How to Visit 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 20 Days

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History buffs, rejoice!

Getting to check out a UNESCO World Heritage Site when traveling to a new destination is always a bonus. Perhaps you even planned an itinerary to include one or two. But one boutique travel company, Classic Escapes, just created a trip for 2020 that takes you to 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 20 days. 

While you will certainly cover a lot of ground over those 20 days, the entire trip will take place in India—a landmark lover’s dream. You’ll start in Delhi, where you’ll spend three days checking out sites like the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb before heading off to Agra where you’ll see arguably the most famous site: the Taj Mahal. There you will also check off the fifth site, Agra Fort.


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On the way to Bharatpur on day five, you’ll visit the magnificent ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and see Keoladeo Ghana Reserve the next morning. Ranthambhore Fort rounds out the first week of travel and marks the eighth site out of 20. The following week in Jaipur kicks off with a stop at Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar before heading to Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad on day 11 of the packed itinerary. 


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Over the remaining nine days, you’ll see nine more sites including the Ellora Caves, Mahabalipuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Darasuram, Bridadeeswarar temple, churches and museums at Old Goa, Victorian gothic and art deco buildings in Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves, and finish with Victoria Terminus the 20th site on day 20. Incredibly, by the end, you’ll have visited 20 of the 38 sites around India designated as culturally, historically, or scientifically significant by the United Nations. 


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In addition to all the visits, internal flights, superior accommodations, meals, and a specialist guide, sightseeing in national parks and points of interest are included. The price tag for one of the most epic trips ever? It will cost $8,695 per person. But, bragging rights are free.