The world we live in is full of very interesting places that attract millions of tourists all over the world, from one end of the earth to another, while some of these places might look gorgeous and conventional, others might look a little bit weird, amazing or even mysterious, while some other places might be unique but just a little obscure and less known. We have taken a look at some of the most bizarre and mysterious places around the world and have decided to bring them to you, You’re welcome to add to the list in the comments section below.
Must-See Bizarre and Mysterious Places on Earth
This is a small island or archipelago (group or chain of Island) in the Indian Ocean, the largest of the Island which is the actual Socotra is about 95% of the total landmass of the archipelago, the location of this Island is 240 kilometers (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometers (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula, Socotra is such a unique Island that a third of plants found there is found nowhere else on earth. Sometime in the ’90s, a survey was conducted by a team of UN biologists on the archipelago’s flora and fauna, it was discovered that there are nearly 700 endemic species found nowhere else on earth; only Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galapagos Islands have more numbers. A recent discovery of texts in several languages, including a wooden tablet in Palmyrene dated to the 3rd century AD is a sign that shows that there were diverse origins of those who used Socotra as a trading base in antiquity. Also in 2001, another discovery was made by a group of Belgian speleologists of the Socotra Karst Project, it was discovered that deep inside a huge cave on the island Socotra lies a large number of inscriptions, drawings, and archaeological objects. Further evidence showed that they were left by sailors who visited the island between the 1st century BC and the 6th century AD
Experts have described Socotra as “the most alien-looking place on Earth“. It is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth that is not of volcanic origin also considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea. Socotra has over 40,000 inhabitants.
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2. Bermuda Triangle (Devil’s Triangle)
Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, this is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean with its apexes in the vicinities of Bermuda, Miami, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. It covers roughly 500,000 square miles. A number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances in this region
Although you won’t find it on any official map and you won’t know when you cross the line and according to US Navy, the triangle does not exist and the name is not recognized by the US Board on Geographic Names but several cultures have attributed various disappearances to some kind of activity by extraterrestrial beings.
According to this report by BBC, there is now a reasonable explanation for the two British commercial planes that disappeared in the area some time ago, with the loss of 51 passengers and crew, “One plane probably suffered from catastrophic technical failure as a result of poor design, while the other is likely to have run out of fuel”, It is still believed by some people that Bermuda Triangle is actually a real place where dozen of ships, planes, and people have disappeared without any explanation, Bermuda triangle is one of the most mysterious places on earth
3. Devils Tower
Devils Tower National Monument, which is also known as Grizzly Bear Lodge is the first U.S. national monument, established on September 24, 1906, in northeastern Wyoming by President Theodore Roosevelt, it is found near the Belle Fourche River, encompassing 2.1 square miles (5.4 square km). It features a natural rock tower which is now exposed by erosion. Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument.
While Geologists agree that Devils Tower was formed as a result of the intrusion of igneous material, what they could not agree on was how that process took place. The tower has become a sacred site for so many Plains Indians including the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Kiowa, it’s also a popular site for rock climbing. June which is an important time in the Plains religious calendar when many individuals visit sacred sites for their religious services is also one of the more popular climbing months. As a result, this has created conflict resulting in a situation where many Indian leaders objected to climbers ascending the monument, as they considered this to be a desecration. Although some individuals still climb in June, many have chosen to avoid it completely out of respect for others’ religious traditions.
4. Island of the Dolls
On what could be described as a dark and creepy island in the canals of Xochimico near the city of Mexico lies one of the world’s weirdest, most bizarre and scariest tourist attraction – The Island of the Dolls
The story has it that sometime in the ’50s, the Island’s only inhabitant Don Julian Santana was preaching the word of the Lord Jesus Christ at a time when several Mexicans were not so keen to hear it as it was believed that such messages would only come from anointed priests, several people took offense to his actions to preach about Christ and decided to beat him up for his sins, Juan then decided to go and stay in that location of the Island and lookup for every doll he could lay his hands on from every dustbin he could see, he lovingly collected these dolls and kept them to ward off evil spirits.
Another story has it that Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal at that time, he later saw a doll floating by in the canal soon after and decided to hang it on a tree to please the girl as he was haunted by her death. it became a habit as he continued to do this to appease her tortured soul and protect the island from further evil, this story took a particularly sinister turn in 2001 when Don Julian drowned in the canal just like the little girl. A lot of stories have been associated with this Island, there’s another story that says that Don Julian went mad and believed the dolls to be real children who he pulled from the canal and tried to revive. The island which is now run by the family members as a tourist attraction continues to attract tourists till today.
5. Mount Roraima (Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana)
This remarkable tabletop mountain with sheer 400-meter high cliffs on all sides includes the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. Before the European explorers arrived at this region, the mountain has held a special significance for the indigenous people of the region and has held a very important position that is central to many of their myths and legends. You can find a complete tour guide to hiking Mount Roraima here.
6. Mir Mine
In Siberia, there is one area that is not a place to fly over but is great to see. Mir Mine is a 1,720 feet deep man-made hole. This diamond mine is a great treasure to experience if the time is given. It is a former open-pit diamond mine that is now inactive, located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine’s 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft) makes it the second-largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. The airspace above it is closed because of reported incidents in which they were sucked in by the downward airflow
7. Nazca Lines
These lines in the Nazca Desert were created thousands of years ago. These are best seen from the sky since they can depict animals, people, and other various items that the Nazca people considered important. Seeing them can bring wonder and amazement.
Several scholars have tried to interpret the purpose of the designs, but in general, they all ascribe religious significance to them. Below is a summary of these theories.
“The geometric ones could indicate the flow of water or be connected to rituals to summon water. The spiders, birds, and plants could be fertility symbols. Other possible explanations include: irrigation schemes or giant astronomical calendars.”
One hypothesis is that the Nazca people created them to be seen by their gods in the sky, there has also been several other hypothesis
8. The Door to Hell
This never-ending flame is a sight to experience. At first glance, it looks like a peek behind the black gates of Mordor in the Lord of the rings. The discovery was accidentally made by geologists back in 1971 when a team of Russian scientists found the site, it was then believed to be a large oil and gas field. The scientists decided to set up a drilling rig to have access to the gas reserve but something went terribly wrong. No lives were lost during the incident.
9. Pools of Pamukkale
These terraced pools were formed by earthquakes that fractured the earth. These earthquakes created hot springs that are rich in calcium carbonate minerals. This terrace of pools overlaps each other and is a sight to see. It is possible to see them, but going there has been forbidden. This has been due to over extensive use of bathing as you can see some people in the image below.
10. Nine Hells of Beppu
The Japanese island Kyushu holds what is called the Nine Hells. The Nine Hells of Beppu is popular amount those in Japan, but almost unknown to foreigners. This is a beautiful spot to visit if traveling to this specific area. The oddity of this attraction is that they are natural ponds that are all of different colors. The fact that each of these nine ponds is different colors is rare, but possible. The minerals that are in each of these ponds all correlate to different colors, which makes this site not just unique, but mysterious, and amazing.
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