While the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and The Great Wall of China are popular destinations on every traveller's bucket list, how about adding some lesser-known, yet magnificent places to it? These are some places that will perhaps make you start checking for flight and accommodation details right away. Keep reading!
1. Finland - Northern Lights
The most breath-taking reason to visit Finland are the magnificent Northern Lights. The light show is one of the wonders of nature and science combined, and is a must see. For the best stay. Club Mahindra's international resort, Holiday Club Saariselkä, Finland is your go-to place. With comfortable living arrangements, several scenic trails, and a host of outdoor activities to enjoy, a Finnish vacation at the Holiday Club Saariselkä will be your perfect getaway from the daily grind.
2. Santorini, Greece:
Santorini is a group of islands in Greece situated on top of an active volcano. Despite its location, the islands' colourful little towns attract tourists from all over the world looking for a romantic getaway and is fast turning into a 'destination wedding' location.
The whitewashed buildings and pathways along with beautiful beaches with clear blue water offer several spots for clicking lovely photos. Greece is also an incredible place to visit if you are a foodie. A taste of the exciting traditional cuisine is something you are going to remember for a long time.
3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona:
The Antelope Canyon has formed over time due to flash floods in the Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona. It is a naturally formed cave with beautiful patterns that light up and give it a sunset-coloured glow when the sun falls on them. This canyon, which is considered sacred by the Navajo (the Native Americans from Southwestern United States), is made up of two levels. The upper level is called 'The Crack' and the lower level is called 'The Corkscrew'. While the upper level is easily accessible, the lower level requires some amount of climbing and walking. However, it is advisable to take a guided tour of the place to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
Dubai is a land of culture, heritage, beautiful architecture and great places to shop. There is something for everyone, and that's what makes it an ideal destination for a family vacation. Club Mahindra's Arabian Dreams Dubai Resort is located in the heart of the city and will provide you with comfortable and stylish accommodation. The resort being centrally located makes for a very convenient option to stay while you immerse yourself in the grand experience of the rich city.
5. Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan:
The world’s happiest country, Bhutan is a scenic hilly place. The landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas is a tourist’s dream come true. Mountains, forests, monasteries, exotic local food, this scenic paradise is waiting to be explored by you.
Tiger's Nest monastery hangs on a cliff and offers a clear view of the broad Paro valley full of pine trees that is sure to give you chills irrespective of the weather.
6. Pacific Coast Highway, USA:
The Pacific Coast Highway is a scenic highway route overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has several tourist attractions on the route such as the Bixby Bridge, the Danish town of Solvang and the Golden Gate Bridge. It also has a designated beach at Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon where 15,000 elephant seals visit the beach to flop around. A road-trip on this highway will offer you a peek into everything from culture, nature, wildlife and even excellent gastronomic experiences.
7. Giant's Causeway, Scotland:
The Giant's Causeway on the coast of Scotland is a natural black basalt rock formation created as a result of volcanic activity sixty million years ago. It was once believed that this had been created by the giants who lived there, and that's how the place gets its name. It is a UNESCO heritage site today as it shows an essential phase in the geological evolution of the earth. It is home to several species of wildlife as well as plants, in addition to being picturesque and scenic.
8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is an archaeological site of the ruins of the Khmer kingdom that ruled Cambodia between the 9th to 15th centuries. It is a 400-km complex with detailed planning that consists of temples, monuments and water reservoirs and offers information about the religion, culture, architectural developments and social structure of the time in this part of Southeast Asia.
9. Salt flats, Bolivia:
The salt flats of Bolivia are the world's largest salt flats expanding over 10,000 km and are often called as the 'world's largest natural mirror' because of their reflective nature. They become a surreal backdrop to beautiful pictures and are, therefore, a very popular destination among photographers from all over the world.
While the rainy season gives the photographers the required reflective background, the summers provide more opportunities for exploring the area and taking perspective photos in the bright sunlight.
10. Taj Mahal, India:
Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal in the 1600s, the Taj Mahal is a famous white marble structure in the city of Agra in India. Beautiful intricate carvings and gemstones adorn the walls of this structure, which is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world.