Where Is The Best Place To Visit In The World?

I had a very good time in Hawaii, Since I Really like Summer time, and the beaches are AMAZING. Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui might be the most beloved. The island encapsulates all that Hawaii has to offer: exotic beaches (like Kaihalulu), palatial resorts and lush terrain.

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  1. Hi. Driving from Connecticut to Nicaragua with my daughter and then driving back, (taking our time to tour around Mexico on our way back), has been my best travel experience so far.

    The sights were amazing! Most people were generous, caring and helpful. We made some wonderful friends and the experience was…well…unforgettable!!
    I really recommend you to drive those Incredible Views.

    Zaky

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  2. I love Ireland, I traveled by myself and Irish people are extremely friendly. It’s very easy to meet people and it’s also very safe. 

    I’ve never been to a place where people were more likely to say hello or strike up a conversation with you, That makes you feel like you’re not alone.


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  3. The best is Iceland.

    Dusk falls on a primeval landscape on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A final relic from the world’s last ice age, this North Atlantic island nation is a world of knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords, monumental cliffs, black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and silent white glaciers. Recent volcanic eruptions reminds me that Iceland is still a country in the making, with changed landscapes that even Icelanders continue to discover. 

     

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    Reykjavík the capital is awash in thriving cafes, high-energy clubs, friendly pubs, and a brightly-colored old town with rows of wooded houses clustered together. It’s more like a giant small town than a city. However, this city is one of the trendiest in the world, as Icelanders are obsessed with design, technology, and architecture.  

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  4. My favorite so far is Thailand. It has everything from scenic park areas, rural villages, elephants, jungles, beautiful beaches, nightlife and friendly people. The weather is warm year round, just like summertime! Thailand is popular with backpackers, thrift travelers and wealthy travelers.

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    Tourism is their number one business for Thailand. They have excellent transportation right from the airport and throughout the country. Buses, trains and discount airlines are available. Bangkok is the capital city and has a great city rail service. There is the Skytrain, Airport Rail Link, buses and cheap meter taxis available.

    Hotels and hostels are available at economy prices. But you can also choose to stay in 4 and 5 star hotels if that is your wish. Excellent restaurants to choose from. And there are also many cheap street food vendors, food courts and restaurants in supermarkets for the economy travelers.

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  5.  

    I’ve have to agree that Hawaii is one of the best places I’ve ever been. Toured around there for a couple of weeks with my Dad and also headed over to Maui as well which was really great.

    Anyway, totally agree that Hawaii is a place that everyone should visit. Good weather, great scenery and a relatively safe place to visit.

    Christian
     

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  6. my favorite place to visit is Brazil hands down….especially Rio de janeiro & Sao Paulo!

    Everything I read up on…made me nervous, scared, worried to visit….but it was literally all false about the crime and danger when I went there to see for myself! 

    I found such a beautiful place…Rio perhaps the most beautiful place on earth! looking down over the city at night from the Cristo! or overlooking the enormous city of sao paulo from above at sunrise

    The people are so nice and friendly, best culture in the world….mix of everything, every race, everyone is Brazilian, lol I believe god is even Brazilian after visiting this country for little over two month! best time of my life hands down and made many new friends for life.


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  7. If you like adventure, for me the best place to visit in the world is Cusco, Peru.
    I did there 3 days rafting, which was FASCINATING ! The best rafting I have ever had.
    We did like 5 hours of 4 level rafting, which is pretty scary. And Camp at night, each night in different place. The camping areas they choose where really nice, and the view was amazing.
    This was one of the great adventures I had.
    Also if you come to cusco of course you can do tons of different treks. Among them are the
    famous inca trail which is amazing. You can also do Bungie jumping in cusco and Horse riding.
    that is why I like cusco, all the adventures concentrated in one place, and the prices are really cheap compared to New Zealand or other places in the globe.
    There are also organized tours from cusco that will take you 6 days to the jungle. It is called Manu Jungle and I have heard that is cool, you camp with jaguars in some places. However I haven’t done this when I was there because of time constraints. But I will definitely go back to cusco so much to do….
    By the way when I did horse ride, I rode so fast the horse, and fell down, almost broke my body, luckily nothing serious happened, So Beware when you do those adventures things …..

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  8. Come experience …..Uganda because of its bio-diversity and is blessed with an abundance of Wildlife, one of the few places in the World where you can easily and safely track the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, find an abundance of elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, African buffaloes, warthogs, over 1040 different kinds of birds, a variety of antelopes, Hippopotamus, and so much more….


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    Hello Traveler…..It would also depend upon the time of year you wish to travel and your budget.

    Either Southern Africa or East Africa is best for wildlife viewing Cheers…

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  9. My favorite so far is Sweden, Everything about this country is beautiful: the countryside, the cities, and especially the people.

    It may be expensive, but it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I love how the buildings blend so well into the natural surroundings, how the mountains rise into the sky and how the rivers look like glass. If it didn’t have such a bad winter, I would move there.  

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    I can always find a reason to love a place. Even thinking of just six, I think that I could love Italy for the food, and Costa Rica for its jungles. New  Zealand is also an amazing country! The list could go on forever really. But, if one day, someone told me I could only go to six countries for the rest of my life, these would be the winners and while I might miss others, I wouldn’t regret having these destinations as my top choices. 

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  10. I have been to Germany, Copenhegan , Sweden, Finland , Oslo , Paris , Thailand , Vietnam and few other countries in Europe , my best trip was to berlin in Germany , enjoyed a lot , lovely city with amazing nightlife.

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  11. Amazonia

    The Amazonia is an immense rainforest shared by the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Venezuela. A significant part of the total area of 700 million hectares is not yet explored thoroughly, giving rise to the belief that many animal and plant species remain undiscovered. When you go the Amazonia, prepare for a safari adventure. You will be passing the night in jungle lodges, you will navigate the Amazon River, and you will listen to the legends of exotic animals.

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  12. I would have to say that my best trip so far was to eastern asia… thailand, cambodia and laos. I especially loved laos- the people were just so friendly and I enjoyed the slow paced-life of luang prabang. Otherwise I would say that italy has been another favorite trip! Always good food, people, weather, and sites.

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  13. My best trip ever is to Beautiful Island Sri Lanka. I began my trip in the capital, Colombo, and toured south past Bentota to Galle, and inland to Kandy and the fortress at Sigiriya, taking pictures of everything, even Sri Lankan foods, and fruits.
    You can do almost everything in Sri Lanka like Safari, bird watching, swimming in beaches, hiking, etc.

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  14. In world , there are many best places to be visit.

    Each place has its own attractions and importance.Some time in the future I would like to visit Japan because I am of the opinion that this country must be worth a visit. They have such a strong tradition and value system.

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  15. Incredible India’ is one of the top holiday destinations in world. India houses a lot of tourist attractions like wildlife, hill stations, beaches etc. India has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations across Asia.

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  16. My favourite country is Italy. I have been almost in all the parts, but the one I enjoyed most is Sardinia Island. Amazing nature with most beautiful beaches and absolutely gorgeous cities/towns!

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  17. Asian countries have most popular tourism destinations. Few of tourist attractions places are below.
    1.Sri Lankan (Lion’s Rock)
    2.Indian Golden Triangle
    3. Japan ( Osaka Castle)
    4.China (China Great Wall)

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  18. Hello

    Nice question. Thanks for sharing your different opinion. My favorite country is U.K. Its really amazing place. I especially loved london.

    Thanks
    Have a nice time ahead.

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  19. WOW Guys!!!!
    This is a really good thread, thanks Katty for Starting this Topic!!
    You travelers just gave me great ideas, of new places I want to explore & Travel!
    I agree with Katty & Abigail that Hawaii should be a great place, this is my next place in my TOP priority list!
    I am so jealous you had the opportunity to go there!
    The thing is that it is so far from home, (I currently live in London).
    Oh well, one day….

    Anyway the best place I traveled to was Colombia!!
    Outstanding beaches and Stunning views!!!
    especially Tayrona park. I wrote a whole new topic about Tayrona beach!
    Have a look in my description and my Amazing photos in the following thread:
    Tayrona Park Link

    It will be great to hear from more travelers in this forum about their
    Best Travel
    So Far….
     

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  20. Where is the best place has to be the hardest question in the world. I have been around the world twice and all depends on where your interests are. I absolutely love South America and have been to Bolivia and Colombia twice. Guatemala and Belize are great as is Mexico. Everywhere else in between is just as good and Tulum Mexico is one of my favourite places to visit. If I were you just go to as many places you can.

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  21. My favorite place depends on my mood. For a short trip, I love New Orleans for it’s culture and food. For a relaxing time I love Jamaica and Negril for the warm waters and beautiful beaches. As far as Europe, I like Amsterdam for all it’s culture and art museums.

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  22. I just returned from a trip three days in Bali! I and my family have found a best hotel and have a fun time. I think Bali is also an interesting destination!

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  23. Peru is my favourite place! I flew into Lima, the capital, but it’s very European in style and it’s shrouded in mist rolling in off the ocean for 6 months of the year (I happened to go there during these 6 winter months!) I must admit that due to a lack of time I didn’t make it to the Miraflores area of the city which is meant to be nice when there isn’t any mist because it’s up on a cliff and you have great views of the ocean. You can paraglide off the cliffs and also go surfing on the beach.
     

      However Cusco is beautiful, an Inca built city with steep cobbled, winding streets and a mystical atmosphere. I think the thin air here adds to the mysticism of the place! There are lots of places to eat and you can get cuisine from all over the world although you don’t need it, Peruvian food is lovely!

      From here I visited Maccu Picchu which was amazing! I stayed in a nearby town called Aguas Calientes and took the bus first thing in the morning to see the sunrise there, unforgettable! I would have liked to have trekked the Inca trail but I didn’t have time… but there’s always next time, I’d love to go here again!

    I went to Manu while I  was in Peru and it was very special, so much so I wrote a post about it:

    http://www.TravelMagma.com/peru-travel-forum/manu-park-peru/

     

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  24. Id recommend Hong Kong. plenty of great food, lots of shopping to do and spectacular sights and views to see!. really was a treat. Id recommend everyone to go there at least once in their life. I also read this really good article on the net that showed all these shopping places i didnt even know about!. next time i go, im gonna be sure to check them out. in case ur intrigued here’s a peek!

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  25. Cappadocia
    Turkey

    A trip to the steppes of Central Anatolia is the next best thing to intergalactic travel, at a fraction of the cost and inconvenience. Centuries of wind and water have sculpted a surrealistic landscape from the soft volcanic terrain: minarets, cones, spires, “fairy chimneys,” and rocky pinnacles in shades of pinks and russet-brown soar as high as five-story buildings and cover an area of about 50 square miles. Ancient inhabitants of Cappadocia hollowed out the tufa cones and cliffs to create troglodyte-style cave dwellings that are still lived in today. A major trade route between East and West, Cappadocia was home to a dozen different civilizations. The early Christians arrived in the 4th century, sculpting from the rock domed churches, complete with vaulted ceilings, columns, and pews. The open-air museum is the site of an ancient monastic colony, once said to have had more than 400 churches, hermitages, and small monasteries. Today fifteen are open to the public. Some of the simple frescoes date back to the 8th century, but it’s the rich Byzantine frescoes of the 10th and 13th centuries that are the most astonishing.

    Modern-day troglodytes must head for the utterly unique and charming Yunak Evleri hotel, a romantic web of tastefully restored connecting caves dating back as far as the 5th century.

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  26. I had an amazing time in Puerto Rico, If you love the beach this is your place. The island is rimmed with great beaches, but the best – and still a secret to most visitors – is the world-class Playa Flamenco, on wee, offbeat, laid-back island of Culebra, 17 miles off Puerto Rico’s mainland. Reached by ferry or flight, Culebra is great for beach-hopping, snorkeling or hikes in a wildlife refuge.


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  27. I had my great in India last year, there i visited shimla and manali and enjoyed snowfall. Its all too romantic. I would definitely love to go there again in future.

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  28. I travelled through Europe for over two years and for me the best place was the Greek Islands. Out of all of them, I most like Santorini – however they all have something unique to offer. I highly recommend this part of the world to others. The best thing is that the Greek Islands can be enjoyed no matter what your budget.

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  29. I would recommend Kudahithi Island in the Maldives, nothing I know can withstand it 🙂 but it will cost you 🙂

    It is a true Robinson Crusoe island… with all the luxury Robinson did not have : :-*

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  30. I think that the best place is Spain… there a lot of beatiful cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, etc…but I recommend the city where I was born: Valencia …there a lot of things to do and the weather is fantastic. 

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  31. My favorite destination is Kerala, The God’s own country. The mountains, foothills, valleys, plains, rivers, lakes, backwaters and beaches are amazingly beautiful. Friendly people, good food and accommodation, comprehensive civic amenities including transportation and communication, abundant wildlife, exotic vegetation … it is among the world’s top 50 “must see” destinations.

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  32. I agree, Hawaii is a great place to be. Specially the ocean breeze there it is really over whelming. I love to visit Hawaiian Islands again.

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  33. Switzerland is the best place to visit. It’s an amazing holiday destination. Last summer, I had a memorable vacation with my family. We had spent there such a great time that my children still talked about that.

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  34. Cyprus is the my favourite Country

    Get indulged in the romantic surroundings of this very beautiful island. The beauty of this place will not cease to mesmerise you. You can survey the island. A tour around the island will reveal to you something about its history.

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  35. Vietnam is a perfect destinations, where you can learn about oriental culture, have great beach vacations, have big fun in its developing cities

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  36. The Golden Temple in India, which is often called the “Darbar Sahib or Harmandar Sahib” by the Indians, is one of the oldest places of worship for the ‘Sikhs’ and is located in Amritsar, Punjab. It is considered one of the holiest, blessed and sacrosanct places in India. It is a symbol of both beauty and peace. The temple is surrounded by a small man-made lake which has tons and tones of fishes in it. This lake is supposed to have holy water. The temple can be entered from four different sides and thus symbolizes openness, acceptance. This concept is based on the old tents which were open from all four sides, welcoming travelers from all directions.
    The Golden Temple has three holy trees. There is also a small Sikh Museum near the Ghanta Ghar in Amritsar which is very rich in information, especially for the first time visitors. The entire top of the temple is made of pure gold and thus adds a lot of pride and beauty to the entire temple.
    During the earlier days, this place was a huge lake surrounded by a thin line of forests. It is also said that Buddha journeyed to find out the real meaning of life spent some considerable time in this place. The first guru of the Sikh community called the Guru Nank also used to meditate in this peaceful place and years after he passed away, many of his disciples kept coming back to the site and then it finally became a sacred place. It was during the Fifth Guru, Arjana when the Temple was finally built 1604. It was Guru Arjan who installed the “Guru Granth Sahib” in the temple and appointed the first reader in August 1604. The temples architecture is that of both Hindu and Muslims. On many occasions, it was destroyed by a certain set of community and rebuilt by the Sikhs.

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  37. Sorry in advance, but I have two favorite cities. My favorite city would have to be New York. The city is full of great restaurants, nightlife and the buzz just from walking up and down the streets really can’t be found anywhere else. For a more exotic vacation, my favorite place to visit would be Thailand. The islands in the smaller cities off the coast are incredible. Soft white sand, $10 a night beach huts and beautiful warm water!

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  38. Malta one of the best place to visit, to see beautiful beaches, fantastic views, memorable churches and lots of other place to visit. 

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  39. What an interesting forum topic I have to say!
    It’s interesting to see how different people ‘rate’ a country and what people look for in their favourite destinations!

    My favourite destination has got to be Devon in the south west of England. My husband and I have just got back from a short trip there a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. 
    It has everything…historical cities, great restaurants, the seaside! What more could you ask for? Well…better weather perhaps but one can’t have everything!

    Definitely worth a visit if you fancy something different!

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  40. I have to say that Spain is also one of my favouriete destinations in the world. In particular Andalucia as I find the way of life very chilled and the people are always very warm and proud of where they come from.
    The weather is always great too, which is an added bonus of course!

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  41. I Think Thailand! I flew there  last year and until today I still remember exactly how it felt to do elephant trekking down a hill in a rainy day. YEP! It was risky but it was something life should not be missing.

    I think thai people have such friendly smile though you already all know that it is call THE LAND OF SMILE!  The food are extremely cheap but somewhat very delicious though sometimes too spicy to handle.

    I somehow realize COKE tasted different around the world! haha…

    SARIKA waterfall was the best achievement I have so far as I drove out of town with no direction nor ideas where to go and how!?!? I stopped at the waterfall and I was all relaxed and calmed!

    I believe that people have different interests. This is what I think should be shared and might be one of the best place in the world for someone!!!

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  42. I would suggest India. It’s very diverse and every state has something new to offer. India caters to the backpack travelers  and the luxury travelers as well. From Goa to Rajasthan, From Kashmir to Kerela, it’s one hell-of-a-trip 🙂

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  43. Well, this is a tough one, but we are building a travel site for Eastern Europe, so there we have some places and peeps that not so many have seen. At least comparatively. Russia is under visited, and I just finished working on data from Slovakia that revealed some of the best skiing I ever saw.

    I am going to say Croatia though. I hope you guys check it out. Some of the other suggestions here are superb too. Maybe we should just suggest great places and not consider one the best? I am here in Germany, and I will show you guys some pics and video here shortly. Best til then.

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  44. New Zealand is different from many parts of the world, where they lie under snow for months on winter. Apart from the Lake Matheson, and the Ahipara’s small group of sunset and it has one of the best left hand surf breaks in New Zealand, even in the depths of winter.

    New Zealand has a controlled climate – which means it doesn’t get exceptionally hot in summer and equally, doesn’t get incredibly cold in winter, despite the fact that it’s the last populated country en route to Antarctica.

    The southernmost parts of the South Island can certainly feel the bite of southerly winds blowing up from the Ice, but overall, New Zealand is an easy place to spend a Holiday – no matter what time of year it is.

    Having said that, there are some key things to remember if you plan on having a wonderful winter holiday in New Zealand.

    There may not be snow on the ground, but there will be plenty of rain, possibly hail from time to time, and occasional fog.

    There will also be a high likelihood of frost, especially if you are anywhere from Lake Taupo south. The great thing about frosty days, is that almost without exception, they turn into a beautiful blue sky, sunny day once the icicles have thawed.

    So pack warm clothes and head for the places you can really enjoy the best of winter outdoors – the snow fields and skating rinks.

    Make sure your hire vehicle comes with chains if you are headed anywhere near the mountains
    and make sure you know how to put them on the car or van.

    Try to plan your driving so you are travelling during daylight hours – and remember it gets dark by about 5.30pm in mid-winter.

    Skiers and Snowboarders Welcome

    New Zealand is very well endowed with great ski areas – Beautiful Lake Monowai powers one of the South Island’s oldest hydroelectric stations. It occupies a long, curved valley in the southern part of Fiordland National Park – on a map, the lake looks like the letter U.

    Further south, Queenstown and Wanaka are the dominant players, boasting Treble Cone and Cardrona at Wanaka, and Coronet Peak and the Remarkables in Queenstown.

    Perhaps the most amazing thing about all of these ski fields is that they are at most a day’s drive from the furthest north, to the furthest south. So you have plenty of options within driving distance should one field be closed.

    A great way to follow the best snow conditions and combine your transport and accommodation into one, is to Hire Campervan and get a group of your friends together for the trip. You can park at the bottom of the ski field road and take a shuttle up to the top, or with fields like Coronet that have fully sealed roads all the way up the mountain, you can easily drive your campervan up to the carpark, so it can act as your base for the day’s activities.

    There are plenty of other activities to be enjoyed on a crisp winter’s day too – a few rounds of golf on some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, doing the winery tours, which are to be enjoyed year round and of course enjoying the many cafes, bars and eating establishments around the country. 

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  45. For me the best place is Croatia!

    Those beautiful islands, the Plitvice Lakes, the Krka waterfalls, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Zadar etc. Even its continental part has much to offer, Zagreb is a nice town!

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  46. Caribbean Islands!!! How I wish I could go there… Europe too..Oh wait…Include Australia.. Well it would be better to go around the world =)

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  47. My last trip was to Stockhom and I must say it was an awsome trip. I spend there alsmost three weeks and explored mnay regions. Sweden is really a beautiful country. But there are more beautiful places in world that I have to still visit.

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  48. Wow! I think Hawaii is one of the best places to go. I met a tourist from Hawai in Masai Mara and she gave me good photos from Hawaii. they are so nice and I hope to make it there some day.

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  49. Hi Kathy smiley3

    I have had the time of my life in New Zealand, precisely in the Bay of Islands which is an area of outstanding natural beauty !

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  50. I think there is no definite “best” place in the world. Each point on the compass is worth a shot. I think it is more about how you make the most of your vacation. like in Australia you can drive a 4WD to explore places uncovered by many. In Malaysia you can homestay in the village, sail on the lake and learn about stuff they do everyday. In New Zealand you can scrape the mountains in winter and skii different slopes.. there’s endless of opportunity frankly

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  51. I think different people  will have different answers. Each person has his/her own ‘best place’ since it’s a matter of personal view and feeling. However, gathering all of the answer, we will have a set of interesting places-worth a visit. 🙂

    I have travelled to many places and the one I love most is Sapa of Vietnam. It is a quiet moutainous region with fresh air and pictureques scene. Many ethnic minorities are living there in harmony . I do love the llife there. A trully peaceful life!

    If you are interested in this wonderful place, I recommend you vietnamtourbooking. It is one of the most reliable travel agencies in Vietnam now. Everytime I want to spend holiday in Vietnam, it must always be vietnamtourbooking that I choose. They have never disappointed me yet!

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  52. Hi Nguyenhappy !

    I have been in Vietnam sometimes already! I must say it’s a really wonderful country. I am regretting I have not gone to Sapa yet. because of your suggestion, I probably will consider a visit there.

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  53. I can say the best place for me to visit is in Asia…

    Especially Singapore…

    There are lot of beautiful tourist spot in the country that every tourist will surely enjoy…

    There are lot of afforddable hotels there that you can stay in and have great facilities…

    The people there are also great they are very friendly…^_^

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  54. Why go: Just as New York is the bright star of the States, so London is to the United Kingdom. Bursting with a multiplicity of things to do — touring the Tower of London, circling ’round in the London Eye, curtseying to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace, visiting the Tate Modern or scarfing down some fish’n’chips — London appeals to a variety of travelers, including couples, families and backpackers. Visitors can finish off the day with a raucous night at a popular club or a refined evening at the theater — and start all over again in the morning. (London’s myriad attractions fill more than a week of vacation).

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  55. Barbados is pretty good but don’t go during the hurricane season which is round September. This beautiful island caters for every taste and should be checked out. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

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  56. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting one of Saigon’s barber shops, this is one for your bucket list. These shops mainly cater to men, although it is not what you might think. You might have heard that these barber shops are a front for houses of prostitution, and I have read that in the past they may have been. This is certainly not the case today in Ho Chi Minh City. If you come across a barber shop in Saigon that is filled with 10-20 beautiful young girls wearing uniforms and looking like airline hostesses, I suggest that you go in and investigate. The girls are very friendly and they treat you like a rock star (no they are not prostitutes). You can have a shave or a haircut, a manicure, pedicure, and I would recommend finishing off with the massage. This might sound a little expensive, you would be amazed at how affordable it is to be pampered by beautiful women in Saigon. This kind of royal treatment in your home country is probably normally reserved for the rich and famous, or professional athletes and rock stars!

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  57. For me the best city is easily Melbourne – I just love the feel of the city, the architecture, Flinders St Station, the Bohemian sleazy underbelly of St Kilda, live music at the Espy (sort of like an Aussie CBGBs). It has a feel of Gotham City with its combination of glass sky scrapers and church spires dotted around the city and with 101 subcultures rubbing shoulders with one another. Definitely worth a visit.

    For a more remote destination, the east coast of Borneo out in the jungle with the cute little tree squirrels, macacs, probiscus monkeys and all the more dangerous critters – cut off from civilisation with no one to pester you by phone, email etc just laying in a hammock watching monkeys flinging poo at each other.

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  58. Krakow! Krakow in Poland! It’s a beautiful city! I was there three days, during them I visted Chopin concert, Klezmer Music concert and Chamber Royal Orchestra concert- cracowconcerts.com (I’m a miusician and I was on the music stypendium). But I also visit Wawel Castle and the whole Old Town- amazing!
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    Krakow! I’m miusician and I was on music stypendium. I can recommend Pro Arts Artistic Agency concerts and visit Wawel Castle. The Old Town at all is amazing!

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    There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit outside the Kathmandu Valley. The places are full of history and historical remains and are remarkable for their beauties. Most of the places can be easily reached from Kathmandu by road or by air.

     

    High in the Himalayan Mountains lies the small Kingdom of Nepal, with its lofty mountains, deep valleys, lush jungles, exotic wildlife and diverse peoples. Mostly known as the ?Land of Everest? or the ?Birthplace of the Lord Buddha?, Nepal has a variety of attractions to keep tourists coming back for more.

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    Kathmandu, the capital and the largest city of Nepal, derives its name from Kasthmandap or “house of wood” a pagoda-style temple. A few steps away is the Temple of the Living Goddess, where the clients may catch a glimpse of the Kumari at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. All around the splendour of historical monuments is the hustle & bustle of the market place. Vegetable vendors, trees of flutes, salesmen with their wares displayed on their person, souvenir hawkers, street shop selling imported goods and tucked away in a quiet corner the glittering bead market for custom made bead necklaces.

     

     

    Patan;

    Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the “city of fine arts” and is the oldest city in the valley. This Buddhist City is said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Patan is the cradle of arts and architecture of the valley, a great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Well known among these are the Krishna Mandir, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Kumbheshwar temple, Jagatnarayan temple & the Mahabouddha temple. Patan is enclosed within 4 Buddhist stupas set on the four-corners of the outer boundaries of this ancient city. A tour of Patan would also include a visit to the Tibetan refugee village to witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets using age-old methods of dyeing and finishing. Three or four persons at each loom weaving traditional designs, chatting & singing can also be seen here.

     

     

    Bhaktapur;

    Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon meaning the “city of devotees” lies 14 km east of Kathmandu. It is the home of medieval art & architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for it’s pottery and weaving. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved of the valley?s three cities. The intricately carved temples, alleyways and timeless atmosphere of this place is simply intriguing. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur include Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows, Bell of the barking dogs, Nyatapole Temple, Bhairavanath Temple, Dattatrya Temple, Pujari Math etc;

     

     

    Boudhanath;

    The stupa of Bodhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. It is the biggest Stupa in Nepal and is located on flat land and encircled by houses & monasteries, where Rinpoches reside. This colossal Stupa is set on concentric ascending terraces in the powerful pattern of a Mandala. Around the base of this strikingly enormous and simple stupa is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels.

     

    Bungmati & Khokana;

    The twin villages of Bungmati & Khokana date from the 16th century and are located south of Kathmandu, down a rutty road dotted with Chaityas. Bungmati is the winter home of lord Rato Machhendranath, the protector God of Patan. The shrine of Karya Binayak is located between the two villages. At Khokana ancient oil presses can be seen at work in village houses.

     

    Budhanilkantha;

    9 km north of Kathmandu in a small pond at the foot of the Shivapuri Hills lies the half-submerged massive black stone statue of the reclining Vishnu resting on a bed of snakes. Worshippers strew the sleeping Vishnu with offerings of flowers & rice. It is a monumental sculpture from the Lichhavi period.

     

    Champa Devi;

    The hike to the top of Champa Devi (2,278m), the highest peak on the Chandragiri Ridge south west of Kirtipur, affords a panoramic view of the west Kathmandu valley, back dropped by the snow covered Himalayas. Either starting from Chovar or from Pharping the trail climbs steeply to join at a saddle close to the top. A Hindu shrine and a white stupa mark the Champa Devi summit. Several return routes are possible. Staying close to the ridge continuing west, a trail descends from the second saddle north to Kirtipur. Another descends from the third saddle and reaches Kisipidi.

     

     

    Chandeshwari;

    Chandeshwari shrine is located north of the sprawling trading town of Banepa near Dhulikhel. A track leads northeast past the town hospital to the temple on the bank of a forested gorge. The temple is dedicated to Parvati, whom they called upon to slay ?Chand?, the most fearsome of the demons. It thus became known as Chandeshwari, “the slayer of Chand”. The main attraction is a remarkable fresco of Bhairav, painted on the western wall of the main structure. The torana and struts of the three-tiered temple are richly carved with the eight Astha Marikas, or “Mother goddesses” and eight Bhairavs.

     

     

    Changunarayan;

    The road access to Changunarayan, 18 kms east of Kathmandu is from behind Bhaktapur. Alternatively, it is a 45 minutes walk up from the Sankhu road, across the Manohara River, using the old pilgrim?s route or a pleasant half-day hike along the ridge from Nagarkote on the eastern valley rim. The lavishly decorated two-tiered temple was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, but the earliest inscription in the valley dated 467 A.D. testifies to the considerable talents of the Licchavi King Mandeva I, Nepal?s first great historical figure. The temple stands in a spacious courtyard, littered with priceless stone sculptures from the 4th to 9th century A.D. (Licchavi period). This golden age of classical Newari art produced masterpieces that were entirely religious in character.

     

    Chapagaon;

    A rough track to the south of the Kathmandu Valley winds steeply downhill, through intricately terraced fields of reddish brown soil to the ancient Lichhavi village of Lele, on through terraced mustard fields and bamboo groves to Chapagaon. An important tantric temple of Vajra Varahi is located here in a sacred grove of trees, built in 1665 ? however, the site is much older. Various naturally sculpted stones strewn about are regarded as images of Ganesh, Bhairav and the Ashta Matrika.

     

    Chovar;

    Carved out of a hillside, the Chovar gorge is the only outlet for all the waters of the valley. Legend has it that Manjushree, an ancient saint cut the mountain with his magical sword, to drain out the water from the Kathmandu Valley which was then just a lake. There is a small but picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of the hill with a magnificent view of the snow capped peaks. Just beyond the gorge is a temple of lord Ganesh. The main image of the shrine is a massive rock, naturally carved.

     

     

    Dakshinkali;

    Dakshinkali is 45-minute drive south from Kathmandu. Located in a dark valley at the confluence of two streams, the shrine of Dakshinkali is the most spectacular of all Kali temples. Animal sacrifices are offered to this deity signifying fertility and the procreative powers of the Female, every Tuesday & Saturday. The animals are presented to the priest who will ritually decapitate them with a khukuri knife & bathe the black stone image of Kali in blood.

     

     

    Dhulikhel;

    30 kms east of Kathmandu lies the small resort town of Dhulikhel set on a hill top, enveloped in copper soiled terraces with magnificent views of the central Himalayan peaks. Dhulikhel is well known for its sunrise views and a number of day trails lead along the north ridge of the town. A good way to get a glimpse of Nepalese village life.

     

     

    Godavari;

    18 kms south of Kathmandu lies the Royal Botanical Gardens at Godavari. With its rushing streams and shady meadows it is a popular picnic spot. It also has a notable collection of orchids, cactii & ferns. A quiet path leads to the Godavari Kunda, a spring where the sacred water of the Godavari river pours from the mountains.

     

     

    Kakani;

    The village of Kakani lies 29 kms north west of Kathmandu City. Famous for magnificent views of the sun setting over the north western Himalayan range; the Ganesh Himal massif, Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Choba Bhamare (6,016 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Annapurna (8,091 m). The drive to Kakani & back along the Trishuli Road is scenically rewarding with green forest & mountain grandeur on one side and fertile river flats and terraced hillside cultivation on the other.

     

     

    Kirtipur;

    Perched on twin hillocks and clinging to a saddle about 5 km south west of Kathmandu lies the village of Kirtipur. A long flight of steps leads up to Kirtipur from the valley floor & a motorable road goes part way up the hill. Steep paths link brick houses built on terraces. The villagers dressed in traditional costume work on ancient looms. The people are well known for their strength and valour. Many historical battles were fought and won by the inhabitants of Kirtipur.

     

    Kopan Monastery;

    A center of Mahayana Buddhism was established in 1969 by two Lamas; Lama Thupten Zopa Rinpoche & Lama Thupten Yeshe. Since its inception the center has been responsible for introducing thousands to Buddha’s teaching through meditation courses, ectures & retreats.

     

     

    Nagarkot;

    The tiny settlement of Nagarkot clings to a hilltop 36 kms east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,099m. It is one of the best vantage point to view the peaks – from the Annapurnas to Everest, the peaks seem no more than a day’s walk away. It is also possible to do a day hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel along the valley rim.

     

     

    Nagarjun;

    Nagarjun, a prominent forested hill, west of Kathmandu topped with a Buddhist stupa with superb views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang and the Kathmandu valley. A dirt road winds to the top (2,096m) though a trek would take two hours. A return trail descends the southwest side of Nagarjun to Ichangu Narayan and reaches Kathmandu via a dirt road that eventually comes out behind Swayambhunath.

     

     

    Namo Buddha;

    Namo Buddha meaning “hail to the Buddha” a sacred site, where according to legend Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving tigress & her cubs. A carved stone slab at the main stupa depicts the moving story. A dirt road (suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles) leads up to Namo Buddha from Dhulikhel. A different trail returns descending south through a forest heading west up a long vale for a round trip walk of six to seven hours, or 2 to 3 hours to Panauti.

     

    Panauti;

    Located at the confluence of the Punyamati & Roshi Khola rivers, Panauti was once an important staging post on the Tibet trade route with pre-Lichhavi origins. The banks of the river are now crowded with temples, shrines and cremation ghats. Across the river lies the recently restored Brahmayani temple. The Indreshwar Mahadev temple is a 15th century Newari structure with exquisite woodcarvings especially on the roof struts.

     

    Pashupatinath;

    It is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD though 300 years earlier there was a structure on this site. The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation ghats including a royal ghat reserved exclusively for members of the royal family. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual purificatory baths in the river. One of the most colorful is the women’s festival of Teej when dressed in their finest red and gold saris hundreds of women, laughing and singing converge on Pashupatinath.

     

     

    Phulchowki;

    The triple peaked hill of Phulchowki the “flower-covered hill”, is highest on the valley rim at 2,762m. Lying 20 kms south east of Kathmandu, a road winds its way to the top where a small shrine is built to the mother of the forest, Phulchowki Mai. The trail up to the top takes about 4 hours through lovely rhododendron & oak forests crossing the motorable road a couple of times. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the white peaks from Himalchuli to the Everest. There is a trail connecting Phulchowki to Pharping on one side and Panauti on the other.

     

    Sankhu;

    Hills surround the sleepy village of Sankhu, once on the trade route east to Helambu. Forests above the village hide an important temple to the tantric goddess, Bajra Jogini. Follow the wide stone path north of the village and walk up the steps to the temple, flanked with smaller shrines, stupas and statues. The main structure is 17th century and has a fine golden torana above the door. Behind the temple there are other shrines & sculptures.

     

    Shivapuri;

    Shivapuri, at a height of 2,732m, allows one a 360 degree view of the Himalaya in the north & the Kathmandu valley in the south. The trail up to Shivapuri hill leads through small farming villages & a protected forest of Rhododendrons & orchids with little mountain streams running through it. This can be made into a most enjoyable full day’s programme.

     

    Swayambhunath;

    Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath, a site over 2,500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley lake. For centuries an important center of Buddhist learning, the painted eyes of the Buddha gaze out from all four sides of the monument. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind. Its? dazzling white hemispherical mound represent the ladder to nirvana, itself symbolized by the umbrella on the top. The whole is hung with multi-colored prayer flags whose every flutter releases holy prayers. The faithful circumambulate the stupa clockwise, turning the banks of prayer wheels and even prostrating full-length in reverence.

    Thimi;

    A name derived from the world “Chhemi” meaning “Capable people” is well known for its colourful painted masks, dolls & for its terracotta work including delightful peacock & elephant flower pots and imaginatively moulded candle stands & ashtrays. This village of Thimi lies on the old road to Bhaktapur from Kathmandu.

     

    Tika Bhairav;

    A Shiva shrine of an altogether difference register is located at Tika Bhairav near Lele, where Shiva is portrayed in his terrible form as Bhairav. To reach this unusual shrine, the client must travel outside the Kathmandu Valley to the adjoining Lele Valley to the south. This monumental, multi colored fresco is an abstract close-up of Bhirav’s face painted on a huge brick wall, barely sheltered by a tin roof.

     

     

    The Four Ganesh Temples;

    Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, is one of the most favored divinities in Hinduism and is certainly the most favored in the Kathmandu Valley. The god of good luck, who casts aside obstacles is believed to be the son of Shiva & Parvati. The shrew is his vehicle and he especially likes offerings of food. Ganesh has numerous shrines throughout the Valley but four are particularly sacred. The Chandra Binayak is in the middle of the village of Chabahil, 200m behind the Chabahil stupa. This small Ganesh is enshrined amidst rich brasswork & is believed to cure diseases and external bodily injuries. The simple stone Ganesh at the Surya Binayak is halfway up the foothills south of Bhaktapur. The path heads uphill to the little shrine, considered able to give the power of speech to young children who are slow to talk. In a forest preserve between the villages of Bungmati & Khokana lies the Karya Binayak. From the road linking the hamlets, a path leads up to a beautiful clearing and the walled compound of the shrine. Here Ganesh is an elephant-shaped stone and is believed to help complete difficult tasks. Those seeking strength of character go to worship the Ganesh at Jal Binayak, just beyond the Chovar Gorge. A beautiful brass shrew faces the massive rock that represents Ganesh in this triple roofed temple constructed in 1602 AD.

     

     

    Pokhara & Begnas;

    Pokhara valley is a scenic 6-hour mountainside drive or a 25 minute flight west of Kathmandu. It is famous for its lakes and its location beneath the towering Annapurna massif. It is highly recommendable to visit this scenic valley, stay in small resort hotels with views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks, go boating on the calm waters of the Phewa and the Begnas lakes or go on tours or day hikes in the nearby hills or if time permits, on a well organized trekking holiday.

     

    Further 12 km east of Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from highway to Kathmandu lies the Begnas Lake offering the perfect nature retreat because of its relative seclusion. Splendid hiking, boating and fishing opportunities can be found here. The Begnas Lake Resort, located on a hillside of unspoiled forestland with guest rooms built on rice terraces close to the lake offers magnificent views over tranquil waters of the Begnas, beautiful ethnic villages on the opposite hillsides and the snowy mountain peaks from every room.

     

    Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (175 sq. kms);

    Just 1 hour flight towards east from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and 2 hrs drive, the Kosi Tappu is one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory and native water fowls; waders and shore birds during the winter months. Many species not recorded elsewhere in the region have been found here. Thousands of birds congregate here in January, February and March before they migrate north when the warm weather begins. Well-qualified nature guides take clients out on walks, jeep drives and boat rides to look for birds and the Arna, wild buffalo found only here in Nepal. We recommend to combine this tour with treks in the eastern hills or with a tour to Bhutan & Sikkim or with a Sunkosi rafting trip.

     

     

    Royal Chitwan National Park (932 sq. kms);

    Just a 5 hour drive from Kathmandu or a 4 hour drive from Pokhara or a 20 minutes flight from Kathmandu, Royal Chitwan National Park is proud to be called Asia?s best managed park and is home to over 50 species of mammals, 55 species of amphibians and reptiles and 525 species of birds. Wildlife that thrive here include; the great one-horned Asian Rhinoceros, Gaur, wild Bison, sloth Bear, four different species of Deer, the Rhesus Monkey and the black-faced Langur, the spotted Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, the fish-eating Gharial, the flesh-eating marsh Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin among many others. The birdlife too is very rich and varied and a delight for Ornithologists. A number of jungle lodges & camps operate inside and on the periphery of the park. They offer activities such as; elephant back safaris through the jungle in search of wildlife, nature walks, jungle drives to spot animals, canoe rides to see crocodiles & water-birds, tribal village visits etc; In the evenings, slide shows on Nepalese flora & fauna and Tharu tribal folk dances are also held.

     

    Royal Bardia National Park (968 sq. kms);

    Royal Bardia National Park situated in western Terai of Nepal is one of largest undisturbed parks in the region. The park is the home of many endangered animals, reptiles and birds – including the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. A few years ago, under a successful wildlife project several young one-horned rhinos where translocated here from Royal Chitwan National Park. Over the years, Bardia has also been a good place for tiger viewing – a rare event anywhere. Recently sightings of a group of wild elephants have further enhanced the wildlife experience possible in this beautiful and unspoiled sanctuary. A stay in this park is recommended with the combination of a short raft trip down the Karnali and Bheri rivers or with a trek to Dolpo and the Rara lake area in far western Nepal.

     

     

    Tansen;

    Tansen, a colourful hill town is situated at an altitude of 1,450m. It is the most popular summer resort in western Nepal on account of its location and climate. It has the most extensive views of the country?s chief attraction the Himalaya; from Dhaulagiri in the west to Gaurishankar in the north east. Walking around Tansen town is interesting or short day hike to Ridi can be a rewarding experience. It takes just five hours by car from Pokhara to reach Tansen or just a couple of hours drive from Lumbini.

     

     

    Lumbini;

    Lumbini, the birthplace of lord Gautam Buddha, is the pilgrimage destination of the world?s millions of Buddhists. The main attraction at Lumbini remains the sacred garden spread over 8 sq. kms and possessing all the treasures of this historical area. The Mayadevi temple (under reconstruction) is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. This site, identified by the Indian Emperor Ashoka?s commemorative pillar is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. To the south of the pillar, we find the sacred pond Puskarni, where Queen Mayadevi had her bath just before giving birth to the Buddha. Other attractions include the various monasteries and stupas erected by different Buddhist countries.

     

     

    Daman;

    For those seeking the ultimate pan Himalayan view, Daman is the place to visit. Located 80kms southwest of the Kathmandu valley, Daman (2,400m) offers the only unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range. Daman is located on the Tribhuvan Highway between Kathmandu and the town of Birgunj. There is a view tower fitted with long range telescopes.

     

     

    Namche Bazaar;

    The name of Namche Bazaar is generally associated with that of Sagarmatha or Mt. Everest, the highest point on earth. It is the entrance to the Everest region and is 241 kms from Kathmandu and located at an altitude 3,440m. Trekkers cover this distance in 9 days from Jiri town. As the largest settlement in the Everest region Namche Bazaar now boasts of its own electricity generated from the Dudhkoshi river. One can also reach Namche Bazaar by flight to Lukla and then a 2 days trek through Phakding.

    HIMALAYAN REGION

    The word “Himalaya” is Sanskrit for “abode of snow”. This region has an altitude ranging between 4,877 m to 8,848m. It includes eight of the 14 highest summits in the world that exceed an altitude of 8000 m, including the highest of them all, Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Only 8% of Nepal’s population live in this region.

     

    The region’s culture and religion are closely linked to Tibet, and the traditional economy was (and sometimes still is) based on trans-border trade with its northern neighbour.

     

    One can enjoy the magnificent Himalayas of this region in three different ways: take a mountain flight and enjoy the splendid view of snow capped Himalayas from the safety of the presurrized aeroplane cabins, or gaze at the panorama from popular mountain viewpoints such as Nagarkot and Dhulikhel around the Kathmandu Valley and Sarangkot in Pokhara or take the direct approach and trek to the mountain base from where you can actually touch them and feel the Himalayas.

     

    Indeed, the best way to experience Nepal’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty and culture riches is to trek through them. One should know that trekking means walking and is a process rather than a destination. As one gets into shape, it’s easy to fall into walking-machine mode. Though trekking demands a physical challenge, a trekker should remind himself/ herself to stop at teashops, admire the views, splash in a stream and play with local kids. Walking and nothing, but day after day, provides illuminating insights of Nepal’s diversity in terms of geography, people, religion and culture. The main precaution to be taken while trekking is not to go up too high too fast. The body should be given plenty of time to acclimatize. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) refers to the effects of the thin air at high altitudes which can be very dangerous and may even result in death. If you get initial symptoms like nausea, dizziness, swelling of the face and breathlessness, descend to the lower elevation immediately and seek medical help. Check out Travel FAQ for more details on trekking in Nepal.

     

    Trekking is possible at any time of the year depending on where one is going. The most popular seasons are spring (February – May) and autumn (September-November). Winter is very cold above 4,000m and high mountain passes may be snowbound but it is good for trekking at lower altitudes. During the monsoon season (June-August) you can trek in rain-shadow areas of the northern areas of regions like Mustang, Upper Manang and Dolpo. These places are out of reach of the rain clouds because they lie beyond the high mountains whcih block off the monsoon clouds. Some of the interesting trekking places to visit in this region:

    ANNAPURNA AREA

     

    The Annapurna Circuit;

    The Annapurna Circuit attracts a relatively high number of trekkers in Nepal. As the name itself suggests, this trail goes on a circuitous route around the entire Annapurna massif, visiting the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and the dramatic Kali Gandaki gorge. Much of the trek is through lowland country, but there is one high pass, “Thorung La” (5,380m). The trail over the pass is steep but in good shape and not hard to follow. This is the one point of the entire circuit where you really feel you are amidst the mountains. However you should be aware of altitude sickness and be prepared for weather extremes as the Thorung La is notorious for changing its moods. The pass is usually snowbound and un-crossable form mid-December to mid-April.

    The Kali Gandaki gorge is another spell binding part of this trip. Known to be the worlds deepest river gorge the trail upto the Jomsom (and Upper Mustang) actually goes side by side with the river giving the lonely trekker company and groups something to talk about. Thus the Annapurna circuit is an extraordinary trek, truly one of the world’s best. It requires at least three weeks. But due to the popularity of this route it can sometimes tend to be crowded.

     

    The Annapurna Sanctuary;

    This is probably the most ideal trek: lovely, short and intense, a direct route into the heart of the Himalaya. Spectacular mountain vistas and easy access make it among the most popular treks, with over 10,000 visitors per year. The sanctuary is a hidden pocket of meadow, moraine and glacier, ringed by magnificent sheer-walled 6,000 – 8,000 meter peaks: the Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, Himchuli.

     

    The trek requires ten to fourteens days and begins from Pokhara, passing through lowland villages and rice terraces to mountain glaciers. The trail rises nearly 2000 m in the last 8 km and one needs to plan for acclimatization. The trail is frequently slippery and there’s danger of avalanches in few places, so early spring and winter trekking is unlikely. Accommodation in the lower portion (at least in Chhomrong) are deluxe; the upper stretch is understandably simple – no body lives up there for long time.

     

     

    Jomsom;

    Easily accessible via a 20-minute flight from Pokhara, Jomsom lies nestled beneath the splendor of Mount , Nilgiri. For those of you not inclined to make it to the mountains the hard way, i.e. slogging it on foot step by step in a gradual process, taking the US$ 50 flight to Jomsom from Pokhara is the ideal alternative. Jomsom, at an altitude of 2,700 meters lies tucked in between two giant mountain ranges, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri- both reach out to the sky beyond 8,000 meters at their highest points, and although these ranges are around 35 kilometers apart, consider yourself to be technically positioned at the bottom of the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Valley with a spectacular view of Mt. Nilgiri looming ahead like a huge snowy pyramid.

     

    From Jomsom, one may venture on to leisurely treks for a day or two northwards to Kagbeni or southwards to Marpha, Tukuche, and Lete-Kalopani all of these places can be reached with effortless walking on an almost leveled surface. On the other hand, should the rarefied mountain air hinder your walking ability; you may choose to explore the area on a pony that can be made available by your hotel at a reasonable price. Food and board around Jomsom could probably be described as being the best among all the trekking regions of the country. All the better hotels provide cosy rooms that come with attached bath with running hot water. With three to four flights coming in from Pokhara every day, the larders of most restaurants are well stocked with fresh meat and vegetables.

     

     

    Muktinath Trek;

    This major Himalayan highway follows the gorge of the Kali Gandaki River, crossing from subtropical jungle to high-altitude desert in less than one week. Mixed in the stream of international trekkers are Hindu saddhus (ascetic) walking to Muktinath and jingling mule trains heading down from Tibet loaded with bales of wool. Both are reminders of the trail’s status as a major trade and pilgrimage route, an important cultural corridor across the Himalaya.

     

    The end point is the ancient shrine of Muktinath (3,170 meters), one of Nepal’s holiest pilgrimage sites. There’s no real village, but lodges around the lower portion (Ranipauwa) put up pilgrims and trekkers. The ancient holy site is a typically confusing blend of natural, Buddhists and Hindu beliefs. The little Newari-style pagoda to Lord Vishnu is a relatively recent addition. Muktinath has been sacred for over 2000 years; the Hindu holy book Mahabharata mentions it as Shaligrama, “Place of the Shaligram,”the black fossil stones sacred to Vishnu and found in abundance in the Kali Gandaki valley. Its holiness stems from flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burning on water, stone and earth, and now enclosed in the shrine of Jwala Mai below the Vishnu temple. Near the pagoda, there is 108 spouts, shaped like bulls’ heads, where devout pilgrims bathe in the freezing water to purify their sins and earn mukti or spiritual liberation.

     

    The place has ancient association for Buddhists as well; Guru Rinpoche is said to have passed through here en route to Tibet, leaving his footprints in a rock. There are many old Buddhist temples around here.

     

    The entire trek to Muktinath remains below 3000 meters. One should figure at least two weeks to walk in and out, allow a few extra days for exploration- the upper region in particular is lined with fascinating villages. Flying into Jomsom and walking back down is possible, but one should remember to acclimatize before climbing to Muktinath. One can fly from Jomsom to either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

     

    THE EVEREST REGION

     

    The classic walk through the Sherpa homeland of Solu-Khumbu is a tough trek with a clearcut goal – to see Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the world. There are many ways to trek in this area. One can either walk all the way up and back, or walk one way and fly out on the way back, or fly in and out depending on the time at hand and inclination. The first requires a month, the second just about three weeks and the third at least two weeks.

     

    Most Everest trekkers avoid the hardest walking by flying in and out of Lukla airstrip. If you have got time and energy, the walk in from Jiri through the Sherpa’s traditional homeland is worth the extra effort. It passes through the lovely region called Solu and the narrow gorge of the Dudh Kosi (Pharak) to reach the high mountain region of Khumbu in a little over a week. Khumbu is exceptionally at high altitude with trekking routes going up to 5,400 meters. Solu can be trekked year around while Khumbu’s trekking season is limited. October-November and March-May are the busiest trekking season of Khumbu. Besides good weather, this period offers the five-day Dumje festival (usually April) and the masked Mani Rimdu dances held at major monasteries in spring and fall. Khumbu is a good region for a monsoon trek. High pastures are full of wildflowers and grazing yaks, and the people are relaxed, taking a well-deserved break from trekking and expedition work.

     

    Namche Bazaar (3,446 m), the modern Sherpa capital, is the nerve center of upper Khumbu: from here the trails branch out to explore at least four separate high valleys. It’s a cosmopolitan little village, a good place to pick up tips on trails and conditions from descending trekkers. Food prices skyrocket above here, since all supplies must be carried in from a distance; budget extra for this trip.It is the entrance to the Everest region Situated in the lap of the Khumbu Himal range,Namche Bazaar is about 24 km from Kathmandu and the distance is generally covered within 15 days by trekking. This place is the home of the legendary Sherpas, who have won international reknown as the world’s most sturdy climbers with an indomitable will to scale peaks. One can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Syangboche in the Everest region. At Lukla accommodations are available in Sherpa huts and lodges Lukla is the most popular base for trekking in the Khumbu region. Days could be spent hiking and visiting the Sherpa villages, Thyangboche Monastery, Khunde Hospital, Khumjung Hilary School and trekking towards the Everest Base Camp. Accommodations are available at Thyangboche, Debuche, Pheriche, Pangboche, Lobuche and Gorakhshep.

     

    Phaplu Another scenic place that is also easily accessed via air is Phaplu which has direct flights from Kathmandu. Phaphlu is in the eastern district of Solu-Khumbu, famous for its Sherpas. From here, you can hike into little known corners of Sherpa territory, and bask in the mountains’ glow, yet return at night to the warmth of the Sherpa Lodge in Phaplu bazaar.

    LANGTANG REGION

    The trek up the Langtang valley is another of those finest mountain treks. Situated directly north of Kathmandu, this region has three relatively short yet interesting treks: Langtang, Helambu and Gosainkund. The regions are usually visited separately but can be combined in as 16-day trip. Lower regions like Helambu are perfect for winter treks and in springtime this region’s rhododendrons are especially beautiful.The people are a mixture of Tamang, Sherpa and Bhotia. Food and lodging are easily available along the main routes.

     

    Langtang;

    Langtang, at 3,307m above sea level, extends from north of Helambu to all the way up to the Tibetan Border. It is the largest village of the region despite its small size. Its upper valley is a grazing paradise, rich in flowers and grass and dotted with stone huts used in the summer time for butter making. Sewn in skins and exported to Tibet to flavor tea and fuel monastery lamps, butter was once the region’s major industry. It is generally a thirteen day trip, counting transportantion time and a day above Kyangjin and Gosaikund, the sacred lake devoted to Lord Shiva.

     

    Helambu;

    The trek to Helambu is one that remains open for twelve months of the year. It is the most easily accessible of all trekking regions. Helambu is below 3000 meters and creates few altitude problems. The trek provides a sudden, dramatic contrast between higher and lower areas of Helambu. The higher region consists of pleasant forests, interesting Sherpa villages and offers stunning mountain views. The lower valley is comparatively dull and depressing hot much of the year.

    REMOTE AREAS

    Beyond the aforementioned “Big Three” trekking regions of Nepal, Nepal is basically a virgin territory for trekkers. Trekking off the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with the unexpected. The treks range from teahouses to wilderness hikes. Frequently they combine both aspects by crossing over one or two uninhabited passes. You need extra time to get beyond the standard routes, however, as said rewards are great – not just mountain views, but increased contact with a wide range of Nepalis, and the chance to glimpse a completely different way of life.

     

    Fascinating Regions Dolpo;

    The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across the northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Legend says it’s a bayul, one of the “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast rand cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year, Dolpo’s easiest access is from Tibet, where its’ people emigrated from perhaps thousand of years ago.

     

    Upper Dolpo shelters about 6,000 people, whose lives revolve around Buddhism, barley, and yaks; their villages (over 4,260 meters) are among the highest settlements on earth. A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside as Shey-Phoksumdo National Park, at 3,555 sq.km. The park shelters blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves and the elusive snow leopard. Largely thanks to “The Snow Leopard” book and Oscar nominated movie, “Caravan,” Dolpo is the best known of Nepal’s remote northern border regions. One needs to get trekking permit from Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara to visit this fascinating region. Check out travel faq for more information on this. Phoksumdo lake at 3,627m is the most fascinating part of the whole trek in Dolpo. The lake is a basin of unearthly turquoise blue ringed by rocky crags and forest, framed by snowcapped peaks.

     

    Rara Lake;

    Rara lake, the largest lake of the country, is a major destination among the treks in western Nepal. The lake, located within the Rara National Park, is perched on a high shelf, encircled by gray ridges and pine forested hills inhabitated by beers, jungle cats and deer. The trail leading to the lake was built as a horse trail for His Majesty King Mahendra’s 1964 visit to Rara. Access to Rara Lake is from Jumla, which can be reached by flight or by walking for around ten days from Surkhet in western Nepal. A trip to the lake and back to Jumla takes just about ten days.

     

     

    Kanchanjunga

    Kanchanjunga, referred as “Five Great Treasures of the Snows”, is the third highest mountain of the world that lies at the eastern border of Nepal at an altitude of 8,586m. It takes at least two weeks’ walk to reach the destination, Khangchenjunga base camp. There are two Kanchanjunga base camps – north and south, and the usual trek involves reaching either of them. It is possible to visit these both camps, but it takes a much longer time and moreover both are very difficult to cross. This region requires a trekking permit from Department of Immigration from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The trekking fee for one person per week for the first four weeks is US$10 and US$ 20 per week thereafter.

    Upper Mustang – Kingdom of Lo;

    Upper Mustang, an arid barren land with pockets of fertile oases, is very different from any other parts of Nepal. In fact, the kingdom of Lo share similar culture and geography of Tibet. The lifestyle of Lo, people of Lo, is also unique and to date remains untouched by modernity. The trek to Upper Mustang requires a trekking permit from Department of Immigration of Kathmandu or Pokhara. The trekking fee is around US$ 700 per person for the first ten days and US$ 70 per person per day thereafter. You should remember to get trekking permit only through the registered trekking agencies. The trip to the capital of Mustang and back takes around two weeks and can be done by partly retracing the way in or by taking a circuitous trail through the outposts of this ancient pilgrimage.

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  60. I suppose being a kiwi I should say NZ. Frankly its just a personal preference and depends on what you like. My favourite country would have to be Mexico and Colombia comes in a close 2nd. I have travelled to 32 countries now and trying to make up my mind on the best is getting harder by the year.

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  61. I had my best time in New Zealand. I love everything about New Zealand. It’s friendly people, beautiful landscapes, culture, history. I would encourage other travelers to travel to New Zealand.

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  62. I’ve visited so many beautiful place each with their own charms so memories and people have to figure high on my list.

    Skiing in the Alps for more than 30 years, several visits to Munich’s Oktoberfest, working in many European countries especially Switzerland, business trips to India, 10 years of visits to our daughter in Mission Beach, QLD, Australia, andin New Zealand,  having been born and lived in London for the first 30 years of my life, all have their own memories.

    I’m writing this from the beach at Hervey Bay QLD where last week we went whale watching. Huge humpbacks playing just a few yards from the boat is just the latest in the long line of memories.

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    Cliff

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  63. Every one have their own choice and own story. Nepal is  unbelievable country. I recommended those people who loved to do adventure sport then this country is perfect.

    People of this country are very friendly and kind nature. Nepal is famous for its own history and culture.

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  64. undoubtedly the bestest place to visit is Dubai. its an amazing city. i just want to visit their again and again. last time i hire a yacht in dubai, and it was the best trip ever. i think my vote is for Dubai.

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  65.  For me the best place to travel is Bohol which can be located in Philippines Asia.I really appreciate the beauty of creation in Chocolate Hills in Bohol very awsome.

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  66. You have to visit Denmark, Copenhagen. I’ve been there twice now in the last two years.. And I will definitely visit it again. It is such a beautiful, peaceful country. All the sweet Danish people, made it a good trip. I don’t have anything bad to say about Denmark. Its a lovely place
    Its also in 2013 and considerede the happieste country in THE WORLD. (I also think denmark were considerede the happieste country in 2014)
    In denmark most people ride a bike, The taxes are high in Denmark so everyone has free access to hospitals and kirurgi. Schools and universities is also are free. When you turn 18 in Denmark you get something called “SU”, that is some money you get until you finish your education. (The money you get depends on your parents’ incomes if you live at home) You can get from 1,000 Danish crowns to 5000-6000 Danish crowns a month, it corresponds to 178,83 to 1.072,95 dollars. 
    In Denmark a normal work-week is 37 hours and Danish employees’ benefit from 5 weeks of holiday a year. This means that leisure time is a huge part of the Danish culture, Unemployment benefits and schemes to help you find a job are generous. If you are unemployed or ill, the public body will support you and help you back on your feet.
    Its a beautiful, welcoming, arm open, cozy place. 
    If you go to denmark you have to visit Tivoli witch is in the heart of Copenhagen, National Aquarium – The Blue Planet, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, The Round Tower, The kronborg castle in Hælsingør, Legoland in billund, Bornholm witch is a island (In Denmark it is called the sunshine island), The Amalienborg castle in Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid, The Stroget in copenhagen (shopping streets), Nyhavn (at summer time, its beautiful), Christinia.. Its a lovley country… I think you should visit it… You will not regeat it. 

    Hugs from the UK 

     

     

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