World Tourism Day: 10 Must See Locations Around The World
Everyone around the world wants to experience something entirely different while they are travelling. Every place we visit leaves an imprint on our lives, whether it is good or bad. Amidst the entire work load and the stress one must take a break and travel. This will not only re-energise us but also gives us a new perspective.
On the World Tourism Day, take a look at some of the must see locations around the world.
Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water”. The dunes here have developed over millions of years, due to the result of the material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf. Climbing the dunes yields breathtaking views, including the Deadvlei, a ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camel thorn trees.
- Torres del Paine, Chile
In the heart of Patagonia, glaciers rise in the midst of mountain scapes and alpine meadows, close enough to hike right up to and touch. All these features make Torres del Paine one of the most special national parks in the world. One can never forget their first sight of ice on the beach
- The great migration, East Africa
No sight in the world replicates the timeless drama of tens of thousands of wild beasts charging across the African plains in search of food and water while pursued by their predators. The best way to experience the migration is via a mobile camp which ups sticks and follows the animals every day.
- Star-filled sky, Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand
Picking out Orion’s Belt and The Big Dipper is even more impressive if there are a million other stars distracting you from the task. If you are the one interested in experiencing such an extraordinary experience Mackenzie Basin is a place to be.
A 1,600-square-mile area on the South Island of New Zealand, comprising Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, has just been designated the world’s fourth International Dark Sky Reserve. That makes it “one of the best stargazing sites on Earth” according to Bob Parks, executive director of the International Dark-Sky Association.
- Cormorant fishing, China
With its mountain backdrop and shores lined with ancient houses, the Nanxi River in Zhejiang, China, inevitably became the cradle of classic Chinese water-and-ink painting. By drifting down the Nanxi River on a bamboo craft, travelers can enjoy views of locals doing laundry along the river and fishermen employing traditional methods of using cormorants to catch fish. The Xiangyu is a rare freshwater fish unique to the Nanxi.
The nearest traffic hub to Nanxi River is Wenzhou, a major city in Zhejiang Province. It’s about 23 kilometers away. Major cities connected to Wenzhou Airport by direct flights include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.
- Jungle pyramids, Palenque, Mexico
Mayan pyramids pervade the eastern side of Mexico, but none are more breathtaking than those of Palenque in the far south. The jungle temple of this site inspired “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and it has a lost-world, Indiana Jones kind of feeling other ruins lack.
- Inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano, Iceland
Iceland is a spectacular living wilderness, and in summer it’s possible to journey right into the inner cavity of the Thrihnukagigur volcano, which has been dormant for 4,000 years.
After a short hike across lava fields, participants descend 120 meters via a cable car into the heart of the volcano and its magma chamber, only accessible between mid-June and the end of July.
- Monument Valley, United States
You’d be forgiven for thinking this thrilling red rock vista at the conjunction of Arizona and Utah was a movie set. But although it’s served as the backdrop for many John Ford movies, this corner of the Navajo Nation is for real.
The best way to experience the area is to stay overnight, then ride into the park with a Native American guide who can arrange a visit with some of the residents. Particularly magical is a nighttime visit around the time of the full moon.
- Kasanka bat migration, Zambia
Five million bats cluster together in one tiny corner of Zambia’s Kasanka National Park every November. Orange-brown in color, they feed off the swamp forest’s delicious wild fruits, on which they chomp solidly every night (making sunset and dawn the best times to view them). After the bats abandon it, Kasanka is spectacular in a different way: all that remains of Bat Central are stripped, broken trees and an eerie silence.
- Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
If any city has a vast expanse of street theater at its beating heart, it’s this Moroccan metropolis where Moorish influences give way to a throbbing African pulse.
This huge empty space over which the sun rises comes to life from mid-afternoon as the local characters creep in — storytellers, snake charmers, musicians, Berber apothecaries, henna-painters and lady-boy dancers.
First-floor cafes are the best places to overlook the action as the scene unfolds, but when night closes in and smoke starts rising from the food stalls, it’s time to join the crowds at trestle tables for a $5 feast of grilled meats and flatbread.
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