1. Aescher Hotel, Switzerland
Placed so high up in a mountain in Alpstien, getting to this 170 year old guest house and restaurant is quite the labour of love. It is accessible only by cable car and then a very pleasant trek with gorgeous views culminating into a pleasant stay and some sumptuous meals.
Photo credit: Bo Stern
2. Thingvallavatn Lake, Iceland
Thingvallavatn Lake is as unusual as its name – a rift valley lake, it is famous for the fissures that surround it, especially Almannagja Canyon which is the division of the tectonic plates of Europe and North America.
3. Provence, France
Visit Provence in the summer months when the famed and all-pervasive lavender fields are in bloom. It is a visual delight second to none – take a visual tour here.
4. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
You don’t have to be a scuba diver to want to visit what is probably one of the best dive sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a huge sinkhole off the coast of Belize, the largest of its kind.
5. Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya, India
Visit the villages near Cherrapunji to see these one of a kind bridges. The living root bridges of Meghalaya are made by a unique technique that requires tree shaping. The aerial roots of living banyan fig trees are combined with other objects and trained to reach over a stream or river and attach themselves on the other side.
6. Huacachina, Peru
Everything about the word oasis exudes magic – and when it is a small body of water surrounded by the prettiest palm trees and a little village, it looks quite out of this world. The huge sand dunes that surround the settlement have been used to their entire potential – calling out to sand boarding back packing trekkers and dune buggy riders.
7. Albarracin, Spain
With its medieval architecture, narrow cobbled streets and rock paintings in caves; it has often been called the most beautiful village in Spain. Very well preserved, a visit here is like being transported to the Middle Ages.
8. Leptis Magna, Libya
Visiting this former Roman city near the capital of Tripoli is like a trip to Rome without the tourist hoards. The ruins of this ancient city include everything from columns, gates and arches to market places, baths and an ampitheatre, all of which are surprisingly intact.
9. Deception Island, Antarctica
An island so remote that it can be only reached with some special effort made by keen tour boats. Deception Island is actually a caldera of an active volcano!
10. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Morocco’s all blue city, Chefchaouen has touches of both Moorish and Spanish architecture. Quaint and tourist friendly, this little town with its narrow streets painted in all shades of blue is quite the place for shutterbugs.
11. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
This unending salt marsh, also called the White Desert, is a seasonal phenomenon that crosses the Indian border into Sindh in Pakistan. Vast stretches of packed white salt with nothing else around exudes a very ‘eternity’ kind of vibe.
12. The Bastei Bridge, Germany
Now a sandstone bridge that connects the various rock formations in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Germany, the Bastei Bridge was originally made of wood.
13. Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal
Built in collaboration with an opera set designer, this palace in Sintra village in Portugal has lakes, wells, towers, gardens and underground caves. With most of the place being quite mysterious and intriguing, the most magical part is the wishing wells or inverted towers.
14. Melissani Cave, Greece
Melissani Cave is a sea water cave near Sami. In Greek mythology, this cave surrounded by forest and trees was the cave of the Nymphs. Their beauty combined with the magic of the cave would lure men inside. Anyone wanting a piece of that should visit at noon, when the bright mid day sun turns the water of Lake Melissani into an unrealistic blue.
15. Ijen Volcano, Indonesia
A volcano that burns blue – that’s why the Ijen volcano makes this list. What seems like electric blue lava flowing out of the volcano is actually sulphur gas that has combusted and sometimes condensed to form liquid sulphur giving the impression of blue lava. Best time to view the blue glow is at night.
16. Lofoten Islands, Norway
As inhospitable to look at as they are pretty, this group of islands on the wrong side of the Arctic Circle are home to little fishing villages. The main islands are connected by tunnels and bridges and are perfect for whale watching, the most beautiful walks and of course, a Northern Lights show.
17. Sky Caves, Nepal
The Mustang Sky Caves are man-made caves dug high up into the cliffs in Mustang. Though not a very tourist friendly destination, this collection of about 10,000 caves is interesting because of its inaccessibility and mystery.
18. Fes, Morocco
An ancient city which has seen the rise and fall of many dynasties, Fes engages you with its old world charm. Go exploring, especially the oldest leather tannery in the world.
19. Myra, Turkey
The ancient rock cut Lycian tombs are intricate and extremely well preserved. This necropolis has been carved out of the cliffs that contain it, with fronts that look like temples from a bygone era.
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