Most Popular Dark Places In India That Are Identified With Tragedy
Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand
It is locally called the 'Lake of Skulls'. There are more than 200 human skeletons found deep beneath the water and are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake. The lake is frozen year-round; however, when the lake melts, you can see the remains of hair, and skeletons, floating or lying beneath the surface.
What is Dark Tourism?
Dark tourism is a new travel trend which introduces travellers to places that are associated with death, tragedy, suffering, and destruction. From war zones and genocide prisons to nuclear blast sites and tombs - these are some infamous yet historically relevant sites.
Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan
Located little over 25 km to the west of the desert town of Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan, Kuldhara is a barren and inhabited old site. Locally known as the Ghost Town, Kuldhara is said to be cursed! Once a prosperous town with 83 villages, Kuldahar today, is a lonely ruin.
Mostly creepy, dangerous, scary, and sometimes a taboo, dark tourism, has strange effects on the human psyche. Many who come across this may regard it as a bizarre trend; however, it has been a part of the global tourism for a long time now.
Union Carbide Plant, Bhopal
The effect of the gas that was released due to the disaster in the plant was so adverse that thedeath toll reached more than two thousand in 72 hours. A report by the health organisation put it at 3800, dying as a result of the immediate effects of the gas; some reports say the death toll estimates range as high as 8000 or even beyond 25,000.
India often considered a land of great diversity and joy, has a long and convoluted history. As a result of prolonged periods of British colonialism, wars, invasion and struggle for independence, India has a majority of heritage sites that are of dark tourism interest today.
Jalianwala Bagh, Amritsar
You can also see the red bricks in the walls to be disturbed by bullets that were fired in 1919. They would look like crumbling pieces of the old wall. However, they are signs to remind us from time to time what a tragic place this really is.