The world awaits, and the question is ‘Where should I travel next?’
Deciding on your next travel destination can be a daunting task. It requires weeks of research, massive budgeting efforts, and plenty of advance bookings.
Across the world, there are so many beautiful places to visit. Every state and country has loads to offer for different types of tourists. You get to relax, be adventurous, spend quality time with your loved ones, indulge in shopping, and so much more.
While we can’t pinpoint one exact destination, we can guide you with some top national and international destinations that are most loved by tourists. Below we have listed 5 popular destinations in India and 5 that are internationally a must-visit.
Let’s get started.
5 Best International Travel Destinations
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is meant for all types of travellers. It’s a place where ancient traditions and the latest technologies coexist. Dubai is a vibrant and ultra-modern city with everything your heart desires – stunning hotels, luxury shopping, golden beaches, mouth-watering delicacies, excellent nightlife, and cutting-edge architecture.
Tourists fall in love with Dubai owing to all its splendour and ever-lasting impression. There’s a beautiful desert landscape around the city and you get an unforgettable view from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. There’s also an older historic section filled with souks by Dubai Creek.
Besides, you get multiple entertainment privileges – sky diving, desert safari, lake rides, a swim with the sharks, helicopter tour, scuba diving, hot air balloon, water parks, and the list continues. Do not forget to visit the Museum of the Future. It’s world-class and something that you must have never witnessed before.
2. Bali, Indonesia
If you must have read the famous novel, ‘Eat Pray Love’ you may know how enchanting Bali is. Bali is one of the most exotic places to visit in the entire Indonesian archipelago. It’s hard to imagine how much this island nation has to offer. The island is abundant in natural beauty and offers attractions for all types of tourists.
Hiking, surfing, cycling, diving – there’s immense beauty to explore. Another major attraction of this island is its vibrant arts scene. And if you just wish to unwind, then Bali’s spa and shopping experiences are class-apart. Also, you’ll find them quite affordable. Bali’s appeal is further enhanced by its spirituality, and among the best things to do in Bali include visiting its gorgeous temples and participating in sacred Hindu rituals.
Some of the top attractions in Bali include Seminyak Beach, Mount Agung, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Waterbom Bali, and many other scenic spots. Do remember to plan meticulously and have enough time in hand to discover Bali’s renowned and hidden treasures.
3. Santorini, Greece
Without a doubt, Santorini is among the most popular destinations in Greece. You must visit Santorini if you want to experience everything the volcanic island has to offer, from leisurely lunches to exhilarating excursions and the chance to soak in some of the best views.
There are a surprisingly large variety of enjoyable activities in Santorini to fit every vacation style and budget, aside from the island’s spectacular sunsets and classic architecture. You’ll need at least two to four days to even begin to scratch the surface of everything there is to do, from unwinding on famous beaches to savouring local Greek food and reliving history among centuries-old ruins.
But what you must definitely do in Santorini is, head to the Caldera in Oia for classic sunset views, walk and marvel at the Greek architecture – its white-painted houses and cobbled lanes. If you’re a wine lover, then you should visit Santorini winery and some of the other oldest wineries in the world.
4. Istanbul, Turkey
One of the greatest and oldest cities in the world is Istanbul. Istanbul is stunning, with its variety of mosques, vibrant tile work, and striking architecture. Istanbul is also home to one of the Wonders of the World – the famous Hagia Sophia, which dates back to the Byzantine Empire. Christian and Islamic religious aspects can still be seen in the Hagia Sophia.
For shopping lovers, Istanbul is a delight. Do visit Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. This shopping paradise encompasses 64 streets, 4000 shops, restaurants, and banks – almost like a city in itself. Also, do take a grand tour of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the Dolmabahe Palace.
If you want to avoid the crowds, visit Istanbul between March to May or between September and November.
5. Paris, France
How could we miss the city of love and its striking architecture? The home of the highly renowned Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. There’s more than one reason to visit Paris. You can’t pick just one stunning location in Paris because there are so many to choose from. Paris is breathtaking, and it leaves visitors speechless. Each quartier (neighbourhood) exhibits its unique appeal.
Don’t forget to check out family-owned restaurants with handwritten menus, cobblestone alleyways lined with cute shops, isolated plazas with bubbling fountains, and opulent tea salons where exquisite jewel-like treats tempt you from glass-encased pastry cases.
Paris throws a spell of enchantment in every nook and corner as well as at all the famous locations. A single trip can ignite a passion for life.
5 Best Travel Destinations in India
1. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is popular for its royal culture, history, delicious food, and stunning architecture. It’s a paradise for designers and photographers. Jaipur has always been a hive of creative genius that now extends to a renowned literary festival, leading the way in everything from printed batik textiles and pottery to emerald cutting.
The city is also lauded for its architecture, which includes the blush-colored Amber Fort as well as famous havelis and rich, jewel-toned palaces. For people of all ages, there is a ton of interesting activities available. Riding elephants or camels will be the best rides you’ve ever experienced.
Some of the must-visit places include Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, and Jal Mahal. Also, experience how royalty resides.
Goa is generally recognized as a hotspot for merriment and engaging in thrilling water sports and activities. Young and energetic, it is a popular tourist destination all year long and is one of India’s best-selling vacation destinations. Away from the rush and bustle, South Goa is home to numerous immaculate, dazzling beaches.
Water sports for the courageous include swimming, jet skiing, parasailing, banana rides, and other activities. Additionally, once you’ve had your fill of the beaches, explore the neighbouring landmarks, which include waterfalls, churches, old forts, fascinating museums, spice plantations, and wildlife sanctuaries. Many local churches, temples, and mosques can be explored in Old Goa.
Don’t forget to visit beaches like Vagator, Calangute, Anjuna, and Colva, Fort Aguada, Church of Mae De Deus, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Temple of Bodgeshwar, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, St Xavier’s Church, Grand Island, Deltin Royale Casino, and more.
3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
One of the oldest cities still in existence is Varanasi. It is also well-known by other names, such as Banaras and Kashi. Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists recognize this city as a sacred site. For Hindus, it is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites. Pilgrims and visitors take a holy dip in the Ganges before dawn It’s a unique opportunity that you won’t find anyplace else in the world.
Make sure to get up early to observe the majestic pujas while sitting on the steps of one of the city’s oldest ghats. There are more than 80 Ghats in Varanasi. Visit Dashashwamedh Ghat, one of the most popular sunset locations for the world-famous Ganga Aarti.
Don’t forget to visit Assi Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Durga Temple.
4. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is renowned as heaven on earth. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Munnar has abundant lovely tea estates, lakes, and charming hill towns. The tea estates and verdant woodlands offer a tranquil experience, and you can also see the wildlife there, including some threatened species like the Nilgiri Tahr and Neelakurinji.
It is easily one of the nicest destinations to travel with friends and family, in India. Visit neighbouring natural preserves or go on leisurely hill treks for some adventure. Also, visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park. The unique Neelakurinji flowers, which only bloom once every 12 years, are another thing that makes Munnar noteworthy (the next bloom is in 2030).
A haven for buying tea and spices is Munnar. Shops dotted across the hill town sell cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, coffee, and a variety of handcrafted chocolates.
5. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, this lovely vacation destination is situated at an altitude of 2,205 metres above sea level on the Shivalik foothills. Enjoy excellent weather and tranquil natural surroundings. Its royal architecture exhibits a classic colonial charm. It is a fantastic location to relax and unwind amidst snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys.
Board the bright toy train travelling from Kalka to Shimla and relive your childhood, as it passes through pine trees and lush landscapes. Everyone who visits Shimla must have this incredibly thrilling toy train experience.
You can also go camping, trekking, river rafting, and shopping at Mall Road. All of which will elevate your vacation memories.
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