Although it may be true with cell phones, “new is better” is not to be said about travel. Yes, new attractions can be dazzling. The Golden Bridge in Vietnam and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai come to mind immediately.
But there’s nothing quite like the ancient world when it comes to being awe-struck. Just being in the presence of these five sites will make you wonder how on earth they were built and who (sometimes it’s Mother Nature) drew up the designs.
Take a look at these five ancient sites you may not have heard about yet.
1. Pyramids of Meroë
When you think pyramids, you probably think Egypt. But there are actually more pyramids located in the Northern Region of the Sudanese Desert than in all of Egypt. The pyramids were intact until the 1800s when an Italian explorer smashed their tops in search of gold. The pyramids are located just a few hours away from Khartoum.
2. Chand Baori Stepwell
This one’s really something to marvel at, so bring a camera. It’s one of India’s most famous stepwells, but it’s much bigger than other stepwells in the country. At 13 stories tall, take one of the 3,500 steps to the bottom and see the bright green water up close.
3. The Giant’s Causeway
While it looks similar to Chand Baori Stepwell in terms of steps, there’s a major difference here: The Giant’s Causeway is not man-made. The hexagonal columns were created by volcanic activity, with the largest columns standing at close to 40 feet tall.
4. The Batu Caves
Just a short drive outside of Kuala Lumpur and you’re at the Batu Caves, an important site for Hindus. Walk up 272 steps to the entrance of the caves and visit the Hindu Shrines at the top. The colorful stairs and hungry monkeys make this a fun journey to the top. Be sure to feed the pigeons on your way back to the bottom, it’s said to bring good luck.
5. The Giant Heads of Easter Island
Very little is known about the unfinished giant heads on Easter Island, but archaeologists presume they were built sometime between 1400 and 1600 CE. The 288 stone structures have been hauled across the island and left to watch over the island. Be sure to see “El Gigante”, the 72-foot unfinished stone structure. It’s as beautiful as it is mysterious.