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Most Popular Travel Destinations in the World

New Delhi, Mon, 29 Apr 2013 NI Wire

The world is no more so vast and wide as it had been just half a century before. Thanks to great development of transportation and gross lifestyle changes fostering new and newer trends of leisure, travel became almost a fundamental aspect of modern day life leading. Our aspirations to go to exotic destinations thousands of kilometers away from our homeland has been given a boost by the all helpful informative network of cyberspace and for the same reason the tourist demand for some of the most popular travel destinations in the world are easy to assess along with all the information and guidance in regard to travelling there. But considering the huge volume and multifarious choices it is truly a challenging task to determine top travel destinations and naturally our selection of the below mentioned destinations is bound to invite contradictory views and opinions if not a thorough disregard.


By far the dominance of France as the most preferred country for travel remained unchallenged among nations and the capital city Paris along with its world famous relics and museums remains at the top of the list of most popular travel destinations in the world. The impeccable tourist attractions that introduce the traveler to the rich heritage and historic role of the city include Luvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musee d'Orsay, Paris National Opera, Arc de Triomphe, etc. Remember Paris is also famous for typical French way of life, fashion, café, discotheques and cabaret, silent walk beside the quaint Seine River, typical French hospitality and many other discreet charms of one of the most prestigious cities in the world. If you can afford or facilitate with the travel operator a river cruise on the Seine can be memorable for a lifetime.


Yes, to our amazement beating great many cities and larger countries Turkey recently came up to become one of the most preferred exotic destinations in the world. Turkey is one country where the grand tradition and culture of occidental and orient met and immortalized in great relics, historical marvels, cultural icons and way of life. This small yet culturally and geographically diverse country can offer enormous and almost overwhelming range of travel attractions. Cultural and living influences from its European neighbors to the Middle East Asian influences in south east turkey showcases a peculiar mix of orient and west in most exotic manner. The Byzantine and Ottoman Empire architectures, relics in major cities like Istanbul or Ankara you must visit. Some of the most prominent tourist attractions of Turkey include The Library of Celsus, Sultanahmet Mosque, Pamukkale, Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahce Palace, Castle of St Peter, Nemrut Dagi, Blue Lagoon, Sumela Monastery and many more. A cruise in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey can make you ecstatic and thankful to this trip. A visit in exotic Grand Bazar should not be missed.


Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand suddenly put the Far East among the most popular travel destinations in the world thanks to its exotic beaches, huge and booming water sports and other leisurely options for tourists and finally its encircling waterways that made this city acquire a reputation as the Venice of the East. From visiting some of the spectacular monasteries and Buddhist cultural icons to beach tourism to sea cruise to fun ride in exotic islands Bangkok is popular for its wide range of travel extravaganzas. Some of the most popular and must see attractions to visit in Bangkok include The Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace, China Town and many more. Bangkok is the best place to taste authentic Thai food and its western fusions, so give local food a try as wide as possible.


Barcelona is just not another European city with numerous architectural heritage sites of so called grand European tradition and monarchy, but in true regard it is the most lively tourist destination with fun, frolic and most flamboyant Catalonian people and their famous hospitality. Some of the most revered tourist attractions in the city include Sargrada Familia, L'Aquarium de Barcelona, Magic Fountain of Montjuic, Barcelona Zoo, Picasso Museum, Miro Museum, La Pendrera, Barcelona FC Museum and many more. Never forget to cruise through through Las Ramblas, which happen to be the most famous street of Barcelona.


We considered whole of Morocco to be regarded as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world rather than only considering its capital city of Marrakech as this fabulous and exotic country in the North West Africa offers a lot lot more than just historic relics and culturally polyphonic city streets. From entry point to the great Saharan desert to the glittering coastal cities of Tangier or Casablanca to the alpine weather of high altitude hill station in Ifrane, Morocco is a truly diverse geography with polyphonic cultural mix from its Arab roots to native African and European influence. Some of the must see destinations across this vast land include Djemma el Fna in Marrakech, Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes in Moroccan Sahara, Majeorelle Garden in Marrakech, Roman ruins in Volubilis, Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Dar Batha Museum of Fes, the coastal cities of Tangier and Casablanca, the virgin Mediterranean coastline at Oualidia, Dades Valley in the slope of Atlas Mountain and many more.

New York

Famous author and novelist Ayan Rand once said she can give the best sunset of the world in exchange of the stupendous skyline of New York city. She is right in her own way to describe this hilarious human feat in such a way and gigantic man made jungle of concrete that displays modernity at its most imposing form made this city one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. This is where you find the world's most impressive urban jungle and grandeur of a high tech city at its best. This is also the place where cosmopolitan and heterogeneous America shows it's polyphonic nature of society, cultural mix and most ambitious productive forces at its best. Some of the most important sights of interest that millions of tourists from all over the world visit every year include Central Park, Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, The Guggenheim Museum, Bronx Zoo, Metropolitan Opera House and many more. If you are in New York one day at a Broadway Theater Show is a must for its historic heritage value. Another such invariable place in New York tour itinerary is Times Square, which said to have the essence of the whole city in its frenzied streets and blocks. If you are here at the time of New Year's Eve then walking the sideways in Times Square you can call yourself to be at the center of world's celebration.

Taj Mahal, India

Just on the merit of being world's most beautiful architectural heritage that evokes poetic emotion even in the most mechanical of human beings, this stupendous mausoleum is flocked by millions of travelers from all round the world. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and probably the most popular among them. This gigantic white marble edifice is famous for its inexplicable beauty that incorporated various architectural traditions from different eras like Mughal, Arab Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and indigenous Indian architectural and artistic traditions. Taj Mahal looks different at different times of the day and one needs to have artistic taste and openness of appreciating this one of its kind architectural art piece to spend a few days at Agra, so that different charms and views at different light conditions open up to him, but considering all Taj Mahal seen at a full moon evening is the most poetic view of all and truly a lifetime experience to encounter.


For generations this elegant and aristocratic historic city in the heart of Europe has been considered as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Venice is a city of encircling waterways and canals that are the lifeline of transportation inside the city. This gorgeous city of much memorable architecture is made upon a cluster of islands besides the sprawling lagoons and canals. It is the city where you discover the fun of travelling through the city in little boats called Gandola or passenger ferry called Water Bus while being in the centre of Italy's most vibrant place for artistic taste and gorgeous and sumptuous way of living. Some of the most popular Venice sites that you must visit include St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs, St Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Doge's Place, Zattere, Santa Maria Della Salute, Ca' d'Oro, Arsenale, Teatro La Fenice, Riva Degli Schiavone, Scuola Grande di San Marco, Museo Storico Navale, Madonna Dell'Orto, Lido Island, Squero di San Trovaso, Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, islands and beaches like Burano, Torcello, Glass Museum of Murano, Museo Civico Correr, Gallerie dell'Academicia and many more. Venice is also famed as a city of art from time immemorial and so if you visit the city at the time of Biennale, city's famous festival of arts, film and dance, your Venice experience would acquire something of a lifetime value. Another important time of the year to visit this place is in the time of carnival, when all of Venice engage in festivities wearing their traditional costumes and masks and displaying their traditional arts and rejoicing. A Gandola ride on a silent Venice canal surrounded by lofty heritage buildings is something that you have seen in postcard and now is the time to experience it yourself.

Rio de Janeiro

Rightly termed as the city of carnival, Rio is also the most flamboyant and youthful of all. This is partly because Brazilians have a natural flair for being festive, flamboyant, always tipping toes with the sound of music, the kind of people among whom you naturally forget what does it mean to be self conscious. Nowhere this grand festive spirit of Brazilian life is seen at its full rigor and extravaganza than in this beautiful beach city. There are great sights for clicking your camera incessantly, there are activities and ambience that make you flare up in child like joy devoid of all preoccupations, there is famous Rio beach that is flocked by all locals and tourists and interestingly in what portions of beach you are in decides your gross personality if you are a local. Some of the most popular sites that this city offers include 125 foot tall Christ the Redeemer Statue on a small verdant peak that overlooks Rio's fabulous beaches and most part if the city, famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracana Stadium, Candelaria Church, Santa Teresa, Lagoa, Jardim Botanico, Pao de Acucar, Tijuca National Park, Sugarloaf Mountain and many more. If you have a lovebird quacking inside you for a uncommon rendezvous with someone you found especial, don't forget to try Rio's famous love hotels. A carnival extravaganza with fun, frolic, wine and music in Copacabana or a picturesque view of the city from the height of a cable car ride, Rio is a city that remains prominent in memory for all who came here.


Once named as the world's tourism capital is still one of the most popular travel destinations in the world in respect of both yearly visits and popularity of its favorite tourist icons. London is also one of the vast metropolitans of Europe with most diverse kinds of neighborhoods that provide you a taste of British aristocracy to huge Asian migrants to east Europeans to people with far eastern or Chinese ancestry. Here truly the world meets with different ethnicities, traditions and cultural roots in the heterogeneous mix of London's cosmopolitan crowd. In many ways London is one of the first modern cities where royal elegance of British tradition and modern architecture and development could confront and relocate themselves side by side in some of the glorious examples of city planning, architectural beauty and artistic taste. Some of the most popular and imposing sites that is cherished by millions of travelers as once in a lifetime experience include Westminster Abe, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, British Museum, Hyde Park, National Gallery, St Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Gherkin, Madame Tussauds, Harrods, Covent Garden, National History Museum, London Aquarium, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern Art Gallery, Royal Albert Hall and many more. A London tube ride or a walk through exotic city districts like Soho or enjoying a moving panorama of London streets in slow pace while sitting in a rickshaw is something that worth your time to be introduced to the city life of London.


'All roads lead to Rome', this famous proverb about the status of this fabulous city that once was the capital of the greatest empire of world history maybe no longer is true but the yesteryears glory gave this city some of its finest monuments and historic marvels that draws tourists from all over the world. Yes, Rome is in its totality is a city that showcase glorious historical time and its rarest gems rather than just a European city of modernist development. Some of the most remarkable tourist destinations in Rome include The Colosseum, St Peters Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum, Pantheon, The Vatican Museum, Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Plantine Hill, National Roman Museum, MAX XI Museum, Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese and many more. Rome is the perfect place to experience historical marvels while locating oneself at the centre of modern Europe.


With the rise of Chinese economic power and stupendous progress in all fronts of life Chinese civilization and its ancient traditions became the focal interest of many travelers from various parts of the world. Beijing is the example of Far East's obsession with economic progress and ambition while without sacrificing its great and almost prehistoric tradition and civilization. Some of the most spectacular tourist destinations that situated Beijing in the world tourism map include Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park, The White Cloud Taoist Temple, Marco Polo Bridge, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Folk Art Museum, Ocean Park, Bell Tower, The Nujie Mosque, Temple of Earth, Botanical Garden, Beijing Ancient Observatory, Badachu Park, Xiangshan Park, National Art Museum, Beijing Museum of National History, Beijing World Park, Happy Valley Beijing, Badaling Ski Resort and lot more. It is a city of great array of museums, natural parks, ski resorts and architectural heritages and the wide variety that this city offers for sightseeing options is simply inexhaustible for a small trip and that is reason enough to this exotic yet modern oriental city.

Las Vegas

This is one city which is one of the farthest from the American capital or other major cities, yet showcases the most exotic and authentic American spirit of life at its best. Las Vegas is in the middle or confluence of the Wild West and wild yellowing freedom and the civic, enterprising and ambitious west. In shaping the polyphonic culture and sense of freedom in this vast country several homogenous cultures mixed with one another and Las Vegas being located in the heart of Spanish south is the best example of this cultural confluence. Some of the most popular Las Vegas places that over the years made it to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world include Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, Chapel of the Flowers, Adventure dome, Stratosphere Tower, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Fremont Street Light and Sound, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park, Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving, Las Vegas Monorail, Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix, Nevada Opera Theater, Pueblo Park and many more. It is a glittering American city brimming with fun, frolic, dance, music and all round enjoyment that make you frenzied in excitement. A night club experience in Las Vegas or taking part in a adrenalin pushing race or just walking down the blazing city streets are some of the once in a lifetime experience for a foreigner.


This is one city in the that for some years turned the eyes of the travelers towards oil rich Middle East and undoubtedly in tallest modern architectures, to its glittering street brimming with abundance of wealth to the beautiful beaches to the wavering sand dunes of desert to the real lifelike museum that portrays the erstwhile authentic Arab way of life, this city offers much more than our mental stereotype about Middle East. Some of the most important attractions that you should not miss from your itinerary include Burj Khalifa which happens to Beth's world's tallest building, Burj Al Arab, Palm Island, Global Village, Dubai Creek, Ski Dubai, Wild Wadi, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach, Gold Souq, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall and Aquarium, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai desert, Dubai Floating Bridge and many more. It is a city that showcases the wealth, culture and traditions of Arab World and their confluence with the western fine living and standards of modernity. A safari in the sand dunes of desert or a luxury cruise before stopping to Dubai can make a lifetime memory.


Rightly designated as the paradise on earth this west European country in the Alps Mountains can offer the most spectacular range of scenic mountain view and some of the world's most elegant, rich and developed cities of the world, no wonder for generations this picturesque country in the lap of lush alpine nature is in every list of most popular travel destinations in the world. Some of the most famous cities with abundance of wealth and political significance like Geneva, Zurich, are here. Some of the most fabulous destinations of Switzerland include Open Air Museum Baldenberg, Zoo Basel, Valley of the 72 Waterfalls, Rhine Falls, Aare Gorge in Hasli Valley, The Matterhorn Peak, Swiss National Park, Lake Geneva, Chillion Castle, Zermatt, The Tropical Alps, Aletsch Glacier, Interlaken city with lots of options for mountain sports, Swiss Transport Museum at Lucerne, St Moritz, Mt Pilatus, St Gallen, Bern Historical Museum, Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich and many more. In summertime boating in any of the picturesque alpine lakes or skiing at winter times or just opening your eyes from the portico or balcony down to the lush alpine meadow, in Switzerland you fulfill your long awaited dream of visiting a place on earth that resembles nothing except the most cherished imaginations.

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