7 Surreal UNESCO World Heritage Sites In India You Had Absolutely No Idea About; Prateek Dham; Tripoto

India – Khangchendzonga National Park

While some of you might have heard of the sites listed down here, there’s a fair chance that you didn’t know that these are actually listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. For someone who came in late, a World Heritage Site is selected and recognised by the United Nations on the basis of its “cultural, historical, scientific or any other form of significance”. These sites are preserved and protected by UNESCO and international treaties.

There are 35 such sites in India, that include the usual suspects such as Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, etc. But there are many more incredible sites that most of us aren’t aware of. Hence, I’m listing down seven of the most surreal UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India you had absolutely no idea about:

Khangchendzonga National Park

14 Area of Natural Beauty in India; BabaMail

India – Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
India is a land of surprises that evokes thoughts of fantastic food, colorful people, bustling cities and ancient heritage. As the 7th largest country (by land mass) in the world, you can also be sure that it offers a wealth of varying landscapes and places of natural beauty that are sure to appeal to people who want to get away from it all. From the skyscraping mountains of the north to the beautiful beaches of the coast, India really does offer breathtaking views for any nature lover. Here are 14 of the most spectacular sights you can find in this wonderful country.
1. The Nubra Valley, Ladakh
The Nubra Valley is a high altitude desert that is found on the Tibetan Plateau in the far north of India. Little precipitation falls there and vegetation is only found along river beds.

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Bid to keep Darjeeling Himalayan Railways alive as functioning heritage site; Assam Tribune

India – Mountain Railways of India

GUWAHATI, May 20 – Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd (HECL), a Government of India enterprise under the Department of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, under which HECL has agreed to manufacture and develop items and equipment for the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR).

The MoU is for a period of five years for supply of items including spares of Narrow Gauge Steam locomotives and development of steam boiler for Narrow Gauge Steam locomotives to NFR. The MoU can be extended after completion of five years.

The MoU was signed on Friday at NFR’s Maligaon headquarters by NFR General Manager Chahatey Ram and HECL’s CMD Avijit Ghosh. Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain was present on the occasion.


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Indian Railways end ‘cannibalism’ to save Darjeeling toy train’s heritage tag; Rahul Karmakar; Hindustan Times

India – Mountain Railways of India

The Northeast Frontier Railway will be signing an agreement with a public sector undertaking for supplying new ‘antique’ spares to stop the practice.

One of the world’s oldest mountain railway systems is ending the very practice that helped sustain it for decades – cannibalism.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will be signing the ‘death warrant’ of this practice on Friday through an agreement with a public sector undertaking for supplying new ‘antique’ spares to revive a fleet of narrow gauge steam locomotives, also called Iron Sherpas.

The Guwahati-headquartered NFR controls the 138-year old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), popularly called toy train.

In railway jargon, cannibalism means killing one locomotive and using its parts to run another in better shape.

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Roma of India: Hampi; Smiti Maini; Tripoto

India – Group of Monuments at Hampi

Being one of India’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, History and Hampi go hand in hand. It’s one of those well preserved marvels of ancient Indian culture that would magically transport you back to the historic times. When I visited Rome in 2015 (you can read about it here), I felt amazed by the fact that it had a soothing old world charm to it. Walking through the ruins of Hampi, I had a similar, pleasant feeling.

In its prime, Hampi was the richest and most prosperous city in the entire world. Now, around 500 years later, it draws scores of travelers from all around the globe in search of unparalleled peace and tranquility.

Hampi is a convenient 5 hours drive away from Bangalore and is a refreshing getaway from the hectic city life.

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UNESCO world heritage sites in Gujarat – Rani ni Vav and Champaner-Pavagarh; Siddhartha Joshi; The Wanderer

India – Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Gujarat is a state full of wonders – both natural and man-made. I have lived the the state more than any other in the country and love almost everything about it. I have written extensively about Gujarat, and here’s another special post about UNESCO World Heritage sites in the state – Rani ni Vav and Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

But what exactly is a UNESCO World Heritage site?

UNESCO world heritage sites are places with cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance, and they are also internationally protected. In fact for a place to be called a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a matter of extreme pride and every year numerous places vie to be included in this list.

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BHEL excluded from portfolio of world’s largest sovereign fund; Malavika Vyawahare; Hindustan Times

India – Sundarbans National Park

A power plant being built through a joint venture between India and Bangladesh could impact the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans and impact the health of people in the two countries, a Greenpeace report said.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India’s largest power plant equipment manufacturer and a Maharatna company, has been blacklisted by the largest sovereign fund in the world over environmental concerns.

The company’s biggest international order, the contract to build the Rampal power plant in Bangladesh, was a liability as far as Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, that manages the fund worth about $900 billion.

On Friday it removed BHEL from its portfolio in view of environmental concerns regarding the Rampal power plant that BHEL is building in Bangladesh.

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Buddha Purnima 2017: 12 famous Buddhist caves in Maharashtra; Anoop Menon; India.com

India – Ellora Caves

This Buddha Purnima, explore the ancient Buddhist caves carved out across Maharashtra.

Maharashtra as we know it today gets its identity mostly from the Maratha Empire and the capital city of Mumbai. But centuries ago, the Western Ghats that snake through the state were home to Buddhists who found solitude among the hills. The caves became a canvas for the monks, who carved out stories and images from their religion as a sign of devotion and to spread their message. Today, these Buddhist caves in Maharashtra remain in immaculate condition. With Buddha Purnima falling on May 10 this year, let’s explore the most famous of these caves.

Ajanta Caves

The Aurangabad district of Maharashtra has quite a collection of Buddhist caves, and the 30 Ajanta Caves are probably the most famous of them.

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Have Spiritual Time By Visiting 13 Pious Temples In Kumbakonam, India; Nikhil NG; Trip101

India – Great Living Chola Temples

Kumbakonam is a graceful city of Tamil Nadu, located at a distance of 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, India. Apart from the beauty of the city, the place contains almost 20 major temples, which are famous and historic, so tourists throng to this place all year round. Kumbakonam was under the Chola Dynasty for thousands of years, so many of these temples have been built by The Chola Kings. Kumbakonam is also recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage. This city of temples has several tourist spots that you should explore:

1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple

When you visit Kumbakonam, the first place you should visit is Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devotees from all over the world visit this marvelous holy temple. Every year, countless devotees pay their homage to Lord Shiva in this temple.

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Popular Heritage Tourism Places in Madhya Pradesh; Tour My India

India – Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Welcome to the heart of India, Madhya, the official abode of the Maharajas and their majestic palaces. There is no state in India that is as diverse in terms of magnificent fort and palaces as Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh’s trove of culture, traditions, music and dance can be easily through its monuments. Madhya Pradesh is a must-see state of India, brimming with startling, thought-provoking and, ultimately, unforgettable attractions.

In Madhya Pradesh, one can see heritage that possesses ageless beauty Handed down by the emperors of the golden India. Major attractions of Madhya Pradesh are forts that are at least 2,000 years old, erotic sculptures that are simply incredible, Buddhist relics that hard to find, caves that hold the splendours of nature, places which depicts about the wealthy traditions of India and the painting that marks the existence of Human.

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