If you’re a self-proclaimed adventurer, anxious for a travel experience beyond any other, the following destinations should make the top of your to-do list. It’s true; things are about to get weird if you opt to venture beyond the norm to the following weird and wonderful travel destinations.
And before you rub your eyes and gape in wonder; trust us, these locations really exist. Here are eight of the strangest places on earth…
1. Aokigahara Forest
This forest is downright the creepiest forest in Japan. Not only is the shrubbery and general atmosphere suspect but you’re not going to like the dead bodies found in it. It’s a forest at the bottom of Mt. Fuji where the Japanese have been going to since the 1950’s to commit suicide. And it’s not one or two people every now and then, the Japanese are committing suicides in large numbers. There are so many in fact that there have been signs placed in the forest that read, ” think of your family” and “life is precious”.
2. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
Creepy name for a creepy place. The door to hell is a big gaping hole of fire that truly makes you wonder where it leads to. Originally a gas field that Soviet scientists set on fire has been burning for over 40 years. The creepy part is that spiders love it there and will swarm there by the thousands.
3. PAMUKKALE, Turkey
You’ve always heard about sand castles or castle made of bricks and stones but PAMUKKALE is not one of them. It is a nature “Cotton Castle” in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The name is given because of calcium carbonated mixed water emerging from 17 hot water springs affected by weather conditions renders it looks like cotton making it another one of the beautiful places.
4. Socotra, Yemen
This small archipelago of four islands is a part of the Republic Of Yemen. The island measures 132 kilometers in length and 49.7 kilometers in width. Some people describe it as one of the alien looking places on Earth.
5. Ice Canyon, Greenland
Melt-water in Greenland carved these Ice Canyons. These are 150 ft in depth. The ice sheet of Green Land is second largest ice sheet of the world covering around 24,00 kilometers in north-south direction and its greatest width is 1100 kilometers at a latitude of 77 Degree of North.
6. GREAT BLUE HOLE, BELIZE
This Great Blue Hole is situated on the sea bed, off the coast of Belize.These are also called as “vertical caves”. Blue holes formed when water level was 100 to 120 meters lower than normal during past ice ages. Some blue holes contain fresh water and some contain salt water.
7. The Wave, Arizona
Of all the mystical cures awaiting the believers in the Arizona dessert, the Wave, a colorful, wavelike, Navajo sandstone rock formation, will hold you in the most awe. This pinnacle stands proud of its oddness between the borders of Arizona and Utah, and is thought to hail from the Jurassic period.
8. Cano Cristales, Serrania de la Macarena
Cano Cristales is undoubtedly the world’s most extraordinary river of color. Sure, much of the time it might resemble any other river, but between the wet and dry seasons (typically from July to December), the river it bursts into vibrant ruby red blossoms that explode with color and life. The stream itself is overgrown by the macarenia clavigera plant, with contrasting patches of yellow sand, green moss, and aqua water running in between.