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iXiGOers Jul 29 2013

Which are the lesser known mysterious places around the world?

Kshitiz Ahuja Jul 29 2013
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Planet Earth has been around for about 4.55 billion years now. So obviously, it’s had time to come up with a few weird mysteries of its own- those which we can forever guess at but never solve for sure. For those of you who want to add an element of mystery to your holidays, check out one of these lesser known mysterious places around the world:

Easter Island, South Pacific Ocean

An island where the number of statues equates to one-tenth of the total population,

Easter Island is located in the south pacific ocean. It is one of the most remote islands on Earth. Yet, it is covered with 887 giant statues, each one of which weighs several tons and some standing more than 30 feet tall. Although often identified as "Easter Island heads", the statues have torsos that ending at the waist in most of the cases, their hands folded in greeting.

The mystery remains: Who built these statutes in Chile and why and how did they get there?

A must-visit for anyone who loves art, history or mystery!

Photo of Easter Island Ahu Tongariki

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

The Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan is also called 'The Door to Hell,' by the locals . It is situated near the small town of Darvaza.

The Derweze area is quite rich in natural gas. Some Soviet geologists discovered a large reserve of natural gas in the area. However, while drilling the ground beneath the equipment collapsed which left a large hole in the ground emitting poisonous gas. The dilemma was ridding the crater of all its toxic gas, before it engulfed the nearby village. One of the geologists proposed to ignite the cavern, so as to burn up all the natural gas, and come back when the fire was out. However, his plan 'back-fired,' literally! The crater is still burning as of today! However, it is definitely a breath-taking sight- a photographer's paradise and a geologist's riddle.

Photo of Darvaza Gas Crater

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

If you'd love to have a mirror in front of you constantly, now is your chance! Salar de Uyuni is a majestic place: The world’s largest salt flat, when covered by water, becomes a mirror. If one tries to walk on it, he or she will seem to be walking on clouds. The salt crust spans over 583 square kilometres in southwestern Bolivia at 11,995 feet above sea level. It is also a major breeding ground for several species and shades of flamingos.

Photo of the Salar covered with water

Cotton Castle, Turkey

Are you sick and tired of swimming in cold, chlorinated swimming pools, crowded with toddlers, swimmers and sun-bathers? Treat yourself to a dip in the Cotton Castle in Turkey (Pamukkale's translated name) instead!

Seventeen hot-water springs in the area spill out water in temperatures ranging from 95 degrees to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The water contains a high concentration of calcium bicarbonate. It flows off a cliff, cools and hardens into calcium deposits that form terraces. These terraces are a brilliant white, bright enough to be easily seen from miles around. They hold pools of water in which people are most welcome to soak.

Photo of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle)

Aokigahara, Japan

Aokigahara is actually a woodland at the very base of Mount Fuji in Japan where more

than 500 people have taken their own lives since 1950.

These people have hanged themselves among the countless trees of the Aokigahara forest that is reportedly so thick that it is engulfed in darkness, even in the afternoon! According to popular belief, the trees inhabit an evil force which compels people to take their lives.

Besides bodies and homemade nooses, one will come across signs displaying messages like "Life is a precious thing! Please reconsider!" or "Think of your family!"

Photo of Aokigahara Forest

Today, the Japanese are giving this problem national attention but to no avail.

It isn't the best spot for tourism, but it's definitely shrouded with mystery.

And then there are others such as Bermuda Triangle, the giant sea triangle off the coast of Florida and Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, a cabin known for its optical illusions.

Photo of Mystery Spot

The mysteries behind each of these places have been interpreted in various ways, by various professionals. However, some mysteries are better left unsolved. That's exactly what makes these places ideal for your holiday! You'll always have the satisfaction of telling a bewildered audience about the unbelievable experiences you've had!

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