Most of us love a good enigma and our planet has plenty of mysterious destinations that are eerie, surreal and defy all explanations that seem ordinary. While some of these mysterious destinations have an explanation, others are unsolved. From mystery rocks to spooky hotels to the home of the original Count Dracula, some of these places aren’t for the faint of heart. But for those who love a challenge, these mysterious destinations, albeit not accessible in some cases, might be a good subject to read on. Let’s take a look at these mysterious destinations.
Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean: No list about mysterious destinations would ever be complete without a mention of the Bermuda Triangle. Over the years, stories of lost mariners, disappearing ships and aircraft, even vanishing humans have been reported from the area that has now gained infamy as ‘Bermuda Triangle’. For centuries, these reports have added to the curiosity and mystery that surrounds the Bermuda Triangle. The vast area of more than half a million square miles is also known as the Devil’s Triangle. Some believe that there are magnetic abnormalities that throw compasses off course. Others offer more simpler explanations like tropical cyclones.
The Banff Springs Hotel, Canada: The hotel that inspired Stephen King’s chilling ‘The Shining’ and the movie of the same name by Stanley Kubrick, the Banff Springs Hotel, Canada is believed to be the creepy home of a number of ghost stories and strange events. Locals often tell visitors the story of strange noises and scary apparitions. The story goes that an entire family was murdered in cold-blood in one of the rooms of the hotel. Even others tell stories of doormen who appear as mysteriously as they disappear. If you’re still willing to spend a night here despite its scary reputation, then you really are in for a treat because there’s plenty for tourists to do besides getting scared by local ghosts.
Transylvania, Romania: Ever since Bram Stoker wrote ‘Dracula’, Transylvania, located in Romania has garnered a reputation for being scary. In all fairness, the stories of the man who actually inspired the best-selling novel is as scary as the novel itself. Bran Castle with its turret-topped citadel looks menacing from the forests on the edge of Wallachia. The entire region with its echoing church bells, misty mountains and the eerie looking Gothic towers and gargoyle peppered roofs all add to the menacing look of the place. The region has garnered a bad reputation thanks to real and reel life villains. Vlad the Impaler, the most cruel and blood-thirsty of the Wallachian kings is one of them. His cruelty was well-known and when Bram Stoker wanted to write a scary story, he didn’t have to look too far. Count Dracula, the ancient vampire from his horror novel, ‘Dracula’ was inspired by Vlad the Impaler himself.
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India: The Bhangarh fort in Rajasthan is one of the most mysterious destinations in India. The region is said to be so scary that all kinds of night-time travel has been banned here for so many years. Enfolded by the Aravali Hills and located in the scorching sands of Rajasthan, the ancient walls of the Fort tell a tragic story of a cursed princess and the sorcerer who was enamored by her. Stories say that the sorcerer, Sinhai tried to capture her by offering her a mystery potion but the plan backfired and in his dying breath, he cursed the inhabitants of Bhangarh. Today, this fort is one of the most haunted places in India. No one is allowed to enter after dark and there have been deaths because of the mysterious curse.
The Tower of London, England: While the Tower of London might not actually be a mysterious destination, it is quite haunted. Not surprising when you look at the history of the tower. The stories of haunting and strange events began with the sighting of Thomas Becket who is said to have prevented the extension of the palace after his death. The most popular ghost here would be the most famous woman of ancient England, Queen Anne Boleyn herself. Tourists have spotted her headless body lurking at the spot where she was killed on the orders of her late husband, King Henry VII in 1530!
Most of the places on this list have a supernatural mystery attached to it. While some of these mysterious destinations may have a reasonable explanation, some of the others are still scary for tourists today.