The Most Forbidden Places in the World

Dangerous and Forbidden places the world – from infamous & illegal islands to dangerous destinations to visit, these secret places are sure to tempt your travel curiosities.

The Most Forbidden Places to Visit in the World…You may be out exploring the world from beautiful destinations to historical places however difficult it may be.  As you ready to go any distant corners of the world, there are completely forbidden to visit in the world which, despite all your wish, you will never be able to go.

So, if you’re planning a trip to explore and interact with certain exhibits, there are certain places on the world are forbidden. You might want to take a second to know what’re these places.

Here’re 10 forbidden places that are shrouded in mystery, closed to visitors or are almost impossible to visit.

10-Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang, China 

The Mausoleum of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang tomb was discovered in 1974, who ruled during 210 B.C., had been buried in the most opulent tomb deep underneath a pyramid for more than 2,000 years. It is one of the world’s greatest discoveries of all times, but the site remains a mystery for both historians and archaeologists.

As per the reports, the contents of the tomb are mostly sealed and unexplored. It is said that the burial complex can be compared with the tombs of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs as they have a similar theme: life after death myths. The tomb consists of various objects according to those who buried him, that Qin Shi Huang will need in the afterlife.

To pay respect to the ancient site, the Chinese Government has stopped its excavation or researchers’ groups from disturbing the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang and banned visitors no one is allowed to visit the most forbidden places in the world.

9-The secret Nevada base (Area 51): More Than UFOs and Conspiracies

Beyond the UFO sightings and wild theories, this chunk of Nevada is a magnet for intrigue. The landscape isn’t just sand and tumbleweed; it’s a canvas for government experiments testing ground for weapons and highly advanced aircraft, clandestine operations, and a dash of sci-fi drama.

The official version states that Area 51 is a US Air Force military installation and CIA located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada as a testing territory due to its remote location. If it’s true (and it probably is), it’s logical why Area 51 is banned from entering for public.

Think of it as the Vegas of Forbidden Places – what happens in Area 51, stays in Area 51. Secrets, shadows, and a pinch of skepticism – welcome to the enigma.

8-Surtsey Island, Iceland   

Surtsey is Iceland’s youngest volcanic island. The island of Surtsey was born due to volcanic eruption that continued only for four years from 1963 to 1967. The newest island has risen recently on the globe from massive volcanic eruptions forming the tip of what became Surtsey from the sea off the coast of the southern coast of mainland Iceland.

As of now, the island is considered as one of the most forbidden places in the world that you cannot visit. It is off-limits to human interference except for few geologists, scientists, and research groups.

Visitors and tourists are not allowed entry. This is because it’s likely that human intrusion might upset the ecological sequence to understand how ecosystems form on the island currently. As it is believed that human interference might disrupt their research taking place on the island.


7-Poveglia Island, Italy

Just a short distance from the beautiful Venice and Lido lies a small island called Poveglia Island, an island of suffering and death. Poveglia Island was used to be a plague quarantine station (as the name came from), this was where a variety of infected plague patients of horrible causes sent there to die (more than 160,000) during the 18th century.

This number of deaths in such a small area as Poveglia Island is considered one of the most mysterious places in the world. According to some reports, 50% of the island’s soil consists of bones and ashes.

These human remains left a mark on it that this island is referred to as Plague Island. Adding to the tragedy, the island later housed a mental hospital that had a very sinister reputation.

After some time, the mental hospital was closed and Poveglia Island is off-limits to everyone, strictly forbidden to enter for anyone. The island was sold at an auction in 2014 to a wealthy Italian developer and became privately owned land, and the island is no longer Italy’s problem …  and again, became off-limits to everyone.

6-Ise Grand Shrine, Japan

Japan is a land of shrine culture and has more than 8,000 shrines. The Ise Grand Shrine among all is the most important as well as the most expensive of all the shrines in Japan due to its architectural grandeur.

The Shrine is in Ise on Honshu Island and dates back to 4 BC. In Mie Prefecture is Japan’s most sacred and important shrine the Great Temple of Ise. The Grand Shrine of Ise is a very important place for the Shinto religion because it is dedicated to the goddess of the sun and the universe Amaterasu.

Grand Shrine of Ise, Japan in accordance with the Shinto traditions of death and rebirth and renewal of nature the temple is being destroyed completely every 20 years and then it is being rebuilt again. Although the Shinto belief dates back to the 8th century, the construction is very modest in scale and appearance.

The Inner Shrine, Naiku, is constructed of wood and without a single nail and decorated in centuries-old traditions. To keep the place holy, only priests of the temple and members of the imperial family of Japan can enter the shrine. Ordinary travelers can only gaze at the religious shrine from the outside, through wooden fences.

5-Snake Island (Ilha da Queimada Grande) Brazil

Brazil’s Snake Island has a frighteningly apt nickname. Although Brazil is having many beautiful landscapes and at first glance Ilha da Queimada Grande is so, but this fascinating destination is totally forbidden to visitors … it is Off-limits and full of venomous pit vipers.

This island seems to be like one of those beautiful places. But in fact, Ilha da Queimada Grande Island has the highest concentration snakes between 2,000 and 4,000 in the entire world.

The snakes on the island exist in such a high concentration that according to some estimates, there’s between one and five snakes per square meter. These snakes are one of the deadliest and most endangered snakes, Brazil’s Ilha de Queimada Grande is their only home. Thus, it is better known as Snake Island.

The world’s most dangerous species living on this island is the golden lancehead viper. These golden lancehead vipers’ venom melts flesh around the bite causing death within one hour. Because of the danger it’s logical to be close the Snake Island for visitors by the Brazilian government.

Only qualified researchers and a doctor present on their team on any legally sanctioned visits can only enter such as an authorized by ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity Conservation), who know how to deal with snakes.

4-North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands     

Home to the Sentinelese tribe whom we believe were direct descendants of the first humans from Africa and have probably lived on the Islands for up to 60,000 years.

This beautiful North Sentinel Island in the Andamans is also known as the most dangerous one, a forbidden island that you should never visit. Sentinelese tribe are one of the very few tribesmen who are still untouched by the modern world; they don’t know about television, computers, mobile phones, or even the internet.

Not just that, they know nothing about the outside world, and they even don’t want outsiders to interfere in their land. They are quite satisfied with what they have. Perhaps no people on the global are still genuinely isolated than the Sentinelese.

Moreover, there have been instances where visitors have been attacked violently or met with hostility by the people inhabiting the island. No one can get closer than three miles to the island.

Their violence attacks to any kind of visitors even any health organization made the natives here vulnerable to communicable diseases as they have never been vaccinated. The Indian government has strictly prohibited the entry of visitors of any kind to protect them and to protect the Sentinelese way of life -an age-old practice-and the island’s unique biodiversity.

3-Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway 

Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a seed bank, located in the heart of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago. Sometimes the Seed Vault is referred to as “the Doomsday Vault”. The vault was built in 2008 to last about 2 hundred years. The building can withstand explosions and earthquakes.

The Global Seed Vault in Norway is actually a very important place for all of us because its purpose is to safeguards duplicates of 100 million seed samples. The samples are collected from almost every country in the world. With room for more millions of seed samples to be collected to restore the plant kingdom of our future food supply just in case of a global crisis or apocalypse.

2Niihau: Hawaii’s Forbidden Island

Niihau is the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, known as the Forbidden Island…perhaps the most famous forbidden places in the world. Niihau the Hawaiian Islands is of unsurpassed beauty … a true corner of paradise was purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair, a Scottish farmer and plantation owner. It was privately owned in 1864 by her and her descendants.

Niihau is known as the forbidden island because for over 150 years it has been accessible only to the owners and their guests. It is geologically the oldest island of the archipelago with the least population, within average 200 residents.

This small island of 72 square miles in size is completely isolated from the rest of the world. Time has almost stood still on Niihau, it does not have paved any roads, nor hydraulic systems and no hotels, and no telephone service and it does not have a means of transport.

In our days it is rare to find a place like Niihau, an  untouched island or even  spoiled by modern technology since the days of early Hawaii..

1-Lascaux Caves, France

Lascaux Caves, France is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with 14 other prehistoric caves but not all are open to the public. The Lascaux Cave is a treasure cave art thought to date back 17,000 years ago for archaeologists around the globe.

The cave complex contains a series of pre-historic paintings dating back to the Paleolithic era, that look hauntingly vivid, hug the wall, and depict animals like cattle, horses, aurochs, deer, goats, the dangerous bears, stags, bison and many more.

Sadly, the cave has been closed to the public since 1963 because they were threatened by a series of fungal invasions due to a large number of visitors. Lascaux Cave itself is closed as archaeologists believe that human presence might is destructive to the ancient work of art of the caves.

Forget forbidden places that you can never visit, think of other destinations and beautiful places  at Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Haiti Or, for a secret weekend getaway, Italy’s Civita di Bagnoregio: Jewel on the Hill.

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