Saturday, June 16, 2012

Unescos from India

I'm really glad with these card, especially with the 1st one. All of them are new Unesco sites from India, Kaziranga National Park, Group of Monuments at Pattadakal and Mountain Railways of India. All the cards have been sent by Nagi.

 Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses.  Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Compared to other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest. - in: wikipedia

 Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece from the group stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South. - in:

The Mountain Railways of India refer to the five railway lines built in the mountains of India in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, during the British Raj, which are run even today by the Indian Railways.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (1999), the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (2008) and the Kalka-Shimla Railway (2005) have been collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
The train on the card is crossing the Nilrigi Railway, in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. This railway was built by the British in 1908. The railway still relies on its fleet of steam locomotives. For the past several years diesel locomotives have taken over from steam on the section between Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Local people and tourists have led a demand for steam locos to once again haul this section. - in: wikipedia

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