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Ultimate Bucket List Part 3

Clive wedderburn April 7, 2015

Great wall of China

Conceived in antiquity, shrouded by the mists of time, such ancient monuments appeal to the explorer in us all. They prove the age-old adage is correct: Build it and they shall come.

Angkor Wat
Adventure and mystery and a civilisation dating back for thousands of years  
 
 
For an authentic Indiana Jones experience, discover ancient temples, shrouded in dense vegetation amid mysteries that lay undiscovered for centuries. Ancient gods gaze benevolently through forest vines while monkeys chatter at your arrival. This is an architectural wonder locked in the embrace of time and testament to the once mighty Khmer Dynasty, whose influence stretched for thousands of miles across this exotic territory. 
 
Great Wall of China
When a man-made object is visible from orbit, you know you have to witness it up close
 
 
Any landmark that preceded by the term ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ must be placed near the top of your list of things to see in your lifetime. From forest-clad mountain tops to the shores of the East China Sea, the Great Wall of China stretches out an unfathomably long arm a total of 13,170 miles. It is almost inconceivable that China’s most famous landmark, dating back to the 3rd century BC was constructed without modern technology and yet built with such precision as a series of fortifications and a trade route connecting the legendary Silk Road. However, the Great Wall of China must be seen in its natural context. It is a work of art that has astounded warriors and travellers for thousands of years and one that has truly stood the test of time.
 
Machu Picchu
Some places exist only in legend, Shangri La, El Dorado, and Atlantis even. Others are legends that became reality
 
 
 
Once only accessible on foot, Machu Picchu can now be accessed by rail.  It was Hiram Bingham in 1911 who brought the wonderful ruins of the ancient Inca civilisation to the attention of the modern world and it is fitting there is now a rail service that bears his name; the Hiram Bingham Belmond luxury Train. Relax in style as it winds leisurely through the spectacular vistas of the Andes. Travel over the turbulent waters of the Urubamba River and by the soaring peaks, then wake the following morning to the most spectacular high plains plateau view the world has ever seen. Some experiences are once in a lifetime while others are worth a lifetime’s wait.
 
Taj Mahal
Love Changes Everything 
 
 
As the Mughal Emperor said in his own words: “The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs,
and the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.”
 
The Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as a testament to love. Centuries later, eternal flame of his feelings still shines brightly. Inlaid with semi-precious stones, and decorated with lotus designs, the grief stricken Shah commissioned the mausoleum in the 17th century in memory of his wife, the Princess Mahal who died during childbirth. The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the world's finest example of Mughal architecture. Marble domes and minarets are reflected in shimmering ornamental pools. Standing on the banks of the River Yamuna, visitors who arrive at sunrise are rendered speechless by this ultimate memorial to love when the sun's rays first grace white marble.  If love moves you, then move heaven and earth to visit this jewel in India’s crown.