Living life to the fullest is the new mantra of people, and this sure does involve seeing the world by travelling to places far and wide. What we’re talking about here in this article is not just famous places but the best places around the globe. These places are the best natural or manmade wonders on Earth. The magnetic beauty of each one of them is powerful enough to attract even the most indolent of travellers. Worth a visit, each place has a distinctness of its own and once visited a traveller can be assured of having seen something to cherish his entire lifetime. Read along to discover the top 10 places to visit before you die.
10. The Great Barrier Reef (Australia):The world’s largest reef, The Great Barrier Reef is spread over 1600 miles and consists of more than 2900 individual reefs and about 900 islands. More than 1500 species of fish and 200 species of birds can be seen throughout this natural habitat. In fact, the Reef is the biggest structure of living organisms that can be seen even from outer space. It is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. (img source: 2012freshmanenglish.blog.ntu.edu.tw)
9. Iguazu Falls (Border of Argentina and Brazil):Listed among the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Iguazu falls are the most spectacular series of 200 separate waterfalls that meet at the conjunction of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. According to legend, God planned to marry a woman named Naipi but soon she eloped with her mortal lover and so God sliced the river Iguazu into many waterfalls to condemn the lovers for an eternity. (img source: nature.new7wonders.com)
8. Taj Mahal (India):The monument of love, Taj Mahal was built during the 1600s by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a token of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took more than 12 years to complete. The monument’s excellent craftsmanship still remains exclusive to it. It is believed that the hands of all craftsmen who worked to erect the structure were cut right after the completion of Taj Mahal to avoid any replication. The Taj Mahal is India’s tourism face to the world. (img source: tajmahaltours-india.com)
7. Angkor Wat (Cambodia):Angkor Wat is the largest existing religious monument of the world. It is a true marvel of architecture and spirituality that exemplifies the advancements architecture had achieved without the aid of modern-day technology. It was built way back in the 12th century by Cambodian King Suryavarman II. The temple, initially dedicated to Lord Vishnu and then Buddha, is lush with carved scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. (img source: guideforangkorwat.com)
6. Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania):Ok, now this option is rather too adventurous for most people and it is not Mount Everest (that is too easy to climb now). In fact not more than 15000 hikers try their luck at climbing the summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain, every year. At a height of 5,895 meters above the sea level, the body needs to have immense physical as well as mental strength to witness (and of course withstand) the wonders of nature.
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