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As you may have seen yesterday, here at Beat the Brochure we are going to be running down the top 101 places to see before you die. And as promised, the first installment is here for you all to enjoy!
As we said, if you want to have a particular place featured in our list, simply leave a comment below and we would be happy to include it.
Ready? Let’s get started then!
101. Borobudur at Sunrise, Java, Indonesia
If you are a sucker for amazing views, this place is a must. This 9th century monument, hidden beneath volcanic ash for centuries, features hundreds of statues of Buddha and stupas which provides a breathtaking backdrop as the sun rises. It is very popular with visitors, but if you decide to stay within the village compound itself, you can enjoy the view before it opens to the public, allowing for crowd free views.
100. Northern Lights, Scandinavia
If you ever find yourself in the northern part of Europe, and in particular the Scandinavian countries, then experiencing the Northern Lights is an absolute must. The further north you go, the better chance you have of seeing them so go as far north as you can! Inland Sweden and Finland offer the best opportunities.
99. Jungle pyramids, Palenque, Mexico
You have heard of the pyramids in Egypt, but some people may not know that Mexico has some pretty awe-inspiring pyramids too. Close to Mexico City, the pyramids at Palenque are surrounded by jungle and less touristy than other archaeological sites in South America.
98. Taj Mahal, India
This features on virtually every bucket list so it is a must on ours too! built entirely of white marble, it was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Built in Agra between 1631 and 1648, it is considered to be one of the wonders of the world and attracts visitors from all over the world year after year.
97. Iguazú Falls, Argentina
You have heard of Niagara Falls, right? But they are not the only range of waterfalls in the world which will take your breathe away. Iguazu Falls, in Argentina close to the north east border with Brazil, consists of 75 individual falls along 1.7 miles of river, the majority of which are in Argentina. Plan your visit carefully though – tourists flock to the falls in July, so instead pop on over during May to really appreciate them without it being too busy.
There is just a little teaser for you all, just to get those juices flowing. Let us know below what you think should go on our list and why, and then we will add your suggestions to the list as we countdown the rest of the 101 things to see before you die!
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Ricky is a keen traveller and writer who shares a passion for both. Ricky has travelled extensively, visiting various countries in Europe and South East Asia along with Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Ricky is a resident blogger for travel specialists Beat the Brochure, and in his spare time enjoys playing football and following Chelsea FC. Visit his Google+ page for more information.