10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Explore by Train
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is the full form for UNESCO. It is a specialized agency that promotes science, education and culture. UNESCO world heritage sites are worth your visit.
Here are some UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can see by train and experience some of the best places on earth.
1. Pompeii by Circumvesuviana Train
Before 2000 years when Mount Vesuvius busted, Pompeii was one of two cities below this mountain. With the advancement of the city and the surrounding villas have been built as a historical and educational testament to the characteristics of nature as well as buildings to those who were affected the great volcano’s anger.
Pompeii can be accessed easily by rail. Pompeii’s Scavi Station is located 15 miles south of Naples and has trains running very fast throughout the day and also in the evening (trains also continue out to Sorrento). Tickets for this train route can only be bought locally at the train station, as the train is controlled by a private local line.
2. Chittorgarh Fort by Palace on Wheels Train
Rajasthan is one of the most famous and colorful state in India with its versatile culture and traditions from long years. It is also the land of warriors and beautiful princesses who selected to die for saving their purity and had loved with their motherland.
The Chittorgarh fort symbolizes the art of the Rajputana architecture and is popular among the people because of its famous structure. According to mythology, Bhima, the Brother of Pandavas during the Mahabharat has made this fort in one night. The significant feature is that it has been chosen by the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also known as the Water Fort as there are many water bodies found inside its campus.
The nearest rail station is Chittorgarh and is also related to all the major towns of Rajasthan with the popular being Udaipur which is 70 km. Udaipur also consists of the domestic airport that links it to some of the major cities in India.
3. Amber Fort by Palace on Wheels
Amber Fort is one of the famous forts built by Raja Shri Mann Singh Ji I and is situated on a high hill. This popular fort has been known as one of the creative styles of this fort has a mixture of Hindu and Rajput elements. The Diwan-E-Aam and Diwan-E- Khaass which are known as the Hall of Public and Hall of Private audiences have very nice mosaic work. Also, there is a Sukh Niwas or Sukh Mandir which is one of the famous places to visit in Rajasthan. The beautiful architecture consists of water channels flowing through it into the hall and consists of cool water which serves as an air cooler which acts as the cool breeze.
Amber Fort is well linked through taxis and buses as it is in Jaipur and one can go to Jaipur by Air or rail. You can visit Amber fort by riding on Elephants. Jaipur is well linked through trains from every part of India. On Day 2, you can reach Jaipur by Palace on Wheels luxury train, which offers world-class facilities onboard the train.
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4. The Ghan to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock)
The Adelaide-Darwin journey has many facilities like gold-class sleepers, lounge, and restaurant, transport travelers throughout the country to Australia’s most famous site, Ayers Rock – or Uluru to give it its official famous fame.
This red sandstone monolith and the neighboring Kata Tjuta rock domes both of them form the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is a living cultural landscape with the main aim in the belief system of one of the best human societies in the world.
The spectacular geological formations can be visited on the epic Ghan, known after the Afghan and central Asian cameleers who were used to explore Central Australia before trains were established. Travelling will gain a sense of the best of Australia’s outback.
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5. Machu Picchu by Inca Rail
You don’t have to invest much labor to reach the beautiful Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. Rather arriving by train in this location may actually be more environmentally friendly, since it saves further erosion of the famous trails that take to the site.
The glass-roofed Vistadome train will help you to enjoy all of the best views of the Andes nature and get to know best Quechua culture thanks to programs by local artists on-board, also as tapestries made by local groups.
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6. Works of Gaudi, Barcelona
The city of Barcelona is popular for its delicious tapas, wonderful nightlife, and beautiful architectural gems, the maximum of them the work of Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi’s 7 most popular works — the Sagrada Familia Basilica, the Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, the Crypt of the Colonia Güell, the Palau Guell, the Casa Mila-La Pedrera, and the Casa Vicens are such a portion of the city’s culture and heritage that they have been announced a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Barcelona by Train: Barcelona is a simple ride from two of Europe’s most famous cities, Madrid and Paris. From Madrid, it’s about 2.5 hours on the high-speed AVE train. From Paris, it’s about 6.5 hours on the best France-Spain High-Speed line (it’s just over a year old). Best from that France-Spain high-speed connection, it was essential to alter trains at the border and the trip could take different hours longer, so we’re happy excited about this line.
7. Keoladeo National Park by Palace on Wheels
As different species of birds and also wet marshy lands which build its natural habitat for breeding of birds as they get more food to eat in the type of insects and fish. Around 364 species of birds can be seen here and the popular Siberian Crane is observed here on a daily basis. During the migratory season of birds, they can arrive from all the method through Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Siberia and has been known as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are various rare species of birds which are seen here and one explore for sightseeing of the birds on the cycle rickshaws with the guidance of local tourist guide. It was said a national park in 1982 and there is no entry in this area by locals as the entire park is guarded within a boundary wall. There is good supply from the water reservoir through the sanctuary so that there should be no absence of food for birds. It can be attended by rail through Bharatpur railway station and the nearest airport is Jaipur or Delhi. It is best for family holiday. Also, you can hire taxis from Delhi and Agra or Jaipur.
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8. Swiss Alps and Jungfrau
Jungfraujoch is not only popular because it’s a UNESCO site but it is also one of the most popular peaks in Europe. The site provide you view from the Europe’s highest railway station. The UNESCO have recognized this site because of its flora and fauna diversity.
The variety and endurance is helping in various geological processes that’s the reason behind the Swiss Alps. Tourist visit this place as it is popular mountain ranges in the world and it provide many tourist every year to Switzerland.
9. Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre in Italy is popular site because the site is blessed with beautiful surrounding which is best for photo opportunity. The place is beautiful and the people around also make it really beautiful. The place provide exceptional scenic beauty and its traditional touch make it a completely a UNESCO site.
To reach cinque you can take direct train Le Freccia from Rome Genoa and Pisa. The place is surrounded with rough landscape but reaching to this place is easy with train and the journey is beautiful.
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10. Rhine Valley, Germany
The beauty of Rhine Valley is been inspiration for many artist and writers. It is one of the most romantic place you can find on the earth. Its landscape and culture working as bridge to connect with people all around the world. Its 40 castles and fortresses gives that Roman feeling to it.
It is one of the most popular UNESCO sites that can be reached by train. It is one of the most unforgettable journey which take you to beautiful villages and towns and the mesmerizing valley coast.
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