World’s Top Overrated and Underrated Travel Destinations

Posted on August 23, 2016 By

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Okay, as far as ‘underrated’ is concerned, these places aren’t tranquil pieces of paradise. These simply are the ones that one doesn’t normally consider, with the frequency of, say, London, Paris, or Rome. Neither should these be taken as a recommended replacement for the overrated destinations.

Uggh. Never was there a bigger killjoy than these keep-in-mind-lest-I-commit-the-ghastly-crime-of-not-living-up-to-your-expectations points.

In a far-flung corner of the Southern Hemisphere lies Puerto Varas, a picturesque German-influenced town, with the waters of Llanquihue Lake lapping its shores. Postcard-perfect is what best describes Puerto Varas, which, at last count, was relatively calm and not as touristy as, say, Pucón. The hulking silhouette of the conical Osorno volcano completes the landscape along with the snow-capped Mt. Calbuco and Mt. Tronador. Also called “La ciudad de las rosas” or “the city of roses”, the town’s beauty is what makes it worth a visit.

Why come here:

The water sports facilities are fantastic, with canyoning and kayaking taking precedence.
Skiing is a popular activity here, with some committed skiers even making a visit in the harsh winter.
The dramatic scenery in an out-of-place destination is what brings people here.
The German influence is seen widely―be it the architecture, or the cuisine.

Flores, Indonesia
Flores

Indonesia has a lot to offer than Bali, Bali, and more Bali. Flores, is one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets, and it’s even ceasing to be a secret rather fast. This island was once the gateway to the Komodo National Park, where visitors would go to see those ferocious man-eating lizards. But what escaped them then were the pristine, sunny beaches of Flores, along with the multi-hued volcanic lakes.

Why come here:

Clear waters that are so sparklingly brilliant, that you can’t help but snorkel.
None of the madness that is Bali; you’ll actually encounter cleanliness, along with some peace and quiet.
Infrastructure in Flores is supposedly developing at the speed of light, so you shouldn’t really waste time, and get here right away.
Flores is one of the few places, apart from Komodo Island where you can spot the reptilian monster called the Komodo.

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Ålesund, Norway
Alesund

Art Nouveau ahoy! Ålesund counts itself among Norway’s lesser known spots; no less in beauty than Bergen. This charming little seaport owes much of its existing glory to the fire that razed the town to ashes in 1904. What followed was a complete rebuild by some of Germany’s finest young architects, who yanked up the town’s hotness by several notches.

Why come here:

If Art Nouveau was your thing, there wouldn’t be a better place than Ålesund.
The Sunnmøre Museum is the town’s biggest attractions, where you can view the amazing Viking vessels, along with some gorgeous traditional structures.

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Bukhara

Coming to Bukhara is like taking a trip back in time. This grand dame of a city has a history spanning two millennia; it even shared a spot on the ancient Silk Route. The Uzbeks seem to have taken utmost care and restored much of Bukhara’s structures, so much so that you’re transported into a time-warped capsule, a thousand years back in time.

Why come here:

The city center is where Bukhara’s treasures lie―the complex is full of madrassas, a hulking royal fortress and the remnants of what used to be a bustling marketplace.
The city is central Asia’s most prominent Islamic landmark.

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Lycian Way, Turkey
Lycian Way

It may not have the Hollywood-esque glamor of the Amalfi Coast, but Turkey’s youngest tourist attraction makes up for it in terms of history. This 400-mile walk way begins in Ölüdeniz, takes you along the Mediterranean, and ends up just short of Antalya, in Turkey’s southwest. Pristine, pollution-free, and breathtakingly beautiful are adjectives to sum it up.

Why come here:

The walk will be unpredictable, a little tiresome, sometimes downright exhausting, but the views along the way will more than make up for it. As they say, “no pain, no gain”.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia
Sarajevo

Lonely Planet voted Sarajevo as one among the top 10 cities to visit in 2010. Hmm, not enough to extract a visit out of you, isn’t it? It’s understandable, owing to the long running political tensions in the area. Dubbed as the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’, you’d find the local populace comprising adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Judaism.

Why come here:

The city is charmingly tourist-friendly, and is en route to becoming a major entertainment hub in the Balkans.
Sarajevo has places of religious, architectural, and commercial interest, making it an appealing destination for all kinds of travelers.

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Ladakh simply steals your breath away; and that’s both, figuratively, as well as literally. The region’s landscape is responsible for the former, whereas the 3,000 m altitude induces the later. The region’s biggest town, Leh remains one of the few bastions of Buddhism in south Asia, and acts as a tourist hub as well.

Why come here:

Ladakh, till date, remains one of the most inaccessible regions of the world, along with one privy to the most unique landscapes you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
A cold desert that it is, the region sees rather dramatic and nausea-inducing temperature fluctuations, combined with rising altitudes―a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
And yet, every year, you’ll find a distinct number of people making a beeline for Ladakh, braving the life-threatening bus rides along one of the highest motorable roads in the world, only to get here. Think about it.

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