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7 Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Are you aware that nearly 1,000 sites have been listed as the most iconic and beautiful heritage sites listed by UNESCO? From Agra’s Taj Mahal to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are listed as best heritage sites by UNESCO. The places which have been listed as a best World Heritage Site by UNESCO signify a certain magnitude of importance to local culture and destination.

And, the best part is these entire UNESCO world heritage sites are open to the general public and can be visited anytime. If you are not sure about these places then have a look below where I had,

Mentioned few of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the world.

1. The Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal, Agra

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The most beautiful Taj Mahal is situated in Agra, India. It is perhaps the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage listed site in the entire world. It was built in the early-mid of the 17th century in the memory of beloved Mumtaz. This incredible marble mausoleum attracts visitors from around the world due to its beauty.

2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is home to beautiful and natural marine wildlife and is one of the best-known attractions to visitors. It is nearly 2,300 kilometres in length and includes 900 islands! Incredible right?

3. Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon is located in the state of Arizona. It is one of the USA’s most recognised attractions among visitors around the world.

4. Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island is one of the most remote UNESCO World Heritage listed sites to visit. This is surely a must visit place if you want to uncover the mystery of this small island located in Polynesian waters.

5. Petra, Jordan

Petra, popularly known as “lost city” has been a traveller’s most favourite place to visit in the Middle East. It is half-built and half carved into the rock where it stands still, thus making it most fascinating.

6. Valletta, Malta

Valletta is one of the most uninhabited urban sites that have been preserved for a long time. It is the capital of Malta. It has been ruled by nearly every Empire in Europe, from the Romans to the Greeks. There are nearly 300 monuments within the site, thus making it one of the most concentrated historic sites in the world.

7. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is one of the Inca Empire’s greatest masterpieces which are rising up from mountain forest to almost 8,000 feet above sea level. It has quickly become one of the most visited tourist destinations in Peru in recent years due to its impressive structures and beautiful views.

Priya is a passionate writer, she loves to write about different niches belonging to travel, lifestyle, health, fitness, finance etc. She is looking for new challenges when it comes to writing articles. She has written plenty by now and eager to write more because this is what she enjoys doing, which is why it turns out to be so fascinating! Apart from writing, she also loves cooking and reading different genre novel.

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6 Most Beautiful Mosques in The World That Will Compel You to Visit Once In a Lifetime

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Most Beautiful Mosques in The World

Mosques or Masjid is a holy place for all Muslims all around the world. There are some of the stunning mosques present in Muslim major countries like Azerbaijan or Tunisia with absolutely great architectures and design that one can’t even imagine. They do not look beautiful from outside but from inside too. From golden and crystal domes to ceilings and halls with a variety of colours makes then even more beautiful that one can’t resist visiting them once in their lifetime to worship God.

Here, I have listed some of the most beautiful mosques from various countries around the world that will leave you stunned for sure.

1. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque is popularly known as ‘Sultan Ahmed Mosque’  and it was built under the reign of Ottoman ruler Ahmad I. The mosque is really breathtaking as it is beautifully decorated from inside using nearly 20,000 Iznik blue tiles featuring flowers, trees and abstract patterns.

2. Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

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Hagia Sophia means ‘Divine Wisdom’ in Greek. It is one of the most beautiful monuments in Turkey. It was remarkably built in a short span of time. It surrounds beautiful domed selling four minarets which are extremely beautiful.

The mosque’s interior is designed with gold mosaic on the ceilings with the presence of giant marble pillars, walls, floor and columns. It is one of the largest mosques in the world and was also declared a museum in 1935 by the president of Turkey.

3) Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia

This is a beautiful mosque along with a sea facing and has a contemporary design. The building of the mosque has been made using stainless steel which is imported from Germany and China.

The view from the main hall facing the lake in front of the mosque looks breathtaking, especially at night.

4. The Great Mosque of Makkah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The Great Mosque of Makkah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The Great Mosque of Mecca is popularly known as the Holy Mosque or Haram Mosque. It is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia near to Ka’bah which is the holiest shrine in Islam. Almost every year, it receives millions of worshippers from the globe. The mosque consists of a rectangular central courtyard surrounded by covered prayer areas.

5. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

It is one of the spectacular and breathtaking monuments in Iran. It is commonly known as ‘Pink Mosque’. It features dazzling stained glass, beautifully painted tiles all over the ceiling along with the Persian rugs covering the floor. It looks more like a rainbow, colours coming in from every direction.

6. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

One of the most visited place by the Muslims in Brunei, the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. The country has nearly half of the Muslim population. It is believed that the golden mosque was built to honour this section of the Muslims in the country.

The mosque has been made using nearly 5 million USD and has been made using imported Italian marble pillars and floor, granite from Shanghai and crystal chandeliers from England.

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7 Most Haunted Places in Mumbai I Bet You Have Never Heard of

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You may have come across many haunted stories in your life or heard of one from your grandma during your childhood. Once you listen to them, it’s pretty hard to get out of them easily. True Right? Most of these haunted stories involve ghosts, a woman in a white saree with a candle walking on the street and many more unusual and weird things like that.

In India, there are a plethora of places that are known to be haunted and one of the most popular among them is Bhangarh, Rajasthan. Apart from this, you will not believe that cities like Mumbai which is extremely famous for ‘Vada Pav’ and its ‘Marine Drive’ have also some places which are extremely haunted.

Let’s explore some of the haunted places in Mumbai that you should avoid going after the sun sets.

1. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

It is a biosphere reserve and a trekking site. It is considered one of the most haunted places in Mumbai. Many peoples and the forest guards have told that they have seen a hazy shadow of a hitchhiker who vanishes in the air gradually. And you know that despite being the haunted place yet it is one of the most visited parks in the world.

2. IC Colony

IC Colony is located in Borivali region, Mumbai. The haunted story behind this is that once a gardener has committed suicide in the playground in front of the colony building and it is believed that his ghost is still there who are protecting the region and haunting everyone therearound.

3. Santa Cruz West

Santacruz West

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The most rumoured story about this place is related to a woman who resides on the second floor. People are not even dared to call her by her name, so they call her by using the phrase, ‘2nd-floor Ki Bhabhi Ji’ instead. It is also said that the sound of barking dogs is heard when the spirit of a woman is nearby.

4. Taj Mahal Hotel

It is one of the most luxurious and signature building of Mumbai. The architect who has designed the building has committed suicide as the building design deviated from the original plan.

It is, therefore, he decided to kill himself right away. So, his spirit is believed to wander here and there around the hotel building near corridors and staircases.

5. Vrindavan Society

Vrindavan Society is situated behind the Thane Creek and is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Mumbai. The night security guards have reported that they have encountered unnatural slaps on their faces while sleeping at night.

Even they have heard of whispers right into their ears when they use to perform their duty at night in the colony. Stories say that it is the ghost of an old man who has committed suicide in one of the buildings in the society.

6. D’Souza Chawl

D'Souza Chawl

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This place is said to be haunted by the spirit of an old woman who fell into the well and died unnaturally. Since then, her evil spirit roams around the well after the sunset.

7. Nasserwanj Wadi

Nasserwanj Wadi

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The place is located near Mahim Railway Station. The story behind this place is that a local Parsi, Nasser was burnt alive, 16 years ago. It is believed that his spirit is still protecting and keeping a watch on his property. A man is supposed to hold the entire possession of this property and no one dares to mess up with him.

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A Weekend Break to Ooty: All About Weather, Daily Activities and How to Reach

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Sweltering heat with oppressive humidity in Coimbatore was pushing us to find options to seek some respite. In addition to that, the haunting complaint of constant boredom by the kids. My wife and I then decided it was time for a break. With both of us working, we needed a short break just for one weekend.

Our plan was to head somewhere close and a cooler climate. That is when we decided to go on a weekend break to Ooty, the Queen of the Nilgiris. It was a sudden plan and we did not wish to drive in the oppressive heat.

Cooler climes for respite from the heat at Ooty:

Cooler climes for respite from the heat at Ooty

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The only alternative was to take a bus or car. With kids, my wife thought it best to rent a car which would free us from the hassle of driving and help us to spend time with the kids too. My wife got onto the internet to book a top-rated cab in Coimbatore with an expert driver to ferry us around for our family trip.

Both of us did a lot of research to book a comfortable taxi from Coimbatore to Ooty. Savaari car rentals were one of the best options that gave a good choice of cars, rates and also had some good ratings from passengers. On contacting them, we had a Savaari executive spoke to us at length about our requirements and came up with a brilliant itinerary for the weekend.

Overview and daily activities:

To use every minute of our whole weekend productively, we decided to set off to Ooty early in the morning and made sure we highlighted that to our Savaari executive. The Savaari taxi arrived promptly in the wee hours of Saturday morning as since it was summer there was sufficient daylight to start the journey.

The Saavari chauffeur was not only punctual but equally courteous and even helped in stowing our luggage. We set off on the road and the driver told us that there were three different routes we could take but suggested that we take the NH181 which would take about two and a half hours. As we rode through the smooth highway, we stopped at a local joint to get some breakfast. We decided not to stop any further and reach Ooty as soon as possible with the kids all excited about the trip.

We reached our resort at Ooty by 9 am in the morning and checked into the hotel. The hotel had ample parking space but did not have any lodging facilities for the Savaari chauffer. The driver was kind enough to adjust and agreed to camp in the car for the two days that we planned to stay there.

After checking in and settling down, we decided to head out to enjoy some cool weather and nature at its best. We were keen on getting the kids to do some trekking so we took the cab and drove up to a point to head on a trek to the Dodabetta Peak.

As we reached there, we caught some panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and also took some great pictures of the foliage around. It was evening by the time we trekked down and came back to the resort. We called it a day after dinner.

The next day we headed to the Botanical Gardens to spend time in the picturesque garden and also had a small picnic of sorts with the children. The children were amazed to see the varieties of species of plants and trees, especially the fossil tree that was over 20 million years old.  After that, we headed to the Avalanche lake, another haven for nature lovers.

The place was set amidst some captivating landscape with flowers in full bloom. We indulged in some horse riding, fishing and boating for a couple of hours. It was time to head home and we had already checked out of the resort in the morning so we got the Savaari chauffer to drive straight back home.

How to reach Coimbatore from Ooty?

Ooty can be reached by train, bus or car. Since we were travelling with children we decided to book a comfortable taxi from Coimbatore to Ooty to save time travelling to and from the train or bus station. Our Savaari driver was a polite gentleman who made all the arrangements to make our travel comfortable and safe. He was particularly mindful about the comfort of the kids.

Savaari gave us a car that was in impeccable condition. We made our bookings online and every penny we paid was worth it. Savaari also offers the convenience of offline bookings. Their transparent billing system and zero cancellation charges set them apart from their competitors.

Distance and the time took:

The distance between Coimbatore and Ooty is 86 km and it takes about 2 and a half hours to cover the journey. The distance and time may be subject to change owing to the start time of the journey and the traffic en route.

Ooty is a great place to visit over the weekend and there are plenty of things that you could do, either with your partner or with your children.

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