Does your travel bucket list comprise the most scintillating and extraordinary destinations around the world? Gargy Sarkar urges you to pack your bags and set out to such places to experience a surreal expedition!
1 Hydra, Greece
Located in the Aegean Sea, Hydra is one of the most beautiful and opulent Saronic Islands of Greece. A narrow strip of water flows from the islands, bringing the serenity of the place alive. If you are a fan of rural architectural buildings, art and drama and historical monuments, then Hydra is the perfect place for you to take a voyage. Besides, this island does not encourage wheeled vehicles. Hence, you will see no scooters or cars, but only bicycles trolling around the tiny marble-cobbled lanes. For heavy transportation, mules and donkeys lend support. Transport yourself into the rustic and earthy living of this island. A must-see place!
Best reason to visit: The charmingly preserved mansions, monasteries and cathedrals of Hydra are something each traveller should take in.
2 Pamukkale, Turkey
The scenic extravaganza of Pamukkale is simply breathtaking. But this eternally pristine city has much more to offer to its tourists than just sightseeing. A natural site situated in Denizli Province of south-western Turkey, Pamukkale is known for it hot springs and travertines. This place is also known as the ‘Cotton Castle’, thanks to its gleaming white calcite, which is overwhelmed with warm and mineral-rich waters. Visitors come and laze in the travertines for hours; it’s considered to be a must-do thing in Turkey. Undoubtedly, Pamukkale remains to be one of the most vouched-for places by hardcore travel enthusiasts.
Best reason to visit: Apart from the natural beauty, this place also offers a glimpse of the ancient city of Hierapolis, an archaeology museum since 1984, which has now been broken down into ruins.
3 Machu Picchu, Peru
There is nothing more dream-like and captivating like Machu Picchu, Peru’s lost city of the Incas. This beautiful place was built in the 15th century by the great Emperor of Incas Pachacuti. The interesting thing is, this magical city is laid beneath the jungle and mountain mist for around five centuries. Until the early part of the 20th century, Machu Picchu was nearly forgotten. This mesmerising place has a magnetic feel and attracts visitors to take in the essence of its mystical grandeur. This place holds its position in the top five of the travel bucket list.
Best reason to visit: To see the spectacular temples and palaces hidden in the city, along with the spiritual experience of witnessing the sunrise.