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15 Surreal Images of Abandoned Places Around the World

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15 Surreal Images of Abandoned Places Around the World

Human movements from one place to another have been proof that we are affected by changes and are capable of adapting to them. This collection of surreal images of abandoned places from different parts of the globe demonstrates that humans adapt and, if needed, relocate because of political and social changes, man-made and natural calamities, and loss of resources.

1. Beelitz Military Hospital

Beelitz Military Hospital

A large hospital complex comprising of about 60 buildings at Beelitz-Heilstätten in Berlin, the Beelitz Military Hospital was constructed beginning in 1898. At the onset of World War I, the site served the Imperial German Army. Here, Adolf Hitler recuperated from October to November 1916 after he got wounded during the Battle of Somme. The hospital buildings were completely abandoned as of 2007. 

2. Buzludzha Monument

Buzludzha Monument

More popularly known in its longer name as the Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Buzludzha Monument characterizes the futuristic architecture common among state-sponsored buildings in Communist countries during the Cold War. Built on Buzludzha Peak in Central Bulgaria, the saucer-like monument was abandoned after the fall of Communism in 1989.

3. Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Eastern State Penitentiary began its operations in 1829. Instrumental in refining the concept of separate incarceration, the penitentiary pioneered the system, emphasizing the principles of reform rather than punishment. Due to overcrowding problems, solitary confinement was abandoned in 1913. Eventually, the edifice operated as a congregate prison until it closed in 1971.

4. Field Station Berlin

Field Station Berlin

Another remnant of the Cold War, the Field Station Berlin refers to the listening station established by the United States on Teufelsberg, a man-made hill. The site is notable for its radomes (radar domes) which were used by the Americans in listening to East German, Soviet, and Warsaw Pact nations military movement. The facility remained operational until the fall of the Berlin Wall marking the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

5. Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

Once a thriving gold mine village located in the Granite County of Montana, the Garnet Ghost Town is now just a shell of its former self. Dating from the 1860s, Garnet reached its peak in the 1890s with a population of around 1,000 people. The site had a total of thirteen saloons and three hotels, catering to passersby and miners searching for gold. People abandoned Garnet when the gold reserves ran out at the onset of the 1920s.

6. Hashima Island

Hashima Island

Belonging to Nagasaki’s group of 505 uninhabited islands, Hashima Island is also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island. With a land area of 6.3 hectares, the island houses undersea coal mines, starting their operations in 1887 during the rapid industrialization era of Japan.

The coal reserves eventually depleted, forcing mines’ closure in 1974 and the gradual abandonment of its residents. Today, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Hitler’s Olympic Village

Hitler’s Olympic Village

Constructed in response to Nazi Germany’s hosting of the Summer Olympics in 1936, Hitler’s Olympic Village consisted of a swimming facility, gymnasium, track, dormitories, training facilities, and a large dining hall dubbed as the Dining Hall of the Nations.

After the Olympic Games, the facility was utilized as a hospital and a training school for the military during World War II. Eventually, it was taken over by the Soviets in 1945 and was practically abandoned in the late 20th century. Restoration efforts were revitalized in recent years.  

8. Janovas 

Janovas 

Located in the Ara Valley, Janovas was a Spanish town abandoned by residents due to the troubles caused by Iberduero’s (Iberdrola) hydroelectric project. Beginning in 1951, the project’s activities resulted in flooding not only in Janovas but also in the neighboring villages of Lacorte and Lavelilla.

At the onset of 1960, some villagers resisted the project, leading to the dynamiting of their houses. With backing from the government, the company continued plowing the fields, destroying the irrigation system, and cutting light and water services. The town was finally evicted in 1984. 

9. Kolmanskop

Kolmanskop

Established in response to the Namibian diamond rush, Kolmanskop was named after the transport driver Johnny Coleman who left his ox wagon during a sandstorm. With the discovery of diamond in 1908, the area attracted miners.

The residents started to put up a village patterned after a German town complete with amenities and institutions. The depletion of diamond reserves led to its ultimate abandonment in 1956.

10. Lee Plaza Hotel

Lee Plaza Hotel

Also known as the Lee Plaza Apartments, the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit, Michigan is now a vacant 15-story high-rise apartment building. Registered by the Michigan state as a historic site, the edifice constructed in 1929 is an excellent example of Art Deco architecture. With the waning popularity of luxury apartments, the Lee Plaza had started to lose its residents until it finally closed in 1997.

11. Maunsell Forts

Maunsell Forts

Situated in the Mersey and Thames estuaries, the Maunsell Forts are armed towers constructed during World War II to assist in protecting the United Kingdom. Named after its designer Guy Maunsell, the site consists of four naval forts, namely the Rough Sands, Sunk Head, Tongue Sands, and Knock John. With a design resembling of offshore oil platforms, the forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s. 

12. Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland

Taking a leaf from Disneyland’s book in California, the Nara Dreamland was a theme park opened in 1961. Being the closest thing to Disneyland in Japan during its lifetime, the Dreamland at its peak reached 1.6 million visitors each year. Ironically, Dreamland’s inspiration was the one caused its gradual decline.

Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983, followed by Universal Studios Japan in 2001, leading to a drop on yearly total visits of 400,000. After its 45 years of operation, the Nara Dreamland ceased operations in 2006 and was demolished in 2016.

13. Presidio Modelo

Presidio Modelo

With a name translated as “model prison” in English, the Presidio Modelo was erected on the Isla de la Juventud in Cuba during the administration of president-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926 and 1928. Comprising of five circular blocks, the prison complex houses cells constructed in tiers with observation posts in the middle. Capable of housing up to 2,500 prisoners, the site was permanently closed by the government in 1967.

14. Pripyat City

Pripyat City

A Ukrainian city located near the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, Pripyat was officially closed on April 27, 1986, the day after the Chernobyl disaster and more than 15 years after its establishment in 1970. One of the most notable spots in the city is its amusement park; its Ferris wheel has become a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.

15. Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Originally called Rajavihara, Ta Prohm was built during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century as a way of honoring his family. Constructed following the intricate Bayon architecture, the temple located in Siem Reap, Cambodia was abandoned in the 15th century, along with the collapse of the Khmer Empire.

Neglected for centuries, trees grew out among the ruins, giving Ta Prohm a picturesque ambiance with a jungle backdrop. It has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992. 

Satendra Kashyap an Internet Marketing Coach and Search Engine Consultant for business owners. I have 9 yrs of Digital Marketing experience and can show you how to set up blogs, how to use social media for profit and any other external online marketing.

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5 Places In India Where Indians Are Not Allowed To Visit

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You will be shocked to know that there are some places in India where we Indians can’t visit. They welcome only foreigners. I mean it’s hard to believe for us that even after gaining independence we can’t visit some of the places. But that’s unfair. Do you know about those places which do not entertain Indians?

We have compiled the list of such places where Indians entry is banned.

1. Free Kasol Cafe, Kasol

Free Kasol Cafe

via: Twitter

Free Kasol Cafe is situated in Himachal’s Kasol village in Kullu district. It is one of the popular places that do not allow Indians to enter. It is believed that the manager of the cafe denied giving the services to the Indians whereas he has nicely welcomed the guests from Israel. Later the manager of the restaurant explained that he was in a bad mood at that time which is not a proper reason to turn down away any customer like this.

Also read: 7 Strange Customs and Traditions from Different Countries

2. Uno-In Hotel in Bangalore

Uno-In Hotel in Bangalore

via: Uno In

Well, you will be shocked to know this hotel started as a joint venture with Nippon Infrastructure Company to only serve their Japanese client. But when people started knowing about this thing that the hotel doesn’t allow Indians, it was soon shut down by the law on charges of racial discrimination in 2014.

3. ‘Foreigner’s only’ beaches in Pondicherry

‘Foreigner’s only’ beaches in Pondicherry

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Pondicherry is best known for the cherished destination for foreigners who come to India. Its breezy beaches and French boulevards offer a wonderful cultural appeal. However, Pondicherry has many beaches that are exclusively meant for foreign tourists only and not for Indians which is bad news.

Also read: 7 Places To Visit In Udaipur Which We Just Cannot Afford To Miss

4. “Foreigners Only” Beaches in Goa

“Foreigners Only” Beaches in Goa

via: BCCL/ FILE

Goa is an amazing holiday destination for everyone. From old age individuals to the young generation, everyone loves to visit here. But this thing might upset you, as there are certain beaches in Goa where only foreigners are allowed. Anjuna beach is one of the perfect examples of this which doesn’t allow any Indian. However, this is not a legal restriction, but they just want to save and protect the foreigner women in swim bodysuits from the lusty gaze of Indians.

5. Broadlands Lodge Chennai

Do you know this hotel in Chennai has put the signboard at the entrance that says “Welcome, Namaste, pray to stay at this worthy lodge.” But this warm welcome is only for those who are Non-Indians or an Indian in possession of a foreign passport. They prefer foreigners and not Indians because they feel that Indians are very demanding as regards the room service and make too much noise which disturbs other hotel members.

So, these were the places where Indians are completely banned. However, we are surprised to know this thing but we can’t help. But no need to worry, we still have so many places to roam around where we can go and enjoy.

Also read: 5 Popular Cities In India That Are Perfect To Live After Your Retirement

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5 Most Renowned Pubs in Goa That Are Like Heaven For Partylovers

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If we talk about Goa, what comes into your mind? I know its beaches, awesome weather and most important the drinks that the place offers. It is because of this reason, we love to visit this place to enjoy the nightlife with our group and to have the best of drinks. So, if you are planning to chill your weekend out and you don’t have a clue where to go, you should go with your group and enjoy your weekend like hell.

Here, we have compiled the list of some of the best bars in Goa to enjoy your weekend with your gang like there’s no tomorrow.

1. Cafe Lilliput

Cafe Lilliput Goa

via: Sluurpy

This is one of the popular bars located at Anjuna Beach. Here you will find many things such as a vibrant space pulsating with music, cool ambience, best of the drinks and good food. Now, what else do you want? Their menu and continental dishes and delectable finger food. They serve the best cocktails too. Here, you will find themed night parties with international DJs playing most soulful songs that one can enjoy.

Also read: 4 Experiences You Probably Won’t Find Anywhere in India Except Goa

2. Cafe Mojo

Cafe Mojo Goa

via: Cafe Mojo

This is one of the most happening places in Goa, Panaji that hosts the best Karaoke and ladies night in Goa. The best thing about this bar is that you will find a beer tap on every table. Guests can fill their beer in whatever quantity they would like to, right on their own table. Apart from this, it has a classy ambience and retro-themed decor that lets you enjoy the beers even more. You can also play there at the pool tables and also foosball will keep you entertained all through the night.

3. Soro- The Village Pub

Soro- The Village Pub

Do you know what do ‘Soro’ means? It means alcohol in local Konkani language. The place has amazing interiors with rustic decor along with soft and dim lighting, brick walls, cool graffiti that gives the place a vintage look. This is the best place if you want to have the best blend of beers and wines. And to top it all, you can also enjoy Goa food, pizzas, pasta, appetizers, soups and burgers which are truly outstanding in taste.

Also read: 5 Night Clubs in Mumbai are Good Enough To Destress Yourself on The Weekends

4. Tito’s Pub and Bar

Tito's Pub and Bar

via: Facebook

Goa’s one of the most vibrant places to visit at night. It is the best place to head for amazing cocktails and the best Goa food. You will find everything perfect here from ambience to good drinks. They also serve the best wines and other things. You can taste the best brands from the world at this bar. And the view of Baga Beach from this place is just awesome.

5. The Fisherman’s Wharf

The Fisherman’s Wharf

This is a beachside restaurant cum bar which is located close to the Leela. Its seafood is simply delicious. If you keep the love for Goa food, this is the must-visit place to try. If we talk about the drinks, you can enjoy your drinks on the beachside ambience. You can come here anytime whether day or night you will never get disappointed.

So, where are you heading with your buddies to chill your weekend?

Also read: Now Lucknow Also Has The Rocking Bars That Will Make Your Weekend A Hit One

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5 Of The Famous Palaces In India To For That Much-awaited Dream Wedding

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When it comes to celebrating your wedding, choosing a perfect destination is one of the toughest jobs. You are confused about whether to go for a destination wedding near some seaside or you want to celebrate it in a grand style in some palace like most of the celebrities do. Now, we have many grand palaces in India to choose which can serve as ideal venues for royal weddings. You can witness the best of palaces in Jodhpur, Jaipur and of course Udaipur.

Here we have compiled the list that will let you know some of the best palaces in India to celebrate that royal wedding in style.

1. Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur

jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur

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This place is one of the best wedding destinations around the world. It is also amongst the most expensive venues for a wedding in India and so far has hosted weddings for only the elite families of India. The best part about this palace is its supreme location which attracts the attention of everyone. The exclusive palatial architecture of the palace makes it an ideal choice to celebrate your fairy tale weddings. It is spacious enough to hold 1500 people. It looks gorgeous at night when it is lit up with beautiful lights.

Also read: Top 7 Places To Visit In Udaipur Which We Just Cannot Afford To Miss

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The palace is set amidst sprawling gardens, this royal residence carries a rare elegance which blends perfectly with a royal wedding affair. This beautiful palace has four indoor venues for different wedding ceremonies. The spellbinding gardens surrounding the palace are just perfect for outdoor parties and events. And if we talk about its architecture, they are wonderful that catches everyone’s attention and is perfect for arranging picture-perfect wedding ceremonies.

3. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

It is located on the side of Lake Pichola. It is one of the most sought after destination to celebrate your wedding romantically. The stunning architecture of this palace made entirely from white marble which compels everyone to choose it as a preferred venue for royal weddings. The palace has airy balconies, fountains, and enclosures that are beautiful enough to catch everyone’s attention. You can also enjoy boat rides from the lake that will add an element of fantasy to your wedding parties.

Also read: Make Your Trip More Adventurous By Doing 7 Unusual and Best Things in the Beautiful Pink City ‘Jaipur’

4. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

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This place is another dream venue for weddings in the heart of Jaipur. This palace has been converted into a super-luxury five-star hotel by the Taj group of hotels to offer outstanding service to the customers. It has many indoor and outdoor venues that are perfect for all sorts of ceremonies and parties. It can easily accommodate 3000 guests and offers excellent stay options for your guests to enjoy the celebration. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and treasuries around it which can leave you spellbound.

5. Neemrana Fort Palace, Jaipur

Neemrana Fort Palace, Jaipur

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One of the best places for traditional Indian weddings, Neemrana Fort Palace has plenty of options for hosting different rituals and ceremonies. If you are planning to host a royal wedding, then this is the best place to hire for yourself to ensure privacy. The venue also has a huge garden, swimming pools, and an ayurvedic spa which guarantees to create a soothing ambiance during weddings.

So, which one is your pick among them?

Also read: 5 Cities in India are The Perfect Destination to Plan A Family Trip

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