Just imagine the scene of endless sands spreading wide across various acres of area! Yes the whole thought may seem to be a little frightening but there lies some hidden beauty which can surely capture the eyes of an rugged traveler’s eye. Those who wish to see nature at its extreme, for them deserts is the best sight as the endless of it will surely engulf your mind. Deserts are the most dramatic alluring natural landscape in the world. Their stark beauty is timeless and to be very honest, life here exists at the mercy of some elements. The wilderness of the desert with its harsh places along with the love of exploring them makes it a more challenging place to explore with mystical places to visit.
Here are top five best alluring deserts of the world which should be there in your wanderlust’s list.
1. The Sahara Desert
With the word ‘DESERT’, the first thought that comes to mind is the Sahara Desert which is the world’s hottest desert. The common notion is that it is the biggest but it is in fact third after The Arctic and Antarctica. This desert covers most of North Africa and is almost as large as the United States! The desert is named after the Arabic word for desert with large sand dunes reaching up to nearly 180 metres. During the day, the temperatures can reach 50 degree mark while during the night, it can drop to near freezing.
Watching the sunset and sunrise right from the top of sand dunes can be an empowering sight which is why there are various travel agencies organizing travel tours right across the Sahara Desert.
2. The Namib Desert
The Namib Desert is a coastal desert which covers countries of South Africa, Namibia and Angola stretching for nearly 2000km right along the Atlantic coast. It is the oldest desert in the world which is estimated to have been a desert between 55 and 80 million years. Here you can also find the great ‘The Skeleton Coast’ with numerous whale and seal bones washing up the shore right during the days of whaling trade. But in the present times, the name is given to the skeletal remains of shipwrecks lining the coast, a result of the disastrous dense fog. Here you will find world’s tallest sand dunes as this land is full of cinematic landscapes.
3. The Gobi Desert
This was formed by the rain shadow which was cast by the Himalayas. The Gobi Desert covers parts of northern and north-western China and also southern Mongolia. It is the fifth largest desert in the world and the largest one in Asia. Well the Gobi Desert is a cold one depending on the time of the year you may even find frost and snow on the dunes. From the Siberian Steppes, the wind makes the temperature here wild with the temperature falling to as low as -40 degrees but in the summer, it can reach over 50 degrees. This area is famous all over the world as the source of important fossils mostly dinosaur eggs.
4. The Atacama Desert
The driest desert in the world is the Atacama Desert which is composed of mostly salt lakes and sand. You can never imagine how dry it is with the average rainfall in the Chilean region of Antofagasta being just 1 millimetre while some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain. In fact so dry it is that the total dryness and lack of vegetation has even led to the regions being used as a filming location for Mars scenes!
The films which were shot here include names like Spy Kids, The Motocycle Diaries and Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets.
5.The Thar Desert
The Thar Desert is not exactly large or dry but it covers a large part of north-western Indian subcontinent. The areas of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat are all located in the Thar making it one of the most culturally engaging desert regions. There are cities like Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are excellent places set deep in the isolated desert landscape where traditional culture thrives. Do not forget to visit Jaisalmer Desert Festival to get the real feel of the culture.
So plan an exclusive trip to these deserts of the world with a wide range of splendid activities gifting you the thrill to memorize for your lifetime.
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