Turning 50 years of age is a vital accomplishment that can make you reexamine your life. While a few people get discouraged or get depressed at the possibility of completing 50 years, others know it’s a call for festivity!
If you or somebody you love is going to turn 50, what better way to start this next period of life than with an epic outing that ticks off a major bucket list goal.
Whether you’re hoping to see one of the miracles of the historical world, gaze about surprising natural marvels, or experience new cuisines and cultures, here are 12 places for must-visit before you turn 50.
- Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. Emperor Shah Jahan made this beautiful white marble structure for his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1632 as a token of his love. They were later buried parallel inside the Taj. It is a masterpiece of the Mughals and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In spite of the crowd that run there consistently, soaking in the beauty of the structure is an affair that nobody should miss.
Fatehpur Sikri is another historical destination. It is a little town in the outskirts of Agra by Mughal emperor Akbar. It, in the end, turned into the capital of the Mughal domain. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a humongous 54-meter-tall gate at the entrance to the town.
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
It is a 400-acre piece of land with a large religious complex in Angkor, Cambodia. It has around 1,000 temples with the Angkor Wat as the most popular. Initially a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat has been in constant use since it was built around 1,000 years back. The mind-boggling and magnificent temple’s design is safeguarded by UNESCO.
- Sphinx, Egypt
Commonly known as the Sphinx of Giza or simply the Sphinx, it is a 480 feet tall limestone statue of a leaning back sphinx. Sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. It faces the East and remains on the Giza Plateau on the West of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The essence of the Sphinx is by and large believed to represent the Pharaoh Khafre. It is one of the seven wonders of the world.
- The Great Wall of China
An engineering wonder and the longest structure on the earth, the Great Wall of China is an amazing sight. The wall is over 2,000 years of age, and you can spend hours exploring each of its segment. The Badaling segment may be the best saved, but it’s nearest to Beijing. Which means it gets the most crowded. Check out other segments to enjoy the Great wall in a comparatively lesser crowd.
Bhutan runs by the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It incorporates a measure which is used to quantify the aggregate happiness of a population. Gross National Happiness is organized as the objective of the government of Bhutan, instituted on 18 July 2008.
Bhutan is a destination that every traveller should visit before hitting a half-century because of its picturesque landscapes and monasteries. A cuisine enthusiast could also enjoy traditional vegetable or meat stuffed dumplings along with a spicy chilly soy sauce.
- St. Petersburg, Russia
Established by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg was the capital of Imperial Russia until 1918. The city is a living landmark to Imperial and Soviet history. A major chunk of the city has remained generally constant since the nineteenth century. The downtown area is full of important sights that are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Popular sightseeing spots include the Peterhof Grand Palace, the Bronze Horseman, the Church of Our Savior of the Spilled Blood and the Hermitage Museum, the second-largest art museum in the world.
- Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the world. It is a group of three falls on the border of US & Canada. One of these is the Horseshoe Falls, and is the most popular. More than 6 million cubic feet of water go over the peak of the falls each minute, making for an epic sight.
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and Aurora Borealis
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a family resort in Lapland, Finland. It is 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Get wooed into the universe of Glass Igloos, Aurora Borealis, midnight sun and other wonders of this widely acclaimed Arctic Resort. Autumn is the perfect time to watch the Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis and soak in the rich Arctic nature.
- Provence, France
Provence, an area in southeastern France share borders with Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. It is well known for its various scenes, from the Southern Alps and Camargue fields to massive vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields. Toward the south is the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera), where the city of Nice and other towns like Saint-Tropez and Cannes line the coast.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu has captivated the attention of travellers since it was rediscovered in 1911. It built by the Incan Empire in the fifteenth century. And was later discarded after the Spanish conquest. It has a group of patios connected by more than 3000 steps.
- Cherry Blossom Festival and Bamboo Forests, Japan
Japan is well known far and wide for its cherry blossom festival. Known as hanami in Japanese, cherry blossom festival is a key custom. It is celebrated all over Japan during the spring. However, don’t visit with the hope to find blossoms wherever you go. The trees blossom on various occasions all through Japan.
Bamboo Forest, or Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. It has a few pathways for travellers. The Ministry of the Environment thinks of it as a piece of great value to Japan.
- Giethoorn, Netherlands
Giethoorn is a vehicle-free town in the northeastern Dutch area of Overijssel. It is famous for its waterways, which are used for commuting and bike trails. It has hundreds of years of old covered rooftop houses. It shares borders with a segment of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park.
We’ve put together a list of destinations that are sure to inspire, reinvigorate, and surprise you ahead of your golden jubilee. These 12 spots have something interesting for every kind of traveller. This should enable you to choose something to your liking to celebrate your big year!
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