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Off My Bucket List : 5 Offbeat Travel Destinations for History Lovers

We travel to encounter something other than what's expected. If interest in history and travel top your list, you have landed at the right place!

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Are you a history buff and thinking about your next travel destination? We have got you covered! Pixabay

New Delhi, September 18, 2017 : Ancient ruins. Sacrosanct marvels. World-renowned points of interest.

On the off chance that these words give you adrenaline surge, hop on! Travel lovers are not simply vacationers; they can be instead called ‘fanatics’, in the correct way. They crave for information set in antiquated urban areas; stories otherwise lost. Places and individuals and culture mean quite a lot more to them than simple products of a city.

We travel to encounter something other than what’s expected. However nowadays everybody is by all accounts on a similar trail. In case you’re hoping to get off the beaten track this year and learn more about history than textbooks ever will tell, then perhaps you should attempt taking a vacation to one of these nations,

  1. India

Before you start to go the world over, it would just be smarter to travel and investigate your own nation first. Take out time and go past the pages of history books and experience the past by visiting national destinations that convey captivating stories from the past.

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Konark Sun Temple, Odisha. Wikimedia

From the Modern day Odisha, which was previously known as Kalinga and its stories of the Ashoka war, to Agra’s images of the magnificent Mughal tradition; the sanctuaries of Khajuraho which are dazzling symbols of medieval Indian design to Bengal’s stories of the Battle of Plassey; India has incalculable stories that will help you reconnect with your foundations and offer a new perspective.

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  1. China

Travel back to the Ming Dynasty, the perfectly safeguarded historical destinations of China are an indication of the grandeur and radiance of its past sovereigns. In the capital city of Beijing, Tiananmen Square boasts of the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the breathtaking Forbidden City royal residence. Marginally outside of town, the Ming Tombs are the graveyard of 13 dynastic rulers.

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180 degree overview from the north (Tiananmen Square gate). Wikimedia

An uncommon blend of age-old custom and a dynamic present day state, Hong Kong brags numerous momentous historical attractions. Make sure to visit the Peak Tower, the Po Lin Monastery with the biggest open air bronze Buddha on the planet, the Man Mo Temple and the Hong Kong Museum of History.

What can be more historical than a city, secured by the Great Wall of China. China has a plenty of social and antiquated architectural wonders, all of which toss huge light on the Asian culture and history; unquestionably can’t be missed.

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One of the greatest wonders of the world, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus stretching approximately 6,700 kilometers. Wikimedia
  1. Hungary

Regardless of the possibility that you are only marginally historically inclined, you should visit the Roman-motivated Aquincum, Matthias Church, and the medieval Buda Castle and museums, when in Budapest.

Architecturally, Hungary is a fortune trove, including Roman remains and medieval town houses to flamboyant holy places, neo-classical public structures and Art Nouveau bathhouses and schools. A few people even make a special effort for another look at their “masked” top picks like the Reök Palace in Szeged, the structures of Kőszeg’s Jurisics tér or the Mosque Church in Pécs.

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Panoramic views from Gellért Hill at night. Wikimedia

In spite of the fact that the greater part of the Roman and Medieval locales are currently in ruins, there’s still much to explore and learn in the pictorial city of Budapest.

  1. Cambodia

Cambodia has a one of a kind history, an unbelievable one, nearly. The city of Angkor Wat is the centre of many explorers’ outings. This town of shrines indicates everything about the Khmer engineering and the root of Hindu myths. With the remaining parts well kept, Angkor Wat is recounting stories you aren’t probably going to hear anyplace else.

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Age old structures at Angor Wat. Wikimedia

The flickering towers of the Royal Palace, the rippling saffron of the priests’ robes and the striking area on the banks of the relentless Mekong; all tell stories of an Asia many daydream about from far off. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s sparkle was discolored by the effect of war and upset.

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  1. Chile

Situated out in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, an extraordinary domain of Chile, is home to Moai statues that are the only remains of a culture that once lived here. Envision viewing stunningly carved heads, going back to a period when human advancements had only recently started. The stones that draw in guests to this island are made out of volcanic ash; many still stay in the quarry, deserted by the occupants as lessening resources on the island left their tribes bound to wars that at long last killed them off.

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The famous Moai statues are dotted around the Santiago island in various states of completion and restoration. Wikimedia

Floating a little towards the present day world, established in 1541, Santiago was based on a common colonial framework. The city became the capital of the republic in 1818 and modernization transformed it in the 1930s. Presently, Santiago is a standout amongst the most current suburb in Latin America – and one with an astonishing abundance of exhibition halls and two ensemble symphonies.

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Each of these countries is extraordinary, off-beat and offers something new. Be that as it may, on your next get-away, make your vacation something other than merely ‘sight-seing’. Not a vacationer, take a stab at being a voyager this time around and experience these nations more than ever. Keep in mind to share with us your travel tales!

 


 

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Passengers Airlifted From Cruise Ship Off Norway As Heaving Waves Tossed The ship

The Viking Sky, a vessel with gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.

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The cruise ship Viking Sky drifts toward land after an engine failure, Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019. VOA

A cruise ship with engine problems sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast on Saturday as it desperately tried to avoid being grounded on the rocky coast. Rescue workers then launched a high-risk evacuation of the ship’s 1,300 passengers and crew, winching them one by one up to helicopters as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side.

The Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as bad weather hit Norway’s coastal regions and the vessel started drifting toward land. Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim, so the evacuations could take place.

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances. Norwegian media reported gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet). The area is known for its rough, frigid waters.

Passengers protect themselves from a collapsing ceiling aboard the cruise ship Viking Sky while listed, after an engine failure, near Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video.
Passengers protect themselves from a collapsing ceiling aboard the cruise ship Viking Sky while listed, after an engine failure, near Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. VOA

Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said the Viking Sky’s evacuation was a slow and dangerous process, as passengers needed to be hoisted from the cruise ship to the five available helicopters one by one. By 6 p.m., some 100 people had been rescued and were being taken to a nearby sports hall.

Second rescue

Later, reports emerged that a cargo ship with nine crew members was in trouble nearby, and the local Norwegian rescue service diverted two of the helicopters to that rescue.

Authorities told NRK that a strong storm with high waves was preventing rescue workers from using lifeboats or other vessels to take passengers ashore.

“It’s a demanding exercise, because [passengers] have to hang in the air under a helicopter and there’s a very, very strong wind,” witness Odd Roar Lange told NRK at the site.

Video and photos from people on the ship showed it heaving, with chairs and other furniture dangerously rolling from side to side. Passengers were suited up in orange life vests, but the waves broke some windows and water flowed over the feet of some passengers.

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The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. Pixabay

According to the cruisemapper.com website, the Viking Sky was on a 12-day trip that began March 14 in the western Norwegian city of Bergen.

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The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames.

The Viking Sky, a vessel with gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises. (VOA)