10 MOST EXOTIC PLACES TO TRAVEL

If you are about that travel life, you are in for a ride!

10. ARASHIYAMA BAMBOO FOREST, JAPAN


No picture can ever justify the experience of standing in this sprawling bamboo grove. Quite unlike any other forest we know, Arashiyama is most touristy in the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. The groves are breathtaking when you cycle through the tunnel with a light wind which makes the bamboo trees sway back and forth. Amazingly the sound of bamboo through wind during this journey has been voted as one of the “one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese government.

9. MENDENHALL ICE CAVES, ALASKA


Ever thought what it would be like to step into the world of ‘Frozen’? Your traveling experience cannot get more majestic, eerie and rewarding than this. There’s some kind of magic in the Mendenhall caves where water runs on rocks and collects in green emerald pools in a hollow blue ice cave. It is a 12-mile long glacier in the Mendenhall Valley of Juneau. The caves can be accessed by kayaking through glacier which is another otherworldly experience. Due to an increase in global warming these glaciers are fast retreating. Visit this one before it melts away!

8. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, U.S.A


The world’s first national park rests on a hidden volcano, which can be marveled by its colorful water springs and geysers. The most famous geyser is situated here, ‘The Old Faithful’, it’s surreal to watch it erupt into beautiful colors and adds to the memory as an exquisite experience. The park also houses 7 species of ungulates (bison, moose, elk, pronghorn), 2 species of bear and 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and of course the gray wolf. To sum up, Yellowstone offers some majestic geysers, amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains, high alpine lakes, pristine rivers and much more that provide ample opportunity for exploration and photography.

7. PHOWINTAUNG, MYANMAR


Phowintaung truly lives up to its name which means “Mountain of Isolated Solitary Meditation”. The Burmese legends suggest that these caves were once abode to an alchemist who possessed supernatural powers. The alchemist is said to have meditated for a long time in these caves to attain ultimate renunciation or ‘siddhi’. The caves are lined with murals and sculptures from the ‘Jataka Tales’. The mouth of these numerous caves is said to be protected by mythical lions and monkeys, most of which have perished with the ravages of time. The caves narrow down to tunnels and galleries carved out of the living rock which exhibit the most beautiful statues of Buddha, some unique geometric patterns, and paintings.

6. BIALOWEIZA FOREST, POLAND


One of the most beautiful forests in the world, this is the last remaining primeval forest in lowland Europe and is protected with an utmost commitment by Poland, Belarus, and other international organizations. Located on the watershed of Baltic sea and Black sea, it is an exceptional opportunity to conserve biodiversity in its raw form. Saved from logging, this forest houses several rare species of birds, hundreds of insects and thousands of mushrooms and its most famous attraction, the European Bison- The largest living mammal on the continent. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site due to its large biological diversity and is now visited by thousands from all over the world.

5. CANO CRISTALES, COLOMBIA


Famously known as ‘the liquid rainbow’ or ‘the rainbow river’ is the most beautiful river in the world. The unique explosion of colors happens due to a plant called the Macarenia clavigera, turning the river in bright hues of red and orange, offset by splotches of yellow and green sand, blue water, and a thousand shades in between. The river is devoid of any fishes or water creatures and is a perfect destination for an unusual swim.

4. MOUNT RORAIMA, SOUTH AMERICA


Ah! this is what paradise must look like. Mount Roraima is the table top mountain of the Pakaraima range in South America. It is one of the geological wonders dating 2 billion years back.The top of the mountain is approximately 2800 meters high and is a 4-day long hiking experience so, if you are a fan of unconventional landscapes and ideas this is the one for you. It offers a mystified hiking experience of a walk among the clouds.

3. BADAB-E-SURT, IRAN


Badab-E-Surt, which typically means the intensity of the sparkling water contains naturally occurring hot water springs which are completely different in taste and odor. The flow of water and sediments has shaped the land in beautiful stairways. This geographical wonder is also said to cure rheumatism and skin diseases, due to the presence of different minerals and oxides. Unlike other naturally occurring hot water spring whose color ranges from white to blue, Badab-E-Surt is beautifully carved in bright oranges and red. The famously called ‘elixir of life’ is a must visit if you are in Iran.

2. THE GREAT BLUE HOLE, BELIZE


This is one of the dreams come true for scuba divers all around the world, the great blue hole lies at the center of the lighthouse reef in the turquoise waters of Belize. The circular hole in shape is approximately 300 meters wide and 125 meters deep. A variety of water activities is offered around here, like snorkeling, scuba diving etc. Not only is it great for diving but houses a myriad variety of corals and water life like the black tip tiger shark, Caribbean reef sharks, hammerheads and other sea creatures. Living up to its ‘greatness’, it is the and only blue hole which can be seen from space.

1. KAWACHI FUJI GARDENS, JAPAN


This private garden lays in the central hills of Kitakyushu. It is most famous for its two tunnels roughly 100 meters long, lined with wisteria trees on both sides. There are about 20 species of trees and flowers ranging from whites to violet and dark purple. The best time to have this colorful walk is in the months of April to May. Of course witnessing the trees when they are not in full bloom might lead to some serious disappointment of lifeless and twisted branches.