Two Indian places featured at TIME’s ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2023’

Ladakh and Odisha’s Mayurbhanj  ranks 31st and 32nd position in TIME’s top 50 World’s Greatest Places of 2023.

According to TIME, “with its astonishing alpine landscapes and Tibetan Buddhist culture, Ladakh—in the farthest-flung part of North India—has enough wonders to warrant multiple visits.”

Two Indian locations have been included on the TIME magazine’s yearly list of the “World’s Greatest Places” for the year 2023. “The travel industry is back in full swing in 2023, but not without notable shifts in how and where we wander. Steeper costs and increased interest in sustainability and authenticity are reshaping the landscape,” as per magazine .


Ladakh is reported as 31st position among top 50 places. In 2023, India designated its first Dark Sky Reserve, in Hanle village, about 168 miles southeast of Leh, Ladakh’s capital. The village has roughly 270 clear nights a year, making it ideal for astronomical splendor.

In addition, Time Magazine advised visiting Ladakh and lodging at the Kyagar Hotel in Nubra Valley, Shel Ladakh, and Dolkhar in Leh.

The famous magazine also appreciated the launch of New Helicopter Service in the summer in 2022, which reduced the travel time between major destinations, Leh, Zanskar, Kargil, Dras from five to 12 hours by car to just 45 minutes 

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The only place on earth to spot the exceedingly rare black tiger is open to visitors again.‘ Time quoted about Mayurbhanj.

Mayurbhanj is the largest district in Odisha area-wise now ranked 32nd on the list among other places. The city grabs place for its Rare Tigers and ancient temples. Mayurbhanj is renowned for its lush scenery, rich cultural heritage, and historic temples.

‘Stunning biodiversity and interminable heritage continue throughout the state. In the capital Bhubaneswar, a new guided walking tour series, Odisha Walks, explores ancient cultural sites, monolithic rock edicts, and remarkable temple architecture,” the magazine added.

The full list of ‘extraordinary destinations to explore’ in 2023 are:

1. Tampa, Florida

2. Willamette Valley, Oregon

3. Rio Grande, P. R.

4. Tucson, Arizona

5. Yosemite National Park, California

6. Bozeman, Montana

7. Washington, D.C.

8. Vancouver

9. Churchill, Manitoba

10. Dijon, France

11. Pantelleria, Italy

12. Naples, Italy

13. Aarhus, Denmark

14. St. Moritz, Switzerland

15. Barcelona

16. Timisoara, Romania

17. Sylt, Germany

18. Berat, Albania

19. Budapest

20. Vienna

21. Brisbane, Australia

22. Kangaroo Island, Australia

23. Dominica

24. Mexico City

25. Guadalajara, Mexico

26. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

27. Pantanal, Brazil

28. Medellín, Colombia

29. Ollantaytambo, Peru

30. Roatán, Honduras

31. Ladakh, India

32. Mayurbhanj, India

33. Kyoto

34. Nagoya, Japan

35. Isan, Thailand

36. Phuket, Thailand

37. Jeju Island, South Korea

38. Luang Prabang, Laos

39. Giza and Saqqara, Egypt

40. Chyulu Hills, Kenya

41. Musanze, Rwanda

42. Rabat, Morocco

43. Dakar, Senegal

44. Loango National Park, Gabon

45. Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

46. The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

47. Aqaba, Jordan

48. Jerusalem

49. Sharjah, UAE

50. Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

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