I do get a lot of questions about which places I would recommend for certain types of activities. We recently started a series for Digital Nomads, but I soon felt we needed to expand on that to:
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Coffee
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Food
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for City Beaches
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Sightseeing
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Temples & Pyramids
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Honeymoon
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Nature
My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Temples & Pyramids
Pyramids and temples give us glimpses of former civilizations. There is something magical about those old monuments and having them all to yourself.
Yogyakarta’s temples (including Prambanan) are not as widespread as those in Siem Reap, but date from a similar time period. There is clearly less to see here but the temples are completely empty most of the time.
New Delhi has a surprising amount of well-maintained historic sights dating back to 1,000 years ago. New Delhi is a stressful city, but the sights are usually guarded well and peaceful.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum rather than a temple but it still should be on your list. Yes, Agra is annoying and the entrance fee is too high, but it’s all worth it to see the sunset at the Taj Mahal – trust me on this.
The Khajuraho temples are devoted to Kamasutra and it shows big time; the huge temple facades are plastered with thousands of depictions from the book of Kamasutra.
Just about an hour outside of Bangkok is this magnificent old temple city. Nothing beats renting a bicycle and exploring these temples all by yourself with little disturbance.
Teotihuacan (outside Mexico City) and the many locations inside Yucatan, Mexico were witness to the great period of Maya civilization. The pyramids managed to survive the centuries and are now being tested again with the amount of visitors descending on them.
Nothing beats seeing the Pyramids, but the hassle at this site is monumental, with constant interruptions of the magnificent view. It’s still worth going, though.
While I haven’t yet been to Hampi, I’ve heard magnificent feedback about this UNESCO World Heritage site that’s off the beaten path.
Kyoto has so many temples that you could spend a year visiting them and you would still have some left on your list. It is mind-boggling and they are incredibly beautiful.
There are a number of other sites I’d love to see, but they are in areas that are just a bit too risky to go to, including: