Be a traveler of your own kind, concluded tourist India this time. The country derives its uniqueness from the varied geographical features formed over tens of thousands of years. What adds to the charm of these places is the rich history they come from.
When planning a trip, keep in mind these unusual, unusual places that can offer you a life experience to cherish.
Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra
Measuring 1.8 kilometers in diameter and 150 meters deep, this crater lake was apparently formed 50,000 years ago when an asteroid hit the region, now known as the Deccan Plateau. It is a popular destination among trekking enthusiasts and is located 150 kilometers away from Aurangabad.
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Gandikota Gorge, Andhra Pradesh
While your American dreams brew a little longer, enjoy the goodness that the Gandikota Gorge (Andhra Pradesh) has to offer. It is an endless stretch of red granite rocks that leads to the Pennar River. What’s fascinating about the Canyon? A descent that will lead you to the riverbed.
Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
If you are someone who likes to live on the edge, a bike ride to this glacial water body is recommended. If you’re not feeling adventurous, you can rent a car. Located at an elevation of 12,400 feet, Tsomgo Lake attracts most visitors during the winter season, as it freezes and provides an interesting contrast to the surrounding mountains. The myth is true, ancient monks predicted the future based on the color the lake would turn.
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St. Mary’s Islands, Udupi, Karnataka
What makes one of these islands unique is its distinctive geological formation. The columnar basalt rocks sit firmly on the shores of the beach; It is said that they were formed millions of years ago when molten lava flowed into water.
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Loktak Lake, Manipur
Tucked away in Northeast India, this one of its kind floating lake is home to 233 species of aquatic plants, more than 100 species of birds and 425 species of animals. It also has the honor of being the world’s only floating National Park.
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Barren Island, Andaman
India’s only active volcano, located in the Barren Islands, about 140 kilometers northeast of Port Blair, has been spewing smoke since January this year. It is highly recommended for thrill seekers as the island offers the opportunity for diving and it is also remote so you can have some free time if you wish. And don’t be psyched, the volcano last erupted in 1787.
Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya
Meghalaya is hit hard every year and therefore the bamboo bridges cannot withstand the fierce weather. About 180 years ago the Khasis built a solution to this and made the roots of rubber trees to pass through the hollows of Areca nut palm. Fancy, isn’t it?
Magnetic Hill, Leh
Cyclists, prepare yourself. Also known as the gravity hill, the surrounding slopes of these hills allow the vehicles on the road to roll uphill instead of downhill.
Krishna’s butter ball, Mahabalipuram
A 250-ton rock balanced on a slope should be reason enough to get tickets to this place. What’s even more fascinating is that some of the rock has weathered over the years and now stands at less than 4 feet.
Frozen river, Chadar trek
The journey on the frozen Zanskar River in Leh is risky but satisfying for every thrill-seeker. In the dead of winter, the river freezes over and allows adventurers to walk all over it. Temperatures drop almost to -35 C once you enter Zanskar Gorge.
Marble Rocks, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
The Narmada River has carved a stunning 3 kilometer long gorge that ensures the enjoyment of every visitor. The rocks are as hard as a soapstone and therefore easy to cut. Shah Rukh Khan’s Asoka was briefly photographed here.