It is a beautiful world that we are living in. There are so many places that really can serve as a therapy for our busy life. We just need to know where and when should we find it. So, I have listed below the top 20 most beautiful places in the world, and this is just Part 1, so there are more to come.
- Keukenhof Park, Holland: The Netherlands.Keukenhof Park is also known as the Garden of Europe and it is one of the largest garden. It is located in Lisse, the Netherlands. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which cover an area of 32 hectares (79 acres), according to the official website of Keukenhof Park. This park is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. It is depending on weather, but the best time to view the tulips is around mid-April.
- Cappadocia, Turkey.Cappadocia is a historical region that is in Central Anatolia which is largely in Kirsehir, Kayseri, Aksaray, Nevsehir, and Nigde Provinces in Turkey. The area is a popular as a tourist destination because it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features. There are 4 cities included in touristic Cappadocia which are Kayseri, Nevsehir, Aksaray, and Nigde. Also, Goreme, Guzelyurt, Urgup, and Uchisar have the best historic mansions and cave houses for tourist stays. Hot-air ballooning is very popular in Cappadocia and is available in Goreme. Trekking is enjoyed in Ihlara Valley, Monastery Valley (Guzelyurt), Urgup, and Goreme.
- Arashiyama: Kyoto, Japan.Arashiyama is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. It is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. Also, it becomes most attractive and busy around early April and the second half of November when the cherry blossom and fall color usually peak. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. Another good time to visit is during December’s Hanatoro illumination, when lanterns line the streets and bamboo groves.
- Salar de Uyuni: Daniel Campos, Bolivia.Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10, 582 square kilometers (4, 086 sq mi). It is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosi in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3, 656 meters (11, 995 ft) above sea level. The clear skies, large area, and exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites. The Salar serves as the major transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano and is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingos. It is also a climatological transition zone since the towering tropical cumulus congestus and cumulonimbus incus clouds that form in the eastern part of the salt flat during the summer cannot permeate beyond its drier western edges, near the Chilean border and the Atacama Desert.
- Bryce Canyon: Bryce, Utah.Bryce Canyon is a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The orange, red, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Also, Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8, 000 to 9, 000 feets (2, 400 to 2, 700 m)
- Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace Fields: Vietnam.Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace Fields stretch across 2, 200 hectares of the mountainside as narrow layers of terraces ranging from between 1 m and 1.5 m wide. It has been recognized as one of the unique landscapes of Vietnam and it was at the highest ranked national landscape in 2007. The water source of the fields comes from the upper streams and waterfalls.
- Vatnajökull: IcelandVatnajökull, also known as the Water Glacier in English, is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland, and one of the largest in area in Europe. With an area of 8,100 km², Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Europe by volume (3,100 km³) and the second-largest (after Austfonna on Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway) in area (not counting the still larger Severny Island ice cap of Novaya Zemlya, Russia, which may be regarded as located in the extreme northeast of Europe). On 7 June 2008, it became a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. It is located in the south-east of the island, covering more than 8 percent of the country.
- Pyramids of Giza: El Giza, Egypt.The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang and a reference to fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC. Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
- Okavango Delta: BotswanaThe Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It is a unique pulsing wetland. More correctly an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15, 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the harsh Kalahari Desert. It’s known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. The Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region. Here, dugout canoes are used to navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos.
- Namib Desert: NamibiaThe Namib Desert is often referred to as the world’s oldest desert and has been in existence for some 43 million years, remaining unchanged in its present form for the last 2 million years. The Namib is an immense expanse of relentlessly moving gravel plains and dunes of all shapes and sizes that stretch along the entire coastline. The most widespread and dominant type of desert sand dune are linear dunes, with crescent shaped dunes common along the coast and clusters of star dunes, such as the towering horseshoe of dunes at Sossusvlei, found in the eastern reaches of the sand sea.
- Cliffs of Moher: IrelandThe Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, eight kilometres to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs that was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien. From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs rank among the most visited tourist sites in Ireland and receive approximately one million visitors a year. The closest settlements are Liscannor (6 km south) and Doolin (7 km north).
- Benagil Sea Cave: Algarve, Portugal.The Benagil caves are some of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. The Benagil cave Portugal was listed in the world’s “Top 10 Coolest Caves” published by American online newspaper The Huffington Post in 2014. Benagil is a small fishing village, located on the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve. The closest city is called Lagoa. The Benagil caves are situated 150 meter east to the Benagil beach, Praia de Benagil. The amazing caves of this area are only accessible by boat, SUP or kayak. Swimming to the most famous cave is not recommendable at all. The tides may get high and you may not be able to swim back safely and you never know what kind of currents there are below the calm water surface.
- Ashikaga Flower Park: Ashikaga, Japan.Ashikaga Flower Park is a flower theme park located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Ashikaga City, around 80 kilometers from Tokyo. Flowers are available for viewing year-round in the park’s 92,000 square-meter area. One of the park’s particularly big draws is its wisteria flowers. The park holds over 350 wisteria trees, and it is Japan’s largest collection of wisterias. Ashikaga Flower Park was also selected by CNN’s travel staff as one of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World” in 2014. Wisterias bloom from around mid-April to mid-May. Their blooming order, from earliest to latest by blososm color, are pink, purple, white, and yellow.
The park’s hours are extended during the peak blooming periods, and the trees are lit up at night as well. During this same time period, over 5000 azaleas and rhododendrons will also be at their peak beauty.
- Paro Taktsang: Bhutan.Taktsang Palphug Monastery more famous as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan. Mountainous Paro valley is the heart of Bhutan; here the only international airport of the country is located. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan. Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys. The main peculiarity of the monastery is its isolated location. It is only accessible by mountainous paths. The remote location of the monastery makes it amazingly beautiful and unique, but also creates technical difficulties.
- Kolukkumalai Tea Estate: Munnar, India.Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is the highest tea plantations in the world. Also, because of its high altitude, the tea that are produced from here has special flavor and freshness. Kolukkumalai is about 7,900 ft above sea level and you can have some excellent views of the far off plains in the bordering State of Tamil Nadu. The distant hills slipping in and out of the mist is a captivating sight. The rolling acres of tea are an experience in itself for the visitors. Take a lovely stroll on the pathways in the plantations. The more adventurous can take a walk down a fairly steep and narrow bridle path leading to the plains. Only with awe can you hear that this route was once the only option for the estate workers to carry tea chests down and bring provisions to their residence. Kolukkumalai is about 38 km from Munnar. The hill top is accessible only by jeep and it is about one and a half hour journey from the Munnar town.
- The Great Blue Hole: BelizeThe Great Blue Hole is a world-class destination for recreational scuba divers attracted by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear waters and see myriad species of marine life including tropical fish and spectacular coral formations. The marine life in these areas includes nurse sharks, giant groupers, and several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Blacktip shark. The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the mainland of Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 metres (984 ft.) across and 125 metres (410 ft.) deep. The world’s largest natural formation of its kind, the Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- Venice, Italy.Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The city has 400 bridges. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
- Halong Bay: Vietnam.Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park.
- Lavender Fields: Provence, France.The words Provence & lavender though have become so synonymous with each other over the decades that you can hardly mention one without the other. The dusky purple shades and delicate fragrances that decorate its fields every summer are now so emblematic of the region, and even of France itself, that the lavender fields of Provence have very much become a tourist attraction in their own right. The main lavender fields of Provence are centered around the Luberon, the plateau region just to the north of Aix-en-Provence and to the east of Avignon, with the flowering season being generally from mid June to early August, though it can vary slightly from year to year depending on rainfall and temperature. Higher up on the plateau the colder weather means the blooming season is slightly later.
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves: New Zealand.The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. This cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave. The attraction has a modern visitor centre at the entrance, largely designed in wood. There are organized tours that include a boat ride under the glowworms.
The world is a wonderful place isn’t it? This is just Part 1, so, there are more post like this to be posted in the future. So, make sure that you subscribe to this blog to get the notification for the next post!