Our past is the foundation on which the present has taken shape, and a measure as to what the future holds for us. Every nation takes pride on the journey their forefathers have taken to get them where they now are. It is fascinating to walk the miles other countries have taken to arrive at their present level of prosperity and civilisation.
Nations preserve these landmarks for the posterity and many of them are recognized by the United Nations as world heritage sites initiating their protection for the good of the future world. These heritage sites consist of temples, palaces, national reserves, game forests, and so on. Visiting these sites is intensively informative giving a deep insight into their level of impressive skill and indepth scientific knowledge.
The defense systems adopted are unique for the region, and the kings. The forts constructed reveal the combat mastery utilised to defend the rulers and the citizens from foreseen and unforeseen foes.
Townships are built aesthetically combined with public convenience, health and hygiene aspects allowing good amount of natural light and air circulation. Modern structures sometimes do not lend such adequate attention.
Temples are found in huge numbers dedicated to various deities and faiths known an practiced. It is also interesting to note the commonalities in faith and religion practiced in different countries. Each temple commonly associated with a legend as to why it is built in that location.
Stone carving was the passion of artisans of the past. The clarity of the image, the proportions adopted, the poses depicted, speak volumes of their perceptions and skills. Using hand made tools and in the absence of machines, it could be well imagined the amount of time each carving would have taken.
City gates mark the entries and exits of cities. They not only mark the city limits, but spell the grandeur of the kingdom it belongs to with it’s architectural mastery.
Ancient for of art seen in caves and on rocks gives us an indication of the knowledge the people of those days had. The material used and techniques adopted also reveals the extent of civilisation they had. Trying to understand them gives pleasant insights on our ancestors.
Wall paintings evolved over centuries to more clearer depiction of the thoughts and purposes of the srtists. It depicts the culture, religion, and history. The details used for many of these pictures using crude instruments is impressive.
Caves are used for many purposes, some beautiful and some not. Caves are used to depict art in carvings and paintings, caves are used as normal residence, caves are used to hide while on the run, it is also recorded that Rawana used 60 caves to hide Sita.
Lighthouses are another set of monuments that revels political and commercial importance of the location where they are found. It is also interesting to note the technologies used in each of them.
Ruins that have faced the vagaries of nature over centuries have their own tales to tell. It normally speaks of wars and natural calamities that have damaged these once majestic monuments, or the wars and calamities that have driven out the civilisation abandoning these structures. Whatever they may be, it yet stands out to tell us a story that is truly impressive.
Monasteries were built on unbelievable locations such as on top of a monolithic rock midst of thick jungles with extremely difficult approaches. Was this to protect themselves from the distractions of normal life, or protection from enemies of their faith, is subject to research.
Opera being the ancient form of public entertainment, the opera houses have naturally formed monuments of national heritage. It depicts that entertainment was part of human life from ever.
The pagodas of the far east are architectural marvel that is strongly associated with this part of the globe. It is a combination of tradition with ntheir religion offering spectacular sight to behold.
Dance is an art of expression adopted from historical periods so much so that it has formed a very commonly adopted theme for paintings and sculptures. Some religions even depict their gods in dancing poses. These dances are enchanting supported with heart warming music using traditional music instruments. It is an art that is praftised from young age over many years.
Good destinations to choose from for Culture and Heritage getaways are: