“It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.” – Diane Ackerman
See this quote through the eyes of a world traveler & you would feel the same compelling urge to experience and travel to places which are less traveled. In fact, off-beat places like the ones mentioned below in this ultimate blind list are far more exciting than the popular ones. The must visit destinations have their share of charm but discovering a place without a proper itinerary in hand, sets a traveler spirit soaring high! Discovering new terrains, finding something new about a place and more becomes a part of an unforgettable, enriching experience, isn’t it?
We feel that like the ultimate challenge in life is to face death, the ultimate place for a traveler for exploration are the forbidden places on Earth.
So here is the ultimate blind list with places from all around the world which are closed for public as of now. Breaching the restriction in these places might lead you into the prison or can be life-risking:
#1. NORTH SENTINEL ISLAND, INDIA
Well, the North Sentinel Island in India is one the most mysterious islands of the world. Why mystery, cause public is barred from visiting this island by Government of India. Oh yes! The Indian government applied this rule in the best interest of tourists. The locals here are called Sentilenese and they want to lead a life totally cut off from the modern progressive world.
In the past, there have been many instances when visitors have been fatally attacked by the locals. The best example of it was when Indian forces tried to help the much affected North Sentinel Island during Tsunami in 2004 they too were opposed. So lest you want to get killed it is better to avoid visiting this island for now!
#2. ILHA DA QUEIMADA GRANDE OR SNAKE ISLAND, BRAZIL
As it is famously or infamously called, Snake Island in Brazil gets its popular name from the predominant citizens of this island that are Snakes. Brazil government has prohibited entry of visitors except for scientists and naturalists who want to conduct research on this island. The most common species of snake found here are the critically endangered, venomous Bothrops insularis (Golden lancehead pit viper), which eat birds. These snakes were literally trapped on this island due to the rising sea levels that covered up the land connected to the mainland. Due to their dietary constraints and question of survival, the snakes had to adapt to the new environment posing a threat to humans wandering in this snake island.
#3. CHAPEL OF THE TABLET, AXUM, ETHIOPIA
The Chapel of Tablet is situated between the old and new Church of Our Lady of Xion in Ethiopia. Many of us must be knowing about Moses from the old testament of the Bible. He had been given by God the Ten Commandments inscribed on two stone tablets. These commandments are one of the founding bases of Christianity. The two stone tablets were kept in a golden wooden box called the ‘Ark of the Covenant’. This chapel in Ethiopia is the place where this most sacred Ark of Covenant is kept. The only person who can enter the premise is the guardian priest which serves for his entire life before nominating another priest for this duty on the deathbed. Interestingly, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) the first of Indiana Jones films made by Steven Spielberg had this Ark as the main subject.
#4. BERMUDA TRIANGLE, near FLORIDA, U.S.
We are sure most of you must have heard the name of this mysterious place called Bermuda Triangle, located in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida. This is an island where ships and airplanes flying above it, mysteriously disappear. People who grew up in the 1990s came to know about it when famous Disney series ‘Ducktales’ featured it in one of their episodes. But scientists have long been in the quest to demystify the suspense around Bermuda Triangle. There are many kinds of theories ranging from the area is a hub of paranormal activities, to nature’s abnormal extravaganza and extending to extra-terrestrial & aliens role in it.
#5. QUEEN’S BEDROOM, BUCKINGHAM PALACE, ENGLAND
Ever imagined how the room of one of the most hailed Queen of all times looks like? Well as they say it’s a Queen’s life and so the room ought to be grander than the grand. Well, travelers coming to visit Buckingham Palace aren’t allowed to venture inside the Queen’s room area. Till date, only one person name Michael Fagan has been able to breach the royal security in 1982 to break in Queen’s room and have a brief talk with her. Alas! One can only imagine how an actual Queen’s room look like and so this, one of the most fascinating places in the world becomes the royal most pointer in our ultimate blind list!
#6. SVALBARD GLOBAL SEED VAULT (NORWAY)
The next on our ultimate blind list for travel inspiration sake is ‘Svalbard Global Seed Vault’. It is a secure seed bank located on one of the remotest Norwegian island, Spitsbergen, in the remote Arctic Svalbard Archipelago. Covered with a dense coating of snow, the vault has seeds from all across the world preserved to be used in case of an emergency. So again you need to be a high-level researcher to enter and see this vault.
#7. Area 51, NEVADA, U.S.
If Bermuda Triangle is an all-time favorite curiosity elicitor spot on the world map then Area 51 in Nevada, U.S. is no less. It is one of the most searched mystery places in the world and so it ought to be on this ultimate blind list! This area is restricted for the public by U.S. government.
Time & again discussions surface as what’s inside Area 51 that is hidden from the world by prohibiting access to tourists and locals. In case there are extra-terrestrial beings been kept here even we won’t mind giving them some dose of travel inspiration!
So do we have the Indiana Jones in you all set to unravel mysterious, off-beat places in the world, do write to us? Also, let us know any other places that you feel need to be added to this ultimate blind list!
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