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Two Indian Destinations Make it to TIME Magazine's List of World's Greatest Places 2023!

The world has seen a massive shift in the way people travel in the wake of the pandemic, with a renewed focus on sustainability, authenticity and unique experiences. TIME Magazine has compiled a list of the ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2023’, featuring 50 extraordinary destinations from around the world that offer these coveted qualities.

Among the list, two destinations from India have found a place - Mayurbhanj district in the eastern state of Odisha and the Union Territory of Ladakh. Mayurbhanj district is known for its natural beauty, dense forests, and diverse wildlife, while Ladakh offers a unique blend of natural beauty, adventure, and spiritualism. The inclusion of these two destinations on the list is a testament to the growing interest in offbeat travel experiences and the desire to explore lesser-known destinations.

Picture: Kumaon Jagran
Union Territory of Ladakh

The other destinations on the list offer a diverse range of experiences, from exploring the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park in California to savoring the gastronomic delights of Dijon, France. Some destinations are enforcing sustainable tourism practices to protect their natural beauty, such as the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia, which is moving towards allowing only one foreign visitor per local resident. Others, like Medellín, Colombia, have blossomed into culturally vibrant metropolises in the years since Pablo Escobar's death.

The magazine's list is a culmination of nominations from its international network of correspondents and contributors, who have recommended destinations offering new and exciting experiences. The travel industry is back in full swing in 2023, with travelers seeking out unique, local experiences and a more limited environmental impact.

The trend of sustainable tourism is visible in many destinations on the list, with initiatives such as indigenous-led tours and curated homestays gaining popularity. These initiatives offer tourists a chance to experience local cultures and traditions while promoting sustainable tourism practices.

Picture: Kumaon Jagran
Mayurbhanj district

The inclusion of Ladakh and Mayurbhanj district on the list highlights the growing interest in offbeat destinations and the desire to explore lesser-known parts of the world. It is a reminder that the world is full of extraordinary places waiting to be discovered and experienced.

Here's the complete list of the World's Greatest Places of 2023, as mentioned in the article:

  1. Tampa, Florida

  2. Willamette Valley, Oregon

  3. Rio Grande, P. R.

  4. Tucson, Arizona

  5. Yosemite National Park, California

  6. Bozeman, Montana

  7. Washington, D.C.

  8. Vancouver

  9. Churchill, Manitoba

  10. Dijon, France

  11. Pantelleria, Italy

  12. Naples, Italy

  13. Aarhus, Denmark

  14. St. Moritz, Switzerland

  15. Barcelona

  16. Timisoara, Romania

  17. Sylt, Germany

  18. Berat, Albania

  19. Budapest

  20. Vienna

  21. Brisbane, Australia

  22. Kangaroo Island, Australia

  23. Dominica

  24. Mexico City

  25. Guadalajara, Mexico

  26. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  27. Pantanal, Brazil

  28. Medellín, Colombia

  29. Ollantaytambo, Peru

  30. Roatán, Honduras

  31. Ladakh, India

  32. Mayurbhanj, India

  33. Kyoto

  34. Nagoya, Japan

  35. Isan, Thailand

  36. Phuket, Thailand

  37. Jeju Island, South Korea

  38. Luang Prabang, Laos

  39. Giza and Saqqara, Egypt

  40. Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  41. Musanze, Rwanda

  42. Rabat, Morocco

  43. Dakar, Senegal

  44. Loango National Park, Gabon

  45. Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

  46. The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

  47. Aqaba, Jordan

  48. Jerusalem

  49. Sharjah, UAE

  50. Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

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