Most over-rated TRAVEL places (specially for Honeymooners)

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According to a report carried out in www.news.com.au, here are the 5 most over-rated ancient and historical sites in the world.

1 . Stonehenge, UK :

uk-stonehenge

Famous for its astonishingly huge stones. The summer solstice ceremony held by druids and New Agers confirm it as a cathedral to mystical paganism.

Reality: Tourists can’t touch the stones, can’t walk inside the area, can’t wander about its space and have to pay an entrance fee to see it.

Why not: Go to a place where access is easy and there are no restrictions. And what is this about entrance fees?

2. Petra in Jordan :

petra-castle

It rises out of rose-red sandstone in a hidden valley. Firmly featuring on the itinerary of every traveller to the Middle East since the days of the Grand Tour, Petra is one of the most visited sites in the Middle East.

Reality: The tourism village that has grown up around Petra now threatens to outsize the ancient city itself.

Why not: Go to a place that’s off-beat and where the only face you can see is that of your beloved.

3. Colosseum in Rome, Italy :

The colosseum, Rom Italy

A breathtaking sight for tourists.

Reality: The sight is often crowded and usually has long queues. The entire building is a traffic roundabout and the interior is too precious to host concerts. Then, there is the danger of tourists falling victim to pickpockets.

Why not: Honeymooners don’t have the time to stand in queues! Every moment is precious, remember?

4. Machu Picchu in Peru :

Machu_Picchu_Sunrise

It is South America’s most-promoted destination. It has held the top spot for travellers eager to see the majesty of the Inca for several years.

Reality: The journey to Machu Picchu is not pleasant, and the entrance fee has risen to more than 25 pounds.

Why not: What is it about entrance fees?

5. Angkor in Cambodia :

Angkor in Cambodia

It boasts of some of the most jaw-dropping Buddhist monuments in Southeast Asia. The dozens of spectacular temples here are crowned by the peerless Angkor Wat – the site’s largest monument – in a memorably atmospheric setting among gnarled jungles and glass-like paddy fields.

Reality: There’s no escaping the crowds here. The days when Angkor was a remote and challenging destination are sadly long gone. The temples are now firmly on the international sightseeing circuit, making it hard to appreciate their majestic architecture and profound religious significance in anything approaching peace and quiet.

Why not: Well, since most honeymooners to be by themselves with no living being in sight, this destination will have to change.

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