“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine.

No words could be more true and as you plan your travels for 2017. We’ve rounded up a list of exciting cities around the world to add to your bucket list for the year.

Lhasa, China

It’s considered the spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism and is in a valley in the Himalayas. Because of its high altitude of 3,650m, the city is remote and not easy to access. But should you take the plunge, you’ll find chapels, tombs and the Potala Palace, which was once home to the Dalai Lama in the winter months. And of course, you’ll experience spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas.

See also: the gorgeous place we shot at in Bhutan.

Havana, Cuba

It’s been called the city of contradictions, with its constant struggle between old and new. As visitors find themselves transported into a time warp, with old cars and locals playing the guitar on the streets, you’ll find yourself entranced by pictures of Che Guevara just about everywhere you look while you stroll the wide tree-lined avenues. It’ll be pricey, but if you experience Havana before the influx of tourists, it’ll be an incredible story to tell.

Venice, Italy

No bucket list is complete without Venice. The colourful homes and picturesque canals have made this water city famous, but the architecture and artwork is something that will leave any traveller feeling enchanted. As a result, the lagoon and parts of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site. Venice is seen by many architects as a real miracle as it is essentially a city built on muddy soil.

See also: three things we love about the Aman Canal Grande in Venice.

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Well-known for its rock-carved churches, Lalibela is Ethiopia’s biggest holy city and the center of pilgrimage. The locals here are almost all Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and the layout and names of the buildings are widely accepted to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem. It is highly advisable to visit during the Timkat celebrations in late January, which is the country’s celebration of the Epiphany.

Bagan, Myanmar

 

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This temple town is one of Myanmar’s main tourist attractions. Though many of the temples have been restored by UNESCO, only a handful of the thousands littering Bagan are visited by tourists, making it an ideal location for those looking for an ‘untouched’ city. Bagan is not only famous for its ancient temples, but also for its magnificent sunsets. Renting a bicycle to tour the city is a must-do while visiting. The fee is affordable and many locals will offer suggestions on where to find the best food.

See also: the best beach cities to check out in Southeast Asia.

Wroclaw, Poland

 

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Pronounced ‘vrots-wahf’, Wroclaw is overflowing with Austrian and Prussian influences. The city is filled with architectural beauty and has a magnificent market square, Rynek, which sees tourists and locals congregate to meet and relax. Wroclaw is located on the Odra River and has over 100 bridges, many parks and a preserved Cathedral Island, which is a must-see for fans of Gothic architecture. This city is also a major industrial and educational centre for Poland, filled with students. Because of this, the nightlife is booming.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and is considered the country’s cultural lifeline. The Winter Palace (above) and Kazan Cathedral are spectacular architectural masterpieces that are bound to make your Instagram followers green with envy. St. Petersburg is also well known for the arts as its theatre and ballet produce only the best. The world-famous art collection at the Hermitage is also not to be missed.

See also: 5 Game of Thrones sets with breathtaking landscapes you don’t want to miss.

Vatican City

The smallest country in the world, Vatican City is just north of Rome and is easily accessible via public transport or even a 20-minute brisk walk. Home to the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Square should be your first stop as a tourist. With only 920 permanent residents and just over 3,000 commuters, tourists make up the bulk of daily visits to the holy city. Many visit the Sistine Chapel just to admire the frescoes by Michelangelo, which include The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

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Springing to popularity because of its natural hot springs, incredible views and unusual terrain, Reykjavik is a city that leaves every visitor entranced. It is Iceland’s capital and largest city and is home to the National and Saga museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history. The Blue Lagoon and its geothermal spa is located near the village of Grindavik, where you’ll get to swim in naturally hot waters while enjoying a volcanic mud mask facial.

See also: this couple’s gorgeous wedding portraits in Iceland.

Jaipur, India

The capital of Indian state Rajasthan, Jaipur is filled with picturesque palaces and sprawling gardens. It’s also part of India’s famous Golden Triangle, which comprises the Taj Mahal in Agra and India’s capital city, New Delhi. These days Jaipur is called ‘old city’ or ‘pink city’, because of its buildings’ trademark colours. Be sure to visit the Jantar Mantar observatory and Amer Fort (above), which have both been listed as World Heritage Sites. The city’s street bazaars allow for endless shopping and local food stalls are dotted along the roads, meaning you can eat and shop to your heart’s content.

Check out Contributing Editor Steve Thio’s experience when he was at the Taj Lake Palace in Rajasthan, India.

This story was first published on www.silverkris.com.

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