Some are mysterious, some are mystical, some are pristine – but you don’t get to access them! As unfair as it may sounds, such places still exist and we show you seven such places.
1) Snake Island, Brazil :
Also known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, Snake Island, as the name suggests, is home to some of the planet’s most deadly and venomous snakes, including the likes of the Golden Lancehead Viper. The island is stretched across a total of 43 hectares and allegedly houses one snake every three square feet.
2) Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City, Italy :
Shrouded in mystery, the history of the Catholic church is hidden deep within the walls of the Vatican city, at the Vatican secret archives. From the letters of King Henry VIII requesting a marriage annulment from Catherine of Aragon, to the papal accounts and other documents pertaining to the history of the Holy See, this is probably one of the most mysterious places restricted to the outside world.
3) Lascaux Caves, France :
Situated in Northwestern France, the renowned Lascaux caves depict fossil records from the Paleolithic period that include over 600 cave paintings. Post World War II, the cave was opened to the public, which resulted in a fungal spread, hence, hasn’t been accessible to the outside world since 1963.
4) White’s Gentleman Club, London, UK :
One of the most exclusive, elite and private clubs in London, the White’s is the oldest of its kind in London. The club is located in St James’s, and includes the who’s-who of the city. Notable members of this men’s only-club include Prince Charles, Prince William, Tom Stacey, et.al.
5) North Sentinel Islands, Andamans :
If hostility could stop people from accessing their borders, the Sentinelese are the typical example. Inaccessible due to its densely forested topography, the tribal inhabitants of this picturesque island refuse to hold any ties with the outside world. It is said that rescue operators who flew over the island in the wake of the 2006 tsunami, were attacked by the people.
6) Heard Island Volcano, Australia :
This barren volcanic landmass is a 368-square mile wonder and is probably one of the world’s most remote locations. Although situated between Antarctica and Madagascar, the island politically belongs to Australia. Heard island houses 41 glaciers and also nurtures wide variety of fauna. However, the Australian government restricted entry to this island from 1996.
7) Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen, Norway :
This subterranean global seed bank in Spitsbergen is situated about 800 miles from the North Pole. Tucked away inside a mountain that is said to be earthquake proof and free from any man-made or natural disasters, the 11,000 square feet storage facility houses a variety of seeds and prized crops in an attempt to preserve them in case of a global crisis.