Traveling to an unknown or unusual place always holds more appeal that just visiting the most prominent or popular attractions in a country. India is truly the land of mystery, ethnicity and beauty. It offers many varieties of scenic beauty, awesome landscapes, flora and fauna. If you think you have seen everything in India, you are wrong. So gear up; as we gist down some highly off-beat and exotic locations in India, that you should definitely visit at least once in your lifetime, India is full of surprises indeed.
Read on to know more about what India has to offer;
1) BRIHADEESWARAR TEMPLE
Also known as the Peruduvaiyar temple, this temple is located in Thanjavur, Tamilnadu. The specialty of this temple is that it’s carved out of a single rock and the shadow of the Garbagriha never falls on the ground. The temple is constructed in such a way that it’s shadow falls upon itself. Thanjavur Periya koil is also a UNESCO recognized world heritage site.
2) ROOPKUND, THE SKELETON LAKE
Located in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand begot its name owing to the hundreds of skeletons found at the edge of the lake. Though this give you the chills, this is a must visit for a different kind of experience.
3) THALON CAVE, MANIPUR
This cave constructed during the period of Hoabinhian culture in India is located above 910m from sea level. The darkness and frightening experience in yields upon entering is to be not-missed.
4) HIDE AND SEEK BEACH, ORISSA
Imagine things disappearing right in front of your eyes, this is what happens in Hide and Seek beach in Orissa. Things disappear on their own owing to high and low tides. The varying tides recede to an average of 5kms, which makes it a captivating sight indeed.
5) LEVITATING STONE, SHIVAPUR
Shivapur is a small town, in Pune, Maharashtra that is famous for its levitating stone that can mysteriously levitate in air owing to the curse of a Muslim Sufi mystic. According to the myth, Qamar Ali took an oath on his death bed stating that every time his name is uttered and 11 men place their index fingers under that stone, he will raise the stone above their heads and that is exactly what happens.
6) BARA IRAMBARA, LUCKNOW
The Bara Irambara is gravity defying structure that is over 15 meters tall and stands defying gravity without pillars or beams that supports the ceiling.
7) LAND OF BLACK MAGIC, ASSAM
Mayong, Assam is a village about 40kms from Guwahati city thatâ€™s famous for black magic and sorcery. These skills are widely practiced here as well as passed down generations. You can have a glimpse about the same in Mayong Central museum. They retell gory tales of men turning into beasts, humans into animals and vice versa.
8) MAGNETIC HILL, LADAKH
This place has the most uncommon phenomenon of cars that move by itself when on neutral gear. The hills here have magnetic properties that can attract highly metallic objects.
9) FLOATING ISLANDS OF LOKTAK, MANIPUR
Located about 48km of Imphal, Manipur this lake is famous for itâ€™s floating islands called Phumdis. Phumdis are found to be heterogeneous mass of soil, vegetation, and other organic matters.
10) HANGING PILLAR, LEKAPAKSHI
Located in Ananthpur district, Andhra Pradesh this pillar is famous for the fact that it’s believed to be attached to the ceiling and not to the floor for there’s enough space between the floor and pillar for a towel to pass underneath.
11) MOHAMMADPUR UMRI
Umri can be referred to as the village of the twins. Located near Allahabad, this city is famous for its unusual number of twin population. For most of us, this is just a genetic phenomenon but for the people of Umri, this is the work of a divine hand, indeed.
12) ASIA’S CLEANEST VILLAGE, MEGHALAYA
Mawlynnong Village in Cherrapunji has truly earned the title of God’s own garden due to its community based effort on eco-tourism. Surprisingly, this village has 100% literacy rate and most of the villagers speak English fluently. Bliss for people who grew up in concrete jungles.
13) VILLAGE WITHOUT DOORS, SHANI SHIGNAPUR
Located in Maharashtra, the village of Shani Shignapur is famous for its Shani temple and no doors phenomenon. With zero percent crime rate, UCO Bank has opened its branch in the same village lock-less which is first of its kind in India.
14) RAT TEMPLE, RAJASTHAN
Karnimata, Rajasthan is famous for being a home to over 200000 rats. Here rats are worshipped and seen as forefather of Karni Mata. White mice are considered to be more holy as they worship them as Karni Mata and her sons.
15) LAND OF SNAKES, MAHARASHTRA
Located in Sholapur district of Maharashtra, this village is widely renowned for Snake worship. Each and every house in this village, possess rafters for snakes in their ceilings. No cases of snake bites are registered though snakes move about freely even about their house-holds.
There are many such amazing places in India like The Great Wall of India around Fort Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan which is The 2nd longest wall after the Great Wall of China, Bhangarh, Ghost town of Rajasthan, Valley of Flowers in UttaraKhand, Floating stones in Ram setu, Mehrangarh fort in Rajasthan, Galtaji temple in Jaipur etc.