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.
In the Sahyadri Hills of North Karnataka, Yana is a quaint Hill Station with a beauty that casts a spell and hills to appeal to the direst trekkers. Tucked in between one of the richest biodiversity centres of the world, Yana is a small hill station with immense beauty enough to captivate any soul that lays eyes on it. A small village located just 140 km from Hubli; Yana is famous as a centre of adventure, wildlife and religion hence proving to be the perfect getaway destination.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Dudhsagar falls in Goa are a pleasant change in landscape for a destination that is known for its sunny beaches and inviting waves. The majestic falls are a little farther inland approximately 60 km from Panaji on the Goa - Karnataka Border. As these falls are located inside the Mollem National Park, their vistas of green and verdant forest lands are unparalleled.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lohagad Fort in Lonavala of Maharashtra might look like a normal man-made fort from the outside but it is home to a trekking path that leads to one of nature’s rarest phenomenons and some beautiful architecture. During monsoon, the water that runs off the hilltop takes a life of its own to fight against gravity and go back upwards with the help of high-pressure winds, aptly earning its name, The Reverse Waterfall
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.
One of the natural wonders of India that left its imprint in history, the Silathoranam, now, finds itself being an important landmark in archaeology and heritage. This is a natural rock formation, one of the only three of this kind in the world.
Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills
Hogenakkal is a waterfall located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu where the Kaveri river splits into multiple streams of waterfalls. Located at a distance of 180 km from Bangalore, Hogenakkal has water throughout the year. The carbonite rocks, the coracle (basket boat) rides, freshwater fish, oil massages by locals make it a perfect one day trip or a weekend getaway from Bangalore.
Best Time: October to March
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 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.
The land where Vasco De Gama set his first foot, the land whose geological importance is immense and whose beauty is spectacular, is St. Mary's Island, Karnataka. A quaint island just off the coast of Udupi, St. Mary's Island is an island of white sand beaches, rock monoliths and great wildlife making it a mesmerizing place to be in.
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.
Nighoj is an offbeat tourist destination 70 kilometres from Pune, nestled along the western ghats in the state of Maharashtra. The village’s most prominent feature are the naturally occurring craters lined up against the bank of the river Kukadi, the breathtaking potholes are a true wonder of nature and also the main driving force behind tourism in this old world village. Nighoj has a certain air of mystery to it, replete with age old tales of the creation of the infamous potholes. It will leave you feeling intrigued at the might of the powerful Kukadi river that now stands still and instills a sense of solace in everyone who visits. The village hasn't been overly commercialised yet and is a great weekend destination if you want to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life.
Endearingly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of India’, Gandikota is a twee village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Flanked by River Pennar on the right side, the village is popular for the spectacular gorges formed by the river cutting through Erramala Hills. The narrow valleys with streams running between them and the steep rocky walls to give them company remind one of the renowned Grand Canyon in Arizona. It required a walk of almost a kilometre from the main gate to reach the boulder from where you can observe the mesmerising view from the viewpoint near the fort.
Being home to the Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh is home to many beautiful lakes but none as beautiful and enrapturing as the Madhuri Lake also known as Sangetsar Lake. One of the remotest lakes of the country and perhaps of the world as well, Sangetsar or Madhuri Lake is a breathtaking combination of rocky mountains and an ever-present lake whose beauty is beyond spellbinding. The lake was made popular due to its appearance in the Bollywood movie Koyla and is also known as Madhuri Lake named after the lead actress in the movie.
Situated in the Jaintia Hills district of the State of Meghalaya, Tucked in the folds of the Shnongrim Ridge, Krem Liat Prah is the longest natural cave in India. It is one among the 150 caves known caves of the ridge and parts of it still remain unexplored. The cave has been estimated to be about 34 kilometres long and continues to extend with the ongoing surveys.
This is the only example of a known Mud Volcano in India. They have evolved sporadically in recent time and are now a major source of power generation.
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.
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