The list of sites included in the World Heritage List by Unesco has this practical side to organizing a trip: they allow us to identify what is essential to visit. Some generate more curiosity and fantasies than others, starting with the Taj Mahal.
The UNESCO World Heritage List has 1,154 cultural, natural and mixed properties, so many ideas to get inspiration for a future trip. And if we had to pick the country that vacationers are most looking for, it would be India. According to research conducted over a single month (last March), according to data collected by the Zitango Travel site, the Taj Mahal indeed embodies the destination people most dream of. The immaculate white mausoleum generated a staggering 1,400,000 searches. The monument created by a Mongol emperor of the Muslim faith in tribute to his wife is one of the most beautiful proofs of love, which logically generates fascination and respect among travelers.
Backpackers are also interested in ancient civilizations, so it’s no surprise that majestic Machu Picchu, in Peru, sparks curiosity. The ancient Inca city collected 1,100,000 surveys in the period studied. Travelers are drawn to these places built by ancient societies or mystical groups whose customs and rites raise many questions, such as Stonhenge in the United Kingdom (782,000), the Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan (575,000) and Chichen Ita in Mexico ( 445,000).
As the world’s leading tourist destination, France does not fail to make its mark with the presence of the Palace of Versailles, which attracts 464,000 searches a month.
Here is the ranking of the most desirable UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
1. Taj Mahal (1,400,000) – India
2. Machu Picchu (1,100,000) – Peru
3. Rio de Janeiro (824,000) – Brazil
4. Yellowstone National Park (793,000) – United States
5. Stonehenge (782,000) – UK
6. Statue of Liberty (757,000) – United States
7. Petra (575,000) – Jordan
8. Cinque Terre (550,000) – Italy
9. Palace of Versailles (464,000) – France
10. Chichen Itza (445,000) – Mexico
(ETX Daily Up)