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TOP 10: Holiday destinations on the rise

Last updated on: December 26, 2012 17:30 IST

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Travel website Tripadvisor.in lists out the top ten destinations that are on the rise. Take a look!

Tripadvisor.in has come out with a list of the top ten travel destinations across the world that are on the rise. Have you been to any yet? Read on!

10. Turin, Italy

In Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, sports cars and chocolate are a matter of pride. The city is also home to the Museo Egizio, one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world. A stroll around Piazza Castello and along the Via Roma encompasses many of the must-see sights. Valentino Park houses an 18th-century castle, botanic garden and medieval village. When you've worked up an appetite, sample casual trattorias for pastas, regional wines and coffees.

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Image: Palatine Towers, Turin
Photographs: Andre/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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9. Moscow, Russia

The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business center of Russia, Moscow displays the country's contrasts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern are juxtaposed side by side in this city of 10 million. Catch a metro from one of the ornate stations to see Red Square, the Kremlin, the nine domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the KGB Museum and other symbols of Moscow's great and terrible past, then lighten up and shop Boulevard Ring or people watch in Pushkin Square.

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Image: St. Basil cathedral in Moscow, Russia
Photographs: Petar Milosevic/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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7. Guadalajara, Mexico

The inland city of Guadalajara is bursting with history and culture. Many attractions are in the city's historic center and in the neighboring city of Zapopan. Museums, parks and churches flourish alongside bullfights, rodeos and soccer (futbol). Nearby are the towns of Tequila, where the liquor of the same name is produced, and Tlaquepaque and Tonala, where artisans create an abundance of Mexican handicrafts. Mariachi, which originated in the area, is a common sight and sound in Guadalajara. Plan your trip to Guadalajara

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Image: Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres or Rotunda of Illustrious Men in Guadalajara, Mexico
Photographs: Carlos E Sainz/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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7. Hobart, Australia

Perched on Australia's southeastern coast, the lively city of Hobart is a unique mash-up of the 19th and 21st centuries. The waterfront cafes, restaurants and studios of Tasmania's largest city are housed in centuries-old converted warehouses that overlook a harbor bustling with yachts and fishing boats. An active arts scene, vibrant nightlife and leisurely daytime pace add to the city's charm.

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Image: Hobart, Australia
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6. Mexico City, Mexico

Rising from the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, Mexico City offers a unique collision of contemporary city life and historic preservation. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) for a comprehensive introduction to Mexican culture and history, then explore sites like the spectacular Piramides de Teotihuacan and the partially excavated Museo del Templo Mayor.

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Image: Mexico City, Mexico
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5. Perth, Australia

Perched on the banks of the wide Swan River, between the Indian Ocean and the sands of the Nullarbor Desert, Perth is one of the world's most isolated cities, yet still boasts an active beach scene and smokin' nightlife. Family-friendly Cottesloe is brimming with swimmers, surfers and snorkelers. Head north to Scarborough for a spirited beachside club scene. Coo at cute marsupials on ferry-accessible Rottnest Island, and don't miss the views from King's Park and Botanic Gardens.

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Image: Fireworks are pictured with the Perth city skyline as Australia celebrates Australia Day
Photographs: Paul Kane/Getty Images

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4. Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, a port city and the capital of Uruguay, is a perfect destination for travelers looking for a relaxing stroll past colonial era buildings and along beautiful beaches. The Ciudadela Gateway, the only remaining section of the wall that once surrounded the entire city, now serves as the entrance to Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo's oldest neighborhood. Home to churches, museums, and theaters, at night the area comes alive with nightclubs playing Tango and Candombe music for crowds of dancers.

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Image: Montevideo, Uruguay
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3. Kiev, Ukraine

Having survived the Mongol Empire, WWII, Chernobyl, and Soviet rule, Kiev is the proud capital of the Ukraine. Filled with theaters, museums, religious sites, modern buildings and ancient ruins, the city of Kiev is the center of Ukrainian culture. The Monastery of the Caves, founded in 1015, and Saint Sophia Cathedral, founded in 1037, are both World Heritage Sites. The Museum of the Great Patriotic War, topped by the massive Motherland Statue, provides gorgeous views of the city below.

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Image: Kiev, Ukraine
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2. Sao Paulo, Brazil

The largest city in South America, Sao Paulo's cuisine and art is as multinational as its diverse population of 10 million. With the restaurants of the Jardins district serving every food imaginable to diners from around the world, you wouldn't be out of place going to Sao Paulo just for the dining. But you'd be missing out on world-class museums, diverse and vibrant neighborhood tours, and crazy-good shopping.

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Image: Sao Paulo, Brazil
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1. Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mar del Plata, Argentina's top beach resort, is TripAdvisor's #1 destination on the rise for 2012. Once the playground of the country's elite (their elaborate Victorian summer homes still stand), Mar del Plata has become a vacation hotspot for travelers in every budget category. Ten miles of sandy beaches are yours to explore. Expect crowds in the summer high season of January and February, but with a mild climate, Mar del Plata is a great destination any time of year. Away from the sand, you can explore Argentinean art at the Museo Municipal de Arte Juan C. Castagnino, eat fresh fish at the port or shop for handmade wool garments.

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Image: Mar del Plata, Argentina
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