A guide to the unexplored travel destinations
Describing all the wonderful places on earth can take a lifetime, but some otherworldly awe-strucking landscapes need to be placed at the very top of your travel bucket list.
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The advent of technology has made the remote and hidden places on the miraculous earth, find their way into the eyes of the world. Here’s the unconventional guide to travel, which opens up the wonders of our planet.
- Pamukkale Turkey– Pamukkale, also known as white castle, is a beautiful place leading the list of the unconventional guide to travel with the vast whiteness of high concentration of calcite in the water. White terraces, petrified waterfalls and mineral forests created by travertine sedimentary deposits make up the landscape. The underground volcano is heated by the 17 hot springs. It’s a preferred location for tourists who want to enjoy the healing spa here. The ancient Roman city of Hieropolis has also been built here. Hotels and access roads have been taken down in order to preserve the area. Man-made pools have been created too.
- The Nine Hells of Beppu Japan– Beppu, on the island of Kyushu, is the home to about 2,800 hot springs. The other unique springs in the area are among the Nine hells of Beppu. Umi Jigoku, the first hell means “sea hell”. Oniishibou, hell 2 meaning “shaven head hell” derives its name from the boiling gray mud. The third hell, “Shiraike Jigoku”, meaning “white pond hell”, is filled with boiling white water caused by the high calcium concentrations. The fourth hell “Yama Jigoku”, is made up of mud volcano. The fifth hell, “Kamada Jigoku” is a collection of boiling hot springs flanked by a red devil statue featured as the cook. The sixth hell, “Oniyama Jigoku” meaning “devil’s mountain hell” is a very strong stream sheltering about 100 hellish crocodiles. Kinryu Jigoku, Hell 7, also known as “golden dragon hell”, features a steaming dragon. Chinoike Jigoku, Hell 8, also called “blood pond hell”, derives its name from the bright reddish colored water caused by ferrous minerals in the pond. Tatsumaki Jigoku, Hell 9, also called “spout hell”, is a geyser having a temperature of about 105 degrees Celsius which spouts every 30 minutes.
- Sanqingshan China– Sanqingshan, according to the unconventional guide to travel is believed to be a sacred place by Taoists and is used for meditation. Taoists have a firm belief of being lead to immortality here. It remains shrouded in mists for 200 days of the year, along with the numerous streams that pour into pools, granite formations resembling silhouettes of humans and animals, and the uniquely shaped pine trees give the mountains an otherworldly quality. One can find a wide range of exotic birds and animals making their homes in the pools and vegetation there. One can find here around 2,500 plant species which are used in making traditional Chinese medicines.
- Plain of Jars Lao– Plain of Jars, located on the plateau of Xieng Khouang, forms one of the oldest archaeological mysteries in Southeast Asia. The unconventional guide to travel states that one can find around 90 different jars sites in the mountains of Indochina, with each site containing around 1 to 400 jars. These jars were created approximately 3,000 years ago, and are made of sandstone, limestone, granite, breccias and conglomerate. The jars are placed in a way that they form the constellation patterns of the stars. Some jars are shaped like drinking glasses for a giant race, used as burial urns or for collecting rainwater. Few jars have bodies or tools inside them or are filled with miniature Buddha statues.
- British Columbia, Canada– The first Nations of Okanagan Valley considered the Spotted Lake of Osoyoos as sacred. Osoyoos, in the Okanagan language means narrowing waters. The lake has no outflow or inflow from other bodies of water and is a saline endorheic. Some of the highest quantities of minerals like magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulfates in the world are found in this lake. The uniqueness of the lake lies in its mineral content. Colorful spots crystallize during summers depending on the minerals present there. They form walkways of white, yellow, blue or green.
- Mauritius with its Chamarel Falls and the colored earth– The Republic of Mauritius, located off the southeast coast of Africa, is a part of an archipelago formed forms a dormant undersea volcano. The unconventional guide to travel states that the two natural wonders- the Chamarel Falls and the colored dunes are both located in this island. The Chamarel Falls, the tallest waterfall in Mauritius, consists of three thin waterfalls that fall about 300 ft. down a plateau. The second mesmerizing feature of Mauritius is the colored sand created from clay made of lava cooling off at different times due to which 7 different colors of sand were formed namely, red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. The uniqueness of the sand lies in the fact that if you take all the sands and mix them together, they will naturally separate and rejoin the correct color grouping they belong to. The sands are not having any visible erosion in spite of the heavy rainy season experienced here.
- The Rio Tinto River in Spain– Running down the Sierra Moreno Mountains to the Gulf of Cadiz in Huelva, Spain, the Rio Tinto translates into red river giving it its appearance. It is the seventh awe-inspiring place in the unconventional guide to travel, which is to be visited. The river has a high content of iron and is mined for copper, gold and silver. Rio Tinto has the fabled King Solomon’s mines which are believed to be the oldest mines in the world. The river is a home to organisms that can survive in extreme conditions and has a high acidic content too. The area forms a natural amphitheater by the walls of terraced rocks created by mining.
- The Vale Da Lua stone basin, Brazil– The eighth place Vale Da Lua in the unconventional guide to travel, is often called as the valley of the moon, is a stone basin carved out by the San Miguel River. The river has eroded the rocks leaving them smooth, and in shades of gray similar to the look of the moon. Some of the oldest rock formations in the world can be found in the valley which are approximately 1.8 billion years old. The river forms a labyrinth in the narrow canyon walls created by the caves, grottoes, waterfalls and bizarre rock formations. Because of the presence of Quartz and the smoothness of the rocks, the area appears to be the most luminous part on earth when seen from space. A wide variety of flora and fauna can be found in the surrounding forests here.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bag and get ready for your next tour with the help of the unconventional guide to travel.