Mongolia proudly has five such sites, with another 12 on the tentative list. Ranging from relatively small monument sites to vast tracts of natural landscape, these locations embody Mongolia’s heritage as our legacy and key to our past—places we absolutely must pass on to future generations—irreplaceable cultural and natural sources of life and inspiration.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has placed eight sites on the tentative list for the small Himalayan nation of Bhutan. UNESCO designates places as unique and diverse as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the grand cathedrals of Europe—and it is only a matter of time before the process of inscribes these sites on the World Heritage list ensuring their protection and preservation as sites of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding value to humanity.
Although technically an autonomous region of China, Tibet has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as home to three World Heritage Sites. All of which may be found in the capital city of Lhasa—plus one Tentative listing, the Yalong region, which is the cradle of Tibetan culture. The three places within Lhasa are each highlights of any Tibet cultural itinerary offering unique vantages of the beauty, history, architecture and culture of this stunning land.
Visiting Nepal’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites is like traveling backwards in time—seeing the birthplace of Lord Buddha, touring the ancient monuments of long-ago dynasties dedicated to Hindu and Buddhist deities, and visiting national parks whose headwaters provide flowing life for so much of a vast region. From intricately carved architectural details to the peak of Everest—Nepal is not short on splendor, as these four sites comprise innumerable marvels.
When tourism works to successfully protect natural and cultural heritage, it also invests in safeguarding this legacy for future generations. Sustainable tourism will only successfully transform the entire industry if we each do our part.
Sanjay Saxena, Director of Operations at Nomadic Expeditions, was born in New Delhi, India. A professional guide since 1979, Sanjay has led groups on touring, trekking, climbing, and on safaris to Mongolia, Tibet, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Venezuela, Peru, Iran and across his homeland India.