Taï National Park

Brief description

One of the last major remnants of the primary tropical forest of West Africa. Its rich natural flora, and threatened mammal species such as the pygmy hippopotamus and 11 species of monkeys, are of great scientific interest.

Unesco WHS list ref:  195

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Historic Town of Grand-Bassam

Brief description

The first capital of Côte d’Ivoire, the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam, is an example of a late 19th– and early 20th-century colonial town planned with quarters specializing in commerce, administration, housing for Europeans and for Africans. The site includes the N’zima African fishing village alongside colonial architecture marked by functional houses with galleries, verandas and gardens.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1322

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Comoé National Park

Brief description

One of the largest protected areas in West Africa, this park is characterized by its great plant diversity. Due to the presence of the Comoé river, it contains plants which are normally only found much farther south, such as shrub savannahs and patches of thick rainforest.

Unesco WHS list ref:  227

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Sundarbans National Park

Brief description

The Sundarbans covers 10,000 km2 of land and water (more than half of it in India, the rest in Bangladesh) in the Ganges delta. It contains the world’s largest area of mangrove forests. A number of rare or endangered species live in the park, including tigers, aquatic mammals, birds and reptiles.

Unesco WHS list ref:  452

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Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

Brief description

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment. The first temple was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India, from the late Gupta period.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1056

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Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Brief description

Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the 3rd millennium BC. Rani-ki-Vav was built at the height of craftsmens’ ability in stepwell construction and the Maru-Gurjara architectural style, reflecting mastery of this complex technique and great beauty of detail and proportions.

Unesco WHS list ref:  922

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Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Brief description

This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Unesco WHS list ref:  232

I visited this site on a whistle stop tour of Delhi during a work visit. Hugely impressive, even though it was a bit of a building site as they were working to restore the gardens. Would love to visit again.

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