India is undoubtedly one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world but there are some strange places here that are worth visiting. These places hold some kind of spooky stories behind them or there are some strange sites or you may experience something unusual at these places. If you’re planning for an excursion, you can visit any of these.
Take a look at 15 strange places in India to visit:
1. Jatinga Valley, Assam
Jatinga is a village located in Dima Hasao district in Assam, about 330 km south of Guwahati famous for its bird suicide. At the end of the monsoon months, in the months of September and October, in the foggy dark nights, a lot of birds fall dead in this valley. This usually takes place between 6 pm and 9:30 pm.
2. Chandipur Beach, Orissa
This beach is situated in eastern India in Balasore district, Orissa. It’s also known as the ‘Hide and Seek Beach’ because you can actually watch the sea disappearing and then reappearing in front of your eyes. The sea recedes up to 5km with low tide and then returns during high tide. Isn’t it mysterious?
3. Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi is a small town in Karnataka near the river Tungabhadra. It’s a beautiful world heritage site with the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire. The most fascinating site among the many in Hampi is the pillars of the Vittala Temple called saregama pillars. These pillars create musical sounds when tapped gently.
4. Roopkund, Uttarakhand
Also known as the Mystery Lake or the Skeleton Lake, this would be a really spooky adventurous place to visit. It’s a high altitude glacial lake located in the Himalayas. You could find hundreds of human skeletons on the edge of the lake.
5. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh
Have you been in a place with a fault in gravity? Yes, you read that right. The Magnetic Hill also called Mystery Hill or Gravity Hill is a cyclops hill near Leh in Ladakh. It’s actually a downhill road but it appears that you are going uphill while traversing this road. Though there are scientific reasons for this, wouldn’t you want to try it?
6. Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
The Karni Mata Temple, also known as the Temple of Rats is in Deshnoke which is 30km from Bikaner. The rats here are treated sacred and are well protected. There are around 20,000 rats also known as ‘kabbas’ which are fed grains, milk, and coconut shells from large metallic bowls. If you’re scared of rats, visiting this place might not be a good idea.
7. New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad
Do you want to dine with the dead? If yes, then this probably would be the best place. The owner of this restaurant, Krishnan Kutty believes that eating beside the graves brings good fortune and thus he had built his restaurant with dining tables around coffins. The coffins are cleaned and offered flowers daily.
8. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
The Bhangarh Fort located in Alwar is one of the most haunted places in India and there’s some kind of stories behind this horrifying fort. The locals say that they have encountered ghosts and spirits in the fort. Also, it’s legally forbidden to enter inside after sunset by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
9. Loktak Lake, Manipur
The Loktak Lake in the Bishnupur district of Manipur holds the world’s only floating national park, the Keibul Lamjao National Park. Not just the park, you would be mesmerized by every sight of this lake. Also, it’s the largest freshwater lake in northeast India.
10. Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple, Andhra Pradesh
This is a magnificent temple located in the Lepakshi village of the Anantapur district, around 120 km north of Bangalore. It’s famous for the ‘Hanging pillar’ or the ‘Aakasa Stambha’ that doesn’t touch the floor of the temple. You can even pass a piece of cloth or paper through it. It also has the largest fresco painting of a single figure (Veerabhadra) in Asia.
11. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
The Shani Shingnapur is a village in the Ahmednagar district. There’s not even a single house in this village that has doors. The people here believe that the Shani God protects their belongings from the thieves. It’s famous for the Shani Shingnapur Temple of Shani God symbolising planet Saturn.
12. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi
This is one of the weirdest museums in the world. This museum was established by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, a social activist in 1992 and it’s dedicated to the global history of sanitation. It has details related to the historic evolution of toilets from 2500 B.C.
13. Shettihalli Rosary Church, Karnataka
Also called the Submerged Church or the Floating Church, the Rosary Church was built in the 1860s by the French Missionaries. Now it’s abandoned and lies in the Shettihalli village in Hassan district of Karnataka. It remains submerged or partly submerged in the monsoon season.
14. Bara Imambara, Lucknow
This mysterious historical place is really a wonder. The central arched hall which is 50m long and 3 storeys high lies there without any support. There’s a bhool bhulaiya having 1024 ways of going in and only 2 ways to come out.
15. Channapatna Dog Temple, Karnataka
Channapatna is a beautiful place to visit in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka and is famous for the Channapatna Dog Temple where dog statues are worshipped. This place is also famous for wooden toys and dolls.