Kerala, India: Kerala's backwaters and lagoons stretch over 1900 km. Kerala lives along these backwaters. They snake over the state physique, bestowing paddy fields with good harvests, and provide the whole village with drinking water and other facilities. The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes of Kerala. Today these backwaters act as vital water ways for the transport of people and produce. They are often the only link between remote, isolated villages and crowded town pockets. It's an incredible experience to float on these soothing waters in a country craft to absorb this unusual representation of Keral. Kerala has over 25% of India's 15,000 plant species.
Agasthyarkoodam Peak, India: The Agasthya forest believed to have been the abode of sage Agasthya, a character from mythology. , The peak of Agasthyarkoodam is spectacular loacated in the Western Ghats rises to a majestic 1890 m in the form of a sharp cone. A haven of rare herbs and medicinal plants, its slopes are a breathtaking sight when they transform into colourful glades of the 'Neelakurinji', a flower which blooms only once in twelve years. Women are not allowed up the peak. The aborigins here believe that sage Agasthya, a mythological character who lived here was a confirmed bachelor, hence they dislike the presence of strange women.
Easter Island, Rapa Nui: Easter Island is the world's most isolated inhabited island. It is also one of the most mysterious. Easter Island is roughly midway between Chile and Tahiti. The triangular shaped island is made mostly of volcanic rock. Small coral formations exist along the shoreline, but the lack of a coral reef has allowed the sea to cut cliffs around much of the island. The coastline has many lava tubes and volcanic caves. The only sandy beaches are on the northeast coast.
Mount Shasta, California: Mount Shasta is a huge volcano, 14,161 feet, the second highest of the Cascade volcanoes, and the most prominent of all Northern California peaks. Since it has erupted within historic times, it is not extinct, but rather temporarily dormant. There is a hot sulfur fumarole near the top if you like the smell of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulfide). Mount Shasta is the jewel of the Cascade Mountain Range of Northern California. It has long been sacred to the Native North American Indians of Northern California. For the Shasta the mountain was at the center of creation.
Pyramids in Turkey: Mt Nemrut, Kâhta is a natural mountain (2150m), with a 50 metre artificial peak built on top. It was constructed as a tomb for King Antinochus I during the period 80 B.C-72 B.C. If pyramids are meant to represent mountains, the builders of this one have gone a step further by placing it on top of a real mountain. Not just an artificial mound, this site features huge (10 metre high) statues.
Spiti Valley Area, Himalayan India: The largest district in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti, is a vast area of high mountains and low valleys. It is bounded by Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east, and the Kullu valley to the south. The district is named after its two subdivisions, which are distinct and separate regions, despite of their topographical and cultural similarities. The altitude varies from over 6,500 m in the high peaks to 2,740 m, where the Chenab River makes its exit from the region. The Lahaul region is at an altitude of 30003900 m, the air is much rarified and there are heavy snowstorms between September and May. Nevertheless, since the rains here are very scanty, it is an ideal place for trekkers, especially in the months between June and September. The Spiti valley is connected to Lahaul through the 4500-m Kunzam pass. Beyond the reach of the monsoon, the valley sees little rain in summer, when the sun is strong, and the nights cool.
Deo Tibba, Laos: Deo Tibba is a beautiful 6001metre high peak situated in the Pir Panjal range of mountains in the Manali area in Himachal Pradesh. Deo Tibba consists of an extensive ice cap the actual climb being a snow hump accessible once the edge of the ice plateau is reached. It also has the beauty of being just over the 6000 metre high mark which is a great achievement for any climber.
The Sacred Island (Tongatapu) Tonga: Tongatapu ("Sacred Tonga") is Tonga's main island, containing one-third of its land area and nearly two-thirds of the population. The island is a flat sloping atoll with grand cliffs along its southern shore, a wide lagoon along its northern coast. Attractions include historical sites as well as the beaches, beautiful coral reefs, exotic caves, and the magnificent blowholes. Most of Tongatapu looks very much like all other parts of Tonga. The island is covered with coconut plantations and dotted with quaint villages. Here, as throughout the Kingdom, the scene is that of the gentler life of the South Seas. Tongans walking leisurely along narrow roads dressed in their uniquely Tongan ta'ovalas. People carrying colourful umbrellas to shade them from the sun.
Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago tropical moist forests, Indian Ocean: The Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago is an unusual sight viewed from the air. In this region of the Indian Ocean, many thin ring-shaped atolls stand out against blue ocean with their extensive reef system visibly spreading offshore. While it is this reef system that receives the majority of attention from the conservation community, the terrestrial portion of this system of thousands of islands serves as important habitat for several species. Many of the islands are major seabird rookeries and are also important turtle nesting areas. Two fruit bats and a few butterflies are endemic to the archipelago. Once covered in tropical rain forest, almost all native vegetation has been cleared.