From towering hillsides to cities that boast of a 200 year old charm, each country boasts of a unique beauty and caters to travellers of varying tastes. For globetrotters, deciding on one’s next destination can be quite the task. With the world so full of amazing places, choosing one’s itinerary can prove to be quite the task. To make it easier, we present a list of the 10 most amazing places to see around the world:
Machu Picchu, Peru:
Set high in the Andes ranges of Peru, this 15th century citadel stands out as one of the most historically prominent places in the world. The city is often called the ‘Lost City’, as whole jungles had literally swallowed all of it up. It was rediscovered again only as recently as 1911, when the Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III chanced upon it and decided to excavate the site. Today, this ancient city still bears proof of its erstwhile glory in remnants of ancient structures. One of the best ways to explore Machu Picchu is to hike across the many trails that cross through the city. For the best experience, make it a point to climb its most prominent peak, the Huayna Picchu, for breathtaking views of the city.
A quintessential example of the Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi coast juts out into the Gulf Salerno. The postcard-like town is known for its typical Italian architecture, interspersed with white mountainous crags that extend a welcoming hand to all those landing at its shore. Amalfi’s cobbled streets, its thatched roofed buildings and the ever changing views to the sea make it one of the most charming destinations in all of Italy. The main cathedral, Duomo di Sant’Andrea, rises majestically against the horizon, while the lovely Chiostro del Paradiso houses a cluster of beautiful gardens.
Nestled on the Aegean Sea, this little island is a striking embodiment of the typical Greek beauty. The island itself came into being after a massive volcanic eruption in the 16th century. Now, a caldera sits at the centre as a reminder of its violent birth. The white, cubiform houses of Santorini’s two main cities, Oia and Fira, cling to the cliffs just above the caldera. The striking blue ocean forms the backdrop to Santorini, standing out against the red of its rocks. The Greek island is also regarded as one of the best places to watch a sunset from, with each dusk sky streaked in shades of orange, red and yellow. In fact, the villages here have several dedicated viewpoints just for sunset-watchers!
A place blessed with a staggering range of natural landscapes, Reykjavik is a mandatory inclusion on any globetrotter’s itinerary. With glacial mountains towering at one end and volcanic lakes on the other, the diversity encompassed by the city is truly striking. Reykjavik is known for its unique architecture, with a smattering of colorful houses and characteristic Cathedrals painting its skyline. The city also preserves Icelands’ Viking culture in its many Museums. At one end of Reykjavik nestles the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its milky white waters.
Nestled at the foot of the Bernese Alps, the little village of Grindelwald stands out in its achingly idyllic beauty. Here pastures of rolling green grass stand out against the white-blue of the Swiss Alps; against the mountains rise railway tracks carrying red funiculars up to the peaks. Some gondola rides travel across its minor peaks, ferrying tourists to viewpoints and observation decks. Grindelwald can be a great adventure destination as well. Not only are the mountains here brimming with trekking trails, but the village, when covered in snow, also becomes a top snow sport destination.
Niagara Falls, Canada-USA:
Housed on the border of the two countries, the majestic Niagara Falls stands out in its grandeur. The waterfall comprises three cascades- the Bridal Veil Falls, The Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. Visitors at the waterfall get an opportunity to get close to its thundering cascades- an observation deck features birds eye views to the fall, while several tours take one down into the Niagara Gorge to witness its flow from close distance. Each night, the waterfall is also lit up in lights of many shades, and can be quite the site to witness. Sift through the Thrillophilia reviews for Niagara tours to choose the best package for yourself!
Home to one of the world’s oldest cultures, Cambodia stands out in its cultural wealth. Despite the brutal Khmer Rouge Regime of the last century, Cambodia has survived with most of its assets intact. The biggest drawcard of the country is the mighty Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple structure that borders the country towards the North. The country is home to several beaches as well, all of them striking in their bright white sands. Among other things, Cambodia is well known as an adventure destination. For starters, biking is a popular activity here. One can also partake in a number of other adventure sports in Cambodia, such as seaplane riding, hot air ballooning, trampolining and much more. Check out the Thrillophilia reviews section to learn more about tours in Cambodia.
The otherworldly charm of Rome derives from the fact that many of its most prominent landmarks have a place in the ancient books of history. Home to the glorious Roman Empire, the architectural brilliance of the city manifests itself in the remnants of the structures that still stand as a reminder of its hefty past. The majestic Colosseum gives one a glimpse into the gladiator battles that took place here, while the Via Appia trail takes one along one of the oldest roads in the city. Rome is also known for its exquisite cuisine, which the eateries here are always ready to deliver in the highest quality.
Phuket, Thailand: Sitting on the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the largest of Thai islands. The island is home to some of Thailand’s most gorgeous beaches, offering plenty of opportunities for swimming and other watersports. On the other side lies the Old Phuket town, a stroll through which takes one across many of the city’s old shrines and temples. The heavy Chinese influence on Thai culture is felt amply throughout Phuket, with several Chinese temples, houses and restaurants lining the place.
Set against the backdrop of the silvery Himalayas, the allure of Kashmir is quite unprecedented. The undulating peaks that run across the city are home to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes, whether it be the vast meadows of Gulmarg or the glittering Dal Lake of Srinagar. Kashmir serves as a great adventure sport destination throughout the year, but is especially well known for its snow sports. Head over to the Thrillophilia reviews section to choose the best Kashmir package for you.