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What are the best places you have visited?

My favorite is Pokhara, Nepal. There are many more around the world.

Here is my list of the top 10

# 1 Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara's enchanting beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. The pristine air, the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped peaks, the calm lakes and the surrounding greenery make it the "Jewel in the Himalayas", a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna chain as a backdrop and the serenity of the three great lakes - Phewa, Rupa and Begnas - Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation. The Pokhara Valley, the gateway to the Annapurna region where many hikers find their Shangri-la, is at the top of the must-see places in Nepal.
Pokhara was once on the important trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains set up camps on the outskirts of the city and brought goods from remote Himalayan regions, including Mustang. Gurungs and Magars, who have achieved worldwide fame as wild Gurkha warriors, dominate here. Thakalis, indigenous people of the Thak Khola region of Mustang, are known for their entrepreneurship and run teahouses along the trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

Mountain view:
Pokhara is blessed with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Annapurna range that forms its backdrop. The fascinating Machhapuchhre is also called Mt. Fishtail dominates the landscape due to its proximity to the valley and can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara. The Annapurna massif extends from east to west and includes the areas Annapurna 1 to IV and Annapurna South. The giants Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Manaslu (8,163 m) can be seen further away.

Phewa Lake:
Pokhara owes its popularity to the enchanting Phewa Lake and along its eastern shore has grown Lakeside or Baidam, a thriving resort town with hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops where travelers can relax and enjoy. Lake Phewa is the largest and most beautiful of the three lakes and attracts a large number of visitors who enjoy boating on its calm waters. Boats are available for hire and many visit the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake.

Seti:
One amazing aspect of Pokhara is the disappearing Seti River, which flows underground and disappears in many places along its route through the city. Seti is barely 2 m wide in various places, but reaches a depth of an astonishing 20 m! A good place to watch the river is Mahendra Pul in Bhimsen Chowk, a bridge near the old mission hospital. Here you can see the river in all its wildness, flowing through the deep gorge it has carved over millennia.

Devis case:
Devi's Fall, also known as Patale Chhango (Netherfall), is a fascinating waterfall located about 2 km southwest of Pokhara Airport on the Siddhartha Highway.

World Peace Pagoda:
The World Peace Pagoda is located on a hill on the southern edge of Lake Phewa. It has four images of the Buddha in the four directions. The dome-shaped pagoda is an impressive sight, and its hilltop location offers great views. It's a great vantage point that has spectacular views of Annapurna.

# 2 Washington, DC

Washington is one of the world's best cities for museums and monuments, with the Smithsonian as its main attraction. And since 2015, the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, many artifacts have been on display, including the famous cylinder of the 16th President of America and the pistol that fired the fatal shot. That's not all: mixed-use development projects are in the works, the American Veterans for Life memorial has opened, there's a vibrant gay scene and incredible ethnic eating habits.

# 3 El Chalten, Argentina

While this city is dominated by the 3,405 m high Monte Fitz Roy and the ice-fringed Cerro Torre (3,102 m), its barrios encompass the 726,927 hectares of untouched world heritage glaciers, peaks, lakes, forests and waterfalls of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Take a look at the second largest piece of ice outside the polar regions, the wild and mysterious Hielos Sur (South Patagonian Ice Field), and it's no wonder Chaltén has quickly become Argentina's trekking capital. And 2015 is the 30th birthday.

# 4 Milan, Italy

Milan is a city of exuberant wealth and almost frightening elegance. But in 2015, Italy's second largest city will welcome all types of travelers. Expo 2015 - the newest of the world fairs that have been taking place since the middle of the 19th century - takes place between May and October with a focus on food. The 1.1 million square meter exhibition center will be laid out like a classic Roman city. Explore the Future Food District, watch cooking demos, stroll through a square full of street musicians, or indulge in nightly wine tastings.

# 5 Zermatt, Switzerland

Intrepid hikers, mountaineers and ski fans drool over the Matterhorn, which rises above Zermatt. In 2015, this resort diva is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first ascent. Edward Whymper led his group of seven to the summit of the 4478 m high Matterhorn on July 14, 1865 - only for four who died on the descent. The anniversary activities include the opening of the Hörnli Hut at the foot of the Matterhorn and the breathtaking theater that mimics Whymper's journey on the open-air stage in Zermatt.

# 6 Valletta, Malta

Valletta has been architecturally redesigned and introduces Renzo Piano's new gateway to the city. Its parliament building has laser-cut masonry and an open-air auditorium. Valletta's pristine 17th century buildings line a beautifully landscaped street grid. The contrast between old and new makes the new additions all the more surprising. This year the city will also commemorate 450 years after the great siege, with the memory particularly great on September 8, Victory Day.

# 7 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

One of the most beautiful old towns in Europe, a backdrop of the Rhodope Mountains, historical treasures, smoldering nightlife. There are many reasons to explore Plovdiv, but the last few decades have whipped up Bulgaria's second city. The notable ruins (including a Roman theater in the center of the shopping district) were slowly excavated in the 1970s and 1980s. And in the 2000s, dust-covered historic buildings were lovingly restored to museums, restaurants, and hotels.

# 8 Salisbury & Around, Great Britain

For long travelers, Salisbury is a quick stop on the way to Stonehenge. But 2015 will be the year visitors linger in this typically English city, as Salisbury is opening the champagne for the 800th anniversary of its greatest treasure, the Magna Carta. Home to the best-preserved original copy, Salisbury Cathedral is the lightning rod for the festivities. Expect a brand new exhibit alongside a range of lectures, evening songs, a flower festival, and more.

# 9 Vienna, Australia

In 1865, Emperor Franz Josef began his architectural tour de force: the Ringstrasse. The ‘Ring’ sewn together the trophy sights from the town hall to the State Opera. 150 years later, a series of special events and exhibitions are creating a festive atmosphere - not to mention this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Forget compromises - in this city you can party in dirndls, talk about the opera at the sausage stand and experience your own fairy tale from the 21st century.

# 10 Toronto, Canada

This multicultural mega-metropolis promises additional dynamism in 2015. An estimated 250,000 visitors will attend the Pan American Games. Public works projects have advanced, including the Union Pearson Express, which takes passengers from Toronto Airport to downtown in 25 minutes. 2015 will be another big year for Toronto's drooling restaurant scene. And the influences of nearby New York and Montreal keep things updated, with live music thriving in the grassroots bars.

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Journey through the breathtaking Salar De Uyuni - Bolivia

During the rainy season, the world's largest salt desert becomes the world's largest mirror. The Salar de Uyuni covers an area of ​​more than 4,000 square miles and is an explorer's dream. It offers a fantastic place to get lost both in your own thoughts and in the glorious plain. In the middle of the salt flats is Isla Incahuasi, a hilly headland that offers an incredible resting place.

Lava Kayaking - Hawaii
The Kīlauea volcano was created 600,000 years ago. Its current eruption dates back to 1983, making it one of the longest eruptions in history, producing more than 75 square kilometers of land in the process. Now daredevils are allowed to kayak in this new land and just meters from where 2000 ° F lava meets the Pacific Ocean.

Learn the way of the ninja - Japan
Ninjas were the hidden agents of feudal Japan. Over time, their path has almost been lost, but Tokyo is home to some of the few remaining ninja sensei, including one who took on 13 yakuza members at once and was ahead of the curve. While the training may be difficult, learning the skills of ‘Shinobi’ will introduce you to your inner warrior.

Go extinct in Mammoth Cave National Park - Kentucky, USA
Home to by far the largest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave has more than 600 kilometers of interconnected passageways to explore. It is not surprising that the cave is called the “Limestone Labyrinth” as there could be a new, unexplored chasm around every corner.

Tribal Lands Trekking - Baliem Valley, Papua New Guinea

The Dani tribe was not discovered by the rest of the world until 1938. You live in the Baliem Valley, an impressive part of West Papua that is still untouched by outsiders. Every year the tribe invites a few happy guests to come to their country and explore unknown villages and wilderness with them.

Enter the Ice Age - Alaska

The last ice age may have ended thousands of years ago, but Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park appears to be one of the last places on earth to continue. This mountainous region experiences monumental 400 inches of snowfall each year and is home to more than 40 active glaciers. Kenai demands mental and physical strength from those who dare to deal with its harsh landscape and harsh climate.

Live with the Aquatic Moken People - Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago is a series of more than 800 small islands south of Burma. The islands and their surrounding waters are home to the Moken, who spend much of their lives aboard handcrafted boats. They survive by spear and net fishing and spend most of their time diving for shellfish. Living with these unique people is a once in a lifetime experience to see how their amazing culture has been preserved over centuries.

Getting into the volcano - Leon, Nicaragua

Leon is a small town in the shadow of the massive Cerro Negro volcano. If you think surfing on the water is easy, then the locals have one of the most extreme sports known to man. Hike on this giant with a board on your back, then slide into an active volcano at speeds of up to 50 mph.

Genghis Khan Warrior Training - Mongolia

Most of the tribes of Mongolia were nomads even during the time of the Mongol Empire, one of the largest in history. In the Mongolian Meadows, you can learn the same combat and survival skills that the warriors who conquered their way through Asia learned more than 800 years ago.

Navigate the Amazon - Peru

Travel to the heart of Peru's fabled Amazon region and work with scientists and the local Cocama people to conduct experiments that will help protect the delicate and incredible wilderness of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. They play an important role in protecting endangered species like the bizarre Amazon dolphin.

Swim between two continents - Iceland

Deep in this vast national park is Lake Þingvallavatn, which lies on the tectonic border between North America and Europe. Happy divers can swim between the tectonic plates of these two continents, which move 2 centimeters apart every year.

Walking Safari with the Maasai People - Tanzania
There is no better way to explore the wilds of Africa than on foot, and no better guide and guardian than the Maasai who have inhabited the land for generations. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see lions, buffalo, elephants and giraffes without being tied to a metal can.

Blue Hole Diving - Ambergris Caye, Belize
The great blue hole is actually a massive cave system that was formed when the area was not covered by the crystal clear water that has since flooded the cave. Now the depths serve as a playground for divers and explorers and offer an experience that you cannot experience anywhere else.

Saami Reindeer Migration - Arctic Circle, Norway

Once a year, the Saamis have migrated to a slightly warmer climate with their huge reindeer masses for more than 4,000 years. It was only recently that they started inviting people outside their community to help them migrate. For five days you will experience the immeasurable physical tests of life as a shepherd.

Descend into a dormant volcano - Iceland

The vast magma chamber of the once-wild Ferríhnúkagigur volcano lies more than 400 feet underground. The scientists studying the volcano have built an elevator that descends into the darkness and only welcomes a few happy adventurers for a month each year, an experience nowhere else on earth.

Icebreaker North Pole Cruise - Arctic Ocean

The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, surrounded by waters that are almost permanently covered by dangerous drift ice. Nuclear-powered icebreaker cruise ships are the only ones that can cut through the thick ice. This adrenaline expedition offers an amazing payoff that few lucky people will ever experience.

Tundra Buggy Exploration - Canadian Arctic

The harsh Arctic is often far too challenging even for the greatest explorers. A Canadian company offers the opportunity to see this adorable area without the risk of losing your toes to frostbite.

Hike the world's most dangerous trail - Malaga, Spain

El Caminito del Rey is a walkway that was first established in 1905. It has since fallen into disrepair, but continues to be in use, making it one of the most dangerous but exhilarating hikes you will ever take.

Explore the Unknown - Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is one of the least explored countries in the world. In fact, the last expedition to the Star Mountains was in the 1960s. Countless tribes and animals are unknown to our world and are waiting for you to discover them at one of the last borders of the earth.

Climb a mountain for a cup of tea - China

These terrible imm Heavenly Stairs ’lead up the mountain. Hua Shan, which is more than 7,000 feet tall. The reason for this pilgrimage is obvious - at the top is a tea house that is said to have one of the best teas in the world.

Become a Buddhist Monk - Tibetan Himalayas for a month

This spiritual adventure will take you to the breathtaking Himalayas, where you will spend the night in monasteries in the mountains. Experience an ancient culture firsthand and immerse yourself mentally in rare glimpses of Buddhism as you partake in cultural activities like a three-day pilgrimage to Dharamsala.

Cross the Sahara with Salt Traders - North Africa

The Sahara extends over 3,500,000 square kilometers and is one of the most inhospitable areas in the world. Even so, Tuareg salt traders have been transporting their goods from Taoudenni to Timbuktu for centuries. The 22-day hike is an experience of a lifetime, but also a real test of determination.

Raft on the Kali Gandaki River, Nepal

The Kali Gandaki River is so isolated that only a handful of people will ever have the chance to embark on this amazing adventure. This wild river offers rafting opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world. At night you can camp under a starry sky on beaches with white rivers deep in the Nepalese interior. The sense of achievement in conquering this river will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Gorilla Safari, Uganda and Rwanda

The magnificent and misty mountains of Rwanda and Uganda are one of the last places on earth where gorillas still thrive. In the dense vegetation you will find four of the five spectacular great apes - mountain gorillas, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. You can also take part in difficult but rewarding hikes on the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes.

Navigate Costa Rica by the river

The Pacuare Valley and the Ossa Peninsula are one of the few routes from the dense highlands of Costa Rica to its breathtaking coastline. For two weeks you will take part in an expedition that tries to navigate this path on foot and by kayak. En route, you'll have the opportunity to meet and spend time living with and learning from the deeply private Cabecar Indians.

Explore the Wakhan Corridor

The Wakhan Corridor is a small strip of land about 220 kilometers long and only 16 kilometers wide at some pontoons. It is flanked by the mountains of Pakistan and Tajikistan and acts as a land route between Afghanistan and China. The area is so remote that the Kyrgyz indigenous people, who tend yaks and goats, have been on their own for decades and, in their own words, have been "left behind by the world". This part of the world has seen less. Visitors to Mount Everest include Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Marco Polo.

Climb the Tianzi Mountains - China

These uniquely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron's Avatar. The river, formed under water 380 million years ago, destroyed the surrounding sandstone and left only resilient stone pillars. Some of these pillars are over 4,000 feet above sea level and climbers fortunate enough to climb the magnificent giants often refuse to climb any other mountain.

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Depending on who you ask, this question leads to very different answers. Every place has its own beauty, but in many places not everyone can appreciate the quality on which the beauty is built.

These are some places that blew my mind with their excellence. Please don't force me to choose just one of them as the best ...

  • Fernando de Noronha , a small Brazilian island far out in the Atlantic. It's a tiny place, but there is room for a piece of asphalt large enough to land medium-sized planes on and there are trails and trails that you can explore for 3-4 days. Your walks will take you to amazing sites.
    Three of the ten best beaches in Brazil can be found on this island. Mind you, Brazilians are picky when it comes to beaches. And these beaches are often just you and the company you bring with you.


    You can leave your belongings unguarded on the beach when you go swimming. You are safe. Anyone caught stealing will be evicted from the island. On Fernando, this is the harshest punishment you can imagine.


Then there is the wildlife. Every morning hundreds of dolphins play in a bay and mingle with giant sea turtles. You can watch them all from a cliff right above them. The snorkeling in clear water is amazing so it is forbidden to wear sunscreen on your skin before going into the water to preserve it. Birds and lizards have no predators to learn fear from, and they will greet you as a friend.

For me this is the best place to take a break.

  • Southeast Lesotho , via the Sani Pass from South Africa.


This is Africa.

There is no permanent power supply, but people's smiles will brighten your evenings and days here. All young men are shepherds and they will be delighted to speak to you when you meet them on the roads and trails high up in the mountains. They generally wear blankets, and on particularly cold mornings, children can walk barefoot in the snow. Still, they all smile at you.

For me, this is the best place to connect and learn with Africans without living the everyday luxuries that you are used to at home.

* Northern Norway , on one of those warm summer days that practically never end. Day or night, the sun is shining and the country always attracts you to drive around the next corner and over the next hill.

For me this is the best setting Slartibartfast has ever had.

I just noticed that I can go on with at least 50 more places.

I'm sorry I can't answer this question exactly, but beyond that, I'm glad I can't.

If you are on your next trip to Europe, Romania should be on your list.

Why is that? Because this is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer and it would be a total loss not to explore.

You can't take my word for it, but the next 9 pictures will take care of it.
Romania is located in Central Europe, north of the Balkan Peninsula and on the western shore of the Black Sea and is the seventh largest member of the European Union.

With an area of ​​238,391 square kilometers, Romania is the largest country in Southeastern Europe and has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe.

This land is full of majestic castles, medieval towns, and great hiking and wildlife areas waiting to be discovered.
But maybe you know better for the legend of Count Dracula that seems to be the main attraction for foreigners.

That being said, there are many more stunning places to visit when traveling around Romania, and some of them have been perfectly captured by some talented photographers.

So take a pen, get your list of places to visit, and add this country to it!

A snowy day in Tara Barsei - Photo by Eduard Gutescu

The morning mist in the moss swamp - Photo by Adrian Borda

Rising mist over the Maramures - Photo by Andreea Oana

Magical sunrise over the Rodna Mountains - Photo by Zsolt Kiss

Summer afternoon in the village of Biertan (near Sibiu) | Photo by Nicu Hoandra

Picture Perfect Day in Retezat National Park | Photo by Janos Gaspar

Transfagarasan Road | Photo by Ioan Balasanu

The contrast of darkness and light in the Bucegi Mountains | Photo by Dumitru Doru

Snow-capped mountains from Bran Castle | via noticias24.com

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Many and feel lucky that I had the opportunity to visit so many beautiful places, but my heart still beats for this unforgettable time in the lap of the Himalayas: the Kashmiri Great Lakes

Last August, with a passion for trekking and to take myself to the next level of hiking, I signed up for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. It is one of the most beautiful hikes in India where you can see more than five beautiful alpine lakes and of course there is no comparison between heavenly and beautiful Kashmir. The seven day hike from Sonamarg (7,800 feet) and the highest Gadsar Pass (13,800 feet) was quite challenging, fun, and adventurous. For the first time you will only experience majestic mountains, calm lakes, glaciers and of course down-to-earth people. What a heavenly feeling !! Everything you see puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like a person. The cool, crystal clear water, the green, the food and staying at this altitude bring so much change with it that it expands your mind and your everyday struggle in life in front of the people who survive here with little or no comfort, like that looks tiny. Greetings and respect for the Indian army, which is there for us and protects us in harsh and bad weather conditions. We were lucky enough to celebrate Independence Day with humble army men. To be born into the family of the army and to celebrate Independence Day in Kashmir at this special time was a proud moment

I saw and experienced so many amazing things on the hike, just to name a few: the long, green meadow with countless different types of flowers, especially the lavender field. Oh man, I went crazy when I saw this. The alpine white glaciers, we had so much fun jumping, running and throwing those ice balls at each other. I wish there was more snow, but then maybe I would have missed the green.

One of the amazing experiences was camping. On these seven days of trekking, I never had a hot cup of tea / coffee in the morning. Firstly, we woke up late and by the time we freshened up, the tea / coffee would have been cold because of the extremely cold temperature. It was so difficult to wash a single box. The five of us each had a separate Tiffin box, but to save ourselves from the chilled water of the Monster Clod, we started sharing the Tiffins. Even 7 days without a bath was a different experience

This is “The” Kashmir Great Lakes, each lake is so beautiful and feels like lakes compete with each other in beauty and I trust this is almost divine.

Among these lakes, the Gadsar Lake came to my mind and so it says in Wikipedia: “Gadsar Lake is also known as Yemsar, which means something like demon lake and is called the lake of death. A myth that has not yet been resolved. Shepherds who graze their flocks on the edge of Lake Gadsar in the summer believe that a lake monster lives there, a freshwater octopus that drags the creatures from the banks into the water with its tentacles. There is uncertainty in the minds of visitors, a kind of threat that prevents them from approaching the banks. The shepherds also chose to graze their flocks differently on the banks of the lake. There has never been an attempt to find reality. "

Doesn't that increase curiosity

I will definitely recommend this trek because of its beauty and challenging trail and this will always be close to my heart if I am the first Himalayan trek of my life. It's a different world than the one you don't want to go back to. It tests your mental and physical condition with some steep climbs and descents. But it is a pleasant hike and has to be experienced. For me it is nothing less than heaven on earth!

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This question is so specific to attitudes that I will answer it in context. I'm not assuming that my preferences will be weighted similarly by anyone else. I am western, well educated, widely traveled, multilingual, non-religious, and a bachelor very affected by humidity and heat. It is an overturn between places in for the following reasons France and Spain , but that's no surprise as they are two of the most visited countries on earth.

My reason:

A. The most comfortable climate - Csb or Cwb

  1. Csb - Mediterranean, dry . Dry, mostly sunny, with extreme temperatures of 50–75 F. Light to moderate breezes all year round. Mixture of sun and clouds. Rain in sufficient quantities for a green landscape. This is formally Koppen Csb. This describes a "cool" Mediterranean climate.

2. Cwb - subtropical highlands. Moist but cooler is a second alternative. This is Koppen Cwb and describes the climate in the subtropical highlands ( central mexican Plateau, Andean highlands , Himalayan Highlands, various african Hochländer) (2nd shade of green in the lower map)

B. Creature Comfort in a Peaceful Place - Human Development Index high , no war with the neighbors for> 30 years (dark blue in the map below.)

I'm not a kid with a sense of invincibility. Shit happens and there should be good infrastructure for health, transportation, or easy access to them. This limits the choice to America and Europe. ASNZ and parts of Asia (Japan, HK, S.Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand). I would avoid all of the Middle East + Turkey.

C. Exceptional beauty and culture (more than 1 contribution to UNESCO World Heritage Site / 5 million people)

I prefer very well preserved older architecture where the urban scenes are beautiful. This is a very subjective view, but it does show that I would be very unhappy in a completely modern city without remarkable buildings built before 1800. However, as a rough measure of my preferences, I will use a minimum “density” of the Unesco designated world heritage sites / contributions per population (including cultural contributions such as Mexican or French cuisine). I will arbitrarily use a section of> 1 Unesco site / 5 million inhabitants.

CONCLUSIONS

I can't think of a city or place that meets all of these criteria, but there are countries with different locations that do this for the most part: Mexico , Peru, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy are the most prominent candidate countries . My favorite is a clash between France and Spain. The fact that Italy has more cultural heritage sites than either of the two most populous countries in the world (China and India with 1.3 billion people / billion each) shows how focused Italy (60 million people) is when it comes to world heritage. Mexico and the four European countries are superstars with fascinating history, architecture, food and natural attractions. At the same time, they have a good or better infrastructure, zones with an almost ideal climate and relatively fair societies.

In reality, if I were rich enough, I would be at home in more than one place and live in one or the other depending on the time of year.

In my opinion it is Incredible India!

India has many fascinating travel destinations that the world has not yet seen. With its diversity and wide open landscape, India is truly blessed with all kinds of travel destinations ranging from beaches, hill stations, deserts, valleys, islands, historical locations, etc.

I've listed some of my personal favorites below.

I've also divided them into zones and given top goals.

North India - Shimla, Manali & Agra
South India - Munnar, Alleppey & Coorg
West indies - Goa, Mahabaleshwar & Lonavala
East & Northeast - Darjeeling, Gangtok & Shillong.
Islands - Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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Shimla:
Shimla, also known as Simla, is a tourist paradise surrounded by Himalayan cedars and pines. Known as the “Queen of the Hill Stations”, Shimla welcomes tourists from all over the world. It offers beautiful facades from the sickle-shaped crest to the descending valleys of the evergreens.

To find out more about tourist places in Shimla -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Shimla -city / 87


Manali:
Manali is an important hill station and tourist destination in India. Manali offers plenty of natural beauty such as panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, flower gardens and orchards. Manali is an oasis for adventure sports enthusiasts.

To find out more about tourist places in Manali -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Manali -city / 81


Agra:
Agra was the capital of many dynasties, including Lodhi and Mughals. Agra is located on the banks of the Yamuna River and offers tourists the richest man-made beauties including the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. Agra is famous for one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal - and one of the most popular travel destinations in India.

To find out more about tourist places in Agra -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Agra -city / 233


Munnar:
Munnar is an oasis of peace and harmony. Located at an altitude of 6000 feet in the Idukki district, this incredibly beautiful mountain town is the most privileged summer vacation spot. Munnar is located in the state of Kerala and offers a breathtaking backdrop amidst the blooming green tea plantations with a combination of valleys, streams, cliffs, gushing streams, exotic wildlife and clear trout streams.

To find out more about tourist places in Munnar -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Munnar -city / 118


Alleppey (Alappuzha)
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is often referred to as the “Venice of the East” because of its numerous waterways. These vast networks of lagoons, canals, and lakes are Alleppey's lifeline. This city was founded on a narrow strip of land between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad.

More information about tourist places in Alleppey -www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/ Alleppey -city / 96


Coorg:
The wealthiest hill station in Karnataka is Coorg. With its natural splendor and exotic landscape, Coorg holds a special place among the hill stations in India. Hailed as the “Scotland of India”, Coorg is also known as the “Kashmir of the South” because of the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at 3500 feet above sea level.

To find out more about tourist places in Coorg -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Coorg -city / 97


Goa:
Goa is known and recognized for its long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue water, green mountain ranges and its idyllic lifestyle that casts a spell over every newcomer.

To know more -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Goa-city/21


Mahabaleshwar:
Mahabaleshwar is located in the western Ghats region of India, which extends north to south along the Deccan Plateau at an altitude of 1,353 meters above sea level. Mahabaleshwar offers a panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and the surrounding forests.

To find out more about tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Mahabaleshwar -city / 184


Lonavala:
Lonavala is a popular hill station and a parish council in the Pune District. The city is 64 km from Pune City and 96 km from Mumbai. The mountain station extends over an area of ​​38 km². The city's name is derived from the Sanskrit word “Lonavali”, which refers to a “group of caves”.

To find out more about Lonavala ->http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Lonavala-city/178


Darjeeling:
Darjeeling is a popular mountain station in the Lesser Himalayas. It offers a wonderful view of the mighty Himalayas, especially the Kanchenjunga (third highest peak in the world). The name Darjeeling is believed to be derived from “Dorjeeling”, which means “the place of Dorjee”, the majestic thunderbolt.

To find out more about tourist places in Darjeeling -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Darjeeling -city / 240


Gangtok:
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is an incomparable hilltop resort in northeast India. Gangtok is located on the crest of a hill at an altitude of 1,700 meters. It is well known and appreciated for its scenic beauty and the impressive view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.

To find out more about touristic places in Gangtok -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Gangtok -city / 188


Shillong:
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, takes its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong. The city is based on a swath almost 1500 m high. The city is picturesquely situated in the Umiam Gorge in the north and the Diengiei Hills in the northwest. Shillong was born in the lap of nature and offers wanderlust each of its inherited elements to explore.

To find out more about tourist places in Shillong -> http://www.LetsSeeIndia.com/tourist-places/Shillong -city / 145


Andaman & Nicobar:
Andaman, a group of 550 islands, is located in the Bay of Bengal. It is part of the Union Territory of India, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands. Many islands and rocks complement the topography of the Andaman Islands. There are approximately 26 islands that are inhabited by humans. Some of the islands such as North Andaman, Central Andaman, South Andaman, Little Andaman, and Baratang are vast areas.


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This is a tough question, of course, because as Alex Darling noted, it's such a subjective measure for each of us! I travel because I love learning about the world by experiencing it (and eating my way through it). My favorite places are:

(1) Myanmar - fascinating geopolitics, turbulent history, wonderfully warm people, great restaurants and beautiful landscapes:
2) Philippines - incredible sights and adventures, easy to survive, over 7,000 islands to explore and also warm and generous people - who love karaoke:
(3) Mongolia - open spaces that are so wide and extensive that you are under a spell, herds of sheep and goats wander around the country, a fascinating undercurrent of animism in the nomad population (superstition in abundance!) ... Unfortunately not so great for the food though!

(These are all photos from my travels and they still put a big smile on my face.)

The best places you have visited: -

1. Taj Mahal: - The Taj Mahal in Agra is a huge white marble mausoleum built between 1632 and 1653 by order of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. It is known as the "tear on the cheek of eternity" and is one of the masterpieces of Mughal architecture and one of the greatest tourist attractions in India.

2. Varanasi: - Varanasi lies on the banks of the Ganges and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways, Varanasi embodies the best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. The scene of pilgrims worshiping in the Ganges at sunrise, against the backdrop of centuries-old temples, is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world.

3. Jaisalmer: - Jaisalmer is located in Rajasthan's furthest western corner near the border with Pakistan and is the epitome of the desert city. The yellow sandstone walls of the "Golden City" rise from the Thar desert like a scene from the Arabian nights, while the Jaisalmer Fort crowns the city. Uncontrolled commercialization has the romantic vision of Jaisalmer slowed down, but despite all the advertising and tour buses, it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in India.

4. Harmandir Sahib: - The Harmandir Sahib, better known as the Golden Temple, is the main tourist attraction in Amritsar and the main religious site for the Sikhs. The construction of the temple was started by Guru Ramdas ji. In the 16th century. In the 19th century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the temple with gold. It is a stunning temple that is always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, eager to be in a place they usually only see on TV.

5. Palolem: - Palolem is the southernmost developed beach of Goas as well one of the most beautiful . It is a natural bay surrounded by high promontories on both sides. The result is a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed. For those who believe a beach can't be paradise without a decent selection of cheap restaurants and good hotels, Palolem is the place for you.

The best places I have visited in Goa is Baga Beach

Which beach is for you?

Goa is perhaps the smallest state in India, but it has a high priority in terms of quality of life. This is one reason why you should buy a villa in Goa. When we first came to Goa as children, we were so fascinated by the brilliant blue water and sandy beaches that we returned to adulthood. Goa is a popular tourist destination and a great place to get away on long weekends and holidays. When we saw many of our friends spending months in Goa and returning to the city refreshed and rejuvenated, we were encouraged to start building luxury villas for sale in Goa.

When you buy a villa in Goa, you also have direct access to all of the state's incredible public beaches. With over 100km of coastline, it can be difficult to find the perfect place to relax and unwind.

For honeymooners

Mandrem Beach is one of North Goa's best kept secrets. It's relatively quiet and doesn't see as many tourists as other parts of Goa. Mandrem Beach has a relaxed and calm atmosphere, complemented by the sparkling sand and blue waters. Don't go here expecting water sports and parties. It's more for romantic and breathtaking sunsets.

For party goers

Baga Beach has a bad rap for the unsavory crowd, but there are those who enjoy the vibrant energy of the area. Baga Beach is located in the center of North Goa and is always well visited even during the monsoons. This is the perfect place if you are looking for a wild night of drinking and dancing.

For the shopaholic

If you are serious about your shopping and want great deals on clothing and jewelry, Candolim Beach is your best bet. The road to Candolim is generally packed with tourists and has plenty of shops and stalls selling local gifts or funky outfits.

For nature lovers

With black stones and white sand, Cavelossim is a truly beautiful haven. At the mouth of the Sal River, you can see the waves rolling between rice fields and palm trees. Our first choice for watching the sunset.

If you're still not sure which category you fit into, take this quiz and find out. CLICK HERE

Best value destinations

If you pack a lot on the go, it can be almost as exciting as the trip itself, regardless of your travel budget.
Make your hard earned cash even better with our annual hot list of where to go for wallet-friendly hikes, whether you're looking for bargains or looking for old-school cheapness. Splurgers, look elsewhere. These lesser-known places might offer you something new:

1. Estonia

The enchanting forests of Lahemaa National Park.
If you've just got off the ferry from Stockholm or Helsinki, Estonia can feel like the promised land. Why? The change you had in your pocket since you last left the euro area will buy you a round of drinks. Upsizing from a hostel to a hotel seems like a good - and affordable - idea. Best of all, in exchange for your hard-earned cash, you will experience a wonderfully signature piece of Europe, blending Eastern and Nordic influences.
Beyond the irresistible capital Tallinn, there are little-known Baltic islands and the delights of the coast and forests of Lahemaa National Park, considered the first national park of the old Soviet Union.

2. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam

A busy street in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Price of Travel Index (priceoftravel.com), which ranks 31 Asian cities by price, confirms what many travelers have known for some time - Vietnam's cities are the top addresses for budget options. Both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (third and second on the list, respectively) are the most magical price ranges for budget travelers: $ 20 a day or less for food, accommodation, and sightseeing. Finding these prices will put you firmly in the territory of living like a local. This is another vote for a super affordable city break this year.

3. East Africa

East Africa's Nilo Azul (Blue Nile).
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa had an impact on bookings for 2015, unfortunately for other areas of the continent. Listen: London, Madrid and Paris are hundreds of kilometers closer to the outbreak in West Africa than the tourist heartland of East Africa. Africa is a huge continent (the United States would fit in the Sahara). You'll be doing yourself and the tourism industry in East Africa a favor by taking advantage of the specials in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the rest of the world. As you go, experience some of the world's greatest wonders, from gorilla encounters to Rift Valley landscapes to squeaky sandy beaches.

4. New Mexico

Mountain biking in New Mexico.
Are you looking for a nice, affordable, active foodie nook in the American Southwest? Look no further. New Mexico continues to bolster your budget. Dry, sunny weather is almost constant. Albuquerques Breaking Bad Sights can be explored for the price of a trolley ride and washed down with a cheap meal from a hole-in-the-wall taqueria. Otherwise, winter sports are good and cheap, and the outdoors are superb (and free): hiking in the alpine forests, tracking down petroglyphs, and free wild hot springs. Given the wealth of attractions that can all be found in one state, New Mexico offers value from both a time and a monetary perspective.

5. Bosnia and Herzegovina

The iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
All it takes to make Europe's big hitters expensive is a few currency fluctuations to work against you. Fortunately, there are still some places where no matter where you are from, you feel like you are getting a good deal. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of them. Inexpensive accommodation, meals, and intercity transportation combined with historic cities (Sarajevo and Mostar) and affordable adrenaline rides (rafting on the Una and skiing) reward both the restless and those looking for a less traveled Europe.

6. Galicia, Spain

A lighthouse on the Galician coast.
Spain. Charted by travelers? Not completely. Galicia in the northwest of the country is probably Spain's last frontier. Once you have Santiago de Compostela behind you have left falls apart this wild region in a rocky coast that is spectacular Rías (Bays) and innumerable untouched villages. The value of the region comes not only from the lower cost compared to the most visited parts of Spain, but also from the quality of the seafood and meat that can be found in many tapas bars. And if you're looking to save on sleeping, keep an eye out for self-catering accommodation in the area, especially outside of school holidays.

7. Québec City, Canada

Quebec City, Canada skyline.
What to do if you live in North America and want to visit Europe but don't have enough time and money? Let's look at Québec City. Yes, we know it's not in Europe. But there are enough exotic things in this Francophone city to remind you of the old continent. In a few days you can explore the beautiful, listed old town, dine in old-school bistros and get lost in the timeless cobblestone streets. With a little more time and your own bikes, the Montmorency Forest (foretmontmorency.ca/en) ​​and Jacques Cartier National Park offer a wilder taste of the province and great wildlife viewing opportunities, surprisingly close to town.

8. Costa Rica's Caribbean coast

Meet up with a furry friend at Sloth Sanctuary in San Jose.
Are you looking for a Costa Rica that is more Tico than a tourist, but with everything that makes the country so attractive? When you get to the country's Caribbean coast, you will find a still-developing destination that is likely to become a big buzz in the next few years. Here turtles nest in Tortuguero, raft on the Rio Pacuare and dive in the reefs of Manzanillo. Surfers and fans of loose black sand beaches should head for the south coast. Currently, this is a country that is mostly visited by independent travelers and bird lovers. Not sold? Two words: sloth sanctuary.

9. Timor-Leste

Futucama in Timor-Leste.
If you're thinking of a little-known and very affordable destination, Timor-Leste (and not East Timor if you want) might be the destination for you. Aside from the expensive hotels in the international capital Dili, you will find inexpensive beach huts and welcoming host families in the misty hill country on the beaches of Atauro Island. Despite constant safety concerns, circumnavigating Timor-Leste can be an old-fashioned adventure with bumpy roads and crowded local transportation. As an added bonus, you can add any destination country with Asia's newest country to your roster.

10. Western Australia

The limestone formations of the Pinnacles in the Australian outback.
Currency fluctuations mean the Australian dollar is better business for overseas visitors than it has been in a few years, and Australian citizens could cut back on their overseas plans. This means that the wonderful landscapes of Western Australia, which were inaccessible to some travelers due to the mining boom in recent years, are firmly back on the map. Beyond cosmopolitan Perth, there are many iconic natural landmarks here, from the rocky coastline and vineyards in the southwest to the outback delicacies of the Kimberley, Kununurra and Pinnacles.
Courtesy lonelyplanet.com

Undoubtedly the land of the thunder kite, Bhutan

Long Post Alert, but definitely worth it.

I had this TED talk from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, seen in the he talked about his country's mission, how they put happiness before economic growth and set a benchmark for environmental protection.

As a peace-loving person, I have always been interested in Lord Buddha's principles and this Ted conversation turned out to be the trigger to truly experience Buddhism.

My friend and I packed our bags looking for that Secret of happiness. I am the right one.

When we reached the other side of the border and traveled for a few minutes, we could already see a drop in temperature and pull out our sweaters.

We saw beautiful landscapes and landscapes, almost 70% of which is covered by nature. The majority of Bhutanases earned their living from agriculture and tourism.

We could spot a picture of the royal family in almost every shop or house. The people of Bhutan love their king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck really.

Here is an interesting fact, Bhutan is not only a climate neutral country, but the only CO2 negative country as more CO2 is absorbed in the forest areas than it emits.

In beauty sink in , Paro Airport .

The Bhutanese government tests people's happiness before making a decision. Therefore, the gross domestic product (GNH) is more important than the gross domestic product.

Here are a few more pictures from our trip.

Paro Valley

Glimmer of hope.

Take corners gently.

Culture

Bhutanese strongly believe in promoting and preserving their cultural diversity. As a Buddhist philosopher says: "Culture is not in objects or monuments, but in the mind and in compassion for all sentient beings."

We were surprised that both men and women wore traditional dress. We did a little bit of research and found out that men wear Gho and women wear Kira. A typical Bhutanese dress looks like this.

During our stay in Bhutan, we hadn't seen a single person honking their horns, including our taxi driver who was Indian. As soon as we crossed the border to the Indian side, our driver suddenly sounded wildly at everyone. Do you notice the cultural difference?

hospitality

Most of the dzongs or monasteries had these huge paintings and works of art describing their culture and specifically depicting the life of Lord Budha.

These were the places to spend either half an hour or a full day depending on your interest in art. There were only two of us traveling alone and the local guides were happy to explain the details and meaning of paintings for free. You can only pay for them if you are satisfied with their service.

luck

I noticed that most Bhutanese people were competitive regardless of their social status or wealth. With a rich and poor person standing side by side, there was no way of telling them apart. They were dressed the same way, especially men. Women are free spirited and you can see most of the shops and restaurants run by women.

Innocent smile, right? Not really! He asked us “Paisa” to click on his picture. We were amazed !!

kitchen

I had no idea what Bhutanese food was and wanted to try all of the dishes I could see on the menu. They had "Datshi" or cheese in almost all dishes. Cheese in tea, momos and pasta. We have to try these dishes.

1. Ema Datshi : Green or dry chili peppers, sliced ​​lengthways, and Bhutanese cheese. Very sharp !!

2. Shamu Datshi : Mushrooms prepared into a cheesy stew with butter. As a mushroom addict, I absolutely loved this dish.

3. Kewa Datshi - Kewa is potato, so Kewa Datshi is potatoes and Bhutanese cheese. This was my personal favorite after Shamu Datshi.

4. Momos : More of a snack you can find in any small restaurant.

5. Tukpa : Noodles with soup and plenty of spices and vegetables. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Architecture and cleanliness

Buildings in Bhutan are planned very similarly. This is a small town called Wangdue, you would notice the buildings in symmetry. They don't have a single traffic light, they have traffic cops.

The trip to Bhutan is without visiting Tiger's nest , a well-known Buddhist site in the Himalayas perched on the cliffs, does not end there. According to legend, landed Padmasambava in Tiger's Nest to meditate when he brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the seventh century.

So what is really the secret of happiness?

Spiritual health and your cultural values go hand in hand. Bhutanese believe that money is only a small part of achieving happiness. Most of all, they put on Environmental protection in Combination with responsible Governance and quality of life in terms of health, education, clean water and electricity.

Trying to be at peace with nature.

I think i love milwaukee !! I had planned it as a lonely escapade ... I loved the view of the Milwaukee Art Museum ... it had it all ... The place had (a little less sophistication compared to Chicago, a little more compared to Des Moines, IA) ... Milwaukee ... gave me that Idea of ​​a perfect, friendly place to travel as a loner (or with a group)

The river walk was great! There is a building there, just like the (Tripoli Shrine) Taj Mahal in India. It had some famous breweries (Miller Beer Company is headquartered here) and places of beauty. Most famous theaters like Palace Theater, Warner Theater etc. Wisconsin has Lake Geneva which is like a mini ocean! Great, big and beautiful ...! I liked that… and it's very close to Milwaukee… The Harley Davidson Museum is pretty famous here too….

Milwaukee has an excellent variety of dishes, from German quarks to Dutch delicacies. Cheese is very famous here! Even a very small coffee shop would offer you the effects of all types of drinks ...! Overall, I loved Milwaukee ... to the core!

Milwaukee is well connected by all means of transport. I took the train from Glenview, IL (Amtrak).

Milwaukee Art Museum

Tripoli Shrine Temple (like Taj Mahal)

Lake Geneva, WI

Harley Davidson

Visit THOMSO-IIT ROORKEE !!!

One of the largest cultural college festivals in the country.

VISIT: Thomso’17 - A magical fantasy for details about the events and participation.

Thomso has a lavish history, great culture and a deeply rich heritage from the IIT Roorkee. IIT Roorkee, formerly known as Thomason College of Civil Engineering (1853-1948), was founded in British India in 1847 by then Lieutenant Governor Sir James Thomason. The festival was given the name “Thomso”, inspired by the founder, in 1982 and has been preserved to this day. The government of Uttarakhand declared Thomso to be the “Annual Youth Festival of Uttarakhand”.

Thomso embodies the spirit of life and happiness by living up to its expectations. The festival is home to the most talented scholars and academics from across the country, attracting media moguls, and celebrating the divine gathering of culture and intellect. With more than 30.000 For participants who consist of several IITs and NITs, Thomso becomes the location of this ambrosial combination.

Our Facebook page: Thomso, IIT Roorkee

The registration for Thomso is live !!! Visit the link below:

Thomso’17 - A magical fantasy

The festival hosts a number of events including music, fashion and dance, not forgetting outstanding personalities such as Farhan Akhtar, Sunidhi Chauhan, Nikhil D’seouza, etc.

Some insights are:

VISIT: Thomso’17 - A magical fantasy for details about the events and participation.

Years ago I was asked to drive a van from Los Angeles to Detroit. I was young, in college. I had just completed an internship at SoCal and wanted to return to Detroit. This was the first time I was in the west.

I had no money to speak of (everything I earned went back to class and supplies) so I would stop at night when I got tired and slept in a van at a rest stop. I brought a cooler of food to eat.

I drive through Arizona around 11 a.m. and decide to stop at the nearest truck stop to sleep. At the next exit there was a large sign that said “Grand Canyon. This exit ”.

I had never been to the Grand Canyon before. So, I thought, what the hell. And I got off at this exit. I thought maybe there were campsites there or something.

Little did I know the Grand Canyon was two hours north of the freeway. But once I was one of my ways, I didn't want to turn back.

I finally get to the park and it's in the middle of nowhere. Nothing but high desert. Oh I forgot to mention It's late November. And it's snowing. I didn't know it was snowing in the desert in Arizona. Man was i clueless?

I find the Grand Canyon Campground. It's closed for the season. So I keep going. It is now 1 a.m. I see a small parking lot and stop.

I know it's not legal to park there overnight, but damn it, it's 1am, late November, it's snowing and I haven't seen a single person in over 2 hours. In the worst case, a parking attendant tells me that I can't park there, so I drive off.

I fall asleep. Ahhhhh. Nice dreams.

A few hours later.

The first light comes and I wake up to being in a reclined van seat and not in a bed. I think to myself, "I should get up and find out where the actual Grand Canyon is, look around, and then get back on the Detroit road."

I get out of the van ... I'm literally 15 feet from the rim of the Grand Canyon.

The sky is starting to get light, but it's dark in the canyon. It's surreal. The sun is just rising over the horizon. Suddenly, rays of sunlight hit the canyon walls. For the next hour I stand in complete and silent awe as the light of the sun slowly falls down the wall, deeper and deeper, bright red, gold, orange. Gorges in canyons are revealed. And it's still the darkness of night in the deepest crevices - down by the Colorado River.

Finally, the canyon floor is illuminated. The sun's rays had not yet reached, but there was enough daylight that it was now day on the Phantom Ranch.

Until now, 30 years later, it was the best place I have ever been.

Top 50 travel destinations for 2015.
Barossa Valley Vineyards, Adelaide - Australia
Barossa Valley, Australia
South Australia always shines, but the Barossa Valley shines. The Barossa, one of the oldest food and wine regions in Australia, is criss-crossed with more than 150 wineries. Some, like the Heritage vines at Penfolds and Henschke, have borne fruit since the late 19th century. But Barossa is not just about history. There are also many new butcher shops, bakeries, breweries, cider factories, dairies and cooking schools in the area such as Mark McNamara's newest Food Luddite Kitchen. Travelers can roam between stalls like Maggie Biers Farm Shop and recently opened accommodations that range from Ikara safari tents in the Flinders Mountains to gorgeous Japanese villas at Sticky Rice Cooking School in the Adelaide Hills. Save time for Adelaide too. Barossa's premium will fill your plate; a bourgeois little bar scene heats up the night; and the Minima Art Hotel has 46 rooms, each remodeled by a different South Australian artist. - Serena Renner
Vienna and Salzburg, Austria
The sophisticated Vienna with its baroque palaces and incomparable art museums is a city to be admired at any time. However, a number of exhibitions and celebrations will be held in 2015 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse's construction. This most elegant boulevard surrounds the city center and was brought to life by the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph. It was opened on May 1, 1865 and replaced the former city fortifications with grand palaces, the Vienna State Opera, the town hall, theaters, museums and art galleries in what was probably the largest urban development project of its time. For the 450th anniversary of the Spanish Riding School, spectacular dressage performances will take place in the baroque arena in June 2015. Salzburg will again be in the Austrian spotlight in 2015: The celebration of the 50th anniversary of will begin on Monday, June 22nd Sound of Music . Events include special screenings of Sound of Music as well as visits to locations in the city related to the film. The festival will culminate on Friday, June 26th with a concert in the Mozarteum Salzburg, where the popular pieces from the film will be broadcast. - Sasha Heseltine
Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park, Charleston South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
With its hospitable, well-behaved locals, classic architecture, horse-drawn carriages, and cobblestone streets, Charleston exudes a laid-back southern charm that hasn't changed in more than a century. Modern Charleston is a food-centric city that was voted one of the Best American Cities for Foodies by Conde Nast Traveler. A number of new world-class restaurants have recently opened, including Xiao Bao Biscuit, which serves Asian soul food, and The Ordinary, a gourmet oyster hall, where shucking takes place in a vintage bank vault. In 2015 the city will host the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food and Lowcountry Cajun Festival, both of which offer a plethora of local dishes. Historians will appreciate the myriad of events happening across Charleston in 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Until the end of the year, visitors can see shows at the Civil War art gallery, traditional battle reenactments, lectures, educational tours, and a variety of other special events. - Mike Richard
Okavango Delta, Botswana
This giant flood plane in the north of this inland African country is one of the best places on the continent to seriously sniff for wildlife. Not only because you have a great chance of spotting the Big Five (that would be lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos), but also because the area has not been recognized by UNESCO since 2014 makes the delta unique that the Okavango River floods each year during the dry season; the result is that plants and animals have adjusted their biological clocks to the seasonal floods. The large amount of flora that is growing due to the flooding means that grazing herbivores are abundant and that carnivores are not far behind. In this way you can predict for the visitor where and when you can see a lion or a black rhino, for example. Another reason you're more likely to catch the Big Five here is because the country has just made the hunt illegal. Right, there is no longer any big game hunting here. The only thing people are going to point to animals here is binoculars. - David Farley
Tomorrow in Jasper
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Forget about five-star luxury and discover Jasper's 5-billion-star scenery. Located beneath the rugged Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking landscapes. It's also one of the planet's largest dark sky sanctuaries, meaning its limited light pollution footprint allows for unprecedented stargazing and the annual Dark Sky Festival takes place in October. The incredible wilderness is also rich in wildlife throughout Jasper National Park, and moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and black bears are commonly spotted along the highways. However, to spot an elusive and sadly endangered caribou, you'll need to choose either the Skyline or Tonquin Valley routes, two multi-day hikes that take you to the most remote corners of the parks. At the Glacier Skywalk, the newest attraction in Jasper National Park, visitors can leave nature behind. After an informative walk on a cliff path, step onto the Glacier Skywalk and discover new vistas from the 918-foot glass-bottomed archway. It is just minutes from the Columbia Icefield Center, where it is possible to hop on a Glacier Explorer bus for a ride on the Athabasca Glacier. - Jeff Bartlett
Hobart, Tasmania