Monday, April 17, 2006

To See List

For those of us who are drawn by places of historical interest, the itinerary is clearly planned and prioritized (if one goes by the year when noted at risk) by this list of endangered world heritage sites. There is also the most endangered sacred sites around the world. There are many such lists out there with different criteria for inclusion.

I regret most the places in India that feature on these lists that I never visited some of which were literally down the road from the where I've lived and grown up in India.

Yet when I think about it what's to regret ? Would it not be worse to have seen history and to have it disappear twenty years later like it never existed. Maybe the endangered sites are much better served if tourists did not feel like it was their last chance to see it. That may give nature enough time to heal.

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