This day 29 May, holds great importance in the historic calender. This is the day when the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, was conquered in 1953, for the first time in history by two brave men, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Read in detail about their expedition on our On This Day in History section.
Freezing temperatures, deep crevasses and a high altitude, had kept mountain climbers away from the peak, till this day. The journey which was kick-started by the duo, has been kept in continuation by many more climbers, while some succeeded and some didn't. The journey still goes on...
Surely, after reading about the highest peak in the world, you would be eager to know which other peaks fall in a similar category from other parts of the world. For your delight, MapsofWorld has a list of the World's Major Mountain Peaks on a Map, along with further details about the peaks. Other peaks from Asia itself follow the lead of the Everest in terms of their heights. Mt. Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Nanga Parbat, and Annapurna together rule the Top Seven highest peaks in the world. Mt. Everest stands proud at a height of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet).
The Alluring Louvre Museum
One of the most famous landmarks of Paris, France, the Louvre Museum is among some of the largest historic museums in the world. Spread across an area of 60,600 sq.m., the museum is estimated to have around 35,000 objects dating back to the prehistoric times upto the 21st century, on exhibit.
The museum has works of art from all over Europe and priceless collections of Assyrian, Greek, Etruscan, Coptic and Islamic art and antiquities on display. The star attraction of the museum is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Locate the museum in our Location Map of Louvre Museum.
Check out the updated Physical Maps of Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta on the New Maps and Information page.
Let's find out about the hideouts of the world's biggest money-holders. MapsofWorld brings to you the list of Top Ten Cities with the Most Billionaires, which are home to some of the richest people in the world. The highest ranking in the list of Billionaires has been received by Moscow, Russia, as it maintained its place as the 'billionaire capital' of the world. The New York city follows the lead and was ranked second with the count of 59 billionaires.
London and Hong Kong, stand third and fourth with 41 and 40 billionaires, respectively. Lakshmi Mittal of Indian origin, is the richest among the billionaires who live in London, UK. Mumbai, India; and Sao Paulo, Brazil; have a tie as both have 21 billionaires in total. Mumbai is home to the famous billionaire, business tycoon, Mukesh Ambani of the Ambani group. Taipei, China; Los Angeles, US; and Beijing, China; also have the same number of billionaires and stand intact at the eighth, ninth and tenth positions, respectively.
All About USSR – See Map
Did you know USSR or better known as the Soviet Union was world’s largest country by area? With the longest boundary and coastlines, the USSR was known for its unity in diversity. It was a union of Soviet Socialist republics including, the present countries of Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, and Ukraine, till 1922. You can find all the countries on the USSR Map, which shows the location of the former republics of the Soviet Union along with neatly drawn republic and international boundaries.
Fire at South Korean hospital, 21 dead
According to media reports, around 21 patients were killed and seven were injured, in a massive fire in a sanatorium in southwestern South Korea, early 28 May 2014. A nurse died of burn injuries in a struggle to stop the fire. However, the fire was reported to have been controlled within half and hour. Authorities said that the patient deaths might have been due to suffocation due to the toxic smoke in the building. See Map to find the location of the accident site.
Do check out the new page on Huacachina, Peru, on the New Maps and Information page, along with updated Road maps of Senegal, Surinam, Turkmenistan, Gambia, and Ukraine.
From beaches to deserts, from trekking to diving, from a range of species of plants and animals, and a wide variety of flora and fauna, the islands of Madagascar have it all. We all have seen a glimpse of the beauty of Madagascar in the animated movie-series by the same name.
Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. Check the Madagascar Map to know more about the country. Well known for its natural attractions, such as national parks, coral reefs and wildlife reserves, it also houses some of the most beautiful beaches around its 5,000 km of coastline, and 250 islands. The Tsingy de Bamaraha, a nature reserve, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the major tourist spots of the country. Isalo National Park, Andringitra National Park, and Masaola National Park are other famous national parks.
Want to check out Lemurs? You must visit the Tsingy de Ankarana. Antananarivo, Mahajanga, Morondava, Nosy boraha, Canal des pangalanes, Antsirabe, Toamasina, Perinet, Taolanaro, Isalo, and Anakao are among the various sightseeing destinations of Madagascar. Madagascar attracts thousands of tourists every year from different corners of the world. Read the Madagascar Travel Guide on our Travel Blog for detailed information.
Check out Restaurants in California!
A wide variety of interesting restaurants await to tingle your taste buds in California. Follow our Blog's list of Best Restaurants in California, USA, to pick and choose on the basis of cuisine, ambience or a first-hand experience from the eateries.
From the long list of restaurants and cafes, The Kabul Palace, The West End Tap & Kitchen, I Love Sushi, Grub Shack, Oscar's Mexican Seafood, are among a few. Each restaurant has a unique specialty to it, which attracts people. You can read the reviews of each of the restaurant listed in the blog, to plan and visit a place of your choice.
Do go through our page on Iranian Fereni Recipe in the Travel section, and learn the famous recipe of a traditional sweet dish from Iran.
You can view the updated maps of Belo Horizonte, Haiti, Lesotho, Uzbekistan, Andorra, Chad, and the Political Map of Guam on the New Maps and Information page, along with other new pages and new maps.
Planning a romantic getaway or a honeymoon destination? France is the perfect place for lovers. Locate on the Map of France Honeymoon Destinations places you must-visit, along with a list of some of the must-visit places and the nearby hotels in the cities. The exotic tourist spots in the cities of Alsace and Nice offer some interesting packages for couples.
When in France, you must visit three cities – Lyon, Marseille and definitely Paris. The country's beautiful landscapes and traditional grandeur are sure to mesmerise you. You can't miss the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Chamonix Mont Blanc in Chamomix, and the Rue d'Antibes in Cannes.
Best Places to visit in June
Our Travel Blog is here with another list of must-visit interesting destinations. Read on to know the Best Places to Visit in June. Its mid of the year 2014, and everyone deserves a break from their daily routines. Spain is one of the countries which have entertainment and fun in abundance. From the El Colacho Festiva (aka baby jumping festival), or the Sonar Festival for music lovers, to the Batalla dos Vinos (Battle of the Wines), the country is pure fun.
The 2014 Football World Cup, scheduled to be held in Brazil also calls out to tourists, for some play and some fun alongside. England, Peru and Italy are no far behind too. Supported by a favourable weather and some interesting festivals in these countries, will make all these destinations as enjoyable as the other one.
Are you a shopaholic? Does shopping brighten up your mood? Then you should definitely check out our Map featuring the World's Top Ten Largest Shopping Malls by Area. Can you guess which country tops the largest mall list? It's China. South China Mall is the world's largest shopping mall, which is situated in Dongguan, China, and has a gross floor area of 660,000 sq m. Second in this list is the Golden Resources Shopping Mall, also located in Beijing, China. Following the lead is the Persian Gulf Complex in Iran, and the SM City North EDSA in Philippines. The Dubai Mall, UAE stands at the 7th position with an area of 350,000 sq m. Read on to know the whereabouts of the Ten Largest malls in the world.
Check out the Major Cities of US
Considered as one of the most powerful countries in the world, the USA has a wide network of cities across the country. If you want to know more about the major state capitals and cities of the country, so check out the Map of Major cities of US. The map shows each of the fifty states, their capitals, the oceans around the country, and the largest lakes in the United States. The map marks all the big cities of the country, such as New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. Each city is a mix of various cultures, and have something to offer to people from all levels.
Check out our Map Store for a wide variety of Travel Maps of Continents, cities and places.
You can also view the Political Map of Asia, and Physical Maps of Sweden, Kuwait, Romania, Zimbabwe, and UAE on the New Maps and Information page. You can also read the new pages on Nazca Lines, Peru, along with updated maps of Milan Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Milan.
Traveling to Spain? Then, you must definitely plan your stay and visit Madrid, it's capital city, to give yourself an unforgettable experience for a lifetime. The city of Madrid offers the best of Spanish cuisines for your taste buds, along with historic architecture as well as a buzzing nightlife. Yes, the city has it all.
There are innumerable Places to Visit in Spain. A few among the must-visit places are, the Puerta de Sol, the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) (See Map) and the Plaza Mayor. Last but not the least, no trip ends well without shopping. The city offers a great shopping experience at the Gran Via (or the Great Way) shopping center and the famous El Rastro flea market. You never know what you might grab hold of!
Indulge in the Beauty of Netherlands
Traveling to Europe? Then remember to visit Netherlands, one of the most-loved destinations for tourists. The country shares its borders with Belgium, Germany and UK, some of the most amazing countries of the EU. From beautiful beaches to architectural delights, to many more breath-taking destinations such as Amsterdam and The Hague. Read more in the Netherlands Travel Guide.
You can plan your trip around some of the city's famous celebrations like the Pink Pop Festival or the Heineken Dance Parade.
Find out how to reach and what to look out for, at the Southbank Vistas – Melbourne's Waterfront Precincts, along with the Paulista Avenue at Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read in detail what keeps the waterfronts of Melbourne abuzz night and day.
Check out the New Maps and Info page for new maps on the Local councils in Northern Ireland, UK and the Counties in Wales, UK and various other district councils.
In our ongoing collection of thematic maps of Asia, our team is developing theme based maps to help you learn more about the continent. The world is looking at Asia for economic growth, our focus is to help you understand this vast continent.
Largest & Smallest Countries in Asia
Russia, China and India are the top three largest countries, interesting to note that 60% of world's population lives in Asia. On the other hand, the top three smallest countries include Maldives, Singapore and Bahrain, all with a higher quality of life and higher per capita GDP compared to the largest countries. It is interesting how every map tells a story about a continent.
Asian Countries with Longest & Shortest Coastlines
Majority of world trade still happens through sea ports today. Land-locked countries are always at a disadvantage and have ecnonomies which do no depend on sea-borne trade. The countries with longest coastlines are at a greater advantage for economic development.
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Few days back we posted thematic maps of European landlocked countries. It seemed natural that countries with a longer coastline (or access to sea) had an advantage. Mainly because a large percentage of international trade happens through sea ports. It is also observed that coastal regions tend to be heavily populated than inland ones. Our team put together a thematic map on the European countries with longest and shortest coastline, would be interesting to compare their economies with landlocked countries in Europe.
Updated thematic maps of Europe:
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Few days back we posted thematic maps of Europe on Birth Rates. It was interesting to note how birth rate in a country is indicative of future demands on its resources. In today's thematic maps update, we're adding two more maps to the collection. In contrast to birth rate, today we're adding European thematic map on Death Rate (plus a Birth Rate map for quick comparison)
Death rate is often expressed as the number of deaths per 1,000 of the population per year. Death rate is indicative of the health of various populations. Death rates have significantly declined in the West in modern times. This has been mainly due to improvements in basic health care.
Thematic Maps updated for Europe:
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Adding more thematic maps of Europe to our collection, today we're providing a visual on the forest area in Europe. The thematic maps provide country by country data on forest area in the continent.
What's Forest Area? Forest Area is an area with high density of trees (rather obvious definition won't you say). What's important is that forests function as habitat for organisms and conserves soil, constituting one of the most important aspects of the biosphere. Forests are central to human life because they provide a diverse range of resources, they store carbon, aid in regulating our climate, purify water and minimize risk of natural hazards such as floods.
Find below Thematic Maps for Europe: By Forest Area