There are some places in our world that are so awe-inspiring that it makes you feel insignificant. These amazing natural wonders are huge geological and manmade wonders that are worth visiting and cherishing. Check out 10 places that will make you feel insignificant. The list includes the mighty Dolomites, giant Redwood trees, and the most beautiful manmade architecture of the Taj Mahal.
1. Dolomites, Italy
Located in north-eastern Italy, the Dolomites, form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps. Ever wondered, what is so special about these rock types! Well, it changes colour with changing colours of the day. During dawn and the rays of rising sun paint the Dolomites in orange. While the evening brings in purple to faded pink hues. At night there is an inherent glow which is awe-inspiring.
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2. Petra, Jordan
Established in 312 BC, the city of Petra in Jordan is one of the oldest metropolises of the world and is home to 800 individual monuments carved from multi-coloured sandstones. The city is often referred to as ‘Rose City’ (for red coloured sandstone hills) or ‘Lost City” (it was hidden from the world for almost 5 centuries until a Swiss explorer discovered it in 1812). Visit the most popular archaeological sites in the world and get a glimpse of ancient Arab culture and architecture that flourished more than 2,000 years ago.
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3. South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Spread over a total area of 3,687 square km, South Shetland Islands is a group of about 20 islands. All thanks to the stunning scenery & wildlife: the South Shetland Islands are the most frequented area of Antarctica. If visiting Antarctica is not adventurous enough, you could go a step further and opt to visit the ‘Deception Island’, which is a collapsed but an active volcano.
4. Great Wall of China, China
‘one of the seven wonders of the world’, ‘longest cemetery on earth’, or ‘the only manmade structure visible from space’…The Great Wall of China is adorned with many phrases. 8851.392 kilometres long, this magnificent structure was made by guards, peasants, unemployed citizens, disgraced noblemen, and prisoners. The construction of the entire structure took over 2000 years. The legend about “it being only manmade structure visible from the space”…is well, a myth!
5. Easter Island, Chile
What happens when the most arrogant or the mightiest souls reach Easter Islands? well, they are humbled! Leave aside arrogant, anyone would be; especially when they see 887 gigantic statues: Moai: staring back at them. This Chilean island is one of the remotest inhabited islands in the world (the nearest inhabited land is 2075 kms away). No wonder it is the most famous yet the least visited archaeological sites.
6. Taj Mahal, India
Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is often referred to as ‘Crown of Palaces’ and is undoubtedly the best example of Mughal architecture. It took almost 20,000 artisans and around 21 years to complete this grand monument. Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India is built with incredible precision and is a perfectly symmetrical monument that mesmerises visitors with it’s gleaming white marble architecture, beautiful gardens and walkways, reflective water pools, intricate interiors. The Taj Mahal is also the final resting place of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
7. Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona, USA
Welcome to the most photographed and undeniable the most majestic place on the earth, whose beauty cannot be defined in words & size is so enormous that it dwarfs everything in comparison. Yes! we are talking about the great Monument Valley located in Colorado Plateau, USA. It is known for its collection of huge sandstone hills, heights of which range from 400 to 1000 feet. The area has featured in several American Western movies, TV shows, video games and music videos.
8. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Located at either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a unique archipelago of volcanic islands: whether that is in terms of the sheer diversity of wildlife or the unique island formations. This gorgeous island is home to over 400+ species of fishes and around 50 species of fishes are endemic and is only found in Galapagos. Galapagos is also associated with Charles Darwin, the famous English naturalist, geologist, and biologist, who wrote the famous book – The Origin of Species.
9. Redwood National Park, California, USA
Fancy a walk through the tallest known trees, Redwood? Well, you would need to buy a ticket and fly down to the Pacific Coast (Big Sur to Southern Oregon), because this is the only place on earth where you will see them. Ever wondered, how tall are these trees really are? Well, 379 feet or say slightly taller than a football field. The mighty giant trees of the USA are now a part of the protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and have featured in several movies including Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
10. Angel Falls, Canaima, Venezuela
Welcome to the ‘world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall’, which is roughly fifteen times as high as Niagara Falls and has a terrifying plunge of 2,648 feet. Located in Canaima National Park, the Angel Falls is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State. Angel Falls was accidentally discovered by American aviator Jimmie Angel, in 1937, who survived an aeroplane malfunction.