The world is vast and we cannot possibly see every place. But what if you had a shortlist of the most beautiful places in the world? Will then you be able to get closer to fulfilling your dream of travelling to beautiful places that exist on planet earth?
Keeping in mind the dreams and choices of avid travellers, nomads, and explorers, we have curated this list of the most beautiful places in the world that actually exist. Have a look!
1. Bagan, Myanmar
Have you seen Buddhist temples and pagodas? Before you roll your eyes, we guess you must have. But your jaw will drop once you see thousands of Buddhist temples and pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar. Yes, we literally mean thousands!
Bagan was once the capital of a powerful ancient kingdom from the 9th to 13th centuries and ruled by nearly 50 Buddhist kings during the Pagan Dynasty. There is no doubt that it is one of the main attractions in Myanmar and among the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia. And ah! The aerial view from a hot air balloon at sunrise is just mesmerizing.
2. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China
If you want to up your #instagame, then you need to visit Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in China. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and must just help you get insta famous. Just looking at the otherworldly hues of the “Rainbow Mountains” will leave you in awe.
For curious readers, these hues of reds, yellows, and oranges that we see today are the result of the layering of sedimentary mineral deposits over millions of years. Truly, the Danxia Landforms are a masterpiece of nature that you cannot miss visiting.
3. Pamukkale, Turkey
Of all the infinity pools you have seen in your lifetime, Pamukkale is one of the best ones you will ever witness. Pamukkale is a lovely place in Turkey and is famed for its natural, minerally-rich, and snow-white thermal hot springs emitting from the travertine terraces on a nearby hillside.
It also has well-preserved ruins of the ancient Roman spa-city Hierapolis founded around 190 B.C. The antique pool is famous for its submerged Roman columns where you can bathe and feel like an emperor.
4. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Ever seen a ground so dry that it looks like a sheet of sparkling white tiles and when it’s wet it looks like a mirror illusion? Sounds like a riddle Right? In Southwest Bolivia lies the largest salt flat in the world. When it’s dry, the salt shines bright like a diamond and when there is a downpour, the lake creates a whimsical illusion of infinity. Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is among the world’s most beautiful places which is a result of a lake drying and leaving behind a dreamlike place on earth.
5. Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos
Also spelt Kuang Xi or Tat Kuang Si, Kuang Si Falls is located in Northern Laos and is, trust me, a heavenly place. If you are looking for peace and relaxation while treating your eyes to nature’s beauty, it is the perfect place for you. Subdued in the deep forests, this is a major attraction among tourists. The turquoise waters that tumble from the thick jungle above into sculpted limestone pools can be the highlight of your trip to Laos.
6. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
You must have seen several mountainous places in your “travel” life, but get off the grid and visit Chile’s Patagonia region to witness some of the most gorgeous mountains you will ever see. Torres del Paine National Park is known for its bright blue icebergs, towering mountains, and golden grasslands that houses rare wildlife like llama-like guanacos. The park takes its name from the 3 granite towers and the horn-shaped peaks known as Cuernos Del Paine.
7. Great Ocean Road, Australia
Take your darling on a long drive along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. From the towering 12 Apostles to koalas in the wild, iconic surf breaks to pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls, the Great Ocean Road has everything to make your drive memorable. Get outdoors, go surfing, mountain biking, or bushwalking, and make the most of your scenic road trip in Australia.
8. Chittorgarh Fort, India
Not the fact that Chittorgarh Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes it attractive but its architecture, the glorious history, and the gallant battles it has gone through. Located in India, Chittorgarh Fort is not only one of the largest forts in India and the marvellous Hindu architecture puts it amongst the most beautiful places in the world. It sprawls over a hill by the Bearch River and houses palaces, temples, and water bodies.
9. Banff National Park, Canada
Canada is blessed with lakes, mountains, and among these lies the most famous attraction Banff National Park. You must have seen this park all over the internet as it is one of the most visited national parks in Canada. The best part? It’s the bluest waters! It has some of the most azure waters you will ever see. Not an outdoor person? Do not worry, you can still admire the pristine views from the cosy and lovely lakeside lodges available throughout the national park.
10. Li River, China
Located in Guilin in South China’s Guangxi, Li River is renowned as being one of ‘the world’s top 10 watery wonders’ according to National Geographic. For a memorable and unique experience, take the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Along the waterway, enjoy looking at the water buffaloes, farmers working in fields, and traditional villages situated at the base of the hills. Bamboo rafting, cormorant fishing, hiking, and watching the night show Impression Liu Sanjie are must-visit activities here.
11. Meteora, Greece
An otherworldly place in Greece, Meteora is a rock formation hosting one of the largest and most steeply built Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Meteor means ‘hovering in the air’ and thus, your jaw will drop when you’ll visit this offbeat place to visit in Greece. Moreover, Meteors is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Site monasteries and nunneries perched atop massive rock pillars that dominate the local area.
12. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Want to know about the largest religious structure in the world by land area? Visit Angkor Wat, the heart and soul of Cambodia. Built-in the 12th century as a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s World Heritage Temples that is on top of travellers’ Cambodia bucket list. Initially dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, Angkor Wat, by the end of the 12th century, became a Buddhist temple.
13. Huacachina, Peru
How does the idea of cruising around an oasis in the middle of a barren desert sound to you? Interesting right? Huacachina in Peru offers just that! A desert oasis and a tiny village in southwestern Peru, Huacachina Lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and are believed to have therapeutic properties. Being a tiny place, it has bars and clubs to chill. This place also offers fun activities to indulge in like boating, sandboarding, bodyboarding, and buggy roller coaster.
14. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Ready for a relaxing spa season? Hit Blue Lagoon in Iceland and enjoy a soothing spa time with your dear ones. Located southwest of Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is an iconic landmark of the country and lures tourists from far and wide. The azure waters come from the silica-rich waters that feed it and these geothermal waters are great for your skin too. It is no doubt among the wonders of the world, according to National Geographic.
15. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
A national park located atop a volcanic hot stop seems dangerous. Yellowstone National Park in the USA is the exact place we are talking about. Spread into parts of Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park features alpine rivers, hot springs, massive canyons, lush forests, and gushing fountains, including the popular one, Old Faithful. Not only these, but this national park houses many mammal species like bears, wolves, bison, and antelope.
16. Tianzi Mountains, China
Tianzi Mountains located in China are also known as ‘the Monarch of the Peak Forest’. They are stunning peaks and from the top, you can see the full extent of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. To reach the top, a cable car is provided. They look mesmerizing every season and have four wonders – the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine, and the Snow in winter. They were formed by sedimentary rock some 318 million years ago and since then, they got eroded by water and wind and turned into quartz stones.
Turquoise waters, white powdery sandy beaches, and crystal clear skies, Maldives is an exotic destination to visit especially for honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts. Situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean, Maldives is truly magical and offers you all the peace and privacy you need with your loved one. Moreover, it is one of the world’s most geographically scattered sovereign states as well as Asia’s smallest county by land area.
18. Santorini Island, Greece
You must have seen beautiful pictures of the white houses with blue ocean views and luxury lifestyle, yes that’s Santorini Island. No doubt all places in Greece are top-notch but there is something truly magical about Santorini. Devastated by a volcanic eruption, this place took the shape of a rugged landscape. Fira and Oia, houses of two towns cling to cliffs and overlook the vast sea with small islands and beautiful beaches made of black, red, and white lava pebbles.
19. St. Lucia
Unspoiled, lush, and simply gorgeous is the island nation of St. Lucia. With volcanic beaches, fishing villages, reef-diving sites, and luxury resorts, St. Lucia is a much-visited place in the Caribbean Islands. If you love music, attend the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. Adventure lovers and honeymooners are also welcomed with open arms to indulge in thrilling sports like zip lining, climbing the Pitons, and unwind on one of the sandy braces in one of its isolated re21. sorts.
20. Taj Mahal, India
The iconic landmark of India, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful places in India as well as the world you will ever see in your life. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz, the stunning white marble structure stands as an epitome of love. Tourists from over the world come to visit and admire the intricate architecture and the beauty of this monument in India. If you visit here, make sure to get a picture clicked holding the tip of the Taj Mahal.
21. Reine, Norway
A fishing village located in Lofoten by the Arctic Ocean and Lofoten peaks, Reine is famous for its breathtaking landscapes. This village is a great place to hover as you explore the Lofoten Islands. Considering the vast ocean here, Reine provides numerous adventure activities in23cluding kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, cycling tour, and more. So, if you want to explore this gem of a place, you better pack your bags and visit one of the most beautiful places on planet earth.
22. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
One of the greatest castles in Europe and one of the famous tourist attractions in the world, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is a dreamlike place. Places you see in your dreams and wish to be a king or queen. The name Neuschwanstein literally translates to ‘New Swan Castle’ and embodies the soul of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, famously called ‘mad king Ludwig’.
23. Aogashima Volcano, Japan
Tucked away from the bustling city life, Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island and is probably the most gorgeous island in Japan. It is remote, hidden, and isolated and that is the reason why most people do not know about this place. Also, the entire island is a volcanic crater with a smaller volcano in the crater. How interesting is that? Aogashima is perfect for solitude seekers, adventure lovers, and for people who just love to explore the unexplored.
24. Longji Rice Terrace, China
Similar to the rice terraces of Munnar in India, Longji rice terraces or Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces are a breathtaking landscape to look at. It is definitely among the best places to travel to in the world. In summer the green waves rush continuously down the mountain as if coming down from the heaven above. During monsoons, it looks like the gold of ripened millet and by the time winter comes, the entire mountainside is covered in thick. You can stay with a local family and savour Longji tea and Longji wine.
25. Petra, Jordan
Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and no wonder why as it is known for its intricately carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms, and stables. Abandoned for thousands of years, Petra was once a thriving trading centre of the Nabataean Empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. The structure is located amidst a desert canyon and is carved directly into vibrant red, pink, and sandstone cliff faces. This “lost” city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and later in 2007, Petra Jordan was named among the New World’s New Seven Wonders.
26. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Located in northeast Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is famous for its azure waters and numerous sky-touching limestone islands topped by rainforests. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers around 150,000 hectares of land. You can indulge in Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions to witness islands named for their shapes like Teapot islets and Stone Dog. Not just this but you can also enjoy scuba diving, hiking, and rock climbing for a memorable time.
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27. Machu Picchu, Peru
A Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, Machu Picchu is more than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Peru because of its lush greenery around, the magnitude of the structure and the intriguing astronomical alignments. Machu Picchu was also declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World back in 2007, which surely makes it a worthy visit.
28. Marrakesh, Morocco
A beautiful place in western Morocco, Marrakesh is widely visited by avid travellers. People who have a heart for palaces, gardens, and mosques visit here and admire the intricate architecture and beauty that surrounds them. Marrakesh is also a major economic centre and houses several buildings that are beyond beautiful. The city dates back to the Berber Empire and has maze-like alleys throughout the area. The Moorish minaret of the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque is the most popular attraction here and can be seen from miles away.
29. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
You must have seen “influencers” posting pictures of azure waters, palm trees, and aesthetically pleasing backgrounds and that might be Bora Bora. It is a small island in French Polynesia and is snuggled by sand-fringed motus or islets and an aqua lagoon protected by a coral reef. Scuba diving is a major activity along with some luxury resorts perched over the water on stilts, which are perfect for love birds. At the centre of the island is Mt. Otemanu, a 727 m dormant volcano.
30. Aurora Borealis, Sweden
Northern Lights are popularly called Aurora Borealis or Australis are one of the most well-known natural phenomena in the world. There are many Scandinavian tour operators that offer you to witness this climatic condition that exhibits red, green, and blue lights. Scientifically speaking, Northern Lights are caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with the Earth’s ionosphere.
31. Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia
An active volcano, Mount Rinjani in Indonesia rises to 3,72 metres making it the second-highest volcano in Indonesia. You can trek up to the mount with a climb of 1500 metre over 8 km. Most of the climb happens during the last 4 km and takes nearly 4 hours.
32. Marble Caves, Patagonia
A gorgeous set of caves that are a unique natural wonder, Marble Caves in Patagonia are among the beautiful places in the world that you won’t find anywhere else. Get close up by kayaking through the caves and caverns and see the marbles in their purest form, polished only by the lapping of the lake over millions of years. Afterwards, you can explore the majestic San Rafael Glacier and the Exploradores Glacier, two other attractions of this region.
33. Temples of Tamil Nadu, India
Tamil Nadu is known as the temple city of India and houses several magnificent temples of the country. Their architectural excellence, sculptural and artistic skills of the engineers and artisans of the bygone era make them very special places to visit in India. The temples of Tamil Nadu exhibit the opulent and lavish tastes of the erstwhile royal kings. These temples act as the backbone of Tamil culture and today act as a part of India’s precious jewels adding to its rich cultural heritage.
34. Forbidden City, Beijing, China
China is known for many mysterious and grand places and one of them is Forbidden City. This place is a palace complex in Dongcheng District in the capital city Beijing and is situated at the centre of the Imperial City of Beijing. Constructed in 1420 during the early Ming Dynasty, Forbidden City is the best-preserved imperial palace and is also the world’s largest ancient palatial structure. Having such grand halls, walls and the essence of traditional Chinese architecture, the Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.
35. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
One of the largest mosques in the world, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is worth a visit once in your lifetime. What makes this beautiful is its 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24-carat gold gilded chandeliers, and the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world. Also, the marvellous Islamic architecture style attracts a lot of people from all over the globe. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi and is the main place for worship for Muslims. Surprisingly, during Eid, this place may be visited by more than 41,000 people.
36. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Seen a million times on social media, in news, travel channels, and more platforms, St. Basil’s Cathedral is quite famous. In fact, it is among the most popular attractions in Russia. If you are someone who gets intrigued by the artistic work of architecture, you will love this one. St. Basil’s Cathedral to the people of Russia is similar to the Eiffel Tower to the French as it is the symbol of their past, present, and future.
37. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Words cannot describe how beautiful Lofoten Islands are. Having said that, Norway is known for its mesmerizing beauty. Lofoten Islands are no less. Its rare wilderness, majestic mountains, deep fjords, seabird colonies, and long surf beaches make Lofoten Islands one of the most beautiful places to visit on this earth. The islands are certified as a “sustainable destination” and wish to preserve the local nature, environment, and culture, and also be economically viable.
38. Barcelona, Spain
The cosmopolitan capital of Spain, Barcelona is renowned for its art and architecture. Not just this but modern art museums, serene parks, tasty tapas, and golden shorelines are other reasons that have put this city among the most beautiful places in the world. Barcelona has everything to make you fall in love with it and has therefore successfully attracted millions of tourists towards it. The Romanesque churches, the variety of artistic treasures, and the great names in modern art and architecture has earned Barcelona a name among the world’s most visited places.
39. Iguazú Falls, Argentina
The world’s largest waterfalls, Iguazú Falls are serene, mesmerizing, and hypnotic. They are located at the border of Brazil and Argentina with both countries claiming to offer a wonderful experience at these falls. It is divided into upper and lower Iguazú and provides a stunning panorama. There are several vantages points here that will make your visit to this place worth it.
40. Faroe Islands, Denmark
If you want to escape the world and get far away with your beloved, Faroe Islands are perfect. They are an archipelago of 18 islands shaped by volcanic activity and the glaciers of the ice age. Out of 18, 17 are inhabited and connected by tunnels, ferry lines, bridges, and paved roads.
41. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
A small town on the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Tekapo is the least inhabited place among 5 others in the world and had only 558 residents, according to the 2018 census. It is one of the best places to visit in New Zealand as it displays the most gorgeous shades of blue, green, and purple. Also, if you visit between April and September, you will see the clear nights and the lack of light makes it a great place to visit at night.
42. Venice, Italy
Having been featured in many Bollywood and Hollywood movies, Venice has been a popular destination to visit in Italy for decades now. Also known as the ‘City of Canals’, ‘The Floating City’, and ‘Serenissima’, this place is unarguably one of the best places to visit in the world for couples. This picturesque city is famous for winding canals, striking architecture, and stunning bridges and should be on your travel bucket list.
43. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
With over 2 million ungulates, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, 500 bird species, 4000 lions, and more, you will not believe how big the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania is! The vastness and the variety of fauna here have put it on the World Heritage Site list. This national park has trees and kopjes (piles of ancient rocks) like the ones in the movie “The Lion King”, for those who have seen it that let lions control their kingdom. Isn’t this impressive?
44. Giza, Egypt
We all have seen movies with ancient Egyptian mummies and what better place to learn more about them than Egypt, specifically Giza. It is an Egyptian city situated on the west bank of the Nile and houses Egyptian monuments including the world-famous 3 tall pyramids. The Great Pyramid is the largest out of them all and is King Khufu’s tomb. Also, the sculpture of a man’s head on a lion’s body called the Great Sphinx is also located in Giza.
45. Camps Bay, South Africa
Camps Bay is a suburb in the city centre and is one of the most beautiful places you can visit. It has a long history as a recreational retreat for visitors to Cape Town. Also, back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, people from Cape Town used to come here for a day trip and enjoyed a picnic, went swimming, and admired breathtaking scenery. Today, the village-like area is known for white-sand beaches and its pristine location between the Twelve Apostles and the azure Atlantic.
46. Twelve Apostles, Australia
One of the most famous attractions of Australia, the Twelve Apostles were made by the constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland some 10 to 20 million years ago. So, if you ever come to Australia, witness this rugged splendour lying majestically on Victoria’s dramatic coastline.
47. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The pictures may not do justice to how beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park actually is! It is known for its 16 terraced lakes, which are joined by waterfalls and extend into a limestone crayon. There are walkways and hiking trails around the national park and an electric boat also links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes.
48. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
One of the world’s most beautiful places, Seljalandsfoss in Iceland is a unique waterfall. It pours from a height of 60 meters with a footpath behind it but has a thin cascade. It is rare as it is the one waterfall that you can walk behind and see the mesmerizing beauty. Seljalandsfoss is a part of the Seljalands River, which originates in the volcano glacier named Eyjafjallajökull.
49. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great arrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coral reef system. And you will be surprised to know that it is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 stretches of islands. It is located in the Coral Sea near Queensland and with rare and unique species, habitats and more, it makes one of the most complex natural ecosystems in the world.
50. Plateau de Valensole, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France
The most gorgeous shades of purple can be seen at the Plateau de Valensole. It is located at an altitude of 500 metres south of Alpes de Haute-Provence and has the most beautiful fields of lavender, the famous Provençal scented plant. Along with this, there are wheat fields and an array of lovely villages like Esparron-de-Verdon, Riez, and Saint-Martin-de-Brômes. Also, the best time for lovers of Provençal landscapes is July, when the Valensole plateau is flooded with stunning blue lavender in full bloom.
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