Blessed By God, Ravaged by Humans : 11 Destinations That are Now Out of Bound for You

  • RESHMA DEWDA
  • Sep 16, 2015
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 Terrorism is an absolute contempt for human dignity. It destroys everything in its wake, even the lives of the terrorists themselves. Born out of our own society and an infant of our own system, terrorism has no boundaries and is not limited to one religion. Many argue that the war on terrorism is akin to terrorism itself. Besides the killing of innocents, war ravages pristine landscapes that once breathed pure and were unadulterated with the corruption of human wrath.  Entire towns are eradicated and bustling cities are left to rot as a consequence of terrorism and war.

Once happy, joyous places are completely annihilated because of this constant human strife that has led to widespread discomfort and fear.  Here, we list down 11 breathtaking tourist destinations that are almost completely out of reach because of terrorism.

1.Turkey

The ISIS organization has inched its way into this beautiful country that is known for its spectacular beaches and heritage architecture like the Blue Mosque. Many governments have issued travel warnings to this popular tourist puller which sees millions of travelers every year. Even the gorgeous Istanbul has been listed as a potential target.

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2. Syria

Syria is the epicenter of destructive terrorism spread by ISIS. As of now, it is declared as the most dangerous place on earth. An estimated 200,000 Syrians have perished in the ongoing war and further many have fled. But this country once boasted of glorious ruins and architectural wonders from ancient times. Untouched landscapes overlook precious remnants of a completely contrasting past that was not only illustrious but also peaceful. 

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3. Kenya

Kenya has been in the midst of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist activity since 2013. Many tourists and expats have been the targets of bomb blasts, kidnappings and attacks. A number of warnings have been issued by the USA and other countries against travel in this region. Teeming with wildlife and home of pristine beaches and countless natural beauties, Kenya is a land that is blessed by god but defiled by humans.

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4. Sulu Archipelago, Philippines

A breeding ground for insurgency and terrorism, the Sulu Archipelago has been transformed from a tropical paradise to a dangerous place. Virgin beaches and dense vegetation is a nature enthusiasts dream come true but unfortunately it also a safe haven for terrorists.

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5. Iran

Travel to Iran has been increasingly discouraged by a number of western nations because of its uncertain political atmosphere and security breaches. But if you were to ignore these warnings and risk traveling there, youd come across a number of World Heritage structures and splendid Islamic architecture. Isfahan especially, is a city that is full of marvelous mosques with intricate mosaic and tile work.

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6. Libya

A civil war bought this magnificent land to its knees and since then many countries have issued travel warnings for Libya. Libya is known for its excellent transport infrastructure and the golden hues of the Sahara desert. The atmospheric medina in Tripoli is also a much revered attraction. This country which is said to be the crossroad of ancient civilization has been reduced to shambles because of incessant violence.

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7. Yemen

Yemen has been Al Qaedas favorite base since a long time. The terrorists have abused this rustic country and ripped her off her dignity in all ways possible. At this time, Yemen travel has been discouraged by most western countries. Known as the land of milk and honey, Yemen has now been isolated in a desolate corner of the world where it sits precariously on the brink of a catastrophe.

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8. Egypt

Parts of Egypt, especially the Sinai Peninsula have been banned by many countries for tourism purposes. This means you will miss out on seeing the oldest working monastery in the world and the unforgettable sunrises and sunsets over the Red Sea. Also popular for its underwater attractions, this area is now completely cordoned off for locals and visitors because of terrorists and insurgents.

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9. Jammu and Kashmir

Since India got partitioned, the serene land of Kashmir has been riddled with political and terrorist struggles. Kashmir is a ravishing beauty featuring snowcapped mountains, lakes, orchards and rosy cheeked locals. Its magnificence has been the reason for many folk songs and provided stunning backdrops for many Bollywood movies. Travel to Kashmir is generally discouraged because of the constant strife in the region.

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10. Tunisia

Tunisia is a small package full of big surprises. Its balmy Mediterranean coast and soft sands are the makings of a perfect holiday. It features many extreme landscapes within one canvas and can be an intrepid travelers dream come true. Unfortunately, travel to some parts of Tunisia has been discouraged by the British government after a terrorist attack killed 38 foreign tourists recently.

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11. Kiev, Ukraine

Although there doesnt seem to be any immediate terrorist threat in Kiev, the clashes of 2014 have definitely left a scar on this gorgeous landscape. It boasts of historic architecture and beautiful plazas. The cathedrals and monasteries here are dreamy and well maintained. Kiev might be living in the dark shadows of its past but it is definitely a city that lives up to every bit of its glory.

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In the guise of religion and independence, we have spread fear, loathing and hatred all over this amazing earth. From animals to vegetation and humans even, nothing has been spared the widespread hostility. There is a urgent need for us to stop and reconsider how we are shaping the future of this civilization.

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RESHMA DEWDA RESHMA DEWDA

A hippie hiding in civilized clothes, a borderline feminist and a dreamer stuck in a practical avatar, Reshma is an incorrigible idealist who lives in a black and white world. A robin hood in her own right, she loves to come to the rescue and most times , she ends up rescuing herself in the bargain.

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