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Dhammayangyi Temple is the most massive structure in Bagan which has a similar architectural plan to Ananda Temple. It was built by King Narathu (1167-70), who was also known as Kalagya Min, the 'king killed by Indians'. The temple is located about a kilometer to the southeast of the city walls directing Minnanthu. After murdering his own king father, Narathu ascended the throne of Bagan and due to that, he built this temple. It is said that Na...
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Shwesandaw Temple is the "sunset temple", where foreign and Burmese tourists alike gather every evening to view the spectacular Bagan sunset. Get here early, as the top levels are small and space is scarce. There are many peddlers around the temple selling T-shirts, drinks and souvenirs. The climb up is a reasonably easy 5 minute walk up a flight of stairs, but the steps get narrower and steeper near the top. Not recommended for those with vertig...
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Getty | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Blogger | Tumblr | Formspring The Taj Mahal ultimately from Arabic, "crown of palaces" is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". Taj Ma...
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Getty | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Blogger | Tumblr | Formspring The name of the city derives from the name of the pool around the Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib) and means "holy pool of nectar". It is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion, and they are rightfully very proud of the city and their very beautiful and unique Gurdwara (place of worship). The Golden Temple was initiated by Guru Ramdaas Ji, ...
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Schönbrunn Palace is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria's most-visited sight. The baroque total work of art consisting of palace and gardens was for centuries the property of the Habsburgs and is today largely in its original condition. Visitors will find numerous attractions here, from a tour through the authentically furnished residential and ceremonial rooms of the Imperial Family in the palace, to the maze and the labyrinth in the gar...
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Getty | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Blogger | Tumblr | Formspring Explored: Highest Position: 41 Lake Manyara National Park is a national park in Arusha Region, Tanzania. The park consists of 330 km2 of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 200 km2 of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season. Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. D...
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Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning. With regards to tour comparison between this immense archeological site and the other signif...
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Inle Lake is a shallow lake in the middle of Myanmar, south-east of Mandalay. The lake is 22km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes. The Lake - a boat trip on the lake is a must do. Unfortunately, it is also one of the biggest tourist traps in Myanmar, because you may visit up to 6 workshops (i.e. shops) on a half-day tour (only increasing when your tour is longer). Most of the workshops are only set up for tourists. However, i...
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Getty | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Blogger | Tumblr | Formspring Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. After its population crossed a million, it has been declared as the second 'Metropolitan City' of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and te...
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Getty | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Blogger | Tumblr | Formspring The Taj Mahal ultimately from Arabic, "crown of palaces" is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". Taj Ma...
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Getty | 500px | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Blogger | Tumblr | Formspring Hikers who visit Torres del Paine in Chile are urged to hike nearby Fitz Roy. A similar fantastical landscape — but with even worse weather ! I was so lucky that day :) - Paine & Fitz Roy are the best two hikes in Patagonia - the jagged mountains of Paine are surreal - but I feel Fitz Roy is even more stunning - the biggest concern for hikers is wind...
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David Min aka GlobeTrotter - The World Through My Eyes