“Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be it flora or fauna, Mother Nature always has a habit of throwing surprises and testing your patience. Her beauty is unparalleled, but her mood and intentions are equally unpredictable. Nature can enthrall, nature can deceive. Nature can make you happy, at the same time, she can leave you disappointed. But somehow, she has that magic to hypnotize you and make you want to bear with her.
From the Northern Lights of Norway to the Cherry Blossoms of Japan, here’s exploring the 5 natural wonders of the world –
1. Northern Lights, Norway
When: 22nd September to 21st March
Many travel companies keep coming up with numerous tour packages for Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Most of these packages turn out to be expensive as it is a really popular seasonal wonder of Nature. Viewing the spectacular hues in the sky is an absolutely breathtaking experience, so spending a handsome amount is worth it. A must-see destination before you breathe your last… Simply offbeat!
2. Tulip Season, Amsterdam
When: Mid-March to Mid-May
This is one of the best things that takes place in Europe every year. Come spring, and it’s that time of the year again when you get to see thousands of varieties of tulips at the world famous Keukenhof Gardens. The song – ‘Dekha Ek Khwaab’ from the yesteryear film Silsila was shot at this particular location. After all, what could be a better place for love and romance to blossom?
3. Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan
When: Mid-March to Mid-April
If you have not seen the Cherry Blossoms of Japan yet, what have you done? The Cherry Blossom Tree, known as the Sakura, is deeply valued by the people of Japan. According to them, the lovely pink flowers symbolize the beauty of life. It is wise to visit Japan during the full bloom period. My all-time favourite among the 5 natural wonders of the world.
4. Bioluminescent Beach, Maldives
When: No such fixed duration; depends a lot on the weather conditions
Try and avoid the monsoons. The skies need to be clear and pollution free with a lot depending on the will of Nature and the growth of the bioluminescent plankton. The Sea of Stars at Vaadhoo Island is one of Nature’s rarest views, and can well prove to be a perfect honeymoon destination for newlyweds. The award-winning Hollywood film – Life of Pi went on to feature the Sea of Stars, and oh boy! People sure loved that scene of the stars descending upon the sea, thus brightening up the pitch darkness of the night.
5. The Great Migration, Tanzania
Enough of flora! Let’s now discuss fauna! If you are an out and out wildlife lover, you will simply love and be thrilled by the Great Migration. About 1.3 million wildebeest and zebras move in a huge 2,000-km circle, smelling the onset of rain and fresh grass. The actual drama begins in August in Tanzania’s Northern Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara, when the large herds cross the Mara River and huge crocodiles wait for a grand feast. My, my… My heart is already in my mouth! Are you ready for the African Safari?
So, these were the 5 natural wonders of the world. Which life-changing experience do you want to be a part of? Let us know in the comments section below.