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Best Places in the World to Watch the Sunrise

Sucheta Pradhan
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Seeing the sun rise in all its glory from beyond the horizon is far more than just a rewarding experience; it is magnificence redefined.
Page through for some of the world’s best places to see the sunrise!
"Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light."

― Omar Khayyám, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

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Best Sunrises around the World
#1: Angkor Wat
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
The ancient Khmer temple of Angkor Wat has always been a symbol of power and might, but the early morning spectacle at the site is absolutely stunning.
The first sun rays illuminate the temple and the still lake in the front lightens up with radiant hues. Trek to the temple early in the morning to watch this magic!
#2: Ahu Tongariki
Location: Easter Island, Chile
Ahu Tongariki boasts 15 colossal statues of the moai and is famous world over. It is also one of the most impressive sites on the Easter Island.
Get ready to be enchanted as the sun's first rays unhurriedly peek from behind the massive statues and seem to unravel their mystery to the world.
#3: Stonehenge
Location: Salisbury, England
One of the most magnificent astronomical edifices of ancient world, Stonehenge was deliberately planned such that first rays of the midsummer morning's sun shone into the monument's center and illuminated the heel stone.
Special tours are arranged to catch the sunrise at this monument, and visitors are truly mesmerized by the sight of the red rim of the sun rising over the silhouetted horizon.
#4: Giza
Location: Al Omraneyah, Egypt
As majestic and timeless as the pyramids of Giza are, it is just as spellbinding to watch the sun slowly rise upwards from behind their silhouetted forms.
Experience how the first rays of the heavenly ball of fire brighten the mighty pyramids, giving them a slightly golden hue before illuminating up the immense desert that lays ahead.
#5: Surfers Paradise
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Home to one of the most iconic beachfronts in Australia, the Surfers Paradise beach is also a great place to see the world come to life.
Watch the sea, sky, high-rise buildings, and everything else radiate bright shades of orange, yellow, and gold. Get to the beach early in the morning to say "hello" to the morning sun.
#6: Grand Canyon
Location: Arizona, USA
One of the most splendid sunrises in Continental United States can be seen across the Grand Canyon.
When cool purples melt into warm shades of red and orange, all one can do is admire. It is utterly fantastic to see the valleys of the Canyon lighten up as sunrays penetrate through them.
#7: Tower Bridge
Location: London, United Kingdom

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When it comes to world's most spectacular sunrises, London's Tower Bridge certainly packs a punch.
With the silhouette of the bridge and water of the Thames glowing in the shades of bronze and red, the Tower Bridge seems to be the most picture-perfect spots at sunrise.
#8: Great Wall of China
Location: Huairou District, China
One of the most iconic landmarks of China and the world, the Great Wall of China spreads across numerous parts of modern-day China.
A hikers’ favorite, the monument boasts several spots for tourists to catch spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset.
#9: Nagarkot Village
Location: Bhaktapur District, Nepal
The mighty Himalayas always fascinate and if there is one place that offers glorious views of these gorgeous peaks in the early morning hours, it is unarguably Nagarkot.
A popular destination with honeymooners, the village boasts of one of the most romantic sunrises in the world.
#10: River Ganges
Location: Varanasi, India
Varanasi is a different world in itself. The world's oldest continuously inhabited city, it is closely hugged by Hinduism's holiest river, the Ganges.
Sunrise over the divine waters enlivens its banks as people enter the waters to bathe and perform their first prayers.
"Sunrise looks spectacular in the nature; sunrise looks spectacular in the photos; sunrise looks spectacular in our dreams; sunrise looks spectacular in the paintings, because it really is spectacular!"

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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So, kick off to one of these amazing places; you won't be disappointed!