Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
The Bhangarh Fort isn’t completely banned to access, because tourists can visit it in the daylight and see this marvelous example of Rajasthani architecture. However, from sunset to sunrise, there is a strict ban to enter this place. Being declared a haunted place by the Indian government, this 17th-century fort is full of legends about ghosts and curses. Hearing some of them will certainly send shivers down your spine.
Lascaux Caves, France
Not all UNESCO World Heritage sites are open to the public. For example, the Lascaux Caves in France have been banned to enter since 1963, because they were threatened by a series of fungal invasions due to a large number of visitors. This occasion revealed that any human presence is destructive to the caves. So to preserve 900 examples of prehistoric art dating back to the Paleolithic era, tourists can’t come in there anymore.
Area 51, Nevada, USA
The official version states that Area 51 is the site used by the U.S. Air Force and CIA as a testing territory due to its remote location. If it’s true (and it, probably, is), it’s logical why the place is banned to enter for public.
Area 51 isn’t only one of the most well-known forbidden places in the United States. It’s also one of the most mysterious locations in the US. According to many of them, an alien spaceship crashed there, while according to others authorities use this place to examine the spaceship that, allegedly, crashed in Roswell, New Mexico (another super-mysterious place).
Mausoleum Of Qin Shi Huang, China
Although the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang was discovered upon unearthing the Terracotta Army in 1974, it hasn’t been excavated yet. According to the opponents of excavation of the tomb, modern technologies can’t prevent its destruction. For this reason, the access to it is still forbidden by the Chinese government that strives to preserve their cultural heritage and pays respect to the man buried there.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
The Doomsday Vault is a seed bank situated in the heart of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago. This is a secure vault that preserves a variety of plant seeds. It is an attempt to safeguard the seeds in case of an apocalypse or global crisis. From every nook and corner of the globe, crates of seeds are sent to the Doomsday Vault for long-term storage. The vault is only open to special guests on specific days.