Most Beautiful and Unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

Thousands of sites around the world are listed under UNESCO world heritage but few of them are truly unique and beautiful. These places have a lot of natural and cultural value. Here are a few of our significant picks which are a sight to behold in every possible way.

Angkor, Cambodia

It is one of the most famous archeology sites in Southeast Asia. It has the magnificent remains of the different states of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century.

The site includes the famous temples of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. This site covers an area of around 400 square kilometers and consists of numerous temples, hydraulic structures, and communication routes.

Acropolis, Greece

This is the most important ancient site in the Western world. It is the ancient and the finest sanctuary of Athens dedicated to the patron goddess Athena. The old myths of ancient Athens along with the greatest religious festivals related to the earliest cults and the city’s history all come down to this sacred precinct.

This is a unique architectural masterpiece that brings together orders and styles of classical art where the monuments and the sanctuaries are made of white marble and look simply astonishing.

Bagan, Myanmar

This temple town of Myanmar is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites which is spread across 26 square miles and is covered with the river Irrawaddy, mountains, and temples.

This ancient city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan which had over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries out of which the remains of 220 temples and pagodas are still present.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Situated some 1000 km away from South America, in the Pacific Ocean, there are 19 islands by the name Galapagos Island which is called a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution.

This place is located at the confluence of three ocean currents which makes it a melting pot of marine species where ongoing seismic and volcanic activity processes formed the island which also led to the development of unusual animal life, like land iguana, giant tortoise, etc.

Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey

This place is located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape. The erosion is sculpted to form mountain ridges, valleys, and pinnacles and cover the region between the cities of Nevşehir, Ürgüp, and Avanos, the sites of Karain, Karlık, Yeşilöz, Soğanlı and the subterranean cities of Kaymaklı and Derinkuyu.

This site forms the most striking and largest cave-dwelling complexes and is a leading example of the post-iconoclastic Byzantine art period.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

This 2300-kilometer Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It is a home of diverse marine life filled with vivid colors and offers a great opportunity for adventure where people can swim, snorkel, dive, or sail this masterpiece.

It is a remarkable beauty and has a variety of marine life. With the largest collection of coral reefs with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, and 4,000 types of mollusca.

Hampi, India

The magnificent ruins of Hampi are a beautiful and grandiose sight. Hampi was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar where the rich princes built temples and palaces to win the admiration of travelers in the 14th and 16th centuries.

Hampi is blessed with mysterious terrain and the city is surrounded by boulders of different sizes which visitors can climb to see the spectacular views of the city.

Located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, the site is famous for its massive beautifully carved temples and exemplary bazaars and villages which have a lot of vibrant features.

Iguazu National Park, Brazil, and Argentina

This one is the world’s largest and most impressive waterfall, extending over 2700m, and harbors many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna like giant otters and the giant anteater. There is a lush vegetation all around this park.

The waterfall is from the Iguacu River which is known for its stunning beauty and runs for nearly 3 km with vertical drops of up to 80 meters. The river forms the semi-circle in the heart of two parks and contains the international border between Argentina and Brazil.

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

The Los Glaciares National Park is located in the Austral Andes in Argentina southwest of Santa Cruz on the border with Chile. This is an area of exceptional natural beauty that is mesmerizing and has rugged towering mountains with several glacier lakes.

This also includes Lake Argentino which is 160 km long. This park has two regions- forests and grassy plains. Mount Fitzroy is the highest point in the park. Numerous varieties of wildlife are found here including guanacos, chinchillas, pudu and guemal etc. In this park, three glaciers meet up launching massive igloo icebergs into the lake.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machi Picchu, also known as Machupijchu, is located high on the slopes of the Andes, 2340 m above sea level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. It is a site of ancient Inca ruins located about 50 miles northwest of Cuzco, Peru, through which the Urubamba River flows.

The site was built in the classical Inca style along with polished dry stone walls. It is an amazing site that has giant walls, terraces and ramps. Surrounded by Amazon basic, the place is enriched with the diversity of flora and fauna.

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel is Europe’s most unforgettable sight, built on a rocky islet in the middle of vast sandbanks on the coast of Normandy and lies 41 miles north of Renne and 32 miles east of Saint-Malo.

There are clustered buildings with medieval walls and the village with an ancient gothic-styled abbey crowning the mount. For centuries, this was Europe’s pilgrimage destination and now this holy island is a breathtaking site along with its bay.

Petra, Jordan

This prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was lost to the Western world for hundreds of years and is situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt, and Syria- Phoenicia.

This was once a thriving center and capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 BC and AD 106. The city is half built and half carved into the rocks of vibrant red, white, and pink sandstone cliff faces. The place is surrounded by mountains, passages, and gorges and is a blend of ancient Eastern traditions with Hellenistic architecture.

Rapa Nui, Chile

Rapa Nui is a one-of-a-kind destination which is also known as Easter Island and the very raw remoteness of this place gives it much authenticity with an aura of mystery. This whole place bears a unique cultural phenomenon that is also mysterious. It is believed that the society of Polynesian origin settled here.

There are many powerful and imaginative monumental sculptures and stunning architecture built right here. Later on, the society also built many shrines and erected huge stone figures known as moai which are truly fascinating.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions with a ruined, fifth-century city blessed with extraordinary features. Also known as the Eight Wonder of the World, this is an ancient palace.

The place has moat and wall fortification with elaborate landscaped gardens and a monastery. The high granite rock that stands from these ruins, “lion’s rock,” is a major attraction and is of much archeological importance attracting many tourists.

Valletta, Malta

This city was founded in 1566 and is the capital city of Malta and the smallest city in Europe characterized by buildings of strong Baroque character. The city has a lot of history associated with the military and charitable Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

It has almost 320 monuments within an area of 55 ha and is one of the major concentrated historic sites in the world, also known as the Art City of Europe. The city has been ruled successively by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and the Order of the Knights of St John.

Mesa Verde, USA

This is the most stunning archeological site in the USA and has some of the most Indian ruins in North America. It is an archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the park today protects nearly 5000 known archeology sites including 600 cliff dwellings.

The cliff dwellings into the canyon walls are one of the most impressive sites here and include the forest-covered plateau with a vast array of ruins. The stunning views of these notable sites are truly impressive.

Venice and its lagoon, Italy

Venice and its Lagoon is a perfect touch of art and architecture where the beautiful old city is situated on 118 islands of the Venetian Lagoon. The whole city is an architectural marvel blessed with historic elements and artists and is an important political, cultural, and commercial center.

The place is all about splendid piazzas, bridges, and palaces, inside of which are preserved the timeless artworks of renowned artists like Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and many others.

Yellowstone National Park, USA

It is the oldest, largest, and best-known national park in the USA. The park is situated in northwestern Wyoming and partly in southern Montana and eastern Idaho which includes a concentration of hydrothermal features in the world.

The Dynamic geothermal forces lurking just below the surface give rise to the dramatic collection of rivers, canyons, mountains, springs, and geysers surrounded by a variety of animals making this a majestic park. This is the world’s first national park which is a perfect blend of wildlife and geothermal features and is stunning.

Works of Antoni Gaudí, Spain

Gaudi was a popular architect and decorator whose seven properties in and near Barcelona are a testament to his exceptional creativity in the development of architecture and building technology in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The building styles were eclectic, and personal and had interesting designs of gardens, sculptures, and decorative arts. The seven buildings that are part of the world heritage site are Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

This national park covers an area of 32000 ha and is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of Rift Valley. The place is known for the exceptional variety of biodiversity which covers Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests dating back to 25000 years old and has 400 species of plants.

The prominent feature of the nature park is the endangered species of mountain gorillas which are almost 400 here. Other than this numerous varieties of trees, birds, mammals, other animals, and even butterflies are found here making this a wildlife paradise.

Budapest (Banks of the Danube), Hungary

The sites of Budapest include all the important historic and cultural monuments which are the remains of the monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda.

The history of the Hungarian capital is showcased in the stunning architecture and stunning urban landscapes which include masterpieces like the Parliament, Opera House, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Market Hall, the Bands of Danube, the Castle Hill including the Castle Bazaar and Royal Gardens, Andrassy Avenue, Gellert Hill, and Gellert Baths is all superb.

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Canada

This mountain park forms a striking landscape that consists of national parks Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho which is studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and limestone caves forming one of the best-known scenery on earth. The park is spread across 8877 square miles and is of great value from scenic beauty to ecological importance.

Danxia Landform, China

This is the unique formation of mountains which is a type of petrographic geomorphology developed on red-coloured sandstones which means that several colorful sandstones and minerals remain pressed together for more than 24 million years and turn into mountains.

They are a spectacular sight of red cliffs and erosional landforms which include dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. You will find many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna here.

Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and is situated on the Dalmatian coast. The city is all about red-tiled rooftops, sparkling turquoise water, and hills.

The Old Town of Dubrovnik is all about stunning architecture and scenery with breathtaking views. With the rugged background of limestone mountains, this is the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval city which is surrounded by stone walls and consists of many forts, bastions, and walkways with some of the most amazing views.

Here you can enjoy the lush green landscaped and beautiful gothic Dubrovnik’s Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces; its Renaissance fountains and facades, the marble-paved squares, steep cobbled streets and houses, all of which have also remained unchanged for centuries.

Historic Areas of Istanbul, Turkey

The Historic Areas of Istanbul is situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, and Golden Horn and is represented by four main areas: Sultanahmet Archaeological Park, Suleymaniye Conservation Area, Zeyrek Conservation Area, and Land Walls Conservation Area.

Because of the strategic location of the city, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious, and artistic events for over 2000 years and more than 120 sultans and emperors have ruled the city for more than 1600 years. It is a holy city that is situated on two continents of the world and has mosques churches and synagogues existing side by side declaring solidarity.

The various periods of Istanbul leave behind numerous monuments, historic buildings, and archaeological ruins that cover the cultural, social, and artistic values of their period. 

Historic Center of Krakow, Poland

The former capital of Poland, this city is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. This used to be a 13th-century merchants town with Europe’s largest marketplace and many historical palaces, churches, and houses adorned with magnificent interiors.

This historic center has survived many wars and occupying powers with its architecture marvels beauty intact. The city’s ancient features like the old city’s cobblestone streets, majestic cathedrals, and imposing castle on the hill are a statement of this place’s enriched history, culture, and legends.

The remnants of 14th-century fortification the medieval site of Kazimierz, Jagiellonian University, and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland are buried are also this town’s part of fascinating history.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

This one is Kenya’s finest national park, situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley which is surrounded by the wooden and bushy grassland. The park has a wide ecological diversity and varied habitat that provides an ideal place for bird watching, hiking, picnics, and game drives.

The park covers an area of 73 square miles that includes a lake, savannah, forests and swamps, and the famous Makalia Falls. A large variety of wildlife is found here including 56 mammals and 450 birds including black and white rhinos, leopards, hippos, and endangered Rothchild’s giraffes and the famous flamingos.  The place is an African Mecca of wildlife.

Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela is a medieval settlement in Northern Ethiopia that is known for its 11 monolithic cave churches of the 13th century ‘New Jerusalem’, situated in the mountainous region of Ethiopia’s traditional village with circularly shaped dwellings.

The rock-hewn churches are grouped into three based on their proximity: the Bete Medhane Alem (Church of the Holy Saviour), Bete Gabriel–Rufael (Church of St. Gabriel–Rafael), and Bete Giorgis (Church of St. George) groups.

These churches are carved out of a single massive scoriaceous basalt hill. This is the country’s most serene setting which is perched at an altitude of 2630 meters on the Ethiopian Highlands and is one of the most holy institutions.

Meteora, Greece

Also known as the miracle of Greece, this is the largest archaeological site in the country and is a holy place that provides nature’s grandeur combining history, architecture, and divinity.

The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air” and this describes these remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries where one can achieve absolute isolation with peace and harmony.

The extraordinary rock formations of a vast complex with giant pillars and monasteries are made on sandstone cliffs making this a sheer spectacle and a surreal landscape.

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain and a statement symbol of Japan which is 3776 meters and contributes to Japan’s physical, cultural, and spiritual geography. This is an active volcano sitting on a triple junction of tectonic activity and erupted in 1707.

It stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days as it is 100 km from Tokyo and is a major feature of  Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park (1936). It is at the center of a UNESCO World Heritage site designated in 2013 which is quite popular among tourists. 

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland that is known for its supreme tranquility and serenity of the untouched extraordinary natural beauty. The delta is spread from 6 to 15000 square kilometers of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana along with the Okavango River which flows from the Angolan highlands.

The place is a beautiful maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels, and overgrown islands teaming with varied wildlife like lion cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, red lechwe, and sitatunga. The crystal clear channels of this park spread across the Kalahari and are a stunning sight.

Potala Palace, Tibet

Potala Palace in Lhasa is the highest ancient palace in the world and was built as the center place for the Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. This is a 13 stories high palace with 1000 rooms and is spread across 13 hectares.

The complex symbolism of Tibetan Buddhism has white and red palaces which is a prominent religious and administrative complex. The Red Palace has several chapels, sacred statues, and the tombs of eight Dalai Lamas; it remains a major pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists.

The Tibetan art which is presented in the beauty and the originality of the architecture of this place along with the ornamentation and striking landscape makes it a unique and stunning place. 

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

This place is in east-central Uzbekistan and is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. The history of this place is 2750 years old and has seen many rulers over the years from Alexander the Great, the Arabic Conquest, the Genghis-Khan Conquest, and lastly Tamerlane.

The culture and tradition of this place is thus a mixture of Iranian, Indian, Mongolian, and a bit of the Western and Eastern cultures. This city is majestic and beautiful and is often known as the “Rome of the East” and the pearl of the Eastern Eastern Muslim World which has a lot of marvelous and attractive power.

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

It is New Zealand’s oldest national park which is significant enough from a natural, cultural, and religious perspective. This site is a Maori religion within the park and there are a variety of views, ecosystems, and volcanoes (both extinct and active) throughout the National Park.

The place is perfect for hiking and picnicking and has a lot of photo ops which is also home to Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Yosemite National Park, United States

Yosemite National Park is one of the best parks in the USA and is a jewel in the crown of California. It is a natural unique treasure that has a scenic mountain region.

The park is surrounded by national forest lands and is a glacial topology where you will find all sorts of picture-worthy meadows, waterfalls, streams, mountains, and a variety of plants and animals.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

This was built to surround the most beautiful castles. The architecture of this boasts Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque features and this place is one of the most picturesque towns of Europe. This town grew up around the Gothic castle built on the cliffs above the Vltava in the 13th century.

In 1766, the castle became the residence, and then the theater, garden, pavilion, and winter riding school were added. The place has retained its architectural beauty and history where you get stunning river views, cobblestone streets, and frequent cultural events.

The Forbidden City, China

The Forbidden City of China comprises 90 palaces and a courtyard, 980 buildings, and 8704 rooms. It’s the largest imperial palace in the world and this palace complex was a Chinese imperial palace for more than 500 years, starting with the Ming dynasty and ending with the Qing dynasty.

It was built between 1406 and 1420 and showcases Chinese palatial architecture. The architecture of this walled complex focuses on the Chinese geomantic practice of feng shui. Today, the Forbidden City is home to the Palace Museum which has a wide collection of paintings, ceramics, jade, and other historic and cultural artifacts.

Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam

This is an extraordinary town that was a prominent trading spot between the 15th and 19th centuries. This town represents a perfect combination of native and foreign cultures.

It has a unique French influence along with typical Southwest Asian charm. The small town has so many exciting things to do from visiting the well-preserved complexes to enjoying a beach or getting tailored clothing.

It has traditional wooden buildings, the original organically developed street plan with a river/seacoast setting.

Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

This is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world and Indonesia’s most famous landmark. It is located on the island of Java near Yogyakarta and was built in three tiers – a pyramidal base with 5 concentric squares terraced, a trunk of a cone with 3 circular platforms, and a monumental stupa.

It covers an area of 2500 ms and has 72 openwork stupas, each containing the statue of Buddha.   It is surrounded by lush tropical greenery, stunning mountains, and volcanoes and provides a very soothing and peaceful setting.

Medina of Fes, Morocco

This place has 1300 years of history and heritage which makes up for the most beautiful medina in Morocco, characterized by beautiful Islamic art and architecture in Fes. Medina was founded in the 9th century and is home to the oldest university in the world.

Some of the important monuments in the medina are madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques, and fountains. The place is most famous for its bustling souks which consist of tailors, artists, and traders along with quaint cafes in outdoor markets. This is the country’s spiritual and cultural center.

Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Tanzania

Also known as “Spice Island ”, the Stone Town of Zanzibar is a great example of Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. The place is known for ancient heritage buildings, and distinctive architecture and has ramparts of the Old Fort, bustling spice market.

This place also tells tales of Africa’s slave trade, having been used as the base of all operations. Just outside the city, the most beautiful beaches in soft white sand wait for spectacular scenery.

Shirakawa-go, Japan

It is located along the Shogawa River Valley and is a magical wonderland in the remote mountains of Japan stretching from Gifu to Toyama. The place was cut off from the rest of the world for a very long period. These villages are known for their Gassho-style houses along with the cultivation of mulberry trees and rearing of silkworms.

The villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura, and Suganuma showcase the perfect examples of living traditional lives adapted to the environment and people’s economic and social situations. Some of the gassho-zukuri (which means constructed like hands in prayer) farmhouses in these villages are 250 years old which is a great tourist attraction.

These are made with steep thatched roofs resembling the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. And the attic spaces of roofs are something that cultivates the silkworms.

Old Havana, Cuba

This was founded by Spanish colonists in 1519 and used to be the main hub for shipbuilding and was a key stop for Spanish ships en route from South America to Spain.

This place is a beautifully preserved example of Spanish colonial architecture in the Americas which is still home to 100,000 residents. The extensive system of defensive fortifications in Old Havana is the largest and oldest in America.

The place is characterized by Neoclassical and Baroque architecture with unique plazas which are truly a sight to enjoy.

Kronborg Castle, Denmark

Kronborg Castle is known as the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and is of utmost importance to the Danish people. The Castle played a key role in the history of Northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries.

It is one of the finest Renaissance castles and is surrounded by a stunning fortification with bastions and cannon batteries. The history and the drama of this castle are fascinating and here you can also enjoy the magnificent ballroom, beautiful tapestries, and Holger the Dane.

Shakespeare used the castle when he wrote his play Hamlet and today, this castle is known as Hamlet’s Castle to the rest of the world.

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

This is a small town in Central Bohemia which is 70 km east of Prague. Centuries ago, this town was of much importance and was mostly known for its position and wealth in the silver mines which were established there in the Middle Ages.

By the end of the 13th century, roughly one-third of all silver produced in Europe came from this region. Today it is an attractive tourist destination and makes up for a perfect day trip from Prague.

The place is all about gothic architecture which has skulls and empty streets with some of the most amazing monuments and buildings.

The Dolomites, Italy

These are the mountain ranges that include different Italian provinces: Trentino, South Tyrol, Friulli-Venezia Giulia, and Belluno. The Dolomite rocks have been described as “Pale mountains” (Monti Pallidi) because of their rock color.

These stunning landscapes which are known for a very interesting phenomenon for which they are known worldwide the alpine glow, also called “enrosadira”. This starts at dusk when the red gleams of the setting sun are reflected and transform the Dolomites into magnificent fairytale-like landscapes.

This place is a favorite among hikers, climbers, poets, and all kinds of tourists it features one of the world’s most iconic skiing and cycling circuits.

Elmina Castle, Ghana

This is one of the oldest European buildings which was constructed in the south of the Sahara Desert and was one of the most important stops along the route of the African slave trade.

In 1637, the Dutch colonizer seized this fort and continued using it as a slave depot until it was forbidden in 1814 by the Anglo-Dutch Treaty.

The castle was home to one of the most tragic and brutal periods of humanity and physically experiencing it can be a bit overwhelming for many.

Socotra, Yemen

Socotra Archipelago is an island in the Indian Ocean, near the Gulf of Aden which is about 340 km southeast of Yemen. It consists of four islands and two rocky islets which makes the appearance of a prolonged Horn of Africa.

The site is enriched with biodiversity which is blessed with numerous kinds of flora and fauna with significant populations of land and sea birds including many threatened species. Some of the famous species of Socotra’s flora include several famous species like myrrh, frankincense, and the dragon’s blood tree.

The area of island covers the area of 1400 square miles with Hajhir mountains occupying Socotra’s interiors with narrow coastal plains in the north and a broader plain in the south. In recognition of a wide variety of distinct plant and animal life, the Socotra was designated as a World Heritage Site.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park of Tanzania is spread over 1.5 million ha of savannah and is undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world known for its natural beauty.

It was established in 1952 and is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth which sees the greatest migration of wildebeest and zebras. You can also find lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, and birds here with vast herds of herbivores followed by their predators.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This is Germany’s most beautiful castle which was built by Ludwig II  (Also known as Fairytale King) of Bavaria as its lavish hideaway. The palace and its surroundings are stunning.

Even though the look and feel of the castle is that of a medieval castle, the interiors of the castle are well equipped with state-of-the-art technology at that time.

This castle has been an inspiration for the iconic Disneyland castle as well as the castle in the Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.

Mount Etna, Italy

This is the most active stratovolcano in the world and is the Mediterranean’s highest island mountain on the east coast of Sicily. The volcano also features cinder cones, Lava flows, and summit craters with beautiful orchards and vineyards.

Apart from this, this site is also home to many endemic plants and animal species. This place forms a perfect spot for skiers and hikers and provides abundant opportunities to witness the magnificent views from here.

Lut Desert, Iran

This desert is one of the hottest and driest places on earth making it to the list of the world’s largest desert. The place is home to the best Aeolian yardang landforms, huge corrugated ridges as well as substantial dune fields and stone desert because of the strong winds it endures.

The dunes of the desert are among the world’s tallest, reaching up to 300 meters where one-third of the desert is covered with yardangs with ridges stretching up to 155 meters high and 40 km long.  This site represents a magnificent and interesting example of the ongoing geological processes.

Bialowieza Forest, Poland/Belarus

This is a magnificent forest complex on the border between Poland and Belarus which covers an area of 141,885 hectares. The forest is situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea and offers a great space for biodiversity conservation.

The forest is the home to the largest population of the iconic species covering 1/4th of the world population of the European Biason, Europe’s heaviest land animal. The forest has a diverse ecosystem including lowland forests, wetlands, wet meadows, and river valleys harboring a variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and invertebrate species.

Dorset and East Devon Coast, UK

These are continuous rock formation that stretches back to the Mesozoic Era and are also called Jurassic Coast with almost 185 million years of Earth’s history.

This place is renowned for its geomorphological and geological features which have also contributed to the study of earth sciences over the last 300 years.

Here you could see coves, arches, stack rocks, and pinnacles and discover a variety of important fossil localities, both terrestrial and marine which makes up for an impressive site.

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