Visiting of archaeological sites is an allure that encourages many of us to travel. The world is replete with remnants of ancient civilizations that display the evolution of civilization through the centuries. There are a few places that exhibit this grandiose sophisticated image of the past than others do. Here we bring before you a few of the places that we consider milestone in the human civilization:
- Mandu, India
Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, India is a sad abandoned city founded by the Khalji rulers of Deccan. The place is replete with monuments that many among the scholarly circles consider the experimentation of the evolving architectural styles under the Mughals.
The Jahaz Mahal, the Hindola Mahal are the tip of the beautiful monuments that lie scattered all across the romantically alluring landscape. Hoshang Shah’s white stone tomb acted as template to the Taj Mahal of Agra. The Rupmati Mahal, just overlooking the majestic Godavari and Baz Bahadur Mahel below it bespeak the story of unrequited love between this courtesan and the Sultan of Malwa.
Wandering in this ghostly quiet town, one confronts disquiet of sacrifices, battles fought, court conspiracies and murders resonating with the grandeur and splendor of a bygone era.
- Petra, Jordan
The kingdom of Jordon is a desert nation lying in the neighborhood of Saudi Arabia. The ancient history of this primarily Muslim nation is marked with rock cut monuments of Petra. It was the capital of an ancient kingdom and was established sometimes around 312 BCE.
The city lay in the mid of caravan trade of the Romans and the East. The natural defensive advantage provided by huge rocks made the city a secure place for the kingdom to hold itself against the ravages of hording tribes and invaders. Visiting this abandoned city is like losing yourself in reckoning of time.
Easter Islands in Chile are a strange place to visit. The island is one of the remotest in the world. Thrown into the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the Eastern islands house some 850 plus monolith statues created by the early Rapa Nui people in some distant past.
These statues are called Moai. They served perhaps some sort of religious and cultural functions. These stone statues lie in desolation as if they were made by no one and haves simply existed here like the other geographical features of this still vastly unexplored landscape from the time of creation.
Greece is considered the mothering land of the European civilization. The land takes centre stage in cultural development of Europe. This tiny nation jutting out into the Aegean Sea with thousands of islands littered around, holds as many as sixteen World Heritage Sites and numerous others less renowned.
The archaeological sites of Athens, Aiga, Delphi and Olympus are some of them. Other than sites of ancient Greek states, the land also hosts remnants of Roman and Byzantine civilization that are worth a visit.
- Tikal, Guatemala
Guetamala, the Central American nation houses a virtual treasure hoard for the archaeologically stimulated tourist. Tikal was once an ancient city of the Mayans but it is today a National Park. Alone in the central part of the city are about 3000 monuments, attesting to the mighty civilization that had existed here. The city was founded around eighth century and was within a century with the fall of the Mayan civilization.
This list of some of the most inviting places will surely serve you in drawing out a travelling itinerary for yourself. These places are worth a visit not only because they are beautiful but also in order to understand the development of human civilization.