The following list of natural heritage sites are so breathtaking, that you can just blindly add 7 more locations to your bucket list!
1. Ngorogoro Crater
About two to three million years ago a huge volcano exploded in Tanzania after which this caldera now houses the Afirca’s Eden and a breath taking natural wonder Ngorgoro crater. The Ngoroforo conservation covers 8292 sq km and houses endangered species like Lions, African Rhinos, Elephants, Deer Bucks and Leopards.
2. Jeita Grotto, Nahr al-Kalb Valley, Lebanon
Located 11 miles from the capital city of Beirut, these caves were once considered the finalists for the “7 wonders of the world”. Jeiretta Grotto is the compound of crystallized caves of limestone. The grotto is made of two caves – upper and lower caves through which a 6,230 m long river runs. Though these caves were rediscovered in 1863 when an American missionary accidentally stumbled upon the lower grotto, there are significant evidences that suggest that these caves were inhabited in ancient times.
3. Pemborkshire Coast Path National Trail
This Britain’s only coastal national park twists and turns its way through the most breathtaking coastal scenery displaying an array of coastal flowers, bird life and displaying the evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present day. Completing the coastal path in one go may take 10-15 days and the path represents formidable physical challenges with its ascent measuring 35,000 feet. Walking short sections at a time and making good use of the coastal bus service is quite do-able!
4. Pangong Tso, India-China
Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. The route passes through the beautiful country side of Ladakh and over Chang La. The name Pangong Tso is derived from the Tibetan word Banggong Co meaning “Long, narrow, enchanted lake”. One third of the lake is within Indian borders and two thirds is in the Chinese territory. This salt water lake is deep in Himalayas at an altitude of 4350 mts and does not support vegetation or aquatic life but is a breeding ground for many exotic migratory birds.
5. Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, Norway
The Girangerfjord and Nærøyfjord together make up an area of 1,227 sq. kms of which 107 sq km is covered by the sea. Hiking is a must for anyone who is visiting the area which offers spectacular view. Kayak rental is available in several villages along the Geirangerfjord. Trollstigen mountain road is one of Norway’s most dramatic and most visited attractions where the road is encircled with enormous mountains.
The hairpin bends are as scary as this!
6. Moriane Lake, Bnaff Park Canada
This is a glacially fed lake stretching 14 km outside the village of Alberta in Canada. Situated at an elevation of 1,885m, this reflects a distinct shade of blue when it reaches its crest in mid June. The surface of the lake is about half a kilometer and the area around the lake has walking and hiking trails. The “Valley of the Ten Peaks” view can be seen if you reach the top of rock pile trail which is about 300 m long and the view is one of the most photographed locations of Canada.
7. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher are the biggest tourist attractions and one of the most outstanding features of Ireland. They are located on the southwest edge of the Burren region in country clare, Ireland. They rise 120 ms above the Atlantic Ocean and reach the maximum height of 214 ms and stretches south nearly 5 miles. The finest view of the cliffs is from the Obrein Towers built in 1835 and the tower itself is considered the most photographed locations in Ireland.
So, how many of these have you visited?