TOP 14 WEIRD & WONDERFUL PLACES TO VISIT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

3. Shaman Rock, Island of Olkhon, Lake Baikal, Russia

There are two versions regarding the origin of the name of the island and both are derived from the language of the Buryats, the indigenous people of Olkhon. The first is that the island’s name comes from the word oyhon – “woody”, and the second is that it comes from olhan – “dry”. It is still debated which of the two is the actual origin of the name Olkhon as both words describe the island perfectly. Much of the island is still covered by forests and the amount of precipitation is extremely low – about 240 mm (9.4 in) per year.