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8 Must-Visit Offbeat Destinations in Rajasthan for Unique Experiences

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Rajasthan is vast, charming and all shades wonderful. The best places to visit in Rajasthan are counted among the best of India. But, beyond these touristy trails lay the real heart of Rajasthan. The offbeat destinations in Rajasthan are worth exploring as here you come across the real glorious Rajputana. The fascinating history, the incredible architecture, the legends, traditions, and culture make you yearn for the glorious grandeur of the past.

If you want to explore the offbeat gems on your Rajasthan tour, here’s where you can go:

Bundi

A picture-perfect town with its unconquerable fortress, Bundi is one of the amazing lesser-known destinations in Rajasthan. The rustic charm of Bundi is what captures the hearts. It is interesting to note that Bundi’s houses have a bluish-hue like other places in Rajasthan to stay cool during the hot summer.

Offbeat Bundi
Bundi Taragarh Fort
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Coming to the attractions of Bundi, The Taragarh Fort is a must-visit for its charm of medieval grandeur. The Sukh Mahal and the Garh Palace have a fairy tale quality about it. Visit the step-wells, the baoris for incredible architecture, and ornate craftsmanship. Glassy lakes in Bundi add to its charm as do the vibrant markets.

Tourist Attractions in Bundi

  • Taragarh Fort
  • Raniji Ki Baori
  • Sukh Mahal
  • Garh Palace
  • Jait Sagar Lake

Mandawa

A scenic town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Mandawa is one of the offbeat treasures of the land and a perfect place for City break. Located in the heart of the Shekhawati region, a part of the Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan, Mandawa is dotted with forts, palaces and splendid mansions (Havelis). Mandawa is one of the oldest cities in the region that surprises visitors at every turn.

The charming palaces, Havelis, and forts are a treasure of colourful frescoes and painted masterpieces inspired by Hindu Mythology. If you would like to appreciate art, handicraft, and a royal stay; then the Mandawa Castle is worth a stay during your trip to Rajasthan and also an amazing weekend getaway near Delhi. The royal heritage hotel with antique furniture and classic art gives you a chance to experience royal life.

Castle Mandawa, a fortress, now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel, located in the heart of the city of Mandawa, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan.
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Tourist Attractions

  • Snehi Ram Ladia Haveli
  • Harlalka Well
  • Seth Dayaram Dedraj Goenka Haveli

Kota

Painting quite a different picture from the quintessential Rajasthani image of the desert, Kota is a lush green town. Nestled by the River Chambal, the town is dotted with history, heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible experiences.

Garh Palace Kota
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Sightseeing here includes the Kota Garh, or City Palace, the Maharao Madho Singh Museum, the 18th-century Jagmandir Palace amid Kishore Sagar Lake, tranquil Chambal Garden and more.

Tourist Attractions in Kota

  • Kotah Garh
  • Kishore Sagar
  • Jag Mandir
  • Maharao Madho Singh Museum

Bikaner

The ‘Camel Country’, Bikaner is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. Surrounded by the golden sand dunes of the Thar Desert, the historic town has much to offer. The 16th-century Junagarh Fort is the star attraction. Of note is the Prachina Museum that displays traditional textiles and royal portraits.

The other tourist places in Bikaner include Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Gajner Lake, etc. Nearby, the Karni Mata temple, the temple of rats is a visit for the ones who are not faint-hearted. An evening on the sand dunes of Bikaner is a cherished experience as is dining on the mouthwatering Rajasthan dishes.

Offbeat camel in Bikaner Rajasthan
Camel near jorbeed bikaner1
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Tourist Attractions in Bikaner

  • Junagarh Fort
  • Jain Temple
  • National Research Centre on Camel
  • Lalgarh Palace and Museum
  • Rampuria Havelis

 Alwar

Counted among the best places to visit in Rajasthan, Alwar is a city of many charms. Nestled at the lush foothills of the Aravallis, the town is one of the ancient kingdoms of the Rajputana. It is a treasure of history, heritage, culture, adventure, wildlife, and many more.

Offbeat Neemrana Fort Palace
BEAUTIFUL NEEMRANA FORT PALACE
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The Neemrana Fort is a major tourist attraction of the city as is the City Palace, the SiliSerh Lake, and the Siliserh Lake Palace. Wildlife safari at the Sariska Nature Reserve is also a must-try. Alwar is among the best places to visit in Jaipur. The haunted Bhangarh Fort is for the brave hearts and another famous place situated nearby Alwar and Jaipur. 

 Tourist Attractions in Alwar
  • Sariska Tiger Reserve
  • City Palace
  • Bhangarh Fort
  • Siliserh Lake
  • Bala Quila

Deogarh

A picture-perfect royal kingdom with its own Palace, Deogarh is a charming destination to visit during the Rajasthan tour. An estate of Chundawat Rajputs, the Deogarh Mahal in the town is the most prized tourist attraction. For some serene royal vacation, this is the ideal getaway in the royal state. 

Deogarh is a popular place to visit around Jodhpur. This town is situated on the eastern side of the Aravalli ranges atop a small hill. The famous attractions of this quaint little town are Kunjbihari Temple, Charbhuja Temple, and Anjaneshwar Mahadev Temple which is renowned for its Shivalinga which formed naturally as a result of rainwater dissolving calcium in the rocks.

Tourist Attractions in Deogarh

Offbeat temple in Basuki Deogarh
Basuki Nath Temple at Basuki Bihari North
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  • Basukinath
  • Naulakha Mandir
  • Jain Tirthankar Shantinath Temple
  • Trikut

Dungarpur

Known as ‘The City of Hills’, Dungarpur is an exotic beauty snuggled in the lush foothills of the Aravallis, nourished by the rivers. One of Rajasthan’s best kept secrets, the town is dotted with the beautiful architecture of embellished ‘jharokhas’ (windows). You can marvel at the ornate window structures at Udai Bilas Palace, Juna Mahal, and Badal Mahal. This is one of the best offbeat destinations in Rajasthan and a perfect place to adore the architectural beauty of the bygone era.

Dev Somnath Temple, Dungapur
Dev Somnath Temple, Dungarpur by Hritik Sharma Hritiksharma

Besides enjoying the sights, enjoy the serenity of Baneshwar Temple, Nagfanji, Deo Somnath, Kshetrapal, and Shrinathji, which lies on the bank of the pristine Gaib Sagar Lake. For some memorable moments of bliss, Dungarpur is a beautiful travel getaway.

Tourist Attractions in Dungarpur

  • Badal Mahal
  • Juna Mahal
  • Shrinathji Mandir
  • Gap Sagar Lake

Churu

Known as the gateway to the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, Churu is a beautiful less-known tourist destination of Rajasthan. Snuggled on the edge of the Thar Desert and located amid the golden dunes, Churu is famous for the 400-year old fort. Typical villages, shifting golden sand dunes, grand Havelis, fresco paintings, and unique architecture make it a worthwhile vacation getaway.

Offbeat species of Grey Francolin in Churu, Rajasthan
The species Grey Francolin has been photographed at Tal Chappar, Churu, Rajasthan, India on 14th February 2013 during the bird photography tour.
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Tourist Attractions in Churu
  • Churu Fort
  • Babosa Dham
  • Surana Haveli

[author] Author Bio:

A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures, and experiences of her travels. As a travel enthusiast, she loves to travel in India as this country is a sumptuous amalgam of traditions, spiritual beliefs, and magnificent landscapes. She keeps penning down and capturing her travel experiences and loves to share them with all. She wishes to travel across the globe in the years to come. [/author]

Tips on how to Travel Safely to Uttarakhand During and After COVID 19

COVID 19 had put the whole world to a sudden stop with an uncertain future. It came as a piece of heartbreaking news, especially for the travellers. However with people adopting various measures, practising social distancing norms, and diligently wearing a mask everywhere the pandemic is slowly and steadily coming under control.

Some places in India have reopened for tourist visits with a set of rules that are compulsory to follow when you are in Uttarakhand and these sets of rules are established by the government for the safety of the people there.

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand has tackled the situation very well and with a brave face on. They had already permitted inter-district travel for the locals with the help of an e-pass. However, as the situation seems to be coming under control on a daily basis Uttarakhand has now opened its doors to travellers and pilgrims from everywhere.

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand
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Here is how you can safely travel in and around Uttarakhand during and after COVID

Mandatory COVID 19 Test Report

The pandemic has effected and largely changed the normal state of functioning. While travelling from one place to another it has been absolutely mandatory not only to Uttarakhand but also to various different parts of India by road.

Make sure to get yourself tested for COVID and once the reports come out to be negative be sure to carry the genuine/authentic test reports with you anywhere you travel. You will be asked at various polls and checkpoints to show the COVID negative test report as the government of Uttarakhand is very particular about only allowing people who are not a threat to their locals.

Travel In Your Private Vehicle

Do not be extremely ambitious regarding your travel plans. Be realistic and plan your trip practically to suit these uncertain times. It is not wise to be depended heavily on local transportation as nobody knows for sure the sanitization procedure the buses or shared cabs has undergone and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Travelling in your own vehicle will guarantee that you keep it sanitized, clean, and in good condition. You will also be able to get back safely to your home in case there is some dire situation suddenly.

Prepare For Lengthy Stay

Staycations or lengthy vacations have quickly become one of the most talked-about trends among travel enthusiasts. As of now, home quarantine is being levied on everyone arriving from out of the state of Uttarakhand. You should book your stay for at least 10-14 days. This is one of the most important precautionary measures that every traveller should take.

There are hotels and cottages available for longer stays that you can book by contacting a trusted travel and tours company. Apart from that as per the instructions of the tourism minister of Uttarakhand, you must present the 7 days booking of the place that you will be staying in case the authorities ask for it.

Follow All the Protocols As Mentioned By the State Government

All the states in India have come up with a list of strict rules and regulations to be followed by all tourists and travellers coming in from different parts of India to minimize the probable outbreak of the pandemic.

The rules mentioned above are some of the vital points to follow while travelling within Devbhoomi. There are restrictions on public movement as well from 10 pm to 5 am. All these rules have been created in the light of unlocking 2.0 and to provide the safest experience for both locals and tourists.

Note: Be sure to ask beforehand at the accommodation you shall be staying regarding the sanitization conditions and the date of the last person staying there.

Miscellaneous Travel Tips for a Safe Experience

  • Always keep a good stock of hand sanitizer with you and if possible a sanitizer spray to clean all your small items like wallet, keys, rings, Jewellery, etc.
  • Carry multiple disposable masks and N95 masks as well. N95 masks are the best choice for travel as advised by ICMR.
  • Always carry disposable paper soaps as soap water is the best defence against the COVID virus, it has also been mentioned in the Who guidelines.
  • Always keep yourself covered well i.e. with the help of stoles or caps keep your hair covered in order to maximize protection.
  • Follow all the social distancing norms and stay at least 3-6 feet away from everyone outside as you may never know who the carrier is.
  • Never touch your face, mouth, nose, eyes, or ears. But if you feel itchy then you can use a sanitizer and then touch your face.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you can travel safely in Uttarakhand if only you follow protocol and make sure that you are safe in order to ensure the safety of everyone around you as well. Check out the list of guidelines and rules of the state government so that you don’t end up following all the regulations to the t. Always remember prevention is always better than the cure.

We believe these points are surely to help you in taking a break from your regular life along with fighting against COVID-19 to make it one of your Best Uttarakhand Tours where you could gather some really amazing moments.

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A Guide for Your Chardham Yatra by Helicopter Trip

Chardham Yatra

The Chardham Yatra is a sacred pilgrimage to the four holy shrines in ‘Dev Bhoomi’ Uttarakhand. Believed to be the holiest journey, the Yatra cleanses all sins and grants salvation to the pilgrims who complete this journey. Chardham Yatra by helicopter is an easy and hassle-free way to complete the journey to the divine shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Chardham Yatra by helicopter starts in the beautiful city of Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand.

The Yatra is planned in a clockwise direction in Uttarakhand. It takes around 10-12 days to complete the whole journey by road as the shrines are nestled high up in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand. But for a Chardham Yatra by helicopter, it takes only 4 to 5 days. Therefore pilgrims prefer Yatra by helicopter as it saves time as well as energy.

So, if you’re planning a Chardham Yatra by helicopter then here is all you need to know including the day-wise itinerary.

Where to Book Chardham Yatra by Helicopter Package?

Tourism-of-India provides multiple options for Chardham Yatra tour packages for the devotees. They also have a pre-planned Chardham Yatra by helicopter packages with cost or you can customize for a better travel experience.

Detailed Information about Char Dhams:

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri is the holy shrine of the River Goddess Yamuna, the sister of Lord Yama “The God of Death”. The black idol of the Goddess is visited by pilgrims from far ends of the world. A visit to Yamunotri Dham is said to cleanse all sins of a lifetime and allows pilgrims a boon of preventing an untimely death.

The helicopter journey takes almost 40 minutes and you will land at the Kharsali Helipad to get to Yamunotri. The holy Chardham destination is at a distance of a 5 km trek. You can choose to walk or get a palki or pony to get to the temple.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains and feel blessed by the divine temple. Two hot springs near the temple are also visited by pilgrims. Pray at the revered temple and after your darshan.

Gangotri Dham

Gangotri is the revered shrine of the River Goddess Ganga. According to a legend from Hinduism, the river was brought on earth after great penance. It is believed that bathing in the holy waters of Ganga cleanses one of the sins of life and grants salvation. The white-marble temple, built in the 19th century is a sacred shrine.

The Gangotri temple can be reached in a short walk from the hotel. Pray to the Goddess and get blessings. The divine ambiance of the temple blesses pilgrims with serenity and bliss.

Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath is one of the 12 holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. According to a Hindu legend, Lord Shiva in his form of the bull was hiding from the Pandavas of Mahabharata. On getting discovered the lord divided his bull form into various regions of India and Nepal. The hump became the revered lingam of Kedarnath Dham. The holy temple is set in the middle of the Garhwal Himalayan range with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and near the Mandakini River. It is blessed with an ambiance of spirituality and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains. It is easily one of the most beautiful temples in India.

Badrinath Dham

Badrinath Dham is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India, which is both a part of the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand and the other Chardham circuit in India. The holy shrine prays to the Badri form of Lord Vishnu.

Get a helicopter ride to Badrinath helipad. The journey of the land of Narayan is a scenic one. Enjoy the pictorial views of the mountains in its snow-draped glory.


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7 Amazing Thailand Facts You Should Know

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Thailand is one of the most famed and visited Southeast Asian countries. It has the warmest locals, charming ever culture, wonderful architecture, breathtaking nature, unspoiled islands and beaches, mouth-watering foods, and most importantly, the hassle-free travel and Thailand visa procedures. Apart from these, there are some amazing and interesting things to know about Thailand – some of which you’ll be aware and some not. So come test your knowledge about Thailand by taking a look at these surprising facts about the country.

  • Thailand is the ‘Land of the Free’

In Thai language, Thailand is known as Prathep Thai. And it absolutely lives up to its literal meaning, ‘Land of the Free.’ After all, it holds the distinction of being the only country in the Southeast Asia that was never occupied by the European colonial powers.

  • The official name of Thailand’s capital city is the longest of its kind

Thailand is famous all over for its largest as well as the vibrant capital city, Bangkok. But did you know that the official name of its capital city is the world’s longest city name? So get ready to give your tongue a twist or exercise; the official name of Bangkok is, ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.’

This comprises Pali and Sanskrit words and is translated in English as the city of angels, the glorious city, the abode of the Emerald Buddha, the invincible city of Lord Indra (unlike Ayutthaya), the world’s imposing capital blessed with nine precious gems, the cheerful city with an enormous Royal Palace which resembles the heavenly abode reigned by the reincarnated god.”

  • Find the world’s largest and smallest creature in Thailand
Black and beige monitor lizard, Thailand
Black and beige Monitor lizard
Photo by Sudipta Mondal from Pexels

Yes, Thailand bags this rare credit of being the country that inhabits both the largest and smallest creature in the world. Growing to a length of up to just 33 centimetres and weighing not more than two grams, the Bumblebee Bat is the world’s smallest mammal and you can find them in Thailand’s Sai Yok National Park at Kanchanaburi Province. Speaking of the largest creatures, you’ll not only find the biggest fish (white shark) in the sea but also the largest of its kind lizard, known as Monitor Lizard (growing up to seven feet).

  • Siamese cats are actually from Thailand
Siamese cats Thailand
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Siamese cats are captivating for its distinctive charm and sleek appearance. It’s one of the world’s oldest cat breeds and more fascinatingly, it’s believed to have been originated in Thailand, back in the 14th century. This is also found mentioned in an ancient Thai manuscript. Many interesting beliefs revolve around this type of cat. For instance, its considered auspicious to gift a Siamese cat to the brides.

  • Thailand has only a fraction of forest than it had a century ago

Any people travelling to Thailand instantly fall for its lush yet supremely appealing landscape with verdant jungles, laid-back islands, and other natural formations such as mountains, waterfalls, natural hot springs, striking valleys etc. However, the sad reality is that the country, especially in its northern part, was once completely blanketed with dense forests and trees. In fact, what now left is just a quarter of than it did over a hundred years ago. But the good news is that the logging activities are now completely banned in the country.

  • There is a festival dedicated to monkeys

One of the main reasons that make Thailand really unique is its weird beliefs and alluring festivals including the monkey buffet festival. It takes place annually in the province of Lophuri, also known as the land of monkeys, with thousands of long-tailed macaques. Interestingly, they are considered the descendants of Lord Hanuman. As indicative of its name, the festival’s major highlight is a sumptuous feast arranged for its revered residents, wherein they are allowed to devour on endless pounds of food including fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, desserts etc. Placed about 150 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok, it’s held at a ruined Khmer shrine whose origin traces back to the 10th century.

  • Thailand has a type of fish which can walk on land
Cave Angel Fish in Mae Hongson, Thailand by Chulabush Khatancharden Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Cave Angel Fish in Mae Hongson, Thailand by Chulabush Khatancharden Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Thailand is home to some rare and endangered wildlife and underworld species, and one of the most fascinating among them is the Cryptotora Thamicola. This is an amphibious fish which however is unlike any other fish species. With four legs, it’s not only able to swim out of water and walk like any other ordinary four-legged animal, but also come with the ability to climb the sheer rock surfaces along the waterfalls. This is probably the reason it’s also known as the Waterfall Climbing Cavefish. Interestingly, this fish is blind and mostly found in the caves across Northern Island.

CONCLUSION

From boasting one of the world’s longest-reigning monarchs to being the land of over 35,000 shrines, there are more such interesting facts about Thailand. So how many of these amazing Thailand facts are you already aware of? Let us know in the comment section below.

Abu Dhabi with Family: Things to do and See

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The capital of UAE, the cosmopolitan city, the heritage preserving emirate, and the home to a futuristic skyscraper, Abu Dhabi has an array of tourist attractions covering the interests of all family members. Millions of visitors flock every year to this ultimate destination to observe the radiating Sheikh Zayed Mosque, adrenaline-pumping Ferrari ride, grandeur embodiment Emirates Palace, and unbelievable Louvre Museum. Read on to discover the best things to do in Abu Dhabi:

  • Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Mosque

One of the largest mosques in the world and a glistening architectural marvel with an astonishing capacity of 40,000 worshippers and visitors, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the top attraction to be seen in Abu Dhabi with family. The idea behind building this beacon of splendor was to incorporate architectural styles from different Muslim civilizations and celebrate the diversity. Right from the 82 onion-top domes to the largest chandelier and carpet, from floral designs to stone-embedded columns, this picturesque mosque allows you to capture Instagram-worthy moments. 

  • Watch the collection at Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre, Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi

It is the first universal museum in the Arab World, designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Combining light and shadow, reflection and calm, the museum is internationally recognized for art, education, and culture. The 8 layered dome looks like floating on the water and the unconvincing design leaves the millions of guests to drop their jaw. The museum boasts a unique collection of both ancient and contemporary works of historic, cultural, and sociological interest. Later linger in tempting bookstores, and taste local teas, coffees, and delicacies.

  • Meander through The Corniche

White sandy beaches, landscaped gardens, entertaining parks, children’s playgrounds, and fountains, the Corniche is a 5-mile stretched waterfront avenue. And the best way to explore all of this is to grab a bike and ride across the attractions. Its beach is split into three sections- families, singles, and a public beach—and has clean waters, children’s play equipment, bikes and karts for hire. Offering one of the city’s main recreational opportunities and a spectacular view of the iconic high-rises, the Corniche is an exciting destination. You can swim, walk and cycle; hire sunbeds for the beach and later have some refreshments. 

  • Feel the rush at Ferrari World
Ferrari World
Ferrari World

Home to world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park, Ferrari World introduces an impressive mix of 37 record-breaking thrill rides and an array of world-class cuisines. Beneath its red roof, there is a jam-packed world of riveting rides and experiences. Get ready to scream with joy as you hop on the world’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 250kmph in 4.9 seconds. The family-friendly attractions, electric-powered go-karts, advanced simulator, live shows, and an inspiring collection of racing memorabilia will have you set for the day. Reserve your tickets in advance to skip the line, soon when you receive the UAE tourist Visa.

  • Revel in the nature at Umm Al Emarat Park
Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi
Umm Al Emarat Park

Built in 1982, it is one of the oldest and largest water parks in Abu Dhabi. Being a big crowd puller today, the park has undergone extensive renovation and has updated with Shade House, Animal Barn, Amphitheatre, Great Lawn, Botanic Garden, Children’s Garden, and Evening Garden. Observe the 12 animals including a camel, baby goat, cow, and a pony, and an iconic structure shielding plants in a moisture-controlled environment. There is a range of cool activities- kids can run wild, pet animals, kick back in the green ground, and admire the cascading waters and stone pools. 

  • Enjoy a day out at Warner Bros World
Warner Bros world, Abu Dhabi
Warner Bros World

Located on Yas Island, the Warner Bros World is home to legendary fictional characters that are brought to life through mind-blowing rides. From Superman to Batman and Wonder Woman to Scooby-Doo, you can interact with the 29 state-of-the-art rides in the 6 fascinating worlds. Refuel yourselves by having small bites and munching on mouth-watering meals in the cafes. Complete with live shows and endless family experiences, this is the best theme park. 

  • Ascend the Observation Deck at 300

Isn’t it amazing to be checking out the 360-degree view of the city along with savoring the afternoon tea in the finest restaurant? Observation Deck at 300 is nestled on the 74th floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. You see an uninterrupted bird-eye view of the incredible skyline and sip hot tea or freshly ground coffee with sweet treats. Soak in these dramatic views fully as you won’t find it anywhere else. 

  • Splash the fun at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

An action-packed experience and the leading water park across the globe, Yas Waterworld helps you raise the adrenaline with its record-breaking slides. From the first freefall waterslide to the Middle East’s longest suspended rollercoaster, from 5D adventure to intense water wars, this park has over 40 exhilarating rides, slides, and attractions. Some favorite rides include Dawwama, Bandit Bomber, Falcons Falaj, and Bubble Barrel. So, carry your kids along and engage in family-building activities all day long.

  • Marvel at Emirates Palace
Marvel at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Featuring 394 rooms and suites, 114 gold and marble-covered domes, spas, pools, multiple restaurants, bars, lounges, and cafés — blend with ethereal lighting and plush interiors, the Emirates Palace is a beach-front lavish hotel. It offers a perfect photo opportunity with its stunning backdrop. The hallways are inlaid with gold, crystal and marble patterns and adorned with Swarovski chandeliers. However, you can enjoy luxury without booking a suite, by booking a coffee tour or reserving a table at one of its royal restaurants. 

  • Devour flavorful dishes at Cafe Mandarina

Eating at fantastic restaurants is one of the main pleasures in life here. Cafe Mandarina is a family-friendly restaurant in Abu Dhabi that has fresh and delicious ingredients to cook an amazing variety of food. Choose the mouth-watering dishes from the impeccable menu for the little appetite, including beverages as hot chocolates, fruit juices, and more. Reach its awesome rooftop terrace to watch the horses working in the school, and you can learn to ride them too in the Mandara Equestrian Club. 

Conclusion

Abu Dhabi is an emirate of amazing activities that keep the whole family entertained throughout the vacation. And these top recommendations will help you spend more memorable days without any interruption. So, get your visa and fly to this city. 


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Shelter-in-place Pistachio Maamoul

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10 Surfing Spots in India

Though it may not be a very good time to go surfing in these days of COVID 19, we could plan it for the future.

There are tons of top surfing spots in India, most remain undiscovered. The surfing culture arrived a bit late in the country. Despite the impressive Indian waves, most beaches in India are not developed or marketed as surfing spots.

However, over the years, more and more beachside companies start offering surfing lessons. Now, the sport has become one of the common activities during weekends and free times. One of the advantages of going to India for surfing is that there aren’t a lot of surfers flocking the beaches.

Top Surfing Spots in India

India isn’t known for the biggest waves in the world. However, you can ride some impressive ones depending on the season. The country usually has calmer tides that would fit beginner surfers, especially from April to May and October to November, or before and after the wet season. If you are looking for more extreme tides to ride on, the best time to surf in India would be during the monsoon season.

If you are looking for the top surfing spots in India, here’s the top ten list that should be in your bucket list.

#1. Mulki, Karnataka

If you are looking for the top surfing spots in India, the number one spot would be for the birthplace of the surfing culture in the country. Mulki is the home of Indian surfing, which is on the west coast of Karnataka. You can experience a wide range of waves and difficulty levels on the beaches of Mulki.

The Mantra Surf Club in Mulki hosts up to a thousand surfers every year. courtesy ravi shankar paranjpe / mantra surf club. Mulki surfing
The Mantra Surf Club in Mulki hosts up to a thousand surfers every year.
Image courtesy Ravi Shankar Paranjape / mantra surf club

Most of the time, the tides in the area are great for beginner surfers. However, if you visit Mulki before and during the monsoon season, you’ll mostly get challenging and intense waves. During this time, not a lot of surfers will go to the area since the tides can be very tricky, and only daredevils try to charge the swells.

#2. Goa Beach

If you are an experienced surfer, one of the top surfing spots in India for thrilling waves would be the Goa Beach. If you visit the area during the best season, you can ride massive waves that range from five to ten feet in height. Goa Beach is famous as the land of magic and adventure for a reason.

The best time to visit Goa Beach for its giant waves would be between May and June. Other times, you’ll still get good waves but much calmer ones, which are ideal for newbies with their funboards or for practicing your wave riding skills.

#3. Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Situated in the southern part of India, Kovalam Beach is one of the popular and top surfing spots in India. There is a beach break in the area where you can get both right and left waves, and both are extremely powerful and fast. Although the tides can be pretty intense, the surf spot can usually cater to both beginner and intermediate surfers.

There are also local surfing schools in the beachside if you want to learn the sport. The best time to visit Kovalam Beach would be during mid and high tides.

#4. Vizag, Andhra Pradesh

Vizag is the only surf city in India, and for good reasons. Right at the heart of the city, you can find empty line-ups and a lot of scenic bays that produces a wide range of waves. Surfing is yet to catch popularity in the area, so you’ll mostly have the surf to yourself.

Most of the time, it is where you can find pro athletes go surfing because it’s less crowded. The area experiences occasional storms and cyclones, which usually brings a lot of massive waves.

#5. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram or Mahabs is another one of the top surfing spots in India. It’s not only popular for its iconic and majestic temples, but its right-hand point break as well. It provides an impressive series of waves for power surfing and tube riding.

Mahabalipuram surfing
This photo of Mumu Surf School is courtesy of Tripadvisor

If you are looking to ride big swells, the best time to visit Mahabs would be between May and November.

#6. Varkala Beach

One of the advantages of going to Varkala Beach is its impressive landscape. It has a gentle atmosphere and waves as well. It’s one of the best spots to go to if you want to try your hand at surfing. The waves in Varkala Beach are not intense, which is ideal for newbies.

Varkala surfing
Go surfing in Varkala

The best time to visit Varkala Beach would be between December to March, although the waves are perfect for newbies all year-round.

#7. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Situated on the east coast, another one of the top surfing spots in India is Chennai. It’s a great place for you to learn how to surf. You can enroll in various courses from beginners to more advanced lessons.

Covelong point, Chennai
Covelong Point, Chennai

There’s a famous right-hand break in Chennai, the Covelong Point, which produces some of the best waves in the country. It’s also home to some of the best Indian surfers and attracts waves riders from all over the world.

#8. Gokarna Beach, Karnataka

Gokarna Beach is one of the top surfing spots in India for beginner surfers. The area is famous for its scenic views and relaxing atmosphere with coconut trees in the foreground and the Sahyadri Mountains in the background. Meanwhile, the waves on the beach are a bit easy to predict and not very strong. Plus, there are also tons of surf schools in the area.

Gokarna beach surfing
Gokarna beach

The best time to visit Gokarna Beach for surfing would be between October and May.

#9. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is where the east and west coasts meet. It’s popular for the colonial buildings and tree-lined streets. However, Pondicherry has also become quite well-known for both local and tourist surfers in recent years. It provides some of the best waves in the country, which can hold wells between three to six feet.

You can usually get the best quality waves in Pondicherry between August and December.

#10. Kodi Bengre, Udupi

Kodi Bengre is a famous fishing village in Udupi, India. Aside from the fresh seafood that you can find in the place, it is also an interesting spot for surfing. The beaches in this village are well-known for its stable weather, with around 30 degrees temperature, which is ideal for newbies and intermediate surfers.

However, if you are looking for more challenging waves, the best time to visit Kodi Bengre would be before and after the monsoon season.

The surfing culture in India is yet to pick up big. So, you’ll mostly see non-crowded surfing spots in the country, although it’s home to some of the best waves that can cater to both newbies and seasoned surfers. These ten top surfing spots in India should be on your travel bucket list if you visit the country. Also, don’t forget to pick up on your surfing gear – surfboards, fins, wetsuits, and traction pads!


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25 Most Amazing Ancient Ruins of the World

It has been a long time since I have written an article here since COVID 19 and the lockdown. I came across this and wish to share the following with you-

The world is home to a plethora of fascinating ancient ruins, from crumbling cities to temples that have withstood the test of time. Many of these ancient societies were incredibly innovative and forward-thinking. Just take a look at their meticulous city planning and incredible feats of engineering; some of which we are yet to fully understand. And while there’s so much we can learn from these prehistoric people, perhaps the most enchanting part is what we don’t know. Some of the most captivating ancient ruins are full of thousand-year-old mysteries that will boggle even the most curious of minds.                                               

 25. Ayuthaya

Founded around the year 1350, Ayutthaya is a historical city that began as a Khmer military and trading post. It wasn’t long before this thriving trading port became the ancient capital of Thailand. It held onto this title for four centuries until it was burned down by Burmese invaders. As many of the temples and relics of the city were crafted from wood, the large majority were destroyed. Only around 50 stone relics and temples survived the fire and can still be seen today. Since renovations started in the 1970s, exploring Ayutthaya’s mix of Siamese, Sri Lankan and Khmer architecture has become a popular day trip from Bangkok.                                                                       

 24. Stonehenge

Dotted along the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is easily one of the most recognized ancient ruins in the world. Dating back over 5,000 years, these curious stone rings are some of the oldest stone structures on the planet. Created out of sandstone, they are ensconced in mystery. Who built them and why is still largely unknown. Two popular theories maintain that Stonehenge was used as a site for religious rituals or otherwise to monitor the movements of the sun and moon. As you only need two hours to explore the ruins of Stonehenge and its adjacent museum, a day trip from London is often combined with a visit to Windsor or Bath.                             

23. Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde, ancient ruins
Wetherill Mesa

Deep in the American Southwest, you’ll find Mesa Verde National Park with its fascinating collection of 600 ancient clifftop dwellings. The most famous of these dwellings is the Cliff Palace, built into an enormous sandstone alcove that’s protected it from the elements for over seven centuries. It’s the largest of its kind in North America and unlike the rest of the dwellings that contained just a few rooms for residential purposes, the palace had over 150 rooms and 23 sacred kivas. Having been lived in for close to a century, these unusual cliff-side villages were suddenly abandoned in the 13th-century.. Nobody really knows why. Today, around 4,800 archaeological sites dating back to 550 AD can be found in Mesa Verde, some of which are open to the public. 

               

 22. Sigiriya

Sigiriya, ancient ruins

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Sigiriya is an ancient fortress carved into a 200-meter vertical rock face near the town of Dambulla in Sri Lanka. On top of what is now known as Lion Rock are the fascinating remains of an ancient civilization, thought to be the capital of the kingdom of Kassapa. In its heyday, it included a citadel, an upper palace, a mirror wall with stunning colorful frescoes, and a gateway in the shape of a lion. After the king passed, the capital was abandoned and it was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th-century. While the climb to the top of Sigiriya is certainly not for the faint-hearted, the views of the water features, ramparts, terraced gardens and cave shrines will be worth the effort.     

 21. Masada

Masada, ancient ruins

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The ancient fortress of Masada is possibly one of the most impressive ruins on the planet. Perched on a cliff top overlooking the Judaean Desert and the Dead Sea in Israel, the site is hauntingly beautiful. Dating back over thousands of years, it was built as the palace of King Herod. It had modern creature comforts such as a bathhouse and even private swimming pools. More famously, the enormous fortification saw the last stand of the Jewish Revolt who chose death over a life of Roman slavery. Today, the military camps and battlements are the best-preserved examples of Roman siege works in history. Two pathways lead to the top and while grueling in the beating sun, the views are worth it!   

 20. Hampi

Hampi, ancient ruins

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The second-largest medieval city after Beijing, Hampi was one of the wealthiest in India. Once the thriving epicenter of the Karnata Empire with temples and imperial palaces, now only crumbling ruins remain. Founded in the 14th-century by two princes, the former capital began as a simple riverside religious center. Highlights include the temple that served as the royal family’s personal place of worship, the House of Victory, the Vitthala Temple with its stone chariot and musical pillars, and the main temple with its carvings of strange-looking sea creatures.           

     19. Pompeii

Pompeii

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The eerie ruins of Pompeii can be found near the Italian city of Naples. When the iconic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, it destroyed the Roman city in waves of lava and took the lives of over 2,000 residents along with it. The ancient city first discovered by accident beneath the volcanic rock in the 1950s is remarkably well preserved. However, it wasn’t until two decades later that it was properly excavated. To this day, 22 of the original 66 hectares have not been unearthed. You can walk down the streets of these ancient Roman ruins and imagine the town as it was in its heyday. There are the remains of stone houses, temples, bakeries, and even a brothel.                                       

 18. Tulum

Tulum
Beautiful beach with turquoise water in Tulum Mexico, Mayan ruins on top of the cliff.

An hours’ drive from Cancun, the Tulum ruins are the remains of an ancient cliff top fortress built by the Mayans. Walled on three sides with the fourth open to the Caribbean Sea, the views are simply incredible. Even though it dates back to 564 AD, Tulum was at its prime during the 13th and 14th centuries. Home to just 1,600 residents, it was a powerful trading hub for turquoise, jade, cotton, and cacao beans. Apart from the El Castillo pyramid, the main attraction, have a look at the beautiful mural inside the Temple of the Frescoes and go for a swim at Tulum secret beach, surrounded by palm trees and sunbathing iguanas. While you’ll have your choice of guided tours, you’ll get far more out of exploring at your own pace. Self-guided books can be purchased at the entrance.              

17. Ephesus

Ephesus

Despite being one of the most impressive Greek and Roman ruins on Earth, the ancient city of Ephesus can be found in western Turkey. Dating back over 2,000 years, it was once home to the famous Temple of Artemis. But what makes these ruins stand out is just how immersive they are. Unlike many other protected archaeological sites, you can touch, stand on and walk through every part of the city. Highlights include a series of ancient public toilets, the Library of Celsus, the Bath of Varius, Hadrian’s Temple, and the Prytaneion. It is also home to the 25,000-seater Great Theater of Ephesus, the largest outdoor theatre in the ancient world.                                                         

16. Ellora Caves

Ellora caves

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The Ellora Caves are made up of a series of caves, monasteries, chapels and temples carved into the side of a basalt cliff. Out of 100 caves, only 34 are open to the public. Located in Maharashtra, India, Ellora dates back to 600 AD and took Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks over five centuries to craft. The highlight of the Ellora Caves is the Kailasa Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the largest monolithic sculpture in the world. Other worthy sights include the large preaching Buddha in the Carpenter’s Cave, so-called because of the rock’s resemblance to polished wood. Don’t miss the two enormous statues of Indra in the Chota Kailash Cave.                                                         

15. Terracotta Army

Terracotta army

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The Terracotta Warriors, also known as the Terracotta Army, are an impressive collection of thousands of life-sized soldiers and horses. Located in Xi’an, China, near the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, there are around 600 underground pits dating back to the 3rd-century BC. They were discovered by accident in the 1970s when locals were digging for a well point. While many remain unexcavated, three of these pits are open to the public and are enclosed within the Museum of the Terracotta Army. Apart from their sheer volume, what’s interesting about these clay soldiers is that every single face is unique. They were hand-carved with individual features and took around 40 years of craftsmanship in total.                                                                                             

 14. Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
Pyramid of Kukulcan El Castillo in Chichen-Itza (Chichen Itza), Mexico

One of the most famous archaeological sites on Earth, Chichen Itza was once a thriving pre-Hispanic city on the Yucatan Peninsula. Built by the Mayans in 600 AD, it was abandoned in 1221 when Mayapan became the new capital. Highlights include the Temple of Kukulkan, a giant stone pyramid with four stairways representing a compass and 365 steps for each day of the year. It is best visited during the spring or fall equinox when the sun creates a light show on the stairs of the pyramid. Other must-see sites include the Temple of the Warriors, the Maya Ball Court, the Wall of Skulls, and the Sacred Cenote that was once a site of human sacrifice. As Chichen Itza is always crowded, it’s best in the early morning or just before closing.                                                                             

 13. Acropolis

Acropolis, ancient ruins

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From its perch above the city of Athens, the Acropolis topped by the Parthenon can be seen from any corner of the city. First built and inhabited by Pericles in the 5th-century, the Acropolis was eventually transformed into a city of temples. These ancient structures were crafted out of bronze and Pentelic marble, and some were even gold plated. Restorations are still ongoing so don’t be surprised to find scaffolding still in place. Many of the original artefacts were relocated to the Acropolis Museum so this is worth a visit while you’re here. As the Parthenon stands in the beating sun, its best visited early in the morning or late at night. This is also when it is least crowded.                 

 12. Bagan

Bagan
Ancient Temples in Bagan, Myanmar

The ancient city of Bagan is a captivating temple town in Myanmar. Once the capital of a powerful kingdom during the 11th and 13th centuries, it had over 10,000 temples, monasteries, shrines, pagodas, and stupas in its zenith. In the years since, these sacred sites have fallen into ruin as a result of Mongol invasions, neglect and natural disasters. Just 2,000 temple ruins remain and are scattered over the horizon. While you can explore the Bagan Archaeological Zone on foot, the sheer volume of temples is best appreciated from the air. A hot air balloon ride over Bagan is a worthy addition to the bucket list!                                                                                                                                    

11. Tikal

Tikal

With its grey temple-tops protruding through the lush canopy of the Guatemalan jungle, catching a glimpse of the ruins of Tikal is something truly special. A popular day trip from Flores or El Remate, these remote ruins are dotted with pyramids, temples and palaces. One of the largest archaeological sites in Mesoamerica, Tikal was the largest and most powerful of the Mayan cities around 600 AD. Don’t miss the Temple of the Two Headed Snake while you’re here. As one of the tallest pre-Columbian structures in the Western Hemisphere, climbing to the top will treat you to incredible 360-degree views of the rainforest and beyond.                                                                             

10. Karnak

Karnak

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The Karnak Temple complex in Luxor, Egypt, is impressive due to its sheer size. Covering an area that’s larger than most ancient cities, it’s dotted with temples, sanctuaries, obelisks, and shrines. It took over 2,000 years to build and each Egyptian pharaoh left their own architectural mark.. Walk through the Avenue of Sphinxes and discover the Great Hypostyle Hall.. This enormous room filled with towering pylons and solid sandstone columns is one of the most famous and photographed attractions of Ancient Egypt. While you’re here, stop to admire the Sacred Lake and the nearby granite scarab. It’s said that if you encircle it seven times, you will have good luck in love.               

 9. Borobudur

Borobudur

Crafted out of an impressive two million blocks of volcanic stone, Borobudur in Indonesia is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Dating back to the 9th-century, it eventually fell into ruin until it was discovered again in the 1800s. Since then, it has been restored to its former glory and is particularly popular at sunrise. The Borobudur monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms. A pathway of enlightenment leads from the base of the pyramid up through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, the world of forms, and the world of formlessness. It’s decorated with over 2,000 reliefs and 500 Buddha statues, each one outlining a Buddhist teaching.     

 8. Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

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Located on the outskirts of modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan is one of the most famous Aztec archaeological sites. But the Aztecs didn’t actually build it. Despite many theories, nobody is really sure who did. However, the Aztecs did name it and make it their own when they stumbled across the abandoned city. In its prime, it was the largest city in the Western Hemisphere and home to a plethora of residential compounds and pyramids; some of which were as big as the Pyramids of Giza. Today, its two iconic pyramids, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, are the major highlights. Stroll along the Avenue of the Dead and visit the Citadel and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.   

  7. Moai Statues

Easter Island

With the tallest weighing in over 80 tonnes, the Moai Statues on Easter Island in Polynesia are iconic. In fact, you’ll probably recognize them from a picture even if you hadn’t heard of them. These 800-plus statues, most of which face away from the sea, were carved from volcanic ash by the Rapa Nui people somewhere between 400 and 1500 AD. Likely created using rudimentary basalt stone picks, each of these enormous monolithic statues would have taken close to a year to complete. There are many theories as to why they were built, including as a way to honor important clan ancestors and because of a believe it would improve the soil.                                             

6. Colosseum

Colosseum
Colosseum in Rome, Italy

One of the most iconic Roman ruins, the Colosseum was an ancient gladiator arena. Unveiled in 80 AD, the 50,000-seater amphitheater was used for staging various events. These included animal fights and blood-thirsty gladiator contests where contestants would fight to the death. The architecture of the Colosseum is impressive even by today’s standards. The outer walls are made up of three levels of archways topped with Ionic, Doric and Corinthian columns. In its hey-day, they were decorated with travertine and marble statues. The top level once supported an enormous awning that sheltered spectators from the elements. Today, you can explore the Colosseum itself or combine it with a visit to the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.   

                                                   5. Great Wall of China

Great wall of China

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Spreading through 15 Chinese provinces, principalities and autonomous regions, the Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. It is made up of a series of separate sections of walls and moats that were built over the course of six Chinese dynasties as a defense from invaders. Now well over 2,000 years old, some parts of the wall have fallen into ruin. Interestingly, for those who wanted to attempt it, walking the entire length of the Great Wall of China would take approximately 18 months.                                                                                                           

4. Petra

The Rose City of Petra is an ancient desert town that was carved out of pink sandstone cliffs by nomads thousands of years ago. Located in Jordan, tucked between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, it’s hard to believe the city was once filled with green gardens, palatial houses, and bustling markets. Instead, a walk, camel or donkey ride through the ruins of Petra will reveal abandoned caves, temples, and tombs hidden within the city walls. The two-story Treasury carved into the rock face is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the old city. It’s worth viewing for the facade alone but the interior with its Indiana-Jonesy royal tomb is worth a look. To this day, as much as 95% of the ancient city of Petra remains undiscovered.                                                                                 

3. Machu Picchu

Machu Pichu

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A huge tick off the travel bucket list, Machu Picchu is one of the most famous cities of the ancient Incan Empire. This historical fortress lies hidden in the mountains of Peru. So well hidden in fact that it was never found by Spanish invaders when they arrived in the 1500s. They were only found in 1911 by an explorer called Bingham and even this was by accident. He was actually tracing another city known as Vilcabamba. A wonder of advanced engineering, it’s estimated that 60% of the construction was built underground, mainly for fortification and drainage. Today, these walled ruins can only be reached by foot or by train. Don’t miss the secret Machu Picchu Museum for an insider’s look into the Lost City of the Incas.

  2. Angkor

Angkor

Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘nagara’, Angkor means ‘city’. Once the capital of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, it was a thriving ancient metropolis. Today, Angkor is most famous for its Hindu Angkor Wat Temple that claims the title as the largest religious shrine on Earth. It’s famously visited at sunrise when the lighting over the temples is simply magical. But the Angkor Archaeological Park actually includes many more fascinating landmarks aside from Angkor Wat. Over 1,000 temples lie scattered throughout the forest, rice fields and farmlands.. Highlights include the jungle-clad and mysterious Beng Mealea Temple with its early library and well-preserved carvings and the 12th-century Bayon Temple that marks the historical center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom.       

     1. Giza

Giza, ancient ruins

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One of the most mysterious ancient sites on Earth, the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo are truly fascinating. Created as enormous tombs for the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt in the Fourth Dynasty, there’s plenty of speculation as to how they were built. With such precise and immaculate detail, they’re yet another remarkable feat of ancient Egyptian engineering. In fact, many believe they were built by angels or even aliens. Visitors can pay to enter all three of the great pyramids. They were used as burial chambers and were littered with treasure for the Pharaoh to use in the afterlife – something that attracted many a grave robber over the years. Don’t forget to get a kissing photo with the Sphinx – it’s pretty much mandatory. For those looking to escape the worst of the crowds, there are many more lesser-known tombs, temple ruins and pyramids worth exploring in the surrounding desert plateau.

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