10 Amazing But Offbeat Places in India

Kongka La Pass, Ladakh – An Alien Abode

Kongka La Pass is a low-ridge pass, lying in a disputed border area between India and China, at an elevation of 16,970 feet. Although neither Indian nor Chinese armed forces patrol the region, locals on either side of the border believe that the area is inhabited by extra-terrestrials. Reports ranging from UFO sightings to sightings of strange humanoids are quite common here.

A number of UFOs as well as strange figures of humanoids have been sighted there, according to many reports. So much so that the locals living around strongly believe that the area is home to aliens!

Vittala Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka – The Musical Pillars

Originally built in the 15th century, the Vittala Temple is one of the most extravagant pieces of architecture in Hampi. However, what sets it apart from some other equally glorified temples around the country is a collection of 56 musical pillars, which produce musical sounds when tapped gently. During their rule, the British were so intrigued by the pillars’ music producing ability that they cut two pillars into half to check if anything was inside the seemingly hollow pillars of granite. If you are interested, you can still check these two pillars inside the temple complex.

Over the years, curious visitors damaged several other musical pillars by regularly tapping them. To protect any further damage to this heritage site, tapping on musical pillars is now forbidden.

The Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

An important archaeological and historical site in India, Lepakshi is known for its architecture and painting. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most mysterious places in India, owing to its famous floating pillar.

People believe it’s just another of the many genius tricks the temple builders of the old were capable of. Among the 70 pillars at the site, one is hanging in mid-air, that is, it exists without a support. People come to the temple and pass objects under the pillar, believing it’ll bring prosperity into their lives!

Gyanganj, Somewhere in the Himalayas – A City of Immortal Beings

The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas hide mysteries in plenty. One mystery that stands out from the rest is that of a mysterious city of immortal beings, known by several names such as Gyanganj, Shambala, Siddhashram or Shangri-La.

It is believed that this place hides from sight and modern mapping technologies, by camouflaging itself or it exists in a different dimension altogether. However, according to legend, the immortal beings who live here not only influence the proceedings of the world in subtle ways, but also guard several secret spiritual teachings of all religions.

Roopkund, Uttarakhand – The Skeleton Lake

Every year as the ice melts in Roopkund, a glacial lake located at an elevation of 16,500 feet, hundreds of human skeletons are seen floating. Rediscovered in the year 1942 by a forest ranger, the skeletons in the Roopkund Lake have since then been shrouded in mystery. With the help of forensics and radiocarbon tests, researchers believe that the corpses are around 1,200 years old.

Nobody knows for sure who these people were, and what they were doing in such an inhospitable region of the Himalayas. According to popular folklore, the skeletal remains are of King Jasdhawal of Kanauj, his pregnant wife and hundreds of servants, who were headed to Nanda Devi shrine on a pilgrimage. However, before they could reach their destination, they were caught in a terrible hailstorm, with hailstones the size of cricket balls. Unable to find any place to hide, the entire group perished near the lake.

Jatinga, Assam – Where Birds Commit Suicide

Jatinga, a small village in Assam, has everything that you can expect in a peaceful holiday destination. However, instead of its lush greenery and the backdrop of mountains, Jatinga is famous for a mysterious phenomenon that happens every year during the late monsoon months.

Right after sunset, when locals are busy preparing for the night, hundreds of migratory birds commit mass suicide here. This happens every day. To no surprise, the local population gives a spooky theory that evil spirits in the sky are responsible for the event. Quite naturally, ornithologists aren’t satisfied with this explanation and have come up with their very own scientific theory. They state that the dense monsoon fog and high altitude daze birds. When these dazed birds try to make their way towards village lights, they end up hitting trees and buildings, resulting in death or serious injuries. However, there is no one to explain why these birds fly at night, and why they get trapped in the same place every year.

The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

A stunning creation of the 18th century, Bara Imambara, with a blend of Arabic and European architecture is among the most mysterious historical places in India.

This monument’s central arched hall is about 50 metres in length and almost 3 stories high…but without any pillars or beams supporting it. The main hall is also famous for its unique interlocking brick structure and for the ‘Bhulbhulaiya’, a dense maze.

Kuldhara, Rajasthan – The Abandoned Village

About 200 years ago, Kuldhara was home to more than 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins, descendants of a community that had lived here for more than five centuries. However, one day, the entire population, which included residents of 85 villages, fled. Overnight.

According to folklore, the people of Kuldhara didn’t just leave the village as it is, but instead they left it with a curse, forbidding any future settlements. All that is left here today are few dilapidated buildings, an old temple, and rumours that try to explain the sudden evacuation.

The Whispers of the Dead on Dumas Beach, Gujarat

Listed among the mysterious places of India, The Dumas Beach in Surat, Gujarat has a lot of spooky tales associated with it.

People strolling on the beach hear whispers and find no one when they look around for the source. There have even been reports of disappearances on the beach. The beach was previously a burial ground for Hindus, and thus it is full of spirits of the dead! Maybe it’s the theory that makes it one of the mysterious and haunted places in India.

The Ghost Lights of West Bengal

The marshes of West Bengal can get spooky in the dark, but there is one phenomenon that really freaks out fishermen there. Scientists suggest that these lights are essentially ionization of methane over the marshes that forms out of the decaying organic matter present in abundance in these bogs.

There have been many sightings of unnatural glowing lights of different colours hovering over the marshes in West Bengal. Referred to as ‘Aleya Lights’ for many years now, these lights are a nightmare for fishermen, as they usually end up confusing them and they would lose their way. In many cases reported till date, various fishermen have even lost their lives due to these strange lights. These marshes are some of the most mysterious places in India owing to this unexplained phenomenon.

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