India is an abode of nature’s fabulous creations and unexplained mysteries. A country of a large topographic diversity and natural wonders, India is the most popular destination for surreal experiences. We bring to you some of the natural wonders of this country, which will surely leave you enchanted and surprised!
Here is the list of 19 Natural Wonders In India That Are Incredible!
Sited on the altitude of 3,888 m from Sri Nagar, Jammu and Kashmir are one of the most sacred shrines in Hinduism. The place is known for the ice stalagmite, resembling the Shiva Ling. It is believed to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon reaching its full height in summers. The legend says that Lord Shiva explained the secrets of life to his divine spouse Parvati here. There are just two more of them, one representing Parvati and the other represents Ganesh, Lord Shiva's son. People from all over the world come and worship this natural wonder in India. By witnessing the power of devotion, it might be true that God visited this place first-hand.
Located in the city of Jaisalmer, the golden sand of the Mighty Thar is strangely pleasant. The best time to visit the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is during the sunrise or sunset when the sun's light pours life into the dead shades of sand. You can ride in style with your fast SUV or enjoy each moment on a slow camel ride; both are spectacular. You may end up camping with a bonfire applauding this natural wonder of India.
Located in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, this lake is another natural wonder of India created by a meteorite hitting Earth around 52,000 years ago. One of the incredible gifts of nature, Lonar Crater lake is surrounded by magnificent temples and scenic beauty. This attractive lake is both saline and alkaline at the same time, attracting scientists from far and wide.
Located in Sanguem Taluka (Goa-Karnataka border), Dudhsagar waterfalls are the most pristine falls of Western Ghats. As their name itself suggests, the drops appear like streams of milk flowing down the mountain. The literal translation means 'sea of milk'. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty and captivating scenery, these large and thundering falls attract nature-lovers from far and wide.
Located around 54km from Imphal, in the state of Manipur, Loktak Lake is another wonderful natural wonder of India. On this unbelievably beautiful lake, one can find, the world's only floating islands, known as 'Phumdis'. Loktak lake also has the world's largest floating park, the Keibul Lamjao National Park.
Known For : Valley of Flowers National Park | Nanda Devi National Park
Nestled in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is an abode of heaven for visitors. Famous for its exotic flowers and endangered fauna, the valley of flowers is richly diverse and splendidly beautiful.
Best Time : May to October
Another natural wonder of India, Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat in Jabalpur district are a well-known tourist destination. Shimmering under the sun or sparkling under the moonlight, Marble Rocks are truly a traveller's delight. These rocks are a magnificent gorge on river Narmada, around 3km in length. Local attractions complimenting these rocks include Dhuandhar Falls and Chausath Yogini temple.
Located in the Ananthagiri hill ranges of Andhra Pradesh, around 90km from Visakhapatnam, Borra Caves are a splendid example of nature's 'work in progress'. These limestone caves consist of various Stalagmite and Stalactite formations. The real beauty of Borra Caves is illuminated by sixty-three lamps inside the caves. Local attractions include Tyda park, Bheemili Beach, Araku Valley, Ananthagiri and Katiki waterfalls.
Located in one of the wettest places on earth, Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya are enough to boast about beautiful natural wonders & the mysterious ways of creation. This place is famous for their living and ever-growing natural bridges, some of them are around 500 years old. Interestingly, the roots of Ficus Elastic, are grown by local Khasi tribes into strong and amazing natural bridges, which take around fifteen years to develop completely. These one-of-its-kind bridges are truly a natural marvel.
These mysterious and scary Aleya Ghost Lights are found in the swamps of West Bengal. This unexplained and mysterious phenomenon makes it is a curious paranormal destination for travellers. Various gloomy and scary tales are narrated by local villagers, in evidence of the place's haunted nature. These colourful glowing lights are another riddle of nature, still unsolved by human beings!
South Asia's only active volcano, Barren Island is located in the Soma Satwik Sea, 135 km east of Port Blair. The first volcanic eruption was recorded in 1787. As the name suggests, this place is devoid of the human population. Barren Island is known for its breathtaking natural wonder of the volcanoes and the mesmerising Indian Ocean that surrounds it.
Located in Mahabaleshwar is the unlikely Needle Hole Point, also known as The Elephant Head Point. The natural rock formation positioned like an elephant's trunk is not something that you often see. The place creates a trident view by combining the qualities of an Echo Point, the grace of a waterfall and a dam. You may also look for the beautiful view of the Deccan trap, through the telescope mounted on the top.
Located in Mahabalipuram, a town about 60Km South Chennai famous for its stone carvings is 'The rock which gravity forgot'. The giant well-balanced rock is 5 meters in diameter perched on a smooth slope. Its name is attributed from the legend of Lord Krishna, who had a thing for butter and used to, sneak up on her mother's jar for some extra appetite. The natives and tourist both lay under the rock's shadow fearlessly clicking pictures and making memories.
Longer the cave, deeper is the mystery, then the Belum Caves must be the most mysterious place you will ever visit. Nestles in the Belum Village in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh is the second largest cave in the Indian sub-continent. The place got its name from the Sanskrit word 'Bilum' meaning hole. It is believed that the place was home to many Buddhist and Jain monks. People who are big Indiana Jones fan would love the maze of 16 cavernous paths and a pit cave here. Well, don't get lost before seeing the underground waterfall! A recurrent underground stream of water does the spell. If you have the right taste, it is impossible to explore the entire cave without noticing the natural decors, formed by the purest artist in the world- Nature.
The place is known for its hypnotic white coloured lands exceeding the limits of your eyesight, what else it would be than the white marshes of the Rann of Kutch! Scattered mostly around the areas of the Luni River and covering about 10, 000sq miles of land is the white dessert. In winters the place at its paramount because of the Kutch Utsav, which is truly a traveller's delight in Gujarat. The entire dessert is inhabited by tourists to enjoy the cultural bliss equally.
The Chandipur beach is nestled in Balasore district Odisha has a tendency to play. The water here actually comes and goes by its free will! Try taking a nap on this beach, by the time you woke up; there would be no water at all. Don't get confused folks, actually, its nature's way of messing things up. Water is always receding up to 5 Km and then coming back! You can see and walk on the sea bed then. Go and take and walk and come back with the high tide; your family will see you walking on the sea and will beg to teach the trick.
Located near Leh in Ladakh, the Magnetic Hill is a natural wonder in India where illusion seems to defy the rules of gravity. Also known as the 'Gravity Hill', this place pulls vehicles in an upward direction, creating an optical illusion. The hill is a great source of wonder and amusement for tourists every year!
Enter these enchanted woods, and you will never stop dreaming. This is true; the aromatic trees of Deodar will find you an appetite for travelling. Nestled in the parts of Kashmir and Himachal is the 'Timber of God', this is the literal meaning of the word 'Deodar' derived from Sanskrit word 'Devadaru'. These trees are worshipped in Kashmir and Punjab and were used to construct holy shrines and temples. It is believed that the Hindu temples build with Deodar wood have lasted from 600 to 800 years! With a growth potential of about 250 feet, the trees indeed touch the Lord's feet.
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Located in the city of Jaisalmer, the golden sand of the Mighty Thar is strangely pleasant. The best time to visit Sand Dunes is during the sunrise or sunset when the sun’s light pours life into the dead shades of sand. You can ride in style with your fast SUV or enjoy each moment on a slow camel ride; both are spectacular. You may end up camping with a bonfire applauding the natural environment.
Plan your travel to these natural wonders for an incredible experience!