India’s rich heritage and cultural history make it one of the most popular tourist destinations. Filled with marvellous sights and historically significant architecture, the country also offers some of the most weirdly fascinating destinations that will leave you awestruck. So, here are 10 of the weirdest places in India that will amaze you.
Located in the famous ‘Pink City’ of India, Jaipur, the Jal Mahal is one of the most unusual yet stunning among the top sightseeing places you can find. Situated exactly in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, the beautiful Jal Mahal is surrounded by the Nahargarh Hills. The 5-storey palace was originally built in the 1750s. Surprisingly, only the top storey is visible, while the rest remains submerged under the lake. Currently, the palace remains closed to visitors. However, you can view the palace up close while boating in the lake.
When entering the destination of Rameshwaram, tourists are welcomed by the sight of the Pamban Bridge, which is also India’s first sea bridge. The destination is filled with unique locations, such as the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Other places, like the now-abandoned town of Dhanushkodi and Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple, are also quite popular for their unusual attractions. It is said that you can find floating stones used to make Ramsetu all over Rameshwaram. Although scientists debate this, it is certainly odd that these floating stones are only found in Rameshwaram.
The Magnetic Hill of Ladakh is considered one of the biggest mysteries of India, which is a constant topic of debate among scientists. Many tourists who visit Magnetic or Cyclops Hill state that they have witnessed stationed cars parked on neutral moving at a speed of 20-30 kmph. This unique phenomenon makes it one of the most famous pit stops for tourists on a Ladakh road trip.
Manipur’s famous Loktak Lake is 50 km from Imphal. It is known as the world’s only Floating lake due to the presence of multiple floating islands, called ‘phumdis’ in the local language. The Loktak Lake is home to a diverse ecosystem and the endangered brown-antlered Sangai. In addition, the Keibul Lamjao National Park is located on one of the biggest floating islands in Loktak Lake.
The mysterious Lonar Lake of Maharashtra is a sight to behold. The lake was originally a crater which was created by a meteorite impact. It is believed that the crater dates back Pleistocene Epoch. Moreover, many scientists have stated that the crater’s age is at least 52,000 years. The location is currently home to various flora and fauna, making it a popular tourist spot throughout the year.
Now known as the second wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji offers breathtaking and picturesque scenery. Located deep within the lush green forests of Cherrapunji is the Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge or the Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge. Visiting this unique location will leave you wondering about how it was made. This Double Decker Living Root Bridge is the only of its kind in the world. In addition, you will find many more small Living Root Bridges around this area.
The well-known Chandipur Beach of Odissa will remind you of the hide-and-seek game. Every day, the sea mysteriously disappears twice a day. During low tides, the sea recedes by up to 5 km, disappearing right in front of the eyes of visitors. The sea reappears during the high tide, covering the previously visible sea bed. Therefore, this beach is famously called the Hide and Seek Beach.
The top sightseeing place in Andhra Pradesh, Lepakshi Temple is an archaeological treasure of India, dating back to the times of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Lepakshi Temple presents mysteries that remain unsolved even today. The biggest mystery of this temple is the Aakaasa Sthambha, a hanging pillar unconnected to the ground. The hanging pillar is the only unconnected pillar in the temple, leaving visitors wondering how it was constructed.
The archaeological ruins in Hampi are a UNESCO world heritage site. Visitors are often left amazed by the mysterious Musical Pillars of the Vittala Temple in Hampi. The temple has 56 pillars, all of which emit musical notes on tapping. Therefore, the pillars are also known as the SaReGaMa pillars. Scientists have tried to explain this phenomenon but have failed to come up with any conclusive explanations yet.
Built by French missionaries in 1860, the Shettihalli Rosary Church is both haunting and astonishing. The abandoned Rosary Church is located 2 km from Shettihalli in the Hassan district of Karnataka. In the year 1960, after the Hemavati Dam was constructed, the church was submerged under the water. Ever since, from July to October, the church remains underwater and remerges in December when the water recedes. One of the biggest mysteries of this church is its condition which remains the same over the years, despite getting submerged underwater.
India is a diverse land full of unexplained mysteries that can leave you wonderstruck. So, pack your bags and prepare for a lifetime experience. Book OYO family hotels to unwind and sleep in peace after a day of exploration.
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