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40 Mindblowing Secret locations many travellers don’t know about – I want to go there now

The places and sights that every traveler – even the armchair ones – covets fall into two groups, natural and man made. Both of them have their own charms and allure – though many a time we find that the man made is an attempt to either imitate or improve upon what nature has already done. In some of these attempts man succeeds and where he doesn’t, he produces something that is still attractive and endearing.

Nature amazes with its panorama of colors, shapes – from broad brush strokes to the most intricately detailed, proportions – miniscule to mammoth, textures – spanning the entire range between the most delicate and the fiercely rugged, and the most subliminal of stimuli. It has the palette to please our eyes, sounds that are always in tune, smells capable of inducing nostalgia and bringing alive memories, touches that soothe away cares and tastes that rejuvenate us. . Nature engenders a whole gamut of emotions – from jaw-dropping awe, primeval fear, eye-popping surprise, foot-tapping joy, peace-inducing tranquility to an intimation of the sublimely universal and divine.

On the contrary all man-made objects, monuments and edifices are a tribute to his constant endeavor, undying spirit, desire to create, urge to achieve, eternal curiosity, intelligence to understand, and skills to imitate and match nature and the arrogance to attempt to surpass it. Man succeeds, sometimes, in his desire to create objects that are as endearing and enduring as those that nature makes and becomes then an object of admiration and envy himself.

Here are a few examples of both kinds.

1) Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Italy

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2) Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France

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3) Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Valley, Bhutan

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4) Dubrovnik, Croatia

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5) Albarracín, Aragon, Spain

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6) Bagan, Burma

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7) Aescher, Switzerland

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8) Haiku Stairs, Hawaii

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9) Þingvallavatn Lake, Iceland

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10) Chefchaouen, Northwest Morocco

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12) Lord Howe Island, Australia

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13) Bishop Castle, San Isabel National Forest, Rye, Colorado

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14) Huacachina, Peruvian desert

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15) The Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Germany

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16) Cappadocia, Turkey

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17) Hallstatt, Austria

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18) Leptis Magna, Tripoli, Libya

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19) The Alcázar of Segovia, Spain

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20) Alter do Chao, Brazil

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21) Hotel Moulin de Roc, France

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22) The peacock room in Castello di Sammezzano, Tuscany

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23) Deception Island, Antarctica

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25) Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece

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26) Meghalaya, India

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27) Craco, Matera, Basilicata

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28) Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

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30) Weißgerbergasse, Nuremberg, Germany

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31) Procida, Italy

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32) Lofoten Islands, Norway

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33) Cocos Island, Costa Rica

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34) Rock tombs in Myra, Lycia, Turkey

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35) Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Lake Chiemsee, Germany

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36) Fès, Morocco

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37) Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovin

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38) Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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39) The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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40) Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

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41) Mount Ai-Petry, Crimea, Ukraine

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42) Marsaxlokk, Malta

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43) Monument Valley, Utah

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