Sites such as Golkunda Fort and churches in Old Goa have been awarded special status in India.

The Indian Ministry of Tourism has announced that ten special sites across the country will be included in a new scheme that will ensure they are presented to visitors in the best possible way.

Among the ten is Hyperabad’s Golkunda Fort, which is already a Unesco World Heritage site.

Built on a 40 ft high hill, the old fortress of the Deccan has eight gates and 87 bastions which can reach a further 60 feet into the Indian sky.

The Se Cathedral and St Francis Assisi Church Complex in Old Goa will also be awarded the same status.

These were constructed in the 15th century when Old Goa was the thriving capital of Portuguese India.

All of the ten sites are now expected to be kept in perfect condition and authorities will continually monitor stands to ensure first and last impressions of India are truly memorable.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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