Our planet is filled with awe-inspiring sights, some of them are a sheer wonder of nature while few remains mysterious and unexplained to this date. Who made the giant rock statues in the world’s most isolated island? The mysterious large scale drawings of Nazca Lines still fascinates the conspiracy theorists while scientists are still struggling to reveal the purpose of Stonehenge!
Check out these 10 mystifying sights and learn about their origins or soak in the conspiracy theories.
1. 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, these statues remain mysterious as no one knows how they were constructed, hauled, and placed in one of the most isolated places in the world.
2. 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 of how you decide to perceive it!
3. Stonehenge, England
Each day busload of tourists arrive in Stonehenge to see one of the most pre-historic sites in 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 otherworldly creatures. Nobody knows for sure for what purpose it fulfilled and by whom and how it was constructed.
4. Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan
Located in the village of Derweze, Turkmenistan, the Darvaza Gas Crater is in a literal sense – “Door to Hell” or ”Gates of Hell“. This huge 70 metres wide and 20 feet deep crater is burning since the Soviet scientists decided to light-up the collapsed gas field of the crater. As per the locals, Soviet scientists believed the area to be part of a substantial oil reserve. When they started drilling, the area collapsed, creating the crater. Soviet scientists fearing the release of the harmful gases in the nearby area, lighted-up the crater’s gases by throwing a hand grenade. Since then, the crater is burning continuously for over five decades.
5. Aokighara Forest, Japan
Every year, thousands of Japanese citizens travel to Aokighara Forest on the northwestern flank of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji. Aokighara Forest is unique, trees growing in the region from the lava fields have twisted roots and dense foliage. However, it has an ill-fated reputation – World’s second most popular suicide destination. Despite the several suicide prevention strategies, around 100 bodies are discovered in Aokighara. This mysterious forest even corrupts magnetic compasses, GPS devices and cellphone services. Aokighara became the most popular Japanese suicide site after the release of Seicho Matsumoto’s 1960 novel Kuroi Jukai, in which a lover enters the forest and commits suicide.
6. Blood Falls, Antarctica
Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys has a Blood Falls that looks straight out of a space exploration movie. Dark red coloured waterfall seeping through vast white permafrost glacier has left the geologists in wonder for years. Earliest explorers of Taylor Glacier believed that red waterfall is due to the presence of algae. However, modern-day geologists mention that an ancient lake is sealed under the huge glacier. This high saline lake contains microbes trapped and sealed under the glacier. The high iron content of the lake gives its blood red colour. A fissure in the glacier allows the water of the subglacial lake to flow out, creating the unusual sight of Blood Falls.
7. Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Just south of Mexico City lies the Xochimilco, where you will find the dreaded Isla de las Munecas or The Island of Dolls. The popular belief is that a local, Don Julian Santana Barrera, once found the dead body of a little girl floating in a river. It had a doll clutched in her hands! Since, then hundreds of headless and tattered dolls were put on the trees by the Don, who later mysteriously found floating at the same spot in the river. The locals believe that each doll hung on the tree has some part of the drowned girl’s soul in it.
8. Skeleton Lake, India
Roopkund or the Skeleton Lake is a high-altitude alpine lake located above 16,000 feet in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Every year, trekkers hike all up to the lake which is known for several human skeletons and bones scattered around the lake. Nobody knows for sure how these human bones gathered around the lake. Locals say the site was used as a human sacrifice site, others say a group of pilgrims got trapped in the enclosed valley due to a heavy storm. There are also theories related to a severe epidemic, landslides, and even a bizarre theory of Japanese invasion (in 1942 when the lake was discovered by a British forest guard).
9. Hoia Forest, Romania
Hoia Forest is a mysterious dark forest located in Transylvania, the land of Dracula. Over the years, several reports have surfaced about UFO sightings, blood-curdling cries, weird noises, peculiar tree shapes, feeling of being watched and pried, mysterious lightings, among other such frightening experiences. People have complained of being nauseous, severe headaches, extreme anxiety and sometimes mysterious burns and scratches!
10. Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Venezuela seems to be spiralling into a crisis these days but do you know it hides a fascinating natural wonder that seems so otherworldly and straight out of Sci-Fi movies. Mount Roraima is part of Canaima National Park, served as the main inspiration behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book – The Lost World. Heavy rains and mists have created a different ecosystem filled with endemic species of plants and animals. The location also served as the backdrop of Disney and Pixar film – Up.