number of historians, archaeologists, and even architects. Travelers have sought their way here now, majorly backpackers and offbeat travel enthusiasts. Hampi may not be the most tourist friendly place, in terms of luxury travel accommodation or 5-tar restaurants or fast food chains and shopping, but it definitely is the place for a quiet weekend getaway from the hustles of an otherwise chaotic city life. Nestled amongst palm groves, paddy fields and massive boulders, this place is nothing short of a miracle.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

DAY 1, Friday – Overnight journey to Hosapete

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