Nov 2, 2023, 04:12 PM IST
The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has announced its list of Best Tourism Villages 2023. The list comprises of best villages that are leading the way in nurturing rural areas and preserving landscapes, cultural diversity, local values and culinary traditions. This year, 54 villages from all over the world made it to the list. Here are some of them.
Al Sela village has some of the most unique natural and cultural features, including scenic nature and beautiful landscapes of valleys, mountains and plateaus. The village is famous for its rare vegetation cover at the local level, which is an extension of the natural pattern of Wadi Fenyan and the Dana Nature Reserve.
Located on the eastern slope of the majestic Cordillera Blanca, Chacas is not only known for its natural vegetation but also its historical heritage. Dances of pre-Columbian origin have survived in the village for ages.
Dhordo is located in Western India's Rann of Kutch area and is an iconic destination of salty marshland. Following the devastating Bhuj earthquake in 2001, the village rebuilt itself and made significant growth in its economy.
Hakuba is located in the eastern foothills of the Hida Mountains in the northern part of the Japanese Alps. The village is popular as a ski resort. Its main economy depends on outdoor winter activities amongst the alpine scenery and pristine air.
Nestled in the embrace of the Mediterranean Sea, Lerici emerges as an idyllic haven, seamlessly blending nature’s beauty, cultural richness, and a commitment to sustainable progress.
Slunj is situated on the banks of the Slunjčica and Korana rivers, known for their serenity. The village is known for leveraging tourism as a catalyst for rural development while preserving its natural resources and cultural heritage.
With an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, Zapatoca is known as 'The Village with Silk-Like Climate'. It features some of the most beautiful facades with architectural styles ranging from colonial to republican, adorned with vibrant flowers.