Odisha’s Mayurbhanj And Ladakh Feature On TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places In 2023

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by Vaishalee Kalvankar

Known for its cultural heritage and greenery, Odisha’s Mayurbhanj and The Broken Moon Land—Ladakh have given us a reason to be super proud of. TIME Magazine has named both of these stunning Indian destinations to its list of the World’s Greatest Places in 2023. The two locations were listed as “50 remarkable spots to visit” in TIME Magazine’s list of the “World’s Greatest Places of 2023,”

Indian Destinations In The List Of World’s Greatest Places In 2023

The travel industry seems to be back in full swing in 2023, but there is a small shift in people’s views when deciding destinations. In order to compile the list of destinations  in TIME Magazine’s list of the “World’s Greatest Places of 2023,”, it looked at what the destinations had new and exciting to offer. 


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In the list, while writing about the Union territory of Ladakh, they have mentioned all the new offerings this place has. It mentioned that India established its first Dark Sky Reserve in Hanle hamlet in 2023. Hanle is located 168 miles southeast of Leh, the Ladakh region’s capital. The launch of helicopter services, which have reduced the travel time between destinations in Ladakh, has also been mentioned. 

Talking about Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, it mentioned the reopening of Simlipal National Park in November 2022. It also mentioned the Mayurbhanj Chau dance festival on  UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, which will take place on a large scale, this April. The brand-new series of guided walking tours called Odisha Walks also won a mention in the description of the place. 


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List Reflects Two Of The Big Travel Trends 

Last year, Kerala and Ahmedabad, the two beautiful cities, were on the list of World’s Greatest Places. Emma Barker Bonomo, the senior editor at TIME, said that the list reflected two of the major trends in the travel industry. One is sustainability, and the other is authenticity. 

She said that many of the places on this list are figuring out ways to allow tourists to visit with less of an impact on the environment. And many have catered to tourists’ yearning for distinctive, regional encounters by providing native-led tours or carefully selected homestays.


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