India is the land of diversity that has beautiful beaches, meadows, deserts, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. The country also has a rich culture where people of different faiths live together. The country has several places that attract tourists. Most of the people prefer visiting beautiful tourist places in India. But India is a big country that needs enough time to explore. You cannot explore it in a few days true. There are several beautiful monuments, Beautiful Islands, Butterfly Parks, difficult treks, Romantic honeymoon destinations, and more. There are also a few unusual sites for a different kind of memorable experience.
Unusual Places to Visit in India
Here is the list of Mysterious and Unusual Places to Visit in India that you can see during your India tour.
1. Roopkund, Uttarakhand
Roopkund is a mysterious lake located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India. This glacial lake is at an altitude of 5,029 meters and remains frozen most of the months of the year. Roopkund lake is also known as Mystery Lake or Skeletons Lake. It is primarily known for hundreds of ancient human skeletons found around the lake. People believe that these skeletons of people from the 9th century died here due to heavy hailstorm.
I also went to see Rookund lake back in September 2019 and saw several skeletons there. Here are a few photos of one of the unusual places to visit in India.
2. Kuldhara, Rajasthan
Kuldhara is an abandoned village and is one of the mysterious places in India. Kuldhara is one of the most haunted places in Rajasthan and also one of the most haunted places in India. This is the reason it is also one of the top places to see in Rajashtan. Kuldhara is located around 15 Km. west of Jaisalmer and known as a ghost town. It was abandoned in the 19th century and no person lives here since them. It is a haunted place and people avoid visiting here at night.
3. Shetpal, Maharashtra
Shetpal is a village in Maharashtra and is known as “Land of Snakes“. People living in this village have learned to co-exist with snakes. You can easily see Indian cobras freely roaming in the village. People also have a special corner in the house exclusively for the cobras. They treat snakes as their pets. Children of the village also play with snakes without fear. Shetpal is in the Sholapur district of Maharashtra and is about 200 Km from Pune.
If you are thinking to make a trip, the nearest railway station is Modnimb and the nearest airport is Pune.
4. Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
Karni Mata Temple is also a mystery. The temple is known for rats and is also known as Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. There are more than 25,000 black rats in the temple. These rats are called kabbas. There are also a few white rats, which are considered to be holy.
Karni Mata Temple is in Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. You can take return autorickshaw/taxi from Bikaner at around R. 600 to Rs. 800. It takes 3-4 hours on a round trip.
5. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh
Magnetic Hill is also one of India’s most unusual places and is located at an elevation of 3,352.8 meters. The place is known for its magnetic properties that pull a vehicle uphill. A vehicle with turned the engine can start moving can go up to a speed of 20 kilometers per hour on its own.
Magnetic hill is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and is at a distance of 32 km from Leh International Airport.
6. Chandipur Beach
Chandipur Beach is also a place with unique natural phenomena. Here, the sea disappears suddenly and comes back after A few hours. The water recedes up to 5 kilometers every day and comes back again after a few hours. This hide-and-seek is there twice a day. So, seeing the sea disappear and its return. will be an unforgettable experience.
Chandipur Beach is around 200 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. You can take a train to Balasore that is the closes railway station at a distance of 10 km and then travel by road. The best time to visit Chandipur beach is winter.
7. Loktak Lake, Manipur
Loktak Lake is the world’s floating lake and is also the largest freshwater lake in north-eastern India. Now imagine standing on a piece of land floating on a lake. The floating land pieces are known as phumdis that are actually a cluster of a huge amount of organic matter, vegetation and soil. There is also a tourist house called Sendra Tourist Home. The lake covers an area of 300 square meters.
There is also the world’s only floating national park called Keibul Lamjao National Park. This national park is home to over 233 aquatic plant species, 425 animal species including Indian python, endangered Manipuri brow-antlered deer and over 100 species of birds.
This lake is located in Bishnupur district of Manipur. It is at a distance of 53 km from Imphal.
8. Ram-Setu, Tamil Nadu
Ram-Setu is an ancient bridge connecting India to Sri Lanka. Ram-Setu is also known as Adam’s Bridge or Rama’s Bridge. It was made using stones that had the name of Lord Rama inscribed on them. This bridge is floating on water and has been there for thousands of years. It is believed to be built by Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena for reaching Sri Lanka. The bridge is 48 km land and separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait. It was reportedly passable on foot until the 15th century.
The bridge is in the Rameshwaram district of Tamil Nandu. Rameshwaram is one of the main tourist places n Tamilnadu and is easily accessible.
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9. Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi
The Veerabhadra temple is located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and was built in the 16th century. The temple has not one but several notable things. The first one is a big Nandi statue. This is India’s biggest monolithic Nandi with 27ft in length and 15ft in height. This huge structure was made out of one single stone. The temple has 70 hanging pillars which di not rest on the ground. This temple shows the engineering genius of ancient and medieval India’s temple builders. There’s also a huge Shivling hooded under a multiface snake. This is also a unique Shivling because there is no similar Shivling in the rest of the country. You can also see a huge footprint on the temple floor that is believed to be of Goddess Sita. This footprint is always wet and the source of this water is unknown.
10. Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya
Living Root Bridges are in West Jantia hills and East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. These bridges are made of rubber tree roots placed into the trunk of the plant. It takes around 15 years for the bridge to get stronger and they last for several hundreds of years. A footbridge is strong enough to hold the weight of several people at a time. Most famous is the double-decker root bridges.
These are the Unusual Places to Visit in India. These are the strange places in India that you can see and explore during your tour. Don’t miss the chance if you get one.