Obscure Places In India
Cox & Kings brings you five places that are absolutely enchanting and surreal. And they’re all in India!
We often dream of travelling to new places. These new places often consist of foreign countries, but why go outside when we have beautiful destinations in India waiting to be explored. So, this holiday embark on a adventure in your own country.
1) The Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya
If there was an award for the most Eco-friendly construction, this bridge would bag it! The living root bridges are a sight to behold with their tangle of thick, massive roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge. Made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, some roots are as tall as 100 feet and can bear the weight of more than 50 people. One interesting fact about the living root bridge is that it isn’t built, it is grown! For generations, the Khasi people, an indigenous tribe from Meghalaya, have grown these bridges across the raised banks of streams. The bridges are alive and still growing, and gain strength over time.
2) Magnetic Hill, Leh
Think petrol prices are too high? The magnetic hill in Leh is where you switch off your engines and don’t worry about burning precious fuel. Located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar National Highway, about 30 km from Leh, Magnetic Hill is surrounded by picturesque views, with the Indus flowing to the South. At a height of 11,000 feet above sea level, all you do is drive up to Magnetic Hill switch off your car and see it drive itself up the hill automatically. The hill is one of the most popular tourist spots in Leh, and after all, who wouldn’t want to see the magic of the Earth!
3) Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur
As far as national parks go, nothing beats the KeibulLamjao National Park, in Bishnupur, Manipur, because it FLOATS! A refugee for the endangered Eld’s Deer or Brow-antlered Deer, it is the world’s only floating national park. And how does it do that, you ask? The national park is characterised by masses of floating, decomposed plant material locally known as phumdis. Spread over an area of 40 square kilometers, the phudmis settle on firm ground in the dry season and start floating once the monsoon arrives. Here today, gone tomorrow…
4) Lake Tsongmo, East Sikkim
For all you fans of the film ‘Frozen’, India has its very own Frozen Lake, Lake Tsongmo. It is located on the Gangtok–Nathu La highway and is situated at a height of 12,400 ft. Probably one of the most picturesque places in Sikkim, the lake remains frozen throughout winter. During summer, pretty flowers blossom around the lake giving it a surreal look. This lake is considered sacred and has much folklore associated to it.
5) Rosary Church, Shettihalli
India’s version of the lost city of Atlantic, this church remains submerged under water for half of the year and emerges again for the remainder. Built on the banks of the Hemavathi River near Hassan in the 1860s, the church began submerging after the Government decided to build a dam on the river during the 1960s. Many expected it to drown, but the walls of the church have stayed strong for several years and bear the brunt of the water with much charm and grit. Hope floats, you say?