As you go about your day-to-day life, it's easy to forget about the peculiar and wonderful things hidden around the world. If you're looking for an out-of-the ordinary experience during your holiday, check out these eerily beautiful places that you'll not easily forget.
Located in Rajasthan, India, Bhangarh is a spooky, but incredibly beautiful abandoned town. The fort is believed to be haunted, so much so that archaeologists are legally forbidden to access the site after sunset and the locals have moved home outside its limits. Established in 1573, Bhangarh was built during the rule of Bhagwant Das to serve as residence for his younger son, but was completely abandoned two centuries later because of an alleged curse and dark tales surrounding the town. Despite the scary legends, the abandoned fort is absolutely gorgeous, with spectacular buildings, impressive temples and picturesque scenery.
Located in Serrania de la Macarena, Cano Cristales is a magical explosion of color. While, most of the year, it looks just like any other river, from July to December, its waters turn into a rainbow of red, green, black, yellow and blue. For travellers who love nature and all its wonders, the peculiar Cano Cristales is a must-see!
Fans of ancient mysteries absolutely have to check out the Nazca Lines, enormous geoglyphs believed to be dated back to 500 BC and covering more than 50 miles (80 km). The figures depict various animals, trees, flowers and human shapes, and their purpose is still unknown, although specialists theorize that they may be meant to be seen by the gods or might be related to an early form of cosmology or astrology.
The second largest city in Mauritania is home to the biggest ship cemetery in the world. Nouadhibou's port hosts over 300 abandoned ships, left to rot there by their owners. While it's surely not a very cheerful image, the graveyard has something hypnotizing about it and it's certainly worth a visit if you're looking for a more unusual trip.
Reschensee is an artificial lake created by an electrical company, drowning a whole village beneath it. All that's now visible of what was once the town of Graun is a bell tower emerging from the waters, whose knell can allegedly still be heard in winter, although the bell was removed a long time ago.
Closed in 1977 after Cyprus' invasion by Turkey, the Nicosia International Airport has become one of the most famous ghost airports in the world. With planes abandoned on the tarmac and check-in counters, waiting areas and restaurants seeming to be stuck in a time loop, this place is haunting to say the least.
First excavated in 1921, the Sanctuary of Tophet is a spine-chilling place that gives home to thousands of children's graves, leading archaeologists to believe the poor little beings were either victims of religious sacrifice during the Punic times or killed and eaten because of the starvation plaguing the region in that time period. Although its history is disturbing no matter which theory is true, the sanctuary has a haunting, mysterious beauty to it that will surely leave you in awe.
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