The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu.

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High atop the Malaysian mountain Gunung Mulu is an impressive alien landscape made up of sharp rock spires that rise up out of the surrounding jungle like spikes of angry earth.
The climb to the Pinnacle of Gunung Mulu is gruesome and dangerous, so much so that the national park is sometimes used by the Malaysian Army for training.
However those who are daring enough to make the trek to the top of the mountain will be rewarded with one of the most unique and stunning vistas in the world.

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The tall stone spikes known as the Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu are stark karst formations that were created as the soft limestone eroded away across millennia.
Hidden so far up the mountain, the formations are relatively untouched by man and the only people to be seen for miles are other pilgrims to the bizarre bit of topography.
It usually takes a couple of days to reach the rock outcropping that serves as a viewing platform for the Pinnacles.
Along the way hikers encounter pitcher plants and toucans along with the grueling terrain. However ladders and railings have been installed to help with the trek as much as they can.
The park at large is also home to a number of large caves that make an excellent accompaniment to a visit to the Pinnacles.
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via The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu | Atlas Obscura.

Goa Gajah, Ubud, Indonesia

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Not far outside of the city of Ubud in Indonesia is a fantastical archeological site known as Goa Gajah, or “Elephant Cave,” although visitors could be forgiven for finding this name confusing given the wild-eyed demon maw that serves as a front door.
The ill-fitting monicker comes from a complicated trickle down of translations relating to the temple cave throughout history that may have alluded to elephants at one point.
However there does not seem to be any actual pachyderm imagery anywhere on the site. Instead the facade of the cave is carved into a surprisingly menacing devil’s face with wide eyes staring over the doorway that acts as its screaming mouth.
All around the monster’s face is what seems to be a boiling sea of flames.
Flanking the frightening frieze are smaller sculptures of creatures that have eroded with time.
Read on via Goa Gajah | Atlas Obscura.

London to Fort William by rail.

Some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful scenery is best enjoyed from a train window. From Lhasa to Lima, we choose brilliant and great value routes

Highland flung… the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the way to Fort William. Photograph: Alan Copson/Getty Images
London to Fort William, UK.  Duration: 13 hours.
The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the other is the Night Riviera to Penzance), is getting a £100m upgrade.
The new trains will have double beds, en suites, Highland food and Arran toiletries.
They’ll run first on the Lowland route from London to Edinburgh/Glasgow in October, then join the Highland route to Fort William next year.
The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain.
After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame – for ferries to Skye.
via 18 of the world’s best rail journeys | Travel | The Guardian

Bishop’s Medieval Castle, Colorado.

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Colorado, San Isabel National Forest – the heart of what many call Cowboy Country. Yet stray of the beaten path and you come across Bishop castle – a 160-foot high structure that weighs in at an estimated 50 thousand tons.
Incredibly, it is the work of a single man – Jim Bishop. Strangely though, if you are a tourist to the state, you will not find a mention of Bishop Castle on any official brochure.
That’s a shame because the place is magnificent. You might be forgiven that for believing that you had stumbled upon the home of the Colorado branch of the Addams family or perhaps a set mock up for a Tolkien inspired movie.
With the wrought iron, dragon’s head and formidable masonry it even has the look of a post apocalyptic stronghold for survivors. Yet it is a family home.
via Bishop’s Castle – Medieval Castle in Cowboy Country ~ Kuriositas.

Chillingham Castle and the ‘Blue Boy’ Ghost.

The Chillingham Castle, northern England, United Kingdom was originally a monastery in the late 12th century.
It attracts tourists from around the world who are eager to see the most haunted castle in Britain.
The most famous ghost of the castle is the “blue (or radiant) boy”, who according to the owners used to haunt the Pink Room in the castle.
Guests supposedly reported seeing blue flashes and a blue “halo” of light above their beds after a loud wail.
Image Credit: Photograph by David Clay.
Source: Hello From the Other Side: Most Mysterious and Haunted Places in the World – Sputnik International

Bhangarh, India’s Haunted City.

Bhangarh ghost city India 2It has lain abandoned for the best part of 400 years and is said to be the most haunted place in India.

Situated between the cities of Delhi and Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan the true reason for its abandonment has been lost to history, though there are several legends surrounding its fate.

Even today no-one is allowed to enter the ghost city of Bhangarh after twilight – it is said that if they do they will never return.

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Within the grounds there are still majestic temples to major Hindu deities: Shiva, Lavina Devi and Gopinath are represented among others but the throngs of worshipers who clamoured for entrance to the temple are long gone.

The town was first built in the reign of Bhagwant Das, a powerful maharaja, in 1573.

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Read further via Bhangarh – India’s Haunted City ~ Kuriositas