If lazy vacation is not for you, how about setting off on a journey to discover ancient civilizations, that have defined and shaped the world that we know it now. Every country possesses its own historical landmarks and culture, but for the best experience, consider heading to one of these destinations.
1. Hidden Treasures in Bhutan
It is a mystical land, home to variety of festivals, stunning monasteries, perched precariously on sheer cliffs. The best time for visiting is spring and autumn, as most of the Bhutanese religious festivals take place during this time.
2. Ancient temples in Cambodia
The diversity of Cambodia landscapes is truly amazing: tropical beaches, remote jungles and rice paddies. However people are mostly attracted by ancient temple ruins, like Angkor Wat , Bayon and Ta Phrom. These temples have their own spirit which makes them stand out among the rest.
3. Maharajas in India
Whether you explore the capital Delhi and its vast marketplaces, mosques and tombs, or visit the sacred city of Varanasi, you will be impressed with a diversity of historical landmarks and mysteries. However most of the visitors rush to the city of Rajasthan, as many Mughal monuments and ancient temples were built exactly here.
4. Paintings in the low countries
The cities of art are hiding in picturesque Belgium. There are two well preserved medieval cities here– Brugge and Ghent, where is a rich variety of cathedrals and palaces, packed with paintings of the Flemish Primitives Van Eyck and Memling. The best time to visit in order to avoid the rush of tourists is either in spring or autumn.
5. Shrines in Japan
There is nothing better than Japan’s myriad ancient temples, shrines and traditional geisha districts to tell you about fascinating country’s history and culture.
6. Mayas In Central America
One of the most impressive Mayan site in the world is probably Guatemala’s Tikal. The whole complex consists of around 300 ancient building, tombs, dwellings and palaces, although the site is still only partially excavated.
7. Ancient civilization in Greece
The ancient Greek culture is the birthplace of mythology and Western civilization about 4000 years ago. You can still see the remains of Greek history from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman period in the dozens of archaeological sites as well as the museum collections, spread all over the country.
8. Pharaohs and Temples in Egypt
Thousands of tourists head every single year to Cairo to see the world famous pyramids of Giza and Museum of Antiquities. But the best cultural experience is probably located in Luxor, which is also known as the ancient city of Thebes. Here you can visit the valley of Kings and majestic temples of Ramses and Karnak.
9. Machu Picchu
When you hear about Peru, without any doubt Pachu Picchu is the first thing you imagine. Discovered just in 1911 but believed to be used by the Incas as a secret ceremonial city. No matter how many times you have seen the iconic picture of the site, nothing can be compared to the feeling of being there in reality.
10. La Dolce Vita in Italy
The country has such a rich heritage, that one single list wouldn’t be enough to describe. Trip to Italy will give you a chance to see breathtaking monuments of the Roman Empire while you are in the capital and the wealth of Renaissance architecture in Venice and Florence.
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