- 1 / 1110. Look Up!The Vatican Museums in Vatican City are considered to be among the most religiously and historically important collections in the world. The museums—founded in the 16th century—are a series of over 1,000 rooms, chapels, and galleries decorated with what is said to be the world’s largest and most intricately detailed collection of art.
Plan Your Trip: Rome
- 2 / 119. Palace from the Past“The Chowmahalla Palace—a gem in the bustling city of Hyderabad—is protected by huge white walls and once housed the splendid luxuries of Indian royalty. Today, the palace serves as a tourist’s haven (and a photographer’s paradise), filled with richly detailed arches and long hallways to marvel at. This woman keeps the steps of the former royal quarters clean as tourists pass through to get a glimpse of the interior.”—@estherhuynh
Plan Your Trip: India
- 3 / 118. Temple Inspiration“The Lotus Temple is one of the more popular architectural edifices in Delhi. The structure’s design is modeled on the lotus flower, a long-standing symbol of beauty and growth in Indian culture. There is a long narrow path that cuts through a surrounding garden and trees and leads up to the doors of the temple. The experience of visiting the temple is truly a spiritual journey in itself.”—@estherhuynh
Plan Your Trip: New Delhi
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- 5 / 116. Hawaiian FeastThe Four Seasons Resort Lanai was featured as one of AFAR’s “hotels worth splashing out for” in our January/February issue, and it’s not hard to see why—a beautiful meal like this is just one of the many delights you’ll experience at the luxury resort.
Plan Your Trip: Lanai City, Hawaii
- 6 / 115. Ancient BeautyWandering the still-standing remains of ancient Thebes (now known as Egypt) in solitude and silence is a magical experience. The grandiose monuments of Luxor, situated on the banks of the Nile River, have survived the test of time—and their breathtaking beauty endures.
Plan Your Trip: Egypt
- 7 / 114. Hidden BeautyMount Cook—also known as Aoraki, or “cloud piercer” in the indigenous Māori language—is New Zealand’s highest standing mountain. It’s safe to say that only experienced hikers should attempt to summit this peak, but everyone can admire its beauty (because how could you not?!).
Plan Your Trip: New Zealand
- 8 / 113. River Views“Even at 6 a.m., you’ll find many boaters getting ready for the flocks of tourists coming to see the ghats (riverfront walkways typically used for ceremonial purposes) along the banks of the Ganges River. The Ganges is sacred to the Hindu people who believe that bathing along its banks will rid you of your sins. Boat tours are a very affordable (and fun) way to get a great look at the beautiful city of Varanasi and witness this ritual from afar.”—@estherhuynh
Plan Your Trip: Varanasi, India
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