10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Humans have existed on the planet for a small period of time. So small that in face if the entire lifetime of Earth was symbolized as one year, then the humans would have come into existence at the 59th minute of the 23rd hour on the 31st of December. When compared to the entire universe this seems like no…

Must See Ancient Greek Temples

Ancient Greek temples were arguably the most important monuments from Ancient Greece. They were used as monuments to their beloved gods and goddesses, as opposed to places of worship. The first stone temples appear in the 6th C CE. The Acropolis of Athens, Greece Dominating the skyline in Athens in the Acropolis. Dating back to…

Former UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following sites have been delisted from the UNESCO World Heritage List, causing them to lose conservation funding and grants, and the title of holding a World Heritage Listed site. Even though these places have been delisted, you can still visit them. 1. Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, Oman Now known as the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve.…

I Crossed Something Off My Bucket List…

Today I crossed a world heritage site off of my bucket list…but not because I went there. I crossed it off because it has been destroyed. It is no longer the incredible 2000 year old site in Iraq which has been long known for the well preserved artefacts and integrity of the structure. It is…

Backpacking Queensland: Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Planning a trip through Queensland?  Are you a backpacker on your first trip to Australia? Find out just how easy it is to explore our magnificent state and country! UNESCO world heritage site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is a must see on any Australian…

GoUNESCO: Join the Challenge

Recently I joined the GoUNESCO Challenge. Essentially the idea is to make visiting World Heritage Sites more fun by introducing different challenges. Every time you upload a photo from your trip to a World Heritage Site you earn points, and at the end of each year the person with the highest points for the challenges…

Retrace the Footsteps of Dracula

Dracula is well-known as the scary vampire from Transylvania, from the novel and movie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Myth surrounding Dracula has continued to grow as modern entertainment remakes and remakes the vampire legend. The tale of Count Dracula is easy to get lost in when driving through the dense ancient forests and over the winding…

Lumbini: the birthplace of Lord Buddha

Lumbini is a major Buddhist site which represents the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. It is within the Nepal Terai, a subtropical chain of forests, marshes and grasslands, between the Indian border and Siawalik Range of the Himalayas. Lumbini has been described as the earliest Buddha shrine dating to c. 550 BCE. The site was…

Must See Rock Art from Around the World

Altamira Cave Located in northern Spain and is known to be the first prehistoric painting to be discovered dating to c.16000-11500 years ago Bhimbetka Located in central India dating to c.12000 years ago Chauvet Cave Located in the south of France dating to c.32000 years ago Cueva de las Manos Located in southern Argentina dating…

The Ancient Siamese Capital of Ayutthaya

The ancient city of Ayutthaya has long been a favourite tourist attraction in Thailand. Founded in 1350 CE during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, the now UNESCO listed World Heritage Site has a long history of kingdoms, capitals, trading, and fire. On the 7th April 1767 an army from the Konabaung Dynasty, Burma, entered…

10 World Heritage Sites You Should Not Miss

Angkor Wat Located in Cambodia, this temple complex was built c.12th C CE. Built in the capital of the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II as his temple and mausoleum, this site is the largest religious monument in the world. Borobudur Temple Compounds Built during the Sailendra Dynasty, c.8th–9th C CE, this UNESCO World Heritage…