Picture this: You are looking forward to taking a long impending vacation. You have zeroed in on the place, after looking at numerous pictures over the internet repeatedly. And, when you finally reach it, the place is not even close to what you found on the internet. Disappointing? Isn’t it?
To compensate for all the exaggerated, over-stated, heavily photoshopped pictures you are tortured and teased with on the internet; Holidayme, have compiled a list of places that look ‘made-over’ but aren’t. In fact, there are some amazing places in our plant that looks photoshopped but they are actual places in real. Don’t believe us…check for yourself.
1. Deadvlei, Namibia
Deadvlei or the ‘Dead Marsh’, is a clay pan that came into existence when Tsauchab River got flooded due to excessive rainfalls in Namibia. The camel thorn trees grew in the resultant shallow pool, and with the change in the climate over the years, it resulted in the creation of big sand dunes. However, the trees died due to the paucity of water and have remained like this for over 900 years. Wonder why they are black and still ‘standing’ and not decomposed? Well, thanks to the scorching heat and extremely dry climate, these trees are still standing surrounded by red sand dunes under a deep blue sky.
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2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and is also the flattest place on the earth. Located in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni seems magical during the wet season, when the salt deserts turn into salt lakes. This shallow lake reflects the sky, creating stunning mirror-like illusions of infinity. Images of people and vehicles reflect on the glossy, polished like surface seems like heavily photoshopped but in reality, Salar de Uyuni is an incredible destination.
3. Lake Abraham, Canada
Lake Abraham is an artificial lake present in Canada’s western Alberta region. One of the most photogenic places in Canada, the lake is known for its unique phenomenon. Each year, during the winters, the entire lake freezes creating peculiarly shaped air bubbles. These air bubbles are nothing but methane gas which gets trapped under the frozen lake and turns into white-coloured air bubbles. This unique phenomenon is the result of bacteria decomposing the underwater vegetation, which releases the methane gases. Looks surreal in photos Isn’t it? It looks the same in reality as well.
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4. Stockholm Metro, Sweden
With looks that appear straight out of some sci-fi movie, the Stockholm subway system in Sweden is perhaps the world’s longest art exhibit. What looks like monstrous red clouds here, are cleverly painted ceilings. Interestingly, the Stockholm subway system has 100 stations, with each stop sporting a distinct design. Some show exposed rock, and others tile, but they have one thing in common: they all are AWESOME!
5. The Wave, Arizona, USA
Hikers’ haven and photographer’s delight, these stunning sandstone rock formations near the Arizona-Utah border in the USA, date back to the Jurassic age. The textures and layers of the sand are a result of wind and water erosion. In order to hike ‘The Wave,’ you must get the permission beforehand and get a permit. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) limits access to the North Coyote Buttes Wilderness Area to just twenty permits per day.
6. Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, China
Doesn’t this picture look like a handy work of a child, who was given a bunch of crayons? These unconventionally coloured rock formations, are located in the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in China and are the effect of red sandstone and mineral deposits accumulating over 24 million years. One of the very popular tourist attractions of China, Zhangye Danxia was chosen as one of the “six most beautiful landforms” in China, by the Chinese National Geography magazine.
7. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
If you are a sucker for romance, you would definitely love this one! 3 kms in length and with a track covered with lush greenery, this mesmerizing railway track is located near Klevan, Ukraine. Though the line is used to ship woods to a local factory, it is still a hot favourite among the couples.
8. Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Blue Hole of Belize is distinctive and the only Blue Hole that can actually be seen from space with the naked eye. Originally an above ground cave, the water level rose causing the caves to flood and its roof to collapse and form an almost perfectly circular hole. Now, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and counts among the world’s top dive spots.
9. Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
There is only one way of enjoying the Waitomo’s biggest and brightest glowworm show and it is ‘slowly’. Rushing through the experience would not do justice to this breath-taking spectacle. Sign up for a boat ride and treat your eyes with the soft glow of thousands of glowworms that lit up the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand.
10. Moravia, Czech Republic
You may have seen this picture as someone’s desktop wallpaper or maybe it adorns your own! With absolutely gorgeous green hills to boast of, Moravia is a large region in the Czech Republic. Rich with history and natural beauty – Moravia has got to be one of the most beautiful grasslands in the world.