44 Strange Natural Places on Earth

We are here to share with you interesting facts regarding strangest natural places on earth. The new stories with a mysterious theme. Thus they have turned our lives to a different angle. These mysterious stories would take you to the place itself. You will enjoy feeling your presence there. If we look, the whole world is full of bizarre and strange places like Namibian Coast, Tunnel of Love etc.

Somewhere there are flowing waterfalls and somewhere there are mysterious lakes like Grand Prismatic Spring, a lake full of chemical compositions and there is a Lake Hillier, a pink lake. Traveling is the important part of humans life, it helps us to connect with strangers to learn new languages and cultures about that place and also feel the adventure and enjoyment of that place.

While traveling you also get a lot of ideas which you can implement in your life, one reason why people love to travel is to make their adventurous and make a lot of memories out of that trip so that he will remember his whole life. It’s fun to plan vacations, thinking of all of the really great places you can go for a visit.

The world is filled with spectacular views and exotic locations. With modern airfare, we can travel anywhere in the world in less than a day (usually) and see all sorts of sites. You can enjoy everything from the scorching desert, to the wet and hot tropics, to the northern evergreen forests, to the icy and snowy north (or icy south!).

We can climb unbelievably tall mountain peaks or swim very deep under the ocean. We can visit the North Pole or the South Pole, the Saharan Desert, or Death Valley and everything in between. The world is an open book waiting to be explored, filled with interesting people, new cultures, interesting new foods and flavors, and new flora and fauna for us to discover.

But some places just aren’t meant to be explored by humans or outsiders. There are tons of places all over the world that, no matter who you are or how much money or influence you have, you will just never be able to visit them. Ever. These no-go places range from the scary to the secretive, the wild to the even wilder.

Many people love to travel to very dangerous tourist places which are either difficult to reach or want to make the trip adventurous. Today we will talk about such tourist places which are dangerous but at the same time are also adventurous and worth visiting that place.

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Whether it’s for security, preservation, protection, science, or even for your own safety, here are some of the best mysterious places in the world.

1. Bouvet Island


It may be owned by Norway, but the most remote island in the world is halfway between South Africa and Antarctica! It’s arguably the most difficult place in the world to visit, and fewer than 100 people have ever set foot here.

2. Bermuda Triangle


Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the well-known Bermuda Triangle, located in the Sargasso Sea of ​​the North Atlantic also makes it to the list of weird places. All of us know how mysterious ships and aircraft have disappeared from the region. All these disappearances have happened in a way that cannot be explained by equipment failure, human error or natural disasters.

According to folklore, it is an activity by extraterrestrial beings. This region is the part of the busiest shipping routes in the world. Many ships and planes disappeared in this strange region over the centuries. In the 20th century, the mysterious behavior of the Bermuda Triangle came into the attention of the public.

The Bermuda Triangle mystery has been around for hundreds of years, and gone largely unexplained. There’s some pretty wacky theories about what causes the disappearances out there. Huge underwater gas explosions could explain the disappearances. Because of landslides under the surface of the earth, the wide bed of gas could be unlocked, reducing the density of water dramatically. Due to extremely low density water, ships suddenly sink to the bottom. The combustible gas could also blow aircraft to pieces.

The most notable theory of the Bermuda Triangle, electronic fog is a meteorological phenomenon which sticks to an aircraft or a ship. It's said that the fog causes equipment on aircraft and ships to malfunction - such as spinning of compasses. New studies show types of clouds which can cause 170 mph+ winds or air bombs enough to cause severe turbulence or massive waves.

3. Nazca lines


The Nazca area is made up of strange lines which lie between the Pacific coast of Southern Peru and the Andean foothills. These peculiar lines are in the form of animals and birds. These mysterious lines was named as Nazca lines, and these lines are still a mystery. Some of the theories explain that these lines and drawings was made by hidden extraterrestrial beings like Aliens.

Some of the arguments demonstrate that the Peruvian desert was used as an Astro port by spacecraft thousands of years ago. These lines give a picture of some science fiction novel. This region has not experienced rain for ten thousand years in addition to the incomprehensible lines, but there is a scientific reason behind the rain.

The Peru government has taken steps to avoid spoiling these Nazca lines. Walking and driving over the place is banned except by special permission. The tourists can see the enigma through the roadside observation tower.

4. Padmanabhaswamy temple


Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a tall temple in the capital of Kerala, and the mother of all supernatural sites. This gold plated glory is one of the 108 Divya Desams, the principal centers of worship of Vaishnava religion, for followers of Vishnu. For a long time, this temple was controlled by a Trust headed by Travancore royal family.

The secrets doors of the temple is made of iron and its wealth is more than the GDP of some countries. There is vault B which is also known as Bharatakkon Kallara which remains unopened. The mystery of Vault B is an accurate example of some things that cannot get solved. It has deep rooted belief that Devas and Sages got devoted to Balarama who resides in Kallara B.

There is a snake on the Vault B which indicates the danger to whosoever will open it. Around 100 years ago, the chamber authorities of the temple tried to open the door, and they heard the sounds of gushing ocean waves behind the door.

5. Ram Setu Floating Stone


The mystery of Ram Setu Floating Stone of Rameshwaram is still going on for many years. Though scientists have validated the magic of these loose stones, even then people do not believe this explanation. The discussions over the loose rock have to led to various discoveries.

According to scientists, this floating stone bridge is a natural bridge which was formed by limestones, but Hindu mythology says that this bridge was made by Lord Rama and his Vanara Sena. This bridge was walkable until 1480 AD. However, according to scientific studies, there are some volcanic rocks which float in the water.

According to science, these loose stones can be the pumice stones because these stones can float in the water. These pumice stones is made up of a hardened form of lava which comes out when a volcanic eruption takes place. Some of these stones are found on the coastal site of Rameswaram. These stones may look like they are made up of corals.

When everything was examined, it was found that these stones were neither a coral not were they floating pumice stones.

6. Howland Island


This uninhabited island halfway between Hawaii and Australia was obtained by the United States in 1856. It has it’s own time zone, only shared by its neighbor Baker Island, only four hours earlier than California despite its remote location. Only employees of the US Fish and Wildlife Service are allowed to visit once every two years, making the long and slow boat trip from Hawaii!

So yes, it would be very unusual if you included this on a vacation, or even obtained permission to visit. There is evidence of a civilization that lived here as far back as 1000 BC. It was designated as a landing site for Amelia Earhart, and US forces were attacked here by the Japanese the day after the Pearl Harbor siege.

7. Baker Island


This uninhabited island is a grueling multi-day boat ride from Hawaii. Only a handful of US government workers are allowed to visit.

8. Dragon Blood Tree, Socotra


Socotra is a part of Yemen, a fascinating Arab nation. Socotra definitely has to be one of the most interesting islands in the world. In the middle of the Indian ocean at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden, where the continents of Africa and Asia approach each other, lies a small archipelago consisting of four islands. This is the Socotra Archipelago, also known as the most alien place on Earth.

Lets begin with the name Socotra. There are different theories about the origin of the name Socotra. The more common one is that the name is derived from the ancient Sanskrit language, meaning the Island of Bliss. This theory makes the origin of it’s name quite interesting as India is over a thousand miles away from Socotra.

The Island of Socotra is actually not of volcanic origin. Rather it was once a part of the continental body before breaking apart. It was once part of the Gondwana continent before breaking apart during the Miocene epoch. That is what ended up making this island so interesting.

That means that for over 5 million years, the plant and animal life on this island (once the same as the main body) evolved completely isolated from the continent under very different conditions. This resulted in the creation of some of the most interesting and bizarre plants and animals that you will ever see.

Over one third of the plant life found on this island is found nowhere else on the entire planet. The mix of geographical isolation and extreme climate conditions have resulted in the formation of truly alien life on this very island. Lets begin with the plant that Socotra is known best for. The Dracaena cinnabari or more commonly known as the Dragon Blood Tree.

The reason this plant has such a cool name is because of the red sap produced by this tree. When the tree is wounded, its sap leaks out almost as if the tree itself is bleeding. A dried form of the sap was sought after in the ancient world, as people believed it to have magical properties. They believed it to be the blood of dragons. It was commonly used in ritual, alchemy and miracle potions.

As the world modernized, the resin of this tree was used for different reasons. It was used as a dye and in medicine. The Arabs, Greeks, Romans used it in medicine for various things. Even today it, the locals use the various parts of this tree for many different reasons. Some of these being medical purposes, for abortions and as a dye.

It’s no surprise that there is an interesting origin story behind this fascinating tree. According to the story, god made a new world surrounded by a endless ocean on all sides. The new world was extremely beautiful and filled with all sorts of wonderful plants and animals. The god then made a king of this new world, the dragon. A power and frightening creature on the outside but kind, wise and calm on the inside.

God left the world in the care of this dragon and returned after countless year. Only to found the world burned down and all beauty destroyed. All forms of life were extinguished save the dragon, still sleeping atop the mountain peacefully. He blamed the dragon for destroying this paradise and turned him into a tree to make it suffer. Now every time the tree is cut, the dragon bleeds. This is it’s eternal punishment.

It should be pretty clear why Socotra is such an interesting island. An island that looks partly from the pre-historic times and partly like it is on an alien planet.

Well-known Dragon’s Blood Trees and 700 other species attract hundreds of people to the Socotra every year. It is an attraction that is weird but worth visiting.

9. Koiluoto


The smallest island divided by actual agreement and not a current dispute between two nations is Koiluoto. It’s area is only 0.03 km2. However, it is uninhabited and off limits to both Russians and Finns.

10. Area 51, Nevada, USA


There are many places in the US where weapons, vehicles, aircraft, and high-end tech are tested, and Groom Lake is one of them. The reason it is noticed is because it tests aircraft in the airspace around the base (the area of airspace is categorized as Area 51! It's literally next to Area 50, and Area 52). In the past, UFOs were seen crashed there.

Nearly 100 kilometres north of Las Vegas, Area 51 has always been the center of much speculation; the top secret facility is located in the Nevada desert and has been an Air Force facility for many years. Tons of conspiracy theorists claim this base houses proof that aliens exist. The mostly-declassified building has been instead used to test spy planes and other secret Air Force tech.

Despite the release of information based on the Freedom of Information Act about Area 51, people still believe shady dealings are happening there in the desert.

11. Tristan da Cunha


This is one of the most isolated places on earth with the nearest country to this overseas British territory being South Africa. Amazingly, this island has a population of about 250. The locals speak English, but have also invented their own dialect with words derived from English, Afrikaans, Dutch, Italian, and Irish reflective of their various places of origin.

There is no airstrip of any kind here, meaning the only way of travelling in and out from Tristan is by a boat, six-day trip from Cape Town in South Africa, nine times a year. In case you want to move and settle there it is virtually impossible to do it. Why? It’s because you need approval of every permanent citizen in Tristan.

Fly for numerous hours to Johannesburg. Stay overnight, and catch your next flight to Cape Town. Stay overnight. Wake up early. Take a taxi down to the port. Look out for a blue and white ship. Show your ticket and step aboard. Welcome to your new home for the next week.

Lying at an extraordinary 2432 km from Cape Town, having to spend 6 days getting to an island is quite an experience. It is the most remote settlement in the world. Its residents (Tristaners) all live in the official settlement Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, or as it is known locally, The Settlement.

Saint Helena Island, where Napoleon lived the last years of his life in exile is 1200 miles west of the border between Angola and Namibia. Soulful people, with a dry coast, steep hills, and a wet interior. Its a small island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean between Africa and South America and the oldest resident on the island is 125 years old, called Johnathan and is a tortoise from Madagascar. The island also has the worlds longest continuous staircase called Jacobs ladder.

Ascension Island, about 8 degrees south of the Equator, and 1000 miles from the African Coast is where they planned to land the Space Shuttle in case of emergency. This is a hot desert island, albeit with a small rain forest at the summit - a nice place to hike.

12. Miracle Village, USA


The small, sleepy and tightly-knit community that is made up entirely of convicted sex offenders and their families. Located near the city of Pahokee in Florida, it is home to 200 people. It is deliberately placed in a very isolated location in the poorest part of Palm Beach County so they remain out of public view and under the radar. Makes sense since nobody will bother them and disturb the peace.

Miracle Village does not accept violent offenders, serial offenders, or pedophiles since there are children present within the village. The place is so popular with ex-offenders convicted of these particular crimes, it receives over 20 applications for residency a week.

13. Death Zone, Mount Everest


The death zone is an altitude of 8,000 metres above sea level where there is not enough available oxygen for humans to breathe. Most of the 200+ climbers who have died on Mount Everest have died in the death zone. Sane humans shouldn’t go there yet they do. They do it in high enough numbers that there are traffic jam issues at the top of Everest! People spend thousands of dollars to risk their lives to stand on the roof of the world.

14. North Sentinel Island, India


North Sentinel Island is a small, inhabited island located in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. It is a beautiful island. North Sentinel Island is the home to the Sentinelese, people who violently reject any contact or approaches from the outside world and remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. It’s one of the Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

The island is part of India, and the Indian authorities recognize the islanders’ right to be left alone and restrict themselves to remote monitoring and also don’t prosecute the Sentinelese for killing unwanted visitors. The Sentinelese have repeatedly attacked approaching vessels. This resulted in the deaths of fishermen and missionaries. They don’t want outsiders there. Leave the Sentinelese people alone like a good sane person.

15. Lake Nyos, Cameroon


Lake Nyos is a crater lake in Cameroon on the flank of an active volcano. At first glance this lake looks like any other lake out there. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, it would seem like an ideal tourist attraction. But there are some dark secrets that lie beneath that make it the most dangerous lake in the world.

No, there aren’t any documented monsters that lie beneath the surface nor do the lake’s water conditions render the lake too dangerous to swim in. Nope, the lake is safe to swim on most days except the very rare occasions when … well, the lake literally explodes and kills all life surrounding it. Sounds strange, right? Well, here is the reason.

It’s one of only three known lakes which experience what’s called a lake overturn where dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from deep lake waters and forms a deadly gas cloud capable of suffocating all living things including humans, wildlife and even insects.

Because the carbon dioxide is heavier than air, it descends and pushes oxygen away, suffocating everything within the cloud. Two eruptions in the 1980s killed over 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock leaving it an eerie and completely lifeless area before the carbon dioxide dispersed. Why do sane people avoid it? Because the gas levels are rising again and the natural wall holding the lake back is weakening.

16. Wrangel Island


Wrangel Island is a geographic Cassandra. Russia has many islands with sordid pasts and dire warnings. For example, the USSR opened its first gulag on the Solovetsky Islands - and the prison there is still one of the most chilling places to visit in the world. On Severny Island, the Soviets detonated the most powerful nuclear explosion in history (the Tsar Bomba) - leading to abnormal levels of radiation that endure till today.

But Wrangel Island in the Siberian sea is different. It is another sort of warning, a hidden one, dug deep beneath layers of absolute beauty. Tucked away as it is in the Arctic North, lost between Russia and Alaska, Wrangel Island is one of the northern most pieces of land in the world - and as such is both frighteningly cold and horribly inaccessible.

To give you an idea of just how remote it is: the main way on and off the island is by helicopter. Very few people can claim to have ever seen this island, let alone set foot on its shores. Unsurprisingly, wildlife has absolutely thrived there. Name any animal with Arctic in the name, and this island has it. Arctic foxes, geese, owls, hares and terns - they’re all here.

It is a sanctuary that has allowed populations of endangered species to recover and grow. Wrangel Island even hosts the largest number of polar bears in the world. So many cubs grew up on Wrangel that it gained the moniker of the world’s polar bear maternity ward. Groups of over a hundred bears feasting together on prey have routinely been spotted on the isle.

But being a wildlife sanctuary is actually an integral part of Wrangel Island’s history. In fact, the island was also home to the very last giant woolly mammoths. While the mammoths had completely disappeared from the mainland some 6,000 years ago, a small pocket actually continued to thrive on Wrangel for another 1,600 YEARS!

The island, in a way, protected them. Its position kept it cold despite the waning Ice Age, and its isolation kept humans at bay. There, the very last of these woolly mastodons peacefully traveled across their kingdom of icy plains and snowy peaks. The small population meant that the woolly mammoths quickly began to feel the effects of in-breeding. Genetic defects proliferated. Their genome melted down and numbers dwindled.

So bad were the genetic flaws that the first researchers who discovered the mammoths’ remains thought they had found a sub-species of dwarves. Of course, today, there are no more woolly mammoths on Wrangel Island. You can still find mammoth tusks and other bones strewn throughout the island. This island and its history, just like Cassandra, merely serves as a prophecy that no-one heeds.

17. Niihau Island, Hawaii


Niihau island is located in USA and is part of the great Hawaiian Islands. The island was bought by a super-rich Robinson family who made it their own private property and limited outside access. They did this to preserve the rich culture of that small part of land as well as its wildlife, flora and fauna.

They only offer limited access to the tourists in the form of half day helicopter trips to the beach to see its beauty. There is no accommodation available and tourists are not at all allowed to meet the people who are residing there. The population there is about 200 people who live happily in their rich culture and are isolated from the rest of the world.

They don't have electricity, shopping malls, hospitals but they have their own small world. They have made that island their home by true means.

18. Devil's Cemetery, Russia


This is a meadow in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. It was first discovered in 1918-1920, during cattle grazing - cows entered a meadow and died immediately. Dogs that ran into the meadow behind cows also died. Initially, the meadow was quite large. It was surrounded by dead and dry trees. Now the meadow has decreased in size.

The main version of the appearance of the meadow is that a fall of fragment of the Tunguska meteorite (1908), fell here, pierced the soil layers and drilled a layer with gas reserves (radon, or other gas). This place is a gas field. Gas began to rise up and kill all living things. Attempts to find evidence of this theory were a failure.

The Devil's Cemetery was investigated twice in the 1920s and in the 1980s. A less popular version of the origin of the meadow is the anomaly of the magnetic field. Now the deadly power of this meadow is practically a thing of the past, but the locals still do not risk using it. The meadow is a very inaccessible tourist attraction.

19. Hans Island


In one of the longest conflicts of the last two centuries, since 1972 Canada and Denmark have been gripped in a titanic struggle over which country owns this extraordinary pearl in the sea. Resplendent with an absolute lack of native flora and fauna, visited by uncounted thousands of visiting sea lice each year; this is Hans Island.

Almost half a century ago Canada and Denmark thought they could peacefully negotiate a border between Canada’s arctic archipelago and Greenland. Since that time the military might of each country has been pitted against each other. The Danish come, raise their flag and leave a bottle of schnapps to mark their claim.

In return the Canadians come and haul down the Danish flag and raise the Canadian flag, leaving a bottle of Canadian whiskey in place of the schnapps. Perhaps one day the great Whiskey War will be concluded. Perhaps one day Canadians and Danes can sit down together and drink together in harmony.

20. Hoia Forest, Romania


Locally known as the Bermuda Triangle of Romania, this forest is filled with strange looking trees with spiral growths, along with a strange atmosphere in general. Along with this, many paranormal sightings and incidents are reported here, including ghosts, ectoplasms, and other strange sightings including otherworldly sounds.

In the 1960s and 70s, photographs of UFO sightings, along with strange lights surged, causing the forest to become well renown as the creepy place it is. Now these could simply be urban legends, but there’s a part of the forest that’s particularly creepy. In the center of this terror stricken area, there’s a clearing deep within the trees, almost a perfect circle, where trees are unable to grow.

Scientists have collected soil samples and are unable to logically deduce as to why trees are unable to grow. Perhaps it’s a portal to another dimension, or just any old clearing, we may not know. Either way, there’s a certain dynamic about this forest that undoubtedly unsettles people, as many avoid it at all costs.

21. Crooked Forest, Poland


The crooked forest is located outside the Nowe Czarnowo area in Western Pomerania in Poland. The pine branches in this forest are crooked, but whether its bending is man-made or natural is still unknown. The Crooked Forest in Poland is a great mystery on this earth. The strange forest was presumably planted in the 1930s by the people living there summing up approximately 400 trees.

They are bent 90 degrees just above its base with a curve going upright after 4 to 9 feet of growing sideways. These trees bend to the north and form a specific ‘J’ shape. Three experts who were called to examine the forest claimed that they were damaged almost 10 years after being planted. There are no other explanations for why the forest is crooked.

22. Drunken Forest, Russia


Drunken Forest in Shilovsky district, Ryazan Oblast, Russia is known for its weirdly twisted trees. The trees form patterns of rings, hearts and spirals. Many of them are bent to the ground. It is caused by larvae of Rhyacionia buoliana that feed only on pine. Local scientists claim geomagnetic radiation emanating from the earth causes trunk deformations.

23. Rockall


It’s in the Atlantic. More people have been to the moon than this island. The UK claims it but the other countries don’t recognize that claim. Seeing as nobody has really heard of the island, and nobody is really fighting over it, you can see how much everyone cares. Interestingly though, they did find a new snail species living at the island. Outside of that. It’s a pretty crap island to get stranded on if you are a human.

24. Kaliningrad


The gateway to the region is Khrabrovo Airport. It looks nondescript only on the outside. Inside, there’s a cafe, a kiosk and three shops with overpriced amber souvenirs.

25. Kerguelen Islands


Now people can easily travel to almost any corner of the world today in a very short period of time. However, numerous places still take days to travel because of their remoteness. One such group of islands are the sub-antarctic Kerguelen Islands, a group of islands administered by France some 3300 km (2100 mi) south of Madagascar.

Since the islands do not have an airstrip, all travel to and from must be by ship. Visitors can look forward to a windswept, cold climate and solitude with only 45–100 permanent military and scientists.

26. Snake Island, Brazil


Many islands ban or limit travel due to military use, conservation efforts, or danger to travelers. Brazil’s Snake Island can only be accessed with the cooperation of the Brazillian Navy. The island is home to two-to-five snakes per square meter. These snakes are not your friendly garden snakes, but some of the most venomous and fatal snakes in the whole world.

Also known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, Snake Island is a small island off the coast of Peruibe in Brazil. This tiny island looks innocuous enough, but it is illegal to approach the island. You’ll find one snake per square meter on the island, and each one of those snakes have venom so deadly that one bite will melt all of the flesh from your bones before you can even think of getting help.

The snake, called the golden lancehead, is also endangered, which means the Brazilian government just wants to leave them alone. That means no one except for scientific crews can set foot on the island. Travelers can enjoy the island’s beauty from afar and visit many zoos with a safe sampling of some snake species in nearby Sao Paulo.

27. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands


Bikini Atoll is one of the beautiful islands in the world. The United States had tested nuclear weapons between 1946 to 1958 on this island on the sea, underwater, in the air and in the reef itself which made this place hazardous to the people who were living on this island but the Government later shifted the people to another place with some handsome amount.

28. Jan Mayen, Norway


The island of Jan Mayen lies in the far north of the Atlantic Ocean and belongs to Norway. It has about 15 inhabitants, mainly meteorologists, who live in a hamlet called Olonkinbyen. The island is dominated by the Beerenberg volcano. It is a designated nature reserve.

Visiting Jan Mayen is a bit tricky, because you basically need to get there on your own yacht or arrive on an Arctic cruise liner. Olonkinbyen has no accommodation and camping on the island is not allowed, which means that you have to spend the night on your boat and make sure you bring all necessary supplies.

Jan Mayen actually has a ‘museum’, which is probably one of the least visited museums in the world. This ‘museum’ looks like a closet with two shelves. And no, I have not been there either, though I am still hoping.

29. Surtsey, Iceland


Surtsey Island is a result of a volcanic event that spanned over five years, leaving a brand new island in the middle of the ocean near Iceland. So, the United Nations decided to put a ban on traveling there so that the scientific community would have a way to study natural progression of evolution and ecological succession without human interference.

Only a couple of scientists are allowed to visit, and they are under strict rules on what they can do while there. The untainted island shows scientists migration patterns and how plants and animal colonize new places.

Surtsey is the first volcanic island under creation to be the top story on TV news around the world. The great pictures of the violent eruptions made good TV, still remembered in most of the world. As a volcanic island, Surtsey is not special. Such islands have appeared and disappeared through the years both before and after TV and the internet was invented.

Most new islands do not get global TV coverage, except maybe the new island Anak Krakatoa being under constant scrutinization.

30. Granite Mountain Records Vault, Utah


Mormons have long been obsessed with genealogy, and they began putting all of their collected information on microfilm in the 1930s. In a desperate attempt to keep the information safe, they carved out a bomb shelter in the side of a mountain in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah. They carved out the rock and hit water, giving them a way to make a self-sustaining bunker where precious genealogical records could be kept of every family in the US.

This totally-not-creepy obsession has lead them to collect three billion pages of information, and 100,000 rolls of microfilm, all of which they have begun to digitize. The vault is off limits to nearly everyone, though the genealogical information is available online for free.

31. Metro-2, Moscow


Very little information exists about Metro-2; it was a secret project started in Stalin’s Russia. The secret location is believed to be a series of tunnels supposedly connecting major buildings. These tunnels all live underneath the subway system. There are tons of crazy rumors surrounding Metro-2.

Everything from genetic testing, giant rats, and secret families living in the subterranean tunnels have been whispered about. There was even a rumor that Stalin’s cryogenically frozen body is stored there. No one knows if the tunnels actually exist.

32. Ark of the Covenant, Ethiopia


The Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant is a small building in Ethiopia, believed to house the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was the container for the Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God on stone tablets, and the Ark is said to contain them and have its own mystical power. There is one monk allowed in the building, and he is there for life, set to make sure the relic remains safe and untouched.

Although a few other lucky humans got to enter the building to fix a roof leak, the Ark is still supposedly inside, and no one is allowed to enter.

33. Vatican Apostolic Archive, Vatican City


The name of the archives is a little bit of a misnomer. The archives aren’t secret, but they are private. The archives, or Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, have been closed to outsiders for centuries. Some of the oldest surviving pieces of paper are housed in this 52-mile long pile of archives, and having people walk in and out without anyone checking them would be disastrous to the papers inside.

However, if you have a list of accreditation, you might be able to peek at two or three things a day. But jokes on you; some of the books and papers aren’t sorted right and some aren’t cataloged at all. The main archives you can't get to those which are not yet 75 years of age. Lists are accessible for individuals who need to check whether a report exists in the documents.

34. Mount Weather, Virginia


The bunker, located between Loudoun and Clarke Counties in Virginia, is super secret, super secure, and no one is allowed in. The facility is designed to house a war room and monitor intelligence, and is off limits to everyone. However, some of the plans and images have been released to the public because of the Freedom of Information Act.

35. Lascaux, France


Home to some of the oldest human artworks still in existence, the Lascaux are a collection of caves in France. The paintings depict early humans, animals, shapes, and handprints that are roughly 17,000 years old. They were open to the public until 1963, when the keepers noticed that the constant stream of visitors was wearing away some of the irreplaceable artwork and bringing in foreign contaminates that threatened the works.

The caves are now kept under strict supervision, and only limited people can go inside. They made an exception for one documentary filmmaker, but have denied entry to almost everyone else besides a few historians.

36. Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan


The Darvaza Crater located at Derwaze in Turkmenistan is known as The Door To Hell or Gates Of Hell. In the middle of Karakum Desert. It is a 100 foot deep crater that is said to be the largest gas reserve in the world. A group of Soviet Geologists went in search of oil in the Karakum desert where they found the crater and thought it was a good place to drill.

Shortly after they started drilling the crater collapsed and emitted dangerous gases. To stop the dangerous gases the geologists used a common technique of Flaring and set the crater on fire. They had no idea of the amount of gas trapped in it and assumed it was going to burn off in a few weeks. The fire still burns due to the heavy emissions of methane from the crater.

37. Valley of Death, Kamchatka


Kamchatka Peninsula is located in the Russian Far East and is the largest peninsula in Russia. There are more than 100 volcanoes, of which 29 are active volcanoes. "Kamchatka" means "extremely distant place" in Russian. But there is another place on the Kamchatka Peninsula called the "animal grave" valley. Why? Because animals close to this valley will have strange deaths.

This death valley is at the foot of the Kronotsky volcano. The valley is filled with bones of various animals, including birds, foxes, and bears.

38. Sandy Island, New Caledonia


The Australian Marine Scientific Research Team discovered that the Sandy Island marked on the map did not exist, and a mass of objects of unknown shape appeared on previous satellite images, but in fact the water depth here reached 1400 meters.

39. Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Strategically situated 800 miles from the North Pole on the Norwegian island of Svalbard is the Global Seed Vault, an imposing facility that houses more than 5,000 species of seeds from around the world including even plants native to North Korea. The vault is intended to be a back-up plan to re-seed the world in case of global devastation.

How secure is it? Well, the facility itself is protected by an ice-covered steel door that requires only a simple key to enter, but getting to the remote Arctic island is a security measure in and of itself (not to mention scaling the mountain to get to the door). How safe is the treasure inside? The seeds themselves are strategically located so they would survive most missile blasts, earthquakes, or rising ocean water.

Only the government holds access to this place. Even the countries that lend the seeds aren't allowed to enter.

40. Jatinga, India


Thousands of birds have flown to their deaths by throwing themselves off a cliff in a small town named Jatinga in India. This bizarre Bermuda Triangle of fowl death remains largely unexplained, despite studies by India’s most prestigious ornithologists. This happens after the monsoon season in dark moonless nights in the month of September-October.

These species of birds in Jatinga suddenly become disturbed after 6 pm. Strangely becoming disoriented, the birds plunge toward the torches and lights of the cities.

41. Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan


Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan is the highest virgin peak in the world with a height of 7,570 meters. It is physically challenging to climb it. But on top of that, it is legally impossible to do so. The Bhutanese government has banned any climbing of this mountain, due to religious reasons. So, one won’t be reaching this place in the foreseeable future.

42. Southern Pole of Inaccessibility


The Southern Pole of Inaccessibility (82°06′S, 54°58′E) and Mount Sidley (77°02′S, 126°06′W) are the two locations in Antarctica, that are the hardest to get to, even for Antarctic standards, due to their remoteness. The Southern Pole of Inaccessibility is located around 878 km from the South Pole - the same distance between Exeter (in the south of) and Durness (in the north of), Great Britain. This point is the farthest from any Antarctic coastline.

To give you some solace, there is already a bust of Lenin, put there when the Soviets first reached this point in 1958. So, you won’t feel alone there. Mount Sidley is a dormant volcano, located in Marie Byrd Land - the part of Antarctica so remote that no sovereign nation has actually claimed it yet. Like in the case of the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, very few people in history have reached its top.

43. Northern Pole of Inaccessibility


Like its southern cousin, the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility is not the North Pole, but located at 85°48′N, 176°9′W, 467 km from it. The farthest point from any landmass. Also, no one has yet reached this point, due to its extreme remoteness.

44. Gyanganj, Himalayas


The exact location of this place is not known. But the instructions to reach this place is written in some Buddhist texts. They say that this place is in another dimension and influence the real world in subtle ways when needed. This place mysteriously camouflages itself hiding from site and mapping technologies.

It holds and protects spiritual teachings of all religions. Only enlightened saints can find this place. Consciousness always remains alive in this enigmatic land as no death occurs there. So basically the theory that the enlightened saints can live up to so many years merges into this land.

Well, these mysterious stories have turned us to think exceptionally about these strangest places on earth. Now visit these most mysterious places on earth.
Kalyan Panja

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