Top 25 Famous Landmarks of #GLAadventure’s Journey So Far

One made in India car that takes on the world, drives through some 25 countries for a year and covers nearly 44,000 kilometres, is bound to come across many world famous landmarks as it criss-crosses the globe. #GLAadventure picks the top 25 landmarks of its journey so far.

Continent: Best Of Europe

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Location 1: The Sultan Ahmed Mosque Or Blue Mosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque is named after Sultan Ahmet I who wished to build an Islamic place of worship. He started the work of construction when he was only 19 years old.

The splendid domes and six slender minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque better known as the “Blue Mosque” dominate the skyline of Istanbul. No visit to Istanbul is complete without going to this famous place.

What is Blue Mosque famous for: One of the most prominent features of the Blue Mosque is its six minarets. Did you know this feature in a mosque is unique, as most mosques have four, two, or just one minaret.

Some other fascinating features of this place are the beautifully-arranged cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the great central dome and the striking blue tiles inside the Mosque. The name “Blue Mosque” comes from the interiors of this Mosque.

Location 2: Transfăgărășan Highway

More than 150 kilometres in length the Transfăgărășan Highway is Romania’s most spectacular and best known road and now one of world’s most popular tourist destinations. The Transfăgărășan is a dynamite-forged road that connects two of Romania’s historic provinces Transylvania (the Center) and Walachia (the South) through a series of five tunnels, 27 viaducts and 831 small bridges. Quick History: The highway was built for military purposes at the initiative of Romania’s last communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.

Location 3: The Parliament Building Of Budapest

The world’s third largest parliament building is a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture. With 691 rooms and 20 kilometers of stairs the place is a must-visit for all the travelers who are planning their vacation in Europe.

Tips for all the travellers: Some of the best views of the Parliament are from the Danube River especially from Batthyány Square. PS: Looking at the Parliament from a distance makes it easier to take in the beauty and harmony of the building.

Location 4: Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

This former summer residence of the imperial family, is one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palace complexes.

Nothing can beat the stunning sights of the famous Schönbrunn Palace which is a World Heritage site and Austria’s most-visited place. You 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 gardens and a separate Children’s Museum. It is here, one will start believing in fairy tales all over again!

There are some 1,441 rooms in this palace but only 40 are open to the public. But they are enough to provide visitors with a sense of just how magnificent a place it really is! The rooms which are accessible to the visitors include the Palace’s West Wing, home to the lavish Apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (or Sisi).

Location 5: Duomo Church, Milan in Italy

To get your dose of all things pretty, Milan is quite a place. The famous Duomo is literally at the centre of Milan and one of the main attractions there. This magnificent Gothic cathedral is one of the world’s largest churches. Its dazzling white front façade is arguably the world’s most beautiful place and dominates the cathedral square.

Tips for the travellers: Once you have explored the length and breadth of this palace head towards the Duomo’s roof via steps or elevator. It’s amazing to walk among the forest of spires and the view from the roof is unmatched, thank #GLAadventure later! On a clear day you can see as far as the Alps and Apennines.

Location 6: Treasures Of London – Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye and Westminster Abbey

Did you know the famous Big Ben tower is the bell and not the clock tower? Its chime is in the key of E.

What’s not to love about the dream city – London? From the famous Buckingham Palace to the iconic London eye, London will leave no stones unturned in order to please its travellers.

Facts you may not know about London: The Palace of Westminster is the largest palace in the country and has eight bars, six restaurants, 1,000 rooms, 100 staircases, 11 courtyards, a hair salon, and rifle-shooting range. And no matter how bizarre it may sound but it is actually illegal to die in the Palace of Westminster.

Tips for travellers coming to London for the first time: Buckingham Palace is a great starting point if you want to spend a day sightseeing by foot. Extra brownie points for river Thames, Big Ben, St. James’ Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Square and more which are all within your walking distance.

Location 7: La Sagrada Família in Barcelona

The stunning La Sagrada Família is absolutely a must-see for any tourist passing through Barcelona. This place is still-under-construction, the construction of this building began in 1882 and is still ongoing.

Whether you visit La Sagrada Família to take in its elaborate and fascinating design, or as part of a holy pilgrimage, it is truly a wonder to behold.

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Continent: The Mighty Africa

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Location 8: Sahara Desert

Who does not know about the mighty Sahara Desert? It is that one destination which is on everyone’s bucket list! And if you are looking to get a taste of Africa’s wild charms then there is no better place than Sahara. Did you know most of Africa’s northern reaches have been swallowed up by the ever-expanding Sahara?

Location 9: Casablanca In Morocco

Sights and sounds of Casablanca which is also known as white house can leave anyone speecheless.

Casablanca is Morocco’s economical and cultural capital! It is the place where money is made, where the industry is, where art galleries show the best contemporary art. So no trip to Morocco is without a visit to Casablanca.
In case you are planning to visit Casablanca: This place is blessed with a mild climate, the winters are not too cold and the summers are hot, but the cooling breeze from the Atlantic makes it more bearable than say Marrakesh.
#GLAadventure’s recommendation: You simply cannot miss going to the iconic Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca. The cafe was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic Casablanca.

Location 10: Strait of Gibraltar

That’s the solid Rock of Gibraltar!

For those of you who don’t know why this place is famous – The Strait of Gibraltar divides Europe from Africa. It also occupies a strategic position linking the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean and over one hundred and forty limestone rock caves have been found here. It is also identified as an important Bird Area by Bird Life International because hundreds of thousands of seabirds that use the Strait every year to cross over from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and vice versa.

Continent: The Beautiful North America

Location 11: Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park is the United States’ 15th oldest national park and is also one of the world heritage sites listed by UNESCO. The natural canvas of colour and unique structure is any traveller’s dream. It encompasses more than 1 million acres of land and receives close to 5 million visitors each year.

Its vastness is stunning, and the evidence it reveals about the earth’s history is invaluable. Any visit to United States is simply incomplete without a visit to this place.

#GLAadventure’s Recommendations : The South rim of the Grand Canyon is more dramatic and greener as compared to the North rim and the best way to see the Grand Canyon is from the air.

Location 12: Las Vegas in Nevada

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Las Vegas looks the way you will imagine heaven in night! Known for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options – Las Vegas is known to lift spirits even of most jaded travellers.

Location 13: San Francisco in Northern California

The Golden Gate City, San Francisco is a city on the tip of a peninsula and is commonly known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. Apart from soaking in the marvellous views of the Golden Gate, one must also head to Alcatraz Island, which is a small island and is world famous for a military prison and a federal prison.

Location 14: Times Square, New York

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Known as “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Great White Way,” Times Square NYC is one of the most popular commercial intersections in the world.

It is located in central Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and is a famous NYC attraction, especially among the tourists. This much talked about place is also home to other iconic places such as the Naked Cowboy, ABC’s Times Square Studios, and Planet Hollywood.

Continent: Central America

Location 15: The Ruins of Copan

This World Heritage site is rich in history, art and hieroglyphs and should be on your must-visit list when in Central America. Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, the ruins of Copán is one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization.

We are sure you will be amazed to see the distinctive sculptural style here! The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in the early 10th century.

The details in the carvings are quite a sight! There’s no evidence of any metal used in construction by the Mayans.

Location 16: Antigua in Guatemala

Looking for a leisurely stroll? Look no further and head straight to Antigua. Built 1,530.17 m above sea level in an earthquake-prone region, Antigua is a capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala. It was founded in 1524 as Santiago de Guatemala. Click on the link in the bio and know all about #GLAadventure. #GreatOverlandAdventure #GreatOverland #GLAadventure #GLA #Travel #Travelling #TravelDiary #SouthAmerica #Traveller #InstaDaily #InstaTravel #RoadTrip #AroundTheWorld #MercedesBenz #Guatemala #SouthAmericaTravel #AmericanDiary #WheninGuatemala #SouthAmericaAdventure #GlobalTour #Tour #Wanderlust #AmericanAdventure #GlobalDrive #BeautifulLocation #PicturesqueView #centralamerica #antigua #antiguaguatemala

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Come to Antigua and you will start believing there’s life after death! It is the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, and was founded in the early 16th century. What’s strange about this place is that it is built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, which was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773. Its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments and that’s why it should be place you must visit once in your lifetime.

Location 17: Panama Canal in Panama


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Known as the ‘Crossroads of the Americas,’ Panama is the geographical point where North America meets South America and where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in the country’s famed canal.

#GLAadventure’s Recommendation: For people who love fishing, Panama is ‘the’ place for them!

Continent: The Great Australia

Location 18: The Great Ocean Road

To get your dose of all things picture perfect, the great ocean road is just the perfect location. This place was built by soldiers who returned between 1919 and 1932 and is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I. Not only the road has its fair share of jaw-dropping scenery but is also the world’s largest war memorial. There are many attractions you need to see here but the famous ones are Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and the arch.

Location 19: Coober Pedy

This place is probably why Australia is also known as down under! This underground town was established in 1915 following the discovery of opal here. It’s also interesting to know that ninety five per cent of the world’s opal comes from this area.

If you want to get an experience of life underground then this place is not be missed!

Location 20: Uluru National Park

If you want to see some of god’s best gifts to the nature, head straight to Uluru National Park which is better known as Ayers Rock. This rock was created over 600 million years ago, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 10,000 years. We bet sights and sounds of the mighty Uluru can make any traveller speechless! It is also one of the few world heritage sites which is listed under both natural and cultural categories.

Location 21: Sydney Opera House

Coming to Australia and not going to the iconic Sydney Opera House is not a choice! Out of the 19 places in Australia which are listed under World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, one is Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

The world’s most creative and busiest performing arts centre was made after rejecting some 232 designs. It is definitely one of the greatest achievements in modern architecture, visit the opera house and you will know why.

Location 22: Blue Mountains National Park

Looking for one of Australia’s most beautiful natural attractions? Head straight to Blue Mountains.

To get the view of Australia’s varied biodiversity there is no better place than the Blue Mountains National Park which is located in New South Wales and approximately 80 km west of Sydney. It is also one of the world heritage sites listed by UNESCO. The park is best known for the Three Sisters, a rock formation that towers 900 metres (3000 foot) above the Jamison Valley.

Continent: Best Of Asia

Location 23: Temple City of Bagan & Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda.

Myanmar is an epitome for exotic glamour! #GLAadventure suggests, you should book your tickets right away – On the team’s must-visit destination list is Bagan and Yangon.

Yangon, once known as the capital of Myanmar is a thriving and somewhat chaotic place. The main attraction here is the grand Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites and is some 2,500 years old.

Shwedagon Pagoda is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former buddhas. Not only this, the temple is quite famous for the fact that it is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, along with thousands of diamonds and other gems.

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Coming to the town of sprawling temples – Bagan; it is like a sleepy, timeless area that still possesses some old world charm.

The kingdom of Bagan took root in the 8th century and according to the ancient chronicles there were once 4446 temples spread across its wide plains but today only around 2200 remain. What is fascinating is the fact that the architecture here has taken inspiration from Buddhism and has a spiritual meaning.

#GLAadventure’s recommendation: Taking two or more days and using different forms of transport can be the best way to explore this spectacular sight.

Location 24: The Merlion Park in Singapore

The mighty Merlion Park is hard to ignore!

From smoky temples in the shadow of skyscrapers to endless shopping malls and islands – Singapore is a destination you cannot afford to miss.

Singapore has many tourist places to visit but on #GLAadventure’s list these places top the chart – Marina Bay, The Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer and Sentosa Island. Note for all foodies out there, from chilli-spiked crab, to the good old dimsums, rendang and biryani, Singapore is a mouthwatering feast of flavours.

Leaving everything aside, on #GLAadventure’s top list in Singapore is the ‘Merlion Park.’

Location 25: U-Bein Bridge in Myanmar

Great OverLand Recommendation: A great time to visit the bridge is just after sunrise when monks commute back and forth across it.

The world’s longest teak footbridge which gently curves 1300yd across shallow Taungthaman Lake is definitely Myanmar’s most photographed sites.

#GLAadventure’s recommendation: The world is an amazing place, and it looks its best when the sun goes down!9 If you want that perfect sunset shot and Myanmar’s postcard memories then head straight to U-Bein Bridge. Thank team #GLAadventure later!

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