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India’s Most Unusual And Quirky Places tO Visit

Lepakshi Temple
Written by Tim Drakeo

Being a vast country with diverse culture and fascinating history, India attracts millions of tourists every year from across the globe for its sheer vibrant culture, beautiful locales and enriching historic places.

But the country is also home to some of the most unusual and riveting places, few of which are mentioned below.

 

Karni Mata Mandir

One of the most bizarre places you will ever come across is this temple where rats are fed and then the same food is given out to the people and the most unusual part is that this place has never seen any disease or plague.

This temple is located in Rajasthan and is in the name of local Goddess Karni.

Bullet Baba Shrine

This unusual shrine is in Jodhpur where the Legend says one day, Om Singh. Rathore met with a drunk driving accident and his bike crashed into a tree. The police took away the bike and miraculously the bike was discovered at the same accident place the next day.

Thinking of it as a prank by people, the police again took the bike and even chained it up. But again, the unusual happened and the bike was found at the accident site. After thinking it as some major force, the bike was permanently moved to the accident site and was enclosed in glass.

Today it has become a famous shrine where people offer flowers and liquor to the bike and worship it as some kind of deity. Weird how in India, there is also a bike God.

Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake

Another fascinating place to visit in India is the floating lake which is the largest freshwater lake in north eastern India and the only floating lake in the world.

The lake is based on a phumdis which is a cluster of huge amounts of organic matter, soil and vegetation.

The lake is spread over an area of 300 square meter and houses the world’s only floating national park- the Keibul Lamjao National Park which has varied species of animals, birds and aquatic plants.

Skeleton Lake

In an alarming discovery, a few years back, a frozen lake was found  absolutely filled with skeletons. This Roopkund lake is a glacial lake at an altitude of 5029m in Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Whenever the ice melts here, hundreds of human skeletons appear to be floating on the river. This is also one of the most popular treks in India.

Lucky Restaurant in Ahmedabad

Have you ever thought that you could dine with the dead? Unusual right? To experience this bizarre thing, visit the Lucky Restaurant, located in the Lal Darwaza region where this restaurant is built in the place of a graveyard, making it quite an interesting USP of this place.

The graves here are untouched and an iron bar has been installed around them and the sitting area has been built around them in the available space.

The staff of this restaurant pay their respect to the graves by cleaning them everyday and adorning them with fresh flowers.

Jatinga, Assam Known for Mass Suicide of Birds

This is a small village in Assam with a population of around 2500. This village is popular for its very strange and unexplainable phenomenon of birds suicide. The migratory birds visiting the area never leave the town, dropping dead on the streets for no reason.

Adding to more strangeness, the mass suicide happen on a specific 1 mile by 600 feet strip of land and the deaths happen between 6pm to 9:30pm on a moonless nights of September and October. This phenomenon has been happening every year for centuries now.

Some of the locals believe that the evil spirits in the sky compel the birds to give up their lives. Though scientists believe that dense monsoon fog and high altitudes make the birds dizzy, leading them to hit the trees and buildings and eventually losing their lives.

Another theory also says that these birds are attracted to village lights. But these are simply theories and this haunting and weird accident keeps happening.

Pushkar Camel Fair

The camel fair in a town called Pushkar in Rajasthan is something which is very popular among the tourists from all over the world because of its unique feature.

Every year during the fair, the camels and the horse traders from across Rajasthan to Pushkar come here to sell their camels and other livestock and also have plenty of festivities like races, dance performances, mustache length competition and even the beauty pageants for the camels.

Naga Tribal Culture at Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is one of the most interesting things you could attend in Indian which gives you a great insight into all the rich cultural customs in the tribal parts of the country.

This is an annual event where members of different local tribes come together and have festivities and celebrations by showcasing their artistic and culinary traditions and some amazing dance performances.

There is also a night bazaar as part of the festivity which has various kinds of handicrafts and food items.

Shani–Shingnapur, Maharashtra

This place is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra which is not just famous for its Shani Temple but also is known to be a village with no door or the door frames. It is believed that Lord Shani is protecting the village and his devotees.

The mysterious thing is that nothing in this village- homes, schools, government buildings or even commercial houses don’t have doors or the door frames. Also there is no criminal activity ever reported in this village which makes this more of an unusual place.

What’s even more strange here is that the local branch of the bank here of United Commercial Bank don’t have any locks here making it the very first lock free bank in the country.

Living Root Bridge in Meghalaya

The living root bridge is a beautiful phenomenon which you can see in Meghalaya. These bridges are made of rubber tree roots which takes approximately 15 years for the bridge to build and get stronger.

One of the must visit places is the double decker bridge in the village of Nongriat or the largest living root in Pynursla which measures more than 50 meter long.

Kamasutra Temple

The erotic temples of Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a group of 20 structures, spread over a nine square mile site and are an intriguing and unique historic part with erotic art display panels which are truly an antique and mysterious but interesting experience to visit.

Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan

If you are into the spooky and haunted places, then this is the right kind of unusual for you because this has been the most haunting place of India which is famous for its historic ruins.

This fort is located at the edge of Sariska Tiger Reserve and is a popular tourist attraction where the entry is prohibited between sunset and sunrise.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilet in New Delhi

If someone would say that there is a display of toilet seats with its historic background, you would probably take it as a joke, but this Toilet Museum is Delhi comes across a very bizarre yet very interesting concept.

It was started with the objective to display the local history of sanitation and toilets and surely a great source of amusement.

The museum reveals the historic evolution of toilets and the trends from the past while featuring toilet seats from all over the world. So, if you are up for some quirkiness, do pay your visit here.

Floating Stone Bridge in Rameshwaram

The city of Rameshwaram is considered to be one of the most sacred places in India and the floating stone bridge is also called the Ram Setu from The Ramayana which is built across Sri Lanka by the army of Lord Rama.

The stones used in the construction of the bridge have the name Lord Rama inscribed on them and the unique and the unusual part of this is that these stones never sink, hence the name, floating bridge.

This is one of the popular tourist destinations and is also an interesting visit.

Mother Teresa Mission in Kolkata

The great work of Mother Teresa is known to people worldwide and even though she was truly an angle, her endless societal uplifting work is still continued by the successful followers of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata.

One can visit to see her home and how she worked and how hundreds of others are following her footsteps in helping the poor and needy.

Rishikesh to Practice Some Yoga and Meditation

Rishikesh, India

A lot of people visit India, the country of ayurveda and yoga to find peace and harmony within themselves and in order to explore the serenity within, the best destination is this beautiful location.

Rishikesh provides a perfect picturesque setting to find the right meditation spot and perform some asanas.

Magnetic Hill Near Leh

This unusual place of India is located at the elevation of 3352.8 meters and has a wonderful phenomenon of magnetic properties that pulls a vehicle uphill after switching off the ignition.

This is created as a result of magnetic illusion created by the gravitational force of the hill. This is a major attraction spot in Ladakh and is a must visit.

Hide and Seek Beach, Orissa

This beach is located in Orissa. The strange part of this place is that the sea disappears and miraculously re-appears while playing this unusual phenomenon for an memorable and unforgettable experience that clearly is the miracle of nature.

The sea at this beach recedes up to five kilometer during the ebb and comes back to fill the emptiness with the high tide.

This phenomenon also lets you walk deep into the actual seabed which feels like you are actually walking on the water.

Rosary Church, Shettihalli

This church is built on the banks of Hemavathi River in Shettihalli, Karnataka and it is the only church standing in water. It is seen that during monsoons, the church submerged into the surrounding rainwater but rises to glory after the water recedes.

This activity happens every year and the most mysterious part is that the walls of the church still bear the brunt of the water and still you can’t see any major damage to this rustic church which has been reported.

The charm of this church remains intact and this beautiful building looks hauntingly beautiful especially during sunsets.

Lepakshi Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Lepakshi Temple

This is an ancient temple which displays the relics of Vijayanagara style architecture, which has its roots dating back to the 16th century. The temple complex has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Veerabhadra and Lord Vishnu.

This temple unusualness comes from its special feature of hanging pillars which are suspended in the main hall which is said to be the hall of reception for Shiva and Parvati’s marriage.

This one pillar is among the 70 pillars of the Lepakshi Temple which is a salute to the makers of the temple.

There is no logical explanation of this hanging pillar. And many people often pass clothes from under it to check out the pillar’s suspension.

Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad

This one is an unusual place to visit in India as it is a replica of the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. This was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the memory of his wife in the 17th century.

This is also referred to as the “Taj of the Deccan” and is also surrounded by the lush gardens and fountains.

Even though the maqbara is smaller in size, the charm of the Taj is beautifully captured making this place looks beautiful as well.

Great Banyan Tree in Kolkata

The great banyan tree of Kolkata is located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden and is the oldest tree in the country and the widest in the world.

It takes the area of 14500 square meters and looks like one major dense forest from a distance, but actually is one really big tree.

This tree is 250 years old and has almost 3300 aerial roots expanding far and wide and is one of the most popular and unique places to see in India.

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Tim Drakeo