1) Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is an Islamic ivory-white marble mausoleum on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra.
The construction project employed more than 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor “Ustad Ahmad Lahauri”. In 1983, the Taj Mahal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the jewel of Muslim art in India. It is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. It is the best example of Mughal architecture.
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest in Mughal architecture. More than six million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. The Taj Mahal was built in order to perpetuate the memory of his wife “Mumtaz Mahal”, who died in 1631.
2) Paris, France
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Before the Second World War, it was also sometimes called the capital of the world. Paris hosts the annual French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay of Roland Garros.
The city hosted the Olympic Games in 1900, and 1924 and will host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The center of Paris contains the most visited monuments in the city, including the Notre Dame Cathedral (now closed for restoration) and the Louvre as well as the Sainte-Chapelle; Les Invalides, where the tomb of Napoleon is located, and the Eiffel Tower located on the Left Bank south-west of the center.
The banks of the Seine from the Pont de Sully west to the Pont d’Iéna have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. The Paris region hosts three other UNESCO Heritage sites, the Palace of Versailles in the west, the Palace of Fontainebleau in the south, and the medieval fairs site of Provins in the east.
3) Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru on a 2,430-meter (7,970 ft) mountain range.
The Urubamba River flows past it, cutting through the Cordillera and creating a canyon with a tropical mountain climate. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. In 1981, it was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide internet poll in 2007. It features wet humid summers and dry frosty winters, with most of the annual rain falling from March through to October.
In 2022, Historical research published that the site was probably called Huayna Picchu by the Inca, as it exists on the smaller peak of the same name. The closest access point to Machu Picchu is the village known as Aguas Calientes.
4) Santorini, Greece
Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of the Greek mainland. It is one of the largest islands of a small circular archipelago. Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit.
The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Santorini was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to “Saint Irene”. The popular American hip-hop musician “Rick Ross” has a song titled “Santorini Greece”.
It is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport. In 2004, the board game ‘Santorini’ was inspired by the architecture of the island’s cliffside villages and was published by ‘Gordon Hamilton’. Electricity for Santorini is supplied from the Thira Autonomous Power Station. Which is owned by Public Power Corporation (PPC) it has generators powered by diesel engines and gas turbines. Santorini has a semi-arid climate with Mediterranean characteristics.
5) Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. The provincial capital ‘Denpasar’ is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second-largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia.
It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. International events like Miss World 2013, Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, and the 2022 G20 summit were held in Bali. It is the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species, especially fish and turtles. Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian and Chinese culture, beginning around the 1st century AD. It is one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Besakih Temple is the most important, largest, and holiest temple of Balinese Hinduism it is on the southern slopes of Mount Agung.
6) Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is an island group in the Leeward Islands. The main island is located about 230 kilometers it is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef.
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its seaside. In ancient times the island was called Pora pora mai te pora, meaning “created by the gods”. It is among the smaller islands of the Society archipelago. It has a tropical monsoon climate.
The most popular activities are ‘Snorkeling’ and ‘Scuba Diving’. Parts of the interior of the island can be explored on jeep safaris. There are many beaches that are located in the two large bays between Pointe Paopao and Pointe Matira, in the southwest of the island. You can also climb Mount Otemanu, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the atoll.
Apart from that two stone box tombs of the royal family were found in the area of the complex. The back beach areas are fringed with low-lying, heavily vegetated Cordia subcordata and Hibiscus tiliaceus. There are also helicopter tours.
7) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. It is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. It has the tallest building in the world named “Burj Khalifa”, which is 828 meters (2,717 ft) tall. Dubai has one of the world’s lowest violent crime rates. In 2019, Dubai was ranked the seventh-safest city in the world. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest and the original of three Palm Islands, and it is located in the Jumeirah coastal area of Dubai.
The Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest flower garden. The garden displays more than 50 million flowers with more than 70 species of flowering plants. Football and cricket are the most popular sports in Dubai. The headquarters of the International Cricket Council is in Dubai.