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Dark Tourism- An Uncanny Trend Among Indian Travelers!

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In the last few years, Indians have been bitten by the bug of traveling and exploring untrodden territories.  They now no longer want to visit conventional tourist places. Instead, people now wish to go to destinations which aren’t mainstream and have some unique history attached to them. No wonder ‘Dark Tourism’ is steadily catching up its pace among Indian travelers. Dark Tourism or Grief Tourism is travel to historical sites with a tragic past.

Why people find ‘Dark Tourism’ attractive?

This has been present for some time now but the recent HBO miniseries ‘Chernobyl’ has once again arisen people’s interest towards such places. The vast history of the country is one of the many reasons that Indians are finding Dark Tourism attractive. While some undertake such visits due to their inclination towards history, others do it out of sheer curiosity. It helps people by giving tangibility to their imagination as they see they can see the havoc which happened long ago, right in front of their eyes. It makes them empathetic towards the dead much more than just reading about the destructive event.

Some Dark Tourism sites in India:

The rich and in many ways, dark history has resulted in multiple such places in the country which satisfy the curiosities of dark tourists.

  • Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

Jallianwala Bagh still holds the dark memories and bullet holes of the most unforgettable massacre which shook the nation in 1919. Thousands of innocent Indians were brutally killed in the hands of the British. Visitors visit this place in large numbers to witness the signs of the gruesome event of the past.

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  • Dumas Beach, Gujarat

Settled along the Arabian Sea, Dumas Beach is also known as ‘Devil’s Paradise’. It is one of the most haunted places in the country. Locals residing nearby complain of hearing eerie voices and paranormal presence. Many believe that it was once a cremation ground and the black sand is the leftover ashes.

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  •  Kuladhara Village, Jaiselmer

The ruins in this village were actually 83 villages in the 19th century. The site holds the ruins of these abandoned villages, the residents of which abandoned it overnight without any obvious reason. Many claims that the spirits of those villagers still visit their abandoned homes.

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  • Taj Palace Hotel, Mumbai

The bombings at Taj Hotel in 2008 shook the nation as the nation witnessed one of the deadliest terror attacks. Since the horrifying incident, this hotel has become a tourist hub for people who wish to give tangibility to that unfortunate incident.

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However uncanny ‘Dark Tourism’ may sound, it is a great way to learn the history and do unconventional travelling. So, which site are you visiting next?

Also read: Spookiest Libraries Across The World

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Virtual Scuba Diving To Beat The Heat

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India saw an extension in the lockdown on May 30. The month of May and its scorching heat has got us all uncomfortable. In addition, due to the lockdown we cannot even travel. Therefore, its the boredom and heat both bogging us down.

Worry not! To help you kill the boredom and to help you beat the summer heat, read this post. This post is about the different places where you can set out to do Virtual Scuba Diving.  Since all of us have missed traveling in these summer vacations, you can dive deep in the water here.

What is Scuba Diving?

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Virtual Scuba Diving, Source: telegraph

Scuba diving is the act of diving deep under the waters. While doing this, this diver is self- contained with all the necessary equipment. For instance, the diver carries a breathing apparatus called as scuba with them. The apparatus helps the divers to breathe underwater.

A scuba diver attaches fins to their feet that help them to navigate underwater. By doing this one can explore the different creatures.

Though at this moment, scuba diving is not possible, that does not restrict you from your tour. Here is where virtual scuba diving comes into the picture.

What is Virtual Scuba Diving?

Virtual Scuba Diving is a way to witness all that you can witness in a normal scuba diving session without getting wet. It gives a 360 degree view of marine life. You can watch amazing habitats, animals and different varieties of marine life.

National Geographic

The team of national geographic has created a full 36-degree view of marine life at different places. There are a lot of marine places that one can see here.

Sharks, coral reefs and ice glaciers are all at display here. Set on an adventure to do some deep-sea diving. Or tour the wild rivers of Canada. In addition, go underwater on Bermuda’s Shipwreck.

Go Pro VR

With Virtual Reality of Go Pro camera’s, you get some additional dose of underwater life. Check it out here. Watch sharks and much more there.

National Marines Sanctuary

To educate people with marine life, here is National Marines Sanctuary with its 360-degree photos. Do check them out here.

In addition, also check Virtual Travel 2020: Sightseeing

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The Most Beautiful Villages In The World

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Who doesn’t love big cities? But there are a lot of them around the world the feel remarkably similar. They consistently feature skyscrapers, crowded streets, and busy people in business suits.
Although, if you want to have the best way to travel experience it surely has to be a fundamentally different culture to explore the smaller villages away from the big cities.

Below are the 8 most beautiful villages in the world that immediately show how unique they truly are.

Shan State village, Myanmar

Situated on the banks of Inle Lake, Shan State village in Myanmar is definitely not the easiest village to get to. But if you get the chance, it is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Beautiful villages

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Popeye Village, Malta 

Popeye village, located at Anchor bae in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was an also film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets.

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Carvoeiro, Portugal 

It is a beautiful small town of Carvoeiro situated on the Portugal coasts. It is a fantastic destination to witness beautiful ambience and have a relaxed, peaceful holiday.

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Simiane La Rotonde Village, France

Surrounded by olive groves and lavender fields, Simiane La Rotonde is a beautiful hilltop village depicting the ancient medieval vibes. It has flower filled cobbled streets lined with pretty houses and artistic studious to die upon!

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Reine, Norway

A tiny and incredibly picturesque village situated in Norway is the best place to discover the Lofoten Islands.  Hub of fishing, the village has earned the title of the ‘most beautiful village in the world.’

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Rural Village, China

Situated on the rice field in southern China, this village is the significance of what peace looks like. It is located near Zhaotong District, Yunnan Province.

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is one of Austria’s oldest and most famous towns. It has 16th-century Alpine houses and is home to scenic coffee shops and cafes. It also has a trail which leads to Echelon Valley glacier garden with beautiful glacier view.

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Gifu village, Shirakawa Japan

Shirakawa, Gifu village in Japan. It is known for being the site of Shirakawa-go traditional village showcasing a building style known as gassho-zukuri. Moreover, it has enormous fields of sunflowers which is a delight to watch!

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Is It Safe To Visit Nuclear Disaster Sites?

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Nuclear Disaster Sites

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“Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” 

-Albert Einstein

There was a time when countries and nation-states were in the rat race to acquire the monopoly over nuclear weapons. That was the time when the nuclear proliferation of these weapons was growing at an increasing rate. The weapon states and non-weapon states were at loggerheads with each other. Sooner and later, every country embarked on their individual capacity to build nuclear reactors and now if we look back, no good was achieved. The hunger games to redistribute the balance of power has led to the loss of lives and abandonment of places where once life perpetrated in the underbelly of once-safe nuclear disaster sites. Nuclear disasters occurred and left a legacy no one wanted. We earned but at what cost? Now that we are tackling with an invisible enemy ourselves, here’s a look at what these nuclear disaster sites look like today and whether it is safe to pay a visitation or not.

 

CHERNOBYL, 26 April 1986

More than 33 years ago, Chernobyl became the world’s worst nuclear disaster site. The plant crew intentionally switched off the safety systems to test the turbine.

Chernobyl has been opened to tourists and public since 2011 when the government authorities deemed it safe to visit. Given that you follow the orders of the tourist guide, you can prevent the radioactive from perpetrating your body.

The main danger is not radiation anymore, but the unsafe structures which have been deserted for 30 years, and lots of metal has been stripped away. So go around in groups, and obey the guide’s instructions.

 

FUKUSHIMA, 11 March 2011

The Dai-ichi nuclear power plant spewed radiation across dozens of towns, triggering a 10 mile evacuation zone. Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days.

9 years after the nuclear accident, Fukushima is expectantly opening up for Tokyo Olympic games 2020. The Japan government declares that Fukushima is under control.

 

TRINITY SITE, NEW MEXICO, 16 July 1945

One week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.

This site is now open to the public twice a year. It is located on the White Sands Missile Range which is an active military installation in New Mexico. The atmosphere is quite a circus with people bringing screaming kids, strollers, beer coolers, bicycles, dogs, and everything else you could think of.

 

Related: How Introversion makes the best Traveller

 

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