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Top 10 cities for sightseeing

Most people travel because they want to see new places. It is one of the most common things on people’s bucket lists. You want to see the world; you want to experience other cultures and absorb them in a manner that changes your life. It is a beautiful thing, and everyone should do it at least once in his or her lives. Sightseeing is what makes people happy. Nothing compares to a new location full of wonders. That is why travelers choose particular destinations that have plenty of sightseeing to offer. Below you will find ten such locations that are worth visiting.

10. Katsina, Nigeria

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Katsina is not your usual travel destination. There will be no luxurious accommodation, fancy restaurants, or guided tours. However, it has a few historical landmarks that are worth visiting. The most important, which also happens to be the city’s symbol, is the Gobarau Minaret. It is a 50-feet structure made out of clay, but it still stands. It was built between 1398 and 1408 during the reign of the first Muslim king. Today it is used a place of worship. Katsina City Gates is something else you should see before leaving for your next destination. It is also made of clay, and it stood for nearly a millennium. That is pretty impressive for a wall of clay. The city has several points of entry, but this one holds the most important historical significance for the locals. If you are interested in the history of Katsina, you can visit the National Museum. It was declared a Historical Monument in 1989, and it holds multiple archeological artifacts from all over Nigeria.

9. Ado Ekiti, Nigeria

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The best time to visit Ado Ekiti is starting in December and ends in March. That is because the rest of the year is the rain season, so you will not be able to do much while there. As far as sightseeing goes, you will feast your eyes. Ado Ekiti has plenty of sites that you will definitely love. One of them is Ikogosi Warm Spring, or you can go and see the Olosunta Hills. The sights are amazing.

8. General Trias, Philippines

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The Philippines has a lot to offer, but most people go there for the beaches. There is nothing wrong with that, but there is more to the country than golden beaches and turquoise sea. General Trias is the perfect example. It is true that there are not many things to see here, but one of them is certainly something you would truly appreciate. The Church of San Francisco de Malabon is an old cavite parish where thousands of people come every year. You must not be a religious person to appreciate a beautiful building. This one is well maintained, the façade is amazing, and the overall feeling while you are there is something that cannot be put into words. The Church of San Francisco de Malabon is definitely something worth visiting.

7. San Pablo, Philippines

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Maybe you did not know this, but the Philippines are full of lakes. It may be surrounded by the ocean, but inland people get to enjoy water as well. San Pablo has plenty of lakes, and you will surely enjoy them all. Each one of them has its unique charm, and you will be able to enjoy the incredible sights. One lake that is worth mentioning is Lake Pandin. The water is navy blue, there are several tours you can enjoy, and the food in the area is fantastic. Everything here is pretty cheap, mainly because the place is run by a local association. Another lake that has amazing sights is Sampaloc Lake. You can rent a bike and take a tour around it, the food vendors are very friendly, and their food is delicious. It may not be out of the ordinary, but peace will always be welcome on your trip. Lastly, hot summer days require a place to cool off. Such a place is Bato Springs. However, make sure not to spend too much time in the water because it is very, very cold.

6. Nagpur, India

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When you think of India, the first thing that comes to mind is spirituality. That is because Indians are very spiritual people, and you can find several temples in every city you may go. But that is what makes for a great place to visit. Nagpur makes no difference. It hosts multiple temples, but one of the most famous ones is the Shree Ganesh Mandir Tekdi. It is an iconic place where people all over India go to pray, even Bollywood celebrities. Nagpur Ramtek Temple, on the other hand, is unique through its architecture. From a distance, you would say that the architecture is futuristic, but not as in 2017 futuristic, but more like science fiction. You can find black-faced monkeys around, but it is better to keep your distance as they have an unpredictable behavior. Moving on from temples, Nagpur also hosts the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are lucky, you can spot tigers, leopards, monkeys, bears, monkeys and much more. It is a beautiful place for sightseeing, even without the animals.

5. Szczecin, Poland

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If you have never gone to Poland, then you must do it at least once in your lifetime. It is a beautiful country overall, there are plenty of historical landmarks, and the people are known for their sense of humor. One of the places you must visit is Szczecin, and the first place you need to go to is the Beech Forest. You are all about the sights, so you must be an outdoorsy kind of person. Beech Forest is perfect for a long walk. The view is amazing, and no matter what season you choose to go to Szczecin, this forest will charm you entirely. In spring and summer it is entirely green and lively, and in the fall it is covered in copper leaves. You will not be disappointed by what you will find there. Just in case the forest does not appeal to you, you can visit the Waly Chrobrego Promenade. You will see old buildings and historical landmarks. If you like, you can enter the museum, which has no entrance fee, and you can learn about the history of the country. Although cemeteries are not the most common places for a walk, the Central Cemetery in Szczecin is something you would want to see. It is a beautiful, quiet place, and the Polish people care about the graves as if they are gardens. The cemetery symbolizes diversity. That is the place where people from different ethnicities were buried in World War 2.

4. Anantapur, India

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When it comes to sightseeing, the more interesting the sights, the better. If interesting is what you want, then a stop in Anantapur is a must. A fascinating place is Lepakshi, which is more of a collection on shrines. However, the sculptures are what makes the site interesting. They are very big and imposing, especially the one shaped like a bull near the temple. The main attractions here are the Hanging Pillar, the Lepakshi Nandi, and Sita’s footprint on a rock. The Iskcon Temple is something that no traveler should miss. There is a massive horse in front of the temple, which makes the entire site look like a chariot. However, what makes this place more attractive is the lighting. It is pink during the day, but in the evening, once the sun sets, the lights make the temple shiny like the sun. As a matter of fact, a lot of people refer to this place as a Chariot of Sun. Although it is beautiful during the night, the best moment to visit it is once the dark sets in. While in the area, you may want to check out the Ravadurg Gooty Fort as well. It is located 50 km from Anantapur, but the sights are simply amazing. It is definitely worth the trip.

3. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

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Ukraine is not on many people’s list when it comes to travel, and it is a pity. The country has plenty to offer, and the city of Chernivtsi is worth a visit. The Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans (Chernivtsi National University) is a majestic group of buildings that makes for amazing pictures. The architecture is impressive, and the entire complex is absolutely fascinating. You cannot go to Chernivtsi without visiting the Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans. Next in Chernivtsi should be the Shevchenko Central Park of Culture and Leisure. It is a beautiful park with a lot of trees, statues, fountains, and benches. You can relax for a bit and have some ice cream. And last but not least, the Chernivtsi National University Botanical Garden provides breathtaking scenery. With every season there is a different festival, depending on which flowers are in season. Either way, you are in for something amazing.

2. Ludhiana, India

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India is mostly known for its religious houses. A lot of people go there to find spirituality and comfort, which are easy to find since the entire country is full of temples, ashrams, and forts. Ludhiana has all of them. The Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan is a palace that resembles a small piece of heaven. The sights are amazing, and the location is very peaceful. A lot of people go there to worship their God, but you do not have to be religious to understand the sanctity of the place. The Nehru Rose Garden is a public park where you can go and relax for a couple of hours. You can take plenty of beautiful photographs of the park. That is also the place where fountains sing in the evening, so there are a lot of people gathering around the area. It is not an ordinary park. And just as the name suggests, the park is full of roses. If wildlife is what you are looking for, you can go on a tiger safari. However, the chance of you seeing a Bengal tiger is a gamble. Some days tourists can see tigers and take pictures, but sometimes Tigers are nowhere near the bus, which may prove to be frustrating for people who go to Ludhiana just for that.

1. Agra, India

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Every traveler that ever goes to India makes a stop in Agra. That is because you cannot go to India without visiting the great Taj Mahal. If you went to India but did not see the Taj Mahal, it is like you never went. It is one of the world’s Eight Wonders and the largest token of love in the world, so people all around the globe come every year. Millions of people visit the Taj Mahal, and it is all for the sights. It is an imposing structure with beautiful and meaningful architecture. What is there not to love about it? Apart from the Taj Mahal, Agra has other attractions. One of them is the Agra Fort. It is a historic structure that holds important historical significance. Not to mention that it is near Taj Mahal, so it would be a pity not to go. Temples are all over India, and so are forts and palaces, but there is only one Taj Mahal. Apart from that, you can go on guided tours all over the city, you can shop for souvenirs at the local market, and if you interact with people, they may be able to take you on a private tour through the streets of Agra. Sightseeing is not all about seeing pretty things and important buildings.

Conclusion

Sightseeing is one of the top three reasons people travel. It is always fascinating to see new places and feast your eyes with unbelievable scenery. And no matter how many SD cards you fill with pictures, nothing can even begin to compare to actually having a view in front of your eyes. It is life altering for some people. It gives you emotions that few things can provide in this world.

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