Planning a holiday and looking for ideal destinations? Zeroing on top world destinations could be a Herculean task as every destination is important in its own right choice varies from traveler to traveler. But we still took the cudgel to select some beautiful destinations around the world that could satisfy the whim and fancy of tourists with varying inclinations.
1- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Rio de Janeiro may not be the world’s top destination, but Brazil’s Carnaval capital is certainly a place every seasoned and amateur traveler loves to visit. Beautifully snuggled amidst magnificent mountains and azure sea; Rio leaves tourists awestruck with its glamorous parties. More than being a part of the parties you can also cheer a football team at a local stadium. The regular allures of the city are always there as samba and soccer are twin draw cards, but this Brazilian city is going under an image makeover as it is preparing for the 2016 Olympics.
2- Cape Town, South Africa
Set against the amazing backdrop of the Table Mountains, the city of Cape Town in South Africa has added another feather in its crown as it has been elected World Design Capital 2014. With an amazing setting, envying shopping, award-winning al fresco dining, golden beaches and beautiful vineyards the Mother City of South Africa has every weapon in its armory to attract travelers.
3- Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty may have lost its capital crown to Astana in 1997 but this beautiful city in Kazakhstan still looks impressive with its beautiful setting in the backdrop of the snow-capped Zailiysky Alatau. At first glance, you might believe that you are in a European city. Situated along the old Silk Road, this city in Central Asia is a place where some of the most famous brands are lining the streets. Don’t get surprised to see a traffic jam where Mercedes, Audis, Volkswagens, and BMWs are trying to find a way.
4- Rotterdam, Netherlands
Before anything, Rotterdam could be described as one of the most optimistic cities in the world. Who had thought that this city ravaged by bombing in 1940 would rise from its ashes and become a place full of energy, vibrant nightlife and home to a diverse, multi-ethnic community but this city in the Netherlands decided it is time to bury the past. With scrumptious dining options and great shopping avenues, this Dutch city once popular for its container clogged port is emerging as a popular holiday destination.
5- Lviv, Ukraine
Situated in the far west of Ukraine amidst forests, Lviv looks mysterious and architecturally beautiful. The beauty of the city could be estimated with the fact that its city center has been listed in the UNESCO world heritage list. The city’s architecture is a fusion of Rococo, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles. This city in Ukraine is silently preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Explore this city before it comes to prominence.
6- Kolkata, India
Situated in the western part of India on the banks of river Hooghly, the city of Kolkata is highly admired for its vibrant festivals (Durga Puja), delicacies (fish and rasogullah) and several tourist attractions. The city seems to be a daily celebration of life. This one of the most important cities in India has a culture of its own, which is warm, interesting and welcoming. Having served as the capital of British India the city was also home to late Mother Teresa and her renowned Missionaries of Charity.
7- Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was once on the verge of annihilation during the 1990s, is now a city full of energy where east meets west. After a slow but steady recovery from its troubled past, Sarajevo is once again ready to entice tourists with its interesting allures. Its theatres and coffee houses are nurseries of talent. In addition, the city is also well known for its excellent dining options and riotous nightclubs.
8- Bordeaux, France
Once referred to as Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), the city of Bordeaux in France seems refreshing after a deep sleep. With the restoration of its neoclassical structure and the start of high tech public transport, the city known for its wineries is catching travelers’ attention. With half of the city listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the travelers will find their trip very fulfilling.
9- Budapest, Hungary
Amazing backdrop of the Danube River, the Buda hills and Renaissance and art-nouveau architecture makes Budapest one of the most romantic destinations on planet earth. A complex history, architectural marvels, great art galleries and mouth-watering dining options serving goulash provide enough reason for tourists to return again and again to the Hungarian capital.
One of the most interesting cities in Europe; Glasgow’s tourism credentials is shaped by its stylish shopping hubs, vibrant culture, and impressive architecture. Once known for its trade and shipbuilding industry the city is fast emerging as a cultural hub. Several studios, museums, and live music venues reinforce its position as a cultural powerhouse.