Ahmedabad and Kerala have been named by TIME magazine among the 50 extraordinary destinations to explore in its list of the World’s Greatest Places of 2022. These are two major tourist destinations in India.
TIME magazine introduced the World’s Greatest Places of 2022 and said, “As persistent as the challenges of life in 2022 is the hope that understanding and human connection can be found through travel. So, with much of the global population now vaccinated against COVID-19, world travellers are again hitting the road—and the skies. The hospitality industry is reopening and excited to safely welcome them and revitalise local communities.”
TIME described Kerala as ‘one of India’s most beautiful states.’ “With spectacular beaches and lush backwaters, temples, and palaces, it’s known as “God’s own country” for good reason,” TIME magazine's poignant description of the state reads.
The TIME magazine piece focused on the state's motor-home tourism and its first caravan park, Karavan Meadows. "In the wake of the state’s success with houseboat cruising, caravans are expected to follow suit with a similar promise of sustainable tourism. Over 1,000 campers have already begun to traverse the land, a fresh and unique way to experience Kerala’s beaches and verdant plantations," the publication stated.
Describing the second Indian destination on its list, TIME magazine stated, "As India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad boasts both ancient landmarks and contemporary innovations that make it a mecca for cultural tourism." Among places to visit, the publication mentioned Gandhi Ashram "that sits on 36 acres on the banks of the Sabarmati River" and included Navratri, "a vibrant nine-day celebration... billed as the longest dance festival in the world," as one of the must-attend cultural events.
Elaborating on the city's contemporary innovations, the publication mentioned Ahmedabad’s Gujarat Science City which includes a 20-acre nature park "to educate the public on local flora as well as provide new spaces for playing chess and practicing yoga". "There is also a new interactive robot gallery that celebrates innovation in robotics and features a towering replica of a Transformer. And Science City’s new aquarium, which showcases aquatic species from around the globe, is now India’s largest," it added.
Other cities that made to the list include Seoul, Buahan in Bali, Mandeira in Spain and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted the same and wrote, "Matter of immense pride for every Indian, especially the people of Gujarat that India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad has now been included in the list of 'World's 50 Greatest Places of 2022' by Time Magazine. Congratulations to everyone!"
The publication said that to compile the list of the World’s Greatest Places, they solicited nominations of places from its international network of correspondents and contributors
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