It is that time of the year again. The time when everybody gears up to welcome a gracious New Year wakes up with exciting holiday bells dinging the ambience, and while lazily meeting their deadlines for the remaining weeks, scrolls endlessly for the best places to visit. This time, instead of stopping by the man-made marvels all around how about bookmarking the unbelievable natural wonders of India for a wondrous vacation?
No offence at all to the surprising stunners all over the globe but India as well truly is competitive when it comes to exposing its hidden treasures. The country of glorious diversity consists of innumerable startling tourist destinations that can effortlessly contribute to a “trip-to-remember” adjective to any of your vacations in India. Ranging from famous landmarks in India to best-shopping destinations in India to the most unique cuisines in India as per each of its 29 states, this bizarre country has a store of it all and even beyond.
These are the most unique natural wonders of India
With a far-reaching geographical extent and an even greater diameter, India just doesn’t stop to astonish the world with its unreal phenomena; both natural and man-made. Right from possessing a gigantic desert of salt to maintaining the charisma of a huge lake created from the explosion of a meteor to owning a magnetic hill, the country isn’t labelled as “Incredible India” for no reason. There are so many natural wonders of India that you might even get tired of remembering the mysteries they hold. If you’re really someone who gets taken away by such awe-inspiring miracles, then exploring these many corners of India would offer you tons of prized memories.
The unsolved tales of this South Asian country never get old. Undoubtedly, the universe of mankind is genuinely shaping up the world extraordinary with its creative efforts and innovations with every passing day but the very beauty that nature has preserved to date is unmatchable. Most of them are so alluring that they legit make people believe the art of God’s creation is no myth. Now, that you’re already aware that India is a true blue home to some of the finest natural wonders, keep viewing this article for detailed knowledge about each of these precious locations.
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The one extremely appealing location in the mild Buldhana region of Maharashtra is this 50,000-year-old Lonar Crater Lake. The unreal mystery that has been encompassing this lake to date is what attracts tourists the most. Both alkaline and saline are present in the water which makes it an even more unique natural wonder of India and not only limited to India but the entire globe. Craters and meteors are the prime reason behind the divine creation of this lake. The meteoric collision is how this lake was brought into existence and is hence known to be one of the most tempting geological frameworks possible on the planet.
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Another unbelievable natural wonder of India is the Magnetic Hill, the spot where gravity literally takes a backseat. Positioned at a distance of nearly 30 km from Leh, the Magnetic Hill is highlighted by a yellow signboard that states “The Phenomenon That Defies Gravity”. It even asks you to park your vehicles in the spot encircled by a white point on the road, which is labelled as the Magnetic Road. When parked at the marked spot, vehicles start moving forward at a speed of close to 20km/h. How intriguing is that! Magnetic Hill exists on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar National Highway in the Trans-Himalayan region.
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Known to be the most expansive waterfall in India, this mystical location is truly one of the unique natural wonders of India. The Chitrakote waterfall is famously regarded as the “Niagara of India”, for its extensive broadness. Positioned in the western section of Jagdalpur in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, this waterfall arises from the Indravati river. Chitrakote waterfall is placed at a towering height of close to 30 metres with a breadth of 985 feet. Especially during monsoons, you can behold the falls at their full greatness.
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Also known as the “Double-Decker Living Root Bridge”, the very existence of Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya is no less than an unimaginable stunner. These marvellous structures have flawlessly developed over decades and are among the most famous attractions in Meghalaya. This heavenly natural wonder of India is made up of knotted dense roots that offer awesome grip to the structure and shape it well to occupy 50 or beyond people on its base. They are amazingly maintained by professional Jaintia and Khasi tribes who have cultivated the art of flourishing root bridges over elevated banks of streams overflowing through the thick forests of Meghalaya.
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Gifted with the colourful and uncommon Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is truly a garland of nature, quietly cuddled in the Western Himalayan district of Uttarakhand. The trek of the Valley of flowers passes through dense forests, together with the Pushpawati river. One can arrive at this place by overpassing several bridges, waterfalls and glaciers on the way. Along with being a natural wonder of India, this stunning frame of nature is also regarded as an Indian National Park and is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site displaying lush grasslands blooming with native lofty flowers.
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Famously identified as ‘the rock which gravity forgot’ this enormous granite boulder happens to be another unique natural wonder of India. Mahabalipuram is a fascinating destination in India which possesses this out-of-the-world attraction. Weighing close to 250 tonnes and placed at a height of 6 meters and breadth of 5 meters, this rock has been planted on the peak of a slope for beyond 1200 years! The natives tend to believe that it’s Lord Krishna’s piece of stolen butter that fell off! No wonder it’s named Krishna’s Butter Ball!
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Planted in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool region, Belum Caves are one of the longest and largest caves in India for tourists to tirelessly explore. These are the second largest caves in India after the Krem Liat Prah in Meghalaya and are popular for their uncommon frameworks like stalagmite and stalactite frameworks. The caves were shaped over a duration of millions of years with the successive construction of limestone. One of the primarily safeguarded masterpieces of national integrity, the Belum Caves own several lanes with delicate detailings of water streams on limestone.
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Situated barely 6.4 km off the shore of Karnataka in the Arabian Sea, St. Mary’s Island is a geological gem and serves some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country. This island is basically a troop of four distinctive islands- The North Island, South Island, Daryabahadurgarh Island, and Coconut Island. The land where Vasco De Gama placed his first step, the location which carries extensive geological importance, and whose charm is simply spellbinding, is St. Mary’s Island, Karnataka. A whimsical island right adjacent to the shore of Udupi, St. Mary’s Island is an island of rock pillars, amazing wildlife, and white sand beaches, forming it an attractive abode to be.
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Dudhsagar Falls or “sea of milk” in rather words, is labelled so because of its milky white colour. In between the Mollem National Park or the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary rather, you will come across this mystical and gorgeously outpouring Dudhsagar Falls. An outlandish landscape for both national and international travellers, this is the Mandovi River flowing down from the hilly side of the mountain from over 1017 feet.
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The Rann of Kutch is a salt swampy field in the Thar Desert in western Gujarat’s Kachchh region. It is planted between Gujarat in India and the Sindh district in Pakistan. It comprises close to 30,000 sq. km of land which counts The Little Rann of Kachchh, Banni grassland, and the Great Rann of Kachchh. The Rann of Kutch is widely popular for its white salty desert sand and is prestigiously the largest salt desert in the world. No wonder why it is designated under the most beautiful and unique natural wonders of India!
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