Priyaranjan Mohapatra Profile

Glad I found you all here-  inspiring ,energetic and passionate travelers!

As a kid, I wanted to know the world. Geography and history being my favorite subjects. My 1st trips were with my parents. They took us out to northernmost and southern most regions of India. Then on, the travels never stopped for me.

Later years, when I became "WHS aware", I realized I'm way behind :) These days, I'm an avid UNESCO WHS follower; take effort to get educated on them, visit, and post the journey, relish the experiences. To me, at least, it made sense to organize my trips around UNESCO's WHS.

I like going places, see it all - old edifices, Forts, Temples, Monasteries, Medinas, Monuments, Ruins, objects of unspeakable beauty crafted by nature and anomalies of same, Mountains, Fjords, Volcanoes, Geysers, Glaciers, dramatic landscapes, unbelievable structures that encapsulate contemporary human ingenuity & determination, soaking in Cultures, unique animals & bird species, and meeting new minds! … all helps in personal enrichment.  often during travels, I find oasis of serenity which makes me pause & introspect ! 

All World Heritage Sites (WHS) & TWHS make you travel off the beaten path. Since I'm focusing on quantity, seems stressful at times ; but I do get glimpses of human evolution around globe -- maybe the 12,000 year old Thamudic petroglyphs in Wadi-Rum desert, or the exquisite craftmanship of medieval times in Hampi or Konark, or maybe the spectacular urban creation on top of a 8000 ft. mountain in middle of tropical forest, without aid of modern building techniques -  Machu Pichhu!

Of late (ever since reaching a humble count of 100+) I collect differently....adding touristy to-dos, local cultural immersions, culinary experiences, and add a hike for the ground feel. Wish I had longer vacation days;)

There are times I feel like I've lived a 100 lives, walked on distant worlds and hope some day to see the end of time !!

“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” – Holly Morris

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place… but nothing ever grows there.” – Anonymous

“If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our life!” – Lemony Snicket

See you on a detour ;)

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Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)

Priyaranjan Mohapatra India/USA - 25-Jan-22

This wonderful temple city complex. esp. after the recent cleanup by the provincial Government of Odisha ; unfolds in an array of majestic structures that one can go back 1200 years to visualize how life was back then ! 

Very Ornate group of temples, ponds , cultural stages, etc

Its an inexcusable miss either by UNESCO to not have it listed , or  a case not well presented by the government to the World body! 

It's older (800 AD)  than the nearby Shri Jagannath temple in Puri, (about 1000 AD) which itself older than UNESCO listed Konark Sun temple (1200 AD).

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 25.03.24
Rating Stats
Cuzco 5
Iguacu 5
Lima 5
Oporto 5
Petra 5
Prague 5
Rome 5
Sintra 5
Uxmal 5
Cartagena 4.5
Hampi 4.5
Belem 4
Kandy 4
Mafra 4
Naples 4
Nice 4
Pompei 4
Panamá 3.5
Reims 3.5
Evora 3
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath (T)
  3. Aqaba Marine Reserve (T)
  4. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  5. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  6. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  7. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  8. Central Park (T)
  9. Chilika Lake (T)
  10. City of Tigre and its rowing clubs (T)
  11. Cold Desert Cultural Landscape of India (T)
  12. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  13. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  14. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  15. Ellis Island (T)
  16. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  17. Historic Lighthouses of The Bahamas (T)
  18. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  19. Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of Varanasi (T)
  20. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  21. Khor Dubai (T)
  22. Lake Titicaca (T)
  23. Le complexe hydraulique romain de Zaghouan-Carthage (T)
  24. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  25. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  26. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  27. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  28. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  29. Montado, Cultural Landscape (T)
  30. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  31. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  32. Mughal Gardens in Kashmir (T)
  33. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  34. Rade de Marseille (T)
  35. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  36. River island of Majuli (T)
  37. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  38. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  39. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  40. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  41. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  42. The Lofoten islands (T)
  43. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  44. The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad (T)
  45. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)