Do monuments and mythical folklore fascinate you? Do you select your travel destinations based on the historical richness of the place? Then, historical vacations are the ideal for wander lusters like you.
Historical vacations allow a traveler to immerse themselves into the culture and the historical aspect of the destination. In a historical destination, even the ruins hold a certain amount of fascination. These destinations give a traveler an insight into the civilization and the architectural wonders created in that era.
We made this list of historical places in the world. If you are into history, do visit these places once in your lifetime.
List of Historical Sites in the World
Here is a list of places where you can plan your historical vacation. These places have the oldest history.
The city of love that is reminiscent to one of the most powerful civilizations of the world. Rome is a city of historical wonders and a reminiscent of the golden era of the Rennaissance. Rome is known for its cobbled streets and the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Circus Maximus. The suburbs of Rome is known for its ruined forts and churches of the medieval era. Every street and baroque of Roman is the effort made by the Rennaissance architects.
colosseum is a giant amphitheater built in Rome, Italy under the Flavian emperors. It is also known as Flavian Amphitheatre. It is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, and it is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today.
Europe summers are the best time to visit Rome.
You can take a flight from India to Rome if you have a Schengen visa, you can reach Paris first and then take a train to Rome.
2. Cairo, Egypt
Egypt was one of the ancient river valley civilization built at the river valley of the Nile. It boasts of mystery and aura through the pyramids. Although most are destroyed the Pyramid of Giza and the step pyramid are worth seeing. The pyramids used to house the tombs of the Pharaohs, the ancient rulers of Egypt. The pyramids are inscribed in hieroglyphics. Other than the pyramids, Cairo also has the tomb of Tutankhamen, the Sphinx, and the Karnak valley. The Egyptian wonders are found in the stories of Cleopatra and Nefertiti.
From India, there are connecting flights to Cairo via Dubai. You can visit the historical places by private jeeps or a camel ride is the most exotic way to tour Egypt. Winter or the Fall season is the best time to visit Egypt.
The land of the Rajputs. The desert state of India is more than the Thar and camel rides. It is laden with historical monuments. If you love architectures, Rajasthan has a buffet of architectural wonders. Every city or village in Rajasthan has something to offer.
The blue city of Jodhpur with Nahargarh fort and the Pink City of Jaipur with the HAwa Mahal and the Amer forts flock, tourists, every year. The city of Bikaner has a sand stoned building and famous for Bikaneri sweets and Bhujias. The villages of Nawalgarh and Mandawa are an open gallery of Shekhawati painting.
The best time to visit Rajasthan is during winters.
It is 6 hours away from Delhi and the major cities are connected by airports. The cheapest way to travel is via the state transport bus service. It would take a month to tour the whole of Rajasthan
4. Agra, India
Agra has one of the world’s seven wonders- Taj Mahal. The white marble architectural wonder is an embodiment of love. The turrets and the latticework in the windows are marvelous. Agra also is known for its fort and the city of Fatehpur Sikri built by the greatest Mughal emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri houses the Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai’s Palace and the Anguri Bagh. The Indo-Islamic architecture is prevalent in the monuments of Agra. Agra is also known for the golden triangle of Buland Darwaza and Salim Chisti’s Dargah.
Agra is 4 hours away from Delhi and is reachable by road and train. The best time to visit during the winters.
The temples embodying the erotic sculptures of the kamasutra is one of the historical places to visit in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The sculptures eulogize the erotic history of the Indian culture. The temples are architectural wonders of the medieval era in sandstones. They are a confluence of Hindu and Jain temples which has now become a UNESCO world heritage site.
Madhya Pradesh is ideal to visit from October to February. It is accessible from Bhopal or Indore
6. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is a historical paradise as it has ruled by several dynasties. It is known for castles and forts. Stonehenge is one of the prehistoric monuments in the United Kingdom which is boasting of Neolithic architectures. The monument is abstract in its design and holds an allure of mystery. The creation of the stone monuments is unknown to mankind.
The Stonehenge is two hours away from London and is easily accessible by road. You can take a sight-seeing bus from London or hire a car. Summer is the ideal time to visit the United Kingdom
7. Machu Pichu, Peru
One of the ancient lost city that gives a vivid picture of an ancient civilization. It is a UNESCO world heritage site of archaeological marvellation. It is dated to 1462 AD and built by the Incan Empire, the site was revived by explorers in 1911. The site that boasted of a prosperous kingdom was ravaged by the Spanish invasion. It is four day, strenuous hike to reach the Sun Temple of Machu Pichu. It also has the famous Intihuatana Stone.
To reach Machu Pichu, you have to first arrive at Cusco, and then take a train to Aguas Caliente which is 3.5 hours away from the archaeological site, then the rest is all up to your hiking capacity. Mach Pichu is best to visit in the months of April and October.
8. Angkor, Cambodia
Once a central hub of the Khmer Dynasty, this ancient city in Cambodia is known for its temples and their architectures. After the decline of the dynasty, these beautiful temples were lost in the forests and rediscovered in the 1860s. The central temple Angkorwat is a beautiful site along with fort city of Angkor Thom. The sites of the site is an embodiment of grandeur.
November to March is the ideal time to visit Angkor. The closest airport to Angkor is the Siem Airport, from where it is accessible by roads.
9. Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan is an ancient city in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. It is also listed in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom from the 9th to 13th centuries.
More than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone during the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries.
The best time to visit the Bagan in Myanmar is from middle of October till the end of March.
10. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is an ancient series of walls and fortifications located in northern China. It is one of the ancient Historical Places that one can visit. The total length of this wall is more than 13,000 miles. It was originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. for preventing incursions from barbarian nomads.
The best time to visit the great wall of China is spring (April – May) and autumn (September – November). Never go there in Summers.
11. Acropolis of Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel which is located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens. It contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance. The most famous is the Parthenon.
12. Borobudur, Indonesia
Borobudur is a Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang Regency that was built in 9th-century. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The design of the temple follows Javanese Buddhist architecture, which is the combination of the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.
Historical vacations are the best and these historical places are best to explore to calm your inner historian. You can sit and marvel at the architecture and even doodle the art on your sketch pad. We can reveal in the creations of different cultures and how these wonders have stood the test of time and nature. Grab your rucksack and passport and head to these beautiful destinations.