World Wonders, March Best

Kyoto Golden Temple, Kinkakuji, Japan

Kinkakuji photo by Keith Pomakis.

Best Ancient Sites to visit in March

Beware crowds, price rises and accommodation problems around Easter/Spring break.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Sphinx and four pyramids at Giza on the desert’s edge near Cairo, are a sensation – if you can survive the hawkers. Best: October-May.

Pyramids on Giza plateau with Cairo in background, Egypt, Africa

Pyramids Photos and information

Luxor, Egypt

The variety of spectacular temples, tombs and bizarre monuments astride the river Nile make this a tourist must-see. Best: January – April, October, November. Avoid: July, August. (heat).

A view of the Luxor Temple (east bank) from the River Nile, Egypt

Luxor Guide

An arid fairyland of temples and other monuments in multicoloured rock, unlike anything else on the planet. Best: March-June, September-November. Avoid: winter (cold) & summer (hot).

a Petra rock shop, Jordan

Petra Pictures

This decayed but atmospheric, jungle enveloped Maya city, featuring the planet’s most perfect pyramid and other fascinating structures. Best: November-April. Avoid: May-October (rains).

El Castillo [Pyramid of Kukulkan], Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza Photos

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile

Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island, is a distant South Pacific island hosting few people but hundreds of huge, stone statues known as moai. Best: September – April but OK most of the year. Avoid: May (wet) and June-August.

 Easter Island sunrise, Rapa Nui, Chile

Easter Island Pictures

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is the largest Mayan pyramid group, a wonderfully atmospheric place fighting off a screeching, buzzing jungle. Best: November-May. Avoid: June-October (rains).

Temple of the Great Jaguar in Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal tourist information

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

A large number of superb temples, Zen gardens and ancient tea houses surrounded by modern Japan. Best: March – May, October – November. Avoid: June-August.

Fushimi-Inari shrine and its multi-gates, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Pictures

The extraordinary marble tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife, in a calm, rural setting around a river bend from Shah Jahan’s Red Fort makes a sensational day’s sightseeing. Best: October-March. Avoid: the summer (extreme heat).

Taj Mahal view from the River Yamuna, Agra India

Taj Mahal Pictures

*Bhaktapur, Khatmandu, Nepal

A gorgeously restored medieval town, saturated with monuments and carvings, some very rude. Best: October, November, February, March. Avoid: July-September (rains).

a cow attacking a stone lion in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Bhaktapur Pictures Guide

Palmyra, Syria

An ancient and ruined city in the middle of dusty, Syrian nowhere. Best: March-May, September-November. Avoid any season unless you are a jihadist.

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra tourist information

*Stonehenge, England

Enormous shaped stones dating from 2100 BC, Stonehenge is a short distance from London and near some other excellent ancient sites. Best: May-September. Avoid October – February.

Stonehenge dreamy HDR shot, Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge Pictures and information

An intact and intricately carved 9thC Buddhist temple housing a thousand Buddhas. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: December and January.

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

Borobudur

A truly magnificent and timeless piece of engineering, offering terrific walks too if you have the time. Best: April-July, September, October. Avoid: winter.

Rough track on a hike from Gate 23 of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

Great Wall Pictures

*Angkor, Cambodia

A mass of stunningly conceived and carved, world beating Khmer wonders surrounded by jungle and tourists. Best: December- February. Avoid: April (extreme heat), September, October.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Pictures

* Not the best month for this wonder, but ok

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