22 Unbelievable Places

Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist!

Some of the pictures in this collection will be of all natural sights you can find while traveling around the world, while the others have experienced human interference – but even in these cases, the result of such collaboration is spectacular. The Japanese learned how to tame thousands of orchids and form a romantic tunnel out of them; another one was formed all the way in Ukraine by a passing train; and what eventually ends up as hot tea in our mugs, first grows in stunning tree fields in Asia.

No wonder that traveling in one of the best forms of recreation – even looking at these pictures takes your mind to far away places… And yes, all those of those places are real!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taj Mahal

No word can justify the beauty of the Taj Mahal. A wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is a monument which no other in the world can match its beauty and grandeur. Called the most beautiful temple in the world, the white marbled mausoleum at Agra has become the epitome of a man’s love for a woman.

Synonymous with India, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the epitome of India tourism. India travel is incomplete without experiencing the Taj Mahal. This supreme temple of love, standing gracefully by the sacred Yamuna at Agra, is set amongst the serene ambience of a well laid out garden. The massive white marble structure was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan was so disheartened by her death that the royal court went in mourning for two years and there was no music, no dancing, no celebrations and no feasting for two years. After such a long period when he recovered his consciousness Shah Jahan decided immortalize their love in the form of the Taj Mahal. He had selected the place for the Mahal Taj in Agra so that he could see it from his personal palace at Agra Fort.

Designed by the local Muslim architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, the Taj Mahal is a reflection of the gardens of Paradise to which the faithful ascend. The entire complex, with gardens, gateway structures, and mosque, was completed in 1643. The mausoleum stands at one end of the garden adorned with fountains and marble pavements. The garden contains four water channels to echo the four rivers of the Islamic Paradise.

It is more than 350 years since Taj Mahal was built in Agra, but it has not lost its romantic aura, which attracts millions of visitors to India to experience it. It is because of this everlasting charm that the Taj Mahal in Agra can boast of being one of the most popular world heritage monuments on earth.

Top Travel Blogs to Discover

I was reading Johnny Jet’s post last week on 10 great travel resources to follow on Twitter and thought that some readers might also want to check out some of the really good travel bloggers out there.

Not too long ago, I started an interview series on my website, Go, See, Write, called The Lucky 13 Questions – where I asked some of the best travel writers on the web 13 mostly irrelevant and non-travel related questions. So in that spirit today, I thought I’d give you 13 travel bloggers you should check out, read, and hopefully start following.

I am assuming if you are on the Huffington Post Travel section, you are a lover of travel. No doubt you have read numerous issues of Travel and Leisure or National Geographic Traveler or have browsed through a guidebook or three thinking, reading, and dreaming about travel.

These folks give you the excellent writing, photography, travel tips and insight you would find in magazines, but don’t charge a dime for it online. If you are a travel lover and aren’t addicted to some of them yet, I apologize, because you are about to add to the things that take up hours of your normal week.

    1. Fox Nomad by Anil Polat. Anil is one of the most knowledgable technology travelers out there today. Aside from being incredibly well traveled (he just spent a few weeks in northern Iraq), if you have any questions about how to cheaply use an unlocked cell phone on the road, or work around internet blocks in countries like China, or any other technology question you can think of, his website is the one for you.

 

    1. Fevered Mutterings by Mike Sowden. Mike is a Brit. I mention this because if you don’t appreciate dry British humor, you may want to pass on reading his stuff. But if you like travel writing with a insightful and thoughtful slant — and also with a British sensibility — Mike is your guy.

 

 

    1. Johnny Vagabond by Wes Nations. Wes is going to read this, I am sure, so I want to make sure he and everyone else takes this as a compliment. I have followed him and read his stuff since before he started traveling on his current long journey. He’s a hell of a lot better now than he’s ever been before. His photography is truly great and improving with every post. And no one seems to get into more unusual and entertaining, situations than him. Go read his post on getting into a poker scam in Vietnam or check out his Ganges River photos and tell me you disagree — he is turning into an amazing talent.

 

 

    1. Canvas of Light by Daniel Nahabedian. Best travel photographer on the internet. There is no reason to beat around the bush. If you want to get carried away with the joy of an amazing photo — go check out Daniel’s stuff.

 

 

    1. The Aussie Nomad by Chris Richardson. Chris is a personal friend and one that I want to get traveling again! He’s stopped for a bit in London to do some work (though he is taking weekend trips all over Europe and writing about them). He gives some of the most straightforward and direct backpacking advice out there — worth reading, if only for his dollar by dollar breakdowns of what it costs to visit European cities on a backpacker’s budget.

 

 

    1. Bacon is Magic by Ayngelina Brogan. As the title of her blog might lead you to think, Ayngelina is a serious foodie. She’s traveling through Central and South America on an extended journey and although she writes about much more than food, it is those posts that I try to make sure I haven’t read if I am hungry.

 

 

    1. Wandering Trader by Marcello Arrambide. I just recently ‘found’ Marcello and although I love his website, I think I like his unique story even more. His life story and background is fascinating, but what I find really cool now is that he’s traveling around the world, while making money day trading in the U.S. stock market (ergo the website’s name). He just got back from Antarctica and his photos from there are great.

 

 

    1. Wandering Earl by Derek Earl Baron. Earl is my idol. He has been traveling constantly since 2000. Think about that for a minute. More than a decade on the road. Like Anil, he also just recently visited northern Iraq and you can get lost on his site for days at a time, reading about his various adventures.

 

 

    1. Two Backpackers by Jason and Aracely. I have a special admiration for couples that can successfully manage long-term travel. I am still looking for someone I can travel with for a couple weeks without getting aggravated, so couples that can travel together for months and years impress me mightily. Jason and Aracely are knocking around in South America right now and their stories and photos will inspire you.

 

 

    1. The Planet D by Dave and Deb. Another traveling couple that I admire, Dave and Deb had some of the best and most interesting answers of anyone yet on my Lucky 13 series. Their photos are National Geographic-quality and their writing isn’t far from it.

 

 

    1. Where is Jenny? by Jenny Leonard. Most of the bloggers mentioned are veterans of the travel blogging community. Jenny is more of a newbie, but she’s making a quick impression. She’s actually yet to take the road, but her preparation posts make it clear that she is going to cast a long shadow once she gets out there. Look for lots of adventure from this young, tech-savvy skateboarder and wordsmith.

 

 

    1. Beers and Beans by Beth and Randy. Beth and Randy are also travel photographers, but they intersperse great photos with some truly interesting written content. Their website is simply beautiful — clean, well organized and so full of material that will keep you entertained for longer than you intend.

 

 

  1. Freedonia Post by Joel Ward. Joel is funny. Really funny. Go to his site, click on the Brain Drops links and start there. He’s got an amazing eye for the oddities of the road. Once you have been enchanted by the Brain Drops, wander around and check out the rest.

 

Well, I’ll give you a bonus one also. Unbravegirl, otherwise known as Sally. Sally has a special place in my heart for two reasons: she is one of the few travel bloggers that is actually somehow less tech savvy than I am and, like me, her posts tend towards the long-winded. Normally a bad way to write for the short attention span of the internet, but I challenge you to go read a few of her posts and somehow not be enchanted enough to make it all the way through. Funny, snarky, thoughtful — she’s a great read and some smart book agent should snap her up now, because her form is perfect for that format.

So there you go. If you go and give these folks a chance, I bet you are going to agree with me that some of the finest travel writing out there today is not in magazines or books, but is right there for free on the internet. Pass the good word to your friends — the more people reading good writing, the better for good writing. Enjoy.

 

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Michael Hodson

Goa Popular Tour Attractions and Packages From Blue Hopspitality

Goa is most popular tourist attractions in India. Also known as ‘the pearl of the east’, it is best known for its beautiful and long palm-fringed beaches, Gothic churches, age-old ruins, coconut groves, stimulating Feni and laid back way of life. It is situated on the western coast of the Indian Peninsula, and is separated from Maharashtra by the Terekhol River in the north, Karnataka in the south, the Western Ghats in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the West.

 

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Bondla Wildlife sanctuary lies 52 Km from Panaji, and 10 kilometers northeast of the Usgao village in northern Goa. The area of this wildlife sanctuary is approximately 80 sq km and it is known to be a house for wild boars, jackals and various different species of deer, elephants, black faced langur and a number of different species animals. Even tourists cottages present at the sanctuary entrance and people can spend a night or two there and spend the days in the sanctuary.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

This church is located in old Goa which is 10 Km away from the Goan capital, Panaji and it houses St. Francis Xavier’s preserved body. He had come to India several thousand years ago to spread Christianity in the country and till a few years back, his body was displayed to the public on 2nd December. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO world heritage and it’s a very popular tourist destination of Goa.

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Aguada Fort

Located approximately 22 Km from Bardez, and built in 1612 by the Portuguese, the fort of Aguada is one of the largest fortresses of their bridle in India. It was constructed in order to prevent enemy ships from entering river Mandovi and as a result to protect old Goa. Not only has this fort been a witness to a number of historical battles, it is now functioning as the Central Jail of Goa. The Aguada fort is not only a very good example of Portuguese architecture, it is also a must see place for all the people who are interested in history.

 Aguada Fort

 

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna is a small village in north Goa the hat is popularly known as the freak capital of the world. Its full-moon rave parties and the Wednesday flea market that takes one back to the hippie days have gained international fame.

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Mapusa Beach

Mapusa must be visited for its weekly Friday market which is full of souvenirs and fascinating articles like wooden carvings, coir mats, wood furniture, straw hats and freshly baked bread. It is also more typically Goan, with fish, fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce sold alongside tourist goods.

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Se Cathedral Church

Se Cathedral Church in Goa nearby is dedicated to St. Catherine, as it was on her dinner day, 25th November 1510 that Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa. Believers are awe-struck to hear of the Cross of Miracles, which is placed in the cathedral, its earlier church having been destroyed. People have had a vision of Christ on this cross and the rock on which it was found was said to spout water while, today, the cross is slowly growing.

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Banana Ride

Banana ride has caught the imagination of tourists and enthusiasts worldwide and are proving to be a star attraction at many beaches in Goa. Almost all major beaches have operators who provide for these rides. The Banana rides can be availed by the entire family where the aim is to ride a giant sized extravagant banana and try and maintain its orientation while sailing through the choppy waves. Sounds easy but are ready for the sudden topple into the water which is the surprise on this ride.

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Flea Market

Flea markets are an inseparable part of the folklore of Goa. With its vast coastline and thriving tourism industry the Flea markets are bound to attract visitors. The Anjuna Wednesday, Ingo’s Saturday Night Market, The Friday Bazaar at Mapusa, Arpora Saturday night market are among the popular flea markets which are a must visit. The markets basically present an opportunity to drink, eat, make merry and most importantly shop for some rare antiques, junk jewelry, keep sake boxes, beach wear, Tibetan crafts, Kashmiri handicraft, clothes and jhola bags.

Flea Market

Kerala Back Water Tour Package From Blue Hospitality

Kerala is well renowned for its tangled emerald backwater system which is spread over a wide-ranging 1500 km, around 38 rivers and 5 lakes. And what else can be the best way to experience this tempting backwater system and the unique water-front lifestyle fostered by the people of Kerala than to board a traditional Kerala Houseboat. Take a houseboat cruise along the palm fringed backwaters and watch spectacular sights of the countryside unfold before your very eyes – green paddy fields, churches, coconut groves, Chinese fishing nets, temples, water lilies etc, sure to stay impressed forever.

 

Back Water Destinations

Alappuzha Backwater

Alappuzh is one of the 14 districts in the state of Kerala in India. The name of the district was officially changed to Alappuzha in 1990. The district is a widely known tourist destination, and is well known for its coir factories. Most of Kerala’s coir industries are situated in and around Alappuzha. The district is also known for its collective traditions. It is home to the Punnapra Vayalar strikes against the British and also the revolt against feudal raj.

 

Alappuzha Backwater

 

Kuttand Backwater

Kuttanadu is a region in the Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam Districts, in the state of Kerala, India, well known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and its geographical peculiarities. It’s the region with the lowest altitude in India, and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. It’s also one of the historically important places in the ancient history of South India.

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Kottayam Backwater

Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala and is the administrative capital of Kottayam district. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. The beautiful Vembanand Lake and its associated backwaters border Kottayam district on the West.

 

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 Kollam Backwater

Kollam, an old sea port and town on the Arabian coast in Kerala, India, on the Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam, once called Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans

 

Kerala Backwater Houseboat Cruise

 

 Kochi Backwater

Kochi is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu, and VallarpadamIt has a fine natural harbor around which the city has grown.

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Kamarakom Backwater

Kamarakom is one of the well known backwater destinations in Kerala. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Tourist retreats in Kamarakom. The village of Kamarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region.

 

 

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Malappuram Backwater

Malappuram is situated between the Lakshdweep Sea on the east, the beautiful Nilgiri hills on the west. Beaches, Backwaters, hills and valleys, ancient pilgrimage centre’s, the birth place of Malayalam literature, the headquarters of the traditional Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda, all that and more await the adventurous traveler in this northern part of the southern Indian state of Kerala.

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Khozhikode Backwater

The Unexplored backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canolly Canal and the Kallai River are favorite haunts for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is becoming a popular water sport destination.
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Kassarkod Backwater

The northernmost district of Kerala, Kassarkod is situated on the sea coast with the Western Chats on its east and northern borders. Kasargod is known for its coir and hand loom industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood. Rey rocks and barren land amidst deices vegetation as well as calm lagoons visible through the coconut palms along the coastal beltlend this district a rare and different beauty.

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Trivandrum Backwater

Trivandrum the capital of Kerala means ‘the place of the sacred serpent’ .Its splendid past is to be seen in its old buildings, most of them built in wood in the Kerala Style, with tiled roofs and carved gables, in its botanical garden and Zoo , in its wide roads and public buildings and in its lively intellectual life. Some of Kerala’s leading film makers, poets and writers live here.

Kamarakom Backwater

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