Dark Tourism has become a trend in the Millenial generation. Dark Tourism destinations are the spots which are associated with death or tragedy. I think people chose to visit these places instead of going to a resort for vacation because of the thrill that it brings. Or maybe it is the sadistic inclination of some tourists that attracts them to these destinations. I have compiled a list of places I would prefer to visit If I ever choose to be a dark tourist.
On 26th April 1986, the No.4 reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffered and explosion and total meltdown. Which caused more than 4,000 deaths (official figure, the true figure is nearly a million). The whole area nearby had to be evacuated and the town of Pripyat is still inhabitable.
Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland
Auschwitz concentration camp was the ground zero of humanity’s most abhorrent and dark actions. The Nazi party had accumulated the Jews to mass murder them into extinction. 11 million people lost their lives in the holocaust. Today people visit this place to reflect on the past of humanity and never to let such actions be repeated.
Darvaza gas crater, Turkmenistan
Geologists set fire in the natural gas crater of methane. Also known as the “Gates of Hell,” Darvaza is burning since 1971. Tourists visit the place to observe the scenic fire, mostly at night.
Considered as the most haunted place of India, Bhangarh the ghost town has a chilly story and it is not for the faint-hearted. It is forbidden to enter the ruins of Bhangarh after sunset till sunrise by the government. The ghost town is rumored to be cursed and people have heard strange noises, lights, dancing sounds, and screams at night at the Bhangarh fort. It is also a rumor that people who stay at the place for the night don’t make it out alive in the morning.
The 9/11 Memorial, United States
The Ground Zero for the World’s most tragic terrorist attack. The spot has become a memorial museum for the 9/11 attacks and tourists visit the place to pay respect to the dead.