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15 Less Known Travel Wonders of India

When thinking of awesome places, most of us know very few options in our own country. Let us unveil 10 of the best kept secret locations in India. From the wonders of gravity to the bacchanalia of the deserts, there is something for everyone!

1. 'Lonar Crater Lake' - Thi largest crater of the world

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Lonar Crater Lake dated back to some 50,000 years and was created by a meteor hit. Situated on the outskirts of Lonar town, Maharashtra, the lake is a myriad of colors and creates a beautiful sight.

2. Breathing Nature - Living 'Tree Bridges' of Cherrapunji

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Straight out of a fantastical tale, the Living Tree Bridges of Cherrapunji, have roots that go down to an astounding 3000 ft. Believed to have been shaped by humans into bridges, the roots make their way all along the slope. The tree holds onto the riverside, and the roots snake their way through the river bed.

3. Chandipur Beach, Odisha - Go seek!

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Have you seen the sea disappear in front of your eyes? A unique phenomenon is rarely seen anywhere else, the sea recedes by as much as five kilometres every day on the Chandipur beach, lies around 200 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar, not just enthralling the onlooker but also offering an opportunity to walk into the sea.

4. Elephant’s Trunk - Needle Hole Point Mahabaleshwar

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Nature lovers are going to love this one! Overlooking the Deccan traps, the Needle Hole Point in Mahabaleshwar looks like fine craftsmanship. Resembling an elephant’s trunk, the site is located near Kate&rsquo's Point. Why the needlepoint? Because you can see the formation through a hole!

5. The Aleya Ghost Lights - Those long gone beckon!

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The name says it all!! Conjured up in the swamps of Bengal, these lights are speculated to be caused by paranormal activity in the region. The souls of dead fishers are the legend that surrounds these ghost lights, while scientists claim that the decaying organic matter of the region is creating gases. The glow comes from the reaction of the gases with oxygen, resulting in oxidization and ionization.

6. Smoky Rocks - Hogenkkal Falls!

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Falling on the Kaveri River, Hogenakkal Falls are referred to as Niagara of India and rightly so! The carbonate rocks of this region might be some of the oldest in the world. If you’ re wondering what Hogenakkal means, it means ‘smoke rock’. The reason is simple-when the falls cascade on the carbonate rocks, it looks like there is smoke coming out of them.

7. Up or downhill? - Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

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Even the appearance of this hill, is deceptive. To add to its complexity, try driving on the Magnetic Hill- on neutral, your car will go uphill instead of downhill. With its deceptive looks, this region in Ladakh can pull off this fantastic illusion.

8. Second largest cave in the subcontinent - 'Belum Caves'

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The second largest and the longest caves in the subcontinent, Belum Caves is famous for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Cocooned in its dark envelopes, you will find spacious compartments, winding passages, syphons and more. Of the 3.5 km already explored, 1.5 km is open to tourists.

9. South Asia’s remaining active volcano - Barren Island of Andaman

15 Less Known Travel Wonders of India-9 Drive about 135 km from Port Blair, to reach the only active volcano in South Asia. The island comprises of the volcano and its debris. The last recorded eruption was in 1787. With a towering height of 305 m above sea level, the volcano created more than a dozen false alarms since its previous outbreak.

10. Dazzling Whites - Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat!

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Situated on the contours of Narmada River, these rocks reach a height of a 100 ft. The river has carved the rocks into a smooth gorge of 3 km in length. You will appreciate the sunlight as it bounces off the white curves and dances on the turbid waters of the river. Visiting it on a moonlit night is a wonderful experience.

11. Bhaderwah- A Dream within a Dream

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A dream within a dream, that’s what is enough to describe the enchanting town of Bhaderwah. Bhaderwah is a town in the Dhodha district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also known as the ‘Mini Kashmir’ this town is so beautiful that anyone can fall in love with it at first glance. Bhaderwah has exotic and lush forests, and small pristine streams flowing through its various parts. The best time to visit Bhaderwah is between March and November, but it experiences cool and pleasant climate throughout the year.

12. Gokarna - An escape from the busy city life

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Gokarna is a holy place located in the state of Karnataka famous for its calm and pleasant atmosphere. Gokarna is a place for those who are low on budget and wants to stay away from crowded beaches of Goa. Gokarna is a paradise for those who want to relax near the sea, enjoy the late night parties and to appreciate the local food and culture.

13. Lamayuru - The Moonland of Ladakh

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On NH 1 and midway between Kargil and Leh highway, there is a small village named Lamayuru. This place is famous for its moonlike landscapes carved into Greater Himalayas. Lamayuru lies after Fotula which is the highest pass on the Srinagar Leh highway. The village is one of the easily accessible villages of Ladakh where you can experience the real life of Ladakhis. '

14. Umlingla Pass- The new highest pass in the world

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There’s a thing about heights; they are high until and unless we find a higher one. BRO has done the same by building Umlingla Pass which now is the world’s highest motorable road dislodging the Khardung La pass. This pass is risky as it is beautiful and provides you with the most amazing views of the barren landscapes and colourful mountains. A visit to Umling La Pass is sure to increase your heartbeat and providing you with the experience of a lifetime.

15. Sela Pass - God's gift to the Northeast

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Sela Pass is God’s gift to the nature of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng districts at an elevation of 13,700 ft. The pass is usually covered with snow throughout the year. The Sela pass is home to the state’s most beautiful Sela lake. Sela pass lies on the way to Tawang city which is approximately 80Km from the pass. The mystic combination of Sella pass makes it a great place to stop and relish the beauty if the surroundings.
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