We have all experienced the magical feelings evoked by fairy tales. Some seem like they are totally not of this world, but we still believe them. That notwithstanding, at the back of our minds, we know they are just stories and there is no reality in them, right?
Wrong. There is a degree of reality in them, as reflected by these forests on the face of the earth.
These forests, at first glance, will make you think that you are looking at some kind of make-believe movie. You might find yourself pinching your skin to check whether you are in some kind of reverie.
1. The Crooked Forest, Poland
Right in the middle of a forest with straight-stemmed trees in Nowe Czarnowo village in the Western parts of Poland is a collection of about 400 trees with their barks bent at a 90-degree angle towards the northern direction. They are all pine trees, and the bends are right at the base of each one of them.
They are said to have been planted in 1930 by some German Farmers. Most people think the bends on the trees were intentionally made so by these farmers, but the reason behind it is unknown. No one has been able to prove these allegations.
2. North Sentinel Island Forest, Bay of Bengal
This forest spans almost the entire 72 square kilometer island. It is home to a very hostile tribe called The Sentinelese tribe. The fact that the island has no natural harbors might probably be the reason why people from the civilized world did not settle there, and hence there was no advancement.
The Sentinelese do not welcome any outsiders. In fact, they are very hostile to any contact from the outside world to the extent that any helicopter flying close to the ground will be shot down using arrows and spears.
The fact that the forest has remained untouched for a very long time may be attributed to their hostility. This pre-neolithic group of people have kept the place so intact, such that if you step onto it, you will feel as though you are stepping back in time. The only problem is, you will not be able to come an inch near it.
3. Bialowieza Forest, Poland and Belarus
This 7000-year old time capsule, as experts describe it, is located on the border between Belarus and Poland. It spans an area of 142 hectares, and is home to numerous wild animals. The aura there will make you think that you are in another planet, or you have been taken out of reality and placed right in the middle of a fairy tale.
Some of the tallest oak trees are found here, with some being as tall as 46 meters. You will find wolves and many other species of animals endemic to this region roaming freely within this vast forest.
4. Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania
Need I remind you that fairy tales are not all joy and laughter? Time and time again, there is some darkness, or some horrendous creatures. You will find this darkness being portrayed through the presence of some dark, haunted forest. Well, the real world has its fair share of those. And that leads me to Hoia-Baciu Forest.
It was named after a shepherd who once entered it with his flock of sheep, about 200 in number, never to be seen again. In fact, the forest has attracted the name, “The Bermuda Triangle of Romania”. It has a reputation for unexplained events, ghost sightings, and even UFOs being seen around the area. Electronic devices are said to malfunction when in the area.
5. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
This forest is entirely made up of bamboo trees, and even though it might not be the kind of fairy tale forest you would expect to see, it still is an incredible sight. As you step into this forest, you will be welcomed by the melodious sound produced by the wind as it blows through the swanky green bamboos. The bamboos stand tall, allowing controlled rays of sunlight to penetrate them, and this gives the place a very unique feel.