Even if you were not a regular traveller, you would know that the world is a wondrous place – amazing sights and natural jewels that are still undiscovered. There is so much to see and be amazed with – it is really quite unbelievable! The many natural wonders – stunning landscapes, breath taking mountains and sceneries, water bodies with different colours, varied and exotic species of animals, birds, trees, and flowers – the list is seemingly endless. In our endeavour to bring you the best and provide you with engaging information, we bring you a list, of places that are hard to believe really exist! We hope to stoke your curiosity and ignite the spark of travel within you.
- Head to the Tunnel of Love, Ukraine – a destination for all those who are crazy in love, in love with the idea of being in love, and actually anyone interested in new and amazing sights the world has to offer. This place is possibly one of the most romantic places on this planet. It was earlier a train rail section but trees were left to grow uninhibited around the rails, with the passing train shaping their way through. By crossing back and forth several times a day, the train made a closed tunnel with the trees to fit its size. As per the belief, if two people, authentic in their feelings of love, cross the tunnel while holding hands, their wishes would come true. This tunnel of love is therefore extremely popular for lovers today. Are you heading here with your beloved?
- Visit the Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa), Bolivia is one of those places that travel experts as highly recommended to visit, and regularly features in the list of places to see before one dies! Located at the summit of the Andes, the Salar de Uyuni or the salt flat is the largest salt flat in the world today. It covers an area of 10,582 square kilometres (4,086sq miles). This place was earlier part of a mammoth lake, Lake Minchin – at least 30,000-42,000 years ago. The lake dried, and left behind two major salt deserts – Salar de Uyuni and Salar de Coipasa. Salar de Uyuniis covered by a salt crust – a few meters in thickness. The massive area, and surface flatness when covered with water makes Salar de Uyunitake on the appearance of a mirror – one of the largest mirrors in the world. It is indeed a stunning sight!
- One of the most famous flower gardens, and almost like a pilgrimage for flower lovers, botanists, and all kinds of tourists is the Keukenhof Gardens. Yes, the same place where you would find row upon row of the most astoundingly beautiful tulips, resplendent orchids, and other blossoms that seem like snow. This garden, located in the town of Lisse, a short journey from Amsterdam, sees at least 800,000 visitors each year during the period of March to May – the time that it opens for visitors. There are around 7 million bulbs planted each year, which when bloomed, bring immense joy and leave their viewers awe-struck.
- Spread over 350 hectares the Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan, has large expanses of verdant, seasonal flowers, an amusement park, and multiple cycling and walking trails. The most sought after sight in this park is the iconic flower, the blue Nemophila, which seems to mimic the colour of the sky. The best time to visit is from late April to mid-May, when the flowers are at their vibrant best. The hill is covered by green kokia bushes, which ‘miraculously’ turn red when the weather becomes cooler. The best time to view this sight is from early to mid-October. While Nemophila may be the central attraction, there are several other varieties of flowers too, which bloom almost all through the year – Narcissus and Tulips being two of the most loved ones. The great part about this park is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year – the extensive walking trails in the Hitachinaka Nature Forest and the native plants of the coast of Japan in the Dune Garden.
- Quick – what is the first thing that crosses your mind when you think of a beach? Sand – right? Well, right for most beaches, but not for the Panjin Red Beach in China, since there is no sand here but it is red in colour owing to the presence of the seaweed, Sueda. This algae, starts growing during April and May – remains green during summer, and turns a bright, vibrant, and stunning red in early October, the beginning of autumn. The other significant aspect about The Red Beach is that it is located in the largest wetland and reed marsh in the world, and hosts the most complete ecosystem that can be found anywhere. It is home to more than 399 types of wild animals, 260 types of birds – the endangered Crown Cranes and Black Beaked Gulls too – which is why it is referred to as ‘the home of the cranes’. Owing to its ecological importance, this place was afforded state-level protection in the year 1988, and now only a small part of the Red Beach is open to tourists. Do not take our word for it – but it certainly is one of the places that are hard to believe really exist!
We continue to emphasize that travelling is possibly one of the best means to learn and unwind. Just reading about and looking at the pictures of these places, serves to uplift the spirit – imagine if you could actually be there? We are waiting to take you to the places that are hard to believe really exist – but are actually real.