Lonar Lake Buldnar Maharashtra

India is one country that enjoys an existence beyond the map. A map of India can only say about the roads, but real India lies in its people, culture and amazing stories. That is exactly why India is called Incredible India. Here’s a list of some fascinating places that are too strange to be real. Read on.

Amazing Places in India

1. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

Magnetic Hill

A world-recognized gravity hill, the magnetic hill of Ladakh is located at 11,000 feet above the sea level. It has a strong gravitational pull and its slope in the background gives the illusion that the hill can pull the vehicle upwards even with the ignition off. In fact, they pull at the hill is so strong that if a plane flies at a lower altitude, the force can interfere with its transmission. It is a thrilling experience that can only be truly understood by being there.

2. Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong Village Mawlynnong Village Meghalaya

What’s different about this place? Mawlynnong is Asia’s cleanest village with a 100 % literacy rate. It is a village where almost every person speaks fluent English and strives hard to maintain their village clean and promote Eco-tourism. At a time when negligence and basic sanitation is a cause of worry, it is amazing and inspirational to know about Mawlynnong.

3. Gomateshwara Statue, Shravanabelagola, Karnataka

Gomateshwara of Dharmasthala

Also known as Bahubali, it is a 60 feet tall statue of a very famous saint- Gomateshwara. This giant statue is made of a single granite block. The statue is so big that it can be seen from 30 km away. This is the world’s largest monolithic statue. It is also voted as the first of the ‘seven wonders of India’. Gomateshwara is the first saint believed to have attained liberation in his half time cycle.

4. Bridge of living roots, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Bridge of living roots Cherrapunji Meghalaya

You must’ve heard people building bridges of bricks and rocks, come to Cherrapunji and witness man bending the roots with the help betel nut trunks and creating living root bridges. You can find living root bridges that are as long as 100 feet long and are more than 500 years old. Cherrapunji also has an amazing double Decker Bridge made of entirely roots and is one of its kind living Root Bridge in the world.

5. Hide and Seek, Chandipur Beach, Orissa

Chandipur Beach Low Tide

This beach is no ordinary one. Visit the Chandipur beach to witness a rare sight when high tides completely vanish the beach and on the very same day, low tides will bring it back for you. As astonishing as it sounds, it is a rare sight to witness. What’s more, the sand dunes and the Casuarina trees sway in sweet melodious tunes on the shore. The peaceful and majestic coastline can captivate any visitor.

6. Hanging Pillar, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

Hanging Pillar Lepakshi monolithic statue of Nandi Lepakshi

A perfect example of genius engineering of ancient times, the hanging pillar of the Lepakshi temple is named so because it does not fully rest on the ground and people can actually pass through small objects beneath it. It also has a 27 feet long and 15 feet tall monolithic statue of Nandi, intricately carved to perfection.

7. Lonely Phutkal Monastery, Zanskar, Ladakh

Lonely Phutkal Monastery Zansakar Ladakh

Regarded as one of the loneliest monasteries in the world, the Phutkal monastery was built around a natural cave in the 14th century. From a distance, it looks like a honeycomb and can easily be missed by the human eye. It takes an ardent trek of 3 days to reach this monastery and it is accessible only by foot and not by any vehicle.

8. Lonar Lake, Buldnar, Maharashtra

Lonar Lake Buldnar Maharashtra

Created by a meteor impact, the Lonar Lake in the Buldnar village of Maharashtra possesses a unique property of being both alkaline and saline in nature. Various extensive researches and studies have been constructed at the site. Although the lake was mentioned in Hindu religious books of the Skanda Purana, Muslim’s Aaina-I-Akbari and Padma Puran, it was discovered only in 1823. The saline deposits of this lake are supposed to be of exceptional nature and in spite of evaporation, the water level is not decreased and water is continuously flowing into the lake.

9. Red Rain, Kerala

Red Rain Kerala

It is creepy but true, the red rain phenomenon in the southern state of Kerala has taken everyone by surprise. These rains contain red particles and researches shows that these particles have some internal structure. Earlier assumed to be a result of a meteor burst, further studies have now shown a possibility of extraterrestrial effect too; however, none of these studies are proven.

10. The great wall of India, Kumbhalgarh Fort

Great wall of India Kumbhalgarh Fort

Still unexplored by many, the Kumbhalgarh fort boasts of a 36-kilometer long gigantic wall built around the fort periphery. It is the second-largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. Historians believe this wall was made to safeguard the 360 temples that are located inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. It has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The fort was almost impregnable for a long time due to the great wall around it.

While there are scientific explanations to most of the unusual places and phenomena, it is beyond doubt that these places are incredibly thrilling to witness. India has many more such amazing places, that you wouldn’t know ever existed.

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Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

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