We’ve all got a bucket list of spectacular places or experiences we hope to tick off in our lifetime, whether it’s braving a skydive, running a marathon, or visiting some of the seven wonders of the world, well this one we’ve got covered. If your list happens to revolve heavily around travel (we don’t blame you!) we’ve got some pretty exceptional itinerary recommendations for you. So be sure to dust off your passports and get ready to explore The Holiday Butlers top five timeless places to visit around the world.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
With its beautifully symmetric white marble structure featuring a treasure trove of decorative stones, the Taj Mahal is one of the most famous landmarks in India and the world. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was completed in 1653. This stunning monument remains one of the most awe-inspiring architectural achievements on the planet.
Did you know? The Taj Mahal changes colour depending on the time of day and the season. It appears pale pink as the sun rises, changing to sparkling white in the afternoon, bronze-orange at sunset, and light blue in the late evening.
Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Giza are one of the world’s most iconic landmarks and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and also the only one which still remains today. They were built over 4,500 years ago by the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. These massive structures have stood the test of time and are still standing strong today. The Great Pyramid of Khufu, the largest of the three, is estimated to have taken around 20 years to build.
Did you know? Despite the often scorching heat in Egypt, the temperature inside the pyramids remains a constant 20°C, the average temperature on earth.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a stunning 15th-century symbol of the Inca Empire, standing proudly 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains. It’s world-renowned for its beautiful natural setting and intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. It was built around 1450 but abandoned just over 100 years later during the Spanish conquest of Peru. Rediscovered in 1911, it has since become one of the most visited tourist attractions in South America.
Did you know? The traditional Inca method of building dry stone walls involved each stone being precisely cut to fit together so tightly that no mortar was needed to keep the walls standing, allowing the walls to even withstand an earthquake.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat Temple is a spectacular temple complex constructed in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple but was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the century, when it was then described as a Hindu-Bhuddist temple. Angkor Wat is known for its stunning architecture, intricate carvings and beautiful surroundings, including a magnificent reflective pool and beautiful lotus-shaped towers – as jewel in Cambodia’s crown.
Did you know? According to inscriptions, construction of Angkor Wat is thought to have taken 35 years, 300,000 labourers and 6,000 elephants.
The Great Wall of China, China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive landmarks in the world and a timeless place you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Construction began in the 7th century BC to protect China from invading forces and continued through the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). The Great Wall of China stretches over 13,000 miles, making it the longest wall in the world. Its long and fascinating history attracts people from all over the world, and once you do, you’ll never forget it.
Did you know? Scientists at Zhejiang University in China researching the makeup of the mortar used for building the Great Wall discovered sticky rice had been added to the standard mixture of lime.
In conclusion, these five places are must-see destinations for anyone who loves to travel and experience the world’s wonders. They have stood the test of time and continue to amaze visitors with their beauty and grandeur. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply looking for an adventure, these landmarks are sure to leave you in awe.
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