Whether they are haunted forests, abandoned villages, or nature’s doing, there is a large number of places on earth that are downright strange and mysterious. Earth is full of surprises, and we get astounded by them as the years go by. The following are top 10 of the strangest places to visit in the world and where to find them.
10. Hoia Forest – Romania
The Hoia forest is situated in city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and is considered to be the world’s most haunted forest. It has been referred as the Bermuda triangle of Romania because of the many bizarre disappearance that have happened. Many people who have visited the forest have reported unexplainable events such as; faces appearing in photographs, UFOs sightings and the feeling of being watched. People who have entered the haunted forest report strange symptoms; nausea, anxiety. They feel very ill headed or get strange rashes and the failure of electronic devices. The Hoia Forest is the creepiest forest in central Romania. Also, it has been called the creepiest forest in the world. And The Clearing is really frightful place in the forest. There have been many reported cases of hearing female voices giggling and breaking the silence. Many people believe that it’s a door to another world.
9. Lake Hillier – Australia
Australia is home to many beguiling natural attractions in the world. And, Western Australia is famous for its extraordinary, unusual pink lakes that have got to be seen to be believed. Lake Hillier is one of them. Lake Hillier is a saline lake that is located in Western Australia. What’s so different about this lake is – its striking pink color. Scientists suspect that the reason of this lake’s pink color is Dunaliella salina microalgae, which produces a pigment called carotenoids. Even though Lake Hillier has high salt contents, it’s completely safe to swim in it.
8. Badab-e Surt – Iran
Badab-e Surt – Striking Terraced Hot Springs in Iran
Badab-e Surt is a natural site consisting of travertine terrace that have formed over thousands of years. Located in Iran, it’s one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful wonders.The orange colors of the travertine formations is due to the large concentration of iron oxide. The two mineral hot springs that are located there have many medicinal properties due to its salt content.
7. Door To Hell – Turkmenistan
Darvaza gas crater, also known as Door to Hell or Gates of Hell, is a crater that has been aflame since 1971. It started as a natural gas crater, and in order to prevent the spread of methane gas and other toxic gases, geologists set it on fire. It has been aflame ever since. In 2010, the president of Turkmenistan ordered that the crater should be closed, however, you can still visit it.
6. Socotra – Yemen
Socotra island in Yemen
Socotra is an island in the Arabian Sea and a part of Yemen. What makes it unique is that it looks like you’re on another planet. The island contains almost 700 species of flora and fauna that are found nowhere else on earth. It’s one of the most isolated places on earth with no roads that lead you there.
5. Oradour-Sur-Glane – France
Strangest Places on Earth
The Oradour-Sur-Glane is a village frozen in time. The Village, located in France, was entirely wiped out in 1944. The inhabitants of the village, including women and little children, were massacred by Nazi Waffen-SS Company. They were machine gunned, asphyxiated and burnt alive. According to a survivor, the inhabitants were convinced that they were rounded up up for an ID check. Instead, they started aiming for their legs, making them unable to move, then setting them on fire. To this day, Oradour stands the way it was 50 years ago.
4. Fly Geyser – Nevada
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Perched on the edge of the black rock desert, the Fly Geyser is actually man made. It’s one of Nevada’s coolest attraction that was created 100 years ago. Before it became the alien looking geyser we see today, it was simply a man made well in the 1900s. Heated water began to spew through the cracks. The minerals would deposit, forming the mount and the various terraces. The thermophilic algae is what gives it its breathtaking red and greens streaks.
3. Panjin Red Beach – China
Incredible Red Beach in Panjin China
Located in the biggest wetland and reed marsh, The Red Beach is surrounded by a type of seaweed called Sueda. It’s a big tourist attractions and one of Asia’s largest reed marsh. The Red Beach houses over 400 wildlife species including endangered types of animals.
2. Gardens of Bomarzo – Italy
Gardens of Bomarzo – Italy
The Gardens of Bomarzo, also called Park of The Monsters, is a garden created during the 16th century in the province of Viterbo in Italy. It was designed to portray grief and to shock people. The idea started when Price Pier Francesco Orisini, who was in a war and been held for a ransom for many years, returns home to find out that his wife had died. He wanted to create a shocking Villa of Wonders to portray his grief and sadness. It’s filled with many bizarre and marvelous sculptures.