Most of us have wondered about the mysterious places on earth. And the best part is the world never ceases to surprise you. Each and every corner of earth holds something mysterious or special for you which is silently waiting to be discovered. Dotted on all corners of the globe are bizarre destinations shrouded in mystery and speculation. Dogged by conspiracy theories and tales twisted over time, these places are tangible riddles without any answers.
They range from far out at sea to high up in Atlantic airspace; energized rocks in the middle of the Aussie Outback, spooky hotels that look like they jumped out of a Stephen King novel and malformed trees in the depths of Slavic Europe, the spots are sure to have something to pique the interest.
No matter if you’re a conspiracy theorist, a dedicated UFO hunter, a believer in vampires, a medium, or a supernatural buff – or even if you just fancy heading away from the tourist trail for something a little different – there should be plenty to be getting on with.
Some spots are perfect places to indulge those weird and wonderful interests in the otherworldly, others will have you jumping out of your skin. Some are just awesome places to travel to, while everything here promises mystery by the bucket load.
And then falls in the scientist and excavators who always brings something new for us, proving that as human beings, we can never be fully satisfied when it comes to matters mystery and conspiracy.
Here, are 25 mysterious places around the world that are sure to tickle your inquisitive bone.
25 Sailing Stones, Death Valley
This sailing stone has been a mystery in Death Valley, California, since 1915 when people saw a track which indicated a stone has moved in the dry land. This sailing stone has been recorded and studied further so that people can learn about their mysterious travel. Some believed that the rocks move due to the formation of the ice around the stones which makes then move while others still find it a mystery. No one has ever seen those rocks moving. Some rocks take linear movements while other creates oval turns.
24 Magnetic Hill, Ladakh India
If you are ever heading out into the land of Ladakh, then you must definitely know about the Magnetic Hills here which tends to pull the vehicles. This mysterious hill is a small stretch road which comes on your way of Srinagar-Leh highway. This uphill road is as mysterious as it looks. While you are driving through the road if you turned off your car and let it stand neutral, your car will slowly start moving on its own and go up to a speed of about 20km/hr.
23 Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
Most people consider the Moeraki boulders to be some giant stone eggs laid right on the beach while others are still trying to figure out the mystery. Koekohe Beach in New Zealand and is a rare sight to watch where one can find numerous mammoth boulders scattered around the place. These spherical rocks grow up to 12-feet in circumference. People believe that these are a result of a plethora of minerals and sediments which have accumulated and solidified around fossils.
22 Aokighara, Japan
Back in 2016, the movie The Forest showcased the spooky nature of this forest which had been haunting people for a long time. Also, known as the Suicide Forest, Aokighara is located at the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan. Many cases of haunting and apparitions are said to have been felt inside the forest. Moreover, more than 500 people are believed to have committed suicide in this forest. This is interesting because this forest is also considered as the most enchanting forest in the world.
21 Eternal Flame Falls, Orchard Park, New York
In the far Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in New York, one can see a flickering flame burning inside a tiny waterfall. You might ignore it first but once you stare at it you will find the flame burning bright. Each day a lot of methane gas escapes from this place making it highly flammable. See the magic unfold as you visit this park and witness the fighting flames of fire inside the waterfall. At times the flames get extinguished by the water but it lights up again almost immediately.
20 Old Faithful, Yellow Stone National Park
Another famously mysterious place is the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park which was discovered in 1870. A number of 300 active geysers of hot springs are seen erupting here. But most of all the Old faithful is the one which has made Old Yellowstone very famous. It was christened the Old Faithful due to its regular and predictable eruptions. This eruption occurs every 55 to 120 minutes and lasts for two to five minutes. A lot of tourist across the globe visits this National Park to enjoy the white smoky eruptions.
19 Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale is a tiny town and UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwestern Turkey that boasts 17 of the most spectacular water terraces in the world. For thousands of years, people have journeyed to bathe in these hot springs, which range in temperature from 35 degrees to 100 degrees Celsius. Equally as attractive is the striking contrast between the glistening pools and the travertine—a type of white limestone deposited by thermal waters—that makes up the surrounding mountains. Today, however, visitors are no longer allowed to take a dip in the turquoise pools.
18 Blood Falls, Antarctica
Imagine a snowy mountain having a bloodbath in between. Sound’s something unnatural right? Well, here you have the blood red waterfall staining the white Taylor Glacier. The blood falls of Antarctica may have been a mystery for quite a while but is not anymore, thanks to researchers and glaciologists who said that this occurrence was due to iron oxide – basically rust – which was present in the water. The water which flows from the lake creates this red hue and making it look as if blood is flowing out into the water.
17 The Stone Forest, China
When we talk about a forest, what quickly comes to mind is all the greenery and possibility of wildlife that we associate with it. What if we told you that there is such a thing as a stone forest? It would make for quite an interest. Well, in the Yunnan Province of China lays the one of a kind Shilin Stone Forest. Instead of tall trees and shrubs, this forest has a multitude of towering limestone. These limestones have formed over an area of about 100,000 acres making it look like a forest of stones.
16 Bermuda Triangle, North Atlantic Ocean
Tales of lost mariners and disappeared ships, crashed aircraft and even vanishing humans, have been emerging from the waters of the Bermuda Triangle for centuries. The vast area of more than half a million square miles is also known as the Devil’s Triangle and theories as to why so many travelers fall foul of its clutches abound. Some say there are magnetic anomalies that throw compasses off course, others that tropical cyclones are to blame, and some say there’s simply no mystery at all!
15 Lake Anjikuni, Canada
Nestled in the Kivallig Region of rural Nunavut in Canada, this eerie scene has been dubbed the Village of the Dead. Laying claim to a series of unexplained disappearances over hundreds of years, the site is most famous for one evening in November 1930. An entire Inuit village disappeared without a trace and to this day, investigations have not been able to find out where they went. Theories about aliens, ghosts and even vampires have floated around in the decades since.
14 Superstition Mountain, Arizona
Legend of this place has it a man named Jacob Waltz discovered a giant gold mine in these mountains back in the 19th century. He took the secret location with him to his grave, although there’s speculation he may have told one other person on his deathbed. Since then many expeditions to find the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine have been launched but all have proven deadly - explorers have gone in and never come back out. Some Native Americans also believe the mountains hold the entrance to hell.
13 Nazca Lines, Peru
Scarring their way across the dusty desert landscapes of southern Peru, the Nazca Lines are amongst the most mysterious and awesome prehistoric remains in all of South America. Every year, they draw in their fair share of visitors. Most opt to do flyovers and see the great wonders from above, which is when the curious geoglyphs depicting spiders and monkeys come into full view. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, no one really knows why they were made by the ancient Nazca people.
12 Mapimi Silent Zone, Mexico
Four kilometers from San Ignacio, Mexico, in an area also known as the “Trino Vertex” is the Silent Zone or Zona del Silencio. Frequently compared to the Bermuda Triangle – both are located between parallels 26 and 28 and have similar legends – the legends say radio waves cannot be transmitted in certain areas of the silent zone due to local magnetic fields, aliens, and “earth energy” among other explanations. The story of how these stories came to be is much stranger, and more interesting than the paranormal legends would suggest.
11 Uluru, Australia
Uluru is the mighty pillar at the middle of the Australian Outback. It is a gargantuan block of sandstone rock that shoulders its way high above the flatlands that encompass it. A truly breathtaking place to behold, it attracts everyone from hikers to history lovers who come mainly for the pre-historic petroglyphs that mark the caves nearby. However, Ayers Rock, as the site is also called, also figures as a focal point for the old traditions of the Australian Aborigines. They believe it’s one of the last remaining homes of the creator beings who forged the earth.
10 Transylvania, Romania
Sylvan Hills and mist-topped mountains, the clanging echo of church bells and the stone-built medieval steeples of towns like Sibiu, Brasov, and Cluj, all add to the eerie atmosphere of this vast region at the very heart of Romania. But it’s one place that really brings the chills and gets the spine a-tingling: Bran Castle. This citadel soars from the forests on the edge of Wallachia in a medley of Gothic towers and roofs lined with gargoyles. Over the years it’s been associated with a number of mysterious figures, the most famous being Count Dracula.
9 Crooked Forest, Poland
Just south of the city of Szczecin on Poland’s extreme eastern haunch, a stone’s throw west of the border with Germany, a small clutch of just over 400 pine trees has been garnering the attention of travelers for years. The entire forest appears to be bent over almost 90 degrees at the trunk, before twisting back straight again and growing vertically into the Slavic sky. The debate has raged as to what caused the unusual wood to come to look like it has, with theories as wide-ranging as torrential snowstorms and lumberjack growing techniques.
8 Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wales
Set between the rising fells and lichen-spotted stone villages on the eastern edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, The Skirrid Mountain Inn oozes with tales and stories of the nation’s past. Some say it was the gathering point of rebel fighters under the banner of Owain Glyndŵr, the hero of Welsh resistance against Henry IV. Others claim that it was once a courthouse where criminals were not only condemned to death but also hung, all under the command of the infamous so-called Hanging Judge, George Jeffreys. There’s even a swinging noose still dangling from the rafters inside, and oodles of ghost stories to hear over your cawl.
7 The Tower Of London, England
The beheading of kings, the incarceration of state enemies, the plotting of political machinations from the Tudors to the Elizabethans; all manner of dark deeds has gone down between the crenulations of London’s old fortress on the north bank. Stories of hauntings and mysterious happenings began with the sighting of Thomas Becket, who is said to have stymied construction of the palace’s extension from the grave. However, it’s the apparition of one Queen Anne Boleyn that causes the biggest stir – her headless body is seen lurking by the spot where she was killed.
6 Richat Structure, Mauritania
Seemingly swirling and spinning and twisting like a cyclone through the heart of the mighty Sahara Desert, the great Richat Structure in the depths of Mauritania is something truly mysterious. Scientists have puzzled for years as to how the perfect circular set of concentric rings got there. Some think it was an asteroid impact in centuries gone by, while others say it was the simple process of natural geological attrition and erosion. And then – of course – there are some who think it was the creation of extra-terrestrials, who passed this way and marked a landing point for future visits to earth.