One of the great things about traveling is that you always have the option of disappearing into the mysterious places of the world, occasionally. Undoubtedly, this universe is full of unusual places and once you get to know about these places then trust me you will automatically be drawn towards them. But, what do you think, how many such places could be there in the world? Probably, a question without an answer! By the way, I also don’t have an answer to that question but I have something to feed that curiosity. I’ve picked top 15 mysterious places to visit in the world that you, being an avid traveler, surely want to add in your bucket list of experiencing strange things on your international vacation. With all the fuss and bliss let’s start our list of most mysterious places on Earth.
A prodigious scene right out from the forest of Gryfino in Poland spellbinds visitors every day! Gryfino Forest also known as the Crooked Forest, is a small clutch of more than 400 pine trees that appear to be bent over at almost 90 degrees at the trunk, before twisting back again straight and growing vertically into the sky. Well, like you I was also wondering when I came to know about this place, what makes these trees grow in such shape. The actual reason is still a mystery, and thus, this unpretentious yet a fascinating place finds its place in my list. However, some say it was grown like this to make furniture from naturally carved woods, whereas, another story refers to it as natural cause.
Whether you are an avid traveler or a hardcore rider who loves to explore new trails on a bike, Ladakh in India is the name you will be familiar with. And since this tourist destination has a distinct hype amongst travellers, you must have also heard about the Magnetic Hills. Known to pull the vehicles, this magnificent hill lies on the way from Srinagar to Leh highway. Believe it or not, this small stretch of Magnetic Hill perfectly defines the phenomenon of gravity. To confirm the fact, you can turn off your car and while on neutral, you will realize that your car is moving without your efforts at the speed of 20 km/h. However, there are many stories related to Magnetic Hill; some are superstitious. Interesting isn’t it?
Walk through the winding trails that grid the Chestnut Ridge Park to uncover the concealed solitaire of Shale Creek. In the creek, there is located Eternal Flame Falls – a real mystery to behold. The name itself tells everything about this place; underneath the fall, you can see a flickering flame burning continuously. Well, the waterfall is something which is obvious and can be seen anywhere in the world but it is the flame that makes it one of the mysterious destinations in the world. At times, the flame dampens down by the water but it lights up again, automatically. As per the scientist, the reason behind this flame the methane gas which keeps coming out and that particular spot is inflammable.
Let me take you to another destination which is known for its mysterious significance. Yes, I am talking about a gorgeous place in Turkey which is also one of the most mysterious places on planet – Pamukkale. For those who don’t know what this place is all about, Pamukkale is known for its mineral-rich thermal waters which flow down the white travertine terraces, and the warm azure springs. This whole surreal setting is the result of deposition of calcium carbonate from 17 natural hot springs for over a period of thousand years. Truly magnificent in its own sense, Pamukkale, also known as the ‘Cotton Castle” is literally one of the most visited attractions in Turkey. Amidst the scenic setting, this place is a travellers’ haven to enjoy some quality time. Moreover, the mineral rich water here is believed to be having some therapeutic properties.
Another interesting mystical place which is worth a visit is The Stone Forest in China. I assume, you already have an image back in your mind by just reading the name, right? Well, if that image includes imposing stones standing vertically like a tree then you are gifted with a brilliant imagination power. Located in the Yunnan Province of China, The Stone Forest, also known as Shilin Stone Forest, is esteemed internationally for an area of 96000 acres replete with multitude imposing limestone. According to the experts, these towering rocks are the result of natural phenomena which happened some 270 million years ago.
Mysteries are hard to believe but they are always striking! And one such mystery lies in The Rainbow Mountains in China. Located within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, these Chinese mountains are renowned for their transcendent colours giving it way also in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While being here, your evergreen curiosity will surely raise a question as to what makes these mountains like this? So, to give you an idea of how they formed, let’s talk about its geographical facts and features. The Rainbow Mountains are made up of cretaceous sandstones and siltstones that were formed in China before the emergence of the Himalayan Mountains. Moreover, the sand and silt were combined with traces of minerals and iron that altogether make an important element to form the colours in the mountains we see today. Indeed, an interesting fact!
Mysteries are not only found on the land, some are even placed beneath the water. You must have seen the effigy of Jesus Christ mostly in the chapel but what if tell you that there is a place in Italy where the statue of Jesus located in the sea. In San Fruttuoso, Italy, there is a 2.5-metre-high bronze statue of Jesus Christ, known as the Christ of Abyss, that was made by Guido Galletti situated at bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The statue was installed in 1954 to give the honour to the first Italian who used scuba diving gear – Dario Gonzatti. At present, this strange place serves as the favourite spot for scuba divers, and if you are amongst those then this a must-visit attraction for you.
Have you ever thought, what is to be like to be a part of a surreal confluence of two streams with totally different appearances? Well, one such scene can be seen at the convergence of Rhone and Arve River at Geneva in Switzerland, totally a mysterious thing. For many of you, the meeting of these two rivers might not sound much exciting but before forming any opinions hear what I have to say and you will automatically fall in love with this place.
In the above picture, the river on the left is Rhone, one of the major streams in Europe, which is turquoise in colour and is exiting Lake Lehman. On the right is River Arve which takes most of its water from the glaciers in Chamonix Valley and has a mud-like colour. This confluence view is so compelling in itself that it would definitely make it place in your bucket list of unusual places to visit in the world.
Vaadhoo Island is basically a place with its glittering beauty, breathtaking spectacle and resplendent quirkiness. If you have no idea what so mystical in here then let me have the honour to fill you with some insights. Being one of the popular travel destinations in the world, Maldives houses numerous bioluminescent (the biochemical light produce by organisms) beaches and Vaadhoo Island is just one of them. It’s not the daytime when this place remains at the peak of its beauty rather it’s the night when you get to see some surreal sight. Trust me on that, you can’t simply resist such a glorious view. Just to let you know, there are numerous bioluminescent beaches in the Maldives apart from Vaadhoo like Filitheyo, Ellaidhoo, Komandoo, Veligandu, Kuredu, Meedhupparu, and more. By the way, if you interested in more such unique beaches in the world, you can check out this blog. Who knows, maybe you will find your next destination for that indelible travel experience.
Just imagine, you savouring the amazing vista of underwater world – coral reefs and fishes moving in a winding course. I don’t know whether this lake holds any mystery or anything, but, one thing is pretty much sure that what this lagoon offers can’t be relished at any lake and this fact makes it a mysterious location in itself. Located in Nelson Lakes National Park, Blue Lake holds a unique feature wherein the visibility in the lake is up to 80 metres which means the water of the Blue Lake is almost as optimal clear as the distilled water. In simple words, the lakes’ water so clear that one could easily see all the way to the bottom. This makes Blue Lake the world’s clearest freshwater lake. However, there is one such river (Dawki) in Meghalaya in India also, the water of which is said to be the crystal clear. You can know more about that river in India in this Meghalaya blog.
Knowing how to swim is not anymore necessary to enjoy your time in the sea water as the Dead Sea is here to ensure you will float without any efforts. Located at the lowest point on the earth, 408 m below the sea level, Dead Sea is blue water body which is known as one of the prime attractions of Jordan, mainly because of its unusual property that allows tourists to float on the surface of the water without any efforts. Interesting right? The reason behind this mystery is that the volume of salt and other minerals are high in the seawater that makes floating possible. Does this place have enough spark to make it your next mysterious travel destination?
The magical nature doesn’t leave any opportunity to astound us with its salient creations, the coal-mining town of Longyearbyen in Norway is just a perfect epitome of that. In our childhood, we all have heard about Antarctica’s six months of daylight and six months of darkness, right? Well, Longyearbyen is also like that with a difference that it just experiences daylight from 19th April to 23rd August that makes a total of 127 days sunlight. The town is engirdled by abandoned mining wreckage, waterfront, and industrial buildings and it also includes two glaciers in the backdrop and as you head towards these glaciers, you’ll discover the true splendidness of this place. So, for a change, don’t resign yourself to the same old destinations and take a different vacation this time, and for that, Longyearbyen is the perfect candidate.
In the Island of Flores in Indonesia, Mt Kelimutu is the set of three pristine lakes in the national park of the same name. These lakes are the results of volcanic eruption and all are of different colours – blue, turquoise, and even black. Well, if you are thinking that this is the mystery of this place then I suggest you to hold on. These are one of those colours in which you can expect to see these lakes. Sometimes, the colour even changes to white or red because of the proximity of each lake with the underlying volcano. However, the change of their hue is unpredictable, tourists have also seen one of these lakes in dark brown colour. Unbelievable, right?
If you want me to summarize this whole place in short, I would say a completely different world like that of a popular Hollywood movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. I mean, it has got everything to be called so! Beside the enormous flat top mountain, it has a unique ecosystem which includes various unusual species of plants and animals along with the waterfalls that are counted amongst the highest of their kinds in the world. Moreover, the mountain is considered to be around two billion years old. This beautiful landscape of Mount Roraima has also inspired movies and novels; 2009 Pixar film Up and 1912 Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World are the popular names amongst them. Indeed, one of the most mysterious spots for the daring! Now, would you dare to make a visit to this remote destination?
Stumbled upon the photo of this surreal place? Time to know more about this place! Before that, just tell me would butterflies tickle in your stomach if you imagine yourself walking in the bright blue ambiance of Mendenhall Ice Caves?
Located in southeast Alaska, Mendenhall is a 13.6 miles long glacier in the valley with the same name. The Glacier has various ice caves that create a mystical environment for tourists and are only accessible if you are willing to kayak. These caves are the result of a glacial recession and are formed by melting of glacial ice and the melted water flowing around the side of the glacier. As a result of this, the melted water runs under and through the glacier forming new caves.
So, here we come to the end of our list of most mysterious places on earth. Do let us know, which place leaves an indelible mark in your heart.
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