Ellidaey Island, Iceland
This enchanting house is located on an island called Ellidaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. The island is uninhabited, but has a large hunting lodge, constructed in 1953.
Pura Lempuyang Door, Bali, Indonesia
Phuktal Monastery in Ladakh, India
One of the most isolated monastery in Zanskar region in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir, the 12th century Phuktal Gompa stands at the mouth of lateral gorge of the Lungnak or Lingti-Tsarap River.
From a distance, the monastery looks like a honeycomb. The name Phutkal means cave in the local language.
Heaven’s Gate Mountain (Tianmen Mountain), Zhangjiajie City, China
Tianmen Mountain is located within Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China. The mountain measures up to 131 meters in height and runs 60 meters deep. Because of its high altitude, it is more like an open gate to heaven. Located in the Zhangjiajie city in China.
Heaven-Linking Avenue: 7 Miles to Heaven’s Gate Mountain (Tianmen Mountain), Zhangjiajie City, China
The Heaven Gate Mountain is seven kilometers from the city. Heaven-Linking Avenue, also known as the Big Gate Road, in Tianmen Mountain in the Hunan province of China as been called the “most dangerous” roads in China.
Starting from 200 meters below sea level the serpentine road reaches 1300 meters above sea level making a total of 99 hair-pin turns along the way.
Mont Saint-Michel Castle, France
Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre off the country’s north-western coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.
Mont Saint-Michel is one of France’s most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 300 000 people visit it each year.
Canyon Staircase, Ecuador
This famous Canyon Staircase is located next to the waterfall Pailon del Diablo in Ecuador. The Paílón del Diablo is a fairly large waterfall (located on the Pastaza River) just 30 minutes away from the town of Baños in Ecuador. It is considered to be one of the most popular attractions in the area.
Chand Baori – The World’s Largest Step-well, India
Chand Baori is maybe one of the most famous and most spectacular step-wells situated in the village of Abhaneri, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Chand Baori was constructed around 800AD and was designed for making it easier on many people to reach the water, it is one of the deepest and largest step wells of India with 3500 narrow steps in 13 stories and is more than 30 meters deep.
Nazca Lines - Mysterious Geoglyphs in Peru
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. Etched in the surface of the desert pampa sand about 300 hundred figures made of straight lines, geometric shapes and pictures of animals and birds and their patterns are only clearly visible from the air.
To comprehend the Nasca lines, created by the removal of desert rock to reveal the pale pink sand beneath, visitors have proposed every imaginable explanation - from runways for spaceships to tracks for Olympic athletes, from op art to pop art, to astronomical observatories.
These startling geoglyphs offer more questions than answers. Spread across an incredible 50 miles of high and arid plateau rock, the Nazca Lines consist of more than 800 scratched straight lines, 300 geometric figures and some truly bewildering stylized animal and plant drawings. They are covered with ferruginous sand and gravel which acquired a dark patina from weathering. Many theories have been put forward over the years and the most common one identifies the lines as having ritual astronomical functions.
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 has attracted the attention of archaeologists and metallurgists as it has withstood corrosion for the last 1600 years, despite harsh weather and has been called "a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths" because of its high resistance to corrosion. The iron pillar is one of the world's foremost metallurgical curiosities. The pillar, almost seven metres high and weighing more than six tonnes, was erected by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375-414 CE).
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).
Spectacular Cancun Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico
Spectacular underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico called MUSA.
La Evolucion Silenciosa (The Silent Evolution) 400 life-size figures. Depth 9m Cancun / Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
It has more than 400 permanent sculptures installed underwater as part of an artwork project - "The Silent Evolution" - by artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
Kingdom of Shambhala - The Most Mysterious Land Of Wonders in the Himalayas
Kingdom of Shambhala - The Most Mysterious Land Of Wonders in the Himalayas.
Shambhala, which is a Sanskrit word meaning “place of peace” or “place of silence”, is a mythical paradise spoken of in ancient texts, including the Kalachakra Tantra and the ancient scriptures of the Zhang Zhung culture which predated Tibetan Buddhism in western Tibet.
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.
Shambhala is said to be the land of a thousand names. It has been called the Forbidden Land, the Land of White Waters, Land of Radiant Spirits, Land of Living Fire, Land of the Living Gods and Land of Wonders. The Hindus call it Aryavartha (‘The Land of the Worthy Ones); the Chinese know it as Hsi Tien, the Western Paradise of Hsi Wang Mu; and to the Russian Old Believers, it is known as Beloved. But throughout Asia, it is best known by its Sanskrit name, Shambhala, Shamballa, or Shangri-la.
False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park, USA
False Kiva, Utah
The circle of stones inside a small alcove in a remote part of Canyonlands National Park resembles the structure of a kiva. That is, it looks like the sacred rooms built since antiquity by the Puebloans of the Southwest United States. The name False Kiva comes from the mystery that surrounds the origins of this particular structure. No one knows if this is a genuine kiva, when it was built, or who the builders were. One thing is certain: Its location affords sweeping and spectacular views over the rugged parklands of southeastern Utah. Do not look for it on park maps though–its precise location is as covered in mystery as its origin.