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Side trips from the Taj Mahal

What? You mean there's other stuff to do in Agra apart from seeing the Taj Mahal? You bet there is.<p>Agra's history is long and rich. It was the centre of India's great Mughal Empire for 130 years and it's been left with a whole bunch of fascinating things to see. The Taj is unquestionably the star …

Our LP Fan photo for this week was snapped by @vanessamross. Nothing in Australia is as readily identifiable as Uluru. No matter how many times you've seen it on postcards, nothing prepares you for the hulk on the horizon - so solitary and prodigious. Uluru is 3.6km long and rises a towering 348m from the surrounding sandy scrubland (867m above sea level). If that's not impressive enough, it's believed that two-thirds of the rock lies beneath the sand. The landscape of Uluru changes dramatically with the shifting light and seasons. If your first sight of Uluru is during the afternoon, it appears as an ochre-brown colour, scored and pitted by dark shadows. As the sun sets, it illuminates the rock in burnished orange, then a series of deeper and darker reds before it fades into charcoal. A performance in reverse, with marginally fewer spectators, is given at dawn. Tag your travel photos with #LonelyPlanet for the chance to be featured on our feed. #LPfanphoto #keepontravelling #travel

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

For fans of the coast, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is full of spectacular coastlines, many of which are more famous for their breathtaking views, cultural heritage and unique geography than for their hazy beach-bum appeal.<p>Summer has officially drawn …

Amalfi Coast

Christ the Redeemer, the giant monument and tourist magnet that looms atop Mount Corcovado, is surrounded by clouds in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Apr. 24, 2014. Photograph by Christophe Simon—AFP/Getty Images (@gettyimages). To see more of @TIME's best photos of the week visit

Editor's Choice Collection." The auction begins May 12. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @panospictures #christies #auction #nikon #d3 #nikonambassador #nikonusa

Today we are happy to announce the 2013 Share the Experience photo contest winner (where we get a lot of the photos featured on this account)! Courtney Kotewa's took this beautiful photo at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in #Michigan. To see more and enter this year's contest, visit

Photo: @randyolson Randy Olson

Playing tourist w/ @benjaminheath & @laurenlemon

Spent the lovely evening chasing sunset with @punkodelish, @n_cruz, @_tamarapeterson, @thetrottergirl, and @stefankarlstrom! 🌇

K11 #hongkong #ontheroofs #rooftop

Is a picture worth getting arrested for? I dunno, but I was handcuffed and thrown in jail when I landed my paraglider about an hour after this picture was taken. Photo by @geosteinmetz on assignment for @natgeo over the Brookover Ranch in Garden City KS. For the front story see 5.2014 edition of NGM. For the back story see the PDN blog post at

Michael DeWitt took this stunning photo from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in #Wisconsin. Here's what he had to say about it. "In late December, a friend and I launched a canoe from the pack ice at Meyer’s Beach, gateway to the mainland sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We broke skim ice and dodged ice bergs out to the caves, and we were well rewarded for our efforts. I made the image from the canoe, through a port hole as the sun set across Mawikwe Bay," said DeWitt. To see more photos like this, head over to @cbsthismorning who will be featuring our photos all week!

Photo by @gordonwiltsie With warmest memories of the late, mountaineering giant, #AlexLowe, I want to thank again the thousands of people who contributed so generously to support the #Sherpa people he so loved. For more than ten years the Alex Lowe Charitable Fund has been working closely with the Sherpa community, teaching technical mountaineering, aiding families in need, and building a vocational training and cultural center. Every dollar will be wisely spent and I know that Alex would have been so honored. For more information, contact (This picture of Alex was taken on an @natgeo expedition I shared with him to #BaffinIsland, north of the #Arctic Circle in #Canada and appeared in the January 1999 edition.) #Nepal #Himalaya #expeditions #adventure