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Gojal: Where Pakistan begins

SYED MEHDI BUKHARI
It’s the second week of November. There is a tremendous silence around me; snowflakes fall gently from the sky. The day is so white — there’s no color in sight save for my red jeep and gray jacket, all other colors have become invisible under the thick snow.
There is neither a military check post, nor any signs of civilian settlement here. This is the Pak-China border, and I am standing at the Khunjerab Pass, with my face towards Pakistan’s brother, China.
The writer at Khunjerab Pass, Pakistan.
The Pakistani segment of the Karakoram Highway, which is also dubbed as the eight wonder of the world, ends here. From here, this highway goes through the bluish waters of the Karakul Lake, settlements of nomads, and through the areas harbouring wild mountainous camels with two humps, and finally ends at Kashgar.
From here, a road leads to Yarkand, and another leads to the Taklamakan Desert, which is the world’s second largest desert, with shifting sand dunes.
The border is protected with barbed wires. As I stand, a flock of sheep appears in sight, moving aimlessly, and then entering the Chinese territory for grazing. The sheep stop by the grass, covered with tiny snowballs, sniff it, and move ahead instantly as if expressing dislike. There is no herdsman with the flock, which is usual in the northern areas. The birds and animals have no borders, but I have to return from this point.
My next destination is Attabad Lake in Hunza.
Among the blackish and forsaken mountains of Karakoram, there is this lake, which came into being purely by chance, it is one of Pakistan’s biggest fresh water reservoirs. This 22-kilometer long and 220-feet deep lake is filled with the blue waters of River Hunza, when a landslide in 2010 blocked its flow, creating a landslide dam. Strong winds in this narrow mountain pass create ripples in the blue-green water of the lake.
With the creation of this lake, more than 18 kilometers of the Karakoram Highway has been submerged, lost somewhere in the depths, suspending transportation by road. Now, the only option is to cross the lake, reach the Hussaini Village, and get on the Karakoram Highway again.
The lake is terrifying. Not only did it drown several villages and people, but it has also affected trade with China. Now, the lake has its own ‘traffic’, boats, big and small, which transport humans, vehicles, and goods from here to there. The sailors are happy with the money oozing out of their pockets. The disaster has proven to be a tragedy for some, and a blessing for others.
Hunza River, Gojal.
Attabad Lake Crossing.
As the boat is fully loaded, the sailor lifts the anchor. You couldn’t hear the person next to you in the terrible noise of engine, so everyone is involved in himself. The journey is 45 minutes long. As the boat makes a sharp turn, I see Passu Cones, a series of mountains pointed as nails.
Strong winds rock the boat, my heart easily skips a couple of beats. The sailor observing my face, smiles. I look past him at the Passu Cones, just to not feel the fear, I tell myself. The boat finally reaches the bank, and everyone gets off. The sailors are mostly Pakhtuns, who have come here to earn a living. I had a brief exchange with the sailor. He happened to have sailed in the Kabul River once, now the Attabad Lake is his second home.
I have reached the Hussaini Village. In the bright sunlight, the Passu Cones are bathed in gold.
Gulmit Village and Passu Cones.
Gulmit Village.
Gulmit Village and Passu Cones.
Passu.
This entire area is called Upper Hunza or Gojal. The Gojal Valley borders China and Afghanistan, with its border meeting the Chinese border at Khunjerab — 15,397 feet above sea level — and remains covered with snow all year long.
In the north west, there is Chiporsun, whose border touches the Wakhan region of Afghanistan. Wakhan is about six square miles in area, after which starts Tajikistan. The Karakoram Highway which connects Pakistan to China also passes through Gojal Valley and enters China at Khunjerab.
Karakoram Highway in Gojal.
KKH and Passu Cones.
Before 1974, Gojal was part of the Hunza State, and was governed by the Mir of Hunza.
Gojal enjoyed tremendous importance owing to its strategic and agricultural value. The Gulmit Vvillage of Gojal was the summer capital of Hunza, where the Mir of Hunza used to hold his court and deliberations were made on a range of issues. Local music and dance programs would also be organised here, and Polo would be played in the vast rectangular ground in front of the palace.
Mir Muhammad Ghazan Khan, the Mir of Hunza announced an affiliation with Pakistan, but it enjoyed autonomy as a separate state till 1974. In Z. A Bhutto’s tenure, the political reforms brought the so-called fall of Hunza’s princely state. Since then, Gojal is identified as a Tehsil in the subdivision Hunza of Gilgit-Baltistan. Locally, it is also known as Upper Hunza, but in official documents, it is named Gojal.
Gojal, Upper Hunza.
Passu Cones.
As I exit the Hussaini Village, I see children crowding the road. Golden hair, blue eyes, and faces so red they could outshine apricots! Riding along the river, I reach Gulmit, Gojal’s most populated village.
It is autumn, and it feels as if the entire village is asleep in the cool afternoon. The blowing wind frees the leaves from trees, and this is the only sound I can hear.
The Passu Cones were in sight constantly. The fields have been harvested, and the farmers are resting in their homes. I pass by a few elderly women, wearing traditional caps, followed by naughty little children. In return to my salutations, I receive countless prayers. When my jeep moved forward, I could see the children waving in my rear view mirror.
A child at Hussaini.
A child at Hussaini.
A child at Hussaini.
A child at Hussaini.
Just one kilometer ahead, the Borith Lake appears. There is an old hotel at the bank of the lake, the taste of its food still fresh in my memory. The bank had tall grass; in the backdrop, there stand snow-covered mountains, and their reflection would cast a spectacular white in the murky water. Four waterhens lazily float on surface.
The lake is coloured black, and I feel joyous at the sight of these swamp chickens. But as Mustansar Hussain Tarar says, “What do four waterhens have to do with happiness?”. Happiness comes from somewhere inside. At some point in the past, the lake was home to waterlife and migrating birds, but now the level is reducing and the lake is gradually drying up.
The gang of waterhens flies and vanishes somewhere far away in the mountains. Happiness has nothing to do with them, but I sense my own fled with them. An elderly man came out of the hotel, welcomed me, and said: “Terrorism has badly affected tourism. Not many people visit such faraway lands now. Once in a blue moon there’s a random traveler, who becomes the source of my bread. You must click some nice photographs and show them to the world so that tourism once again gains momentum. Come, I will feed you some great meals.” His sweet bribe made me teary as I smiled at him in response.
A Danish girl approaches me and we start conversing — she is a doctorate student who is doing a thesis on climate changes in the Karakoram Mountain Rrange. She told me that she liked the lake so much, that she had been staying here at the Borith Lake for the past three months.
Then she asked me if I had ever seen the lake on a full moon night. I responded negatively. She insisted, “you won’t that photograph anywhere else.”
My driver and I eat, while she talks. When I am finally about to leave, she says, “Your country is beautiful, do go to the Batura Glacier if you happen to visit the Passu Village, I have seen swans gathering on the white snow of the glacier.”
The Glacial Lake of Batura Glacier Passu.
Borath Lake.
Borath Lake.
Borath Lake.
Borath Lake.
My driver is astounded by her revelation and tells me. “Sahib, I’ve been living in this area since forever. I have never seen swans on glacier.”
I said, “She must be a passionate nature lover, and such lovers can see even pigeons on glaciers, I too have seen fireflies on the River Chenab”. My driver smiles at my response, and we arrive at Passu.
Darkness is enveloping the valley as our jeep enters the Passu Village. I check-in at a hotel and rest for a while. Then, I go out in the dark to countless stars shining in the sky like jewels. Outside, people have decorated their homes and worship places.
Men, women, children, elders, all walk towards the Jamat Khana for the birth anniversary of their religious leader. The night was cold but the people were out in the streets in high spirits. The sky was decorated with stars, and the homes with lamps.
I see the full moon, intricately placed at the tip of a mountain. I am suddenly reminded of the Danish girl, and her description of the full moon at the Borith Lake.
In the morning, I witness the same joy and fervour as last night. It was just like Eid ul Fitr. Faces filled with happiness, toys in hands, prayers on lips. This autumnal morning of Passu seemed even more beautiful.
My camera is in my bag. I have always felt that one should always avoid taking pictures during local festivals, especially when they are of religious nature. You are a stranger among them, why give them an excuse to object?
A Chinese girl On the Khunjerab Pass.
A face from Passu.
Autumn at Khunjerab.
Autumn and the Karakoram Peaks.
I had to leave this beautiful place, even though I really didn't want to. When you are travelling towards Sost from Passu, a jeep road turns to Shimshal. This is a vast area and its borders touch both China and Baltistan.
Pamir is also in the Shimshal Valley. Due to its hard terrain, it was disconnected from rest of the world until a jeep road was built here. The locals have given many sacrifices for the construction of this road.
Shimshal is famous for producing the country's finest mountaineers, including Samina Baig, who is the first Pakistani woman to have climbed Mount Everest. Shimshal’s Rajab Shah and Meherban Shah have scaled Pakistan’s highest summit. Experienced mountaineers in Pakistan mostly hail from Shimshal.
Hussaini Village.
Hussaini Village.
Hussaini Village.
Sost, the last town of Pakistan, is filled with motor workshops. There is no other settlement on the Karakoram Highway when you leave Sost for China. After Sost, there is the Khunjerab Pass at 15,397 feet above sea level, where China and Pakistan’s border is located. Apart from Pakistan Customs office, there’s a dry port in Sost, where goods to and from China are stored.
A large number of traders and labourers from different areas of Pakistan dwell here, which has given rise to economic activities more than other places in the region. After Sost, a jeep road turns to the Chiporsun Valley. It’s northwestern part is connected to Afghanistan’s Wakhan area through the Irshad Pass.
Ahead of Sost is Khunjerab, which is the last Pakistani territory. The name actually is combination of two words Khun (blood), and Yeraf (glacial stream), and literally translates to 'Stream of Blood'.
It is said that an ancient psychic had once prophesied that a battle would be fought here, and that the bloodshed would be so great that the horse riders’ feet would be dripping with blood. Thus, the area is named so. This region is home to several rare species, including snow leopards, bears, and the golden eagle.
In the jungle between Passu and Sost.
The water stream near Sost.
At Khunjerab, the snowfall is constant, enveloping streams, springs, roads, mountains, everything. I raise my head to look at the sky, soon my eyelashes are covered with snow. As I wipe my eyes, my driver states: “Sahib, Pakistan ends here, let’s go back home.”
He turns our jeep around, and I say to him: “Sharif, Pakistan doesn’t end, it begins here.” On my right hand, there is a sign which reads “Welcome to Pakistan.”
Khunjerab Border Crossing.

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About the Author:

Syed Mehdi Bukhari is a Network Engineer by profession, and a traveler, poet, photographer and writer by passion.
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19 Replies to “What are the must see places to travel to before you die?”

  1. 1. Aksai Chin, Jammu and Kashmir

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    Aksai Chin is a ceasefire line, one that separates the Indian-controlled J&K from the Chinese-controlled area. It lies further to the east and is known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). It is also referred to as one of the most dangerous places in the world.
    The infamous LAC passes through the famous pangong tso lake.

    2. Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

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    Due to a recent Maoist attack at Silent Valley National Park in Kerala there has been a considerable decline in the tourist influx. The tropical evergreen forests of the national park is bestowed with unspoiled natural beauty.

    3. Chambal River Basin, Madhya Pradesh

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    The unmatched beauty of Chambal has been long reigned by some of India’s most infamous outlaws, who also seemed to have fancied the creativity of Bollywood movie makers since a long time. However, the danger of falling prey to the regional dacoits is still quite possible and hence it’s usually avoided by travellers.

    4. Manas National Park, Assam

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    You may find it hard to believe that a highly promoted wildlife Sanctuary is also a place where terrorist activities have taken place but it’s true. Back in 2011, 6 WWF officials have been kidnapped by Bodo militants from Manas National Park. Government is still trying hard to keep peace and promote tourism of the wildlife sanctuary which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful forest reserve in India.

    5. Tura, Meghalaya

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    Tura is all about vibrant tribes, picturesque landscapes, gushing waterfalls, eerie limestone caves and sadly enough, terrorism. This little town in Meghalaya has been the victim of some of the most notorious terrorist organisations of Northeast since quite some time now making it a dangerous place for travellers.

    6. Haflong, Assam

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    An enchanting town in the heart of NC Hills in Assam, Haflong faces major hindrance in its tourism sector by militants of various terrorist organisations.

    7. Bastar, Chattisgarh

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    Home of the Indian Niagara Falls, Chitrakoot, Bastar is a district in Chhattisgarh with rampant Naxalite activities. The entire district is laden with places of enchanting natural beauty but unfortunately it’s also one of the primary places falling in the red corridor.

    8. Phulbani, Odisha

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    Some 200 km away from Bhubaneswar in Odisha this splendorous little town is located boasting of charming waterfalls and picturesque landscapes. It is another place that falls in the red corridor of India affected by Maoists.

    9. Nicobar Islands

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    Unlike the Andamans, the Nicobar Islands are untouched and pristine. The forests are lush and the beaches are surreal beyond explanation. However, foreigners would require passes to enter the Islands and no visitor is allowed to enter the tribal belts unless for some special purposes like research. And even for that one will have to go through rigorous formalities.

    10. Barren Islands, Andaman

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    The only active volcano in India is located in the barren island of Andaman and Nicobar. You can see red-hot lava and smoke erupting from the mouth of the volcano for a distance inside the safety of a small ship. However, no one is allowed to get any closer to the hill due to safety reasons.

    SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS:-

    1. Drang Drung Glacier, Near Kargil

    2. Stok Kangri, Laddakh

    3. Nubra Valley, Laddakh

    4. Leh

    5. Zanskar Valley, Laddakh

    6. Dal Lake, Kashmir

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  2. I have handpicked 20 amazing places that you must visit before you die, here are some of them- 20 Amazing Places to Visit before You Die – Get Well Forever

    20 Amazing Places to Visit before You Die

    “We were not born on this Earth to just pay our bills and die”.

    But to live every moment and enjoy every single day of our life to the fullest.

    Check out these 20 surreal places in the world which will make your jaw drop with awe. Pick up a pen and checklist the places that you would like to cover before you turn into ashes and dissolve in the earth.

    1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China:

    Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, Source: Image China

    The Danxia landform refers to the placid landscape which is found in southeast and northwest China. This landform is characterized by steep cliffs, having unique petrographic geomorphology. The rainbow coloured slopes are a result of the red sandstone and mineral deposit which was laid around 24 million years ago.

    2. The Swing at the “End of the World” in Banos, Ecuador:

    The Swing at the “End of the World” Image Source: BoredPanda

    There is a rickety tree house having a rope swing, nestled at the edge of Ecuador, overlooking an active volcano. The brave risk takers sit on this unharnessed swing and gaze at the tempting views of the deep dark woods.

    3. The Green Blue Hole in Belize:

    The Green Blue Hole in Belize

    This submarine sinkhole located on the coast of Belize appears like a big blue eye staring at the zenith. The 400 deep, Green Blue Hole is one of the top scuba diving sites in the world.

    4. Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States:

    Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska

    This icy blue cave beneath the Mendenhall glacier allures a lot of tourists to explore its virgin beauty. This structured cave melts as one walks inside it.

    5. Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana:

    Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana

    These 2 billion years old, tabletop mountains are among the oldest geographical formation on the earth. The incredible terrains of Mount Roraima were the inspiration for Paradise Falls in Disney’s UP movie.

    Check out the 20 amazing places you must visit before you die- 20 Amazing Places to Visit before You Die – Get Well Forever

  3. Life is short. Too much of life is spent grinding through monotonous daily obligations, and too little time is spent on things that count like family, friends, and making valuable memories. As esteemed author and businessman Harvey Mackay put it: “Life is too short to wake up with regrets… If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”

    What better way to make the most of life then travel? The world’s wonders are too vast to see everything in one lifetime, but if you are looking to spice things up and see some of earth’s finest landmarks, you can start by knocking a couple off this list. Spanning the globe from Italy to Oregon, these 10 places will slow your heart-rate, reduce your stress, and most importantly, put a smile on your face. Here are 10 places you must see before you die, because life is just too dang short not to live.

    10. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

    Quite possibly the most beautiful metropolis in the world, Rio De Janeiro intertwines the beauty of the natural world with the tempo of an urban metropolis, housing more than 6.3 million people. Here, you take in one of South America’s finest beauties on the crest of Guanabara Bay and the South Atlantic Ocean, while still embracing the festive and vibrant nightlife of Brazil’s second-largest city. If you plan on visiting this beautiful location, make sure to time your stay with Rio’s annual Carnival, the world famous festival that drapes the city with lights, music, dancing and joy. Also, don’t miss the “Christ the Redeemer” statue perched 700 meters atop Corcovado Mountain looking out over the city. If you’re planning a trip to Rio in June this year, you’ll also want to check out a soccer match in one of the 2014 World Cup’s host cities.

    9. Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

    If you live in America, chances are you don’t have to travel very far for a beautiful getaway. Take the Pacific Northwest for example, where mountains, ocean, and lush forests all collide. Nothing illustrates the beauty of the Pacific Northwest than the verdant surroundings of Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. Experience the beauty and serenity of Mount Hood – one of the highest peaks in the Cascade Mountain Range. Take a hike through majestic pines and scenic trails to Mirror Lake, pitch a tent, and relax in one of nature’s finest displays.

    8. Machu Picchu , Peru

    Eight thousand feet above sea level, this five-centuries-old pre-Columbian site was once home to the Incas.

    Until American historian Hiram Bingham publicized his findings of the area in a 1911 book called "Across South America," the mountain-top ruins were widely unknown to anyone living outside of the Urubamba Valley and nearby Cusco. Since Spanish colonialists had no idea of Machu Picchu's existence, its Incan architecture and design were preserved. There are two ways up to the "old peak," by train or on foot. Unless you're wildly adventurous — and don't mind a two-to four-day massive hike up the Inca Trail — we recommend you go by rail, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes and take an early bus to the ruins to beat the crowds (and in the sweltering summer months, the sun).Whether you go for adventures in Peru, Brazil or any other place in America, through spiritual traveling you build a strong connection with nature. Through such expedition, you transform into a much better human being. Hurry! Plan a trip now!

    7. Cairo, Egypt

    Prepare to be truly struck by awe if you make the trip to Cairo, Egypt. As the 18th largest city in the world, Cairo is both a standing artifact of a past world, while still embracing a modern aura. Cairo’s main attraction is – of course – the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the lone survivor of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Book a hotel on the bed of the Nile River – the same place where the earliest civilizations first settled. Also, travelers are welcome to take a tour of Cairo’s surroundings by way of camel; the same means of travel used thousands of years ago.

    While Cairo is a must-see location, you may want to wait a while before booking that flight. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for several regions in Egypt due to high conflict in the area.

    6. Key West, Florida

    Key West, Florida is truly paradise on Earth. As the southern-most point of the continental U.S, nothing but crystal-clear water surrounds this beautiful city on the Gulf of Mexico. Key West is a place where worries and stress are as distant as 40-degree weather. Visitors can go snorkeling with dolphins, ride the surf, or simply hang out and enjoy the ivory white sand on the miles of beach. Oh, and while you’re at it, make sure you grab an extra large margarita in this utopic city. It is, after all, the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s famous song, “Margaritaville.”

    5. Cinque Terre, Italy

    Located in northern Italy – inconspicuously tucked between Pisa and Genoa – Cinque Terre is the crown jewel of Italy’s many charming, picturesque towns. Perched atop cliffs looking over the Mediterranean, this town is – as traveler Rick Stevens puts it – “pure, unadulterated Italy.”

    With no cars or traffic to speak of, this tourist hot spot is now technically a park in order to preserve its charm. Visitors must pay a small fee to walk the trails that weave in and out of Cinque Terra’s unique and vibrant houses strung along narrow, windy paths. Grab a glass of Cinque Terra’s finest dessert wine while enjoying a sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and feel your cares vanish in this quintessential Italian town.

    4. Mount Fuji, Japan

    Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak, and also one of its most sacred locations. The popular spot for artists, tourists, and locals alike makes for an incredible spectacle. The perfectly symmetrical snow-topped volcano is perched before Lake Kawaguchi, making up one of the world’s most recognizable natural destinations. Embrace the culture and cuisine of Japan in the country’s most traveled region. Just a short trip away from Tokyo, Mount Fuji encompasses appeal for nature seekers and city travelers alike. There may be no prettier time to visit Mount Fuji than in the springtime, when cherry blossom trees are in full bloom around the Fuji Five Lakes. Also, make sure to check out one of the many surrounding shrines to experience amazing architecture and a sacred cultural experience.

    3. Santorini, Greece

    Take a trip back in time to Santorini, Greece – one of the most beautiful and unique towns in the world. Perched along a cliff of volcanic rock, Santorini is what remains of one of the largest volcanic eruptions on record – occurring some 3,600 years ago. The cube-like houses are whitewashed with volcanic ash and limestone, giving them a distinct pearly color. The beauty of Santorini lies within its simplicity. It is just that: simply beautiful. When in Santorini, sample some of the Europe’s finest wines and breathe in the salty air while enjoying the view of the vast Aegean Sea and its surrounding islands.

    2. Wengen, Switzerland

    Tired of the hustle and bustle of urban living? Tired of hour-long commutes into work? Want to just get away from it all? Wengen, Switzerland is the place for you.

    Firstly, cars of any kind have been banned for more than 100 years. The town is tucked away between alpine mountains and lush, grassy hills in every direction, while the air is crisp and clean, un-polluted by the diesel and muck of a city. Perched in the heart of the Alps, the popular tourist spot also has some of the world’s finest ski slopes.

    1. Kauai, Hawaii

    If there were a heaven on Earth, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful location than Kauai, Hawaii. Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kauai is literally covered in green. While each of Hawaii’s eight islands is stunning, Kauai takes the cake. It is the oldest of Hawaii’s islands, and also it’s most north most island. Along with the scenic tropical coastline, Kauai also houses geologic spectacles like the cliffs along the Napali and the Waimea Canyon in the heart of the island. If simply relaxing in the tropical Hawaiian sun isn’t enough, travel through the high hills of Kauai in style. Travelers can take a hike to see the Kauai’s highest peak, zip-line through the trees, or even go mountain tubing down the scenic Wailua River. Also, make sure to grab a snorkel and explore the crystal clear waters surrounding the island and teeming with tropical fish.

  4. Find Out More: 33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die.

    Hidden Beach, Mexico
    This magnificent hidden beach was created by a military explosion test in early 1900s. The surrounding islands were deemed a nature park, with the hidden beach only accessible by swimming through a fifty foot tunnel.

    Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
    This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice. Since significantly less light makes it down to the deeper depths, the walls often appear to be different colors.

    Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
    This tunnel was shaped over many years, as trains traveled the line three times time a day, molding the surrounding trees. Now abandoned, the track is a romantic spot for an afternoon stroll.

    Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey
    Over millions of years, the hotsprings in Pamukkale have transformed the landscape. Although it may look like these terraces are made of ice and snow, Turkey has bikini weather all year round. The ground is just coated in white limestone.

    Mount Roraima, South America
    This tabletop mountain is one of the oldest mountains on Earth, dating back two billion years when the land was lifted high above the ground by tectonic activity. The sides of the mountain are sheer vertical cliffs, with several waterfalls, making it nearly impossible to climb.

    Highlands, Iceland
    The isolated highlands of Iceland have some of the most superb natural sights in the Northern Hemisphere. The mindblowing glaciers, craters, lakes and geysers are breathtaking by day, but when night falls, the area becomes one of the best places to witness the aurora borealis.

    Tianzi Mountains, China
    These unqiuely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea level.

  5. India has a lot of mesmerizing destinations that the world is yet see. With its variety and vast landscape, India is truly blessed with all kinds of kinds of Travel destinations ranging from Beaches, Hill Stations, Deserts, Valleys, Islands, Historic Places etc..

    I have detailed below some of my personal favourites..

    I have also categorized them into zones and have provided top destinations..

    North India – Shimla, Manali & Agra
    South India – Munnar, Alleppey & Coorg
    West India – Goa, Mahabaleshwar & Lonavala
    East & North East – Darjeeling, Gangtok & Shillong.
    Islands – Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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    Shimla:
    Shimla, also known as Simla, is a tourism paradise located in the midst of Himalayan cedars and pines. Known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Shimla welcomes tourists from around the world. It offers beautiful façades from the crescent shaped ridge to the descending valleys of evergreens.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Shimla -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Shimla-city/87


    Manali:
    Manali is an important hill station and tourist destination of India. Manali offers much in terms of natural beauty such as panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, flower gardens and orchards. Manali is a haven for adventure sports enthusiasts.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Manali -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Manali-city/81


    Agra:
    Agra was the capital of many dynasties including Lodhi and Mughals. Located at the banks of River Yamuna, Agra offers the tourists the richest of the man-made beauties including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Agra -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Agra-city/233


    Munnar:
    Munnar is a haven of peace and harmony. This incredibly beautiful hill town is positioned at a height of 6000ft in the Idukki district, and is the most privileged summer resort. Cocooned in the State of Kerala, Munnar poses breathtaking scenery amidst the thriving green tea plantations with the combination of valleys, streams, cliffs, bubbling brooks, exotic wildlife and clear trout streams.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Munnar ->www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Munnar-city/118


    Alleppey (Alappuzha)
    Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is often called as 'Venice of East' because of its numerous waterways. These huge networks of lagoons, canals, and lakes are the lifeline of Alleppey. This town was established on a narrow land spit between Arabian Sea and Vembanad Lake.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Alleppey -www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Alleppey-city/96


    Coorg:
    The most affluent hill station in Karnataka is Coorg. With its natural splendor and exotic scenic environment, Coorg has a special place among the hill stations in India. Coorg is praised as the 'Scotland of India' and also renowned as 'Kashmir of the South' due to the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at an altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Coorg -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Coorg-city/97


    Goa:
    Goa is known and recognized for its vast stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue waters, verdant green mountain ranges and its idyllic lifestyle which embraces any newcomer into its fold.

    To Know more -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Goa-city/21


    Mahabaleshwar:
    Mahabaleshwar is located in the Western Ghats range of India, which spreads from north to south along the Deccan Plateau at an elevation of 1,353 m above sea level. Mahabaleshwar offers panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and surrounding woods.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Mahabaleshwar ->www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Mahabaleshwar-city/184


    Lonavala:
    Lonavala is a popular hill station and a municipal council situated in Pune District. The city is located 64 km from Pune city and 96 km from Mumbai. The hill station is spread over an area of 38 square km. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lonavali’, which refers to a ‘group of caves’.

    To know more about Lonavala -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Lonavala-city/178


    Darjeeling:
    Darjeeling is a popular hill station located in the Lesser Himalayan range. It provides beautiful views of the mighty Himalayas, especially Kanchenjunga (World’s 3rd highest peak). The name Darjeeling is said to be derived from ‘Dorjeeling’ which means ‘the place of Dorjee’ the majestic thunderbolt.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Darjeeling ->www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Darjeeling-city/240


    Gangtok:
    Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is an incomparable hill resort of northeast regions of India. Gangtok is situated on the ridge of a hillock at an altitude of 1,700 metre. It is very widely known and esteemed for its scenic beauty and striking views of the mount Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest peak in the world.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Gangtok ->www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Gangtok-city/188


    Shillong:
    Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya takes its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong. The city is based on an elevated swathe which lays almost 1500 m. The city is picturesquely located within the Umiam ravine from north and the Diengiei hills from the north-west. Shillong was born in the laps of nature and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

    To know more about Tourist Places in Shillong ->www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Shillong-city/145


    Andaman & Nicobar:
    Andaman, a group of 550 islands, is located in the Bay of Bengal. It is part of the Union Territory of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Many islets and rocks add the topography of the Andaman Islands. There are about 26 islands which are human inhabited. Some of the Islands such as North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Little Andaman and Baratang are vast expanse of lands.


    Also,
    Plan Your Trip for Free! -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/planmytrip.php

  6. 25 Truly Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

    1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

    The Great Barrier Reef is the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, spanning over 1,400 miles. It’s so large that it can be seen from space, and it’s among one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. It is the place to go diving, offering a one-of-a-kind display of underwater life.

    2. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

    As the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still largely intact, the Pyramids of Giza are definitely worth a visit. Dating back to around 2,560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years.

    3. Stonehenge, Amesbury, England

    Lots of mystery surrounds Stonehenge, and contrary to those who believe it’s just a pile of 25-ton rocks, it’s actually a beautiful sight. Book a guided tour to visit the center, and at sunset, enjoy the stunning glow of the setting sun between Stonehenge’s pillars.

    4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

    This massive salt flat–the largest in the world–spans a massive 4,086 square miles. Formed by several ancient lakes, this salt flat becomes so reflective in the rainy season that it’s used to calibrate satellites. It’s effectively the world’s largest mirror and a breathtaking sight.

    5. The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

    Carved over thousands of years by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold that one simply can’t fathom without being there. The massive rock walls span for over 200 miles.

    6. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

    The Antelope Canyon in Arizona is a picturesque series of crevices you wouldn’t believe wasn’t a photography trick until you checked it out yourself. The way water carved out the crevices millions of years ago–coupled with the manner in which the light hits each wall–makes the rocks appear different colors, creating a dazzling display.

    7. Easter Island, Rapa Nui, Chile

    Like Stonehenge, no one really knows the story behind the 887 Easter Island “moai” statues. Even so, they offer visitors a great adventure. Plus, travelers can enjoy other Easter Island adventure options, like hiking and scuba diving.

    8. Reed Flute Caves, China

    Today, the Reed Flute Caves are highlighted by multicolored lights, turning the 240-meter-long cave system into a stunning experience. As one of China’s most popular attractions for over 1,200 years, it’s worth the visit to view these incredible stalactite, stalagmite, and pillar formations.

    9. The Great Wall of China, China

    This massive, man-made wall stretches thousands of miles long. Not only does the marvelous structure leave many visitors scrambling to pick up their jaws knowing it was made by human hands, but it’s atop a mountain ridge that delivers awe-inspiring views of the area.

    10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

    This area is among one of the most beautiful in the world, with crystal clear waters, lush green scenery, and stunning waterfalls.

    11. Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China

    This incredible collection of rock formations is one of the most amazing worldwide. The rainbow rock features were created by sandstone and mineral deposits laid down over 24 million years ago.

    12. The Great Blue Hole, Belize

    Off the coast of Belize, divers find a submarine sinkhole called The Great Blue Hole, where the water is 407 feet deep. It’s over 980 feet wide and can easily be seen from above.

    13. Redwood National Park, California, USA

    The combined Redwood National and State Parks span over 133,000 acres across California’s north coast. These parks are home to the tallest growing species on Earth, the redwood tree, which can grow to be well over 300 feet tall.

    14. Yellowstone National Park, USA

    Yellowstone National Park spans over three states and features a variety of sights you don’t want to miss. This collection of hot springs and geysers will truly have you amazed. Some of the more popular areas in the park include the Old Faithful geyser and the Mammoth Hot Springs area.

    15. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    Bora Bora is the poster child of the iconic tropical paradise. This island sits 143 miles northwest of Papeete, in the South Pacific, and features the extraordinary turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful greenery you’d hope to find in the tropics–only it’s more fantastic than you can imagine.

    16. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

    The Taj Mahal is a truly beautiful architectural feat. It’s a massive, white, marble-domed mausoleum constructed in the 1600s that attracts over three million visitors each year.

    17. Tianzi Mountains, China

    Set as the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie Avatar, these formations are more breathtaking than you can imagine. The area spans 16,550 acres, and the tallest peak rises about 4,140 feet above sea level.

    18. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    Angkor Wat was previously a Hindu and Buddhist temple built in the 12th century. Today, it’s an architectural wonder worth visiting.

    19. Machu Picchu, Peru

    Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca site that dates back to the 15th century and sits atop a mountain above the Sacred Valley. The restored site offers a fantastic look into Inca history and an even more fabulous view of the astounding scenery.

    20. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

    Glacier National Park offers some of the most stunning scenes in the US. It’s full of beautiful mountains, green alpine forests, and clear lakes. There are over 700 miles of trails, making it a hiker’s paradise.

    21. Pamukkale, Turkey

    This area is home to natural hot springs that leave travelers in awe. Don’t end your journey without bathing in one of the remarkable natural tubs.

    22. Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

    Are you ready to be impressed? You will be when you visit Victoria Falls. This waterfall measures one mile across and is 354 feet high. That–along with the fact that more than 260,000 gallons of water flow over the edge per second–makes it the largest singular waterfall in the world.

    23. Venice, Italy

    Venice is the perfect destination for travelers seeking a unique city experience. The canals that run through the city act as roadways, providing a unique transportation option while delivering a beautiful scene.

    24. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

    This area features a collection of clean, white sand dunes intertwined with crystal clear blue waters, creating the kind of picturesque beauty you’d hope for–but rarely see–in a beach.

    25. Highlands, Iceland

    A dazzling Northern Lights show is something that should be on every bucket list, and one of the best places to see the show is in Iceland’s highlands.

    After visiting these incredible places, settle down in one of these destinations abroad.

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  7. As a castle lover, I would like to visit castles in these countries, and many more countries:

    German:

    • Neuschwanstein Castle

    • Hohenschwangau Castle

    France:

    • Chambord

    • Château de Chenonceau

    • Amboise Castle

    Scotland

    • Edinburgh Castle

    • Dunvegan Castle

    England

    • Windsor Castle

    • Alnwick Castle

  8. As wild and vivid as your imagination might be, it likely doesn’t hold a candle to that of Mother Nature. Scattered about our planet are phenomena of science so strange and beautiful that their very existence is wondrous. A good many of these magnificent sights may be found far off the beaten path, but every last one is worth the trek.

    1. BANAUE RICE TERRACES OF IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES
    As far as the impressive architectural efforts of ancient peoples go, the Pyramid of Giza is the unofficial MVP. At a comparatively young 2000 years of age, the Banaue Rice Terraces might not inspire the same degree of mystery, but the 4000-square-mile hand-carved agricultural system is nonetheless an incredibly striking scene.

    2. MARBLE CAVES, ARGENTINA AND CHILE
    Tucked into South America’s General Carrera Lake, immense structures of glimmering marble form the most welcoming cavern system you might ever be lucky enough to spelunk. The two largest formations in the lake are known as Marble Chapel, situated on the north end of the lake, and Marble Cathedral, closer to the peninsula of Chile’s Puerto Tranquilo.

    3. THE “SEA OF STARS” ON VAADHOO IN RAA ATOLL, MALDIVES
    If you’re in the market for a stunning nighttime spectacle, the beaches of Vaadhoo in the Raa Atoll island system are better than Vegas. Thanks to a particularly flashy community of bioluminescent plankton, the shores of this remote Maldives isle boast an electric blue glow after sundown. For a bunch of light-up sea critters, they can be awfully romantic.

    4. SAGANO BAMBOO FOREST, JAPAN
    If anything can put to rest the stressors of city life, it’s a mid-afternoon stroll through a forest of sky-high, branchless bamboo tress. It’s hard to believe that this impossibly serene setting sits just outside of the major city of Kyoto.

    5. SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA
    While a 4086-square-mile stretch of salt might not sound like the most attractive backdrop, the bright white surface of Bolovia’s world record-breaking salt flat is an image to behold. It isn’t simply the unparalleled grandeur of the salt itself that will impress, but the animal locals—like the beautiful pink flamingos, which flock to this habitat in high volume—and varied institutions of human creativity, including hotels built entirely out of salt!

    6. CHAMPAGNE POOL OF NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
    That last one make you thirsty? Try to hold off taking a gulp of New Zealand’s fluorescent hot spring. Despite bearing the name of a beverage best served cold, the geothermal Champagne Pool reaches a piping 167 degrees Fahrenheit, although it lives up to its moniker thanks to the bubbling created by the constant release of carbon dioxide. Though not suitable for sipping or swimming, the steaming body of water is a delicious drink for the eyes.

    7. BUCKSKIN GULCH, UTAH
    This 12-mile slot canyon situated at the end of the Paria offshoot of the Colorado River is nearly as much fun to gawk at as it is to navigate. You can thank the world’s greatest sculptor for this bona fide work of visual art: water, working patiently over a millennia-long timeframe.

    8. KAKUM NATIONAL PARK, GHANA
    If you’re looking for a deep trek into the wilderness, the West African nation of Ghana offers a treetop foray that’ll put any past grammar school trips to the local zoo to shame. The quarter-mile canopy walkway offers an intimate immersion into the world of Ghana’s countless birds, monkeys, antelopes, elephants, and more—each creature ups the ante on sheer awe.

    9. ANGEL FALLS, VENEZUELA
    Gushing from Bolivar, Venezuela’s Auyán-tepui mountain, Angel Falls more than deserves your absolute wonder: It stands strong as the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall at 3212 feet high. A testament to the sheer magnitude of this behemoth, a good majority of its outpouring evaporates well before making it all the way down the mountain.

    10. WULINGYUAN OF HUNAN, CHINA
    Spotted by 3,000 quartzite sandstone monoliths lurching overhead at over 650 feet tall, the Wulingyuan area gives off a vividly otherworldly ambiance. Between the pillars are ravines and gorges littered with waterfalls and streams, as well as two large natural bridges, and approximately 40 caves.

    11. THE DOOR TO HELL IN DERWEZE, TURKMENISTAN
    No less disconcerting is the gaping hole of perpetual fire you’ll find in the middle of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert. A natural gas field that has blazed continuously since 1971, when it was first lit aflame by Soviet petroleum engineers, the surreally terrifying quality of the crackling crater is just exciting enough to risk the nightmares … not to mention that pungent sulfur odor.

    12. MOUNT KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
    If a close look at the tallest freestanding mountain in the world isn’t enough for you, the neighboring grounds are riddled with the sort of exotic animals that’ll take your breath away. Striking colobus monkeys and the misleadingly named blue monkeys inhabit surrounding treetops, while giraffes and water buffalo can be found grazing nearby.

    13. THE CROOKED FOREST, POLAND
    For the distinct feeling that you’re ambling through a fairy tale, the befuddling flora of Northwestern Poland is nigh insuperable. The pine trees of Poland’s appropriately named Crooked Forest bear the shape of inverted question marks … again appropriate, as nobody to date can guess how these peculiar plants earned their unique curvature.

    14. ETERNAL FLAME FALLS, NEW YORK
    Rory Szwed, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
    Proving that a waterfall doesn’t have to soar hundreds of feet above the ground to be spectacular, this New York destination is splendid despite its relative puniness. It’s all in the glow. Like the Door to Hell, this diminutive grotto peeking out from below the cascading waters houses a bounty of natural gas, emitting a warm, enchanting glow … though it could be a little spooky if you’re out there by yourself at night. Either way, seeing the Eternal Flame is a special experience for any Erie County hiker.

    15. SOCOTRA, YEMEN
    The archipelago of Socotra doesn’t bare one particular natural anomaly that’ll blow your hair back; it itself is an entire community of them! Composed of one large and three much smaller islands, Socotra enjoys its solitude in the middle of the Indian Ocean—150 miles from Africa’s eastern coast, and approximately 240 miles from the southern tier of the Arabian Peninsula.
    It might seem like a lonely existence, but Socotra has made the best of its isolation. The island system claims at least 700 plant and animal species that are found nowhere else on planet Earth. Among the most remarkable of Socotra’s natural denizens are the dragon’s blood tree, the cucumber tree, the Socotra bunting, and Christine’s mabuya (a type of skink lizard).

    Source: 15 Jaw-Dropping Places Worth Visiting

  9. The Great Wall, China

    Stretching thousands of miles along northern China the Great Wall was in fact several shorter walls joined together in part to provide protection from tribes to the north.

    Jaipur

    The capital city is also a window to the the textured lands of Rajasthan. The vivid city has so much to offer from a buffet of monuments, cultural experiences, cuisine and shopping. This is an amazing place to explore while on Rajasthan Tour.

    Machu Pichu, Peru

    Situated on a mountain ridge overlooking Urubamba Valley in Peru, this is probably one of the most iconic remains of the massive Incan Empire.

    Santorini, Greece

    The site of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, this Greek island features picturesque beach side towns and Mediterranean sunsets.

    Tianzi Mountains, China

    Found in the Hunan province of China, the unique views from atop the Tianzi Mountains can be accessed by cable car.

    The Azores

    Composed of several volcanic islands in the North Atlantic the Azores are well known for their beautiful geography and isolation.

  10. Here goes the bucket list(a part of it) of an amateur with no travelling experience. I hope to prevent repetitions but overlaps with other answers are inevitable as it is a small world(Or is it?)

    #1: Vadhoo island – Maldives.

    This place is a beauty! Bioluminescent tides will make you feel the stars right beneath your feet.

    #2: Hawaii

    Somebody, please pick me up and throw me here. I don’t need to go to heaven, I need to go here!

    #3: Iceland:

    This place is a collection of mind blowing scenic beauties. Oh, and you might know about the Aurora Borealis, eh?

    #4: Switzerland:

    It has to be this place. This country is a complete package. If there is a place where I could bargain living, it has to be this place.

    #5: Bora Bora island:

    Everybody knows about this one. Just a word of caution, though- complete transparency under water. 😛


    Let’s put a hold on the broad aspects and let’s see some of the specific coordinates noted up my sleeve.

    #1: Tomorrowland – Brussels

    The best music festival humanity has ever seen! I will cry for sure when I go there. It’s a dream!

    #2: Devil’s Bridge- Germany

    Looks like the devil’s trap, I’ll surely carry holy water here.

    #3: Tianzi Mountains- China

    Scary, eh? I wonder if I can get there.

    #4: Tunnel of Love- Ukraine

    Looks so damn satisfying!

    #5: Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

    A mirror, as large as it can get. The reason behind it is , ahem, some science. But this place is truly breathtaking.

    #6: Hogwarts school of Wizardry and Witchcraft:

    There are pessimists out there saying that this place doesn’t exist. They are the same people who don’t believe in unicorns. * cries in the corner*

    *Remembering what my life actually is and crying more*

  11. 1. Chadar – The Frozen River Trek

    How often does one boast about walking on a frozen river in a dreamlike destination? Stamped as one of the most thrilling experiences for an adventure aficionado,thr chadar trek route connects villages in the Zanskar valley deep in the mountains with Chilling and the frozen Zanskar River. Travel Ka Baap | Facebook

    2. Camping in The Arid Desert of Rajasthan

    Twenties is the time to step out of your comfort zone and do something exciting like staying in a dessert. Challenge yourself by camping among the endless stretches of sand. As you camp in the eustic tenst, on the horizon is nothing but the unbridled view of sand and sky.

    Night brings in its own allure as perched on the royal divan, you relish in Rajasthani cuisine under the twinkling starts and revel in the entertainment provided by the local people. Travel Ka Baap | Facebook

    3. Trek to Dudhsagar Falls

    Instead of taking the normal route to Dudhsagar Falls, how about trekking up to it? This trail brings along some exciting adventures. Depending upon your fitness levels you can walk on the railway tracks (where you have to be weary of the trains passing by and make sure you are not hit by one), cross the Mondovi River or tread through bountiful jungles.The entire journey is rewarded with the breath-taking sight of Dudhsagar Falls. As the name suggests you will get to witness the sea of milk gushing through the rocks. On days of no rain, you can also take a dip in the pool below, but at your own peril. Travel Ka Baap | Facebook

    4. Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh

    With bursting of vitality and eagerness, twenties is the best time to indulge in adventure sports. Ride the mystical waters of Ganges with rafting in rishikesh. It is the most famous place to play this sport. For, you get to raft upon fierce frothing water pouring through rocky terrains and green stretches. Travel Ka Baap | Facebook

    5. Visit Coorg, Scotland of India

    It is said that man truly comes of his own when among pristine nature. For this, head to Coorg, known as the Scotland of India. It is at this cool hill station that you get the unbridled sight of green stretches and experience serenity. Topping the experience is the intoxicating aroma of the coffee plantations permeating the air. Travel Ka Baap | Facebook

    6. Roopkund Trek, Himalayas

    Become one with nature and experience serenity with the Roopkund trek, Himalayas. This trail provides an all-encompassing experience and visions of snow, ice, gushing streams, untouched forests, delightful stretches of meadows and scenic camping places. Travel Ka Baap | Facebook

  12. 1. Bagan, Myanmar

    2. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China

    3. Li River, China

    4. Meteora, Greece

    5. Salar de Uyuni: One of the World’s Largest Mirrors, Bolivia

    6. Tianzi Mountains, China

    7. Santorini Island, Greece

    8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia


    9. Yosemite Valley, USA


    10. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

    11. Bamboo Forest, Japan


    12. Petra, Jordan

    13. Machu Picchu, Peru

    14. Cave in Algarve, Portugal

    15. Halong Bay, Vietnam

    16. Pamukkale, Turkey



    17. Rice Terrace Fields in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

    18. M0nument Valley, USA

    19. Naica Mine, Mexico

    20. Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

    21. Venice, Italy

    22. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

    23. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

    24. Navagio Bay, Greece

    25. Provence, France

    26. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

    27. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    28. Moraine Lake, Canada

    29. Tulip Fields in Netherlands

    30. Geiranger Fjord, Norway

    31. Mount Roraima, Venezuela/Brazil/Guyana

    32. Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland

    33. Batu Caves, Malaysia

    34. Gásadalur, Faroe Islands

    35. Antelope Canyon, USA

    36. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil


    37. Giza Pyramids, Egypt



    38. McWay Falls, USA

    39. Cappadocia, Turkey

    40. Ofcourse, The Taj Mahal, India

  13. I hope this will answer your question 🙂

    Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

    Tulip Fields in Netherlands

    Salar de Uyuni: One of the World’s Largest Mirrors, Bolivia

    Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

    Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska

     
    Red Beach, Panjin, China

    Bamboo Forest, Japan

    Street in Bonn, Germany

    Naica Mine, Mexico

    Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan

    Black Forest, Germany

    Fields of Tea, China

    Tianzi Mountains, China

    Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

    Shibazakura Flowers, Takinoue Park, Japan

    Antelope Canyon, USA

    Lake Hillier, Australia

    Lake Retba, Senegal

    Lavender Fields, UK and France

    Canola Flower Fields, China

    Mount Roraima, Venezuela/Brazil/Guyana

    Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

  14. I would rather say Mcleodganj the home town of Dalai Lama.
    Mcleodganj is situated near Dharamshala ,Himachal Pradesh where life is very peaceful, pleasant, spiritual, etc
    Having a morning walk on the streets of Mcleodganj and witnessing the Great Dhauladhar Range with a cup of tea.

    The Great Dhauladhar surrounding Mcleodganj

    Monasteries: where you know the true meaning of life, what life is all about and why you exist

    Dalai Lama temple : where you actually meet your soul and where you find inner peace

    Image Credit: dubeat.com
    Streets of Mcleodganj where life is simple but best
    View from Cafe :fushion of Books, Coffe and nature – A perfect way of life
    Image Credit : Vineetha Mokkil

  15. While there are plenty of must-see places that one should see, I have compiled a list of top 10 places which are totally unique, magical and are definitely worth the visit. While the pictures may seem unrealistic, do realize the fact that all of these places exist and it is by truly visiting these places, you will attain Moksha!

    Just kidding.

    Without further adieu, dive in the list of top 10 places that I think you should visit before you die. In no particular order.

    1. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

    Interested in archaeological history and mysteries, then the Great Pyramid of Giza is totally for you. A part of the Seven Wonders of the World, Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and the largest of all the three pyramids in Giza and sheer presence of the pyramid will take you back through time.

    2. Bled, Slovenia

    Floating on top of Lake Bled, the town of Bled is nothing short of a magical fairytale destination. Highlighted by an emerald green lake and an architecturally wonderful medieval castle, Bled is one of the top-rated honeymoon destinations in the world.

    3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

    The ever winding landscape of Antelope Canyon that runs in the southwest of America is one of the most favored destinations for the photographers. And it is no wonder given the absolute beauty of the canyons that make up for amazing wallpaper.

    4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

    Taking about landscapes, Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia is a real show stealer. Stretching along an area of 10,582 square kilometers, Salar De Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat and the terrain totally reflects what is in the sky and gives a feeling as if the terrain is just plain glass.

    5. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

    You would have come across varied kinds of beach but I bet you would never have come across such a pristine beach as Whitehaven. With a spread of unadulterated, completely clean white sands, and turquoise colored water, Whitehaven Beach looks like a slice of paradise and there is no better place to unwind!

    6. Red Beach, China

    While Whitehaven Beach offers a totally unique one in a kind of experience, Red Beach offers an out of the world experience with its red-hued beach that will take everyone by surprise. Based in the biggest wetland and the reed marsh of the world, Red Beach is too hot to handle!

    7. Tianzi Mountains, China

    Remember the towering peaks that feature in Avatar? Well, they were not a part of the CG and are totally real. Astonishingly rigid and soaring right into the sky, Tianzi Mountains are covered in mist all the time and the best way to view the mountains is by a cable-car ride. And if you are faint-hearted, please don't look down while riding. The height will give you chills.

    8. Highlands, Iceland

    Perched at a height of 400-500 meters and dotted with rocky terrains, volcanoes, rigid mountains, ice peaks, and hot springs, Highlands in Iceland is one of the exotic terrains in the world. Normally spectacular even in the daylight, Highlands become extra special during the nights as you can see the northern lights in all its beauty that offers a transcending experience.

    9. Venice, Italy

    Painted all through in canals, the city of Venice in Italy is one of the ideal romance destinations in the world. As you drift off in the boat along with your loved one, you will feel a sense of tranquility and calmness seeping through your body uplifting your souls and offering you unlimited freedom.

    10. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

    Gorgeously leafy and green, the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine is a passageway for trains and when there are no trains, the Tunnel of Love is inhabited by the lovers who share their eternal joy of love under the roof of what is considered as nature's best work.

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  16. I am bit biased to India. Hence I would like to highlight only the places in India..:)

    Sunset on Brahmaputra River

    The majestic Brahmaputra river is one of the major river of Northeast India, Originate at Tibet and flows through the great gorges of Arunachal and the Valley of Assam then fall into the Bay of Bengal. During a sun set over the 2,900 km long Brahmaputra river when the dark cloud gather over the sky and rays of sun are playing with river water. Sunset on Brahmaputra River is one of the best attraction of Northeast India and a must captured moment of life.

    Frozen Lakes of Himalayas

    The Great Himalaya mountain contains hundreds of beautiful Lakes along with its long ranges from Greater Himalaya to Arunachal Himalayas. Himalayan terrain of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim host some of the best frozen lake of India, Frozen lake at Tawang,Gurudongmar Lake of Sikkim and world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. These frozen water bodies are one of the beauty of the Himalayas.

    Islands of Lakshadweep

    The group of islands of Laccadive or Lakshadweep in the Laccadive Sea are the major attraction of the tiniest Union Territory of India. Island of Lakshadweep are famous for water sports and adventures sports like scuba diving and snorkeling. The islands of Andaman and Nicobar are the jewels of the Sea.

    Natural Beauty of Western Ghats

    The Western Ghats is also known as Sahyadri mountain range that runs through the entire west coast of India,from the border of Gujarat till the Kanyakumari. Western Ghats is one of the hottest biodiversity spot and home to a large variety of flora and fauna along with many undiscovered species.

    Ghats of Varanasi

    Varanasi or Banaras is one of the oldest city in India situated along with the banks of the holy river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is considered as the holy city by Hindu’s as well as by Buddhists, Jains and regarded as the temple city of India. The city has number of ghats along with the Ganges river, which are used for bathing and cremation, so also known as burning Ghats of Varanasi. Varanasi Ghats are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

    Mangrove Forest of Sundarbans

    The mangrove forest of Sundarbans are one of the largest tidal halophytic mangrove in the world,situated at the Sundarbans delta in West Bengal. The Sundarbans region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and densely covered forest and home to a large number of Royal Bengal Tiger. Sundarbans means the beautiful forest created by Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal.

    Astonishing Waterfalls in Shillong

    Mawsynram is a small village located on the East Khasi Hills of northeast Meghalaya state. The place is known as the wettest place on Earth with an annual rainfall of 11,872 mm. Meghalaya also host another wettest place call Cherrapunji next to the Mawsynram and receives second highest rainfall of the year. This region is surrounded by big hills,lush green mountains and number of famous waterfalls.

    Wildlife in Kanha National Park

    Kanha National Park is situated at the heartland of India called Madhya Pradesh. The Tiger Reserve is one of the largest National Park and home to significant population of Royal Bengal Tigers and Indian leopards along with Indian wild dogs. Kanha National Park is very rich in wild life and mostly covered with dense bamboo and sal forests. Madhya Pradesh host two most important National Park, another one is the bandhavgarh the most popular National park.

    Night in The Thar Desert

    The Great Indian Desert is situated in the Royal state of Rajasthan and surrounded by Aravalli mountain ranges and Great Rann of Kutch. Thar Desert offers one of the wonderful experience, A night among the dunes along with enjoyable camel ride. Bikaner is known as the jewel of the Thar Desert or desert city of India located in the middle of the great Thar desert with extreme climate conditions.

    Backwaters of Kerala

    The God’s own country offers the best experience to have, roaming on the brackish lagoons and lakes along with the Arabian Sea coast. The Kerala backwaters are created by five large lakes,canals, rivers and cover almost half of the state with water. Kerala backwaters server as National Waterway for backwater cruises to link number of towns, cities and facilitating cargo movement and backwater tourism. The lakes are one of the major attractions of Kerala and home to unique species of aquatic animals and birds live alongside the backwaters lagoons.

    Exotic Beaches of Goa

    Goa, the smallest state but very rich in tourism and known for its beautiful beaches,world heritage architecture and worship sights. Exotic beaches of Goa are well known in the world for its freedom and unique in its own way. The stunning beaches of Goa are the major attraction of tourist along with the cuisines and culture of the region. Apart from white-sand Beaches, Goa is also famous for owing rich flora and fauna along with the Western Ghats range.

    Snow Clad Mountains of Manali

    The Snow Covered mountains and glittering lakes of Himachal along with series of valleys with snow clad peaks are adventures travel. Himachal Pradesh offers one of the best snow tour of the country and host some of the most adventures winter sports such as Heli-Ski,Snowboarding and Skiing. The Spiti Valley or the desert mountain valley of Himachal is the most popular snow spot in India to visit.

    Forest of North East

    The dense and dark forest of North East states occupies 25 percent of India’s total forest and cover the all seven sister states of India. There are 51 types of forest found in the north east region classified as deciduous forests, semi evergreen,wet evergreen forests, alpine forests and temperate forests. These forest offers 7 major National Park and home to 10,000 species of flowering plants and endangered species of animals along with vulnerable species of birds.

    Temples of Bhubaneswar City

    Bhubaneswar also known as city of Temples or temple city of India for more then 600 number of Hindu temples. The Kalinga Nagari is the capital city of Indian state Orissa and also regarded as one of the cleanest and greenest city of India. Bhubaneswar along with Puri and Konark are home to some of the most famous Indian temples such as Lingaraj temple, Mukteshwar Temple,Duladevi Temple,konark sun temples and Puri jagannath temple. Bhubaneswar is the only city with dedicated temple to the Great Trinity “Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh” those are Brahma Temple Bindusagar, Gandhi Garabadu Precinct Vishnu Temple and The Lingaraj Temple of Great god Lord Siva.

    Trek to Valley of Flowers

    The valley of flowers is a national park located in the peaks of west Himalaya and well known for its the variety of flora and meadows of alpine flowers. Monsoon season is the best time to visit flowers valley and trek through the mountains to long carpet of flowers.

    Tranquil Hills of Kodaikanal

    Kodaikanal is a gift of forest located in Dindigul district in Palani Hills at Tamil Nadu. The hill city is blessed with dense forests, Cascade Waterfall,beautiful meadows and Pillar Rocks. Tranquil hill region is also known as Princess of Hills with beautiful spots of interest like tranquil lake,Dolphin’s Nose,laid garden and giant rock pillars.

    Araku Valley on Eastern Ghats

    The Eastern Ghats is range of mountains along with the eastern coast of India, from West Bengal state through Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Beautiful Araku valley is a hill station in Andhra Pradesh and home to different tribes. Araku valley is the most beautiful part of valley in the Eastern Ghats famous coffee plantations and most of the place are yet to explore.

    Colors of Sea at Kanyakumari

    The Cape Comorin or Kanyakumari is situated at the confluence of three great water bodies the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari is the precious Jewel of the Oceans and one of the holy site for Hindus due to Kanyakumari Temple one of the 52 Shakti Peetha in India. As per the weather changes and sun location color of these three seas get changes accordingly.

    Tea Gardens of Darjeeling

    Darjeeling, the Queen of the Hills is located at foothills of great the Himalayas in eastern India of the West Bengal state. The large tea plantation region also known as tea gardens of Darjeeling is one of the major attractions of the city along with beautiful flora, adventure sports rafting trekking and hiking. Tea of Darjeeling is well famous for its flavor and quality. Hows these beautiful places ?

    More Must See Places in India to Explore

    There are few more natural attractions in India like Maujli River island of Assam, Munnar tea garden, Shola forest of Karnataka and Great Rann of Kutch. Don’t Forget to share your thoughts.

    Maujli River Island

    Majuli Island in the Brahmaputra river is the largest river island in the world and also the 1st island district of the India. The island formed by the Brahmaputra river in Assam and one of the must see natural places in India.

    Great Rann of Kutch

    The Great white Rann is located mostly in Kutch region of the state and a remarkable place to visit in Gujarat. Great Rann and little Raan of Kutch are one of the largest salt deserts in the world.

    Kudremukh Shola Forest

    Shola Forest of Kudremukh mountain range is a valleys of rolling grassland, found in the higher altitude hill regions of the Western Ghats. The shola biome is biodiversity hotspots and home to endangered Nilgiri tahr,muntjac and chevrotain.

    Ladakh Mountain Passes

    Ladakh is also called as land of passes and the valleys offers breathtaking views of Himalaya. The most famous mountain passes in Ladakh is Khardung La pass and that is also the highest motorable pass in the Leh Ladakh.

    Andaman Coral Reefs

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands are situated in the Bay of Bengal and known for best honeymoon destination. The Islands are one of the best place in India to experience underwater world of coral reefs.

  17. Depends on budget as reaching Bora Bora is expensive, Maldives is one place to disappear ,
    so are Venice and  Seychelles
    enroute to europe one can visit  Santorini Island, Greece and Navagio Bay, Greece  is too reachable being not so distant


    Yosemite Valley, USA if one goes to Americas

    South America has Machu Picchu, Peru

    Each Continent has its own set pf places which are must visit, however its better if one has a wish list.
    India has Inner Himachal which is so beautiful, the unexplored part of JnK due to conflict is really amazing.

    We at http://Bugyal.com are enabling users to share memories so that others can add it to their wish list.

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  18. Lots of beautiful places that you should visit or discover in your life. It’s impossible to visit all the location but you can try for maximum location. Here are some location which will blow your mind.

    • Pacific Resort Aitutaki

    From its surroundings of tropical forest and white sandy beach, the Pacific Aitutaki Resort is a tropical paradise. The bungalows and villas on the property are hidden between rustling palm trees with every corner of the resort oozing with romance, luxury and absolute beauty. Spend a relaxed vacation with family, a fun holiday with friends or a romantic getaway with your loved one at this resort with sweeping views of the pristine waters of the Pacific.

    • CITYSCAPE, HAWAII

    Just like the language and culture, Hawaiian food is a fusion of native flavours and cooking techniques in a mixing pot of the various foreign influences that have historically impacted Hawaii. Many restaurants in Hawaii offer Asian and continental food while fresh produce, seafood and meat can all be obtained from native plantations and ranches.

    • Guam

    Buses and trolleys provide affordable transport around Guam, connecting most major hotels to shopping centres and districts. It is also easy to grab a metered taxi with a cheap starting flag rate of US$2.40. Taxi fares increase by US$4 for the first mile and with increments of S$0.80 per subsequent mile.

    If you need more help you can visit the website Paradises | Asian & Pacific Resorts … Various option and location to choose.

  19. 6 places to visit on Tenerife

    Once we prepare our trip to Tenerife, the most important thing is to inform ourselves about what to see in Tenerife, independent if we are travelling alone or with our family. We search for them in Google and find ourselves with lots of different activities and places to visit in Tenerife and they are always very much alike,… The Teide, Loro Parque , Siam Park ,Masca etc. All these places are essential on a trip to Tenerife but there are so many spectacular places and activities that are not showing up in regular travel guides. These little secrets are ideal for the lovers of nature, local gastronomy and popular traditional festivals. So if you are planning your trip, let us show them to you and don’t forget to put us on your “to do list for Tenerife”.

    The Teide, seen from El Mirador de Jardina, La Laguna

    Stargazing in Las Cañadas de El Teide

    Benijo and Taganana.

    The beach of Benijo is a spectacular beach that is not over visited by tourist streams , since it is located in a remote area far from tourist centres, which is the reason why you can enjoy a swim in the sea far away from the usual crowds. Always watch out for the signs on the beach and be careful swimming in deep waters can be dangerous because of currents that can drag swimmers out into the ocean. The colour codes of the flags of the spanish coast are as listed below:

    • Green Flag: it is safe to swim
    • Yellow Flag: watch out
    • Red Flag: it is not safe to swim

    Close to the beach you find a variety of restaurants with fresh local fish and wine specialities to enjoy.

    Taganana is a village of country houses that is situated in the Parque Rural de Anaga. You can reach Taganana from La Laguna, crossing the Monte de Las Mercedes, a thousand year old Laurel forest or from Santa Cruz if you drive via San Andres. You can expect some beautiful panoramic views from viewpoints, that are spectacular. A really unique llandscape to enjoy.

    There are several, very small and isolated populations like the little country house village of Chamorga, that counts less than 100 inhabitants and gives you the impression that time time has forgotten about this place.

    And last but not least you can reach the country house populations of Roque Negro, Afur and Taborno, where we recommend you to visit some of the trails that are available in that area.

    Road to Taganana from San Andrés

    Viewpoint of El Bailadero, Taganana

    En El Macizo de Anaga

    Viewpoint of El Teide from Jardina

    The ocean waters around the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, are without doubt some of the best in the world to experience the amazing sight of whales and dolphins swimming in their natural habitat, exactly where they belong. A tour to see these beautiful creatures in the wild is a fantastic option for all of the family to enjoy. As well as for your own enjoyment, witnessing these stunning creatures in the ocean is a unique experience that is so much better ethically for the animals than seeing them in captivity.

    3H excursion: Dolphin and Whale watching Tours

    Tenerife Half-Day Whale and Dolphin Tour – Masca 4,5h Esxcursion

    Private Event Boat Trips & Tours | Hire Catamaran Excursions In Tenerife

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