History is rife with the accounts of cultural metamorphosis and technological progress. It’s natural for there to be people who obsess over our ancestors and enjoy gaining knowledge about the events of the past in spectacular detail. After all, humans tend to have eclectic tastes all around, it is best not to judge. The people before us have shaped the world to what it is today and have left quite a mark, resulting in vacation spots that are the best places for history buffs and people who have an interest in the people of the past, their diets and their daily general lives;
1) Vijayanagara, India
The city, ostensibly named the “City of Victory” once had a population of near 500,000 around 1500. Almost twice the size of Paris, the city parameters were more than 650 km2. The Vijayanagara Empire was founded by the Sangama brothers and city prospered between 14th and 16th century enjoying the merits of the success of the empire. However, in 1565 an alliance of the sultanates defeated the empire’s armies and razed and depopulated the city. The husk of it still stands atop a hilly landscape in the Ballari district, Karnataka, India.
2) Taxila, Pakistan
Located in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and some of the earliest ruins can be dated back to the time of the Achaemenid Empire, 6th century BCE. The city is one of the best places for history buffs and it sits right next to the famous Grand Trunk Road; right on what was once the junction between South Asia and Central Asia. Because of its location, many emperors vied for its control and the city saw many rulers the days of its peak. But when the trade routes connecting the regions lost their importance so did the city, and slowly fell to shambles. Finally the nomadic Hunas destroyed what was left in the 5th century.
3) Calakmul, Mexico
Calakmul, hidden deep in the forests of the Petén Basin region in Southern Mexico, was once a major Maya power and of immense significance to the civilization. Thought to be the central power of the ‘Kingdom of the Snake’, Calakmul is said to have governed territory a far as 150 kilometres while providing residences to a population of about 50,000 people. It was a competitor of the governance of Tikal and gained an upper hand through second half of the 6th century AD and the 7th century but Tikal was able to overpower it again half a century later. However, neither city survived in the wake of the Classic Maya collapse.
4) Pompeii, Italy
It is believed that the city of Pompeii, an ancient Roman town located near Naples, was founded somewhere around the 6th or 7th century by the Osci. After joining an unsuccessful rebellion against the Roman republic, it was conquered and became a Roman Colony. Around 160 years later, when the city was a bustling home to some odd 11,000 people with a complex water system and a thorough entertainment and trading fare, an eruption destroyed the city burying it all under layers upon layers of ash. The city, one of the most fascinating and best places for history buffs, would not be discovered for another 1500 years.
5) Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor, literally meaning city because why not? Was a thriving metropolis of its time and once supported nearly 0.1% of the population of the world. It is the greatest surviving legacy of the Khmer Empire and was its flourishing capital from 9th to 15th centuries. The Angkorian period, which began in803 AD with Jayavarman II, lasted until the 14th century, when a Khmer rebellion against the Siamese authority prompted in Ayutthaya sacking the city and making the population abandon Angkor to migrate south. It has since become an icon of what once was and one of the best places for history buffs.