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Temples of Angkorare are one of the most attractive tourist points in this country

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It is one of the best tourist spots in the southeast Asia due to an array of magnificent temples, religious buildings, rich heritage and culture. Pixabay

Cambodia is a small historical country located in the southern portion of Indochina point in Southeast Asia. It has assortment of historical attractions and also offers a variety of activities travelers to fil their travel diaries with. It is one of the best tourist spots in the southeast Asia due to an array of magnificent temples, religious buildings, rich heritage and culture. Temples of Angkorare are one of the most attractive tourist points in this country. It has many more for tourists such as tropical beaches, colonial structures and a lot of natural attractions. 

If you have chosen Cambodia as your next travelling destination, then you must have a look at the must visit top tourist attractions in Cambodia to have an amazing tourism experience. 

Angkor Wat

It is the top attraction in Cambodia. According to the resources, these were built around in the start of 12th century by King Suryavarman II. Composition and attractiveness of the temple make it one of the great and most beautiful monuments around the globe. The remains of the antique city of Angkor can be found at a short distance to the north of Siem Reap. This beautiful tourist attraction covers a large area of 400 sq km.

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Cambodia is a small historical country located in the southern portion of Indochina point in Southeast Asia. Pixabay

The Bayon Temple

It is a part of the world’s most beautiful attraction Angkor and the Bayon Temple is a beautiful structure as a sea of more than 200 enormous stone faces looking in all direction. The location is surrounded by a moat, and you can approach it at the site’s 4 key points via gigantic stone gates and walkways. It was built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII as a vital part of capital Angkor Thom. One more thing about Bayon is that it is built at the precise middle of the royal city.

Phnom Penh

It is the capital of Cambodia. The chaotic streets humming with vehicle horns can burn you out at first glance. But it is known as the Cambodia’s most multicultural destination that grabs the attention of tourists. A lot of traditional and religious structures are out there in Phnom Penh shows both Cambodia’s modern and antique history. A local Cambodia Tour & Travel agent can provide you more details about the things to do and visit in Phnom Penh. 

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The Royal Palace

Glittering golden roofs of the royal palace can please your eyes. Basically, it is the royal residence of King Sihamoni, and the several parts of this sprawling palace grounds are not open for the public and tourists. Silver Pagoda (a magnificent statues of Buddha) makes the royal palace more attractive and appealing. It is embellished with almost 9584 diamonds and it is also enameled with over 5,000 silver tiles and expensive Italian marble structures. 

Kratie

A small town at the banks of Mekong River is one of the must visit attractions of Cambodia. It is surrounded by a dominant marketplace made with old and French colonial structures. If you love to enjoy the wildlife, the visiting the Kraite would be a great chance to enjoy the affluence of wildlife opportunities. Plenty of tourists pour the location in the peak days as it is the place to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

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It has assortment of historical attractions and also offers a variety of activities travelers to fil their travel diaries with. Pixabay

Battambang

You must mark the Battambang in the map if you really want to enjoy the calm, peaceful and rural scenery in Cambodia. The rice fields and tiny villages makes this place worth seeing. It is also known as the home to swags of momentous riches as well. It has many other attractions in it such as temples of Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom. It is also a doorway between Phnom Penh and Thailand. 

Tonlé Sap Lake

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It is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and always secure a visible place in the list of most attractive tourist attractions in Cambodia. In the monsoon season, the Tonlé Sap Lake creates a great natural atmosphere, including water-logged forests and wetlands. A lot of locations can be found around the lake for several human activities and floating villages is one of them. The Tonlé Sap Lake is a home to almost 170 floating villages and people are living their lives in the homes constructed on water. Homes, schools and shops are built with barrels and bamboos and boat is the main way of transportation. 

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Lack of Infrastructure Deterring Tourists from Visiting Several Significant Historical Monuments in Agra

While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district administration to complete patch work and road repairs

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An estimated 35,000 tourists visited the Taj on Saturday, said data on the ASI website. Pixabay

Lack of infrastructure and civic amenities are deterring tourists from visiting several significant historical monuments in Agra, the city immortalised by the Taj Mahal, say a group of local industry leaders.

Though the number of tourists at the historical monuments in Agra show an encouraging trend, hoteliers and travel agents complain of pathetic lack of civic amenities.

“Tourists generally avoid visiting other monuments in the city after a ‘darshan’ (seeing) of the Taj Mahal, because they are too scared of bumpy roads,” tourist guide Ved Gautam said.

An estimated 35,000 tourists visited the Taj on Saturday, said data on the ASI website.

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Though the number of tourists at the historical monuments in Agra show an encouraging trend, hoteliers and travel agents complain of pathetic lack of civic amenities. Pixabay

While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district administration to complete patch work and road repairs within a fortnight, the Agra Municipal Corporation, is still dragging its feet.

“To an outsider, Agra appears, as if it’s ravaged by a war since most roads have developed potholes and cracks after the monsoon rains. The continuous digging by one government department or the other not only raises a lot of dust but makes mobility difficult,” a local resident said.

“The city administration is yet to wake up to repair and clean up the roads in the city which have not only become a safety hazard but also assault the aesthetics,” complains hotelier Surendra Sharma.

A new tourist season has begun, and the number of vehicles bringing in tourists via the Yamuna Expressway or the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, have gone up appreciably due to the long holiday interval.

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The local tourism industry is alarmed at the lack of concern and general apathy towards streamlining vital civic amenities.

“When tourists, particularly those from the developed world, arrive in Agra, they are aghast at the dismal conditions. This results in short visits, same-day return by most visitors,” says President of the Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association, Rakesh Chauhan.

The rains have exposed the claims of the city administration of having patched up or filled all potholes and completed repair work on most roads.

The municipal corporation commissioner Arun Prakash says filling of potholes is continuing. Mayor Navin Jain has assured citizens that prompt remedial measures would be taken to ensure safe mobility. Even during the festival season, nothing was being done. Many stretches still require patchwork treatment to avoid accidents,” said Pandit Jugal Kishor.

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Tourists generally avoid visiting other monuments in the city after a ‘darshan’ (seeing) of the Taj Mahal, because they are too scared of bumpy roads, Pixabay

The city police has failed to demolish encroachments around monuments.

“All they do is to send notices. For want of police force, no action to evict illegal occupants is possible. You also need political will,” Goswami Nandan Shrotriya of Yamuna Kinara Road said.

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The city appears in shambles, with heaps of garbage dumped along railway tracks, the dry Yamuna river bed and pollution, but the official agencies entrusted with the task of transforming Agra into a smart city dry continue to show no urgency. (IANS)