Turquoise waters and blue skies, this is not the Maldives but a toxic lake in Siberia that is being run over by Instagrammers

Despite its radiation-plagued past, Chernobyl has seen a lot of tourist activity off late- thanks to the popular HBO series by the same name. However, here to give its wanderlust-induced fame a tough fight is another wonder in Russia that now has Instagrammers swooning over it. We’re talking about the pristine blue and awe-inspiringly gorgeous water-cluster in Serbia, that in fact is a chemical waste dump! Yes, that’s right.

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🇷🇺Работяги, плавать там не опасно🚨 На следующее утро мои ноги слегка покраснели и чесались дня два, потом все прошло 🙏🏽 Но что не сделаешь ради таких снимков😋Вода на вкус немного кисловата, похожа на мел 😝 🇺🇸It,s not dangerous to swim here. The next morning, my legs turned slightly red and itched for two days, but then everything went. But what wouldn’t you do for the sake of such pictures? The water tastes a little sour 🤮 #новосибирскиемальдивы #золоотвалтэц5 #золоотвал #золоотвалнск #тэц5

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Dubbed- “Novosibirsk Maldives”, the so-called lake is located near Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city with a population of around 1.6 million people. After it was accidently discovered on Instagram, the water-body has become so popular that thousands are now visiting it each day. It also has its own dedicated Instagram account that highlights its beauty and let’s millions repost their own pictures from the location on the page.

However, in highlighting its dangers, The Siberian Generating Company, which operates the Heating and Electrical Station Number 5 plant, recently released a statement cautioning people to steer clear from it. The insistent warning read – “In the last week, our ash dump of the Novosibirsk TEZ-5 has become the star of social networks,” it said. “But you CANNOT swim in the ash dump. Its water has high alkaline environment. This is due to the fact that calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it. Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!” For now, though, the “Novosibirsk Maldives” is the Instagram craze that refuses to die out!


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A lawyer with a zeal for writing, Ekta has a deep love for linguistics, travel, and philosophy. Not an adrenalin junkie but likes going on occasional hikes to beat the weekday blues. Her bucket list includes escapades to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Morocco.