This is Delhi’s largest Sikh temple. The architecture is typically Sikh and there’s a large water tank, simulating the one around the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which can be lovely for an evening stroll. If possible, visit during lunchtime when the ritual of Langar is performed, effectively giving a free lunch to any and all who show up. But the most interesting thing about Bangla Sahib is the museum that occupies the subterranean space. This is essentially a pictorial display, told in a procession of large-format paintings ranging from socialist realism to impressionism, educating the visitor in the history of the Sikh religion and specifically the stories of the ten gurus who established the faith. —Peter Nagy, founding director of Nature Morte, New Delhi
We all know the classic ‘wonders of the world’. They’re the sights you find plastered across postcards and guidebooks. Places like the Louvre, the Met or Buckingham Palace, Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, Venice’s St. Mark’s Square or the Great Pyramid of Giza. These spots are all great, astonishing and eye-opening for first-time visitors – there’s no denying that – but aren’t they also a little old hat?
Instead of traipsing the tourist trail, you might want to visit somewhere a little less crowded. Somewhere different. Somewhere weird. But somewhere that’s equally striking, in its own empty and different and weird way. So we decided to create our own list of the world’s greatest alternative cultural wonders, based on the opinions of our local editors and experts from some of the globe’s most respected cultural institutions.
We went to our colleagues and curators at places like Venice’s La Fenice, Bilbao’s Guggenheim and New Delhi’s Nature Morte to ask them about the places that really take them aback. These people know how to spot a cultural wonder like no one else, and the suggestions they came up with range from hidden theatres and abandoned airports to stunning stained glass and a water supply plant-turned-wildlife haven.
Planning a big trip for 2022? Read on to discover 13 incredible attractions that you could weave into your next horizon-expanding travel itinerary.
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