The Most Beautiful Places In The World (2021)

We live in a world blessed with countless beautiful places.  Mother Nature has so much to offer, as do some man-made monuments. Their beauty fills the eye and warms the heart.

No matter what your tastes are, there are countless locations scattered across the globe that will take away your breath.

Do you love water landscapes?

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Photo by Muhammad Khubaib Sarfraz – Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
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Iguazu Waterfalls — Daniel Hardman (via Flickr)

Do you dream of climbing the world’s tallest mountains?

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Mt. Everest — Sistak (via Flickr)

Do you have a craving to walk across the planet’s most beautiful islands?

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Or is it history that takes hold of your heart?

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The Sphynx and the Great Pyramid of Giza — David Holt (via Flickr)

It’s difficult to narrow down the most beautiful places of the world, isn’t it?

After all, we’re all at least a little bit biased towards the places where we live and the experience of what we’ve seen. It’s unlikely that any two people would choose exactly the same places as the most beautiful ones in the entire world that surrounds them.

Beauty – In the Eye of the Beholder

It wouldn’t humanly possible for us to determine the best of the best when it comes to beautiful places in the world. After all, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” right?

But what we can do is share these examples of some of those places that are among the most beautiful places of the world.  This way, we hope to give you a broader perspective on what beauty is to different people in different parts of the world.

And we hope to perhaps inspire you to explore more of the world that surrounds you. That’s one of the perks of living in such a connected world these days. We’re able to see and experience new things, even from home. Hopefully you’ll find something here that you like.

We also want to thank our readers, who have suggested many of the places featured in this article. On the basis of your comments, we are always expanding this list.

Pakistan

Topping this list is Pakistan, recently rated the #1 holiday destination by Condé Nast Traveller.

From towering snow-topped mountains framing clear blue lakes to desert dunes spanning into the endless distance, Pakistan has countless stunning natural vistas to offer. Whether you are love wild ocean views or bustling, vibrant cities, this country will capture your heart.

In addition to its magnificent geography, Pakistan can boast a rich cultural diversity. Each ethnic group, from the people whose home lies in the mountainous North to those native to the desert South, contributes ancient traditions, a mouth-watering cuisine, intriguing myths, and its own unique cultural identity.

If you’re looking for more detailed inspiration for which beautiful places to visit in Pakistan, you will find some suggestions on this list.

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Mount Everest – Bordering Tibet and Nepal

Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain, with a peak that reaches more than 8800 meters (29,000 feet) above sea level. It forms part of the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.  The border between Nepal and Tibet runs through the mountain.

Locals have revered Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks for their beauty and spiritual value. The mountain’s Tibetan name, Chomolungma, translates as “Goddess Mother of the World” or “Goddess of the Valley.”  Sanskrit-speakers call it Sagarmatha, which literally means “Peak of Heaven.”

Geographers only recognized Mount Everest’s significance as the highest point on Earth  in 1852. It took another 101 years after that for the fist explorers to reach its peak.

To date, more than 3000 people have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest to. Attaining it is difficult and dangerous, and has ended in tragedy for more than a few. Faced with sub-zero temperatures, avalanches, and oxygen starvation, over 200 people have died on the mountain.

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Mt. Everest — Gunther Hagleitner (via Flickr)
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Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise is a lake in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is one of the most beautiful spots in Banff National Park.

The Stoney Nakota Fist Nations people call it Lake of the Little Fishes, but the lake’s most spectacular features is probably its stunning blue-green color.

This results from its glacial origin. Millennia ago, a glacier carved out the valley that the lake now fills up. Today still, its water still comes from melting glaciers in higher altitudes. The lake owes its distinctive turquoise tint to mineral deposits in this meltwater.

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Lake Louise bay — Samantha Marx (via Flickr)
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Lake Louise — Marilyn Peddle (via Flickr)
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Roadside View of Lake Louise — Harvey Barrison (via Flickr)

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve – Alaska, United States

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a protected area in the state of Alaska in the United States.

The National Park area encompasses the bay itself as well as surrounding mountains and glaciers. According to Wikipedia, it is “the largest protected water area park in the world.” Its is also a designated wilderness, a biosphere reserve, and a world heritage site.

If you visit, you can explore the area via land and water. Boat tours and cruises offer fascinating glimpses of seals, humpback whales, and Orcas. Along shore, black bears and wolves thrive off the halibut and salmon that live in these waters.

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Glacier Bay — Kimberly Vardeman (via Flickr)
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Ice on Glacier Bay — Kimberly Vardeman (via Flickr)
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Sentani Lake – Indonesia

Sentani Lake is another gorgeous location that our readers suggested for this article.

This enormous freshwater lake lies near Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province in Indonesia. Consequently, it’s not just a stunningly beautiful spot, but also one that is easy for travelers to reach.

Nestled in the low-lying Cyclops Mountains, a lush green virgin forests, grassy slopes, and sago plantations surrounds the volcanic lake. Picturesque fishing villages line the shore and dot the many small islands scattered across the lake.

If you want to take along a memento of your visit to this amazing place, check out local crafts. The inhabitants of this area are skilled craftsmen, producing bark paintings, wood carvings and sago bowls.

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Sentani Lake — Kiko Turteliny (via Flickr)
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Sunset on Sentani Lake — Edwin Yepese (via Flickr)
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Sentani Lake — Edwin Yepese (via Flickr)

Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama, a breathtaking district of Kyoto (Japan), translates as “Storm Mountain”.

Located around 5 miles west of downtown Kyoto, it is famous for several Shinto shrines and Zen Buddhist temples. In addition, the small scenic village of Kiyotaki enchants visitors.

But it also features one of the most beautiful (and most photographed) spots in all of Kyoto: the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It consists of thousands of enormous bamboo plants, lending the place an ethereal, otherworldly beauty.

The bamboo in this grove are up to 30 inches thick and 130 ft high. The area was preserved by the Japanese government back in 1967. It’s part of the “official soundscape” of Japan, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A treat for animal-lovers: Arashiyama mountain itself is home to Iwatayama Monkey Park, a colony of monkeys accustomed to humans.

Finally, like other places in Japan, Arashiyama is a spectacle of color during Cherry Blossom Season.

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Killarney – Ireland

Killarney is a beautiful town with a rich history in County Kerry, Ireland.

Its recorded history reaches back to the 7th century, when a monk founded Innisfallen Abbey on an island in a nearby lake. Subsequently, the Abbey became a center for Christian missionaries and scholars. Monks living there wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, an early history of Ireland. As a result, its location became known as Loch Léin, which in English means “Lake of Learning”.

Today, most of the area surrounding the town is part of Killarney National Park. This Park offers not just archaeological treasures, but also stunning views and breathtaking hikes.

From the historic churches and castles to Killarney Lake and the rolling green hills Ireland is famous for, you will definitely find something here that strikes your fancy.

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Shore of Kellarny Lake — mozzercork (via Flickr)
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Kellarny Lake — Meg Lessard (via Flickr)
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Skardu Valley – Pakistan

Shangrila Resort in Skardu valley is also known as “Heaven on Earth.” It is nestled among some of the world’s highest peaks, and it encircles the heart-shaped Kachura Lake. If you visit, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fruit-laden orchards and flower-filled gardens.

Skardu Valley itself is part of Baltistan in Pakistan. Baltistan covers an area of 26,000 square kilometers – right below the jagged and glaciated ramparts of the Karakoram. Once part of Laddakh, its former name was Tibet-i-Khurd, or Little Tibet.

Recent archaeological explorations proved that this area formed part of the Silk Trade Route.

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Shangrila Resort, Pakistan — norbakshi world (via Flickr)

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The Grand Canyon – United States

A steep gorge at the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon offers some truly magnificent scenery. It is 277 miles long, varies from four to 18 miles wide in places, and reaches to about a mile deep. Scientists believe that the Colorado River carved out the canyon over a six million year period.

Native Americans built settlements in the caves within the canyon before the immigration of Europeans. It was also an important site of pilgrimage by the Pueblo people. The first recorded visit to the Grand Canyon by Europeans was in 1869. Although it is not the deepest canyon in the world, it is known for its extremely large size and beautifully intricate landscape.

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the earliest national parks in the United States, and it attracts more than five million visitors each year. Weather conditions in the Grand Canyon vary greatly between seasons as well as at different elevations. While winter snow is experienced by the higher forested rims, the inner gorge has more of a desert temperature because of its low elevation.

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The Great Barrier Reef – Australia

One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia is the world’s largest coral reef. It has the distinction of being placed in the World Heritage as well as the National Heritage list.

With more than 600 islands and coral cays, the Great Barrier Reef covers more than 300,000 square kilometers. Corals make up the reefs and cays and are responsible for a huge diversity of maritime species in the area. That includes green turtles, several varieties of whales and dolphins, the dugong, around 4000 types of mollusks, 1500 different species of fish, as well as at least 200 species of beautifully-colored birds.

The Great Reef Marine Park is a huge tourist attraction with millions of tourists visiting each year. Sporting activities include reef sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

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Cape Town – South Africa

Cape Town is aptly called “Heaven on earth.” This beautiful town at the tip of the African continent, with small roads surrounded by huge mountains, makes a person feel small. It shows just how marvelous and dominating nature can be.

The Cape’s Dutch-style buildings reflect the architectural heritage of the place. Beauty abounds in the black clouds that seem to pay homage to Table Mountain at all times.

Cape Point, Signal Hill, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, Rhodes Memorial, and the beaches are just some of the famous tourist attractions. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its floral displays as well as its harbor. This town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa with its wine tasting day trips, whale watching, and dolphin watching.

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Lake Saiful Muluk – Pakistan

Lake Saiful Muluk is located on the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near Naran. It’s located at an elevation of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.

This lake also has a considerable literary and cultural significance. A fairy tale called Saiful Muluk, written by the famous Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, is set here. It tells the story of a prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake.

The lake’s beauty has such an impact that some people believe fairies come to visit it in the full moon.

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Lake Saiful Muluk — Fahd Murtaza (via Flickr)

Taj Mahal – India

The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India, is one of the wonders of the world and is one of the most beautiful mausoleums ever created. The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, constructed it in memory of his favorite queen, Mumtaz Mahal. White marble was his choice of building material of this symbol of love. Today, architecture buffs consider the Taj Mahal to be the pinnacle of Mughal architecture.

As the story goes, the emperor was grief-struck when he lost his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took thousands of craftsmen and artisans, and about twenty years to construct this structure in her honor.

The masons, stone cutters, carvers, inlayers, calligraphers, painters, and others were brought from throughout the entire empire as well as from Iran and Central Asia. Semi-precious stones were used for inlays and ornamentation. It later became the mausoleum of Shah Jahan, too. This is a huge tourist attraction with up to two million tourists visiting it every year.

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Canadian Rockies – Canada

The majestic Canadian Rockies are the Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains. They are a visitor’s winter wonderland and Western Canada’s playground. They are older than the American Rockies, and they are the result of over-thrusting tectonic plates.

The Canadian Rockies house five national parks, and four of those national parks (along with other provincial parks) combine to form a single UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of beautiful mountain landscapes, lakes, canyons, waterfalls, glaciers, peaks, limestone caves, and fossils. Mount Robson is the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies and climbing it is considered a challenge. These beautiful mountains are a haven for hikers and walkers alike.

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Machu Picchu – Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru, which means “Old Peak,” is one of the most beautiful ancient sites in the world. According to legend, Machu Picchu was once a sacred place of the Inca people. The Inca erected a plethora stone structures and turned the entire site into a work of art.

Two thousand feet above the Urubamba river, the ruins of Machu Picchu consist of baths, temples, palaces, and around 150 houses, all very well preserved. These gray granite structures, some of which weigh more than 50 tons, are examples of perfect sculpting workmanship. They are nothing less than architectural masterpieces.

A Yale archaeologist rediscovered the the ruins of Machu Picchu in 1911. The ethereal beauty, workmanship, and history of the place attract millions of tourists each year.

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Wulingyuan Historic and Scenic Interest Area, Hunan, China

Even if you’ve never heard of Wulingyuan, chances are you’ve seen pictures.

Wulingyuan is famous for its thousands of sandstone pillars, many over 1,000 ft high and topped with pine trees. Strands of fog often create rapidly shifting, mystical dreamworld vistas.

The spires are iconic elements of the Chinese landscape, and are a popular motif in art. The Pandora mountains of Avatar were based on it.

The tallest spire, Tuerwangyue Feng, is over 2,600 ft high. The area also features dozens of caves, and one of the highest natural bridges in the world.

A stunning glass elevator will take you up the side of one of the spires. There are also several breathtaking cable car rides up and across the park.

Finally, you can also hike through the area, enjoying narrow paths through the forest, hidden gorges, and the banks of the Golden Whip stream, which curves through the area.

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The Pyramids – Egypt

The Egyptian pyramids are massive monuments with a square base and four triangular sides rising up to a point. There is still a lot of curiosity (and many theories) about the construction of the pyramids — with people crediting everyone from slave laborers to alien visitors.

Scholars generally believe that the Egyptians began constructing the pyramids after 2700 B.C. and that they were built as tombs for the pharaohs.

The most well-known pyramids in Egypt are the Pyramids at Giza, which are said to be the largest ever built. It’s said that the Great Pyramid of Giza alone took 23 years to complete, using a work force of around 30,000 people. About 118 pyramids have been identified, and they are popular and intriguing to tourists and researchers alike.

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Petra – Jordan

Described by UNESCO as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage,” Petra is an archaeological site on the slope of Mount Hor. It is one of the new wonders of the world and is famous for its rock-cut architecture.

This site remained well-hidden until 1812, when a Swiss explorer discovered it.

According to legend, God prepared it for the Jewish people. Petra once flourished under the Roman empire but it rapidly declined as Arabian trade shifted elsewhere. Then, an earthquake caused a great deal of destruction.

Tourists frequent the place to get a glimpse of the ruins of this beautiful city, although they’re doing more harm than good, with tourism becoming a threat to the preservation of Petra.

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Kalasha Valleys – Pakistan

Cradled in the Hindu Kush mountain range, the Kalasha Valleys offer a unique culture and spectacular scenery.  This remote, secluded area encompasses three main valleys: Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir.

The region takes its name from its inhabitants, the Kalash people, Pakistan’s smallest ethno-religious group. These locals have a unique culture and even speak their own language language. Unusual for Pakistan, their religion is a variation of ancient Hinduism. Some scholars believe that these people are the descendants of the armies of Alexander the Great.

Today, the Kalasha Valleys are a popular destination for both Pakistani and international tourists. People are drawn by the Kalash’s unique culture and colorful festivals, as well as the stunning natural beauty of the valleys.

Kalasha Valley hut — by Shah Tahsin Anwar
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Kalasha Valley — by Tahsin A Shah

The Great Wall of China –  China

One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is a man-made structure. The people of China constructed it over two thousand years ago. Estimates put the time it took to complete at around 100 years. You can truly witness man’s potential when you take in the beauty and vastness of the Great Wall.

The construction on the Great Wall of China started in the 5th Century B.C. It is actually not a single wall, but rather many walls put together. Combined, they stretch over 4,000 miles. This purpose of collection of walls was to protect the Chinese empire from the Xiongnu people in the north. The wall initially consisted of stone, grass, earth, and wood. Later, after the production of bricks began, they turned into the material of choice. Historians suggest that around two to three million Chinese died during the construction of this wonder.

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The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border

Heralded by many as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, the Iguazu Waterfalls are a true wonder of nature. They are located on the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. While the Argentinean side allows visitors to walk right around the water or explore the National Park, the Brazilian side impresses with its panoramic views and splendor.

Former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, is believed to have exclaimed upon seeing these falls, “Poor Niagara!”

The area surrounding the falls provides ample opportunities for rock climbing as well as water sports. Iguazu has the greatest annual flow of water of all of the waterfalls in the world.

There are plenty of choices with all of these, and many more, beautiful places that exist in our world. Which of the most beautiful places in the world will you visit? While some may love the tranquility of water, others may bury themselves deep in architectural miracles, ancient sites, or the serenity of a small town. In the end, all you can do is follow your heart.

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Lahore – Pakistan

‘Anyone who hasn’t seen Lahore simply hasn’t lived.’ So goes an old Punjabi saying on the subject of the province’s capital. One of Pakistan’s largest cities, Lahore is a treasure trove of historical monuments and amazing architecture.

In the 16th century, Lahore was the capital of the Mughal Empire, which ruled much of South Asia and engendered fresco-laden architectural magnificence. Today, it is one of Pakistan’s most vibrant cultural and historical centers. Its inhabitants are also dubbed the ‘zinda dilan-e-Lahore’ or ‘the people whose hearts are alive’.

The entire city is dotted with beautifully preserved tombs, lively shrines, and countless havelis. Marvel at the Mughal-era Badshahi Mosque, stroll through military history in Lahore Fort, and admire the intricate tile work at Wazir Khan Mosque.

If you visit, be sure to stop by the some of the city’s iconic gardens, take a walk along its canal, and try some of the colorful cuisine.

Lahore square — Guilhem Vellut (via Flickr)

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Lahore park — Hasnain Yaseen (via Flickr)

Vienna – Austria

Famous for its classical music, its breathtaking architecture, and historical significance, Vienna offers an authentic feeling of old Europe. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud all lived here.

Over thousands of years, the city grew from a tiny Roman army camp at the Danube to the center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire  in the 19th century. Even though the empire ended with World War I, Vienna still thrives as Austria’s capital.

Listen to the world-famous Philharmonic Orchestra perform in the State Opera, take a stroll through the inner city dotted with historical monuments, or stop by at one of the countless traditional coffee houses. If you are more of a nature fancier, take a streetcar to the edge of the city and wander through Vienna’s vineyards and forests.

In summer, the city enchants with countless festivals and open-air restaurants. In winter, it entices with traditional Christmas markets and stately balls in the old imperial palaces of Hofburg and Schönbrunn.

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Vienna imperial parks — by daniel plan on Unsplash
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Vienna palace — by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash
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Ice skating rink at Vienna City Hall — by Krzysztof Kowalik on Unsplash
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Vienna Opera — by Dan Visan on Unsplash

Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Finally, Cambodia dazzles with one of its most famous attractions – the temple ruins of Angkor Wat. Measured by land area, this is the largest religious monument in the world.

Located in Siem Reap province, the history of Angkor is shrouded in myth and legend. One story maintains that construction was ordered by the ancient Hindu deity Indra. A 13th century Chinese traveler, on the other hand, wrote that a divine architect built the monument in a single night.

However it came to be, though, it’s indisputable that Angkor continues to impress. The magnificent temple ruins, overgrown by ancient trees, are now a World Heritage Site.  Every year, more than 2.6 million people visit the site.

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Sunset over Angkor Wat — by Remi Yuan on Unsplash
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Monumental Busts at Angkor Wat — by Taylor Simpson on Unsplash

 

Please leave a comment and share some more of the world’s most beautiful places with us and our readers.

Note: We originally published this post on January 16, 2009. It was updated with new content and republished on its currently-listed publication date. 

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      • all the above places are awesome but how can the Delhi Akshardham not be the part of the most beautiful places in the world.

        • Exactly.!! It shud be their ! & i think this post is done by an Pakistani! coz none of those PAK’s place nt renowned place.! First 3 topics is absolute dumb.!!
          Another fact, How come u say only Cape town city is beautiful places.! i think the creator of this post dont hv at least knowledge about Capetown..Its a dangerous place acc to forbes.!

          • pakistan is one of the most beautiful places to visit so shut up you guys and praise Allah and pray for these beautiful creations he made OK!!!

          • i can smell someone being jealous why are you such a jealous dumbo if ur country india is ugly what can we do and the taj mahal is also only there because one of the muslim mughal made it u indians are loser u coudnt build something beautiful by urselves jealous peopl euff…

          • u ruined this site because of you country wise priority.. You prakistani and indians can never be together bcuz you both hate each other… learn to love you idiots… and by the way mr familxx there are more muslims in india then in your pakistan .. taj mahal was not built by a muslim not a hindu but by a king who loved his queen

          • universal truth it was built by Shah jehan for mumtaz …dy were mughals who were muslim emperors who ruled on india

          • what the hell you guys are????/ india and pakistan ……. none of those countries is your father’s property. so shut your f~*~*~*~** up

          • that rana fellow is right… you both pakistanis and hinustanis go to hell with your moth*r F***ng fight…

          • Only Thanks to Allah..
            who have blessed us with such beautiful places and don’t fought for places or countries, its all of Allah, once if he can give you, he can also take back.

          • Hello all of u world listen PAKISTAN is the very beautiful country in the world.GOD gifts every thing in the country.

          • all those 3 places are really beautiful…. and where they are hardly makes any difference. so my frnd plz enjoy the beautiful pics.

          • f**k u guys…don’t have eyes to appreciate beauty,,but know how to abuse each other.Because of guys like you all there is misunderstanding with Pakistan.I’ve always wanted to visit pakistan.

          • This post is heavily Pakistan biased. How is it possible Yosemite National Park was not mentioned? It is certainly among the most beautiful places in the world. Alaska also comes to mind, as does Glacier National Park, Yellowstone N.P., and New Zealand. There are so many more that deserve mention over what was listed!

          • what do u know about cape town, south africa???? do u live there??? im a south african indian n let me tell u……. there isn’t a place in this world that is not dangerous!!! people like u that dont know anything n dont have anything nice to say sud just keep your big mouth shut!!!! ur’ll just spolit this page!!!!!!

          • Amazing places …. Inca was most enticing to me……
            its so shameful that we r fight over countries instead of admiring nature’s creation…
            Would love to visit pakistan someday .. camping next to that beautiful lake… feeling the chilled breeze from the mountain.. the dead silence which says so much …

          • what the hell you all people of indians what was in india before mughal emperors hun nothing else thanks to Allah that mughal emperors came and made some beautiful places, buildings etc after that what you made you foolish peoples

            hahahahahaha

          • Your comments are the reflection of your mind and personality. Try to think out of the box.
            Khalid

          • Hey u guys there is no need to fight over Pakistan and India. I`m Indian and I have a best friend who`s pakistan and we get along really well!!!!!!! That proves we all can get along!!!! Both India and Pakistan are beautiful!!!!!!!!!

          • common yaarrr,, y cant we people keep aside all diz communalsms of india and pakistan.. ufff!!!!!!! evrytime and in evry mattr all of us have pull out diz thngs and spoil d lovely creations of god..
            must say animals are more civilizd dan w human beings……..

          • Capetown is not more dangerous than any other big city. Dangerous is Johannesburg. There you shouldn’t go. But the south of s.africa is beautiful.

          • firstlycape town is an extreamly beautiful city, world renowned for basically everything. it is not dangerous at all, i would know i live there, it is heaven on earth. you dont have the slightest bit of knowledge about the magnificent city or the stunning country. so please dont be so base. you should really think before you write

          • no wonder these places are beautiful…… but there are many many other beautiful places in the world. that includes INDIA and that includes PAKISTAN people so stop being so jitery about india and pakistan here….. u guys spoil the fun everywhere!

          • PAKISTAN and INDIA are beautiful but the people there are ugly because they just cant stand each other

          • pakistan has the most beautiful places on earth th
            ese dumb indians have actually never witnessed them so they dont know what a heavenly place Pakistan is!!!!!
            DUMMIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • No doubt Pakistan is beautiful country and I have personally visited Lake Saiful Malook and Shagrilla Valley both are Fantastic….. and Mr. Sammer Anand I think he is an Indian and its natural fact, Indian do not bear Pakistani…… they keep blaming Pakistani.. they cannot see any Pakistani get any reward…. Stupid thinking…….Rubbish…..
            Pakistan Zindabad…..

        • Pakistan rOcKs!! ….dn worry I respect Indians….no need for jealousy..u already have much more land…which is so unjustified by **radcliffe…:p

          • My dear Indian and fellow Pakistanis,
            Tum log bina jhagde nahi reh sakte kya?
            Nice pics man!!!

          • I am a Indian and I’m not jealous about Pakistan has these beautiful places but for real other countries have a lot more better places than the skardu valley and by having such place is a way to embarrass other nations. And Indian and Pakistan were one nation 70 years ago and why are people being so racist there is no meaning of having enimity agout such things.

          • Thanks 4 the repect. Why do people need to fight and why did pakistan get a smaller land?
            I respect everyone. Why do people fight when others like poor people in Africa do not even fight about the condition that they are in which is poor by the way.
            LOL 🙂

        • cuz that place is the most cheapest one in the whole world. Its not worth being in top 10’s like this one!!! and just becuz its not there u start thinking its made by a pakistani with 1st three places in pakistan well u r wrong!! just see ur face idoit!! if u r jealous doesnt mean u start blaming others and giving other countries with bad names!! Shame on u!! hasn’t anyone in ur home ever told u something!! hasn’t ur mom ever made u learn some manners??? I dont blame the pore mother cuz it seems non of her fault but as per u!! I guess u were a very very difficult child to take care of!! from next time keep in ur limits and dont try to be over smart!! keep ur stupid mouth shut!!!

    • the places are very awesome, ilike them and i appreciate whoever made possible to be seen on the website. thanks alot

    • I have been to 8 of these sites and have travelled throughout most of the world (including overland from Nepal to London via Afghanistan and Pakistan (when it was safe to do so). Whilst some of these ancient sites are indeed beautiful, places like China are now (unfortunately) so polluted and overcrowded that it is very rare that you can see anything through the ceaseless smog. However, the Yellow Mountain and Three Gorges areas of China are still spectacular. In my opinion, the Iguassu Falls in Brazil are, by far, is the most spectacular on earth (and infinitely superior to Niagara). Lake Sentani in New Guinea is also magnificent … it is almost impossible to compile such a list without offending someone! Having travelled the world and have lived in London, New York and Vancouver, I still believe that Sydney is the most beautiful, friendly and livable city on earth but, of course, I am biased!

      • hey… i liked the information in your comments. But most of all i liked the fact that you are biased. that’s simply honest.

      • you are so lucky that u have visited all these beautiful places ,and you have the beauty in ur sight too ,i would love to see these places,i wish to see the whole world the beauty of nature that has created by GLORIOUS GOD ALMIGHTY,BE HAPPY AND GOD BLESS YOU,BYE!

      • even i never been of such beautiful places yet seing them now make me feel the essence of peace, love n joy…hope evryone of us know how to value, love n care our mother nature…i salute to the people who made possible to see ths beautifull places around the world…

      • pakistan is still safe and sound! tour de gilgit race is its proof! accidents can happen anywhere and terrorism so!!

      • sorry, but australia in general is a dump full of ignorant racists. sydney is pretty but boring and small minded after a few days. melbourne is even worse and most australians are drug addicted alcoholic fools.

      • I liked your comment. Thank you for being level headed on this site.
        I have only been to mexico and Canada, but I have seen nearly every where in the U.S. For I live in Mn I have to say I can’t wait to see some of the places you have mentioned! After I finish college I’m going to travel for a bit as a way to congratulate myself for completing my four year journey. My parents and reletives have been everywhere so I’m envious but patient as I can be!

      • Yup..Even God has said in the Quran: ” I have also created man so that he may explore the world and find My identity in the beauty of nature”

      • well, you are right by telling that everything that you will say or note down will have a different reply. it’s all in how people understand and appreciate it… just be thankful that we have these beautiful places… if we believe in Almighty God, Allah or whatever name of your God, we know how to appreciate beauty….

    • yupz… GOD is really perfect. he made the world perfect and complete.. buT, at this moment we are jusT abusing our environment given by GOD… please help me to inform those teenagers to help renew the world… as what Dr. Jose Rizal said that “ang kabataan ang pag- asa ng bayaan..” … thank you… Neil Maynard Conde,.. from Philippines… A 13 YR. OLD PERSON

    • thank you very much send me this photo . i very like those photo and this is my dream land …….wanna go with you sometime later.don’t forget this you say.

    • Mario natural is so beatuiful if u see the sun with ur eyes u will feel the power inside of your heart

    • yes u r abssalutly right m dear Mnt.Everest is the beautifulest place but as picks shown above there tourist can reach easly and get the enjoy of area but Mnt Everest is a pick.if one have to go dre he have to physically strong and obvious a very good walker also.its very hard for the urbans peoples

    • Beautiful photos and, I agree, to be included among the most beautiful places on earth. However, here are other places that are stunningly magnificent:

      * The Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia) – the most beautiful island in the world!
      * The Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia);
      * Monument Valley, Utah, USA;
      * Eastern Fjords, Iceland;
      * Torres del Paine NP and Patagonia, Chile;
      * Sydney Harbour (Australia);
      * Santorini, Greece;
      * Queenstown, New Zealand;
      * Glacier Bay, Alaska;
      * Lake Louise, BC, Canada;

    • ofcourse, these 10 places r so precious, among in these place generaly we can’t select to which one is the best, i m hapy by knowing such a heaven. But i think there is most important place is missing, which is NEPAL and Mt.EVEREST loceted in nepal, so why we r not going to consider it?

    • yes not only mount everest of Nepal but Lumbini, NEpal (Birth place of lord Buddha)and Mt. Machapucchre (most beautiful mountin in this globe) should be in the list 🙂

  • Rob! this ISRAEL thing was Ironical? or you are “seriously” tagging Israel Beautiful for all the killings?.. its involvement anywhere is itself very bad..

  • Those images are just so wow…

    As for Israel, it should only be included in the list of mass murders, terrorism and Zionism.

    • no not at all m am wrking in tourism sector and as much knowledge i hv about Israel dt says u r wrong.Isreal hav DEAD SEA,JERUSALAM and most important its the bith place of JESUS CHRIST.and ya Israel technology is helpng whole world.but the main reason is that neighbour arabic countries they wnt their rule any wre eg.9/11.they r creating terrarsm in Israel nd yes Israel protectng himslf.we.ll also do same

    • This is about photos, not politics or racism. Stop being a hate monger. No religion that has any merit would tolerate that.

    • If mountain scenery is your thing, Nepal is hard to beat! The magnificent Annapurna ranges (in and around the gorgeous Pokhara) are jaw-droppingly spectacular! Also the beautiful Hindu Kush mountains (in Afghanistan) and the Kashmir Valley (northern India) are absolutely sensational!

    • yes, its true that nepal must be include. not only mt.everest but also the beautiful spots of the philippines.

    • yes, ofcourse, Nepal also one of the beautiful place, you must add in your wave site himalayan range of Nepal, where you have to get many wonderful paradise.
      Thanks,
      Sudarshan,kathmandu

  • yes, i suppose israeli’s is not biased at all. besides who doesn’t like the desert?

    face it, israel is pretty much just another patch of land, there are lots of places way more beatiful, and i’m talking about regular places. nevermind the fact that is filled with human beings without nothing better to do than fight each other for it.

    taj mahal is actually a temple, it was sacked way before that emperor decided it was a good idea to turn it into a tomb.

  • Nice photos. It’s too bad you fiddled with the aspect ratio, though, so they could all fit in the same square boxes. You would have been better off cropping the fourth photo from the Grand Canyon. It is obvious that the man in the photo is not really short and fat.

  • While incredible, the pyramids are not beautiful. They are in ruins. the Peru setting is gorgeous, and that setting may overcome the ruins to remain beautiful. And what is so beautiful about the Great Wall of China? Incredible man-made structure, but beautiful? I think not. I think of the slave labor forced to build it. I think of a nation that was afraid of outsiders, or was it they were afraid Chinese would leave? I see the Wall as a prison fence – nothing more. Do not confuse beauty with achievements.

  • I definitely agree there are problems with this list. Worn-out ancient structures might be interesting to visit but they aren’t beautiful. I’ve seen the Pyramids and the Great Wall–I’m glad I’ve been to them but they aren’t things of beauty.

    Publius: The Great Wall was about keeping armies out, the threat was real. It wasn’t solid enough to keep people in–and besides, back then people rarely moved anyway.

    I’ve done 5 and a couple more have been on my want-to-do list for some time.

  • The correct name os “The Iguazu Waterfals” is “The `Iguaçu` Waterfalls” and it is located in Brazil, not in Argentina.
    Please, correct the information.

    • Seriously? If you don’t know your geography, could you at least read the article? The Iguazu falls touch Brasil, Argentina, AND Paraguay. I experienced the falls from the Argentine side and thought there was a lot to be said for their park. AMAZING!! I’ve heard great things about the views from Brasil as well, but many of the photos I took are from similar vantage points to those shown above.

      No correction is needed.

    • Iguazu can be spelt alternatively: Iguacu (by Brazilians) or
      Iguazu (by Argentinians). These beautiful falls can be viewed from both sides (Brazilian and Argentinian sides). The Argentinian side provides the best closest view whereas the most panoramic views are seen from the Brazilian side. I’ve viewed these falls from both sides and, believe me, they are magnificent from any aspect!

  • Hey! the most (better) part of “The Iguazu Waterfalls” are at the Brazil, and not Argentina.
    There is a real wonder of the nature.

  • The “Igauçú” Falls is Brazilian…just 30% is placed on Argentinian territory.The river´s source is also placed in Brazil.
    We know americans are completely negletic about the rest of the world´s geography but a Web site should be more carefull before issue some information like that knowing that there is almost 200.000.000 people in such a Gigantic south american country that reads and disagree with such a lack of care….

    Thank you.God bless you.And may God bless the United States of America…

    Best regards from Brazil.

    • our country Pakistan is more beautiful than any other country.
      Only we Muslims want peace for the world but some people don’t like this.

    • Iguazu/Iguaçu Falls.
      Reading these comments I HAVE TO SAY that most of you don’t know what are you talking about and I wander if you have ever been there! As the border between Argentina and Brazil, the waterfalls are located in both conuntries, but Two-thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory!!!!! So people, please study more geography before to make that kind of comments! Or if you are lazy to read, buy a ticket and visit the place (recomended to everyone), at the end, is a wonder of nature and anyone is the owner!

    • No, you and Flavio are wrong – sorry. I have been there and will let you know that Iguacu can be viewed from the Argentinian OR Brazilian sides. Generally, it is considered that the best close-up view is from the Argentinian side.

  • This list is amazing.
    Despite the mystake with the Iguaçu Falls, there are really good places ti visit there.
    Nobody as talked about Machu Picchu, but i’ve been there and i extremelly recomend. If Loren thinks that human made strctures can’t be beautiful, than i’m sure she has never been there..

  • The Egyptian pyramids may be in ruins today but the rich heritage of Egypt and the timeless beauty of the pyramids is captured in our hearts and will always be cherished. The beauty of these magnificent pyramids lives on forever.

    Loved this article!!

  • They are accessible from Foz do Iguacu, Parana in Brazil and from Puerto Iguazu, Misiones in Argentina. They are a major tourist attraction for both Brazil as well as Argentina. I’ve changed it to “Argentina-Brazil border.”

  • The Great Wall of China is considered to be beautiful in its own way by many people. This man-made structure reveals the remarkable effort that has gone into its creation. However, I totally accept that we all have different views of what we consider beautiful, and this has taken its place on this list because it has a huge symbolic significance and is a masterpiece that fills with amazement anyone that visits the place.

    • to all people, we are different from each other. and everbody got they own perspective. so please, grow UP. i believe every place in the globe got their own beauty. israel, i never been there, but i believe its beautifull. beside all the human error that we made. i do vote for everst, but i respect the admin for his own perspective. thx admin for great pictures, and of couse for God. im from Indonesia. and we got many beautifull places too. but who am i to judge which place more beautifull than others. haha, keep peace and love in our mind and heart.

  • “Since two-thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory, we mentioned Argentina”

    What ?!? Plz for god, say you are joking!!!

  • Corrected.
    Please accept our apologies for the unintentional mistakes and let us know if there is anything else that’s not correct.
    Thank you all of you.

  • Rob,

    You are SO right. Israel is one of the most Beautiful spots on the planet. And I can’t wait for the day when the whole world will go there to worship God in the millennial Kingdom. Yes. And Amen!

  • I wouldn’t call them ten of the MOST BEAUTIFUL apart from the Iguazu Waterfalls, perhaps top-ten tourist attractions of the world.

  • Thanks for including the Canadian Rockies. I’ve had many opportunities, for much more money, to move down to the US including Silicon Valley, but the Rockies are why I stay here. I can wake up to that view every morning.

    Today looks like it will be especially brilliant.

    • Yes, the Great Barrier Reef is gorgeous but did you know that there are hundreds and hundreds of beaches in Australia with water as clean and blue as this? Jervis Bay (in NSW) has beaches (such as Hyams Beach) that have sand like silicon – as pure and white as sugar. We are spoilt for choice!

  • normally i never post anything on these types of arcticles, although the places where very cool. i read a few comment ( never again) and came across this one .

    # OrlandoGuy Says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Those images are just so wow…

    “As for Israel, it should only be included in the list of mass murders, terrorism and Zionism.”

    if your enemies hide in schools and hospitals and use familes as shields then yes there will be horrific news headlines. For orlando to make that statement i hope he isnt of one of the allied nations ie America or britain, just look at whats going on in their campaigns.

  • Yay Cape Town! In the last of the Cape Town photos just to the left of the office building is a German restaurant/ brewery called Paulaner Bräuhaus. There right now having a beer!

  • Nice.
    The Iguassu Falls are located in Argentina and Brazil (for those saying it’s only in Brazil).
    Rio de Janeiro isnt that pretty, unless you like to see the favelas which are everywhere around that city.
    The Canadian Rockies do deserve to be on this list. Those mountains are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

  • can you please include the pictures of these:
    1. Angel Falls in Venezuela
    2. Mt Everest in Nepal
    3. Ayers Rock (uluru) in Australia
    4. The village of Oios on the island of Santorini, Greece
    5. Dead Sea
    6. Mykonos Island, Greece
    7. Mount Sinai
    8. Mt. Kilimanjaro
    9. Blue Grotto Cave, Capri Italy
    10. Dorset Coast in West of England (consists of great coasts such as dancing ledge, purbeck and Lulworth)

  • you people need to chill out…fantastic pictures…so what if there are a few mistakes…or you disagree with the selection…..get off your arse and do it yourselves if you arent happy

  • Great list, although I don’t think ten is enough from all these people’s selections…

    Although if you want a really beautiful place, Google “Halong Bay” its in Vietnam 🙂

  • “The Great Barrier Reef, Australia” it is amazing.
    This is the first time I saw it through these images…….
    Great collection!
    It seems we have visited all those places!

  • I mean, are you serious?? how can a list of the world’s most beautiful places not include the walking paths over there by Lake Park? but keep up the good work here.. keep trying

    • YA I WANNA SEE THESE PYRAMIDS TOO BEFORE I DIE,WANNA KNOW THE MYSTERY OF THESE PYRAMIDS HOW DID THEY BUILD?

  • great..but..all these views could be gleaned from any school geograqphy book….does anyone have any new views cos i need new inspiration not old favourites…

    • OK, Lezli, I am going to give you a link to one of my favourite places on earth, ie Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva (Marquesas Islands). I give this place a 9/10 for beauty – it is hard to beat! Enjoy! I recommend you visit the Marquesas Islands on board the Aranui3 – it is one of the most unusual and wonderful cruises around.

      http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5212920

  • Wow Yawn nothing I haven’t seen before and your readers are apparently a bunch of racist anti Islamic hicks. Nice effort though

  • Wow… The world is such an amazing place. I know we’ve all seen pictures of these places a thousand times, but still, it’s all so wonderful and all thanks to God.

  • Hej what does politics have to do with beauty?? Israel or the land of… is a sacred place for the most important religions in the world.It’s landscapes are special and amazing considering the fact it is such a small piece of land.From the golan to the red sea.
    Israeli people can not be generalized as more than 50 percent of the population is against the war and the other half was forced to think it is the only way to their survival due to circumstances.So please try to be objective.best regards.

  • I agree with emanuel or perhaps the grand canyon should be taken out because of Bush’s recent war mongering and torturing or even the pyramids because of their slack laws on slavery.
    Keep your political opinions to yourselves you self righteous bunch of tossers!!!

  • Those Brasilian guys who protest about USA people being ignorant should look at themselves. Do they know wikipedia ? Do they see that it states clearly “marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory”…
    stop thinking you are the center of the world as others 😉

    for the ignorants:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguazu_Falls

  • great list, thanks for including cape town but i must just say that the sights you chose fall way way way short of showing just how beautiful cape town really is.

  • I think the Fjords of Norway would be a great addition. Bergen in much more beautiful than Cape Town for example.

    • The pictures of Cape Town displayed here are not representative of the natural beauty of the City. Lights at night could be seen in many cities. The view of Table mountain from the West Coast is world famous but not displayed. From the air and from the sea this sight of the mountain is breathtaking. The Hout Bay area is also amazing. Unless one has seen this oneself, no comment should be attempted. Yes, Cape Town has been voted by most international travel agencies as the most beautiful city in the world not necessarily the most beauiful place in the world.

  • I wouldn’t say that these are the most beautiful places in the world. Stunning yes but deserts are not on my most beautiful list.

  • These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have seen of landscapes. I could look at pictures like this all day. I would love to visit each site and see it for myself.

  • I HAD BEEN TO MANY PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. I HOPE TO VISIT ALL THESE 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES. PRAISE GOD FOR ALL THESE NATURAL AND MAN-MADE WONDERS……………

  • i think that really beauty in the world. amazing and really good for our eyes to see that. that is goodd to see Ocean.

  • Really people? If you want to debate politics go somewhere else. This isn’t “Top 10 points for heinous crimes” or “Debate the politics of Israel”. It is “Top 10 pretty places on earth”. I can see folks debating whether something should be added as a destination. However, this is his opinion. So if you wan to bash a nation write your senator, or at least on a blog or site that pertains to the discussion. Sheesh!

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    1) author unjustly marks the most beautiful place in the world as Grand Canyon? Are you sure you are not biased american? A desert as most beautiful? C’mon.

    2) Non of these places are European.
    You included most of continents but non of them from Europe.

    EVEN THOUGH HALF OF WORLD TURISM GOES TO EUROPE AND HALF OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES ARE IN EUROPE AGAIN.

    biased & unjustful

  • “me Says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 5:41 pm…”

    You’re calling somebody else biased when you post that?

    Besides, it’s not meant to be in order of most beautiful to least, so your opinion of what belongs first doesn’t really belong here. The Grand Canyon is an immensely beautiful place, why does it matter that it is in/near a desert? Many people find parts of deserts beautiful, especially those who come from one. Either way, not finding the Grand Canyon beautiful just defies all reason.

  • this list shouls include the Namib dessert, no where in the world will you find so much beauty in so little