June 15, 2012 5:13 PM IST
10 Most Beautiful Places In The World (PHOTOS)
"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion," said American writer Edgar Allan Poe.
It's not easy to choose the most beautiful places in the world because 'beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder' but someone has to do it somehow.
Forbes has come up with the 10 most beautiful places in the world, and the list was compiled after speaking to experts. Here is the list:
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile (No.10)
Torres del Paine National Park is a national park which has mountains, rivers, glacier and lake. It is rich in vegetation with lots of flora. The evergreen Embothrium coccineum, Calceolaria uniflora and different varieties of Orchidaceae adorn the park. It is also rich in fauna. Guanacos, endangered Chilean Huemul, foxes, pumas and several species of birds are found in the park.
The park was declared as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978.
Fire Island, New York (No.9)
Fire Island is one of the most popular recreational destinations in New York City. It has a total area of 22.64 km2 according to the United States Census Bureau and is protected as part of Fire Island National Seashore except for the western part of the island that measures 7.2 km.
Mount Everest, Nepal (No.8)
Mount Everest, situated in China and Nepal border, is the highest mountain in the world with a height of 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above the sea level. It attracts nature lovers, adventurers and mountain climbers from around the world.
While Tibetans call Everest as 'Chomolungma', which means 'Mother of the Universe,' Nepalese call 'Sagarmatha', meaning 'Goddess of the Sky.'
Bordeaux, France (No.7)
Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France famous for wine production. Known for wine fair Vinexpo, it is believed that wine production in the region has started since the 8th century. The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Okavango Delta, Botswana (No.6)
The Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world. Formed by the Okavango river, the water that reach the Delta evaporates and transpires before flowing to the sea. When the delta is flooded, thousands of animals and birds flood in, creating one of Africa's greatest concentrations of wildlife. This attracts tourists from around the world.
Midway Island (No.5)
Midway Atoll lies nearly halfway between North America and Asia, and is part part of a chain of volcanic islands, atolls and seamounts. The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, measuring 590,991.50 acres of land and water, is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (No.4)
Rio de Janeiro, also known as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city of Brazil. It is the main cultural hub in Brazil and attracts tourists from around the world.
Petra, Jordan (No.3)
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in Jordan. The city was established sometime around the 6th century BC and was unknown to the Western world until 1812. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1985.
Fiordlands National Park, South Island, New Zealand (No.2)
Fiordland National Park is the largest national park in New Zealand with an area of 12,500 km. the park has many lakes and the wildlife in the area include dolphins, seals and birds. It is a popular destination for alpine climbers.
The Lau Archipelago, Fiji (No.1)
The Lau Archipelago is the most beautiful place in the world according to Forbes magazine. Situated in the southern Pacific Ocean, it constitutes of a chain of beautiful islands. It has a land area of 188 square miles (487 square km) with a population of 10,683. It is a beautiful place and a tourist destination.