4 New UNESCO-listed Destinations to Visit

August 18, 2016 by Alexandra Gregg

UNESCO has been protecting areas of significant value to the planet’s heritage, culture and freedom of expression since 1945. The Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon all feature on a list of over 1,000 incredible locations. And last month, on 17th July 2016, it announced four more spots to be added to its ever-growing list of World Heritage Sites. So when you’re planning your next holiday, why not give one of these new inscriptions a try?

Dzongri peak, looking out over the National Park

Dzongri peak, looking out over the National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park, India

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, mythical folk tales meet lofty peaks in this untouched national park, also known as the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. It’s a spot where nature thrives – alpine meadows tower over dense oak, fir and maple forests, home to rarities like the red panda, the Asiatic wild dog and the majestic snow leopard. It’s prime hiking territory, with the high-altitude trek to Dzongri peak a particular highlight that offers views of snow-clad mountains flanked by fluorescent rhododendron forests.

GO NOW! Visit between April and May for the best weather, and fly into Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal for easy access. You can also fly into New Delhi and take the train to New Jalpaiguri – the journey takes just under a day. If you want to trek in the park, you’ll need to obtain a permit from the entry point in the town of Yuksom.

Close-up of the Pampulha Church

Close-up of the Pampulha Church

Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Brazil

The Pampulha Modern Ensemble is an icon of modern architecture in Brazil. It was designed as a garden city overlooking an artificial lake in 1940, and includes a confection of impressive, dramatic buildings, like the casino, dance hall, golf club and church. But it was, and is, so much more than that. Architect Oscar Niemeyer and designer Roberto Burle Marx may have originally teamed up to create a neighbourhood in Belo Horizonte, but what they were left with was a work of 20th century art.

GO NOW! Fly to Tancredo Neves International Airport via Lisbon. From here the site is just 20 miles away.

Boat house and sail loft pillars at the Antigua Naval Dockyard

Boat house and sail loft pillars at the Antigua Naval Dockyard

Antigua Naval Dockyard, Antigua and Barbuda

Built by African slaves to protect fields of sugar cane, the Antigua Naval Dockyard is one of the best examples of Britain’s expansions around the globe. While the construction of the dockyard does give a glimpse into our country’s dark and shameful colonial past, it’s also a key historical monument, deserved of the UNESCO stamp. And though it’s not used as a fortification today, it still offers plenty of merit as a spot for luxury inns and retreats. Rest, relaxation and culture – all in one neat little bundle.

GO NOW! You can fly direct from the UK to Antigua’s Bird International Airport. Book with Flight Centre and we can put you up in the Inn at English Harbour, a boutique haven which looks right out over the dockyard.

The assembly building in the Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh

The assembly building in the Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh

The architectural work of Le Corbusier, multiple locations

Le Corbusier’s work actually spans seven countries, namely Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland. And because Le Corbusier was a modern architecture pioneer, UNESCO has selected 17 sites as part of this group listing, including the Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh, India, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, and the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina.

GO NOW! There are too many places for us to list, but what we can tell you is Flight Centre travels to them all! Speak to one of our Travel Experts about arranging your trip to incorporate one of Le Corbusier’s UNESCO-listed sites.


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About Alexandra Gregg

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not underwater or deploying a snorkel, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. Tweet me @wonderg1rl