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Kanika Nevatia Jan 22 2015

Places with old world charm around the world.

Etti Bali Jan 22 2015
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Travel back in time with this list of places with old world charm. As they say, some places are older than legend, older than history itself. Go time-travelling and immerse yourself in a one-of-its kind holiday experience!

Bruges, Belgium

Often referred to as the “Venice of the North”, the historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Capital of Chocolate does justice to the title with some of the world’s most exquisite cocoa and chocolate products. Not just this, the city is also a gastronome's paradise with a number of award-winning restaurants and cafes. Bursting at the seams with history, art and culture, a vacation in Bruges should be on every traveller’s bucket-list!

Waterfront houses (by Wolfgang Staudt)

Tallinn, Estonia

Transcend the boundaries of space and time with a visit to Tallinn! The oldest capital city of northern Europe, this medieval city is situated on the shore of Gulf of Finland. The Old Town in Tallinn is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its Hanseatic architecture. An enchanting vibe, serene surroundings and a dash of cozy cafes and restaurants make for an ideal vacation!

Old Town (by Guillaume Speurt)

Transylvania, Romania

More famously known for Dracula’s Castle made popular by Bram Stoker, Transylvania in Romania is a town of historical importance. Coming straight out of a fairytale, the city is flanked by the Carpathian Mountains and lush forests. It also houses some of the best preserved medieval towns. Experience the mystique, magic and myth of this place with its cobblestone streets, pastel-hued houses, city tower and old citadel.

Bran Castle (from the official website)

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The “Land of Smiles” makes for an interesting and invigorating vacation. Quaint villages, floating markets, lush paddy fields and silted houses dot the landscape of Cambodia. One of the most visited sites in the city--Angkor Wat is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Replete with numerous inscriptions and sculptures, the temple site is a constant reminder of the beautiful and prosperous Khmer Empire.

The temple of Angkor Wat (by Dennis Jarvis)

Venice, Italy

No list of places with old world charm is complete without a mention of the colourful city of Venice. With waterways and canals for roads, Gothic architecture and an appetite for art and culture, the Renaissance past of Venice is evident everywhere in the city. Take a gondola ride with your loved one or simply sit back at one of the many cafes dotting the waterfront, the City of Canals will never cease to enchant you!

Ready to ferry! (by Alan Lam)

Hampi, Karnataka

Situated amidst the ruins of the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire is a village of religious, architectural and historical importance known as Hampi. Built on the banks of River Tungabhadra, you can get a glimpse into the royal era of Hindu rulers in its imperial palaces, forts and temples. The ruins of Hampi are hauntingly beautiful and mesmerize you with their grandeur.

Achyuta Raya Temple at Hampi (by Vinoth Chandar)

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Synonymous with tea plantations and colonial estates, the picturesque hill resort is a treat to the five senses! A melting pot of Tibetan and Sikkimese cultures, Darjeeling is a vibrant town originally developed by the British. One of the most prominent features of this town is the famous Toy Train which is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A ride in the train will take you through some of the most scenic vistas the place has to offer!

Mist-covered hills (by Jamey Cassell)

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Crowned by the Sonar Qila or the Golden Fort and marked by the myriad shades of yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Go on a desert safari, shop for novelties at the local markets, catch a folk dance and music performance and watch the Sun set amidst the ever-shifting sands of the desert. The desert gets surprisingly chilly at night so don’t forget to pack a light pullover! If you are among the adventurous sorts, then your trip to Jaisalmer won’t be complete without a visit to the haunted Kuldhara Village.

Golden City (by Tom Maisey)

Champaner, Gujarat

The medieval capital of Gujarat, Champaner is famous for its grand mosques, palace ruins and tombs lined with Mughal archways. Along with the hill fort and temple at Pavagadh, the place is known as the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. The park meticulously demonstrates the stark shift in architectural and cultural influences between the Hindu and Mughal rulers.

Panch Mahuda Masjid (by Dipesh Bhatt)

Benares, Uttar Pradesh

Benares’ byzantine lanes, numerous ghats and famous temples make this a much favoured destination with tourists. The City of Ghats comes alive during the 4-day long Dev Deepawali celebrations held annually in November. Holy chants, saffron-clad ascetics and the aroma of paan are some of the signature sights and sounds of the city! Situated on the banks of the Ganges, the old city of Benares takes you back in time. It is, after all, a place older than time itself!

Ghats of Benares (by Ken Weiland)

Withstanding the inevitable passage of time, these places with old world charm have gracefully retained their splendour and magnificence. Go on a journey filled with mystique and intrigue and don’t forget to tell us about your stint with the history of time!
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