Exploring new places is always an exciting opportunity and broadens your perspective to the full. Unfortunately, many of the natural and man-mad wonders are facing a threat today due to climate change and the influx of tourists. Today, preserving these places is of utmost importance, be a smart traveler and contribute towards sustaining these places so that the future generations can be awed by them just as much as you are.
Taj Mahal, India
That’s right, our beloved monument that has been a symbol of love has withstood centuries, but that not may be the case any further. Pollution and erosion may soon lead to the collapse of this iconic monument. So visit this symmetric monument if you haven’t already and revel in its beauty.
Days Open: Saturday-Thursday
Operating Hours: 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Entry Fees: Indians; Rs.40 Foreigners: rs.1000
Dead Sea, Jordan & Israel
A popular site for scientists to examine, the Dead Sea is a boon for many. The soil and the water from the Dead Sea is used to treat damaged hair, dandruff, acne, skin allergies, cellulite and many more things. However, the place is sinking and has already disappeared by a third in the past 40 years. Jordan and Israel are the only two countries in this world where you can enjoy a great experience by floating in the Dead Sea.
Days Open: All
Operating Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fees; Depends on the beach you visit, usually 20 JD
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The lowest country on Earth, none of Maldives over 1000 islands measure more than 6 feet above sea level. Due to climate change and rising sea levels, it’s important to note that Maldives would be one of the first sites on this planet to fully submerge under water. If you’ve wanted to go on a beachy vacation for a long time, then you know your next destination!
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The ancient city of Petra came into extensive light after Indian Jones, however, this beautiful city made of red sandstone may soon be a site remembered only in the movie. Constant winds, erosion and influx of tourists is said to be the reason behind Petra’s short life. One must avoid touching the walls of this archaeological marvel, since it’s a major factor that contributes towards its erosion. If you haven’t already, visit this New7Wonder in Jordan and don’t forget to miss the Night Show in Petra!
Days Open: All
Visiting Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entry fee: 50JD
Great Barrier Reef
The world’s largest coral reef, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has shrunk to nearly half its original size due to rising temperatures, bleaching and acid pollution. A UNESCO Heritage Site, this place is not only home to a wide variety of marine life but is also known to be a popular tourist spot, especially for adventure sport activities. If you’ve always wanted to go scuba diving or snorkeling, what better place? Be amazed by the colorful marine life of this reef and enjoy the wonders of the underwater world.
Where: State of Queensland, Australia.
Cities: Cooktown, Port Douglas, Townsville, Whitehaven Beach
Grand Canyon, The United States of America
The Grand Canyon located in the state of Arizona was recently listed 11th in the endangered sites list in the U.S. This may be due to the extensive mining work or the various tourism development projects that have caused the site to lose some of its significant portions and may lead to the destruction of its main river source. So if visiting the States has always been on your bucket list, remember to go visit the Grand Canyon before it vanishes!
Days Open: All Days
Visiting Hours: 24 hours
Entry Fee to the Park; $15
Earth’s largest rain-forest that is home to various different species of animals and is said to be disappearing due to the increased demand in agriculture. In the Brazilian region of the forest alone, about 29% of the region has been cleared for soy and meat production. To top it all climate change has caused a great deal for the forest and a lot of its occupants including the jaguar are now listed among the endangered species. If you’re an avid explorer, then going to the Amazon and exploring the wild should definitely be on your list of adventure activities!
Where: Brazil, Peru, Columbia
One of the oldest romantic cities and a dream destination for most honeymooners, Venice is another city that is on the verge of dying out. The City of Canals may be facing threats thanks to the increasing number of tourists and rise in water levels due to global warming. The city is said to be sinking five time faster than thought and may soon be in grave danger. So for all culture and heritage enthusiasts out there, now may be a great time to go visit the city that has inspired a great deal of literature and arts!
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The snow-capped dormant volcano in Africa is a popular spot for many climbers and trekkers, however this world-famous site may not have any of its glaciers left till-as soon as- 2030. The glaciers in Kilimanjaro are melting at an alarmingly fast rate due to climate change and the huge number of tourists wanting to take the climb are certainly not helping the sensitive situation. Nearly 5900 metres above sea level, a trek to the picturesque top of this place may just be once in a lifetime, so time to make the most of it.
Best Months to Climb: January- March and June-October
Cost per person: $1000 onward
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is endangered due to its depletion of the mangrove forests. Since 1996 over 10% land covered by the forest has been lost due to rise in sea levels and climate change. Home to the Great Bengal Tiger and other exotic animals, the Sunderbans National Park is a must visit for all those who want to experience nature at its best.
Best Time to Visit: September-May
Visiting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Fees: Indians; Rs.60 Foreigners: Rs.200