Our Planet is home to so many bizarre, interesting and most mysterious places, which are hard to believe, here is a collection of 41 such places for you. Want to be among the few who are in the know? Then check out the most mysterious places on earth.
In the scientific age, the inability to work out the real story through empirical data can drive many a bit crazy. Especially when, on some rare occasions, there can often be no real answers at all. Even the greatest historians, environmentalists, cryptographers and paranormal investigators occasionally encounter a mystery so complex that it remains unanswered – even to date.
In a world where we like to feel as if we know it all, it’s reassuring to know there are still some surprises. But if you fancy yourself a bit of a sleuth, and think you can work out what millions have failed to, try piecing together your own conclusion to the following big mysteries around the world.
#1. Kingdom of Shambhala - The Most Mysterious Land Of Wonders in the Himalayas
- According to legend, it is a land where only the pure of heart can live, a place where love and wisdom reigns and where people are immune to suffering, want or old age.
The legend of Shambhala is said to date back thousands of years, and reference to the mythical land can be found in various ancient texts. The Bön scriptures speak of a closely related land called Olmolungring. Hindu texts such as Vishnu Purana mention Shambhala as the birthplace of Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu who will usher in a new Golden Age. The Buddhist myth of Shambhala is an adaptation of the earlier Hindu myth. However, the text in which Shambhala is first discussed extensively is the Kalachakra.
#2. Mysterious 1750000 Year Old Man Made Bridge
Recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's Bridge and made of a chain of shoals, 30 km long, in the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it.
The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man-made. Legend as well as Archeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ago and the bridge's age is also almost equivalent.
Adam's Bridge between India and Sri Lanka as seen from Sri Lanka side
This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place in tredha yuga (more than 1,700,000 years ago).
The bridge currently named as Adam’s Bridge (most popularly known as Ram Setu) is about 18 miles (30 km) long.
#3. Longmen Grottoes - The Magnificent Ancient Buddist Caves in China
The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of memes of Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometers south of present-day Luòyáng in Hénán province, China.
UNESCO has also listed Longmen Grottoes in World Cultural Heritage Site.
The Longmen Grottoes are truly one of the most stunning sites and one of the finest examples of Buddhist art to be found anywhere in China. They are a series of man-made caves and grottoes containing thousands of buddha statues, which were carved out of the limestone cliffs along a 1 km stretch on either side of the Yi River starting over 1,500 years ago.
The sheer numbers of caves and statues are truly mind-boggling: There are 1,400 caves, which contain about 100,000 Buddha statues, ranging in size from a few centimeters to almost 20 meters in height. In addition, there are about 2,500 carved stelae with inscriptions and over 60 pagodas.
Longmen Grottoes are considered one of the most important Buddhist ruins, the great number of tourists visit these sites to see the amazing work of Buddhist monks. The inscriptions on the stones have diverse field knowledge, even cures for different diseases is mentioned on those stones, there are some remedies that are still in use even after thousands of year. The Chinese government is doing their best to preserve the artwork of Buddhists and they have arranged everything to make it comfortable for the visiting tourists.
#4. Mysterious Brihadeeshwara Temple where Shadow Disappears in the Noon
The most interesting part of this temple is the shadow of the temple, which surprisingly never falls on the ground at noon. The Brihadeshwar Temple is one of the tallest temples in the world and is so designed that the viman does not cast a shadow at noon during any part of the year.
At the entrance of sanctum sanctum, one can see the two idols of Ganesha in the corridor. On taping the two, you will feel the sound traveling through stone in one idol and through metal on the other. The main hall of the temple is said to have been used by the dancers and musicians performing in service of Shiva.
- Brihadeeswara is 1000 years old lord Shiva temple located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu which is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. This temple was built by Raja Raja Chola. Amazing architectural facts of this temple make it unique and surprising.
- Thanjavur named after the legendary asura "Tanjan", is one of the ancient temples in India. In ancient days, Thanjavur was known as “The rice bowl of Tamil Nadu,” was an important city to the ancient Cholas.
#5. Mysterious 1600 Years Old Rust Free Iron Pillar Of Delhi
- The Iron Pillar of Delhi is famous throughout India. But one thing that most people don't know about it is that it is 99 per cent resistant to corrosion. The 7.21 meters tall structure is as much as 1600 years old and still stands completely rust-free.
- The question that remains that how was such a chemically advanced agent manufactured almost 2000 years ago. The Iron Pillar located in Delhi, India, is a 7 m (23 ft) column in the Qutub complex, notable for the rust-resistant composition of the metals used in its construction.
The pillar is a testament to the high level of skill achieved by ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron.
Made up of 98% wrought iron of pure quality, it is 23 feet 8 inches (7.21 m) high and has a diameter of 16 inches (0.41 m). Also, it was confirmed that the temperatures required to form such kind of pillars cannot be achieved by combustion of coal.
The pillar bears an inscription which states that it was erected as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413).
#6. Is The Mysterious Man From Taured Real?
The Man From Taured is an urban legend that depicts the story of a man who allegedly crossed over from his universe into ours, and then shortly returned back to his home universe. Is there any truth to this, or is it simply a legend?
A man lands in Tokyo airport with a passport from the country of Taured – but Taured doesn’t exist.