Planet earth is full of weird places. Dare to explore the exciting and puzzling nature and a whole new world of unsolved mysteries, lost civilizations, strange phenomena and paranormal realms will unfold. The article will introduce you to some weird and strange places that are not only great tourist attractions, but they also have the power to mystify and inspire.
Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Also called the La Isla De Las Muñecas, this spine-chilling and inexplicable Island in the marshy canals of Xochimico, very near to the Mexico City, is one of the weirdest and scariest tourist attractions. The island is actually dedicated to the tortured soul of a girl child who drowned in the canal water and met with her fate too early. Inquire the local folklore and they will tell you about the tragic incident of how one of three girls’ who often used to play around the area drowned fatefully. However, the story doesn’t end here.
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Don Julian Santana, a loner who dedicated the last 50 years of his life to freeze the haunted spirit of the girl is also associated with the story. He often used to decorate the island trees with discarded dolls as a gesture to please the distressed spirit. An even scarier turn took place in the story when Don Julian was himself found dead, in exactly the similar manner as the girl drowned in the canal. Do visit this island; it is undoubtedly a surreal tribute, created out of fear and superstition.
Gravity Hill, Pennsylvania
Have you ever experienced your car rolling up the hill without placing the gear or putting your foot on the Accelerator? More appropriately, have you ever been to a place that defies gravity. If your answer is no, experience it all at the Gravity Hill, Pennsylvania.
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Gravitational force does not seem to be existing here and people freak out when they find any object such as water bottles, balls or their own car rolling uphill by itself. While some say it’s nothing more than an illusion, others explained how the basic laws of physics get broken here.
Kori no Suizokukan, Japan
Also called the Ice aquarium, Kori no Suizokukan is another strange place, especially for those who get lured by marine life. Ice aquarium at the Miyagi Prefecture, Japan is an aquarium with a difference. Although there are more than 450 specimens of fishes and other sea life that are displayed in the aquarium but they are all flash-frozen in a lifelike state.
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This means, even though the fishes are dead, they appear to be swimming. Special suits are provided at the aquarium so that you do not get transformed into a freezing exhibit. The area looks like a frozen seafood section in some supermarket.
The Paper House, Rockport
A real house made of paper is standing erect for over a century now. Astonished? But that’s true. The house was made by Elis F. Stenman, who was a mechanical engineer. He did not only make a house using old newspapers, he also created furnitures that was made of newspaper.
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Stenman started building the house just like any other house that has a timber frame, roofs etc. but when it came to walls, he thought to do something different. He made walls using a bunch of old newspapers joined together with homemade glue (made using apple peel, flour and water) and varnish. In total, he used more than 100,000 newspapers to constitute the walls of his home. The idea of using newspapers was not only economical; the walls were also well insulated. Do visit this wonder. It is a unique place exemplifying art and hard work.
Bokor Mountain Hill, Cambodia
Known as an abandoned ghost town, Bokor Mountain Hill is a unique attraction and people driven away with history, adventure, nature and paranormal activities often come here for visits. Whatever is your reason for coming here, this abandoned site from the past, located approximately 40 km from Kampot definitely has something wired about it. Remains of a growing Catholic Church, casino, royal residences, hotel rooms and other buildings are the main features of Bokor Mountain Hill.
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Roam around at different sites here and it will not be very difficult for you to picture the harsh and turbulent past that the hill station had been through. The area was deserted during the World War II.
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Sedlec Ossuary, is the church located in Sedlec. The weird part about this church is that it is decorated with more than 40,000 human skeletons arranged artistically to form furnishings and decoration.
Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
“Door to Hell” in Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan may not be one of the preferred holiday destinations but is undeniably an attraction that is unique as well as weird. Door to Hell has not been there since the beginning. This massive crater was cast open 40 years ago by the mortal man. Seemingly unceasing source of the natural gas casts a portentous glow to the crater. Dancing flames are visible from miles after the Sunset.
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Some geological activity in 1971 that involved drilling the earth caused the formation of the crater. Although it was thought that all the natural gas would cease in few years but it has been more than 40 years since the crater has been burning.
Terraced pools in Pamukkale, Turkey are both a weirdly beautiful and strange tourist attraction. It has been there for more than 2 millennia but still the attraction is little known.
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The terraces have been formed because of the earthquake that had hit the place thousands of years ago. The earthquake created a way for powerful hot springs to bring calcium carbonate rich water to the surface. Eventually the water evaporated and the chalky material formed terrace like structures.
The Bermuda Triangle
Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the well known Bermuda Triangle also makes it to the list of weird places. All of us know how mysteriously ships and aircraft have disappeared from the region.
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All these disappearances have happened in a way that cannot be explained by equipment failure, human error or natural disasters. According to folklore, it is an activity by the extraterrestrial beings.
Dragon’s Blood Trees, Socotra
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Well-known Dragon’s Blood Trees and 700 other species attract hundreds of people to the Socotra every year. It is an attraction that is wired but worth visiting.