INDIA, the land of Amazement, Beauty, Culture and what not, here are some mind blowing destinations in India that are not only better than foreign trips but are so astonishing that you would be attracted by the vibes these places share..
India’s Must Visit Destinations Before They Vanish
- Cherrapunji – Wettest place on earth
Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the second wettest place on the planet and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. Cherrapunji, which means ‘the land of oranges’, is at an elevation of 4290 ft. One can see the plains of Bangladesh from the cliffs of Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji held the record for the wettest place on earth. However, Mawsynram, also in Meghalaya, holds the distinction of being the wettest place. Cherrapunji receives a staggering 11,777 mm of rainfall annually. 98% of the annual rainfall at Cherrapunjee is received in just eight months from March to October. November, December, January and February get nominal or no rainfall.
Cherrapunji is also famous for its live bridges, a result of bio-engineering practiced by the locals. The bridges can bear 50 people at a time and are spectacular to watch. It is credited as being the wettest place on Earth, although nearby Mawsynram currently holds that record.
- karni mata temple – Rat Temple
This temple is located in Deshnoke, 30 kms from Bikaner, Rajasthan. This is famous as Rat Temple. The rats are very sacred in this temple. There are many 1000s of rats here. These rats are considered as holy and not as pests. It is believed that there are around 20,000 rats here. They are seen everywhere. Neither the rats nor the devotees are scared of each other. Devotees and rats share a special bond. This place is free of Plague or any other contagious diseases
- Dandakaranya – The Jungle of Punishment
Dandakaranya is a spiritually significant region in India, includes the parts of the Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh states. It is mentioned in the Ramayana and one of the famous Indian Hinduism religious place.
- Kanchenjunga Mountain – Land of Himalayan Yeti
A preserved skull and hand said to be that of a Yeti or Abominable Snowman is on display at Pangboche monastery, near Mount Everest.
Kanchenjunga is the highest mountain peak in India,located at the border of Nepal and the India in Sikkim. Though its not a strange place to visit but indeed one of the must see place in India along with other four peaks of Great Himalayas, Mysterious Himalayan Yeti can be spotted here.
- Roopkund – Skeleton Lake
Roopkund,now called as Skeleton lake due to hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. Skeleton Lake is a high altitude mountain glacial lake situated at Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
- Khardung La Pass – Highest Motorable Road
Khardung La Pass is a high mountain pass in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and famous as world’s highest motorable pass. It is the only route for tourists to reach the famous Nubra Valley.
- Kalavantin Durg – Beautiful Abandoned Fort
The Kalavantin Durg is one of the most beautiful abandoned places in India, located between Matheran and Panvel in the Sahyadri mountains of Maharashtra. Kalavantin Durg can be seen from Mumbai Pune expressway and now its a famous trekking place in Maharashtra.
- Longewala Battlefield – Hunters at Dawn : Tanot Mata temple
Longewala region is located in the Thar Desert of the Rajasthan and the site of a battle of 1971 between India and Pakistan. Tanot Mata temple is situated very close to the battle site of Longewala and is the last tourist destination in India. Tanot Mata temple is the temple seen in the Bollywood ‘Border’ movie. Tanot mata is believed to be the incarnation of of Goddess Hinglaz.
It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large number of the bombs in the vicinity of the temple did not explode. After the war the temple management was handed over to Border Security Force of India. On date Border Security Force Jawans man the temple. The temple has a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan.
- Bhangarh Fort – Most Haunted Place
The Bhangarh Fort of Alwar Rajasthan is one of the top 15 most Haunted place in India and famous for its historical ruins. Bhangarh is a popular tourist attraction situated at the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve and entry prohibited between sunset and sunrise.
- Shani Shinganapur – Village with no doors or locks!
A village located in Maharashtra state about 350 kilometers away from the state capital Mumbai and 60 kilometers from the popular pilgrim place Shirdi.
In Shani Shingnapur village, people live in houses with no doors for generations! Here one can find only curtains (that is also rare) in the place of doors. The only temporary guard is barriers – that too to keep off stray animals. Here villagers get to their daily routines without bothering about their house’s security or fear of thieves. For them, everything is dedicated to the Lord Shani. The belief is, whoever steals anything from this place will incur the wrath of Shani God and will have to pay for his/her sins very dearly. When Shani Shingnapur natives go outside their village, they don’t ask their neighbors to keep vigil on their house & belongings. There is no Police station in this village too. They have no role here!
- Magnetic Hill – The Gravity Hill
Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference; in reality, the effect is an optical illusion created by the gravity hill.
The hill is located on the Leh-Kargil-Batalik national highway, and is bordered by the Sindhu river. The Indian Army maintains a sikh Gurudwara near the hill where Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism, meditated in the 15th century. Due to both the Gurudwara and the gravity hill, the area has become a popular sightseeing destination.
Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true
- Dhanushkodi – The Lost Land
Dhanushkodi is also known as the ghost city and the lost land, located at the tip of Rameswaram island. Dhanushkodi Beach is lies between the junction of the two seas Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean and the only land border between India and Sri Lanka where the remnants of Rama’s Bridge found.
- Barren Island – Only Active Volcano
Barren Island has the only active volcano in South Asia, it was erupted more than ten times and recently one was in 2011. This volcanic island is one of the major tourist attraction of Andaman and Nicobar islands.
- Indira Point – The Last Tip
The famous Indira Point is situated on Great Nicobar Island in the Indian Ocean within the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indira point is one of the must visit and most beautiful places which is known for its sky touching lighthouse, beach and sand.