While the western countries boast of development, advancement, and lot of contemporary places to visit, The Eastern side of the world always had something mysterious and spiritual about it.
The main reason for it is the unfaltering heritage which spanned over thousands of years. Asia, in particular, has the longest roots back to the initial civilization and obviously, it adds scope to many interesting places and great stories of history.
As a result, many tourists are showing interest to visit Asia and understand the grandeur of the continent. We bring you the list of mysterious destinations to visit in Asia which would make your trip most memorable for many reasons:
- Phraya Nakhon Cave and Pavilion, Thailand
This breathtaking sinkhole cave is one of the most mysterious landmarks in the region. Having a 125-year old pavilion, the tourists have to take a long and challenging hike to reach there through lush green forests and rocky terrain. Being a man-made wonder, it is dedicated to King Rama V. For all the adventurous loving people, this is a marvel which cannot be missed.
- Phnom Kulen (meaning “Mountain of Lychees”), Cambodia
Located at two hours of driving distance from Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen has a lot of popular attractions below the mountain as well. It is also regarded as the best-kept secret in Cambodia which not much people know about. A beautiful Buddhist shrine at top of the mountain is believed to fulfill special wishes you make in front of it!
- Dungtse Lhakhang, Bhutan
Built by Thangtong Gyelpo in the year 1433, this monument was constructed on the body of a monster which was causing trouble to the inhabitants. A lot of ancient stories revolve around this place and it is believed that some divine power in the temple has stopped the demon from coming back to life. The building in the form of a diagram-mandala and different floors represent the Earth, Heaven, and Hell. There is absolutely no light in the temple and the tourists are advised to carry a torch to have a fluid experience.
- Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Sri Lanka
The holy tooth of Buddha is preserved here in a gold casket. It was brought to Sri Lanka from Kalinga in the 4th century. It traveled and moved to innumerable locations and finally settled in the Sri Lankan city Kandy. The divine experience in this temple is something which cannot be explained in words.
- The Fengdu Ghost City, China
Having a history of nearly 2000 years-long, the city is adorned with pristine shrines and monasteries throughout. The Eastern Han Dynasty ruled this place and obviously has a lot of interesting stories surrounding it. The ancient teachings of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism are rampant here. The annual temple fair happens here every March and it is a must-visit event.
- Tianmen Mountain, China: Known as Heaven’s Door, it attracts tourists worldwide and also looks like a stairway to heaven – if told in simple terms. This gateway was formed in 296 AD and it promises to offer a breathtaking spiritual experience.
- Roopkund (also known as Skeletons Lake), Uttarakhand, India.
Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, Roopkund Lake is a glacier lake located at an elevation of 16,470 feet (5,020 m) in the most God forsaken place in the Himalayas.
Around 300-600 human skeletons can be seen beneath the surface of the frozen Roopkund lake every year when the ice melts at this mysterious place in India.
At first, British authorities feared that the skeletons represented casualties of a hidden Japanese invasion force, but it was found that the skeletons were far too old to be Japanese soldiers. More recently, radiocarbon dating found that the remains are from very different eras. All of the remains with South Asian ancestry were dated to around 800 BCE., while the other skeletal remains analyzed (genetic affinity with east Mediterraneans) were dated to around 1800 BCE.
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