Originally posted on December 26, 2019 @ 8:23 amThe Indian sub-continent captivates people across the world with its untouched beauty. Besides being flocked by tourists for the invigorating feeling and the charm that the country offers, India also has an immense potential for travelers who are bored with conventional escapades for their vacations.The not so popular places in India are recently gaining impetus and are becoming the favorite spots for vacationers. Some of the Best Offbeat places in india which are making headways are listed below: 1. Roopkund:
Roopkund Lake is one of the most attractive and fascinating examples of mysterious places located in the majestic Himalayas at a height of 5029 meters above sea level. The interesting part is that the lake is also known as the Skeleton Lake. This is because of the presence of about 300 – 600 human skeletons at the bottom of the lake. Some people say that mass suicide was committed by people due to some epidemic many years ago. But there is no conclusive proof and the place remains as an unsolved mystery. 2. Matheran:
Matheran is the ‘World’s smallest eco sensitive hill station’that strictly prohibits any vehicle within the town limit other than a toy train fondly named “Phul Rani”. Hand pulled rickshaws and horses are the other modes of transportation other than trekking from Dasturi Naka -the spot till which vehicles are allowed. This picturesque place gives a rejuvenated experience by means of the unpolluted air and outstanding panoramic views from the top. 3. Bhangarh:
“Entry is prohibited in the fort city after sunset and before sunrise”- is the sign board that greets one while entering Bhangarh. It is considered to be one of the most famous haunted places in India. Bhangarh attracts the adventure enthusiasts from all over the world for its haunted ruins. Legend says that the city of Bhangarh was destroyed by Guru BaluNath when a descendant raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow on BaluNath’s forbidden retreat. One can find the tomb of Guru Bala Nath even today amongst the ruins. There is another myth that says that there was a tantric named Singhia who was madly in love with the Princess of Bhangarh but the princess did not reciprocate his love. Hence out of jealousy he used black magic in order to lure her but the princess realized the foul play and killed Singhia. Before the magician died he cursed that all those who reside in the palace will die. The battle held between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh,the very next year, killed every one including the Princess Ratnavati. The tale passed down from generations and even now the people believe that whenever a house is built there, its roof collapses. Hence most houses are built without roofs and few having are made of straw and not bricks. 4. Bir:
Bir situated in Himachal Pradesh is the boot camp for paragliders during the flying season from September to November who seek out for an adventurous vacation. The Dhauladhar ranges located 14 km from Bir is the take- off destination for the paragliding activities and also the area has become a spot for eco-tourism. 5. Daman:
Daman became part of India with Goa and Diu in 1961 and the Portuguese settlement Moti Daman witnessed flourishing trade between Europe and India. It is a sleepy fishing port on the Arabian Sea and the quiet and peaceful Devka and Jampore beaches in the vicinity makes Daman a perfect destination for those love historical locations and a quite peaceful time. 6. Jatinga:
Jatinga is also called the valley of death since every year, between August and November thousands of birds flock to this valley and commit mass suicide. Some researchers say that the mass suicides occur due to unusual weather conditions. A study conducted by the Government stated that the periodic death could also be the result of poaching by tribes and imposed a ban in this area. Even that could not change the behavioral pattern of the birds. 7. Mawlynnong:
It is located in the north eastern state of Meghalaya, close to Bangladesh. This remote village experiences heavy rainfall throughout the year and has been awarded the title of the cleanest village in India by National Geographic and the UNESCO. The weirdest thing about this village is that the villagers name their children after things, celebrities and even companies.