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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
The only manmade structure that is visible from outer space, the Great Wall of China truly deserves a place in the Seven Wonders of the World. Built across 5000 miles over different periods of Chinese history starting 7th century BC, it is the longest structure ever built by humans. The reason behind it being this long is because it kept the Mongols from invading China. Another attraction of the monument is the terracotta army which consists of 8000 life size statues that are embedded all along the way to the end of the Wall.
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Easter Islands, a small 14 miles long and 7 miles wide, cluster of islands in the South Pacific allures people more with its mystical history than anything else. It is believed that the during 800 AD the Polynesians came here and ultimately left the place barren with 1000 statues that are 13 feet tall and weigh around 14 pounds. Despite years of archeological research there is still no certainty about the origins of the statutes or historical background of the place.
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The oldest of all the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza was built in the latter half of 2000 BC. It is 481 feet tall and managed to remain the tallest manmade structure of the ancient world for more than 3,800 years. The outside of the Pyramid still retains patches of shiny and smooth finish, and one can easily comprehend what it used to look in totality back in the time. This ancient marvel of world history is undoubtedly one of the greatest places to visit before you die.
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One of the most famous Seven Wonders of Nature, the Grand Canyon is believed to have been carved some 17 million years ago by the Colorado River that once flushed through its various passes and turns to give it the geography of how it looks today. Although no sure history of how the Canyon was carved is available or what habitation it supported in the ancient times, for today’s tourists the sights that one can witness in a span of 277 miles is enough reason to plan to trip to the place.
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The land that makes Jordan so important to travelers from across the globe is the Petra – the ancient city of the Nabateans. These tribal people are believed to have constructed the city before the 1st century AD and planned it in a manner to avoid any sort of invasions from other tribes. This purpose was well served but later earthquakes during the 16th century caused havoc and destroyed the city. It remained hidden from the human eye for centuries; it was only in 1812 when a Swiss Explorer, Johann Ludwig discovered Al Khazneh, the most famous of the rock cut structures of Petra.
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