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The Land of Gods, also known as Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand was declared as a state and separated from Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. With the Chaar Dham pilgrimage at the helm of all the religious sites in the state, Uttarakhand is also home to the Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers. The state offers astounding views of […]

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The Land of Gods, also known as Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand was declared as a state and separated from Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. With the Chaar Dham pilgrimage at the helm of all the religious sites in the state, Uttarakhand is also home to the Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers. The state offers astounding views of the Himalayas and serene valleys with unparalleled beauty and scenery. One of the most unique natural phenomenon the Winter Line occurs in the hills of Mussoorie and Dehradun. It is the only place in the world to observe this phenomenon, apart for certain parts of the Swiss Alps. We’ve compiled a list of 22 off-beat laces in Uttarakhand where nature is at its best, read on to find out more.

Weekend Getaways from Delhi

1. Chakrata

Situated in the Dehradun district, Chakrata is a cantonment town which lies between the Tons and Yamuna rivers. It is about 100 km from the capital city of Dehradoon. The route to Chakrata from Dehradoon passes through lush coniferous forests along with an abundance of rhododendrons and oaks. The Tiger Falls is one of the most frequently visited destinations in Chakrata. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The picturesque Chilmark plateau is visited by nature lovers for the placid sunsets that are seen from here.

Chakrata to Tiger Falls trek: 5 kms
Chakrata Altitude: 2,118 m

 

Image Source – Ashwini_Bhat (Flickr)

2. Nag Tibba Trek

A relatively unexplored trek route near Mussoorie, Nag Tibba Trek is a trekkers dream come true. Perfect for a weekend getaway, this trek route will take through enchanting forests and offer stunning views of Bandarpoonch peak, along with the Gangotri and Kedarnath ranges. One of the advantages of Nag Tibba trek is the fact that you can access the base camp on a vehicle which makes it doable over a weekend.

Nag Tibba Trek Base camp: Panthwari Village
Panthwari Village to Nag Tibba trek: Approx 10 kms
Nag Tibba Altitude: 3,022 m

Image Source – Madhava Reddy (Flickr)

 

Off-Beat Hill Stations

1. Bageshwar 

Bageshwar in Kumaon is situated at the confluence of the rivers Gomti and Saju. It is located at around 470 kms from Delhi and 134 kms from Nainital. Bageshwar used to be an important trade center between Tibet and Kumaun. The city has been one of the most important religious, political and historically significant sites. It also finds mention in some of the religious texts like the Puranas and is associated with Lord Shiva.

The many temples in and around Bageshwar are frequented by Hindu pilgrims around the year. The most prominent among these are the Bairav Temple, Dattatreya Maharaj, Ganga Mai temple, Hanuman temple, Durga temple, Kalika temple, Thingal Bhirav temple, Panchnam Junakhara and the Vaneshwar temple.

Altitude: 1,004 m

Image Source: Sriparna Ghosh (Flickr)

2. Chaukori

This serene hill station located in the Pithoragarh district is a sublime town among the soaring snow capped Himalayan peaks. Tibet lies to the north of Chaukori and to its south lies the Terai, and the Mahakali River runs along the eastern end of the town, which also forms the border between Nepal and India. The place also offers some of the most staggering views of the Himalayan peaks and ranges. At dawn and dusk, the golden yellow rays of the sun paint a tranquil picture on the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and it is at these times that the Chaukori resonates beauty and gorgeousness in all its glory.

Altitude: 2,010 m

Image Source – Nityananda Mukherjee (Flickr)

View of the Nanda Devi from Chaukhori
Image Source – siddhartha das (Flickr)

 

3. Harshil 

Popularly know as the Mini Switzerland of India, Harshil is a quaint valley town located along the banks of the Bhagirathi river. It was the setting for the Raj Kapoor blockbuster Ram Teri Ganga Maili, and the locals still take pride of this fact. The town lies on the old caravan trial between Tibet and India. The valley town is known for the alluring apple orchards, winding roads and the roaring Bhagirathi which adds a dash of magic to the natural beauty of this place. Harshil lies at the head of the Baspa valley and is well connected through roads. It falls on the route to Gangotri an is about 95 km from the district headquarters, Uttarkashi. Harshil is where you should head to if you are looking for a typical leisure holiday in the lap of nature.

Altitude: 2,620 m

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4. Lohaghat

Located along the banks of Lohawati River in Champawat district, a few kilometers beyond Pithoragarh. This ancient town attracts visitors around the year; pilgrims and devotees drop by to pay their respects to the ancient Shiva temples scattered around the town. It is one of the least explored Himalayan retreats, which has retained its charm and grandeur over the different eras of time. The historical and mythological tales of Lohaghat unravel themselves to the visitors and these narratives continue to fascinate people visiting this place.

Altitude: 1,754 m

Image Source – Gopi Verma (Flickr)

5. Madhyameshwar

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6. Johar Valley

The Johar valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Uttarakhand. It is located along the river, Gori Ganga. It is a popular valley and tourist destination which is visited by people from all across the world. This valley has attained immense significance due to its tourism. It also served as one of the main trade routes between Tibet and erstwhile India. Munsiyari and Milam are the most popular villages in the valley. 

Image Source – Lopamudra Barman (Flickr)

7. Khirsu 

Khirsu is a quaint village nestled between oak, deodar forests and apple orchards. It falls in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The place offers some of the most picturesque panoramic views of the Himalayan landscape. It is a relatively unexplored place with an ancient temple dedicated to the Ghandiyal Devi. This placid hill town embodies the most typical aspects of being a Himalayan village. If you wish to rejuvenate your soul and energy, then this is the destination that you should blindly choose to visit.

Altitude: 1,700 m

Image Source – Joe Athialy (Flickr)

8. Dharchula, Uttarakhand 

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9. Neolong Valley

This picturesque valley had been closed to tourists and visitors after the 1962 conflict between India and China. Recently it has been reopened for visitors and nature enthusiasts. The Neolong Valley is part of the Gangotri National pass and the entry is still restricted, with about three dozen people being permitted to visit the valley.

Altitude: 3,352 m

Image Source – Amar Ujala

 

10. Barkot 

Located in the Uttarkashi district, Barkot lies on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is located at a distance of around 135 km from Dehradun and 370 km from Delhi. This snoozy hill town is tucked away among the magnificent Himalayas and offers some of the most stunning views of the Banderpoonch Peak and other Himalayan peaks. This hill town has not been yet been tainted by the skid marks of commercialisation and urbanisation. It is an ideal holiday destination where one can relax and rejuvenate one’s peace of mind, also you can visit this place to de-stress and chill with your loved ones.

The place offers of the most picturesque trek routes of the area, through dense forests along the hills and across smothered hamlets sparsely spread around Barkot. It also offers nature and adventure activities like rock climbing, mountain climbing, and rappelling.  At Barkot you will find yourself in the very lap of nature right from waking up to the songs of the Himalayan birds to friendly mountain dogs accompanying you on the various trek routes.

Altitude: 1,220 m

Image Source – Wikipedia

11. Munsiyari 

Nestled in the snow-capped and lush hills of the Himalayas, Munsiyari is the base of many treks into the interiors areas of the Himalaya ranges around the area. The treks to Milam Glacier and Ralam Glacier are the most famous treks that begin here. One of the key attractions at Munsiyari is the Birth Waterfall, a gurgling and gorging white spray of water that adds a sense of magic and enchantment to that area. The sunsets at Munsiyari are some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, to try and express the beauty of the sunsets with words would be in vain, as our mortal words are not strong enough to capture the everlasting beauty of this place.

Altitude: 2,200 m

Image Source – Krisnendu Sar (Flickr)

Image Source – siddhartha das (Flickr)

Easy Treks

1. Hari Ki Doon Valley

This is one the most preferred summer trek routes which will take you through some of the most serene forests and lush meadows. Lined with orchids and rhododendrons the trek route is one of the most colorful routes in the entire world. This moderate trek can be attempted by beginners too, and it is one of those regions which is still untainted by urbanization.

Base camp: Sankri village
Sankari to Hari Ki Doon Valley trek: 54 kms
Hari Ki Doon Valley Altitude: 3,566 m

Image Source – Vrinda Ramanan (Flickr)

 

2. Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila Trek 

This is one of the most interesting trek routes in the entire state and one of the best for beginners. This 6 km trek but takes you through beautiful landscapes with breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. The trek route is paved with stones and needs no guide.

Chopta, a hamlet located on the Rudraprayag – Gopeshwar road in Garhwal around 450 kms from Delhi serves as the base of this trek. Chopta is often referred to as the “Mini Switzerland Of India” owing its exquisite natural beauty. There are small local eateries here to have your meal, keep excess baggage and park your vehicles. Basic accommodation options are available here for a few hundred rupees.

Chopta – The Base Of The Trek
Image Source: Anuj Malik (Flickr)

A 3.5 km trek takes you to Tungnath, the world’s highest Shiva Temple which is perched on the hills at a height of 3600 m. The Tungnath temple is set amidst lush green hills with Himalayan peaks in the background. The trek is easy and takes around 2-3 hours. A number of small dhabas on the trek routes are perfect to rest and have food. There is a guest house at Tungnath managed by the temple and a few accommodation options by the locals.

Tungnath – World’s Highest Shiva Temple 
Image Source: Sunrider007 (Flickr)

View of the meadows from Tungnath
Image Source: Chopta-Tungnath Destination Article

Another 2.5 km of trekking from Tungnath takes you the 4000-meter high Chandrashila peak. The views from the peak are probably the highlight of the trek. There’s a small temple devoted to Ganga Maa on the peak. It is best advised to visit the peak early in the morning during sunrise.

Base camp: Sari Village
Sari Village to Chandrashila trek: 23 km
Chandrashila Altitude: 4,000 m

Chandrashila peak located at an altitude of over 4000 meters
Image Source: Praveen Purohit (Flickr)

3. Kuari Pass 

This historic trail dates back to the 1880’s and is one of the more moderate treks that is friendly towards beginners. From the base camp of the trek to Kuari Pass, one is greeted by staggering views of Mt Nanda Devi peak. As you go further into this trek, traversing the meadows of Gorson Bugyal, forests of Chitrakantha the peaks of Garhwal.

Base camp: Lata
Kuari Pass Altitude: 2,316 m

Image Source – Niels Hendriks (Flickr)

Image Source – Carolina & Nathan Hale (Flickr)

4. Valley Of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers National Park is located in the Western Himalayas in the Chamoli district.  The trek to the valley is about 17 km and it is not a difficult trek either. It is known for the endemic vegetation and alpine flowers. The rich biodiversity of this spot attracts thousands of visitors annually. The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in literature.

Basecamp: Ghangaria
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers trek: 17 km
Valley of Flowers Altitude: 3,250-6,750 m

Image Source – Rohit . (Flickr)

 

5. Saryu Valley – Sahastradhara Valley

Tucked away from the noise and commotion of civilization, Saryu Valley lies in the heart of the Kumaon Hills near the border between Tibet, Nepal, and India. The astounding valley, with verdant meadows and abounding in rhododendrons, alpine vegetation, waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The Saryu Valley trek is a moderate trek and can be attempted by beginners.

Base camp: Supi Village
Saryu Valley Altitude: 3.048 m

Image Source – Chinmaya K (Flickr)

 

Image Source – Matthew Stuttard (Flickr)

Difficult Treks

1. Dayara Bugyal  – Dodital Trek

The trek between Dayara Bugyal and Dodital is one of the most fabled treks in the entire state. The trek starts at the Barsu village and ascends through ravishing alpine forests to reach Dayara meadows, which is one of the most gorgeous places on this trek. Walking on the meadows, one feels like one is walking on royal silk carpets. The trek then leads you to the next campsite which is Lambi Dhar, a valley that is covered in dense forests of bamboo and oak. Beyond Lambi Dhar campsite, falls the Dodital lake is a placid and gorgeous lake which makes you fall in love with it in the very first glance. The lake harbors many rare species of fish and the Himalayan golden trout. This trek is one which will keep calling you back with is enchanting and mesmerizing nature. It is here, where nature becomes synonymous with beauty and tranquility.

Base camp: Barsu village
Dayara Bugyal – Dodital trek: 74 km
Dodital Altitude: 4,150

Image Source – Scott S (Flickr)

 

Image Source – Shandy Banerjee (Flickr)

2. Hemkund Sahib 

Located in the Garhwal hills, at the border between Tibet and Nepal, Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh shrine, associated with the 10th Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh. The name  Hemkund literally translates to ‘Lake of Snow’. This pilgrimage site is perched at a height of 4329 m above sea level, and you can reach the shrine on a wonderful trek across waterfalls, dense forests and staggering views of the might Himalayas. The gurudwara at Hemkund is the highest gurudwara in the world. The trek route is accessible only between the months of May and October. 

Basecamp: Govind Ghat
Govind Ghat to Hemkund Sahib trek: 15 km
Hemkund Sahib Altitude: 4,329 m

Image Source – Niladri Adhikary(Flickr)

 

Image Source – deeltijdgod (Flickr)

3. Satopanth Taal & Trek 

This high altitude trek is located at an elevation of 4600 m above sea level. This onerous trek promises an experience of a lifetime. It is situated at the base of the Nilkantha peak and the Narayan Parbat Peak. The climb is steep and difficult but also breathtaking at the same time. The pristine landscape around the Satopanth Taal offers unbridled views of the majestic Himalayan peaks around the area.

Base camp: Laxmivan
Laxmivan to Satopanth Taal trek: 25 km
Satopanth Taal Altitude: 4,600 m

Satopanth Taal Lake

Image Source – Shawn DeGroot (Flickr)

Vasudhara Falls

Image Source – Chinmaya K (Flickr)

4. Vasuki Taal 

The trek to Vasuki Taal begins at Gaurikund, near a hot water sulfur spring. As one approaches the temple at Kedarnath, one passes through stately forests and gurgling waterfalls. The trek is a continuous ascent which offers majestic views of the Himalayan peaks and valleys.

Base camp: Nandanvan
Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal trek: 6 km
Vasuki Tal Altitude: 4,880 m

Image Source – Steven House (Flickr)

5. Rudranath

One of the most revered temples of Lord Shiva lies at Rudranath, the trek route offers awe-inspiring and magnificent views of the deep gorges and valleys. It is one of the most difficult treks in the region but the hardships faced on the arduous journey is worth the effort as you are enchanted by the mystical Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, and Trishul peaks. The trail takes one through undulating meadows, dense woodlands and offers some of the most scenic views of the Himalayas in all its glory.

Base camp: Panar
Panar to Rudranath trek: 10 km
Rudranath Altitude: 3,596 m

Rudranath Temple

Image Source – Arun Singh Bisht (Flickr)

 

View at Rudranath

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Enroute Rudranath Trek

Image Source – Himanshu Dutt (Flickr)

 

6. Roopkund Trek & Bugyals Enroute

The trek to Roopkund is one of the most renowned trek routes in India. From lush meadows and dense forests to breathtaking campsites you will never run out of things to see and immerse yourself in. The trek to Roopkund is a rigorous 6-day long hike. But it is worth the effort, and all your fatigue will be washed away at the mysterious Roopkund lake where the trek culminates.

Base camp: Lohajung
Lohajung to Roopkund trek: 35 km
Roopkund Altitude: 5,029 m

Roopkund Lake

Image Source – Soham Sarkar (Flickr)

 

Ali Bugyal

Image Source – Madhujith Venkatakrishna (Flickr)

 

Bedni Bugyal

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These are some of the more offbeat destinations in the state, where you can get closer to the heart of nature. If you cant decide where to start exploring, list down the places in the list above and throw a dart at it. Pack your bags and head to wherever the dart lands Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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12 Must Have Travel Experiences In India http://www.scrolldroll.com/must-have-travel-experiences-in-india/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:49:27 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=14420

India is a traveler’s dream come true. Our vast country has it all – from lush forests to arid deserts, from majestic mountains to tranquil beaches, from natural wonders to man-made marvels. To be honest, even a lifetime is not enough to cover the entire length and breadth of our glorious nation. And that’s why, we’ve […]

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India is a traveler’s dream come true. Our vast country has it all – from lush forests to arid deserts, from majestic mountains to tranquil beaches, from natural wonders to man-made marvels. To be honest, even a lifetime is not enough to cover the entire length and breadth of our glorious nation. And that’s why, we’ve decided to compile a list of 12 must have travel experiences in India every wanderlust must indulge in. Add them to your travel bucket list and we are certain that you’d cherish visiting each one of these destinations.

 

1. A vacation on the pristine beaches of Andaman & Nicobar

If you are looking for an international beach holiday but on a budget and without the VISA hassle, Andaman and Nicobar islands are for you. No short of a picturesque postcard, these exotic beaches blessed with clear blue aquamarine waters, white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs and a plethora of marine life. Head here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life, and unwind. And if you’re seeking a bit of adventure, adrenaline-inducing water sports await you.

 

Radhanagar Beach, Andaman
Image Source – Sharad Medhavi (Flickr)

Swimming Elephants at Andaman
Image Source: James Scott (Flickr)

2. A Bachelor’s Only Trip To Goa

India’s beach party capital, Goa is the perfect destination to let loose with your squad and live out all your fantasies. There is so much to do, we don’t know where to begin. Beaches in North and Central Goa are buzzing with activity – from exhilarating water sports in the morning to wild parties that go on till dusk. If you are feeling lucky, head on down to one of the many casinos. And once you are tired of all the revelry, drive to South Goa to escape the bustle and find that much need solitude.

Cola Beach
Image Source: Pavel Volkov (Flickr) 

Ashwem Beach
Image Source: Ankur P (Flickr)

3. A Road Trip To Ladakh 

Whether you are an avid biker or a driving enthusiast, road tripping to Ladakh will be one of the best and most memorable experiences of your life. Topping the list of the most coveted road trips in India (and rightfully so), driving down the Ladakh is a sensory delight. You will be crossing jaw dropping sights at literally every few kilometers and the experiences you will have will be forever etched in your brain. Whether you are doing it solo or with your gang, a road trip to Ladakh will bring you closer to nature and leave you mesmerized.

Magnetic Hill
Image Source – Amit Rawat (Flickr)

Stakna Monastery
Image Source – reurinkjan (Flickr)

Tso Moriri
Image Source – Tanay Kibe (Flickr)

4. A Trek To Valley Of Flowers

Nestled in the West Himalayas in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers lives up to its name and is home to over 500 species of blossoms (and that’s a conservative estimate). You’d be surprised to know that it was discovered in 1931 by three British mountaineers and is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The alpine flowers dot the valley in a riot of spectacular colours between the months of June and October and are a sight to behold. A trek to the valley is of moderate difficulty and a must for every nature lover.

Image Source: Rohit (Flickr)

5. Sail Through Kerala’s Scenic Backwaters

God’s Own Country has so much to offer, but the one thing you shouldn’t miss is an overnight stay on a houseboat as you sail through the languid murky backwaters.  Comprising serene and serpentine stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons running parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea, the backwater regions of Kerala are amongst the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Alappuzha, popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is a sight to behold and one of the most mesmerizing trips you’d ever experience.

Ashtamudi Lake
Image Source – preze (Flickr)

 

Alleppey
Image Source:  Well-Bred Kannan (Flickr)

6. A Desert Safari In Rajasthan 

The vast endless stretches of sand may seem intimidating at first, but soon enough you’d recognize the beauty of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. There is something for everyone – adventure sports for the thrill seekers. Camel rides for those who want to take it slow and easy. You can also spend time with the locals, enjoying their colorful culture, partaking in their exuberant folk music and dances, and relishing their traditional delicacies. Top it all off with a night under the starlit sky and marvel at nature’s wonders.

Jaisalmer
Image Source: hurricanepower (Instagram)

Same Dunes
Image Source: Ramaseshan Ramachandran (Flickr) 

 

Thar Desert near Khuri
Image Source: Nabarun Bhattacharya (Flickr)

 

7. Witness Nature At Its Best  In The Valleys Of Kashmir 

“If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here” – these words aptly describe the other worldly beauty of Kashmir. With snow capped mountains, scenic valleys, serene lakes and lush greenery everywhere your eyes go, you are bound to be awestruck by Kashmir’s natural beauty. There isn’t one destination in this glorious state that is any less than a scene straight out of a fairytale. Roam Kashmir’s breathtaking valleys and get lost in their marvelous beauty.

Gangabal Lake
Image Source: Avijit Nandy (Flickr)

Sonmarg
Image Source: Mayoor Patel (Flickr)

Dal Lake
Image Source: pallab seth (Flickr)

8.  A Monsoon Trip To The Waterfalls Of Western Ghats

The glorious Western Ghats situated in the state of Karnataka stretch from Dandeli in the north to Mangalore in the south, and from the edge of the western coastline they are spread as far as Coorg and Madikeri. During the months of monsoon, innumerable streams and rivers —fed by ceaseless rain—plunge off the rocky mountains leading to spectacular waterfalls along this entire region. With lush flora and fauna, the sights and sounds of Western Ghats will delight your senses.

Jog Falls  
Image Source: Hemant G (Flickr) 

Dudhsagar Falls
Image Source: Jayasankar Madhavadas (Flickr) 

Athirapally Falls
Image Source: Athirapally Falls (Flickr)

 

9. Spotting Tigers At Ranthambore National Park

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, a trip through the forests and trails of Ranthambore National Park will be a dream come true. With a wide variety of animals and birds to spot, you’ll have loads to do and see. But the main attraction is of course the majestic Bengal Tiger. Recognised as one of the best places in the country to spot tigers, you will be taken aback to see this stately animal roam about in its natural habitat. During your visit, do make time for a visit to the Ranthambore Fort which is located at the heart of the Ranthambore National Park and is among one of the oldest forts in India.

Image Source: Simon and Karen Spavin (Flickr)

 

10. A Walk Down The Ghats Of Varanasi 

Whether you are seeking solitude, religion or simply want to take a closer look at history, Varanasi is the place to be for you. Home to a plethora of temples, the ancient city has almost 100 ghats, majority of which were built after 1700 AD, when the city was part of the glorious Maratha Empire. With holy waters of the Ganges flowing by them, these ghats witness incredible revelry during religious ceremonies and daily pujas. Take a boat ride at the break of dawn along the river from Dasaswamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat or indulge in a walking tour along the Varanasi ghats to deep dive into this ancient city’s history and spiritual significance.

Image Source – LoriQoPB (Flickr)

 

Image Source: Joao Eduardo Figueiredo (Flickr) 

11. A Rendezvous With The Taj Mahal 

The city of Agra needs no introduction. Famous world over for the transfixing beauty of Taj Mahal, Agra is paradise on earth for a history buff and architecture enthusiast. From British royalty to the biggest celebrities and politicos, everyone is drawn to the mesmerizingly beautiful Taj Mahal. But don’t be fooled, there is plenty to see and do. The city is strewn with architectural wonders – including forts, mausoleums and tombs. Make time to wander through its numerous bustling marketplaces and take home a piece of Agra with you.

Source: Wikipedia 

12. Visit The Heart Of India – Delhi 

Literally the heart of our glorious nation, Delhi is where history meets the future. You can time travel from the era bygone – visiting forts, palaces, tombs, temples and more built centuries ago and then ride on your silver chariot (also known as the Delhi Metro) to experience the city’s bustling nightlife than can give any international cosmopolitan a run for its money. Visiting Delhi is like visiting a new country altogether – there is so much to do and so much to see.

Qutub Minar
Image Source – Matt Wicks (Flickr)

Jama Masjid
Image Source – Nimit Nigam (Flickr)

India Gate
Image Source – Swaran Singh (Flickr)

And there you have it. 12 unique travel experiences that will satisfy the wanderlust in you. They may not cover the entirety of our beautiful country, but they do capture the spirit of what makes India so great.

Which are some of the other travel experiences that you feel should have been a part of this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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21 Best Places To Visit In Rajasthan Where ‘Jane Kya Dikh Jaye’ http://www.scrolldroll.com/best-places-to-visit-in-rajasthan/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:00:23 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13210

Rajasthan is known around the world for its rich cultural heritage, glorious history, marvelous forts, and stupefying natural landscapes. The Thar Desert covers most of Rajasthan and makes up a natural border between India and Pakistan. The state has some of the most beautiful and interesting places entangled in history, tradition, and cultural heritage. 1. […]

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Rajasthan is known around the world for its rich cultural heritage, glorious history, marvelous forts, and stupefying natural landscapes. The Thar Desert covers most of Rajasthan and makes up a natural border between India and Pakistan. The state has some of the most beautiful and interesting places entangled in history, tradition, and cultural heritage.

1. Jaipur 

The Pink pride of Rajasthan; Jaipur is the crown jewel that sits on the throne of Rajput history, glory, and legends. There is so much to explore and there are so many things you can do in Jaipur, that we’ll never be able to compile them all in a single listicle or a single article. When you’re exploring Jaipur, make sure you carry a good camera to capture the gorgeous Pink City in all its glory. The mystical Jal Mahal is one of the most famous tourist spots in the city. The placid water of the lake on which the Mahal stands will definitely paint the colours of solace and tranquility. Along with the historic Amer Fort which still stands as a testament to Rajput valor, culture, and ambitiousness. Lose yourself to the awing beauty of this city.

The Jal Mahal in Jaipur
Image Source: Joao Eduardo Figueiredo (Flickr)

2. Bikaner

Located in the northwestern region of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner encapsulates the vibrancy and diversity of Rajasthani culture. The desert landscape of the region integrates its appeal and adds a magical charm to the city. The swirling sands of Bikaner will not only revitalize your spirits, it will also calm your soul. The best way to explore the areas around the city is on a camel safari. This city should be at the top of your itinerary, along with Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

Junagarh Fort
Image Source: Silvia (Flickr)

3. Jodhpur

The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort towers upon Jodhpur as a witness to its glorious history, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace is the perfect representation of Rajputana extravagance. Jodhpur was the backdrop of the Wes Anderson flick, The Darjeeling Limited, and has also been featured in countless Bollywood films. The city houses the beautiful Mandore Garden, and it is a must visit for everyone visiting Jodhpur.  You can also visit the Kaylana and Balsamand Lakes along with the numerous temples spread across the vicinity of the city.

Image Source: Laurent (Flickr)

4. Jaisalmer

‘The Golden City’, Jaisalmer is situated at a distance of 570 km from the state capital (Jaipur) stands on a yellowish ridge of sandstone with the ancient Jaisalmer Fort perched at the top like a crown. The city falls in the heart of the Thar Desert and attracts tourists and adventure seekers alike. It is one of the few places in India where you can participate in dune bashing. It is best visited during the Desert Festival, which envelopes the city with vibrant hues of festivity.

Image Source: hurricanepower (Instagram)

5. Sam Dunes

Let the tranquility of Thar take over you, and let it enchant you with its hypnotic magnificence. Experience the arid splendor enchanting desert safari on camels and disconnect from the resonance of the modern world at this enchanting destination. You will be greeted by Rajasthani folk art, dance, and craftsmanship of Rajasthan at the camps that are set up for tourists and travelers. Dining under the star-spangled night sky and indulging in traditional Rajasthani cuisine are the two things that you will always cherish about the Sam Sand Dunes.

Image Source: Ramaseshan Ramachandran (Flickr)

6. Kuldhara

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. It was inhabited by Palwali Brahmins up until the 19th century. It has earned ill-repute over the years for being one of the most haunted villages in the state. In the first half of the new millennium, a team led by Gaurav Tiwari of Indian Paranormal Society alleged to have observed uncanny paranormal activities at the site. The 18-member team of the Society along with 12 other people spent a night at the village. They claimed to have encountered moving shadows, haunting voices, talking spirits, and other paranormal activities

Image Source: publikata (Flickr)

7. Ajmer

The city of Ajmer is one the most well known and most visited places in Rajasthan. It serves as a base for people visiting Pushkar. The city’s most well-known landmark is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The place is revered by people of all faiths and almost everyone visiting Ajmer pay the dargah at least one visit. Ajmer is also the home to the world-renowned Mayo Boys and Mayo Girls Colleges.

Image Source: east med wanderer (Flickr) 

8. Pushkar

The home to the only Brahma temple in the world and the vivacious Pushkar Mela, is a place that has been woven together into the soul of Rajasthani lifestyle and Hippie culture. This quaint town is lined with temples and is built around the mythical Pushkar Lake. The Hindu God Brahma is said to have dropped a lotus at the spot and given birth to this lake. Pushkar is unlike any other place in the world, it is perfectly balanced between rustic life and the bustle of businesses.

Image Source: Nidhi Srivastava (Flickr) 

9. Kumbhalgarh

The birthplace of the illustrious king and warrior, Maharana Pratap. Occupied until the late 19th century, the fort is now open to the public and is spectacularly lit for a few minutes each evening. Kumbalgarh is situated 82 km northwest of Udaipur by road. It is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh.

Image Source: Amit Rawat (Flickr) 

10. Udaipur

The City of Lakes has some of the best resorts in the entire country. Udaipur is a city which is entwined with history, culture and modern development. There are numerous beautiful palaces and tranquil temples scattered across the city, you can have a leisurely stroll from one spot to another and you will never run out of things to see and ponder over in Udaipur.

Image Source: Claude Chauvin (Flickr) 

11. Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh houses the Chittor Fort the largest fort in all of Asia. Its history is etched with scars from the many sieges that were carried out by the various Afghan and Central Asian invaders. The best times to visit Chittorgarh are when festivals like Maharana Pratap Jayanti, Meera Mahotsav and Jauhar Mela. 

Image Source: Tomas Tamos (Flickr) 

12. Mount Abu

The small hill station perched amidst the banal Aravalli range is one of the most frequently visited tourist spots in all of Rajasthan. It is located near the border between Gujarat and Rajasthan. The temperature at Mt Abu ranges between 36 degrees and -2 / -3 degrees in the summer and winter months respectively.

Image Source: harshdhulia (Flickr)

13. Bhangarh

Located in the district of Alwar in Rajasthan. It is a 17th Century fort built by Man Singh I for his younger brother Madho Singh I. This place welcomes you with a signboard put up by the Archeological Survey of India outside its premises, which reads that people should not stay in the vicinity of the fort after sunset. There have been numerous reports and rumors of spirits residing in the fort, and people claim to have heard strange noises and eerie music.

Image Source: Niels Cordes (Flickr) 

14. Alwar

Alwar is an old town located 150 km north of Jaipur.  Alwar is a hub of tourism with several forts, lakes, heritage mansions and nature reserves, including the Bhangarh Fort and the Sariska Tiger Reserve. This sleepy city is perfect for a leisure trip over the weekend.

Image Source: Harshit Malik (Flickr) 

15. Bharatpur

The city of Bharatpur doesn’t have much to offer to a tourist, but if you are a nature enthusiast, then you must visit Keoladeo National Park. It used to be a duck hunting reserves for the Maharajas. Various species of migratory and aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia make it their winter home.

The Indian Grey Hornbill at Bharatpur
Image Source: Swaranjeet (Flickr)

16. Ranthambore

One of the few places in the entire world where the tigers still roam in all their fierce pride and robustness. Ranthambore National Park encompasses the ruins of the Ranthambore fort and is a perfect jungle safari destination.

Image Source: Simon and Karen Spavin (Flickr)

17. Bundi

A relatively smaller city, in the Hadoti Region of Rajasthan, Bundi is a quaint place which is perfect for leisurely evening strolls. Some of the important tourist attractions include the Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort, and Sukh Mahal.

 

Image Source: luke.me.up (Flickr) 

18. Tanot Mata

The Tanot Mata temple is s located in the Jaisalmer District and it was near this place that the historic battle of Longeawala was fought between the Indian and Pakistani armies in 1971. It is said that the temple apparently protected the area, as the Pakistani artillery and armored cavalry failed to bring the temple down and not even a single one of the 300 odd shells that were fired on it explode.

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19. Neemrana

This ancient historical town is situated near the Alwar district. It is located in between Behror and Shahajahanpur. Neemrana is an industrial hub. This area is also known as Ahirwal region and mini Japan in India.

Image Source: Josué PICHOT (Flickr) 

20. Chand Baori

Chand Baori is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan. This stepped well and water reservoir was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbh dynasty between 800 CE and 900 CE and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.

Image Source: junaidrao (Flickr)

21. Sariska

Sariska Tiger Reserve is located in the Alwar district, and it is one of the few wildlife reserves dedicated to the protection of Tigers. It was given the status of a tiger reserve making it a part of Project Tiger in 1978. It covers an area of 866 km2 (334 sq mi). The reserve was declared a national park in 1990, with a total area of about 273.8 km2 (105.7 sq mi). It is the first reserve in the world to have successfully relocated and rehabilitated tigers.

Image Source: Rupankar Mahanta (Flickr) 

Rajasthan has been a favorite for numerous reasons with the places mentioned above are just a fraction of what it can offer. Let us know your favorite Rajasthani experience in the comments below. 

 

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20 Best Places To Visit In Odisha – The Soul Of Incredible India http://www.scrolldroll.com/places-to-visit-in-odisha/ Thu, 31 May 2018 13:14:35 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13152

Odisha is not a place that would usually appear in travel bucket lists and vacation plans, however, this beautiful jewel of eastern India is widely regarded as one of the most underrated travel destinations in the country. While the ancient sun temple of Konark and the holy city of Puri, situated along the shores of […]

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Odisha is not a place that would usually appear in travel bucket lists and vacation plans, however, this beautiful jewel of eastern India is widely regarded as one of the most underrated travel destinations in the country. While the ancient sun temple of Konark and the holy city of Puri, situated along the shores of the Bay Of Bengal are the popular places to visit in Odisha, the rest of the state still remains a mystery to the outsiders.

The Southern parts of Odisha are characterized by lush green mountains and meadows of the Eastern Ghats, with a tribal culture unparalleled in the Indian mainland.  The 485 km coastline of Odisha has a number of pristine and lesser known beaches of the country which also serve as a breeding ground for a number of endangered species of land and aquatic life. The Northern part of Odisha has a number of ancient temples and places of religious importance.

Odisha doesn’t disappoint adventure junkies and wildlife enthusiasts either.  Puri has become a popular destination for surfing in India in the recent years. The largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest in the world, Chilika Lake is a haven for migratory birds, endangered Dolphins, reptiles, and mammals. Similipal, Bhitarkanika, and Gahirmatha serve as natural habitats for tigers, crocodiles, and olive ridley turtles respectively.

We bring you 10 best places to visit in Odisha – The Soul Of Incredible India. 

1. Bhubaneswar

Known as the temple city of India, noted mostly for its antiquated temples. An estimation puts the number of temples in the city to around 1200.

Main attractions are temples like Lingaraj(largest temple in the state), Mukteswar, the caves of Khandagiri, Dhaulagiri and the “Diamond Triangle” – Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitagiri.

Apart from temples, other attractions are The Nandankanan Zoo, Chandaka forests, Odisha State Museum, Ekamra Kanan, Regional Museum of Natural History, Pathani Samanta Planetarium.

The Lingaraj Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
Image Source: Manfred Sommer (Flickr)

2. Puri

Holds a special place among Indians owing to its religious significance, having the grand temple of Lord Jagannath and enjoying the honor of being one of the ‘char dhams’.

Thousands of people from across the country visit this place to witness the annual festival of chariots, popularly known as “Rath Yatra” or “Festival of Chariots”.

Located on a beach, there are over 120 temples and shrines in its compound. Has one of the best beaches for swimming in India, positioned in such a place that both sunset and sunrise can be viewed from the beach,


Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

3. Konark:

The majestic sun temple at Konark is also known as the Black pagoda that draws tourists historians, scholars & pilgrims from across the world.

The temple takes the form of a chariot of the Sun God drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels at its base. Another major attraction of Konark is the Chandrabhaga Sea beach which lies next to the temple.

Image Source: Laksman Rawat (Flickr)

4. Chilika Lake

The first Indian wetland of international importance. The largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian subcontinent. Also the second largest brackish water (a combination of sea and fresh water) lagoon in the world. A great place of interest for angling, bird watching & boating, it also has a number of islands. Also popular for the bird sanctuary and the famous Irrawaddy Dolphins of Satapada.

Image Source: Pallab Seth (Flickr)

5. Nandankanan

Spread across an area of 900 acres, Nandankanan Zoological park, and botanical garden and is located near the capital city, Bhubaneswar. Established in the year 1960, Nandankanan translates to ‘The Garden of Heaven’.

The zoo house 1660 individual animals of 166 different species, including 67 species of mammals, 81 species of birds, and 18 species of reptiles. The zoological park is one of the few places in India where endangered species like Asiatic lion, Nilgiri langur, and Indian pangolin have been breeding successfully.

White Tiger at the Nanadakanan Zoo
Image Source: Chandrashekhar Bhattacharya (Flickr) 

6. Cuttack

Cuttack was the former capital of Odisha and it derives its name from Katak which literally means the fort. It is also known as the Millenium City and the Silver City due to its long-standing history of the world-renowned silver filigree works. 

The Barabati Fort, a 14th-century castle which was built by Maharaja Markata Keshari stands in ruins but still resonates with the historical grandeur of the age. The museums at Cuttack should not be missed by history and culture enthusiasts.

The Baratbati Fort at Cuttack
Image Source: Bikash Das (Flickr)

7. Paradip

This seaport is one of the most important ports along the Bay of Bengal.  It is the primary port of Odisha and one of the largest on the eastern coast. The port is built on an artificial harbor and the ships access it via manmade lagoons.

Paradip is a major industrial town and it has one of the largest oil refineries in India. The marketing terminals for Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum and Indian Oil are also located here.

Image Source: Chinmay Mohapatra (Flickr)

8. Sambalpur

Located in the western part of Odisha, and is one of the largest and oldest cities in the state. It lies about 300 km west of the capital city of Bhubaneshwar and stands on the banks of the Mahanadi River. It is a commercial and educational hub of Odisha. The Hirakud Dam, on Mahanadi River, is the longest earthen dam in the world and the largest artificial lake of Asia is at Hirakud.

The Leaning Temple of Huma, located about 25 km from Sambalpur, built in the 17th century, leans at an angle of approximately 47 degrees to the west. Samaleswari Temple is the main temple dedicated to the goddess Samaleswari and is located on the banks of Mahanadi River. Sambalpur owes its name to this deity.

Hirakud Dam near Sambhalpur
Image Source: Swagath Rath (Flickr) 

9. Bargarh

 

Dhanu Jatra at Bargarh
Image Source: Sabyasachi Jana (Flickr) 

 10. Chandipur Beach

A tranquil beach getaway, the uniqueness of the beach lies in the fact that the sea recedes into the horizon by nearly 5 km twice a day which is a rare sight.

The sea while retreating back leaves its treasures behind in the form of Shells, starfishes, driftwood and conches.

Casuarina trees, sand dunes, and the receding tide makes Chandipur Beach special.

Image Source: Deepak Sahu (Flickr)

11. Daringbadi

Not known to many, this place is a hill station and receives snowfall. The only hill station in Orissa, also widely known as “Kashmir of Orissa”.

Situated in the Kandhamal district, the place is gifted with natural beauty including pine jungles, coffee gardens, and beautiful valleys. An ideal summer resort set in a beautiful spot surrounded by thick rainforests with wild animals.

Image Source: Pritam.Kar.98 (Instagram) 

12. Simlipal Tiger Sanctuary

Noted for its thick dense forests, meadows, waterfalls, and rivers.

A perfect location for forest camping, nature walking, forest safari, and trekking. One of the few sanctuaries in India where tigers roam freely in wild. Other animals to be seen are Leopard, Asian elephant, Barking deer, Gaur, Jungle cat, wild boar & four-horned antelope.

13. Bhitarkanika  

Located in Kendrapara, considered as one of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries of Asia.

Bhitarkanika: Home to the largest population of the giant saltwater crocodile in India & also has eight varieties of kingfishers.

The largest mangrove forest in the country noted for its lush green mangroves, migrating birds and turtles, the crocodiles, water courses, tranquil surroundings and the ever embracing nature.

Image Source: Ananya & Chinmay (Flickr)

14. Gahirmatha

The first and only Marine Sanctuary of Orissa.

The beach separates the Bhitarkanika mangroves from the Bay of Bengal and is the world’s most important nesting beach for olive ridley sea turtles.

Image Source: Deepak Sahu (Flickr) 

15. Gopalpur Sea Beach

Offers peaceful ambiance, serene environment, immense sailing opportunities and loads of fun for sea lovers.

The golden sand dotted with casuarinas plantation and clusters of coconut and palm trees set the beach apart from other beaches of the state.

An old lighthouse just on the shore is an added attraction.

Image Source: Satyajit Das (Flickr) 

 16. Koraput

Some of the best works of nature can be seen in this beautiful land.

Set amidst hills with scenic waterfalls and amazing natural parks.

The major attractions here are the Gupteshwar Caves, Sunabeda, Deomali (the highest peak in the state), Duduma Falls, Hatipathar, Nandapur, Kolab Falls, Kolab Botanical Garden, Jagannath Sagar etc.

Deomali – The highest peak of the Eastern Ghats located in the Koraput district Of Odisha
Image Source: Prasanna Sahu (Flickr) 

The 175 meters high Duduma waterfall in the Koraput district of Odisha
Image Source: Sriram Girivasan

17. Raghurajpur

This Heritage crafts village is located in the district of Puri, about 14 km away from the pilgrimage town of Puri, on the southern banks of river Bhargabi (Bhargavi). It is known around the world for its master Pattachitra painters; who’s art form dates back to the 5th century BCE. It is also known as the birthplace of one of the finest Odissi exponents and Guru, Kelucharan Mohapatra.

The village is also home to crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cow dung and papier mache toys, and masks. The village also has a series of temples dedicated not only to Bhuasuni, the local deity but also to various Hindu gods including, Radha Mohan, Gopinath, Raghunath, Laxminarayan, and Gouranga.

Image Source: Sukalyan  (Flickr) 

18. Ratnagiri

It was once the site of a major Buddhist monastery in the Brahmani and Birupa River valley in Jajpur district of Odisha. Ratnagiri offers astounding panoramic views of the surroundings, and it might have been chosen for the serene and calm atmosphere necessary for an ascetic life. 

A major excavation project conducted between 1058 and 1961 uncovered much of what we can see today. Prominent, well-preserved standing statues of the bodhisattvas Vajrapani and Padmapani can be found in niches in a portico. Ratnagiri comprises two magnificent monasteries, also rebuilt more than once. A museum on the site displays statuaries featuring Tara, Avalokiteshvara, Aparajita, and Hariti.

Image Source: Hannes Rada (Flickr) 

19. Mangaljodi

An old village under Tangi, in Khordha district of the state, at the northern end of the Chilika Lake. The scenic beauty of this marshland and village attracts visitors from around the world. The wetlands attract thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the world. The best time to visit the place for bird-watching is between the months of November to March. 


Image Source: Rajiv Ranjan Sinha (Instagram) 

20. Taptapani

The name Taptapani is derived from tapta which means hot, and pani which means water. It translates to hot water spring in English. The hot water from the natural spring of Taptapani is said to have medicinal properties. It is situated on the eastern slope of the Eastern Ghats, within the lush green forest having a wide range of flora and fauna.

Image Source: Hubert Gyon (Flickr)  

Odisha is truly a magical and mystical place which has some of the most interesting places in the entire country. We hope this list has helped you learn about this underrated and hidden jewel of India. Pack your bags and get ready to explore. Let us know what you think of Odisha in the comments section.

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27 Amazing Places To Visit In North East India This Year http://www.scrolldroll.com/places-to-visit-north-east-india/ Thu, 31 May 2018 12:25:05 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=8192

The North East has so much to offer and any list of places or best spots to visit will always remain incomplete no matter how many are made. The area is perfect for every kind of trip. Form treks to pilgrimages to nature walks to adventure to music to culture to cuisine and leisure, name […]

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The North East has so much to offer and any list of places or best spots to visit will always remain incomplete no matter how many are made. The area is perfect for every kind of trip. Form treks to pilgrimages to nature walks to adventure to music to culture to cuisine and leisure, name it and you’ll find more than one spot in either of the 8 states to carry out your preferred experience. The Northeast still remains a relative mystery and offers unparalleled experiences that will lift your spirit and revitalize your soul.

We have compiled a list of 27 places in the North East, which includes 3 places from each of the 8 North Eastern states, and three additional places in Sikkim. Read on!

1. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) 

The smallest of the 16 districts in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the most scenic places in the entire state. The Tawang Monastery situated here belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. It is a major tourist attraction bordered by Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the South-West and Sela ranges separate West Kameng district in the East. Elevations range between 6,000 to 22,000 feet (6,700 m), and inhabitants are found at lower altitude, where they enjoy a cool temperate climate.

Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is located at a distance of 183 km from Bomdila and is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. The natural beauty and solitude of Gupdi and Chong-Chugmi ranges, Tawang Chu River and Tawang valley are extremely mesmerizing. 

Image Source: Anoop Negi (Flickr) 

2. Sela Pass (Arunachal Pradesh)

Sela Pass is one of the most visited destinations in Arunachal Pradesh and is believed to be a nature lover’s paradise on earth. Sela Pass in winters remains completely covered with snow. The visitors can also see another beautiful spot before reaching this pass, known as the Paradise Lake. The pass is noticeably more beautiful than any other pass in the region. Tourists enjoy the ride to the pass as the road winds through the rough yet scenic terrain of the Middle and Great Himalayas.

Image Source: Biswajeet Dey (Flickr)

3. Ziro (Arunachal Pradesh) 

The home of Ziro Music Festival this quaint valley town is full of little surprises and joy. It is famous for the alpine vegetation and gentle slopes covered with paddy fields. Ziro is a perfect spot for a chilled vacation, one can get a taste of rural life here and revel in the cold weather that prevails most of the year.

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary covers 337 sq. km. of land and it is one of the leading attractions of Ziro. The sanctuary is home to various endangered species. The beautiful forests that enjoy a much less human intervention have a wide range of flora and fauna. Silver fir trees, orchids, stunning ranges of bamboo and ferns are some of the trees found here. 

Image Source: John Taru Habung (Flickr)

4. Majuli (Assam)

Majuli in Assam is the largest river island in the world and it is also the first island district of the country. The island is formed by the Brahmaputra in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti, an anabranch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri River in the north. Majuli island is accessible by ferries from the city of Jorhat. The island lies 300 kilometers to the east of Guwahati. It was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit River.

Image Source: Foxbat7979 (Flickr) 

5. Kaziranga National Park (Assam)

The home to the largest number of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the most beautiful national parks in India. The best way to spot rhinos is on an elephant safari. The park also hosts a wide variety of deer, wild hogs, and migratory birds. The park’s success story in protecting the rhinos is very well-known, and due to the efforts of the authorities, the number of rhinos has been significantly increasing. The park has some of the best eco-tourism resorts, which provide a taste of Assamese lifestyle and culture.

Image Source: johnaldrich (Flickr) 

6. Jatinga (Assam)

Jatinga is a small village located in Assam. The village is covered with lush green vegetation and surrounded by serene mountains, but that’s not what it’s famous for. Jatinga is known for an entirely different reason – its Bird Mystery. The Bird Mystery is a unique phenomenon that occurs at Jatinga between September and November each year. During these late monsoon months, several migratory and local birds commit mass suicide at the village. Just after sunset, between 6 and 9 pm, hundreds of birds descend from the sky, plummeting to their deaths by crashing into buildings and trees. For many years, locals believed that evil spirits living in the skies were responsible for bringing down the birds. Of course, this is not true. After several scientific studies and experiments, it has been concluded that the birds are generally disoriented by the monsoon fog which makes them dive to their deaths.

Image Source: Suvro Ghosh (Flickr) 

7. Guwahati (Assam)

The former capital of Assam, Guwahati is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra. The city is one of the most important trade and commerce centers in the northeast as it connects the rest of the area with the country’s mainland. When you are in Guwahati you must not miss visiting the Kamakhya Devi Temple which is known for the tantric rituals and sacrifices carried out to appease the deity. The River Brahmautpra’s basin covers a large area of the city and it often brings devastating floods. We’d advise you to not visit Guwahati during the monsoons.

Image Source: Michael Foley (Flickr) 

8. Loktak Lake (Manipur) 

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. This iconic lake, located in Manipur’s Bishnupur district, at a distance of 53 km from Imphal, is known for its circular floating swamps (called phumdis). The term phumdis refers to a collection of a heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matter at various stages of decomposition. Resembling miniature islands, these phumdis are found in various forms, floating on the lake. The lake is home to 233 species of aquatic plants, more than 100 species of birds, and 425 species of animals, including the Indian python and sambhar.

Image Source: Nirmal Deka Boruah (Flickr)

9. Ukhrul (Manipur) 

Ukhrul is a stunning district in the state of Manipur. It is well known for the natural beauty of its landscape and the varying shades of green across the hills and valleys. This place is not just visually appealing but is also a place where one can find true peace of mind. Amidst the hills and lakes, one can truly feel the calmness and beauty of nature. A natural paradise, it is a place which every nature lover must visit at least once in their lifetime. The Nilai Tea Estate, Kachoupong Lake, and Khangkhui Cave are some of the many pristine natural wonders that are situated in Ukhrul. 

Image Source: Chipems (Flickr) 

10. Shillong (Meghalaya)

Dubbed as “India’s Rock Capital” Shillong sits amidst the Khasi hills of Meghalaya. The town is spread over the gentle hills and is also known as “The Abode of Clouds”. It was the erstwhile capital of undivided Assam up to 1972. Most of the population in Shillong belongs to Khasi tribe, who are predominantly Christian. An interesting aspect of the Khasi culture is that they are a matrilineal society – the mother is head of the family, the youngest daughter is given all the property and the mother’s surname is passed on to the children.

In the early 1960’s the Umiam River, 15 km north of Shillong, was cordoned off to form a reservoir which covers an area of 220 square km. The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities. Apart from storing water for electricity generation, the lake also provides numerous ecosystem services at micro, miso, and macro levels.

Image Source: Dinesh babu (Flickr)

11. Mawlynnog (Meghalaya)

Mawlynnog, a community based eco-tourism initiative situated about 90 km from Shillong. It won the acclaim if being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003, and it was declared as the cleanest village in India in 2003. The village community has made a collective effort to maintain the ambiance of an ultra-clean village. The village is extremely pretty, especially in the monsoons when there is a lush green cover all around, with waterfalls paving the way to small streams and abundance of flowering orchids dangling from the trees and hedges add to the beauty of the village. It is a small village which can be covered by foot, once will be just not enough and one would more than willingly take multiple strolls along the streets and footpaths across the village.

Image Source: Saravanan Dhandapani (Flickr)

12. Living Root Bridges (Meghalaya)

Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of Rubber Trees by the people of the mountainous terrain along the West Jaintia Hills district and East Khasi Hills district. At over 50 meters in length, the longest known living root bridge is near the small Khasi town of Pynursla. The local Khasi people do not know when or how this tradition of living root bridges started. The earliest written record of Cherrapunji’s living root bridges is by Lieutenant H Yule, who expressed astonishment about them in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1844).

Image Source: Robins Mathew (Flickr)

13. Cherrapunji (Meghalaya)

Cherrapunji in the East Khasi hills was known as the wettest place in the planet for several years before this record was claimed by the nearby city of Mawsynram. Mountains and valleys around Cherrapunji are covered by lush green forests and a diverse vegetation. One can also see a number of interesting living root bridges here that include the Umshiang, Mawsaw and Ritymmen root bridges.  Two of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country  -Nohkalikai Falls and the Seven Sisters Falls are located in Cherrapunji.  Another popular destination near Cherrapunji is the Mawsmai Caves which are the only limestone caves in Meghalaya lit enough for tourists to enjoy the natural formations.

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14. Umngot River – Dwaki (Meghalaya)

The place where boasts seem to be flying in the thin air. Umngot River in Meghalaya is one of the most pristine and beautiful rivers in the world. The crystal clear waters are not only a delight to the eyes but also to the soul. You can hire boats and have an experience that is unparalleled in the entire world.

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15. Aizwal (Mizoram)

The capital city of the state of Mizoram, Aizwal was set up in 1871-72 by British troops that fought against the rebellious conduct of the then Mizo Chief Khalkom. Aizwal has since then been the heart of Mizoram and it connects the entire state and is the hub of all business and administration in the state, it is home to 25% of the population of Mizoram. Situated on a ridge the city looks over the Tawang River and the Tuirial valley to the west and east respectively. The pristine landscape of the city can be viewed from the Durtlang Hills which is situated on the northern side of the city. Take your cameras and head to this charming hill station for a taste of Mizo life.

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16. Reiek Heritage Village (Mizoram)

Situated 29 km from Aizwal, Reiek Heritage Village is a typical Mizo village with distinctive Mizo huts of the different sub-tribes of Mizoram. These huts are fully furnished and give the visitors a sneak peek into the glorious past of the mighty Mizo people. Some modern Mizo houses have also been built here to provide a contrast and an insight into the changes that have occurred over time in the lifestyle of the Mizo people and how they have tried to keep up with the evolving trends in the modern day! The forests in hills of Reiek are home to a mesmerizing variety of hill birds and an ornithologists’ paradise, one might even spot the rare PeregrineFalcon perched on a lofty ledge or swooping on cliff swallows.

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17. Serchhip (Mizoram)

The district of Serchhip in central Mizoram is a favorite for nature lovers and tourists alike. The natural landscape of Serchhip provides everything that a nature lover needs and makes tourists fall in love with Mother Nature. Situated between the rivers Mat and Tuikum, this collection of villages forms one of the most beautiful towns in the entire state. The district also harbors the spectacular Vantawng waterfall, which translates to “waterfall reaching the Heavens”. Paragliding is the newest sport and visitors flock to Serrchip to paraglide over the pristine hills surrounded by the two rivers.

Image Source: Vantawng Waterfall (Flickr) 

18. Dzükou Valley (Nagaland)

The Dzükou Valley is situated at 2438 meters above sea level, behind the Japfu range in Nagaland. Usually, between the months of June and September, the entire valley is covered with a blanket of exotic looking wildflowers. The Dzükou Valley is one of the most ideal places for trekking and nature aficionados. The Dzükou Valley is just 30 km away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. The swirling stream that rushes down the valley in Dzükou freezes during extreme winter. The valley is surrounded by hills, natural caves & rocks and is ideal for camping. Despite the difficult terrain and non-availability of basic amenities, Dzükou is one of the most frequented trekking holiday spots in the entire North East India. Its emerald green rolling hills interlinked with gentle flowing streams have captivated the trekker’s fancy since time immemorial.

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19. Mokokchung (Nagaland) 

Mokokchung town is one of the most important urban hubs in Nagaland. It takes around six hours to get there from the Nagaland capital, Kohima. The place is home to the Ao tribe, which holds their celebratory Moatsu Festival during the first week of May each year. To catch the festival one can head to Chuchuyimlang village, an hour and a half drive from Mokokchung town. The location of this village, high on a hill, is its best feature. Each house in the village looks out on to an unending lush chain of hills, which change color with the rising sun. There is no other place in the entire North East which experiences such a beautiful natural phenomenon.

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20. Kisama Heritage Village (Nagaland)

Kisama Heritage Village is perhaps the only one of its kind in Nagaland. Located on the foothills of evergreen hills, the exquisiteness of this village is increased by various varieties of flora surrounding it. With a heritage which is very different from any other in the country, a trip to Nagaland is about the experience one can have from learning its unique culture. Kisama HeritageVillage harbors traditional houses with thatched roofs and intricate carvings of marvelous designs on the wooden walls will take you to a realm in a different era. Sixteen different houses, which are also known as Morungs, are designed and made according to the style of each of the 16 communities of Nagaland. This huge heritage complex has a museum which houses artifacts from World War II, a traditional hall made of bamboo, food court and the stadium which is the site of the famous Hornbill Festival.

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21. Agartala (Tripura) 

The capital of Tripura, Agartala has had a very long and majestic history. Nestled on the banks of river Haora this city enchants visitors with its historicity and grandeur. The Ujjayanta palace of the kings of Tripura was converted to the state legislative assembly & now is a museum, situated in the area of Palace Compound is one of the eye-catching attraction in the state. It is the former royal palace of Agartala, and also served as the meeting place of the Tripura Legislative Assembly until 2011. Ujjayanta Palace is the biggest tourist attraction of Agartala, and tours are conducted by the Tripura Tourism Department. Maharaja Bir Bikram was the last king of Tripura who ruled the state and was also the last king who stayed in his house in the palace. Tripura’s rich cultural heritage is visible in the historical architecture that is visible around the state.

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22. Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim) 

Where the Middle Himalayas disappear and the expansive cold desert of the Greater Himalayas take over, as one travels northwards in Sikkim a beautiful glacier fed lake lies perched amidst the harsh terrain. This is one of the world’s highest lakes and is called Gurudongmar Lake. This picturesque lake which should freeze completely at least in the harsh winter of the Himalayas has a small part which has not frozen for centuries. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava the founder of Tibetan Buddhism also known as Guru Rinpoche after whom the lake was named visited the lake in the 8th century. The lake remained frozen most of the year with no possibility of providing for drinking water needs, the people of the area appealed to Guru Padmasambhava to help them. The guru agreed to help them and placed his hands on a small part of the lake area which stopped freezing even during winters thus facilitating a source of drinking water to the people. Since then the lake has been considered sacred and devotees carry this sacred water in containers.

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23. Dzongri La (Sikkim)

Situated on the western border of Sikkim is the town of pristine town of Dzongri, this is a place which is best visited on a trek beginning in the town of Yuksam. The trek culminates in the base camp of Mt Kanchendzonga, the 3 rd highest peak in the world. The best time to visit the place is in the months of April and late September and early October. The base camp has the most stunning view of Mt. Kanchendzonga, the only place from where one can see the majestic mountain in all its grandeur.

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24. Yumthang Valley (Sikkim)

A picturesque alpine valley in the North district of Sikkim, Yumthang encapsulates the beauty of the Himalayas in its truest sense. The alpine vegetation and Rhododendron covered valley is best visited in spring when the flowers are in full bloom, at par with the Valley of Flowers in Uttrakhand and Nubra Valley in Ladakh, Yumthang is a place one can laze around and have a great vacation at. It is considered as one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the entire state. It captures the hearts of every visitor with its beauty and the humility of the Sikkimese people living in the valley. This place though last in this list should be first in the travel lists of every nature aficionado.

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25. Gangtok  (Sikkim)

The capital city of Sikkim is one of the fastest growing hill towns in the entire northeast. It boasts a majestic hillside and ridge with the old Sikkimese Palace (Tsuklakhang) perched at the top of the hill. Gangtok offers stunning views of the Khanchendzonga and the other peaks of the range. The town is known for the amazing marketplace (MG Marg) which does not allow vehicles and is paved with concrete tiles. The street lamps along MG Marg have all-weather speakers installed which play soothing local and international music all day. This town is truly a leisure paradise.

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26. Tsomgo lake / Nathu La Pass (Sikkim)

The historic lake at Tsomgo is one of the holiest lakes in Sikkim an is revered by the locals. it is about 45 km from the capital town of Gangtok and is one of the Silk Routcheckpointsts where traders from Tibet, China and India meet and carry about with their business. The Nathu La pass is located about 17 km away from the lake and it is a restricted area. On 50 vehicles are allowed to drive to Nathu La border, and if you wish to visit the border at Nathu La then you must take permission from the state tourism department.

Image Source: Tsomgo Lake (Flickr) 

27. Zuluk (Sikkim)

The ancient Silk Route’s pride, Zuluk Loops in east Sikkim is one of the most stunning roads in the world. With countless hairpin bends and lush hillsides are marvelous and words can never capture the beauty and grandeur of this place, you will have to experience it yourself.

Image Source: Abhishek Verma (Flickr) 

These are only some of the places that are worth visiting in the Seven Sisters and Sikkim. Each of the 8 North Eastern states has a plethora of tourist destinations to choose from, we suggest you take time to visit each state one by one, starting from Arunachal Pradesh and culminating in Sikkim. Hope you enjoyed reading this list; tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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10 Ultimate Must Have Experiences While in Goa http://www.scrolldroll.com/must-have-experiences-in-goa/ Fri, 11 May 2018 13:45:03 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=12404

Whether it is that long pending vacay with your besties or a romantic getaway with your better half, Goa is and will always be the preferred beach holiday destination for Indian and international travelers alike. But with so much to do and so much on offer, you might be overwhelmed with choices and may have […]

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Whether it is that long pending vacay with your besties or a romantic getaway with your better half, Goa is and will always be the preferred beach holiday destination for Indian and international travelers alike. But with so much to do and so much on offer, you might be overwhelmed with choices and may have a tough time deciding what to do while in Goa. It is important to plan ahead and get your itinerary right to make sure you make the most of your Goa getaway. Don’t worry though, our travel experts have you covered. From a trip to the Goan backwaters (bet you didn’t know they existed, did you?) to that perfect Goa hotel booking that you’d cherish, we bring to you 10 ultimate must have experiences in Goa. Read on and start packing!

1) Party it up in North Goa

Goa and partying go hand in hand, ‘cause after all, Goa IS the party capital of India! While you are there, make sure you hit some of the best beach party destinations in town, especially in North Goa. Baga is the best place to start your party hopping, abuzz with clubs and lounges as far as your eyes can go. And then make your way up to Anjuna and pay a visit to Club Cubana to be transported to Havana!

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2) Ride the waves and sail in the wind

You don’t have to be an adventure sports junkie to indulge in some water sports while in Goa, ‘cause there is something for everyone. If you are tame at heart, you can try your hand at yachting or kayaking; but if you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, we suggest windsurfing and paragliding at many of Goa’s beaches.

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3) Find solace in Goa’s lesser-known beaches

There’s no denying that Goa is teeming with tourists all year round, especially its popular beaches like Baga, Anjuna and Palolem. So you’d be surprised to know that despite the crowds, Goa still has secluded beaches where you can find that much needed peace and quiet. Topping our list is Kakolem, a hidden natural paradise south of Cabo de Rama beach. Also worth a visit is Cola beach, which is located a mere 15 KM from Palolem and yet, is nothing like it. Head here to sit back and relax to the sound of waves crashing.

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4) Feel the wind in your face as you ride through South Goa roads

A trip to Goa would be incomplete without a bike ride across this majestic beach paradise. With a well-constructed network of roads, your bike ride in South Goa will be a smooth one. And the abundance of lush green trees interspersed with vast expanses of pristine beaches on your either side will make your trip a memorable one. Just make sure you drive responsibly though!

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5) Lose yourself in the scenic backwaters of Goa

You don’t have to travel to Kerala to witness the mesmerizing beauty of backwaters. Goa is also home to bountiful backwaters that will leave you enchanted. Our favorite is a journey up the languid Chapora river on a houseboat, which gives you a whole new perspective to Goa – one that is a far cry from the beaches and parties.

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6) Try your luck at Goa’s many casinos

Feeling lucky? Head to one of Goa’s many casinos and try your hand at a game of poker or rummy. Aboard luxury cruise liners, these casinos offer an unparalleled experience besides a possibility to walk away with big wins. Even if you aren’t much of a “gambler”, you can still throw back some cocktails and scrumptious food while here.

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7) Enjoy a date with history at one of Goa’s many forts

If you have made it this far into this article, you’d have realized that there’s more to Goa than just parties. But did you know that Goa also has a rich past and is dotted with magnificent historical sites? Of particular interest are one of its many forts – especially the spectacular Chapora Fort (where everybody’s favorite ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot) and the symbol of Goa’s Portuguese past – Aguada Fort. Cabo De Rama Fort in South Goa is another beautiful fort in one of the quiet corners of Goa which you would enjoy visiting.

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8) Get in touch with your spiritual self at Goa’s churches

Goa is home to some of India’s grandest and also, quaintest churches. Exquisite reminders of the state’s rich Portuguese heritage, these ancient churches are no less than architectural marvels that will take your breath away with their stunning beauty. You don’t have to be a history buff or an architectural aficionado to bask in the glory of Se Cathedral and Bom Jesus Basilica, both churches wondrous in their splendor.

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9) Catch a glimpse of dolphins and butterflies

If you’re a nature and wildlife enthusiast, a visit to the lesser known Butterfly Beach is a must on your itinerary! Located north of the popular Palolem Beach, this semi-circular beach is blessed with lush green forests, abundant in wildlife, especially countless species of colorful butterflies. And while you ride to this beach on a boat, you are likely to catch glimpses of playful dolphins as they swim across the ocean in packs.

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10) Relax and rejuvenate your senses at a beach resort

Where you stay in Goa can make all the difference in your vacation, and we recommend nothing less than a resplendent beach resort. Goa hotel booking is no easy feat, with innumerable hotels and resorts to choose from. So think wisely and pick one that is closest to the beach, because the sight of a champagne sunset, while you laze by the pool with a cocktail and waking up to watch the crimson red sun rise from an azure blue sea, are experiences that you shouldn’t miss.

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There you have it, folks! The best of Goa all summed up in 10 unforgettable experiences. Now get ready and go Goa.

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12 Hidden But Extremely Beautiful Beaches Of Goa http://www.scrolldroll.com/hidden-beaches-of-goa/ Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:19:49 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=8927

Thousands of tourists throng our beautiful beach State of Goa every year. With all the major beaches crowding up, don’t you feel the need to just sit back on the beach and relax in solitude, hearing to the tides and having a coconut drink perhaps. Well do not worry, we have compiled here 10 beaches […]

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Thousands of tourists throng our beautiful beach State of Goa every year. With all the major beaches crowding up, don’t you feel the need to just sit back on the beach and relax in solitude, hearing to the tides and having a coconut drink perhaps. Well do not worry, we have compiled here 10 beaches of Goa that are completely unspoiled and untouched that would let you have some nirvana time.

 

1. Kakolem Beach

Also known as the Tiger beach, Kakolem beach in South Goa is one of the most secluded beaches in the coastal state with abundant scenic beauty. The surrounding views from the cliffs at this beach is astounding. This beach is generally visited by adventurers and nature lovers. It is one of the best places to relax and spend time away from the hustle – bustle of Goa.

 10 Lesser Known But Extremely Beautiful Beaches Of Goa - Kakolem Beach

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2. Cola Beach

One of the most remote beaches of Goa, Cola beach is nestled in South Goa with the vast Arabian Sea on one side and Mountains on the back side. It is completely unspoilt and one the most beautiful beaches of Goa, visited by only a few people. The other attraction of this beach is a natural fresh water lagoon with the backdrop of palm trees located only a few metres away from the sea.

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3. Butterfly Beach

A hidden beach cove at the northern end of the Palolem beach in South Goa, the Butterfly beach is the home to some of the most exotic species of butterflies, crabs, fishes and aquatic life. Dolphins have also been spotted around this beach. One can take a small boat ride from the Palolem beach or go through a 2 hour trek through woods to reach this place. With blue water, golden sand, swaying palm trees and cool sea breeze, this place is one of the most picturesque places in the entire country. 10 Lesser Known But Extremely Beautiful Beaches Of Goa- Butterfly Beach

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4. Mandrem Beach

You might have heard of Cola beach or even Kakolem, but Mandrem is a name that’s going to sound foreign to you.  Part of a quaint coastal town by the same name, Mandrem is located north of Ashvem and south of Arambol and is about 21 km from Panaji. Getting here isn’t very difficult and once you walk up to the beach, you are greeted by sparkling blue water and white sand. The relatively isolated beach is a haven for those seeking some calm and peace. While here, don’t miss the surrounding greenery and spend some time walking around. Or just laze around while you sip on some cold beverages courtesy the handful of shacks located along the beach.

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5. Galgibaga Beach

Among the very few of Goa’s unbridled beaches, Galgibaga is a name synonymous with natural beauty in al it abundance. Also known as Galgibagh Beach, this hidden gem is located in the south of Goa in the Canacona region and is a mere 7 km from the famous Palolem Beach resort. Once you are here, you are greeted by a solemn watch tower, white sands and the vast blue ocean. Besides that, you are pretty much on your own! Flanking the beach is dense pine vegetation and a few modest shacks. Oh, if you are into aquatic wildlife, you’d be happy to know that this beach is the nesting ground of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles, and hence, is also called the Turtle beach.

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6. Polem Beach

Polem beach is the southernmost beach of Goa lying along the Goa-Karnataka border. Almost 60 kms from the Dabolim airport and 70 kms from Panaji, Polem is generally visited only by the locals because of its far flung location. That’s probably the reason why you won’t find too many tourists frequenting this gem of a beach and hence, it remains far from being commercialized. Besides the clean sandy beaches to roam around and the frothy ocean water, one can enjoy the view of the island of Anjdiv in the distance protruding out from the sea a few kilometers off the beach. The island is where the future Naval base of India on the West Coast will be built. The beach is sparsely crowded with only a few shacks on the shores and is a good option for people who wish to stay away from the otherwise crowded and buzzing Goa.

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7. Talpona Beach

Another remote beach located in the calm Cancona region, Talpona Beach is a quaint paradise and a dream come true for anyone looking for an escape from the busy cit life. This beach is located near a river by the same name and a fishing village. The Talpona river joins the Arabian sea here. The beach itself is pristine with clean sandy coastline covered in a golden hue. From both its sides the Talpona beach is covered in a canopy of greenery. With a couple of shacks on its shores serving reasonably prices food and drinks, Talpona is an ideal place to enjoy some quite time while being surrounded by stunning views. The Talpona river nearby is also an abode for bird watchers.

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8. Cabo De Rama Beach

A mere 2 KM from the popular Cabo de Rama Fort you will find the stunning and yet, completely untouched Cabo de Rama Beach. Considered among the most beautiful beaches in Goa by locals and tourists alike, this beauty is known for its blue green waters and a strip of lush palm groves stretching alongside the beach. With a perfect setting for picnics and leisurely strolls, Cabo de Rama will transport you to a place where solitude takes over and your worries are left behind. The ocean water here is relatively calm and you may consider a dip, but do know that the beach lacks much of tourist infrastructure and lifeguards. Overlooking the beach is the historic masterpiece of Cabo de Rama Fort which offers a spellbinding panorama onto the Arabian Sea.

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9. Betul Beach 

South Goa is the place to be if you are seeking solitude while in Goa, and Betul is a fine example of that. Located in the lesser known Salcete region, this beach is located 24 km from Margao city and is a popular fishing port for locals. The beach has a village by the same name alongside, where most of the local fishermen reside. The beach itself is located on the opposite bank of the River Sal, right where its delta is, and the river acts as the separation between the beach and the village. The pristine beach also has a small lagoon and a river that flows to the sea, so if you are looking for a dip, you are in luck!

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10. Kalacha Beach

Looking for a cute little beach destination you can call your own? Kalacha Beach is your answer! Not among the easiest beaches to reach but definitely among the best, Kalacha lies north of Arambol on Goa’s west coast and can only be accessed on foot from the neighboring village. Kalacha is known for its sweet water lagoon and a high hilltop which is a favorite spot amongst adventure sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers for paragliding and hang gliding. With a remarkable bohemian vibe, the beach is popular among westerners. During nights, you’re likely to find a bonfire lit with someone strumming on their guitar while enjoying the gushing sound of ocean waves and the swaying coconut trees.

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11. Sinquerim Beach

Another picturesque coastal village in the North of Goa, Sinquerim is home to the unspoilt Sinquerim Beach. If you haven’t heard of Sinquerim, you must have heard of the famous Fort Aguada that flanks this beach’s southern tip. This imposing fort and the overlooking Sinquerim Beach have played the setting for scores of movies, and yet they remain untouched from heavy tourist influx. With pristine sands and calm blue waters, it is an ideal place to swim and then laze on the beach. And when you are finished, you can devour some fresh seafood prepared by the nearby shacks and restaurants.

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12. Canaguinim Beach

And finally, we come to Canaguinim Beach, a wild beauty located in South of Central Goa (and for all practical purposes, in South Goa). Technically two distinct beaches, Canaguinim consists of North Canaguinim and South Canaguinim, each blessed with clear blue waters, golden sands and surrounded by lush wild greenery. However, South Canaguinim is mostly rocky and hence, unsuitable for a beach sojourn. That said, both have calm ocean waters and are suitable for a swim. The beach is meant for those who are seeking solitude and not comforts, as there are hardly any amenities available here and for pretty much anything you’d need, you’ll have to walk up to the neighboring village. So if you are planning a meal by the beach, better pack one with you. But remember to take all remnants and waste back so that the beach continues to remain unspoilt and pristine.

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Aren’t these places worth checking out? With a little dose of peace and leisure, these places can surely make you feel the true bliss. Make sure that you note these places down the next time you are planning a vacation to Goa and want a getaway from the bustle.

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13 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in India You Should Visit http://www.scrolldroll.com/beautiful-waterfalls-india/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:36:12 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=8773

India is blessed with a number of perennial and seasonal rivers. These rivers make their way through valleys, plateaus and cliffs, and along their way, they sometimes make stunning drops hundreds of feet below. Witnessing these insane drops and scintillating waterfalls should certainly be in every nature lover’s travel itinerary. We bring to you a […]

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India is blessed with a number of perennial and seasonal rivers. These rivers make their way through valleys, plateaus and cliffs, and along their way, they sometimes make stunning drops hundreds of feet below. Witnessing these insane drops and scintillating waterfalls should certainly be in every nature lover’s travel itinerary. We bring to you a comprehensive guide to 13 such mesmerizing waterfalls in India that you shouldn’t miss at any cost.

1. Jog Falls (Karnataka) 

Jog Falls in the Shimoga District of Karnataka is one of the most famous and tallest waterfalls in India. During the monsoon season, 3.4 million tonnes of water gushes down the 853 ft drop making it a spectacular affair. It is not just the one stream of the Sharavathi River that turns into the breathtaking waterfall but a combination of four cascades commonly known as Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket. Jog Falls is close to the some of the major cities of Karnataka like Bangalore and Mangalore.

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2. Dudhsagar Falls (Goa) 

Dudhsagar Falls get their name for their milky appearance when seen from a distance. With a height of 1017 feet and an average width of 100 feet, it is one of the highest waterfalls in India. What makes the waterfall unique is its proximity from the Madgaon-Belgavi Rail Route which crosses the waterfall between its two tiers. The waterfall made by Mandovi River lies on the border of Goa and Karnataka and is surrounded by Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary. Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most prominent rail route destinations and is very popular among tourists.

Image Source: Jayasankar Madhavadas (Flickr) 

3. Thoseghar Falls (Maharashtra) 

Another gem from the Konkan region, Thoseghar falls are one of the lesser known waterfalls of India. The falls from the Satara District of Maharashtra are a series of waterfalls of approx 200 ft. The best season to visit this breathtaking waterfall is from July to November when this region experiences heavy rainfall. The place around the waterfall looks astonishing with lush green trees and a massive lake. The natural beauty of the fall is still preserved because of its relatively difficult accessibility and thus, it is an interesting location to mark on your travel wish list.

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4. Birthi Falls (Uttarakhand) 

Birthi Falls from Uttarakhand is the first waterfall from North India on our list. Unlike the falls mentioned above, this magnificent waterfall is surrounded by snow-clad mountains. The 400 ft tall fall is located at 2000 meters above the sea level on the Kumaon Mountains. To reach there is a 14 km trek from Tejarm in the Pithoragarh district. The surrounding areas are just as beautiful, with plenty of interesting destinations to visit. The place even finds mention in Rig Veda and Skanda Purana.

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5. Nohkalikai Falls (Meghalaya) 

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Plunge waterfalls are waterfalls that drop vertically while losing contact with the underlying cliff face, or bedrock, behind them. On the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji, this waterfall makes a direct drop of 1115 ft, making it the highest waterfall in India. It is named after the legend of the mysterious woman Likai who jumped off from the cliff from which the fall originates. What makes this falls even special is that it is fed by rainwater instead of any river, hence it dries up significantly during summers.

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6. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls (Karnataka) 

The river Kaveri flows into this magnificent waterfall in the Mandya district of Karnataka. This perennial waterfall lies in the beautiful island town of Shivanasamudra which is divided by the Kaveri River into twin waterfalls – Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. The town also houses a few ancient temples including the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. The waterfall which is collectively called the Shivasamudra falls is best witnessed during the monsoon season and is easily accesible from the Mysore and Bengaluru city.

Image Source: Sumeet Singh (Flickr) 

7. Nuranang Falls (Arunachal Pradesh) 

Next on the list are these waterfalls from the land of mysteries and mystical places – Arunachal Pradesh. The Nuranang Falls, also known as the Bong Bong Falls, have a drop of over 300 ft. The falls get their name from a legend of a girl named Nura who helped soldiers during the Sino-Indian War. The place is still unknown to travelers but is spectacular to visit. One can reach the town of Jang where these waterfalls are located by road.

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8. Chitrakoot Falls (Chattisgarh)

The Indravati River makes a drop of over 100 ft in the district of Bastar, Chattisgarh. This magnificent waterfall known as the Chitrakoot or Chitrakote Waterfall is the widest waterfall in the country. During monsoon season, it is nearly 150 meters wide and is thus referred to as the Niagra Falls of India. You can easily spot rainbows forming over the falls while taking a boat ride along the Indravati River. The best way to reach to the falls is from the city of Jagdalpur which is about 38km away from the falls.

Image Source: Amit Rawat (Flickr) 

9. Bhimlat Falls (Rajasthan) 

Bhimlat Falls lies in the not much-known city of Bundi in Rajasthan, which is situated 200 km away from the capital city of Jaipur. Bhimlat Falls plunges from a height of 60 meters and it falls into a deep green sea like lake. The falls and the city of Bundi have mythological connections as well. Legend goes that Bheem from the famous Mahabharata created the waterfall. The city also boasts of numerous baolis, forts, and palaces and yet, is not brimming with tourists like other popular destinations in Rajasthan.

Image Source: Karin Wollgarten (Flickr) 

10. Athirapally Falls (Kerala)

Remember the gigantic waterfalls from the blockbuster Baahubali? Well, it might have been an exaggeration and loads of CGI but the best of the shots were real and taken from this beautiful falls in Kerala. Situated in the Thrissur District of Kerala, Athirapally Falls is truly a natural wonder. The main falls is a drop of 80 ft on Chalakudy River and is the largest falls of Kerala. Along the Sholayar Range, this waterfall is a remarkable sight with its lush greenery and rich flora and fauna.

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11. Hogenakkal Falls (Karnataka) 

This fall gets its name from the Kannada word hoge and kale which translate to smoke coming out from rocks. What makes the whole location one of a kind is its abundance of Carbonatite and the arrangement of rocks of this composition. The over 60ft drop of the beautiful waterfall makes the whole scenery astonishing. One can reach this waterfall from the Dharmagiri district of Tamil Nadu on the river Kaveri. The major attraction towards this waterfall is boating in coracles, which are boats made out of bamboo.

Image Source: Sankara Subramanian (Flickr) 

12. Kune Waterfalls (Maharashtra) 

Every travel related list is incomplete without the mention of Lonavala Khandala Valley. That’s why the Kune waterfalls with its huge drop of 330ft make its way into the list. This majestic waterfall is a three-tier waterfall and has the stunning view of Sahyadri Mountains all around it. This fall is one of the most popular tourist places around Pune and attracts hundreds of tourists every month during monsoons. The accessibility of the falls is a stark contrast to the other falls in the list. The falls lie along the old Mumbai Pune Highway and are close to the famous Kune church.

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13. Dhuadhar Waterfalls (Madhya Pradesh)

Among the lesser known places in Madhya Pradesh are the Dhuadhar Waterfalls of Jabalpur. The 100ft tall waterfall is just the cherry on top of the panoramic view that it has to offer. Situated in the backdrop of Marble Mountains, Bhedaghat Waterfall, also known as Dhuadhar, is among the best waterfalls of the country. Dhuadhar made its cinematic debut with “Jis Desh Mein Ganga behti hai” and since then it had been a part of the movies like Asoka and Mohenjo Daro. The area is also known for its breathtaking and poetic boat experience and it is also home to crocodiles of the Narmada River. This must surely be on your bucket list!

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There you have it – the best waterfalls from every corner of the country, including the tallest, the widest, the least known and the most popular. Some of these have even appeared in popular movies. But if we might have missed out on your favorite waterfall, tell us in the comments below.

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11 Extremely Dangerous Roads That Would Give You Nightmares http://www.scrolldroll.com/dangerous-roads-india/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:00:18 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=8515

Some roads are beautiful, some roads are exquisite Roads in India which are as deadly as beautiful, but there are some roads that are extremely stunning and perilous at the same time. We have compiled a list of roads that are as treacherous and as beautiful as they seem. Spread across the Himalayas, Pir Panjal […]

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Some roads are beautiful, some roads are exquisite Roads in India which are as deadly as beautiful, but there are some roads that are extremely stunning and perilous at the same time. We have compiled a list of roads that are as treacherous and as beautiful as they seem. Spread across the Himalayas, Pir Panjal and Zanskar Ranges these roads are some of the most dangerous routes to drive on. These roads are perfect for thrill seekers and adventure lovers a like.

1. Sach Pass

The Sach Pass is located in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, and it connects the Chamba valley with the Pangi valleys of Himachal Pradesh. The road leading to the pass has literally no tarmac and is mostly loose grave and ice. Long stretches of the road is covered by perpetual streams formed by the melting of snow collected on either sides of the road. The road is fortified by high ice walls (though it is an exaggeration, as it is man-made) which make it look like white gorges formed by driving across the ice. These factors make the road extremely challenging and
the most difficult paths to traverse.

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2. Zojila Pass, Kargil

The Zojila Pass, situated high in the mountains of Kashmir is the most vital link between the Ladakh and Kashmir valleys. The road leading to the pass winds along almost vertical cliffs which makes driving an enthralling and precarious experience. One slip up along the road and it would end up in complete disaster. There is no denying the fact that the road leading to Zojila Pass is beautiful and awe-inspiring, but also extremely terrifying and petrifying.

Image Source: Tomas Laburda (Flickr) 

3. Kinnaur Road

Kinnaur Road is a charming cliff-hanging drive along the ostensibly bottomless gorge created by the Baspa river gorge in Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The road is quite narrow and in many places it has been carved out of the crag, leaving overhangs enclosing the road. The road connects Kinnaur valley with the rest of the country. This spectacular man-made marvel is one of the most beautiful and dangerous roads, not only in India, but also the world.

Image Source: Rahul Dulta (Flickr) 

4. Rohtang Pass

As one climbs higher up beyond the hills of Manali, an intimidating road is met. This road leads to the Rothang Pass, which connects the Kullu valley with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Though the pass is not very high or difficult to cross, it has a reputation for being dangerous as the region is frequently hit by bizzards and relentless snow storms.

Image Source: Jatin Thakur (Flickr)

5. Khardungla Pass

Once the highest motor-able road in the world Khardungla Pass stands at a staggering height of 18,380 feet and the majestic mountain pass boast a meandering narrow snow covered road. The road is located in the district of Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir and remains covered in snow almost all year round. The raod connects the Nubra Valley and Siachen Glacier with Ladakh. The road and snow have a relationship like a river and a gorge, with steep man-made cliffs of snow on the two sides of the road. This picturesque road is slippery almost all the way, and vehicles have to ply at tortoise-speeds to avoid falling off the sides or having wheel spins.

 

Image Source: Anushree Dirangane (Flickr) 

6. Road To Chandrataal

Chandrataal also known as “Moon Lake” is connected by a road which hardly has any tarmac on it, this soul crushing route has some of the most immaculate natural sceneries all along. The road which connects Chandrataal to Kunzum gets tricky to traverse as many natural streams cut through the road which makes driving easier said than done. The road poses a colossal challenge but the natural beauty of the Laul Spiti valley is worth all the risks that comes along with the road.

Image Source: Motographer (Flickr) 

7.Killar – Kishtwar Road

This beautiful road between Killar and Kishwar, is a narrow road along the cliff. The road follows the Chandrabhaga river which flows in a deep and narrow gorge all the way from Pangi Valley to Kishtwar. Driving on this road is an experience of a lifetime with natural rock hangings and steep cliffs on either sides of the road. The route is pristine and intimidating at the same time.

Image Source: nadz11.ns (BCMTouring) 

8. Chang LA Pass

Chang La Pass is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh. The name means “Pass towards the South” or “Pass in the South”. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The road leading to Chang La Pass is one of the highest motorable roads in the world standing at a staggering height of 17664 feet, standing behind Mana pass and Khardungla Pass. The stretch of 10 km on either side of the road to Chang La Pass is loose dirt and sludge, and during the Monsoon months many streams appear on the across the road, which make driving a monumental challenge.

Image Source: Poonam Parihar (Flickr) 

9. Lachung

The village of Lachung is one of the most picturesque villages in Sikkim. Situated in the North district of the state the village is connected by a narrow road which is blanketed by snow most of the year. This road connects Lachung with Mangan the district head quarters. Driving on snow can be a beautiful experience but there are several risks involved. The word Lachung literally translates to ‘small pass’ and this beautiful road can be very deceptive especially in the monsoon season.

Image Source: CamelKW (Flickr) 

10. Nathula Pass

Perched at the border between India and Tibet (China) the Nathula Pass is an incredible road maintained by the Indian Army. The winding hair-pin bends and snow over the road, makes it one of the most difficult roads to drive on. Vehicles cannot move faster than speeds ranging between 5 and 15 km per hour. The Nathula pass has been the soul of the Silk Route since the beginning of Indo-Tibetan trade. The route connects Nathula Pass with the capital of the state Gangtok.

Image Source: Abhishek Verma (Flickr)

11. Zuluk Loops

Zuluk is a small village situated along the winding road and countless hairpin bends. The intimidating road was the original historic Silk Route which was used by the traders to exchange goods between Tibet and India. The road as such poses no real threat but driving along the continuous curves and bends can prove to be excruciating for the drivers as well as the passengers who tend to get car sick. During August and September, Zuluk is soaked in a frenzy of colours emanated by wild flowers. From January to April Zuluk is covered in snow. The rainy season of May to July is usually foggy but the rest of the year it has sparkling weather.

Roads in India Which Are As Deadly As Beautiful-Zuluk loopsImage Source: Zuluk Loops (Flickr) 

There are many other roads that parallel the peril and beauty of the roads mentioned in this list. We hope you had a fun time reading about these routes and are already gearing up for your next adventure on at least one of the roads. Do let us know what you think about the list, and any other road that you think is as deadly and as beautiful as the ones in the list in the comment section below.

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20 Most Interesting Places In India You Should Definitely Visit http://www.scrolldroll.com/interesting-places-in-india/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:14:30 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=8475

India is a land of wondres and has some of the most interesting places in the world. The places mentioned in this list are only some of the interesting places in India that one should definitely visit. We have tried to cover all the four directions of the compass and listed 20 of the most […]

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India is a land of wondres and has some of the most interesting places in the world. The places mentioned in this list are only some of the interesting places in India that one should definitely visit. We have tried to cover all the four directions of the compass and listed 20 of the most unique and uncanny

1. Asia’s cleanest village: Mawlynnong
This small village perched in the East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya is also referred to as “God’s own Garden” and it has been titled as Asia’s cleanest village. It was a community based initiative to clean the village and what a job they have done!

 

2. Village with no locks: Shani Shignapur
Shani Shignapur is located in Maharashtra in the district of Ahmednagar, the village is known for the temple of Shani, the Hindu god associated with the planet Saturn. The houses in the village have no locks and the locals believe that the village is looked after by Shani Devta.
Interesting Places In India-Village with no locks: Shani Shignapur
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3. Sanskrit Village: Mattur
Mattur is a quaint village in the Shimoga district near the city of Shivamogga in the state of Karnataka. This village is known for the use of Sanskrit for day-to-day communication. It is the only village in the world where people still use Sanskrit on a daily basis
Interesting Places In India- Sanskrit Village: Mattur
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4. Airport by the sea: Agatti Airport
Agatti Airport is the only air strip in the Union territory of Lakshadweep. It is a patch of land that houses a single runway which is 1.2 km long. The airport can handle 50 people at peak hours making it one the smallest airports in the world.

5. Secluded Tribals in India’s Mainland: Malkangiri in Odisha
The Bondas, one of the primitive tribes of Orissa, live in the high hills of Khairput block of Malkangiri. The lifestyle of Bondas in the hills, continues to be primitive. The women cover their bodies with colourful beads and their private parts with small pieces of cloth which they stitch with threads. The Bondas speak Remo, an Austro-Asiatic language belonging to Mundari group.

6. Temple which houses a Muslim diety: Jhulasan
Jhulasan, a small village 40 km north of Ahmedabad, has a Hindu temple where a Muslim deity – Dola Mata is worshipped. The shrine attracts devotees from all faiths, especially those who wish to go abroad. ‘Dola Mata’, who was born in a Muslim family, is worshipped as a Goddess by Hindus
Interesting Places In India- Temple which houses a Muslim diety: Jhulasan
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7. The ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Hanuman Temple: Connaught Place
The Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place, New Delhi, is an ancient Hindu temple and is claimed to be one of the five temples since the time of Mahabharata. An important feature of this temple is the 24–hour chanting of the mantra “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram”, since August 1, 1964. It is claimed that this continuous chanting has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Interesting Places In India- The 'Jai Shri Ram' Hanuman Temple: Connaught Place
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8. Second coldest inhabited place in the world & coldest place in india: Drass
The village of Drass in the Kargil district near the Line of Control is the second coldest place inhabited by human beings; it is also called the Gateway to Ladakh. The winters are so cold that the average temperature settles around −20 °C (−4 °F)

9. Wettest Place on the planet: Mawsynram
Mawsynram, a village in the Khasi hills of Meghalaya is the wettest place on Earth; this village receives an average annual rainfall of 11,873 millimeters which is the highest level of precipitation recorded in the world. It has also found a spot in the Guinness book of World Records for the same
Interesting Places In India-Wettest Place on the planet: Mawsynram
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10. Oldest Rock Art in The World: Bhimbetka
The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a World Heritage Site and, according to the Archaeological Society of India, it features signs of the earliest human habitation. They also feature rock art which shows the evolution in painting as a form of expression.
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11. A universal township for human unity: Auroville
Auroville in Pudducherry is a place which defies all the norms of a structured society, the place is a township with no possession and money “where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity” (Mirra Alfassa).
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12. Highest Motorable road in the World: Mana Pass
Situated at a staggering height of 18,399 feet, Mana Pass between India and Tibet now hosts the highest motorable road in the world. Beating Khardung La Pass which was the higest motorable road until December 2015, Mana Pass is located near the border between Tibet and India in the state of Uttrakhand.

13. Bridges Made From Living Roots: Cherrapunji
Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of Rubber Trees by the people of the mountainous terrain along the West Jaintia Hills district and East Khasi Hills district.

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14. Southern most point of India’s territory: Indira Point
Indira Point or Pygmalion Point is the southernmost point of India. Located in the Nicobar district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands the point is named to commemorate the former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.
Interesting Places In India-Southern most point of India's territory: Indira Point
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15. The place in India which receives the first rays of the sun – Dong village in Arunachal Pradesh
The easternmost village in India, Dong Village in Arunachal Pradesh is the place which receives the first rays of the sun. Situated in the Lohit district Dong is the place where India, China and Myanmar meet. Dong lies at the junction of the Lohit River and the Sati (or Sai Ti) stream at an elevation of 1,240 metres
Interesting Places In India-The place in India which receives the first rays of the sun - Dong village in Arunachal Pradesh
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16. India’s highest lake: Tso Lhamo lake in Sikkim
Tso Lhamo Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, it is the highest lake in the country perched at an overwhelming height of 17,490 ft. Situated in the northern part of Sikkim, Tso Lhamo is a glacial lake and is the source of the state’s most important river, river Teesta
Interesting Places In India- India's highest lake: Tso Lhamo lake in Sikkim
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17. India’s highest waterfall – Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai Falls is the highest plunge waterfall in India. With an astounding height is 1115 feet, it is the highest waterfall in India located in the state of Meghalaya near Cherrapunji. It is also one of the most picturesque water falls in the country

18. The Submerged City – Dwarka
Recent explorations have confirmed the existence of the mythical city of Dwarka under the sea off the coast of modern day Dwarka in Gujarat. The submerged Dwarka is said to be the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom. The city was apparently submerged by Krishna at the end of Dwarpar Yug marking the beginning of Kal Yug.

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19.The haunted fort – Bhangarh
Bhangarh is a 17th Century fort built by Man Singh I for his younger brother Madho Singh I. Situated at the border of Sariska Wildlife in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan. This place boasts a sign board put up by the Archeological Survery of India outside its premises, which reads that people should not stay in the vicinity of the fort after sunset.

20. The bridge built over a sea – Pamban Bridge
Pamban Brigde which connects the island of Rameshwaram, is a railway bridge built over the stretch of sea that separates Rameshwaram from mainland India and it was opened on 24th February 1914. The railway bridge has a double leaf bascule section which can be raised to let ships pass through.

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