- By Kevin
- On Mar 26, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
One should do at least two things out of impulse in his life: to forget yourself in a relationship and to go on a trip without a plan. Of course, if lucky enough, you can do these two at once!
Lonely Planet has come up with a list of the world's top 500 sights. Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist highlights the locations around the world that the travel guide publisher's team of experts believes every traveler must experience.
Today we will show you the top 10 sights for you. Let's start!
1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
As the world’s greatest temple to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat might seem a bit off the grid in Buddhist Cambodia, but this magnificent monument is the greatest treasure of a Hindu kingdom that once stretched as far as Burma, Laos and southern China. Even in a region as richly gifted with temples as Southeast Asia, Angkor is something out of the ordinary – a literal representation of heaven on earth, hewn from thousands of sandstone blocks and carved floor-to-ceiling with legends from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas.
Even better, Angkor Wat is the crowning glory in a complex of more than 1000 temples, shrines and tombs that forms a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia.
2. Great Barrier Reef, AUSTRALIA
Second place in the list goes to a natural wonder stretching for more than 3000km up the northeastern coast of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef hardly needs an introduction. But here are some facts: this is the world's largest network of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral and 1500 species of fish. Some 30 kinds of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been spotted here, along with six species of sea turtles and 17 kinds of sea snake.
The reef is under threat from rising sea temperatures, but for now it's a psychedelic underwater playground for divers and snorkelers.
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
Gawping down at Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate after a lung-busting four-day hike along the Inca Trail is a rite of passage for travellers to Peru. But it's not the outrageously dramatic Andean setting, nor the way that the city clings to impossibly precipitous slopes that makes Machu Picchu so mind-blowing – it's the fact that no-one really knows what happened here.
It is located in the?Cusco Region,?Urubamba Province,?Machupicchu District?in?Peru, above the?Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometres northwest of?Cuzco?and through which the?Urubamba River?flows.
Most?archaeologists?believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor?Pachacuti. Often mistakenly referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas" (a title more accurately applied to?Vilcabamba), it is the most familiar icon of?Inca civilization.?
Every country has its must-see monument – in China, that monument covers most of the country. The Great Wall of China is not just one wall but an awe-inspiring maze of walls and fortifications stretching for an astonishing 8850km across the rugged landscape of the north of the country.
It’s a myth that you can see the Great Wall from space, but when confronted by the sight of this endless structure stretching off into infinite distance, it seems almost impossible that this wouldn't be true. A few rugged souls trek the entire length of the wall, but even if you pick just one section, you'll be humbled by its aura of indestructibility.
5. Taj Mahal, India
Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal has been attracting travellers to India for centuries. Ironically, the emperor spent his final years incarcerated in Agra Fort by his ambitious son, with just a view of the Taj to remind him of everything he had lost.
6. Grand Canyon, USA
Stand before this vast rent in the earth's crust and you're looking down at two-billion years of geologic time. That fact does something funny to the human brain. Lit by flaming sunsets, filled with billowing seas of fog and iced with crystal dustings of snow, the mile-deep, 277-mile-long Grand Canyon is nature's cathedral. You’ll feel tiny yet soaring, awed yet peaceful, capable of poetry yet totally tongue-tied.
7. Colosseum, Italy
?Built of?concrete?and sand, it is the largest?amphitheatre?ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the?Roman Forum. There's nothing like a feisty Roman monument to rev up your inner historian, and the Colosseum performs brilliantly. A monument to raw, merciless power, this massive 50,000-seat amphitheatre is the most thrilling of Rome’s ancient sights. Gladiators met here in mortal combat, and condemned prisoners fought off wild beasts in front of baying, bloodthirsty crowds.
8. Iguazú Falls, Brazil-Argentina
The Guaraní name for the point where Río Iguazú plummets over a plateau just before its confluence with the Río Paraná is a great understatement: Big Water. Big? These falls are mind-bogglingly mighty: tourist boats that ply the foaming plunge pools below look like matchsticks. Boardwalks also get you thrillingly close. The whole thing is glimpsed through a stretch of subtropical rainforest forming a 55,000-hectare national park replete with wildlife, including jaguars.
9. Alhambra, Spain
The palace complex of Granada's Alhambra is one of the most extraordinary structures on the planet, perhaps the most refined example of Islamic art anywhere in the world, and the most enduring symbol of 800 years of enlightened Moorish rule in medieval Spain. From afar, Alhambra's fortress towers dominate the Granada skyline, the sheer red walls rising from woods of cypress and elm, set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada's snowcapped peaks. Inside is a network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens, which are the source of scores of legends and fantasies.
10. Aya Sofya, Turkey
Ayasofya?was the?greatest church in Christendom, and was meant to be. According to Prof. Robert Osterhout, it was built to surpass the gigantic?Church of St Polyeuchtos?erected by Julia Anitzia, scion of the line of Theodosian emperors.
Wish you could visit these attractions with your loved family or friends, and enjoy their beauty and magnificence! Hanging on to the tails of time!