Top 10 unreal places on Earth

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Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island - Philippines

The world is waiting out to be explored. And when it comes for the love for travel, visiting spots beyond imagination is what will drive you to visit them as soon as you get acquainted with the facts of their existence.

Here, we come up with 10 unreal places on Earth waiting out to be visited.

Spotted Lake – British Columbia

Spotted Lake - British Columbia
Spotted Lake – British Columbia

Located in Okanagan Valley of British Columbia is a magical water body The Spotted Lake. Known for its sacred values, its waters are considered therapeutic; each pool with different medicinal properties.
The summer heat evaporates the water leaving a magical view of yellow, green and blue spots. And yes, that’s The Spotted Lake !
The affluent concentrations of the various minerals such as the sulphate salts of Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium and micro concentrations of trace elements like titanium and silver imparts the rich polka dot landscape.

Hundreds of saline pools of varied colours are a result of variations in concentrations of the salts. The lake which was earlier used for the mining of various salts had a wider colour range.

Now, it is considered sensitive from both the ecological and cultural concerns.
The polka-dot pattern is as strange as it is at sight. The colours change as do the concentrations imparting different looks which seem unreal to an eye.

Naïca Mine – Mexico

Naïca Mine - Mexico
Naïca Mine – Mexico

Crystalline caves, yes, exactly what is Naïca Mine known for. It is situated on the structural dome being 12km in length and 7km in width. The mine is a rich source of selenite crystals. The mining operations here started as early as in 1794; currently being operated by Mexico’s largest lead producer and the second largest mining company, Industrias Peñoles.
But, high temperature as high as 580 Celsius and high humidity as high as 99% limits the stay in the caves without specialized oxygen supply suits. The metals being mined from these caves are lead, silver and zinc.

Some of the giant selenite crystals have been witnessed to be the world’s largest natural crystals found.
The deposits occur in 800m thick reef-facies carbonates. The length of the more than 550,000 years old giant crystals being 11m, diameter 4m and 55 tons heavy.

However, the Naïca Mines are closed for the general public and open only for scientific investigation.

Pripyat – Ukraine

Pripyat - Ukraine
Pripyat – Ukraine

Located in Ukraine, Pripyat city named after the Pripyat river is an abandoned ghost nuclear city.
Destroyed by the Chernobyl disaster, the city faced evacuation in 1986.

How a destroyed city has come to life after over three decades of the disaster is what Pripyat displays. The reactor meltdown fought with nature on April 26, 1986. Harnessing nuclear power for the peaceful projects was the original aim behind the peaceful atom.
Consequently the explosion of the nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Station destroyed the city with 49,400 inhabitants being evacuated.

It was a complete city before that with the hospital, primary schools, stores, gyms, parks, factories, cinemas. But, mother nature is full of love and compassion.

An explosion can slow it down, but not stop it. Where humans were evacuated, the place was taken by the wildlife and the most unreal part is the amazing one.
The population of wildlife did not show signs of mutations and today their population is nearly equal to that of a national park.

Pripyat was never completely evacuated.

The disaster that arose had to be cleaned up and bring back to life. The process never stopped. As on date, to tour into Pripyat, the government is giving the day passes to the visitors.

Darvaza – Turkmenistan

Darvaza - Turkmenistan
Darvaza – Turkmenistan

The Darwaza meaning gate and this particular Darwaza Gas Crater located in Turkmenistan is the Gate of Fire, The gate of Hell.

This burning flame in the middle of the desert is not mysterious. The science and the history dates back to 1971 when the geologists started drilling the site for the guessed potential oil fields.

What was found was a natural gas pocket. As soon as the pocket was discovered, it got to collapse into a wide crater.
Expecting the release of poisonous gases such as methane into the nearby towns, the scientists decided to burn off the gas. It was expected the flame will diminish within a few weeks but is continues to glisten till date.
With its dazzling view of the burning flame in the desert, it captivates the eyes of numerous tourists every year. All one can see till the sight goes around the crater is just the desert.

A peaceful desert embarking the gate of hell.

Socotra – Yemen

Socotra - Yemen
Socotra – Yemen

Geographically Socotra it is part of Africa, while politically of Yemen, an Asian nation.

Socotra archipelago is constituted by four islands situated between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea ; Socotra being the largest and occupying approximately 95% of the land area.

The most unreal place on the earth makes it the most alien-looking place. It has also been recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Socotra has hypnotizing and mesmerizing views. It is zoological as well as botanical treasure. The unique, endangered Dragon’s blood trees can be found nowhere else, but Socotra. It is a house of 825 different plant species, out of which 37% are endemic.

The desert roses, Boswellia trees, Dragon’s blood trees are just to start the number.
Then, the island houses 11 unique bird species and 90% of all the known reptiles and molluscs. Socotra had suffered a few havocs, the cyclones. But its fertile land never stopped promising its biodiversity. Being in Socotra perhaps is seducing to save the planet Earth.

Its rich natural heritage is enough to witness the statement.

Badab-e-Surt – Iran

Badab-e-Surt - Iran
Badab-e-Surt – Iran

Badab-e-surat is a perfect landscape to capture for a panoramic view. It comprises of two different mineral springs.
The waters flowing from these springs rich in carbonate salts have been flowing down the mountain since thousands of years. It is the World’s Second-largest saline spring water.

Various stepped terraces have been formed by the cold deposits of the carbonate salts along the mountainside.

Each terraced step is a distinct lake with a distinct colour. The colour is imparted by the kind and the concentration of the salt.
In addition the distinctive medicinal properties arise from these different properties.
The waters from one of the springs are salty while the other one has sour waters.
Therefore the waters from the salty pools are considered therapeutic for patients of rheumatism and skin disorders. The sour waters are rich in iron oxide sediments giving it orange colour.

Iron carbonate and calcium carbonate are first deposited as soft jellies, but time hardens them.

It is a unique attraction but with fragile geology.
But this magnificent geological site is a must-visit attraction, not to be skipped.

The Tianzi Mountains – China

The Tianzi Mountains - China
The Tianzi Mountains – China

Surrounded by 67 km2 area are situated giant-pillar like mountains having a peak of 1,212 m. The history of their formation dates back to 400 million years. These tall, skinny yet string mountains standing upright are made of quartz sandstone.Located in the Human Province of China, these Tianzi mountains are a part of Zhangjiajie.

The Pandora mountainscape in the film Avatar by James Cameron was inspired by these Tianzi mountains.

It is no less than a fairy tale landscape.

The abundance of clouds, the whispering winds, the rising sun from the lofty sea clouds add to the beauty of these mountains. Plenty of natural waterfalls, carved out caves, endlessly flowing rivers and the lakes, a perfect wildlife reserve is what one can imagine.
But, we call it unreal because of its beauty much ahead of descriptions.

The best time to visit is in Spring in April or during the fall in October.

Therefore the beauty of snow-covered peaks can be witnessed in winters. Shentang Gulf, a virgin green labyrinth and Fields in the Air are attractions that call along.

Red Beach, Panjin – China

Red Beach, Panjin - China
Red Beach, Panjin – China

Beach brings to mind, only the sand. But Red Beach has nothing to do with the sand.

The Red Beach located in Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China is not the red coloured sand.

The seaweed Sueda belonging to the Chenopodiaceae family occupies the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world.
These species can live in only highly alkaline soil and here they get to form the complete ecosystem deriving from nature whatever they need to grow. It starts growing in Spring, stays green during summers and takes up red camouflage during autumn.
This red ecosystem inhabits 260 different kinds of birds and 399 distinct wild animal kinds.
It is also a layover spot for birds who migrate annually from East-Asia to Australia.

For instance, the Red Beach is also famous for being the Home of the Cranes. It houses endangered Crown Cranes and Black Beaked Gulls.Since most part of the beach is closed to the public, it makes it seem unreal to exist.
But, yes, a portion of the beach, the 6,500-foot wooden jetty is open for the tourists waiting out to be explored and believe the existence by its non-invasive scenery.

Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island – Philippines

Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island - Philippines
Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island – Philippines

Another World Heritage site which is seemingly hard to believe it exists until explored and visited are the Chocolate Hills of Bohol Islands. These comprise not a couple of hills, but over more than 1268 cone-shaped hills spread over an area of 50 square kilometres.

The size too varies substantially from as small as 30 m and its four-fold 120 m. The hills are covered by the green grass, species being Imperata cylindrical, Saccharum spontaneum, many belonging to Compositae and many others are the ferns.

All of these chocolate limestone hills are covered by the similar species of grass and all seem the same as far as the eyes can see. The chocolaty view of the hills can only be seen during the dry season. And the lush green grass withers away and gets chocolaty brown colour.
The lush green and flourishing trees grow at the base of these trees. Rice and corn farming is done in the surrounding flatlands.The Chocolate Hills has been declared as the country’s 3rd National Geological Monument.
Not just for their awed scenery, the Chocolate Hills also hold scientific importance and special and unique characteristics add to its universal value.
Two resorts have been made for the tourists to enjoy the fascinating views of these hills; Chocolate Hills Complex, and Sagbayan Peak.

Lake Hillier – Australia

Lake Hillier - Australia
Lake Hillier – Australia

The Pink Lake, yes pink it is. It is hard to believe the existence of a pink coloured lake unless it is a fantasy world.
But, it really does exist on the edge of Middle Island, in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Australia. The lake is divided from the Southern Ocean by just a thin shore.The lake is as long as 600m and 250m wide.

Therefore the pink colour is vibrant and captivating.

The lake gets this static pink colour from the organism Dunaliella salina which transforms the salt in the lake into the red dye.

They generate energy by using light from the visible spectrum except that of red and orange frequencies, hence reflecting them back. The carotenoid pigments, beta-carotene is responsible for the bubbly pink colour. The lake is now a protected nature reserve.

It is also considered as the wetland of subregional significance.

The best scenic view of the Pink Lake is from the air.