Best ways to experience a sunrise or sunset

Riel articles & publicity, Travel Destinations — By on August 7, 2009 at 7:10 am

Where in the world would you go to see the most spectacular sunset or sunrise? Better yet, where could you have an incredible travel experience while at the same time watching the sun rise or set in the sky? I just published an article on Matador Trips that reviews eight of the best places in the world to experience sunsets and sunrises, from Mt. Sinai in Egypt to the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, to an East African safari. An excerpt:

Mt. Sinai, Egypt – To catch the sunrise on Mt. Sinai, travelers first climb a rocky trail from 2:30 to 5am, alongside Bedouin tribesmen and their camels. Then they sit and wait for the dawn’s rays to pierce the darkness and illuminate a jagged, lunar-like landscape. The sensation of being on Mt. Sinai as the sun appears in the morning sky is impossible to forget. Even if you’re not religious, you can envision Moses having a divine experience here. After trekking back downhill, stop at St. Catherine’s Monastery to see a direct descendant of the Bible’s burning bush.

Ganges River, Varanasi, India – Varanasi is believed to be one of the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, with a past that stretches back 3,000 years. Trudge its narrow, dirty streets in the predawn hours before emerging atop one of the ghats that line the sacred Ganges River to the sight of a vibrant sunrise and Hindu pilgrims bathing and praying at the water’s edge.

Check out my entire article on Matador to see the other six locations that I recommend.

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