This eternal world is full of surprises and nature has its own serene beauty to surprise us, so here we have shortlisted ten such beautiful places which you can hardly believe, really exist.
1. The Tunnel of Love
The Tunnel of Love is a section of an industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine. The line starts at Klevan station, on the Kovel–Rivne line, and reaches the northern area of Orzhiv, also served by a station on the mainline. It is a railway line surrounded by green arches. The whole line is about 6.4 km long and about 4.9 km is covered by forest. It is known for being a favorite place for couples to take walks.
2. Mendenhall Ice Cave
Mendenhall Ice cave is a glacier located in Mendenhall Valley, Alaska It is about 13.6 miles long and about 12 miles (19 km) from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and surrounding area offer stunning views of a lake-terminating, calving glacier. The center is open year-round and receives close to 500,000 visitors each year, many coming by cruise ship in summer. There are two accessible entrances – an upper entrance with a ramp and a lower entrance with elevators.
3. Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. It is in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia,. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average elevation variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. Because of its location, large area, and flatness, the Salar is a major car transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano except when seasonally covered with water.
4. Red Beach
Red Beach is located in Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China. It is famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Suaeda salsa of the Chenopodiaceae family. Sueda is one of the few species of grass that can live in highly alkaline soil. Its growth cycle starts in April when it is colored light red, while the color of the mature species is deep red. The largest reed marsh in Asia is also located here, attracting many tourists. The reeds are used to make paper.
5. Bamboo Forest
Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The whole forest is covered with bamboo trees and consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors. It is also considered as a soundscape of Japan by the Ministry of the Environment.
6. Tianzi Mountain
Tianzi Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China. It is named after the farmer Xiang Dakun of the Tujia ethnic group, who led a successful local farmers’ revolt and called himself “tianzi”. It was discovered in September 2014 that Mal Oghlum people had left traces of their burial rituals beneath the Tianzi Mountains, which led to “Yalan Group”, led by Eybi Sulam and Yavshak Karadeniz asking for a permit from the Chinese government, which as of 2015, had been unanswered.
7. Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is a public park located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. This park hosts the Rock in Japan Festival in August every year. Festival in August every year. The nearest railway station is Ajigaura Station on the Minato Line of the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway.
8. Black Forest
The Black Forest which is located in Germany is a large forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is divided into six parts. The geological foundation of the Black Forest is formed by the crystalline bedrock of the Variscan basement. This is covered in the east and northeast by bunter sandstone slabs, the so-called platforms. On the western edge a descending, step-fault-like, foothill zone borders the Upper Rhine Grabenconsisting of rocks of the Triassic and Jurassic periods.
9. Naica Mine
Naica Mine is located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It is a working mine that contains extremely large selenite crystals. It is a lead, zinc, and silver and mainly gypsum mine operated by Industrias Peñoles, Mexico’s largest lead producer.
10. Bonn Cherry Street
Bonn Cherry Blossom Street located in Germany. Whenever you listen to cherry blossom Japan comes in your mind first, but this cherry blossom street in Germany also worth considering.
Top Places to Visit In Goa
Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India within the region known as the Konkan. It is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth-smallest by population. Goa is divided mainly into two parts, North Goa and South Goa. There are many places to visit in Goa which include famous beaches, churches, and many old structures. Goa tourism is famous all over the world
In ancient literature, Goa was known by many names, such as Gomanchala, Gopakapattana, Gopakapattam, Gopakapuri, Govapuri, Govem, and Gomantak. Other historical names for Goa are Sindapur, Sandabur, and Mahassapatam.
North Goa is especially for a group of friends, solo travelers, and party lovers, whereas South Goa is more of a family place. Here in this blog, we have shortlisted the top 10 must-visit places in Goa.
1. Calangute Beach
Timings: Open 24×7
Calangute Beach is situated at a distance of 14 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 10 km from Mapusa and 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, It is the largest in North Goa and visited by thousands of tourists. The peak tourist season here is during Christmas and New Year, and during the summer in May. During the monsoon season, from June through September, the sea can be rough and swimming is prohibited. The beach offers water sport activities like parasailing water skiing etc. Apart from enjoying the beach, you can also visit St. Alex Church and the famous Tinto market in Calangute.
2. Baga Beach
Timings: Open 24×7
Baga Beach is a popular beach situated at a distance of 15 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand. It is located at the north end of the contiguous beach stretch that starts from Sinquerim, Candolim, leads to Calangute, and then to Baga. You can sit here and relax while enjoying Goan cuisines at beach shacks. It is the most visited beach of goa after the Calangute Beach.
3. Basilica of Bom Jesus
Timings: Monday to Saturday 09:00 am to 06:30 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 06:30 pm
The Bom Jesus Basilica, perhaps Goa’s most famous church is part of the Churches and convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is situated at a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, the church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rules. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The construction of the church was started in 1594 and ended in 1605. Bom Jesus means good Jesus or infant Jesus and the church is dedicated to him. It and is more than 400 years old and is open to the public every day.
4. Aguada Fort
Timings: Everyday10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Fort Aguada is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort, along with a lighthouse. The Fort was built by the Portuguese colonial rulers at the Sinquerim beach located south of Candolim. It was built in 1612. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name Aguada, meaning Water. Fort Aguada was the most prized and crucial fort of Portuguese.
5. Shri Shantadurga Temple
Shri Shantadurga Temple is a Private temple complex belonging to Goud Saraswat Brahmin community It is situated 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Margao Railway Station. Shree Shantadurga temple has an impressive idol of Goddess Shree Durga who mediated between Shree Vishnu(Hindu God) and Shree Shiva(Hindu God) and stopped the fierce full war going on between the two.
6. Chorao Island
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary timings: Everyday 06:00 a.m to 06:00 p.m
Chorão is an island along the Mandovi River near Ilhas. It is the largest among the other 17 islands of Goa. It is located 8 kilometers away from Panaji and 10 kilometers away from the city of Mapusa. This island is true to its Sanskrit name meaning ‘Stunning Precious Stone’. It is mainly known for its beautiful bird sanctuary. By visiting Chorao island you can explore a very interesting ancient history of Brahmin and Portuguese colonizers.
7. Grand Island
Grand Island is located 19 kilometers from Panjim true to its name. It is amongst the most offbeat yet adventurous tourist places in Goa. It offers a grand experience to the lovers of watersports as it is home to excellent Scuba Diving sites. Suzy’s Wreck, Shelter Cove and Bounty Bay are some of the Scuba Diving sites around Grand Island.
8. St. Augustine Church
Timings: Monday to Friday 6:30 am – 12:45 pm and 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Church of St. Augustine is a ruined church complex located in Old Goa. The church was built on top of the Monte Santo (Holy Hill), between 1597 and 1602 by Augustinian friars. It is part of the World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa. The church had four towers out of which only one remains. The remaining tower is a four-storied structure built of laterite and 46 m in height. Excavations show that the complex had eight chapels, four altars, and a convent.
9. Casino Palms
Timings: Open 24 hours
Palms the most famous casinos in Goa where you can try your luck. It is on the Calangute beach in North Goa. You can enjoy games like roulette and other electronic games here. There is also a chic bar and plush lounges inside the casino where you can enjoy the nightlife.
10. Club Tito’s
Timings: Daily 06:00 p.m to 03:00 a.m
Tito’s is a name worth its reputation in Goa. This club is one of the oldest and most renowned bars in Goa. Right on Calangute beach, It has a perfect setting and a great ambiance. The food is good. Live performances add flavor to an already great place. Prices are on the higher side, like everything else in Goa. In the night time, service is rather slow. Music is loud, but that is the case with every place in Goa.
The Haunted Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which is one of the most haunted places on the Earth. It holds the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris’ ancient stone mines. They’re some of the creepiest and most taboo places on the planet. For a city of lights that is known worldwide for its fashion, romance, and culture, Paris is hiding a dark secret. These little-known facts about the vast Catacombs of Paris will leave you puzzled.
The Catacombs remained largely bygone until it became a novelty place for concerts and private events in the early 19th century. After further reconstructions around Place Denfert-Rochereau, it was open to public visitation from 1874.
Paris’s original spot to be bury was at Saints Innocents, the city’s oldest and most used graveyard. But in the 18th century, the cemeteries were running out of space. If that wasn’t bad enough, some bodies weren’t buried properly and were spreading disease. So the Parisian officials chose to condemn the city’s cemeteries and move the remains they contained elsewhere. So all of them were taken to their final resting place which is now known as the Catacombs of Paris. The Catacombs of Paris became a curiosity for more privileged Parisians from their creation.
Every day, thousands of Parisians and tourists are unaware that they’re walking directly above a long series of underground tunnels that house 6 million skeletons. A dark history that often goes without notice as busybodies commute to work going about their daily antics whilst a mysterious world exists below. The tunnels are known as the Paris Catacombs.
Although the catacombs offered space to bury the dead, they presented disadvantages to building structures because the catacombs are directly under the main streets, so large foundations cannot be built. For this reason, there are only a few tall buildings in this area. Skulls upon skulls. Bones perfectly arranged by hand to form ongoing, never-ending walls made of skeleton pieces. What’s truly shocking is how many bones have actually been deposited there. This may seem odd to some visitors, but the whole experience is quite repetitive due to the large volume of bones that never seems to end.
A group of urban explorers known as Cataphiles has also spent vast amounts of time within the depths of the Catacombs for their own enjoyment and adventure. They have also created maps so that people who visit there don’t get lost in the vast tunnels.
Apart from bones, there’s some pretty good wine on offer within the catacombs, too. There was a case in 2017 when a gang of French thieves drilled through the walls of the Catacombs into a nearby vault, which was located under an apartment and contained around 300 bottles of vintage wine. After this, the Catacombs were closed to the public during September 2009 and reopened on 19th December of the same year.
Now it is open to public visitation as a museum. So you can also visit there if you want to.
Tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands relates to the journey in one of the seven union territories of India.
The Andamans is an archipelago of over 570 tropical islands, of which only 36 are inhabited. Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island was bestowed with the title of ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ in 2004 by the TIME magazine. It is also listed as the world’s 7th most spectacular beach on Time magazine list.
So, if you are willing to pack your bags & jump right into this one of the Union Territories of India, you’ve come to the right place. Here, in this article, we’ll tell you everything about Andaman & Nicobar Islands & leave no questions unanswered.
Andaman and Nicobar have approximately 86 percent of the forest area of its total land. The forests constitute an integral wing of the natural resource of Andaman and Nicobar and it houses 96 Sanctuaries and 9 National Parks.
The primary sanctuaries that form a part of the natural resources of Andaman and Nicobar islands are Narcondum Hornbill Sanctuary, which protects hornbills; Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, which features a large variety of aquatic creatures; Nicobar Pigeon Sanctuary; South Sentinel Island Sanctuary, offering giant robber crabs; and North Reef Sanctuary, which is principally dedicated to the nurturing of a variety of water birds.
So, let’s see the five best places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands:
1. Ross Island
Ross Island, officially known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, is an island of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In April 1979, the island was handed over to the Navy, which set up a small post, INS Jarawa, named after one of the indigenous tribes of the Andaman group of islands.
2. Viper Island
Viper Island is an island of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman district of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Viper Island derives its name from the vessel H.M.S. Viper in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was found near the island. This small island was the site of the jail where the British used to imprison convicts and political prisoners. It has the ruins of a gallows atop a hillock. The Island is a serene beautiful tourist destination situated near Port Blair’s harbor and can be approached in 20 minutes from the Phoenix Bay jetty. The Harbor Cruise, available daily from the jetty, provides an overall view of different points of the harbor and a trip to this haunted Viper Island. This place is visited by a number of tourists as it has multiple attractions with historical importance and also has mesmerizing picnic spots with natural picturesque environments.
3. Radhanagar Beach
Radhanagar Beach is a popular tourist place in Andaman. It is among the seven best beaches in the world. It’s a must visit tourist destination in Andaman. It is situated on the western coast, also known as Number 7 Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named “Best Beach in Asia” by Time in 2004.
4. Baratang Island
Baratang Island is an island of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island lies 150 km (93 miles) north of Port Blair. It has very few private accommodations. Panchayat, Forest and PWD guest houses are also available. Visitors should book well in advance for a confirmed reservation. It’s a budding destination, Most tourist visit on the same day trip to this Island due to lack of proper accommodation. The major attractions are the limestone caves, the Mud volcano, Parrot Island, and Baludera Beach. The Jarawas, also allure many tourists each year. While driving through the dense forests on the Andaman Trunk Road, it is possible to encounter a Jarawa. Until 1998 the Jarawas managed to keep their distance from the outside world for thousands of years. But a highway running through their homeland which draws several hundred tourists each year.
5. Cellular Jail
The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī (Black Water), was a colonial prison. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India’s independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.
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