On a wing and a prayer: The extraordinary hanging monasteries that cling to the sides of cliffs
By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 21:53 GMT, 27 May 2012 | Updated: 21:54 GMT, 27 May 2012 When you're trying to connect with your god, it helps to find some peace and quiet, if you can. But that was, indeed, no such problem for the architects of these impossibly built monasteries. Constructed at dizzying heights on the sides of mountains, they ensured only the most devoted - and vertigo-free - followers would join them for prayer. Gripping: This gravity-defying hanging monastery clings to the side of Mt Huashan in China and is only accessible via steep and dangerous paths Closer to their god: The Taktshang Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a cliff 2,300ft above the Paro Valley floor in Bhutan at such a height it looks down on the clouds Complete isolation: According to legend, the Tiger's Nest takes its name from the 'second Buddha', Precious Guru Padmasambhava, who travelled to the site on a tiger Don't look down! As with most of these great buildings, they aren't the easiest to access.
Places to see at least once in life
They say there are places in this world that anyone should see them at least once in life. Although we want each of you to go see them live, and we offer in the form of photos below. If I had to redo the path for real, the steps you would wear in Norway in Greece, Iceland, Netherlands, Croatia, China and Bora Bora. Whether it will attract the ocean or dream of green forests and endless, fascinating places of the world is waiting to delight. And who knows how many are still undiscovered? Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli, Iceland Plitvice Lakes, Croatia Lakes Jiuzhaigou, China Hotel Four Seasons Bora Bora Paterswolde Meer, a lake south of Groningen, Netherlands Marble caves, Chile Chico, Chile Marqueyssac gardens, Dordogne, France Greenland Capilano suspension bridge, Vancouver, Canada Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, south coast of Iceland Labels: Places to see at least once in life
41 Places To See Before You Die (Part I)
No matter how advanced our cities and technology is, eventually we get tired of all the noise, stress and crowd of the city and want to be in the nature. Humans have transformed Earth beyond recovery, but luckily not everything is lost yet. Beautiful mountains, blue water lakes, magnificent oceans with fabulous islands – our planet has many breathtaking places and awe-inspiring sceneries just waiting for you to discover them. However, life is short, and the funds are limited, so we have to narrow down the selection. Knowing that you are just another lazy panda, we’ve done it for you! We’ve picked 41 most amazing places in the world, however it is said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, so you may as well have your very own personal list of places to see before you die. 1. Bamboos for: James Marvin Phelps , Rob Inh00d Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. 2. Bamboos for: Jo@net , Goianobe , CX15 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
36 Incredible Places To See On Earth
From the Great Blue Hole in Belize to the Rice fields in Yunnan, China you will surely find some destinations to add to your Bucket list. Great Blue Hole, Belize Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona (photo credit) Golden Horn, Brac Island, Croatia (photo credit) Uluru (aka Ayers Rock), Australia Alesund, Norway Volcanic Island, Aogashima, Japan (photo credit) Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada (photo credit) Tunnel of Love – Old train tunnel in Kleven, Ukraine (photo credit) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Preachers Rock, Norway (photo credit) Tiantan Buddha at Lantau Island, Hong Kong Iguazu Falls, Border of Brazil and Argentina Manarola, Italy (photo credit) East Iceland Jade Mountain, St Lucia (photo credit) Lavender Fields, Provence, France Skaftafell, Iceland Crystal Cave Rice fields in Yunnan, China (photo credit) The Maldives (photo credit) Plitvice Lakes, Croatia (photo credit) Zakynthos, Greece (photo credit)
EVERY WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN ONE HOLIDAY — VeryFirstTo
VeryFirstTo exclusive: the most spectacular, never done before journey, visiting every World Heritage site. The two year trip features visits to the 962* places that the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal cultural and natural value. Destinations on The Ultimate Journey include: Mexico’s ancient city of Monte Alban; the sensational Taj Mahal in India; Petra the symbol of Jordan; Cambodia’s exotic Angkor temples; Spain’s Moorish Alhambra; the Great Pyramids in Egypt; China’s enchanting Forbidden City and Peru’s Machu Picchu sitting 8.000 ft above sea level. The ultra luxury adventure (with business class a minimum standard**) will see the exceedingly lucky couple enjoy the splendid facilities of hotels including: Sandy Lane (Barbados); Hotel George V (Paris); The Plaza (New York); The Taj Mahal Palace (Mumbai); Cipriani Hotel (Venice); and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Moscow). Bespoke luxury travel company Hurlingham Travel will be orchestrating the holiday.
10 Unique And Amazing Places on Earth
Our World After seeing “10 More Amazing Wonders of the Natural World”, which many contained places I had never even heard of, I was inspired to make my own list. This list differs from the previous in that it contains things which may not be stunning to behold, but are unique for their size, location, or natural impact. The Door To Hell Turkmenistan The Door to Hell, as local residents at the nearby town of Darvaza have dubbed it, is a 70 meter wide crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning continuously for 35 years. You can see it on Google Earth at 40°15? Mount Roraima Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana Mount Roraima is a pretty remarkable place. Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater located approximately 43 miles (69 km) east of Flagstaff, near Winslow in the northern Arizona desert of the United States. The Great Dune of Pyla France Since Europe has no deserts, you’d think the title of “Europe’s largest sand dune” would go to something that wasn’t particularly impressive. Socotra
Cocos Island (Spanish: Isla del Coco) is an uninhabited island (except for a permanent ranger station) located off the shore of Costa Rica. It constitutes the 11th district (one of 13) of Puntarenas Canton of the province of Puntarenas. It is one of the National Parks of Costa Rica. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 550 km (340 mi) from the Pacific shore of Costa Rica, at WikiMiniAtlas 05°31′08″N 087°04′18″W / 5.51889°N 87.07167°W / 5.51889; -87.07167Coordinates: 05°31′08″N 087°04′18″W / 5.51889°N 87.07167°W / 5.51889; -87.07167. Surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents, Cocos Island is admired by scuba divers for its populations of Hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other large marine species. Present status and international distinctions Cocos Island was declared a Costa Rican National Park by means of Executive Decree in 1978 . This island is popular in pirate lore as well. Orthographic projection centred over Cocos Island Wafer Bay Sunset