One can often be stuck at a fork when it comes to picking the best places to visit. While some may make a great travelling choice, the lack of appealing food can put a damper on the vacation. TIME magazine recently, rolled out a list of top 100 best places to visit in the world that cover it all – places to stay, eat and drink.
Here are some of the highlights of the places that made it to the top. The list also featured some pretty interesting Indian attractions.
New Delhi, India
Unveiled in February this year, the city’s first arboretum offers a respite from the pollution and the crowds. It is a 90-acre horticultural haven with restored Mughal-era monuments. In what sounds like a much-needed consolation to Delhi, it will be soon linked to a neighbouring zoo and fort to create a 900-acre sanctum of greenery.
New Delhi, India
Not just green places, the capital city also offers a great choice for some scrumptious food. Indian Accent is one such restaurant that has also made a place in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for six years running, thanks to chef Manish Mehrotra’s innovative take on Indian cuisine. From pulled-pork phulka tacos to blue cheese naan and galautis stuffed with foie grass, the restaurant has lots for foodies.
Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa
This is a 12,000-sq.-ft. wellness centre, nestled among 8,000 acres of forested Himalayan foothills. Made for guests to avail a respite from the rush of life and wallow in the peace and quietness of nature, it also offers Ayurveda courses up to 21 days long, plus digital detoxes and personalized fitness programs.
Alila Fort Bishangarh
About 200 years ago, this fort was home to royalty. However, after a seven-year-long restoration run by Alila Hotels and Resorts, it has been turned into a luxury hotel. The interesting thing is that it still retains its original features like turrets, dungeons and secret passageways.
Here are some other attractions from across the world:
Tianjin Binhai Library
This modern-day public library looks like it just walked out of a sci-fi movie. Spanning over an area of nearly 363,000-sq.-ft, it is replete with stark white interiors and shelves stacked from floor to ceiling. It has the capacity to hold more than 1.35 billion books.
Tippet Rise Art Center
Stillwater County, Montana
Tippet Rise lies around 150 miles away from the Yellowstone National Park. Besides being a 10,000-acre working sheep and cattle ranch, it boasts of site-specific sculptures, a concert hall and an open-air performance venue.
Seoullo 7017 Skygarden
Seoul, South Korea
Seoullo 7017 Skygarden is a new pedestrian walkway that passes above Seoul’s thoroughfares. Its 17 sections feature family-friendly cafés, gardens and even stations for relaxing foot baths. At night, the illuminating pillars transform it into a glowing ribbon of purple.
Cycling Through Water
‘Cycling Through Water’ is a 212m track that passes through a large pond in the De Wijers nature reserve. To add to the thrill, it dips low enough in the middle to put the rider at eye level with the water.
Pandora: The World of Avatar
Bay Lake, Florida
It is a reinvention of the modern day theme park, much like James Cameron’s sci-fi, Avatar. It hosts an animatronic character that’s “as lifelike as possible” and a botanical garden that glows with neon after sunset.
Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve
If you are dying to go to space, heading to Idaho may be a much safer, somewhat heady and thrilling experience. Last year, a 1,400-sq.-mi. region in the central part of the state became the first site in the U.S to be named a Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association, meaning that its traits (clear air, 10,000-ft. elevation) are ideal for stargazing.