The human mind is always lured by the latent mysteries of the unknown. A country like India is a place where you can have a blend of everything, be it history, nature, culture or anything in between. There are some unique places in India that need our attention NOW, as their existence is threatened.
Here's a list of places in India you must visit as they won't exist for long!
If you go and visit Shimla, you will find colonial style buildings all over the town. And the credit goes to the British govt. as the city was declared as the summer capital of India. The buildings of Christ Church, the Telegraph Office and the Greystone Town Hall were the few that got the retreat in the colonial India. But now after so many years, unexpected development is ruining the colonial hill town turning it into an urban junk city. The Shimla Civic Center is one of the four Indian buildings to be featured on World Monuments Fund's (WMF) "at risk" list.
If you want to know the pride of the Rajputs in India, visit the Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan. This Fort is a dominating built-up in the midst of sands. The fort has been a major tourist attraction over all the years but due to growing population and the introduction of modern plumbing the fort is failing and fading day by day. And of course, this monument too is on that WMF watch list.
Rhinoceros is considered as the wealth of Assamese. Kaziranga National Park is a dwelling place to large populations of swamp deer, elephants, and wild water buffalo. Rhino poaching in Kaziranga, Assam has come under one of the major environmental issues in India. One of the most important reasons for the decline of the Indian Rhino is the poaching for the Rhinoceros horn. Due to the increase in the area of inhabitants, the area of the national park has decreased a lot.
The Kothi situated at Qila Mahmudabad town in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh is a classic example of great heritage structure of Awadhi architecture. The structure was built in 1677 under the rule of Raja Mahmud Khan, a successor of the first Caliph of Islam. This structure was entirely ruined by the British in 1857 during the First War of Independence. Although it was quickly rebuilt, over the years, this huge Kothi (67,650 sq ft) is greatly deteriorated. It is also on WMF's endangered list.
Life under the sea is amazing and breathtaking. If you ever wanted to enjoy the beauty under the surface, go for snorkeling in Lakshadweep. Coral Reefs play an indispensable role in protecting the coastline from erosion. These are put under threat due to an excessive amount of fishing, mining of corals and diversification of navigation paths. The alarming global warming is a threat to these coral reefs.
Majuli is the biggest river island in the world. A land which is found between two parallel rivers is termed as Majuli. It is located in Assam in India. Rabbits, elephants, buffaloes, deer, snakes, tigers and different kinds of birds have made Majuli their home place. This island seems to be shrinking and sinking too. The area of the island is reducing due to the colossal erosion because of deforestation. Its existence is endangered.
Rakhigarhi, situated in Hisar district in Haryana is an abode of any archaeologist. In the year 1963, archaeologists marked it as the site of the biggest city in the Indus Valley civilization. Rakhigarhi was found much greater than the sites around Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. But the lack of preservation has left the boundary wall of no use letting locals to steal ancient artifacts and trade it to concerned buyers.
Also called Adam's Bridge, Rama Setu is a long series of limestone shoals that bridges Dhanushkodi in India and Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. The bridge is said to be built by Rama's vanar sena to attack Ravana and retrieve Sita. Although this is still a speculation, the heartbreaking news is the intended Sethusamudran Shipping Canal Project by the govt. of India which is alarming the existence of this wonder bridge.
If you're a nature and wildlife lover, add The Sundarban Delta to your list of must visit places. It is one of the most mesmerizing places in the world. It is also the home to the endangered Bengal Tiger. But the dark side of nature is, the delta remains in a low-lying region putting it at huge risk of destruction by being sunk underwater. And eventually, this beautiful region could only be seen on the glossy pages of books.
Valley of flowers which is nestled in Uttarakhand is said to be an enthralling place with charismatic meadows of Alpine flowers. While wandering towards the Valley, cascading waterfalls can be seen in abundance. Photographers, nature lovers and botanists are fascinated by the lucrative beauty and magical surroundings of the valley of flowers. During winter season this valley remains enveloped with a thick blanket of snow. As a result, it attracts a lot of tourists and proves menacing to the region.
These places excite the senses and seize the soul. Hence, a visit is beckoned!