From intriguing man-made pyramids to natural wonders, our planet is full of magnificent sights. However, there are a few destinations and attractions that are so fascinating that it will not be an exaggeration to call them wonders of the world. We have listed down TOP 10 Wonders of the World that you must explore or experience at least once in your life. Take a look!
1. Great Pyramid of Giza
Intriguing and life-changing to a great extent, Great Pyramid of Giza is not just a tourist sight but an experience that evokes plenty of questions in mind. Who probably could have thought about the impeccable geometry and mind-boggling shape of these 4000-year-old tombs? Built with about 2.3 million blocks of limestone and granite and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Great Pyramid of Giza is undoubtedly one of the must visit destinations around the world.
2. Lost City of the Incas-Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the most impressive and spectacular ancient sites in the world, Machu Pichu is the best known archeological site in South America. All thanks to the historian named Hiram, this amazing site was rediscovered after centuries of hidden existence above the Urubamba Valley. The “Lost City of the Incas” is most certainly one of the must visit destinations around the world.
3. Great Wall of China
The world’s largest and most imposing military structure, the Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of brick, wood, tempted earth, stone, and other materials. It was under Qin Shi Huang in c. 220 B.C, that the part of earlier fortifications was linked together to create a defence system that would keep the invaders from the north at bay. A fine example of the architectural brilliance of the time, the Great Wall of China has always been a popular tourist site. The immensity and significance of this greatest engineering triumph bring it to the coveted list of the top wonders of the world.
4. Great Barrier Reef
With over 900 islands and 2,900 individual reefs, the great Barrier Reef located in the coral Sea in Australia is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms and can also be seen from outer space. A UNESCO World Heritage and chosen as one of the seven natural wonders of the world by CNN, the Great Barrier Reef is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
5. Northern Lights
A natural phenomenon that can be termed as life changing for many, Northern Lights or aurora borealis is a wonder that occurs predominantly in the high altitude regions. A display of lights in the sky is a sight that cannot be forgotten easily. Named after the Roman Goddess of Dawn Northern Lights generally extend from 80 kilometres to as high as 640 kilometres above the earth’s surface. An amazing wonder of the world, Northern Lights must be seen and experienced at least once in your lifetime.
6. Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia
Stretching between the Red Sea to Lake Malawi, the Great Rift Valley is most certainly one of planet Earth’s most magnificent geographical features. Stretching in the area of 6,000km this massive rift is nature’s work in progress that will split Africa in two in millions of years to come. A string of five lakes is not just a visual delight but a wonder of the world.
7. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Incredibly beautiful and breathtaking, Tanzania’s major tourist attraction Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcanic caldera blessed with unparalleled green vistas. The world’s most famous natural wonder known for its impressive density of lions and other predators, Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and not without reasons. The massive stretch of woodlands, forests, savanna woodlands, highland plains, and savanna is a sight so arresting that you will simply not forget it for the rest of your life.
8. Kilauea, Hawaii
An active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands which doesn’t fail to erupt at regular intervals for over three decades is a wonder leading to the fastest-growing land on Earth. Positioned along the southern shore of the island, Kilauea emerged above sea level around 100,000 years ago and the estimated age of the volcano is between 300,000 and 600,000 years old. The second youngest product of the Hawaiian hotspot, Kilauea without any doubt deserves a place in the list of wonders of the world.
9. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
The magnificent waterfalls of the Zambezi River named after Queen Victoria by the explorer David Livingstone is also called Mosi-oa-Tunya by the locals meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Thundering and cascading down on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the stunning plunge of Victoria falls is 108m high resulting into a romantic and incredible misty sight which can be seen from as far as 20kms.
10. Potala Palace, Tibet
The world’s highest palace which was once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, Potala Palace is an architectural wonder which sits pretty at the top of a steep mountain ridge. Rising 3,700m above sea level this 13-storied edifice has more than 1000 rooms. Brilliance in the form of architecture, Potala Palace deservedly features in most of the lists of the Wonders of the world and is must visit destination for every traveler.
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