Known For : Eiffel Tower The Louvre Notre Dame
Bonjour Mon Ami! Paris needs no formal introduction - synonymous with culture, architecture, food and fashion. That je ne sais quoi of the French capital makes it the dream destination for many. So would you want to leave Paris 'Before Sunset' or would you take our word and spend a 'Midnight in Paris'?! The mesmerizing wrought-iron spire of the Eiffel Tower piercing the skyline, the Arc de Triomphe guarding the most glamorous avenue, the Champs Elysees, the regal Notre Dame cathedral, lamp lit bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes spilling onto wicker-chair-lined terraces.
Best Time: June to August
One of the most recently discovered ruins, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu continue to astound historians, archaeologists and historical enthusiasts alike. A mystery of its real purpose surrounds the place and historians till date continue to debate on the matter. A hotspot within the ruins itself, The Temple of the Sun is known for having windows perfectly positioned to let the rays of the sun inside in intricate patterns. Apart from the archaeological site itself, the panoramic view of the Huayna Picchu peak is a breathtaking sight you can never forget. Adventure seekers can also trek along the beautiful Inca trails which offer the most honest experience of Peru's Incan heritage. Machu Picchu is packed throughout the year, but once you experience it yourself, you cannot help but want to keep going back for more.
Yellowstone's Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic sites in the region, providing several stunning vistas as you go along. This almost 40 km long canyon is a large and the most famous canyon in Yellowstone. It is hugely popular among visitors due to its scenic views of the Lower and Upper falls, as well as the fascinating pink and yellow coloured rocks. There are several viewpoints and points of interest along the length of the canyon. The canyon's beautiful shades of colours are an iconic part of Yellowstone. The mineral stains due to the activities of water have given the rocks of the canyon such a pleasant tint of colours, it is truly a sight to behold. The geology of the canyon is not completely clear. It was created due to erosion over hundreds of thousands of years, and the geothermal nature of the area is still prevalent, which can be seen by the hot springs throughout the canyon.
New Zealand lies in the Pacific Ocean, to the southwest. New Zealand promises beautiful landscapes and serene, equally beautiful coastlines that you can drive along, listening to the sound of the surf. The country is also known for its adventure sports activities as well as its museums, art galleries and other heritage attractions.
This was originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre and was mostly used as public entertainment arena. The Colosseum is one of the most famous attractions in Rome and is where most gladiatorial fights took place. Today, actors in gladiator clothes stand outside the Colosseum, where you can take pictures with them (for a price!) The Colosseum is a testament to the ingenuity of the builders, having stood the test of time. While parts have been damaged, the Colosseum still remains standing in most of its original glory today. It is advisable that you buy your tickets in advance to skip the ticketing queue, which can be quite the time saver!
Known For : Matira Beach Water Sports in Bora Bora Land activities
"Welcome to the fantasy of a dreamy island with utmost perfectional beauty"- This is how the pictures of Bora Bora entice you for a vacation. A part of French Polynesia, this magical island has some of the most beautiful sights to behold- a tropical island surrounded by the amazing blue lagoon and coral reefs, accompanied by small islets (Motus) scattered around Bora Bora. Bora Bora has a lot more to offer apart from its indulging over-water and beach-side resorts. When you get slightly bored of sunbathing and your supercool tan starts looking like burnt skins, you can always turn to some great adventures for an extraordinary experience. There are a couple of underwater activities that also allow you to interact with the enigmatic marine life.
Best Time: May to October
Known For : Buckingham Palace Tower of London Westminster Abbey
Standing on the Thames River, London is the capital of England as well as the most populous city in Great Britain. The city is a confluence of the old and the new and is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is a city with numerous attractions of all sorts including great architecture and heritage. London is made of two ancient cities which are now merged together to form the capital. The two cities are The city of London and the City of Westminster. Together, they are known as Greater London. London attracts over 15.3 million international tourists in a year. The numerous attractions in the city like the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster's Abbey and Nelson's Column attract a large number of visitors.
Best Time: April to September
Known For : Green Island Heart Reef Hayman Island
Stretching for 2300 kilometres off the east coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is one of nature's greatest marvels. It is officially the biggest structure made by living organisms and can be seen from even outer space!! Blessed with abundant marine flora and fauna, visitors are always enthralled by the sheer beauty of this unique ecosystem. Snorkelling and diving are some of the most popular activities here to get a first-hand experience of the marine life. Apart from the many reefs themselves, there are hundreds of tropical islands and golden sun-kissed beaches along the reef. These islands and beaches are the perfect setting for those who wish to take a break and bask under the sun. When you are looking for some time away from the beaches and the reef, take helicopter rides to truly experience the beauty of the region. Gifted with natural beauty straight from heaven, it is no surprise this natural wonder is one of the most popular destinations in the world.
Best Time: June to November (Spring)
Amongst the most coveted travel destinations, Iceland is one of the most surreal and magnificent countries in the world. Located close to the Arctic Circle, it offers amazingly dramatic and breath-taking landscapes and exotic natural phenomena. Summer is the best time to visit, owing to the mild temperatures and a plethora of available activities from hiking fjords to playing golf at midnight. However, no time is a bad time to visit this spectacular snow-covered country.
Known For : Diving in Maldives Snorkelling in Maldives Stay in an Overwater Bungalow
The Maldives, a tropical haven of immaculate beaches, are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into natural atolls, out of which only a few are inhabited. Time stands still in the Maldives as you lie on the white sand beaches, hearing the crystal clear waves crash against the seashore, swim with the manta rays and reef sharks and feast on a wide array of fishes with the locals. Be it adventure or leisure, Maldives is your answer. With its sun-kissed beaches, palm-fringed islands, crystalline lagoons and pristine waters, Maldives enthrals and draws visitors all year round. The resorts here are an entire island itself usually, including stay options like overwater bungalows.
Best Time: Mid December to April
Known For : Pamukkale Natural Park Travertines Hierapolis
Pamukalle is a city located in the western side of Turkey. This city is called the city of minerals as there are a lot of minerals left on the shores of this city by flowing water. Called as the natural spa this place has tourism as one of its major industries. People come to this place all the time and prefer bathing in its fresh as well as natural water. Pamukalle is a Turkish word which means 'a castle of cotton'. This area has been declared as the world heritage sites and you won't be able to find full-fledged hotels in this area. However, this location has a beautiful scenic view and nature lovers must visit this place at least once in their lifetime.
Best Time: September
Known For : Patong Beach Bangla Road Karon Beach
The largest Island in all of Thailand, Phuket has everything Thailand has to offer. Serviced by the Phuket International Airport, the island sees no dearth of travellers during any time of the year. Golden beaches, numerous offshore islands, upbeat markets, a high octane nightlife and thrilling watersports characterise Phuket in a nutshell. Beaches like Surin and Kata cater to families and those individuals with eccentric tastes. Patong beach, on the other hand, caters to all those who like it cheap, loud and crazy, even after the sun sets. Bangla road with its numerous bars, ping pong shows and street food vendors comes alive as the night grows older. Those who shy away from dizzy bright lights and alcohol will find themselves at the Cabaret shows or even at the ever-popular street markets. The Phuket Walking Street or Phuket Weekend markets are places where one can spend hours sifting through various clothes, souvenirs and novelty items.
Best Time: November to February end
Known For : Statue of Liberty Times Square Empire State Building
An iconic global centre of the world that has inspired the world with its brilliant architecture, movies, and art. Also known as the Big Apple, New York is well-known for its magnificent skyscrapers, Broadway shows and beautiful landmarks, making it the perfect destination for travellers from all over the world. From the flashy neon lights and the hustle and bustle of Times Square to the skyscrapers of Wall Street and the verdant ways of Central Park, New York City never ceases to amaze with its energy and vibrancy. World-class exhibition halls like MoMA and exceptional world heritage sites like the Statue of Liberty are simply captivating. Broadway shows, ethnic enclaves and shops, memorable lanes of stately brownstones, in vogue bars and diners all add to the urban buzz. This modern city is home to millions of immigrants and is cosmopolitan in a way no other city can be.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Sagrada Familia Girona Las Ramblas
Hans Christian Anderson described Barcelona as the "Paris of Spain" because of its resemblance with the French atmosphere. The city has a beautiful charm and a rich cultural significance. It is the capital city of autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and the second largest city in Spain.
Best Time: May to August
Known For : Tanah Lot Kuta Beach Surfing in Bali
Indonesia's most famous island, Bali is the best place for any tourist who needs a week of absolute relaxation, fragrant cuisine, scenic beauty and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, scenic coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali is indeed, a place of leisure and idyll, and simultaneously, a place for the adventurous and the explorers. The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this tourist trap. Home to many coral reefs, mountain peaks, beaches and scenic routes, with old temples and small snatches of Balinese old-world-charm in the streets and groves. It also has its own cultural roots, its own cuisine, festivals, music and native art, which is a sight to behold.
Best Time: April, May, June and September
Known For : Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Museum Vondelpark
The capital city of Netherlands probably has one of the most chilled out vibes across all cities of Europe. If you're travelling to Amsterdam, rest assured, it's going to be one of your most wonderful experiences. The city has everything, from a bustling nightlife, to picnic parks, to some spectacular museums. You're going to find yourself spoilt for choice! Ditch everything and rent a bike, have a picnic in the Vondelpark, go shopping in the streets of Jordaan, cruise in Amsterdam's picturesque canals, eat popular street foods such as the herring at the herring carts, visit the historical house of Anne Frank, or go beer tasting at de Goyer's Brouwerij 'Tij (and the tons of microbreweries on offer throughout the city).
Best Time: March to October
Known For : Anse Lazio Snorkeling in Seychelles Sunbathing in Seychelles
A land of pristine beauty, Seychelles is a luxury destination which lies in the western part of the Indian Ocean. An archipelago of 115 islands, the island nation is known for its exquisite natural beauty, spectacular beaches, and luxury resorts. It is home to the world's oldest ocean islands and largest raised coral atoll.
Best Time: April to May, September to October
Costa Rica, a Catholic country in Central America, shares its borders with Nicaragua and Panama. It has the Pacific Ocean to the west and Carribean Coast to the East. Dominated by Roman Catholics, it is a secular country and respects all religions. Costa Ricans or the people living in the country are called Ticos. The country is known for a variety of wildlife, distinct culture and plethora of adventure activities. You will find yourself lost in the national parks surrounded by unique flora and fauna. Myriad adventures from surfing to horse riding will make your Costa Rica trip electrifying and memorable. Moreover, the high-spirited and hospitable Ticos, captivating nightlife and quiet beaches are the major attraction for tourists.
Known For : Golden Gate Bridge Alcatraz Island Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco is one of the most important cities on the West Coast and all of the United States. It has been a major tourist destination since the 1960s, thanks to its wide array of attractions, fantastic views of the San Francisco Bay and brilliant summer weather. San Francisco's most iconic landmark is perhaps the Golden Gate Bridge, covering the width of the San Francisco Bay and offering some fine vistas. Cruises on the Bay are also a famous activity you shouldn't miss out on. The Fisherman's Wharf and the Alcatraz Island combined with the bridge make for three of the most famous tourist attractions in the city.
Best Time: September to November (Autumn)
Known For : Elephanta Caves Marine Drive, Mumbai Juhu Beach
Mumbai is a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamor and squalor, modernity and tradition, old and new. Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai ? formerly known as Bombay ? has a long colonial history, starting from Gandhi's visits to the city to the intense protests against the Simon Commission in 1928, the city has stood witness to many important events in the country's freedom struggle. Today, Mumbai is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. The city soaks in everything into its fabric, making it its very own. From European and Portuguese inhabitants who migrated years ago to the city, to upcoming actors struggling to make it big on the silver screen; from Bollywood superstars to big industrialists to tribes of fisherman and slum dwellers, Mumbai is a city that proudly boasts of stories from different walks of human survival.
Best Time: October to February
Known For : The Baths Rhone Marine Park (Salt Island) Fallen Jerusalem National Park
An overseas territory of Britain, British Virgin Islands is nothing but beautiful and an enchanting place to be. With still a major chunk of the islands untouched, this archipelago features all the gorgeous things from rolling green hills, verdant mountainous landscape, reef-lined sparkling beaches and popular shipwrecks. White sandy beaches with clear blue water frothing at the banks, unblemished gardens, lush mountains, exotic flora and fauna and hassle-free lifestyle make the British Virgin Islands one of an ideal destination of Caribbean. The strategic location of this Caribbean archipelago made this place a hotspot for yachting enthusiasts and world's sailing hot spot.
Best Time: December to April
Known For : Watch Sunset at Oia Akrotiri Kamari Beach
Santorini is a volcano island just 200 km away from the mainland Greece. The place was formed after a large volcanic eruption that created a caldera. Santorini is famous for its amazing views, beautiful sunsets, destination weddings, and an active volcano. The white beach, red beach, and black pebble beach in Kamari are some places which should not be missed.
Best Time: June to September
Known For : Prague Castle Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) The Clementinum and the National Library
Shrouded in mystery and bathed in history and rich culture, Prague is arguably one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. This ever-growing cosmopolitan is home to a mix of both modern and ancient culture strewn together with romanticism. Over a millennium of buildings and architectural influences can be seen across the city. The Prague Castle is the most famous attraction in the city. A large number of tourists enter each day to experience the grandeur of the palace. A private cruise on the Vistara river is something you will enjoy which will take you on a slow ride through various sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theatre to name a few. Every alley and corner of this city has a unique story waiting to be heard, and these stories lend to the enigmatic aura of this thriving city.
Best Time: April to October
A quiet and quaint town located at the foot of Monte Cerreto, Amalfi is a haven for thrift shoppers and eaters. Indulge yourself to some of the most exquisite Italian cuisine and the locally famous ?limoncello?. Don't be scared by the sheer size of the lemons. It is what is on the inside that counts. Few other destinations can offer a shopping experience such as Amalfi. With bright and colourful ceramics, finely handcrafted paper and sandals and bewitching fragrances you will be completely spoilt for choice!! Shopping and food aside, Amalfi's top attractions like Saint Andrew's Cathedral and Chiostro del Paradiso are testaments to the architectural influences from the medieval period.
This archaeological complex is spread around the area of 400 km2. The main attraction here is Angkor Wat, which is counted as one of the most amazing architectures worldwide. Once a Hindu temple and now a testament of prodigious Khmer Empire, the construction of Angkor Wat dates back to 12th century. The mega-structure of this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by Suryavarman II, which took 35 years to take its final form. If history is your cup of tea, Angkor Archaeological Park is a must-visit. Bayon, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm are the other significant must-sees. Make sure that your clothes cover your shoulders and knees before heading for the temple. Try to get up early to catch the breath-taking view of the Sun rising behind the archaeological complex.
Known For : Sydney Opera House Darling Harbour Bondi Beach
Sydney is a lovely Australian city, with a hot summer sun and loads of places to make the most of it. Beautiful gardens, iconic monuments, famous localities and the best beaches to get a tan on, a short trip to Sydney will have your travel bug well satisfied.
Best Time: December to February.
Known For : Grand Palace Wat Pho Bangkok Chatuchak Market
Glittering with lights, a lot of hustle bustle and a little bit of chaos, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is packed with tourist attractions - historical, religious or natural. A haven for shoppers, it attracts people from all over the world to its markets. It is often touted as the party capital of South East Asia. Bangkok also offers a bundle of fantastic street food, non-stop action and unforgettable experiences.
Best Time: Late November to Mid Jaunary
Known For : Black River Gorges National Park Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel Scuba Diving in Mauritius
Regarded as the perfect destination for the quintessential honeymoon experience, Mauritius is a small country with a big heart. Located off the south-eastern coast of Africa, this island nation is a magnet for enthusiastic lovers and seekers of a tropical haven. Mauritius is no stranger to luxury resorts. Indulge yourself with some of the finest things and amenities money can buy as you gaze into the vastness of the Indian Ocean. Outside the resorts, get your adrenaline running by choosing from a host of activities and sports. The bright and sublime waters encircling the island make for perfect conditions for some snorkelling or diving. If getting wet isn't your thing then relax with some quiet games of golf or horse-riding sessions. Make sure to try the local cuisine as well. Influenced by the French, Indians, Chinese and Creole communities, Mauritian food is a true representation of the many years of trade and cultural influx from other parts of the world.
Best Time: July to October (winter)
Known For : Burj Khalifa Global Village Dubai Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
A city of many faces, Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Home to the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, this global city is known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and a plethora of tourist attractions that break records to be the tallest, longest and biggest. Dubai has abundant opportunities when it comes to adventure activities like Desert Safaris through golden Arabian Dunes, Skydiving over the beautiful Palm Islands, Reef and wreck diving, kite surfing, wakeboarding, etc.
Best Time: November to April
Known For : Victoria Harbour A Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Disneyland
Since its independence from the British in 1997 and acquiring a special status in China, Hong Kong has fast grown into a major global city. It's a collection of islands and territories, filled with several attractions and fun activities have made it a huge tourist destination in South Asia. t's skyline is one of the most iconic in the entire world, lit up at night with a spectrum of colours and the famous "Symphony of Lights" show, flashing across the skyscrapers. The Victoria Harbour itself is lit up with dazzling lights, and if you catch a glimpse of it from the opposing Victoria Peak, you'll definitely be mesmerised. Hong Kong's neighbouring islands are home to plenty of beautiful places to visit. Lantau Island, in particular, is home to the famous Big Buddha, and the Ngong Ping 360, affording you some stunning views of the green island. The beauty of Hong Kong is not bound to that. The Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Park are classical Chinese style gardens that are sure to soothe your soul.
Best Time: October to December (Autumn)
Known For : Victoria Memorial Fort William Kolkata Belur Math
Kolkata, India's second biggest city, is a perpetually ongoing festival of human existence, concurrently luxurious and squalid, refined and frantic, pointedly futuristic, while beautifully in decay. A vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India's Eastern Coast, the capital of West Bengal thrives on contradictions and imposing spectacles; nothing is commonplace in this city. Famously known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is, in every sense, the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. Kolkata's streets are vivid, hectic, chaotic, and yet, brimming with life and creativity. Driven by the indomitable spirit of the self-made middle class, the city has created a beautiful juxtaposition of the old colonial-era charm with the nascent upcoming hipster culture that thrives amongst the city's millennial residents.
Best Time: October to March
Pyramids of Giza have always been one of the best highlights of the city. The heat and the dust appear to be trivial to explorers when they experience the superb Pyramid of Cheops, which is the biggest pyramid in the Giza collection. Otherwise called the Great Pyramid or the Pyramid of Khufu, it has a plain wonderful tomb chamber with a sarcophagus. The intriguing slender sections inside the Pyramids take you into the Solar Boat gallery showing fabulous Sun-controlled barques revealed in the area that has been carefully re-established to its unique excellence. Towards the south, you would discover the Pyramid of Chephren normally called the Pyramid of Khefre, within which is an enormous passage. Guarding these funeral home sanctuaries is the baffling Sphinx which is line-bodied and faced like a pharaoh and presumably the most praised landmark in Cairo. This fascination is really an antiquated world's prominent milestones.
Known For : The Ufizzi Gallery The Duomo Villa di Pratolino
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and the Metropolitan City of Florence. This city is endowed with rich historical and cultural heritage. Located between Piedmont and the Coastal Regions of South Carolina, this is the largest city in the North-east part of South Carolina. The Arno river flows through this city. The township in Florence was initially established as a terminal for railroads. The city boasts of wonderful theatrical performances, ballet company, and many such art and heritage and simultaneously preserves the comfort of a close-knit townships with parks and streets lined with trees. The hospitable nature of the people of the South and soothing beauty makes it a must-visit location for the tourists visinting Italy.
Best Time: Throughout the year
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