There are so many places in the world that you have to see in your lifetime. Some of them are ancient cities that are well preserved and while visiting them you may feel like going back into a previous century. Some of the sites are works of art like the Taj Mahal. There are breath taking churches and temples and if you are more adventurous, you can hike across the Grand Canyon. You have the entire world to choose from, but you have very little time left behind. So do not waste anymore time and set off on your trip around the world.
This enchanting Italian city has 118 tiny islands and is connected by a network of waterways. The best way to see this city is to cruise the canals in a gondola. There are no cars in this city and you have to walk everywhere or take the water bus.
Millions of travelers visit India’s Taj Mahal, every year. The white marble monument was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. This is situated on the banks of River Yamuna, in Agra. Visitors are awe struck by the splendid marble construction and the beautiful gardens that surround this love monument. As the Taj Mahal has deteriorated, restoration work was taken up by the Indian government to restore the monument.
The Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza rise on the western banks of River Nile and it is the last of the ancient world’s “seven wonders” that stands still. The oldest and largest monument was built 4,500 years ago as a tomb for the fourth dynasty pharaoh Khufu. Originally the pyramid’s height was 481 feet, but the polished white limestone on the outer casings were stolen by thieves and their height has come down to 450 feet. How the Egyptians built these structures is still a mystery and a matter of debate.
Pompeii is an ancient city whose history is like a Greek tragedy. Settlers flocked this Roman port city because of its fertile soil but that very volcano erupted and doomed the city’s inhabitants in 79 A.D. Archeologists and visitors are thrilled by the ancient Roman life that has been preserved under the volcanic ash. Walls are covered with graffiti and the walls of residences of wealthy merchants are adorned with frescos depicting scenes from classical mythology. The Garden of the Fugitives is the most moving sight in Pompeii.
Machu Picchu sits on top of the Urubamba Valley in Peru. It is the royal retreat of the Incan emperor Pachacuti. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century and it was used by the emperor and his retinues to relax, hunt and entertain foreign dignitaries. After the Spanish conquest in 1532, the structures and temples were enveloped by jungle growth. It was during the year 1911 that Yale historian Hiram Bingham stumbled upon this “lost city of the Incas.” The detailed stonework and the magnificent setting have captured countless visitors.
The “city of light” is the most romantic city that is beyond comparison. This French city can be discovered by spending a day strolling off the beaten path. Most of the world’s well known attractions such as Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Pantheon, Notre-Dame,… are situated in this city and the coach hire can take you around these places.
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef with a conglomeration of some 3,000 reefs and 600 islands stretching across the northeast coast of Australia for 1,250 miles. It is inhabited by 1,500 species of fish, 200 species of birds and 4,000 species of mollusks.
Antarctica is a magical, otherworldly and surreal land of ultimates. This southernmost continent is the coldest and windiest place on earth. It is the world’s largest desert and 95% of Antarctica is covered in ice.
The Grand Canyon
Watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, which is a two-billion-year-old cross section of the earth, is mesmerizing. You have to venture down into it and hike from rim to rim, to comprehend the depths of the rust colored canyon.
Iguazu is a series of more than 200 waterfalls that are strung along the 230 foot high cliffs on both sides of a narrow gorge. This is located near the place where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet. You could not resist seeing this falls on a full moon night.
The list of the places to see is endless and all these destinations can be seen throughout the year. You will feel enriched when you visit these 10 must see places in the world.