While monuments and landmarks qualifying as the seven wonders of the world are irreplaceable icons in themselves, there’s no harm in identifying new ones that could earn their spot on the list some day. Here’s a list of the new wonders of the world that are charming our fancies and summoning us to their doors. By Kumar Shree
1. International Space Station
Space tourism will soon be a reality, making the International Space Station (ISS) our first entry on the list. NASA is working on its plans to allow regular (read filthy rich) tourists to visit the ISS in 2020, and beyond. Although the trip could cost more than a million dollars, returning astronauts who have been to space have unexceptionally advocated of their life-changing experience, and of the amazing view of our blue planet from up there.
2. Teide National Park, Spain
I’m sure the footage of Neil Armstrong trudging along on the lunar surface fascinated many of us. Although going to the moon and replicating Armstrong could be a far-off dream, you can visit the Teide National Park in Tenerife for a similar, authentic, and almost-real lunar experience. In fact, Armstrong himself attributes the place to be Earth’s closest replica of the lunar landscape. The pollution-free sky and clear weather here allows one to see visuals of the Milky Way after dark, and makes it an unforgettable experience.
3. Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Egypt
With a majority of tombs already populating almost every wonders-of-the-world list there is, our intrigue towards historical sites and monuments are a little different. We tried steering clear of this lure, but the magnetic charm of Tutankhamun’s Tomb helped it make the cut. Once dilapidated, the almost 3,300-years-old King Tut’s tomb underwent a strenuous restoration regime to reattain its lost glory. Today, the monument stands as a fascinating time portal for those seeking abbreviations of the mysterious past.
4. Lake Baikal, Russia
Nestled in the south-east Siberian region of Russia, Lake Baikal — with its unparalleled natural riches — is also addressed as the Pearl of Siberia. The largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world surpasses the capacity (in volume) of all the Great Lakes of America put together; its magnanimity is unimaginable. Lake Baikal is also touted as one of the hotspots for UFO landings. Many unexplained incidents further strengthens this speculation.
5. Meteor Crater, United States of America
Meteor Crater in Arizona is one of the best-preserved meteor impact sight to be witnessed on Earth. The crash happened almost 50,000 years ago, when an asteroid weighing 300,000 tonnes managed to burn through our atmosphere and hit the surface of our planet. The impact is said to be 1,000 time more potent than the nuclear bomb dropped at Hiroshima. This meteor crash left a 550-feet deep hole that is almost a mile in diameter.