1. HUNZA VALLEY (pakistan)
dressing the Karakoram Highway with apricots, tidy terraces, and suspension
bridges that are suspended only in willing disbelief, this heartland
of the north is the secret soul of Pakistan.
Central Asia's holiest city, Bukhara boasts architecture spanning
a thousand years of history, and a throughly lived-in old centre that
has barely changed in two centuries. It is one of the best places
in Central Asia for a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan.
LAKE DAL (kashmir)
with the snow-capped Himalayas standing as distant sentinels, the lotus lakes
near Srinagar are skimmed by flower-seller punting gladioli,
dahlias and lilies through the mirrored waters.
dynamic and youthful, cultured and historic, the city
of flamenco clambers up the hillseide to
11th-century Alhambra, the crowning glory not ony of the town
but of Islamic architecture.
MINARET OF JAM (afghanistan)
the holy grail for traavellers in Afghanistan, the 65m-high
minaret was built i the 12th century but was unknown to the Western
world until thee 19th century. It remains one of the world's most intriguing
examples of Islamic architecture.
Reader Digest, April 2008