The intergovernmental body of BRICS comprises about 40% of the world population. The group, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is a consortium of national economies that is touted to become a powerful block in future. Administrative heads from each member nations attend yearly summits to discuss the way forward to improve upon and consolidate the existing economic and cultural mosaic as well as carve out official agendas to introduce more dynamism into the unity.
But besides the interests of the governments, BRICS should also be weighed with adequate attention by every hardcore traveller. All the member countries are blessed with singular natural beauty, which has triggered a flourishing tourism business in these countries.
Brazil - Christ the Redeemer
In Rio de Janeiro, on the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park stands toweringly the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It was enlisted in the New Seven Wonders of the World as it is the cultural symbol of Brazil. This 30-meters-tall statue is made of soapstone.
Russia - Saint Basil's Cathedral
The Saint Basil's Cathedral in Russia was constructed between the years 1555 and 1561. It is located at the Red Square in Moscow. The beautiful building takes up the shape of a flame of bonfire that rises skyward. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site enlisted insomuch as 1990.
India - Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of the Breeze’ is made up of pink and red sandstone. It was built to allow unobtrusive visibility of street galas and festivals to the ladies of the royal household who at the same time would remain screened unmistakably from the public outside.
China - Gate of Heavenly Peace, Beijing
Also known as (perhaps more popularly known as) across the world, the Tiananmen, it is the national symbol of China. It is the entry point of the Forbidden City. Although this is not the original building, its erstwhile name was Chengtianmen. The structure was built in the year 1420.
South Africa - uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, this is a magnificent example of the nature’s creative prowess. The national park is situated in the famous Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa. It is interesting to note that much of the higher parts of the Drakensberg mountain range have been transformed into wilderness as well as game reserve areas.
Thinking how to reach there? Simple! Just book a flight ticket and enjoy the stunning vistas.
Author : Satarupa Hajra