Check out these mystifying sights and try to figure out their origins or soak in the conspiracy theories.
Easter Island, Pacific Ocean
Easter Island in the vast expense of the Pacific Ocean is just a tiny blip but the island has for several centuries captivated the imagination of humankind. The enormous moai stone statues, each weighing around 85 tonnes is considered as the image of the ancestors and protectors of the natives. However, the statues remains mysterious as no one knows how they were constructed, hauled and placed in one of most isolated places in the world.
Tips: LAN Airlines flies to Easter Island from Santiago, Chile and Papeete, Tahiti.
Nazca Lines, Peru
The first impression of Nazca Lines is of a vast stretch of red-brown coloured patches of earth. However, take a flight and you will realise the sheer incredibility of the site which is yet to be deciphered. Images of 800 geoglyphs, shapes, straight lines and pictures of animals and birds are drawn with utmost precision and on an enormous scale. Either the Peruvians were master engineers equipped with other-worldly knowledge or it’s the handiwork of aliens. Your choice how you decide to perceive it!
Tips: Flights over Nazca Lines start from the town of Nazca. There are several buses to Nazca from Lima and Arequipa.
Yonaguni – Jima, Japan
Japan’s westernmost inhabited island joined the list of mystifying wonders after divers discovered underwater ruins in mid-1980s. The ruins are made of stones with flat surfaces, right angles and straight lines leading to the conclusion that the lost ruins is man-made. With the discovery, theories related to the lost cities of Atlantis also emerged alongwith an ongoing debate as to the origin of these.
Tips: Flights operated to Yonaguni- Jima from Naha along with two ferries a week from the island of Ishigaki.
Each day bus load of tourists arrive in Stonehenge to see one of the most pre-historic sites of the world. The Stonehenge, located in the beautiful Salisbury Plain, is the favourite topic of conspiracy theorists and lost civilization researchers. Recent studies suggest the vast stone monoliths were part of some sacrificial centre or landing sites of other worldly creatures. Nobody knows for sure for what purpose it fulfilled and by whom and how it was constructed.
Tips: Stonehenge is 3 km from Salisbury city and buses are also available from Salisbury bus station to the site.
The first impression of Newgrange is of a normal, grass-covered, flat 13-meter mound. Nothing spectacular from the exterior! However, step inside and you will be greeted by strange wall carvings of pre-historic nature. What purpose it solved is still uncertain but it’s built in such manner and precision that every year a special lottery is conducted to see the sun’s rays creeping slowly inside the monument, illuminating the interiors with natural sunlight for 17 minutes during the winter solstice.
Tips: To see the amazing display of sunlight filling the interiors of the monument, a special lottery is conducted on 30th September each year. You have to enter the lottery by visiting the website of Newgrange.
Crop Circles, England
The town of Avebury, at about 130 kilometres west of London entered the books of mysteries when mysterious crop circles in various geometric shapes and sizes began to appear in the late 1970s. Strangely, the town is also noted for its stone circles and have a spiritual significance in the region. The debate on its origin, is an ongoing one among the locals. Were they the handiwork of certain weather systems or geometric minded aliens?
Tips: Buses run from Avebury from Salisbury, Swindon and Devizes.
Roswell, New Mexico, USA
In 1947, a ranch near the town of Roswell, New Mexico saw and learnt about a mysterious object crashing down to earth from the sky. The curiosity doubled over the years after US Army did its best to silence the matter with its methods. Conspiracy theories say the place is the hub of aliens on earth and the US Army are collaborating with them in advance research. Nowadays, Roswell is also famous for its International UFO Museum and Research Centre.
Tips: Visit Roswell during the famous UFO Festival held every year in July.
Area 51, Nevada, USA
Area 51 is probably the most guarded and secret place on earth and is considered a magnet for aliens and advance research in the secretive military base, part of the Nellis Air Force Base. Conspiracy theorists believe the area is a holding cell for aliens and a major landing site for the aliens. The area is reached by Highway 375, the official Extra-terrestrial Highway, because of the huge number of UFO sightings.
Tips: Stay in Little A’Le Inn in the tiny town of Rachel which offers unique alien theme accommodation and souvenirs.
Loch Ness, Scotland
Loch Ness is a large lake near the Scottish Highlands with stunning landscapes but it is also the home of the elusive and mysterious creature called ‘Nessi’, a part-dinosaur part-snake like creature. It rose to prominence in 1934 after a photo of the creature in the lake appeared in a newspaper. The monster has eluded human contact so far despite many reported sightings.
Tips: The Town of Inverness, Scotland is the best place to hunt and be part of several Nessie sightseeing tours.
Yeti, The Himalayas
Yeti, a mysterious, mythical, elusive part-human and part-bear creature is a key part of folklore in the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and Indian state of Sikkim. There are several reports of huge footprints and shadowy encounters with the natives of the locals spread the legend of Yeti. The reports and photographs submitted by explorer Eric Shipton in 1951 further gives credence to the legend. Researches are ongoing in the Himalayas but definite results are yet to surface.
Tips: The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, Nepal has a display and research materials on Yeti.