41 Most Mysterious and Interesting Places on Earth

Our Planet is home to so many bizarre, interesting and most mysterious places, which are hard to believe, here is a collection of 41 such places for you. Want to be among the few who are in the know? Then check out the most mysterious places on earth.

41 Most Mysterious and Interesting Places on Earth

1. Ship Rock, New Mexico.

Shiprock is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet (482.5 m) above the high-desert plain on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, USA. It has a peak elevation of 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level. It lies about 10.75 miles (17.30 km) southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak. Shiprock is composed of fractured volcanic breccia and black dikes of igneous rock called "minette".

2. Eye of Africa, Mauritania.

The 'Eye of Africa' (also known as the Eye of the Sahara) lies within the large east-African country of Mauritania, out in the Sahara Desert. Properly known as the Richat Structure, it is easy to see where its nickname comes from. Looking at it from above, it looks a lot like a big blue eye staring out of the ground.

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3. The Skeleton Lake of Roopkund, Uttarakhand, India.

Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India, lies in the lap of Trishul massif and famous due to hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.

The lake, known as 'Skeleton lake', is situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters, in the Himalayas.Every year, when the snow melts, one can see hundreds of scattered skulls. The skeletons were first found by a British forest guard in 1942. Initially, it was believed that the skeletons were those of Japanese soldiers who had died while crossing that route during World War II. But scientists have now found out that the skeletons were of pilgrims and locals as the bodies dated to around 850 AD.

Mysterious Hanging Pillar of Lepakshi Temple

4. Iron pillar of Delhi, India.(The 1600 Years Old Rust Free Iron Pillar Of Delhi)

The Iron Pillar of Delhi is famous throughout India. But one thing that most people don't know about it is that, it is 99 per cent resistant to corrosion. The 7.21 meters tall structure is as much as 1600 years old and still stands completely rust-free. Made from 98 per cent wrought iron, the pillar has been a subject of varied scientific studies from around the world. While a study concluded that critical corrosion-resistance agent called iron hydrogen phosphate hydrate makes the pillar resistant to rusting. The question that remains that how was such a chemically advanced agent manufactured almost 2000 years ago. The Iron Pillar located in Delhi, India, is a 7 m (23 ft) column in the Qutub complex, notable for the rust-resistant composition of the metals used in its construction.
The pillar has attracted the attention of archaeologists and metallurgists as it has withstood corrosion for the last 1600 years, despite harsh weather and has been called "a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths" because of its high resistance to corrosion. The iron pillar is one of the world's foremost metallurgical curiosities. The pillar, almost seven metres high and weighing more than six tonnes, was erected by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375-414 CE).

The pillar bears an inscription which states that it was erected as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413). Made up of 98% wrought iron of pure quality, it is 23 feet 8 inches (7.21 m) high and has a diameter of 16 inches (0.41 m). Also, it was confirmed that the temperatures required to form such kind of pillars cannot be achieved by combustion of coal. The pillar is a testament to the high level of skill achieved by ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron.

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5. Mummy Of Sangha Tenzin, Himachal Pradesh, India.

A MUMMY of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, believed to be about 500 years old, has been found in India's northern Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh.The mummy, identified as that of monk Sangha Tenzin, was found inside a tomb at Ghuen village in the cold and remote Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, about 6000 metres above sea level.

In 1975 an earthquake in northern India opened an old tomb containing the mummified body of monk Sangha Tenzin. In 2004, the local police excavated the tomb and removed the mummy. The mummy is remarkably well preserved, with skin intact and hair on his head. He died in the seated position, with a rope around the neck and thighs (an esoteric practice recorded in few Buddhist documents). Victor Mair, a consulting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, was quoted as saying the mummy was at least 500 years old. According to the report, the mummy is remarkably well preserved for its age. Its skin is unbroken and there is hair on the head.

The mummy of Sangha Tenzin is now on display in a temple in Gue, two miles from where he was excavated, in the Himachal Pradesh region of India, bordering Tibet. Controlled by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and isolated in the Himalayas, the town is very difficult to reach. The temple where the mummy rests is open to the public.

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6. Yonaguni Monument, Underwater Ruins, Japan.

The Monument consists of medium to very fine sandstones and mudstones of the Lower Miocene Yaeyama Group believed to have been deposited about 20 million years ago. Most of the formations are connected to the underlying rock mass.

The Yonaguni Monument is a massive underwater rock formation off the coast of Yonaguni, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands, in Japan. A local diver first noticed the Yonaguni formations in 1986. There is a debate about whether the site is completely natural, is a natural site that has been modified, or is a human-made artifact. For these reasons, the site is also known in Japanese as the "Yonaguni (Island) Submarine Ruins".

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7. Stone Spheres of Costa Rica.

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The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica are a collection of over 300 almost perfect spherical orbs first discovered in the Diquis Delta in the 1930's. They vary in size from a few centimeter to several meters, the larger stones weigh nearly 16 tonnes. Most are sculpted from granodiorite, an igneous rock similar to granite. They are believed to have been created between 200 BC and 1600 BC. The stones are often grouped together in geometrical patterns, often pointing to magnetic north. Local people call those spheres 'Las Bolas' and they can be found in many parts of Costa Rica.

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8. Sailing Stones of death valley, California.

Sailing stones, sliding rocks, and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, where the number and length of travel grooves are notable. The force behind their movement is not confirmed and is the subject of research.Some stones make linear turns others make oval turns while others create a wavy shape on their tracks. No one has ever seen them move and nobody knows the speed they move with. The mysterious sailing stones of Death Valley turn while they are sliding through the flat leveled valley and this leaves different tracks behind them. Some stones move further than others over two to five years.

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9. Nazca Lines, Peru.

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The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. Etched in the surface of the desert pampa sand about 300 hundred figures made of straight lines, geometric shapes and pictures of animals and birds and their patterns are only clearly visible from the air. To comprehend the Nasca lines, created by the removal of desert rock to reveal the pale pink sand beneath, visitors have proposed every imaginable explanation - from runways for spaceships to tracks for Olympic athletes, from op art to pop art, to astronomical observatories. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

10. Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Italy near Portofino.

The Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue placed 17 meters deep in 1954 on the bottom of the bay of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino, within the Marine Protected Area of Portofino Promontory. The idea to put the statue on the seabed, was Marcante Duilio following the death of Dario Gonzatti during a dive in 1950. The statue, about 2.50 meters high and built by sculptor Guido Galletti, was laid on August 22 thanks to the Italian Navy and many divers. The hands of Christ, addressed to the surface, are open as a symbol of peace.

11. Hotel del Salto in Columbia (The Haunted Hotel at Tequendama Falls).

The Hotel Del Salto is located near Tequendama Falls on the Bogota River in Colombia. It was opened in 1927 and shut its doors on the 1990s. Some say the hotel is haunted and no one wanted to stay there, others state that the adjoining river was extremely polluted and they had to close. Either way, it has an ghostly feel which makes it a big tourist attraction in the area.

The hotel's Gothic design is perfectly enhanced by a river and waterfall.

In 1923, the building was constructed as a mansion by the architect Carlos Arturo Tapias, as a symbol of the joy and elegance of the elite citizens of the 20s.

'The Manison of Tequendama Falls', as the house was called, was built during the presidency of Pedro Nel Ospina (1922 - 1926). Its exterior features French architecture. The hotel can be reached by train from Bogota for those who want to go and pay it a visit, even though the chance to stay overnight and experience the ghosts for yourself is no longer possible.

Hotel del Salto in Columbia has trees growing through its once-grand rooms. It opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting Tequendama Falls but it closed down in the early nineties.

The Tequendama Falls Museum of Biodiversity and Culture is a museum and mansion in San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia. The museum overlooks Tequendama Falls on the Bogotá River.

12. The Ik-Kil Cenote in Yucatan, Mexico.

The Ik-Kil Cenote in Yucatan, Mexico is one of several 'cenotes', which were sacred wells used by Mayans. Young men and women were thrown and left to drown there as a sacrifice to the god of rain, but now they are popular with tourists for swimming

13. The Golden Horn Beach(Zlatni Rat), Brac Island, Croatia.

Zlatni rat beach (Golden Horn Beach) is located on the island of Brac in the holidaymaker utilise Bol. Because of its endless tip that stretches towards the sea and changes its structure depending on the roll and waves, it was titled one of the most resplendent beaches in the experience.The beautiful beach stretches for 530 meters (580 yards) into a warm crystal clear Adriatic Sea. The unique location attracts many vacationers, that can enjoy the sun, warm sea and water sports. The island is a famous windsurfing spot. Due to the winds, Golden Horn's form constantly slightly changes.

14. Amazing Natural Pool Giola in Thassos Island, Greece.

Giola Thassos is a stunning natural lagoon, like a swimming pool fixed into the rocks. The water is slightly warmer than the sea, which makes it enjoyable for swimming.

15. To Sua Ocean Trench on the island of Upolu in Lotofaga, Samoa.

Tosua means a "Gigantic Swimming Hole". It is believed that lava field blow holes making thees tide pools and walking paths along the shore and near the ocean’s edge. it is about 30 meters down from the ground level, one must climb down a long ladder to the natural pool. The pool is situated close to Lotofaga, which is a village on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa.

16. Pulpit Rock in Norway.

Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock is a mountain formed like a huge pulpit towering over the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Fjord Norway. Preikestolen is a massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet), almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord.

17. Ornesvingen Viewing Platform, Geiranger, National Tourist Route in Norway.

Ornesvingen is the most spectacular viewpoint along the Orne (eagle)-road, a zig-zag road along the steep valley sides of Geiranger-fjord in More and Romsdal. Located at one of its many bends the viewpoint gives tourists breathtaking views of Geiranger town and Geiranger fjord, and the spot attracts more than 400 000 visitors every year.

18. Painted Hills of John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon, USA.

The Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monumnent is located in Central Oregon approximately 70 miles east of Redmond, Oregon, and 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. Multicolored hills, soaring cliffs and beautiful basins are due to tectonic forces and constant erosion taking place in the Bridge Creek Flora unit of the John Day Formation (approximately 32-35 million years old). Painted Hills named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain.

19. Mauvoisin Dam, Switzerland.

Mauvoisin Dam is a concrete variable radius arch dam across the Val de Bagnes on the Dranse de Bagnes stream, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. Initial construction on the dam commenced in 1951 and was completed in 1957, with the reservoir filling by 1958. In 1991, the dam was raised to increase the capacity of the reservoir for winter storage. The dam’s primary purpose is hydroelectric power generation.

The eighth highest dam in the world, Mauvoisin stands 250 metres (820 ft) high and 520 metres (1,710 ft) long, with a structural volume of 2,030,000 cubic metres (2,660,000 cu yd).

20. Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India.

The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE.The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as "the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting", which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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21. The Great Rann of Kutch (world's largest salt desert), Gujarat, India.

The Rann of Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch, is a remarkable place to visit in Gujarat, India. It's the world's largest salt desert, measuring over 16,000 square kilometers. What makes it even more amazing is that it's underwater during the main monsoon season in India. For the remaining eight months of the year, it's an enormous stretch of packed white salt. The vast expanse that is the Rann of Kutch borders the top of the Kutch district,approximately 86 kilometers from Bhuj, which is being developed by the Gujarat government as the Gateway to the Rann of Kutch.

22. Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland: At the World's edge.

Neist Point is located in the most western point on the Duirinish peninsula of the Isle of Skye. It is situated in the Highlands & Islands in Scotland. Neist Point is one of the main attractions of this area due to the amazing scenic views, rich heritage and unparalleled beauty that it offers. Neist Point Lighthouse has been located there since 1909.

23. Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park in California.

Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. If Horsetail Fall is flowing in February and the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow orange and red. This natural phenomenon is often referred to as the "Firefall," a name that pays homage to the manmade Firefall that once took place in Yosemite.

24. Valley of Flowers National Park , India.

The Valley of flowers is a fairy-land situated high in the Himalayas of the Uttaranchal,India at an altitude of 3,600 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains. Spread over an area of 87.5 Sq. Km. Unknown to humans, for centuries this is enchanting valley lay frozen during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year, as the snow melted with the advent of summer.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

25. Glass Beach, California, USA.

Sea Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA: Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town. Located in Northern California among the rocky coastline is what can be considered the Mecca for sea glass collectors around the world. Its otherworldly shoreline is now littered with smooth shards of sea glass.

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26. Mountain-top village of southern China remote Badagong mountains in Sangzhi county.

The village in the steep mountains of southern China remote Badagong mountains in Sangzhi county is surrounded by sheer drops on every side.The only way out of Zhang Jiawan village, unless the children have time for a four-hour cross country detour, is via a series of rickety-looking ladders leading down to the valley below.

27. Underwater park, Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria.

The underwater park created every year when snow melts from surrounding mountains.Every year when the snow melts, the lake floods and submerges everything surrounding it. Around twelve metres of water covers trees, footpaths, benches and bridges. Gallons of clear, 7°C water doubles its size from 2,000sq metres to over 4,000sq metres.

28. Luxury Resort in Krausnick, Germany.

The 'resort' is actually located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany. Tropical Islands is inside a hangar built originally to house airships designed to haul long-distance cargo. And despite it looking like temperatures are through the roof - outside the giant hangar it is actually snowing. Tropical Islands opened to members of the public in 2004. The hangar is 360 metres long, 210 metres wide and 107 metres high, is tall enough to enclose the Statue of Liberty.

29. The highest suspension bridge in Europe.

Take a walk over the highest suspension bridge in Europe. The Titlis Cliff Walk in the Swiss Alps took five months to build, at a stomach-turning 9,800 ft (3,000 m) above sea level. It is located on Mount Titlis in the Swiss Alps.

30. Pamukkale, Turkey.

Pamukkale means "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away. Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. There are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C (212 °F).

31. The Stone Forest - Shilin Stone Forest, China.

The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China, near Shilin approximately 120 kilometres from the provincial capital Kunming. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the site is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.

32. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni is a magical place: When covered by water, one of the world's largest salt flat becomes a mirror, and anyone walking across it appears to be walking on clouds. The salt crust, which covers 10 583 square kilometres in southwestern Bolivia at 11,995 feet above sea level, is nearly flat, which makes it ideal for calibrating the altimeters of satellites. Salar de Uyuni's origins lie in prehistoric lakes; it is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingos.

33. Leshan Giant Buddha, Leshan, China.

The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world[1] and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.

34. Rice terraces near Pupuan, Central Bali, Indonesia.

The emerald-green rice terraces in the river gorge north of Tegallalang village in central Bali, Indonesia. Balinese rice paddy sites include those in the Ubud area and in Pupuan, Jatiluwih. Tabanan and Tirtagangga. The Balinese rice terraces go back over 2,000 years when hard-working farmers with primitive hand tools began carving the stepped terraces out of steep hill sides. Generation after generation has extended and kept them in meticulous shape out of necessity - rice is the staple food of the islanders.

35. Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.

The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history.

36. Door to Hell in Turkmenistan.

The Door to Hell, is near the small town of Darvaz in Turkmenistan. Forty-two years ago, geologists were drilling for gas when then encountered a very large cavern underground filled with a poisonous gas. They ignited the gas expecting it to burn off in a few hours. The gas is still burning to this day. Its 525 feet in diameter and 65 feet depth have not been caused by volcanic activity or a meteorite impact.This crater was created sometime in the 50’s when the Soviets were prospecting for natural gas in this area and it’s been burning since then.

37. Easter Island's mystical statues, Chile.

Scientific evidence seems to indicate that seafaring Polynesians came to Easter Island (one of the Earth's most remotely inhabited islands located about 2,000 miles away from the nearest populated area), also known as Rapa Nui, about A.D. 400 and began the civilization that produced those majestic enigmatic statues weighing an average of 14 tons each. However, nobody knows what the statues are supposed to be or who they are suppose to represent. Perhaps they represent ancestors, powerful kings or priests, God or gods, or as some Ancient Aliens enthusiasts have come to believe, ancient aliens that helped this civilization like many others on our planet.

In the early 1950s, the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (famous for his Kon-Tiki and Ra raft voyages across the oceans) popularized the idea that the island had been originally settled by advanced societies of Indians from the coast of South America (feeding fuel to the Atlantian global civilization).

The most widely-accepted theory is that the statues were carved by the Polynesian colonizers of the island beginning by about A.D. 1000-1100. In addition to representing deceased ancestors, the Moai, once they were erect on ceremonial sites, may also have been regarded as the embodiment of powerful living chiefs. They were also important lineage status symbols.

Another interesting fact about Easter Island is that this island is the only Pacific Island to hold historical evidence of a written language (similar to the Egyptian hieroglyphics). This causes many Ancient Alien theorists to believe that ancient aliens helped this civilization in many aspects including written language. Although no clear explanation has been presented in regards to Easter Islands written tablets, it is safe to say that past humans had the ability to create forms of written communication as many other civilizations eventually produced.

38. Roots of trees forming bridges in India.

"For the last 500 years, the locals of Nongriat in Meghalaya, India have grown several hundred bridges across the region's numerous water channels, using just the roots of local ribber trees. Some of the bridges extend over 100 feet in length and are strong enough to support more than 50 people at a time."

39. Komik village in the Himalayas, India.

Komik, believed to be the highest inhabited village in the Himalayas - located in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India.

40. Ladakh - aerial view of the Himalayas in India.

41. Mansion on the hillside of Shoghi in shimla, India.

An army wife has single-handedly built this mansion, precariously perched on the hillside of Shoghi - nestled in the Himalayas 12 km from Shimla.

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Also See:
60 Most Mysterious and Interesting Places on Earth

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