In our modern world, we have the opportunity to make travels that were not even imagined until recently. Opportunities to explore the world are far more diverse than they were a generation or two ago.

We are at a point in history where travel has amazing privileges that we sometimes take for granted because modern transportation has allowed us to reach most of the world’s destinations in a day or two.


However, there are still unexplored and mysterious places throughout the planet where there is not any freedom and easy access to travel destinations. It is prohibited and cannot be viewed publicly.

Let’s look at nine such restricted places around the world:


1. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan

Ise Grand is considered the most sacred shrine in Japan and dates back to the 3rd century. It is the spiritual home of the Japanese people and their state religion, Shinto, and attracts many pilgrims and tourists every year. Also known as, Ise Jugnu.

It is a complex of more than 125 shrines located in Ise City, Mie Prefecture. There are magnificent and wonderful places of worship centering on the main halls of Nike (Inner Palace) and Oku (Outer Palace). The main hall is located at the foot of a lush, tree-lined hill, making it one of the most beautiful structures in Japan.

However, not everyone can enter the most sacred block. It is almost completely hidden behind a wooden fence, so only part of the main temple building is visible. Only the Imperial Family and a select few priests are allowed to enter the parish. High priests and shamans are sacred enough to have to come from the imperial family. Photography of the main hall of the shrine is also prohibited. This only adds mystery and mystery to this place.

Forbidden Places In The World- Ise Grand Shrine

2. Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China

The tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China and progenitor of the Qin Dynasty, is one of the most inaccessible tombs in the world. The tomb builders built an intricate network of caves filled with the emperor’s needs in the afterlife.


The Chinese government has decided to ban excavation of the tomb of Qin Shi Huang to pay tribute to the old site. Therefore, it is one of the most forbidden places in the world to honor the late king.

Restricted Places on Earth - Tomb of Qin Shi Huang
Forbidden Places In World- Doomsday Vault, Norway

3. North Sentinel Island, India

North Sentinel Island is located in the Andaman Sea and is one of the most forbidden places on earth. Indigenous peoples known as Sentinels reject all contact with the outside world and remain one of the few peoples untouched by our civilization.

The inhabitants of the island often resort to violence to maintain their isolation. The Sentinel tribe has lived on the island for more than 50,000 years under the protection of the Indian government.

While researchers were assessing damage from the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, their helicopters were attacked by sentinels approaching the island. Of course, none of them were hurt, but this example shows how fiercely the island’s population defends its territory.


Forbidden Places In India- North Sentinel Island

4. Lascaux Caves, France

The Caves of Lascaux in France are considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The caves are said to contain prehistoric paintings from at least 17,300 years ago.

Hanging over the wall is a hauntingly impressive collection of Paleolithic paintings. This painting depicts animals such as cows, deer, bison, etc. Unfortunately, the cave has not been open to the general public since 1963. Because archaeologists have come to the conclusion that human intimacy can ruin ancient works of art.

Critically acclaimed German film director and independent filmmaker Werner Herzog received special permission from the French Minister of Culture to enter the cave and film the 2010 documentary Caves of Forgotten Dreams. He and his team could only shoot for six days, four hours each.

Lascaux Caves, France - Forbidden places

5. Bhangarh Fort, India

The once majestic fortress located in Rajasthan is in ruins. A magnificent kingdom used to be here and is now considered the most visited fortress in India.


In 1573, ruler Amber Kahwah built this fortress for his youngest son, and its population gradually declined until a severe famine fled the population in 1783. According to local legend, the kingdom was overthrown by the curse of the fortress.


In fact, Fort Bhangarh is the only “officially recognized” haunted place in India, according to the Times of India, and requires a government permit to enter after dawn or after sunset. Wild nocturnal animals like the tiger and the lack of artificial lighting around it are to blame, but no one knows what else might be hiding in the ruins.

Interesting Facts About Bhangarh Fort

6. Doomsday Vault, Norway

If you didn’t know there was such a thing as a Doomsday Vault, you should definitely remember it because it has to do with our future. Doomsday Vault is a seed bank located in the center of the Arctic archipelago in Svalbard, Norway. It is a safe storage facility to store seeds of various plants.

This is an attempt to keep the seeds safe in the event of an apocalypse or global emergency. Large boxes of seeds are delivered to shelters of the apocalypse for long-term storage around the world. In fact, it is a huge vault housing the world’s largest collection of agricultural biodiversity. The safe is not open to the public, but access by special guests is allowed only on certain days.


Opened in 2008, this repository is about 200 years old and can withstand explosions and earthquakes. Its location, fortunately, is on the top of a mountain, so it is still above sea level even when all the planet’s ice melts.

7. Poveglia, Italy

Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido. It is often called a misfortune for as many reasons as the fact that it was a quarantine station where over 160,000 infected people lived and lived their last days.

According to some reports, 50% of the island’s soil consists of human remains. And as if that tragedy wasn’t enough, the island later became home to a psychiatric hospital with a very evil reputation. It was closed after some time and it is now strictly forbidden to enter Poveglia.

Forbidden Places On Earth - Poveglia, Italy

8. Fort Knox, USA

Fort Knox, located in Kentucky, holds more than half of America’s gold reserves. It is often referred to as the world’s most protected place. It has some security measures that could blow someone away.


The most interesting thing is that none of the employees have access to the store. Access requires knowing multiple combinations, but each employee only knows one of them, so he can only get into the safe with the help of a colleague. The is also resistant to external attacks as the building is made of concrete granite and reinforced with steel.

Forbidden Places On Earth - Fort Knox, USA

9. Ilha Da Queimada Grande, Brazil

Ilha da Keimada, or Snake Island, is famous for the fact that thousands of snakes live here. The island is also home to the Golden Spearhead Viper, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. Its poison is said to be so deadly that it could melt a person in one bite. Locals claim that there are five snakes per mile on the island, most of them lethal.

Island has been closed to visitors and the Brazilian government has to follow strict regulations to maintain this status. Researchers who can fight snakes can only enter if there is a doctor on their team.

Forbidden Places around the world- Ilha Da Queimada Grande, Brazil