1. Masai Mara
Few parts of the world are as well-known for their rich biodiversity as the Masai Mara and Serengeti National parks. Home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, and wildebeest one can spot giant herds of rare animals travel across the Serengeti and Masai Mara reserves. The vast plains, the scant vegetation, and the exotic wildlife make for an incredible sight and spotting an exotic animal in its natural habitat will have one reaching for their camera every few minutes.
2. Siem Reap
Angkor Wat — the biggest religious structure in the world and the ‘single greatest work of art’ according to Arthur C Clarke — is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. This large Hindu temple was built in the early 12th century and is admired for its grandeur, and the many exquisitely carved features that adorn its ancient walls. One can also visit the various museums in Phnom Penh which house incredible collections of ancient art, and stunning beaches in Sihanoukville that look out onto the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand, while in Cambodia.
3. Costa Rica
One of the most ecologically rich destinations in the world, Costa Rica offers one the unparalleled natural beauty of the Caribbean. Volcanoes, tropical forests, botanical gardens, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean make this country a must-see for all nature enthusiasts. The azure seas and white sand make for extremely compelling visuals, and the sun-kissed photos of tropical beaches will make your friends jealous.
Boasting of 16 national parks, Tanzania is home to a variety of exotic animals such as the Cape buffalo, wildebeest, cheetah, lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, giraffe, hippo, and antelope. Tanzania is also the home of the fabled Mt. Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest peak and a World Heritage site. The beaches and bazaars of Zanzibar will offer countless opportunities to take pictures of this beautiful country.
A country in one of the colder latitudes in the world, Iceland is well-known for its untouched nature and unique atmosphere. The quaint, clean cities and townships make for eclectic and colourful pictures.
One of India’s prominent religious hubs, Varanasi is a major centre for Hindu devotion, pilgrimage, mysticism, and poetry. It has been a centre for cultural importance and religious education since ages. The ghats on the river Ganga serve as the major tourist sites for pilgrims performing various rituals, including the cremation of the dead.
7. Kanha National Park
One of India’s largest tiger reserves, Kanha National Park covers nearly 1,000 square kilometres of pristine ecology in the heart of India. Significant populations of the Bengal tiger, leopards, sloth bears, and the barasingha can be found interspersed amidst the trees and in the meadows, and make Kanha one of India’s most visually stunning natural locations.
8. Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park in Assam hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and is a World Heritage site. It is home to the highest density of tigers amongst the protected areas in the world and has large breeding populations of elephants, water buffalos, and swamp deer.
Situated in India’s Golden Tourism Triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra; Bharatpur is another of India’s World Heritage sites. The reserve is home to thousands of migratory birds, especially during the winter season. Initially created as a waterfowl-hunting ground for the local maharajas, the reserve is a collection of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands that are home to 366 distinct bird species.
10. Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is India’s oldest national park and was established to protect the sensitive habitat of the endangered Bengal tiger. This eco-tourism destination has been a must-visit for tourists and wildlife lovers for several years now, thanks to its splendid landscape and diverse wildlife.>