Golden Temple

Golden Temple: one of India’s most important attractions

The Golden Temple, officially known as the Harmandir Sahib is a prominent Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, in the Indian state of Punjab.  It was originally built by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed by his successor, Guru Arjan Dev. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and English name of "Golden Temple".

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge: one of the world’s most renowned prehistoric monuments

Stonehenge is one of the most renowned prehistoric monuments not only in England but in the World. It is located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesbury and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury and is a 2 hours drive from London. Because of its history and remarkable features it is classed as a World Heritage Site. Archaeologists believe that it is about 5000 years old as some recent research shows that it was probably erected around 3000 BC.

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands: one of the world’s best known volcanic islands

The Galápagos are one of the world’s best known volcanic islands located around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, some 972 km west of continental Ecuador. The Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve.  The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia: one of the world’s most splendid natural regions

Cappadocia is a well known historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province.  It comprises a splendid natural region packed with exceptional wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage.

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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast: Italy’s most famous Riviera

The Amalfi Coast or Costiera Amalfitana is it Italy’s most famous Riviera within the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy.  This perfect stretch of coastline is one of the country most popular tourist destination attracting thousands of tourists annually.  It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable cultural landscape.

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Angel Falls

Angel Falls: one of Venezuela’s most important natural landmarks

Angel Falls, also known as the waterfall of the deepest place are one of Venezuela’s most important natural landmarks and part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.  It is considered the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui Mountain in the Canaima National Park.

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon: one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders

The Grand Canyon is the US most recognised natural wonder and one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders.  Located in the state of Arizona, it is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River some 17 million years ago.  The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 metres).  It is part of the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as the Hualapai Tribal Nation and the Havasupai Tribe.  For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves.  The Grand Canyon is still today considered by the Pueblo people a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.

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Colosseum of Rome

Colosseum of Rome: world’s greatest remain of the Roman era

The Colosseum, originally named the Flavian Amphitheatre is perhaps the world’s greatest remain of the Roman era.  This breathtaking elliptical amphitheatre in the heart of Italy’s capital Rome is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering as well as the largest ever built in the Roman Empire.   Its construction started in 72 AD and completed in 80 AD could once seat up to 50,000 spectators and became famous for its gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.  It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and perhaps the best iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.

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Meenakshi

Meenakshi: most important religious site in South India

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple is considered one of the most important religious and historic sites in the holy city of Madurai within the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai, with the entire complex housing14 gateway towers known as gopurams, each ranging from about 45 to 50m in height, as well as some 33,000 sculptures.  The temple is a significant symbol for the Tamil people as well as international visitors, attracting 15,000 visitors a day, and up to 25,000 during sacred Fridays.

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