From a pink Australian lake to a lovely Greek lagoon: 7 offbeat places to see in 2018
The world is full of hidden places which are yet to be overrun by tourists or are yet to be featured in international travel guides. Here are 7 such gems.travel Updated: Jan 16, 2018 18:30 IST
In an age where travelling abroad has become commonplace, it would seem there are very few destinations that remain unexplored or unheard of.
However, as they say, the power of nature is incomprehensible. The world is full of hidden places which are yet to be overrun by tourists or are yet to be featured in international travel guides. These gems of hidden natural treasure are some of the best places which can be included in your bucket list for 2018.
According to The Independent, here is a list of top seven off-the-beaten-path travel destinations:
Huacachina is a desert oasis just five hours’ drive from Lima, the capital and largest state of Peru. The watering hole has now become a paradise for backpackers where activities like sand boarding and dune buggy rides can be enjoyed.
Hidden Beach at Marieta Islands, Mexico
A secret beach with sparkling turquoise water, Marieta Islands’ hidden beach is accessible only to travellers with an inclination towards unfound beauty. The beach can be reached only by swimming or kayaking in a water tunnel.
Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier is an anomaly of nature with its pink-coloured water. Reasons unbeknown to mankind, the cause of its coloured water remains a mystery. It is speculated that the pink colour of the water is due to high salt content or the presence of pink bacteria.
Dongchuan Red Land, China
Located in Xintian town of Hunan district in China, Dongchuan Red Lane is known for its striking red hued paths. Said to contain minerals and oxidized iron, the soil in the area adds a salient characteristic to the land. Colourful blooming flowers throughout the year add to the mesmerising sight.
Blagaj Tekke, Balkans
The sight of a majestic monastery, well hidden from the eyes of tourists, adds to the overall aura of the village of Blagaj. Hidden in the depths of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Blagaj Tekke is a monastery built for Dervish cults with the striking Buna River in its backdrop. Its wooden interiors and spiritual environment lure people in.
Giola is a small lagoon located in the Astris region of Greece. Reachable only by foot, the trail that leads to the natural pool is as beautiful as the destination. The water reservoir sparkles with clear water and has a majestic blue ocean and white mountains in the background. It is the stuff dreams are made of.
Semuc Champey, Guatemala
A paradise with the scenery of turquoise water bodies nicely tucked away amid lush landscapes, Semuc Champey can be easily mistaken for a film’s dream location. The journey to the location isn’t easy but its natural pools and a limestone bridge in the background make it worth the effort.
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First Published: Jan 16, 2018 18:29 IST