The seven wonders of the world are these amazing, stunning monuments and structures across the world that have captured the attention of tourists, travellers and enthusiasts. Jordan's incredible Rose City of Petra, the white marble Taj Mahal in India, The Great Wall of China, The Mayan Temple Chichén Itzá in Mexico, Christ The Redeemer in Brazil and Machu Picchu Inca ruins in Peru, were named the new seven wonders of the world.
This list is the result of an initiative by a Swiss corporation, New7Wonders based in Zurich. 21 finalists were shortlisted by them, following which, the current seven wonders were selected based on voting from around the world.
Now there are a lot of people who want to visit all the seven wonders! The most obvious choice for Indian travellers are the one with closest proximity: Taj Mahal or the Great Wall Of China; for European or American travellers Chichén Itzá, Christ The Redeemer and Machu Picchu will be most approachable.
You could spend a lifetime visiting them all and everyone will have their own top seven wonders featuring worthy contenders that may have not quite made it onto the official lists. But for any and every person who has ever wished to take a trip around these seven wonders of the world in one go, this is the article for you. This is an ideally curated itinerary that will help you travel from New Delhi to every seven wonder of the world, in one month or less.
This is an ideal route covering all seven wonders -
New Delhi - Agra - (New Delhi) - Beijing - (New Delhi) - Rome - Amman - Cancun - Rio de Janeiro - Cusco - (Rio de Janeiro) - Delhi
So, let's begin the journey -
An ivory-white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal in Agra is regarded as a symbol of love and commitment. It houses the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is said that the Emperor loved his wife dearly and after her death decided to build the Taj Mahal to remind the world of their eternal love. The stunning monument today stands as a proof of love and devotion of a husband towards his wife. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in India. Built in 1648 AD, today, Taj Mahal attracts seven to eight million annual visitors.
The nearest international airport to Agra is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Agra is about 250km from New Delhi.
By Air: All major cities in India and in the world have flights to New Delhi. From New Delhi, there are multiple ways to reach Agra.
By Road: You can easily drive down this road via Yamuna Expressway and reach Agra in about short three hours. Alternatively you can take a bus as well. Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation as well as private bus operators have around 10-12 buses daily between Delhi and Agra.
By Rail: There are more than a 100 trains that run between Delhi and Agra. The fastest ones are the Gatiman Express (12050) that leaves Delhi at 8:10am and reaches Agra at around 9:50am, and the New Delhi Bhopal Shatabdi that leaves Delhi at 6am and reaches Agra at around 8am.
Luxury: Courtyard By Marriott starting from Rs. 8,200 per night for double occupancy.
Mid-range: Double Tree by Hilton starting from Rs. 5,000 per night for double occupancy.
Budget: The Coral Court Homestay starting from Rs. 2,500 per night for double occupancy.
What else to see in Agra: Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Itimad-ud-Daulah, Akbar’s Mausoleum and Taj Museum. And if you wish to venture a little out of the city, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a red sandstone building only an hour away from Agra.
Ideal number of days (including travel time from New Delhi): One
Visa: No visa needed for Indian nationals.
From Agra, go back to New Delhi and get round trip tickets to Beijing, China for visiting the Great Wall of China. It's advisable to get round trip tickets because it's cheaper to travel to the next wonder from New Delhi than from Beijing.
The Great Wall of China is a global tourist hotspot and a unique monument known all over the world for its historical importance. The Great Wall of China is a series of walls joined together. These walls were built by Chinese emperors over a period of many years, with the first wall erected as early as 7th Century BC. The wall extends to a distance of 8,850km, according to a survey by the Archaeological Survey, and constitutes of the wall, rivers and hills (natural defensive barriers) and trenches. Today, this great structure attracts around 10 million visitors yearly.
The nearest international airport to the Great Wall of China is Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. From there Badaling Great Wall can be reached within two short hours.
From New Delhi take a flight to Beijing. Average round trip flights cost Rs.30,000.
From Beijing, there are many options to reach Badaling Great Wall, but the best way to go is to take a private taxi. A taxi will cost you around Rs. 10,000 for a day tour to and fro Beijing. There are multiple companies providing tours with guides and transportation to the Wall.
But before you actually go to the Great Wall of China, it's necessary to understand what part of the Wall you want to visit. Badaling Great Wall is the most popular and gorgeous restored section of the Wall. If you don’t have much time, but you still want to have a glimpse of the Wall, especially on a busy day, choose Juyongguan Great Wall. For those travelling with kids of seniors, visit Mutianyu Great Wall, that has beautiful greenery and environment. And for the most adventurous of visitors, the one who wish to hike the wild and half or neglected sections of the Wall, you can either visit Shixiagan Great Wall, Jiankou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, Gubeikou Great Wall, Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall or put them all together (around 7 days time required for all).
You can stay near the Great Wall of China but the accommodation is limited and expensive. So the best option is to stay in Beijing.
Luxury: Legendale Hotel Beijing, starting from Rs. 9,000 per night for double occupancy.
Mid-range: Jade Garden Hotel, starting from Rs. 3,700 per night for double occupancy.
Budget: Beijing Jingcui Culture Theme The Inn Boutique, starting from Rs. 2,300 per night for double occupancy.
What else to see in Beijing: If you decide to visit the Great Wall of China in just two days and wish to spend some extra time in Beijing, don't forget to check out amazing places like The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Lama Temple, 798 Art District and National Museum of China.
Ideal no. of days (including travel time from New Delhi to Beijing and Beijing to the wall): Five days for a regular visit to the Wall. Nine days for a proper hike and seeing the maximum part of the Wall. Average flight time between New Delhi to Beijing is seven hours on a direct flight and 15 hours on a connecting flight.
Visa: You need to apply beforehand for a visa to China. A tourist visa will cost Rs. 12, 298 and you can apply for it here.
From Beijing, go back to New Delhi and then take a flight to Rome, the destination for the next wonder, Colosseum.
The Colosseum in Rome is a popular and recognised structure of Roman architecture. It is the largest amphitheater ever built and has stood tall since 80 AD. In the olden days, it could hold anywhere between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. Mock sea battles, animal hunts, famous battle re-enactments, executions and mythological dramas were some of the public spectacles held at the Colosseum. Today, it attracts around five million annual visitors.
Fly to Rome from New Delhi. A one way ticket will cost around Rs. 20,000 per person.
The Colosseum is located in the heart of the city and is easy to reach. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same area as the Colosseum and all three are generally visited together. Get a two-day ticket for around Rs. 900 or 12 Euros to visit all three monuments.
Luxury: Hotel Lux, starting from Rs. 8,900 per night on double occupancy.
Mid-range: Hotel Gran Tarino, starting from Rs. 5,300 per night on double occupancy.
Budget: Four Seasons Hostel, starting from Rs. 1,700 per night on single occupancy.
What else to see in Rome: Rome is a treasure trove for people who love to explore heritage, culture and architecture. Apart from the Colosseum, do visit the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican City, Roman Forum and Piazza Navona.
Ideal no. of days (including travel time from New Delhi): Three days if you wish to visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Two days for just the Colosseum. Average flight time from New Delhi to Rome is nine hours.
Visa: You need a visa beforehand. You can apply for a Schengen Visa here and it costs around Rs. 4,500.
From Rome, fly to Amman, Jordan to visit the Rose City, Petra.
Petra is a Jordanian wonder with archaeological, historical and architectural value. Carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was "lost" to the Western world for hundreds of years. Today, however, it is not only a wonder of the world but also a great monument which leaves you spellbound. The Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia in ancient times. Today it is the most recognisable tourist destination in Jordan, visited by almost four million tourists annually.
Fly from Rome to Amman, with a one-way ticket for around Rs. 20,000 on an average.
The entry ticket to Petra costs 50 JOD or Rs. 4,500 for one day's access, 55 JOD or Rs. 5,000 for two days and 60 JOD or Rs. 5,400 for three days. Petra can be seen in one day, but ideally two days is good to see the city at leisure.
You can visit Petra on a day trip from Amman or actually stay there and explore the city at length. JETT buses, both ordinary and all-inclusive guided tour, connect Amman to Petra for day tours. The cost for just the bus is around 20 JOD or Rs. 1,800 both ways. The guided tours can cost anything between 100 JOD to 250 JOD (Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 23,000) depending on the services you want to pick. The guided tours include an entry ticket of 50 JOD.
For 75 JOD (Rs. 6,800), you can also get a private taxi to take you back and forth from Amman, including the waiting time of around six hours while you tour around Petra.
It's advisable to stay in Amman and do a day-trip. However, if you wish to explore Petra in and out, there are accommodations available in Petra as well.
Petra Luxury: Movenpick Resort, starting from Rs. 9,000 per night for double occupancy.
Petra Mid-range: Petra Palace Hotel, starting from Rs. 4,300 per night for double occupancy.
Petra Budget: Rocky Mountain Hotel, starting from Rs. 2,200 per night for double occupancy.
Amman Luxury: Le Royal Amman, starting from Rs. 12,000 per night for double occupancy.
Amman Mid-range: Ayass Hotel, starting from Rs. 5,200 per night for double occupancy.
Amman Budget: The Boutique Hotel, Amman, starting from Rs. 1,500 per night for double occupancy.
What else to see in Amman: If you plan on extending your trip by a couple of days, do visit Amman Citadel, Roman Theatre, Temple of Hercules, Jordan Archeological Museum and Jordan Automobile Museum (a fun place for kids as well as adults). Also, if you are willing to spend an extra day, visit Dead Sea, only an hour's drive away from Amman.
Ideal no of days (including travel time from Rome to Amman and then to Petra): Four days, out of which you can spend two in Petra. Six days if you wish to see Amman as well. And seven days if you wish to include the Dead Sea. Time from Rome to Amman is average eight hours by flight.
Visa: Indian nationals have a visa-on-arrival in Jordan. You can get your visa stamp at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. The cost is around Rs. 4,000.
From Amman, fly to Cancun, the Mexico city closest to Chichén Itzá.
The stunning ruins of Chichén Itzá are evidence of a sensational ancient city that was the centre of the Mayan Empire in Central America. The largest and the most impressive of Mayan ruins, Chichén Itzá today has become the most prominent tourist attraction in Mexico. And the step pyramid, the one that is the most recognisable monument in the area, is called Kukulkan's Pyramid or El Castillo. These ruins are a great reflection of the advanced stage of science and astronomy that the Mayan culture was capable of. The step-pyramid itself has 365 steps, one each for every day of the calendar!
The nearest international airport to Chichén Itzá is Cancun or Merida in Mexico. But flying to Cancun from Amman, is cheaper than Merida.
Fly from Amman to Cancun, with a one-way ticket costs around Rs. 54,000.
The entry ticket to Chichén Itzá costs 242MXN or Rs. 900. From Cancun, operated by AOD, a daily bus leaves around 8:45am. It costs around 202MXN or Rs. 725, one way and takes around three hours to reach. You have four hours to explore the ruins before the return bus leaves. There is also a cheaper bus, costing around 122MXN or Rs. 450 and takes around four hours to reach.
However, there are many companies providing daily tours from Cancun to Chichén Itzá, inclusive of a guide. An average tour will cost you anywhere between $75 to $100 (Rs. 4800 - Rs. 6400) and includes a guided tour and a lunch. The transfers can be in private taxis or buses (depending on your tour).
Great stay options can be found in Cancun.
Luxury: Occidental Costa Cancun, starting from Rs. 13,000 per night on double occupancy.
Mid-range: Oh! - The Urban Oasis, starting from Rs. 5,200 per night on double occupancy.
Budget: Terracaribe Hotel Boutique, starting from Rs. 2,200 per night on double occupancy.
What else to see in Cancun: The Cancun Underwater Museum, the Cenotes (sinkholes often filled with water), Tequila Herradura Sensory Museum, Isla Mujeres and Xcaret Theme Park.
Ideal no of days (including travel time from Amman to Cancun and from there to Chichén Itzá): Five days as it will take you a minimum of 30 hours to reach Cancun from Amman.
Visa: An applicant holding a valid USA, Canada, United Kingdom or Schengen visa (any nationality) does not require a visa to enter Mexico on tourist, business or transit purposes. Therefore, since you will be applying for a Schengen visa (for Colosseum), you do not need to apply separately for a Mexico visa. However, be sure to apply for a multiple entry Schengen visa.
From Cancun, fly to Rio de Janeiro to visit Christ the Redeemer.
A symbol of Christianity, and the cultural icon of Brazil, the styled-statue of Jesus Christ is the tallest statue in Brazil. Made by two sculptors, Paul Landowski, a French sculptor and Gheorghe Leonida, a Romanian sculptor, Christ the Redeemer is located atop the 2,300 feet tall Corcovado mountain. Earlier, visitors had to climb 200 steep steps to reach the top, but in 2003, a series of escalators and elevators were installed to make the climb much easier. The statue was completed in 1936, and today it is visited by around two million visitors yearly.
Fly from Cancun to Rio de Janeiro for Rs. 35,000, one way.
Christ the Redeemer is located in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. The monument is accessible by road and a cog railway (3.8km), which provides fine views along the way. The train runs from 8am to 8pm and leaves every hour and a half. Tickets cost R$46 (Brazilian Real) or Rs. 950, which includes a round trip on the train, plus admission to see Christ the Redeemer.
By road, there are three options – one is a public van from the city centre to the top, that costs the same as the train; second is a private taxi that will take you almost to the top, wait for you there while you explore, and bring you back as well, costing somewhere around R$80 (Brazilian Real) or Rs. 1,700; the third and final option is taking a proper guided tour. A full-guided tour will cost anywhere around 80 to 150 USD or Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000.
Luxury: Windsor Marapendi, starting from Rs. 10,000 per night for double occupancy.
Mid-range: Americas Barra Hotel, starting from Rs. 6,000 per night for double occupancy.
Budget: Hotel Atlântico Travel Copacabana, starting from Rs. 3,100 per night for double occupancy.
What else to see in Rio de Janeiro: Visit Zona Sul, home to beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblo, a tour through Rio's notorious shantytowns; take a tour through Santa Teresa, Rio's hillside bohemian neighbourhood and do visit Lapa, Rio's gritty but exciting nightlife district.
Ideal no. of days (including travel time from Cancun to Rio de Janeiro): Three days, as the average flight time from Cancun to Rio de Janeiro is around 16 hours.
Visa: For Brazil, Indians need to apply for a visa with a copy of their address proof with Notary. The cost for the visa is Rs. 13,600. You can know more about it here.
From Rio de Janeiro book a round trip ticket to Cusco, the nearest international airport to the last wonder to see, Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is not just an iconic landmark in Peru, this Inca city is the best-known archaeological site in South America. It is located in the Cusco Region of Peru and an estate that was built around 1450 by the Inca emperor Pachacuti. The three significant structures of the site are the Temple of the Sun, the Inti Watana and the Room of the Three Windows. It has history and a certain aura of mystery that made the inhabitants leave it suddenly, and that attracts visitors in thousands everyday. Approximately a million visitors hike to Machu Picchu annually.
The airport nearest to Machu Picchu is Cusco.
Fly to Cusco from Rio de Janeiro, the round trip-ticket costs around Rs. 40,000.
Machu Picchu is located on a mountain ledge and there isn't a direct way to reach here. You need to use a combination of transport options for this. A train runs between Poroy (near Cusco) to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. A road goes up the mountain from Aguas Calientes and you can either take a bus or walk to reach here.
Entry ticket to Machu Picchu is $50 or Rs. 3,200. A roundtrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu site costs around $19 or Rs. 1,275. You can also take a guided two-day tour to discover Machu Pichhu and other sites around, which generally costs around $140 or Rs. 8,900.
You need to book your entry tickets in advance as there are no ticket selling booths on the site, and only a limited number of people are allowed every day. Also, for those who wish to hike the Inca trail, it takes around five days and requires camping every night. It costs around Rs. 60,000.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu is limited and expensive. Therefore, it is advisable to stay in Cusco and go for a day trip to Machu Picchu.
Luxury: Sonesta Hotel Cusco, starting from Rs. 11,000 per night for double occupancy.
Mid-range: Esplendor Cusco, starting from Rs. 6,500 per night for double occupancy.
Budget: Milhouse Hostel Cusco, starting from Rs. 700 per night for single occupancy.
What else to see in Cusco: Tour of the Sacred Valley, Plaza de Armas, San Pedro Market and San Blas District.
Ideal no. of days (including travel time from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco): Four days as the average time of a flight between Rio de Janeiro to Cusco will take nine hours and you need a full day to see Machu Pichhu. But if you do the Inca Trail hike, you will need a minimum of five days in Machu Picchu, so the total days will be eight.
Visa: Please note that tourists holding a valid USA/UK/Canada/Australia or Schengen visa can travel visa-free to Peru, provided the supporting visas are valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel to Peru. Otherwise, the visa cost is Rs. 9,328. You can find out more here.