10 Mystical places for a Digital Detox.
These places will definitely prove to be the perfect digital detox with its mystique and surrealism.
Deep in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, there lies a ridge of mountains. Along this ridge is one particularly magnificent mountain. Lined with layers of red, orange, yellow, and turquoise, Rainbow Mountain has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for those willing to take the hike. Due to the mountain’s location as part of a volcanic chain that runs along the edges of the South American and Nazca tectonic plates, it is rich in rare minerals. The minerals are cause the rainbow coloration. Each of the colors on the mountain comes from a different mineral. The red layers indicate iron oxide rust, while the orange and yellow suggest iron sulfide. The turquoise comes from chlorite, which, though often turns sediments shades of green, interacts with the yellow to form a brilliant turquoise blue. According to the locals, the area used to be covered entirely in snow. Only recently did the snow melt and reveal the rainbow beneath.
Found on the one of the smaller islands of the Bahamas, the beach provides a perfect place to sunbathe and swim in the warm crystal clear water. But the most impressive thing about it is a 5 km (3 mi) long stretch of soft pink sand! It makes it one of the most unusual beaches in the world. The light rose color is a result of foraminifera – a marine animal – and its red shell, which crushes and later mixes with the white sand. The elegant island provides numerous resorts, that ensure ultimate relaxation in these pristine surroundings. Visitors can go swimming, snorkelling and fishing, while in the evening they can visit the town and enjoy its exciting nightlife.
Grüner See (Green Lake) is a beautiful green colored lake situated near Tragoess village, in southeast Austria. The lake is surrounded by the snowed peaks of Hochschwab Mountains and forests that create a place of fantastic beauty, perfect for hiking and mountain adventures. Green Lake is considered as one of the most “exotic” waters to dive in around Europe due to a rare natural phenomenon. During summer, the snow from the peaks starts to melt and fresh water floods the valley. The area is the starting point for many hikes that reach peaks of more than 2,500 meters. But in March, once the temperature rises and the snow on the mountain melts, the water level in the lake slowly begins to rise, covering pathways and small trees. In June, the lake becomes an amazing lagoon, reaching its maximum depth of 12 meters while swallowing high trees, a bridge and even benches. In late-July, the lake becomes smaller and smaller, revealing once again the underwater landscape. And this happens every year!
Pamukkale (“cotton castle” in Turkish) is a tiny town and UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwestern Turkey that boasts 17 of the most spectacular water terraces in the world. For thousands of years, people have journeyed to bathe in these hot springs, which range in temperature from 35 degrees Celsuis (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit). The warmth of the water is not the only appealing aspect of these thermal pools, however. Equally as attractive is the striking contrast between the glistening pools and the travertine—a type of white limestone deposited by thermal waters—that makes up the surrounding mountains.
It is a famous river in Colombia known as the “river of five colors”, which is also considered to be “the most beautiful river in the world”. The river has also been called the “liquid rainbow”. During several months each year, CañoCristales becomes a rainbow of vibrant colors including red, green, yellow, blue and black hues in a natural display that reportedly happens nowhere else on Earth. It is located in the Serrania de la Macarena National Park, which is located in the Meta department of Colombia. In addition, it is a tributary of the Guayabero River. Serranía de La Macarena is considered one of the most biodiverse areas of Colombia. It reportedly is home to over 500 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, over 2,000 species of plants and over 1,200 species of insects. The main reason for the colors is an endemic aquatic plant called macareniaclavigera. Most notably, this plant requires precise conditions, including the right water level and just the right amount of sunlight, to take on its bright hues.
The formal name of this unusual phenomenon is Richat’s Structure or Guelb El Richat and was discovered in June 1965 by the two American astronauts McDivitt and White during the Gemini 4 Space Mission. Initially, due to the correspondence of its circular rings, it was believed to be a crater caused by the impact of a meteorite, but without finding any sign of molten rock, this first hypothesis was immediately discarded. A phenomenon that generated the profound erosion of a geologic dome that then collapsed, a structure formed when there was a much larger part of the earth’s surface. The concentric rings of multiple colors indicates the various types of rock that have been consumed at different rates over time, thanks to erosion due to water and wind that occurred over millions of years. However, the perfectly circular form still remains inexplicable. Admiring the Sahara Eye from above is a privilege only few have had, but there are several “desert tours” that, despite the high temperatures and the various difficulties due to the deserted path, allow you to reach this structure by jeep, allowing everyone to experience a truly unforgettable adventure.
The colorful pools are the result of a high concentration of minerals, including calcium, sodium sulphates and magnesium sulphate that have collected in the water. The minerals and a collection of salts have run off from surrounding hills. The various colors depend on the concentration of minerals in each pool. Spotted Lake has been considered a sacred place for centuries by the indigenous people of the Okanagan Nation, according to the British Columbia Visitor Centre. They believed that each of the different circles had different healing and medicinal properties. The lake was originally known to the First Nations of the Okanagan Valley as Kliluk. The land that surrounds the water was privately owned for many years, but it was acquired for the benefit and use of the Okanagan Nation in 2001.
It is located on the equator to the south west of Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean of Maldives which is a unique place for an unforgettable experience which is inhabited in the Raa Atoll Island. The water in the beach looks like a mirror for the stars and sky where it glows in blue from bio luminescence. The bacteria in the sea gives a beautiful visual effect that mirrors the sky with stars at night. Practically, due to the bioluminescence, the night is never seen in the beach of Vaadhoo Islands. It is a joy that such a natural wonder exists on earth which is commonly seen at sea, and from the ships which stir the oxygen up in the water so that the micro-organism in the water is disturbed by the oxygen and this makes the bio luminescent bacteria to glow. When billions of cells are disturbed, the wave breaks up which results it to a splendid flash of light. This view is normally just seen away from land when ships stir up the sea bed. The glow known as ‘micro flash’ is similar to that of the fireflies which are in need to attract their preys or mates. The Sea of Stars is just such a rare sight to view from the shore. Also, some organisms under the sea also glow due to this mainly some creatures which live at depths where light from the surface has less chance to penetrate there. Every wave coming to the shore is lit up like lighting sheets. The view may look like an alien has washed up on a beach but the case is entirely different as it is a natural phenomenon. When people walk across the sand near the shore of the sea due to the pressure the light glows in shore also which gives an amazing feeling.
Myanmar is one of the most magical countries. Here, right next to the Inle Lake, lies an impressive series of history sightseeing objectives that would make anybody feel like they are part of a fairytale. Even though it is somehow difficult to reach this place, its unique combination of history, complex architecture and nature is worth the effort. After riding the boat for approximately one hour over the calm local waters, visitors have to walk by the quiet, small village of Indein. Women washing clothes, children running around ruins and people of all ages selling souvenirs make out of this settlement a beautiful place with a calm atmosphere. As they get closer to the crumbling old temples, tourists can enjoy the local floating market, where they can purchase fish and fresh vegetables. Also, here are a couple of renewed temples which are painted in white. After a short comparison between the new and the old temples, it is easily noticeable that the architecture of the new ones has certain contemporary influences – even so, the buildings are unforgettable. Visitors get to view the most breath-taking architectural wonders which are at least a couple of centuries old. As they have never been renovated, several temples crumbled down over the years and special types of local plants grew on top of them. The details of every temple and the various representations of Buddha reflect the culture of those times, as well as the impressive abilities of people back in the day. To conclude, this rarely-encountered mix of extremely detailed architectural constructions with pointed roves, interesting history and fresh air provided by the jungle provides any visitor with a memorable experience.
Detaching yourself from social media and digital media will improve your health and living which has become a textbook mantra now. The truth is that with advancing technology you upgrade your lifestyle and giving up will never be a solution. If you live in a society ditching technology completely, it will only lead to more depression. Extreme activities are always damaging and moderation is a key to normal well-being.
One spends an average of 4 hours checking social media on their phones with an addition of couple of more hours on digital devices checking emails, messages, push notifications, reviews, news, shopping or even watch movies in crowded trains to kill travel time. It’s true that this vicious web is taking a toll on our mental and physical health and relationships. The solution is not an anguishing separation trial from our symbolic gadgets. A “detox” can be helpful in many ways.
A digital detox is like a short break to gain your calm, feel refreshed and be more connected to yourself. A diversion from your normal routine. Travelling has always been the obvious options for rejuvenation. But exploration of new places, cultures, nature is altogether a new experience. We always see experiences in movies like “a night under the stars” or “scuba diving” or “trekking and camping” or some cultural heritage and add it to our bucket list.
Nature is full of surprises. We are unaware of many places which are naturally mystical. The beauty, the colors, the climate will take you to another world unimagined giving you the ultimate detox. We are listing down the 10 mystical places in the world for a digital detox which will connect you to nature’s distinct visual treats.
It is the world’s largest salt flat spanning 10,582 sq Km in south-western Bolivia. The landscape is flat with abundance vast expanses of glistening white salt. 70% of the world’s lithium reserves are present there. The place is truly magical when it rains and the water covers the ground creating a thin mirror like sheet. It provides a reflection of the sky diminishing the origin of borders of the land. The best time to visit is between July to October for the best climate and between March and April for reflective surfaces.