Brace yourselves, some latest new travel inspo just dropped, courtesy TIME magazine. They just released its annual list of World’s Greatest Places, and we’re here to tell you the where are these places.
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List of 50 “far-flung and familiar spots”
The list includes 50 “far-flung and familiar spots” — from Giza and Saqqara in Egypt to the gastronomy hot spot of Dijon, France. Among the selected places are India’s Mayurbhanj and Ladakh, which have been selected for their rare tigers and ancient temples, and adventures and eats, respectively.
Here’s a complete list of ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2023’:
Tampa, FloridaWillamette Valley, OregonRio Grande, P. R.Tucson, ArizonaYosemite National Park, CaliforniaBozeman, MontanaWashington, D.C.VancouverChurchill, ManitobaDijon, FrancePantelleria, ItalyNaples, ItalyAarhus, DenmarkSt. Moritz, SwitzerlandBarcelonaTimisoara, RomaniaSylt, GermanyBerat, AlbaniaBudapestViennaBrisbane, AustraliaKangaroo Island, AustraliaDominicaMexico CityGuadalajara, MexicoTorres del Paine National Park, ChilePantanal, BrazilMedellín, ColombiaOllantaytambo, PeruRoatán, HondurasLadakh, IndiaMayurbhanj, IndiaKyotoNagoya, JapanIsan, ThailandPhuket, ThailandJeju Island, South KoreaLuang Prabang, LaosGiza and Saqqara, EgyptChyulu Hills, KenyaMusanze, RwandaRabat, MoroccoDakar, SenegalLoango National Park, GabonFreetown Peninsula, Sierra LeoneThe Red Sea, Saudi ArabiaAqaba, JordanJerusalemSharjah, UAETuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
Who selects the places and how?
The nominations came from TIME’s international network of correspondents and contributors, which were then vetted by the publication’s editors who also “combed through local news from the Arctic Circle to Brisbane, Australia, to find the most-buzzed-about openings,” Emma Barker Bonomo, senior editor at TIME, told CNN Travel.
“The list we selected reflects a couple big trends in travel right now: sustainability, and authenticity. Many locations on this list are finding ways to let tourists visit with a more limited environmental impact. And many have responded to travelers’ desire to have unique, local experiences by offering indigenous-led tours or curated home stays.”
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Why are Mayurbhanj, Ladakh on the list?
Talking about Mayurbhanj, the magazine noted that it is the only place on earth to spot the exceedingly rare black tiger. Apart from the famous Similipal National Park, there’s a lot more that you can do in this district. “This April, Mayurbhanj Chhau, a captivating dance festival on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list will take place on a much larger scale following a pandemic hiatus,” TIME noted.
Ladakh, on the other hand, boasts of astonishing alpine landscapes and Tibetan Buddhist culture. This year, India also designated its first Dark Sky Reserve in Hanle Village, about 168 miles southeast of Leh, Ladakh’s capital.
“While you’re there, experience Delhi’s legendary eateries Karim’s, known for its Mughlai menu of grilled meats, and Nathu’s Sweets, which both opened outlets in Leh in August 2022. Or hotfoot over to Cafe Montagne, which opened its doors in July 2022, for a meal of tempura fried prawns with sea buckthorn, fondue, or spicy fried chicken. For those heading to Turtuk Village, about a 5-hour drive from Leh, don’t miss Farmer’s House Cafe, another newly-established eatery that opened in July 2022 and try sushi, Himalayan herbs salad with local cheese, or hand-rolled pasta with walnut sauce,” the magazine suggested.
Last year, Kerala and Ahmedabad were the Indian destinations in TIME’s ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2022’.
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