Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil – One of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world, it is the most popular waterfall as well. What sets this attraction apart from the rest is that it is characteristic of 250 drops of distinct heights, making it the paradise of waterfalls. The name Iguazu comes from the Tupi word – meaning big water. The falls stretches along the coast of Brazil‘s state of Parana. There is also a legend behind the waterfall that states that once, a God wanted to marry a stunning woman named Naipi, who rejected his advance and fled with her lover – Taroba in a canoe. The God got angry and in rage sliced the river in half and created waterfall and condemned the lovers to eternal falls.
Niagara Falls, Canada – One of the most popular falls in the entire world, Niagara Falls is majestic and provides a stunning sight. Located between the international borders of USA’s New York and Canada’s Ontario, Niagara is a collection of three waterfalls that straddle between the two borders. The three falls are named as the Horseshow Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The unique combination of the three waterfalls makes it the highest flow rate in the entire world. The grandeur of the Falls is such a fascinating sight that it has been attracting tourists since many years.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Locally known as Mosi – oa – Tunya – meaning “The smoke that thunders” is one of the most stunning sights in the world. What makes this waterfall unique is the fact that it is twice as tall as the Niagara Falls. Bear in mind that the entry fee to see the waterfall is $30 which in turn goes to support the Mugabe government. This fee is taken in cash only. Also note there are no ATMs to accept foreign cards so you must have cash or local currency handy. The Victoria Falls is a result of thousand of years of erosion due to volcanic activity. The volume of water will be higher in the rainy season and you will be able to see the rocky structure beneath the falls during the dry season – a marvellous sight in itself, but overshadows the grandiosity of the falls.
Huangguoshu Falls – The largest fall in Asia stands tall at 75 mt. high and 81 mt. wide. It is located on the Baishui River in the province of Guizhou, China. The sheer charm of the waterfall itself draws attention and invites thousands of tourists every year. The entire area is scenic and provides peace to the mind. The three waterfalls are known as Water curtain cave, water cluster and Rhinoceros pool.
Angel Falls, Venezuela- Named after Jimmy Angel, a pilot who discovered the falls in the year 1937, Angel falls is located in the Canaima National Park – a UNESCO world heritage site. This is one of Venezuela’s popular attractions and as it is situated in a secluded jungle, it is not accessible easily. Visits should be avoided on a cloudy day as the waterfalls may not be clear to be seen. It is the tallest fall and also the tallest single drop fall and also one of the 8 wonders of the world. After a long hike, you can relax at the natural pool beneath the falls.
Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia – Hidden gem of Croatia, these waterfalls are located in Plitvice Lakes National Park. At the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, near the mountainous region of Karst, these turquoise coloured falls form a postcard picture. This site is also UNESCO world heritage site. Although a bit underrated, these falls are majestic nonetheless.
Jog Falls, India – The appearance of these falls change according to the changing season in India. You can hear the falls roar the loudest when you visit it during the monsoon season, in a single drop. This attraction, although unique in itself, is still unspoilt and unexplored. To visit, you must venture into the state of Karnataka in the western region of India and head to Sagar city where these falls are situated. The falls are 255 mt. high and its magnificence is a reason unto itself to venture further down the country.
The stress and the drama of the city life make you lead a fast paced life where you lose touch with the nature. With cut throat competition all around us, it is reassuring to know that there is a way to get away from it or to even take a break. In order to mellow down, witnessing such natural marvels is a blessing in disguise. The falls’ sheer size is overpowering that demands attention of the onlooker, and in turn it provides a soothing effect. It’s a universal realization that after a visit to such attraction, we do get back to our daily routine, albeit with a healthy and fresh mind and body.
Pet owners would love to treat their pets to an exotic vacation rather than the standard food tins or chew toys. Many of them refrain from doing so due to a lack of awareness about pet friendly vacation rentals and destinations.
If you are also one of those pet lovers, who cannot imagine leaving your favorite companions behind as you trot around the globe, then read on for some of the best pet friendly destinations in the world.
This beach side metropolis is a haven for pet lovers with its numerous dog parks and exciting activities for animals and their owners. The popular ‘Dog Beach’, offers facilities for big splashes for your unleashed poodle or little kitten. Kayaking can be great fun, especially if you have your squirrel running up your sleeve in the sea breeze or pet dog twitching his nose with the salt spray. Pet owners can find convenient locations across the city, where they can enjoy a nice meal along with their pets.
Cape San Blas
If you are not too keen on visiting San Diego, then hang around on the beaches of Cape San Blas with your dog stretching by your side. This popular tourist destination is extremely pet friendly and you will find yourself in the company of numerous pet owners and animal lovers. Playing with a ball on the beach line or just wetting your pet before letting it roll in the sands can provide hours of entertainment and fun under the sun.
If you are worried about leaving your pet behind when you travel, then research for pet friendly Boston condos which can provide readymade solutions to your problem. You can walk the Freedom Trail with our pet by your side or lounge around at a sidewalk café after a swim at Carson Beach. Dog lovers enjoy Boston as there are various rental places which provide accommodation and other facilities for pets and their owners.
Nags Head in North Carolina is a preferred destination for pet friendly vacations. You can gaze upon the extraordinary sand dunes.
As long as your pet is leashed and well behaved, sightseeing in Seattle can be great fun with along your four legged pals. Public transport systems such as the bus or ferry also allow the pets to commute with their owners. Sniffing out the Space Needle or chowing down at the Dining Dog Café and Bakery can prove to be the greatest treat for your pet on vacation.
Find yourself smiling along with your pug, as you go about river rafting or skiing in this animal friendly destination which promises a great vacation for pets and their owners alike. Take your greyhound on fishing trips, mountain bike rides, walks along Lake Tahoe or hit the slopes at the Tahoe XC Mountain Ski Resort. There are many cafeterias and eateries which would be delighted to serve you after handing over a bone to your dog.
Walking is cheaper and more convenient then driving around San Francisco. This leads to rewarding experiences with your pet as you walk across Golden Gate State Park or lounge in the roadside cafes. It is undoubtedly a great pet friendly place for vacations.
You obviously cannot expect Fifi to join you on the roller coaster ride during your theme park vacation. However, pet friendly kennels and homes at Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios, take good care of your precious animal as you go about enjoying Orlando’s attractions. Pet owners can walk around Lake Eola Park or jog in Ocala National Forest without having to leave their pets behind.
Packed with cosmopolitan charm and natural scenic beauty, Austin offers pet friendly vacations for you and your entire family. You can take your pet for a walk in Zilker Park or satiate its hunger pangs at one of the numerous pubs or cafes. Spider House, Central Market and Mozart’s are great destinations for tourists travelling with pets. You can also help your dog cool off during summer afternoons in the waters of Barton Springs.
The love for pets is clearly evident in these parts of the globe and the local population is quite comfortable with dogs, cats and other animals taking a vacation in their city. The ferries and public transport systems allow pets on board and this helps pet owners go about their sightseeing trips around Vancouver. Explore The Capilano Suspension Bridge, historic Gas Town and parks along with your pets. There are plenty of rentals which provide plenty of leg room for your dogs and yourself.
Pets need a vacation and so do you. Travelling to these pet friendly locations can help you remain with your darlings as you take the much needed break.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Dame Freya Stark.
Travelling alone has its own distinctive advantages which outweigh features of travelling with a bunch of friends. You control your own schedule and you don’t have to work around others’, based on your mood and budget you can choose your course of meal, and travelling alone is an invigorating experience. However, safety concerns are of prominence and one should be prudent in choosing a safe destination with appropriate accommodation. Travelling all by yourself can turn out to be a great learning experience as well as a spectacular adventurous escapade. If you have planned to travel solo, then certain destination meet your requirements and we have penned them down to add to your bucket list.
Australia – Recently voted as one of the happiest countries, Australia is a safe destination for solo travelers. The country is replete with adventurous escapades and coupled with a friendly culture and hospitality, it will be easier for a single traveler to blend in and explore on their own. The Australian coastline is spectacular with beautiful beaches that are covered in white powdery sand; crystal clear waters and ample sunshine assure one of a relaxed time. To add a dash of adventure into your travel plans, you can go for diving in the Great Barrier Reef or hiking in Tasmania. It is easy to navigate through the country as language is not a barrier here and with plethora of activities to indulge in here, loneliness seems far away.
Singapore – Singapore is a melting pot of diversity. One of the most developed countries in Asia, Singapore is also known as one of the four tigers of the region. The country is full of different cultures that it will give you the slightest of boredom. There are different districts available in Singapore according to countries – Malaysian, Chinese or Indian and you can sample delectable food from each district. Ranked as one of the safest destinations, Singapore boasts of cultural wealth yet to be discovered fully.
Austin, Texas – You are sure you are going to have a good time when you head to a city whose slogan is “Keep Austin weird”. When weirdness is touted as one of the venerable features of a city, it is definitely going to offer a pleasant time to all the visitors. This sunny city will enthrall you with its selection in music and fine cafes and bars. Ranked as one of the cheapest cities in the US, you can go lighter on your pockets here. You can hear some live music on the 6th street and then head to Zilker Park.
Iceland – One of the off the beaten paths that you can take as a solo traveller is by heading to Iceland. The people here eat shark, and it is full of active volcanoes. However, it is a blessing for a solo traveller as the local culture is very welcoming of a guest and safety standards are one of the highest in the world. Their unspoilt natural scenery sets them apart and the country offers plethora of activities for you to indulge in – from thermal to glacier baths! Wine and dine with the Icelandic and enjoy one of the most rustic cultures on Earth.
Costa Rica – An apt destination for a solo traveler, Costa Rica has abundant adventurous activities. The place has ample water based and other outdoor activities that will keep you on your toes all the time while you are here. To name a few – hot springs, hiking, zip lining, water rafting are the most favourite here. Its topography is filled with steppe and lush landscape which is again replete with pristine beaches, active volcanoes and dense rain forests. The cuisine of Costa Rica is simple, yet classy with a combination of rice with bean, fruits, cheese, and other vegetables.
Canada – One of the happiest countries in the recent years, Canada is home to a diverse culture. It is a very safe, picturesque, and a friendly country that welcomes all its guests with a warm heart. Canada’s fresh markets provide a culinary delight to the visitors. It also has several trails for hiking. The country’s calendar is always full of all kinds of festival – an example of how it celebrates its diversity. A solo traveler will find plenty of activities to indulge in here. To name a few of the festivals – wild blueberry festival held on Prince Edward Island, Columbia shellfish festival, Niagara Ice wine festival and maple festivals are but a few and prominent ones.
When you travel solo, you find yourself invited to new cultures and meet new people and instead of exploring the cities, you can interact with the nature and calm your tired nerves and soul.
More oft than not, it is strikingly interesting to be in the middle of nowhere. The experience of dining amidst sand and listening to folklore of the local culture is splendid. To be at a place sky horizons meet the sandy desert as far as you can see. To be in a time warp where there is no noise of cars stranded in traffic jams. Planning a trip to the most famous desert destinations will take you off the beaten path. From the most arid to the chilliest – deserts are there to captivate your imagination. Not as inert as you would imagine, there is ample life there and there are people who call it their home. There are many ways to explore the wilderness of the desert’s nothingness and experience the local culture as well. We have scoured a list of best desert destination/cities for you to plan your next vacation.
Camel Safari, India – One of the most captivating and thrilling experience you can have in India is a camel ride in the widespread desert of Thar and camping under a clear sky. Explore the unbelievable wide and vast desert on the western side in the state of Rajasthan with a camel ride and campfire dining at night. Opting for a camel ride will give you a firsthand experience of the rustic, rural life which is surprisingly populated as opposed to a barren desert. The most popular camel safari can be found in Jaisalmer city and a rare experience of the old caravan routes. Discover the marvels of Rajputana architecture that is unique to this part of India and explore myriad of forts and palaces.
Gobi Desert, Mongolia – This great desert covers most of the southern part of Mangolia. It is still a place for survival for the locals as the weather can be extreme – 40 degree in summer months and dipping to negative 40 degree during winter months. The winter is so harsh that in the year 2009 several livestock died as they could not feed on the ice covered grassland. Often called as the “Flaming Cliffs”, Gobi is mostly covered in sand dunes with a high rocks. The rocks and cliffs are in orange colour giving an image of it being on fire. The locals live in the movable dwellings and seem content in the extreme conditions. You will be met with a vibrant hospitality at the hands of the locals and enjoy your stay here. The vastness of the desert can be gauged from the fact that the dunes of Khongoryn extend for more than 100 miles. You will have to walk to reach this high point of 1,200 ft and cross a channel of spring water.
Atacama Desert, Chile – This one covers 600 miles and is a plateau in South America. It is the driest desert in the world, according to NASA. There are several spots in the desert where no rain has ever been recorded. In contrast to other deserts, you will not be able to find a cactus plant or a blade of green nor even a lizard – instead you will stumble upon the remains of what used to live here. The desert conserves whatever is left behind as there is no moisture, nothing rots and everything sort of turns into an artefact – even dead bodies. Hence, it comes as a shock to one and all when they come to know that about a million people live here; however, they are more concentrated in coastal cities, oasis town, etc.
Sahara Desert, Africa – This one is the largest hot deserts in the world and easily covers many countries in Africa including Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Algeria and many more. It covers an area of 3,500,000 square miles which is around 10% of the continent. Most of the landscape of the Sahara desert has been shaped by wind, barren plateaus, salt flats and dry valleys. The area is also covered with volcanic mountains. The flora in this region is sparse due to less precipitation and the harsh climatic conditions are responsible for the survival of a few of the animal species. The people who live in the desert are nomads and move from one region to another.
Antarctic Desert, Antarctica – It forms the southernmost tip of the world and situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere. Approximately 98% of the region is covered in snow. As compared to the rest, it is the driest, coldest and windiest desert. It receives very less precipitation annually – 8 inches and is sometimes referred to as the white desert as well. It would be interesting to note that the largest animal here is 1.3 cm tall. Nearly 70% of the world’s fresh water is contained in the icy glaciers of this region.
With such diverse options for you to explore the desert regions, you next vacation will be no less than a discovery in itself.
Asia is of monumental importance for being home to some exceptionally beautiful architecture and nature’s grandiose display. Some of the most famous destinations for your eyes only:
Angkor Archaeological Park — magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire
Great Wall of China — several thousand kilometers long, its condition ranges from excellent to ruined
Visit the biggest freshwater lake in the world – Lake Baikal in Russia. It is not just a stroke of luck that it is also the deepest freshwater lake.
Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world wedged between China and Nepal, is an eternal temptation for climbers and if you are one of them, it’s a call too strong to ignore.
Petra has recently found its way into the list of new 7 wonders of the world. That explains it all. This ‘fabled’ city in the south of Jordan was carved out of sandstone. Even the ruins of this ancient city would amaze you.
Those who swear in the name of wilderness, Sundarbans National Park is the place to be. Located in India’s West Bengal state, Sundarbans is home to world’s largest mangrove forest and also the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.
Taj Mahal, the marble tomb epitomizing love that crosses epochs, is certainly an uncanny beauty. Watch it at any time of the day, this mausoleum in Agra would look unmistakably gorgeous.
From famous architecture to unique culture and rare species to stunning beaches, Asia is an ever evolving continent. As you travel through the continent, take pleasure in serene islands, affable people, dynamic cityscapes and undying enthusiasm.
If you are tad choosy about places to visit, set your eyes on some of the top cities in Asia.
Monasteries, passionate nightlife and undiluted zeal for outdoor activities are true to Bangkok — Thailand’s bustling capital city. The city sends out a message of cordiality to its travelers. Hong Kong is second to none when it comes to pampering you with luxury. With an intermingling of British and Chinese heritage as a backdrop, you have lot to experience in this metropolis. Beijing adds to Asia’s urban canvas. It’s rewarding to steal a glance at the Forbidden City and spend some moments in Tienanmen Square.
The old city of Jerusalem is among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Besides having a truly religious feel, the place shares a strong bond with its eventful history. On a different note, a traveler should not miss a visit to an ultra-modern destination – Dubai. A king-size life and a stately welcome is what you encounter in this large-hearted city. To continue with life’s goodness, come to Mumbai – one of the most happening Asian cities where love for food, entertainment and rocking nightlife is evident. It’s a spirited city with affable people living their life to the fullest.
Seoul makes you fall in love for both past and present. You can spend hours admiring the beautiful palaces and get into frenzied mood to relish the electrifying nightlife. For those eager to behold a rare cultural mishmash, fly down to Singapore. Asia’s matter of pride, Singapore emits an upbeat and progressive destination with place for every discerning traveler. Tokyo, the world’s largest city, deals in superlatives. It’s a futuristic city that gives you a compelling reason to feel good about.
Many facets, several moods, innumerable assets and limitless scopes for explorations are synonymous with a continent. Asia is a pageant of rich diversity and equally affluent tourist destinations. From the world’s largest city to the world’s highest point, Asia is home to natural and man-made wonders. It surely would be a different feeling to be able to rub shoulders with Mount Everest or get lost in Tokyo’s largeness.
In East Asia, you have the glitz and glamour of Hong Kong, Macau’ s casino life, Taiwan’s super yummy delicacies and majestic memories of past in Mongolia. Middle East is a pure ecstasy for the lovers of architecture, music, food and cultural diversity. Istanbul’s artistic flair, UAE’s fascination for swanky skyscrapers, Iran’s eternally luring landscapes and Qatar’s cosmopolitan hue, all add to Asia’s incredible diversity. Malaysia’s buzzing urban space, retail therapy in Singapore, Vietnam’s modest offerings and Thailand’s multi-faceted countenance are genuine flavor of South East Asia.
As you head towards South Asia, the small mountainous nation Nepal greets you. It is so very easy to fall for Bhutan’s easy going ambience. It is perhaps the happiest country in the world. Not to forget the Maldivian charm that lingers long after you have visited its colorful beaches and tested deep sea adventure in every sense of it. India is a place to find almost every trait of Asian nations as you traverse length and breadth of the nation. Being an island nation, Sri Lanka hosts quite a few stunning coastal destinations and also untainted wild beauty.
How would you like to visualize yourself and your fiancé striding down from the opposite corners of a wooden hanging bridge, to meet in the center to say “I do”? As she says “Yes” in the serene cove tucked away in the in the Caribbean; the lapping waves beneath you appropriately provide rich testimony to your wedding vows!
Well, this is just one of the many options available for wedding destinations around the world. Young couples are no longer looking towards traditional “walk down the aisle” or age old ceremonial events, as they plan out their marriage in exotic locations in unusual ways.
With its snowy mountain peaks to warm and sunny beach lines, California is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. The location has a wide range of beaches, parks, wedding venues and special event locations, which provides numerous options for wedding planners. The perfect Californian wedding is bound to be a success in these picturesque locations, with hills, beaches and cliffs forming the perfect backdrop.
California boasts of an abundance of entertainment modes and talented vendors which go a long way in providing local support in organizing the wedding.
Le Château d’Esclimont, France
The Le Château d’Esclimont is the famous and historical valley, which sits pretty on 150 acres of spectacular landscape at a distance of 54 minutes from Paris. The location is perfect for a fairy tale wedding, which brings to life all the fantasies connected with the concept of a “Princess –marrying –her –Prince Charming”.
This romantic castle, located between Chartres and Versailles, is surrounded by thickly wooded parks and offers exceptional facilities for golf, horse riding, swimming and aerial tours of the entire region. Wedding guests can also look forward to enjoying various activities such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding and boating as they wait for the ceremonies to take place.
The palace is a perfect honeymoon destination as well, and provides the right ambiance for the newlywed couple stepping into their marital lives.
With its exotic beaches and serene landscapes, Bali is one of the most preferred destinations for wedding celebrations. The rich Indonesian culture and traditions, add many rich experiences to the ceremonies. Bali boasts of unique dance forms and food choices, which makes the wedding all the more exciting for family members and guests.
There are many resort and spas in Bali which are renowned across the world for their specialized theme weddings. Shimmering ceremonies complete with wedding glass chapels, iconic after wedding parties, breathtaking views and elite wedding planners, make these venues in Bali, the perfect choice for couple desirous of getting married in style.
One of the main reasons for the popularity of Bali as wedding destination is attributed to the fact that couples can stay on for their honeymoon after the wedding formalities get over.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Located in the Eastern parts of the South Pacific, Tahiti is the perfect wedding destination offering sparsely crowded islands and sprawling beaches. The local traditions of treating the bride-to-be as a Tahitian Princess, adds a unique charm to the wedding plans. The cultural dances and traditional attire worn by the couple also provide many memorable moments for all guests and family members.
Tahiti is a favorite honeymoon destination as well and couples can go in for several packages which provide special rates for wedding and the couple’s stay thereafter.
With its beautiful gondolas, canals and numerous waterways, Venice is one of the best wedding destinations around the world. Venice personifies romance in more ways than one and is a treasure trove of natural beauties. There are many Venetian venues which prove to be the ideal location for performing the wedding rites and celebrations. Chief amongst them are, S. Giovanni e Paolo, Palazzo Cavalli and the Venetian Palace.
Wedding in Venice is the most spectacular and exclusive option for couples wanting to marry in an exotic location Young couples enjoy taking a gondola ride along the Grand Canal as the boatmen sing soulful and haunting melodies. The magnificence of the Rialto Bridge and the numerous palazzos and bridges which line Venice’s thoroughfare, make the Italian experience worth its cause.
The Piazza San Marco along with its Basilica provides the perfect background for wedding photographs. The phenomenal view of the Isle of San Giorgio and the bay, adds to the setting in more ways than one. The romantic and ethereal charm of the city will definitely win hearts over and provide wonderful memories to one and all.
Nuptial ceremonies taking place in various destinations around the world require professional planning in respect to the theme, venue and color for the wedding. Along with the search for a good photographer, caterer, decorator and florist, wedding plans also include booking accommodation and facilities for guests and family members.
With world class infrastructural support and best hospitality services, these romantic wedding destinations promise the best memories for a lifetime.
There are so many sites that are worthy of being among the top 7 wonders of the world. Nonetheless, they are wonders unto themselves ready for you to explore.
Meteora Suspended Rock Monasteries, Greece – Also known as the sight of suspended rocks, it is a large and a comprehensive monastery in Greece. A grand structure of six stories built upon a rock pillar made up of natural sandstone is a majestic sight. This building was constructed in order to provide defence. Its sheer size, architecture and spiritual feel makes it no less than a wonder.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka – One of the world heritage sites on the country, it is a rock fortress and a very large stone. Popularly known as the Lion’s Rock, this huge structure is surrounded by a comprehensive network for lush green gardens. The rock fortress was built over 1,500 years ago in AD 495 under the rule of King Kassapa.
Ajanta Caves, India – India is a land of architectural marvels that dates back to many centuries. It is no surprise then to find architecture of culture and religious importance on and off. Ajanta Caves is one such extraordinary example of religious and cultural marvel which are home to some of the most elaborate and distinct Buddhist religious art. These caves were unoccupied for the first 300 years after they had been built. They lay untouched for the next 1000 years until a British officer discovered them.
Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines – The locals already call it the eighth wonder of the world. The iconic rice terraces are spread across 4,000 square miles territory and at a splendid height of 1,525 mt above the sea level nestled in the Ifuago mountains in the Philippines. The unique feature of this attraction is that they are completely hand carved. More than one generation has worked on it to make it look like an endless stairway or rice terrace.
Torun, Poland – Torun is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and is also a medieval town. The old town is of historical significance as it was built around 1100 BC.
The Flower Valley, Himalayas – Situated on the Himalayas, the valley of flowers is the most natural and stunning display of floral arrangement. Its beauty has been renowned among mountaineers and botanists alike for over a century. The spectacular meadows and alpine flowers make for a spectacle of a sight. There is a splendid sight of myriad of colors as different species of flowers bloom here. The alley of flowers is in complete contrast to the rugged ways of the Nanda Devi National Park. It is now a world heritage site and is protected by the government.
Bagan City, Burma – Bagan is a typical ancient city of Burma, nestled in the Mandalay division. The ancient city was prominent in the earlier centuries when it was the capital of many kingdoms in Burma. The UNESCO hasn’t given it a heritage site tag as it believes the original structure has been partially restored with modern material without keeping in mind the originality of the ancient city structures. Nevertheless, they make for a spectacular sight.
Tower of Hercules, Spain – It is an ancient Roman lighthouse which is 2.5 km away from the north western Spain. The tall structure is 180 ft tall and is 1900 years old. It is the oldest Roman lighthouse that is still in use even today.
Pyramids of China – Better known as mausoleum and burial mounds that were built to preserve the remains of the earlier Chinese emperors and their relatives. The site is located near the Chinese city of Xi’an in the Shaanxi Province. The most popular among all the mausoleums is the ne of the First Qin Emperor, located in the northeast of Xi’an where the terracotta warriors were also discovered.
Giant Buddha, Sichuan, China – The tallest stone statue of Buddha in the world is the Leshan Giant Buddha and is situated in Sichuan in China. A Chinese monk by the name of Haitong constructed the Buddha hoping it would ward off the restless waters. The structure was completed in 803 CE.
The Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan – Located in Derweze Village, in the middle of Karakum desert, this “gate to hell” was started by Soviet geologists accidently while digging an underground natural gas system. The resultant effect of misjudged drilling was that the ground underneath it collapsed and the drilling rig went down with it. The geologists put the poisonous gas on fire hoping it would die out on its own but it didn’t as the giant crater still burns! The locals have coined the term – gates of hell for the same reason because the fire refuses to die down.
With such a comprehensive list of lesser known wonders, rest assured your upcoming trip to one of these countries will be full of surprises, excitement and discoveries.
Traveling with a theme gives an extra edge to our travel plans. How about this time we travel to those places that have been chosen among the happiest in the world and find out what sets them apart from the rest. In order to provide a comprehensive list, we will not follow the chronological order.
Norway – Voted as the happiest country to live in 2012, Norway is a travel wonder. A visit to the country is a lifetime opportunity for anyone. Simplicity defines the idyllic setting of Norway. Oslo, which lies 7 degree below the Arctic Circle, does not see the sun in midsummer. Within the recent years Norway has successfully set up a copious social welfare system which has helped it to achieve the highest level of development in terms of literacy, wealth and life expectancy. Norway’s net debt is negative 160% – representing a huge surplus! The employment rate here is 75% which is also the 4th highest. The income level of Norway is high and the locals certainly spend more than most of the other countries. Tourists visiting the country can get a feel of the positive vibes off the locals. They can immerse themselves in the local culture and spend some quality time here with friends and family. Let go of worrisome days behind and enjoy and relax amidst the natural beauty of the famous fjords or watch the sky and admire the Northern Lights.
Denmark – A small yet influential country – Denmark by no means is small when it comes to happiness or satisfaction. Rated as one of the happiest countries, the Danes’ life expectancy stands at 79.3 years and employment rate is 73%. The disposable income of the country is $23,000. Danes are the most satisfied nationality and why not – they have achieved consistent high ratings on high employment rate and low levels of long working hours – resulting in overall satisfaction. Danes are oft considered as stoic, and despite that they can wear sensible shoes. Here, career path is not chosen based on income or status as a banker may take home the same amount of money as an artist. On the other hand, a low wage earning person may work for five hours a day but can still save enough money and find quality time to spend with his family. Satisfaction is measured in terms of quality of life lead – Danes are living a content life. They can all afford cars but they choose bikes – simple yet economical. There is no show off about them. Visit the simple, subtle and picturesque country to get a piece of the calm.
Australia – Life expectancy rate in Australia is 82 years; more than 72% people are employed. Based on the jobs, housing, income, and health, Australia is one of the best countries to be born in. It was also the only nation that avoided the worldwide recession in 2009. Country delivers exceptionally in terms of overall well being of its citizens. It is also one of the safest nations around the world. With a booming tourism industry, Australia is at par with other developed nations in the world. Australians take pride in their lives and accomplishments. Visit this happy nation and seep in the diverse culture that it so proudly boasts of. As one of the top tourist attractions, it will rarely disappoint you. On the flip side, it is a bit expensive, but does offer unmatched splendid overall satisfaction.
Canada – More than 90% of the Canadians are satisfied with their lives. The country scored very high in terms of political and personal freedom and strong social networks coupled with improved health and economic stability. From Montreal to Ontario to B.C, Canadians have yet another reason to cheer about. With high levels of income, the Canadians dealt with the global recession in a better way and to add to that full health coverage is provided to all Canadians. Despite being one of the richest, several other factors are taken into consideration for calculating a country’s happiness. For instance, absence of corruption, stable family support, high level of personal freedom, less rate of unemployment, etc. Canada is the most welcoming nations to its diverse population that speaks volumes about the friendly people.
Switzerland – This is the place to be. Switzerland ranks highest in terms of health, economy and governance. With a strong and stable medical spending, the Swiss enjoy one of the top most health rankings in the world. Surrounded by postcard picture scenery, Switzerland has low crime rate and myriad of outdoor activities to indulge in – from skiing in the Alps to bush walking for sightseeing. The country is very peaceful as well. The country remains neutral and does not interfere in political business of its neighbors. A perfect mix of picturesque surrounding and natural wonders, one cannot give Switzerland a miss.