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10 Places In India That Will Definitely Get Your Blood Pumping

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Uninhabited towns and ruins with an unique beauty and backstories. HolidayIQ Travellers recommend 10 such beautiful places in India.

10 Places In India That Will Definitely Get Your Blood Pumping:

  1. Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
  2. Hassan (Karnataka)
  3. Ross Island (Andaman & Nicobar)
  4. Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Alwar (Rajasthan)
  6. Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
  7. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  8. Gandikota (Andhra Pradesh)
  9. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  10. Panvel (Maharashtra)

1. Kuldhara, Jaisalmer

Kuldhara, Jaisalmer
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There are many interesting stories behind the abandonment of the ghost town - Kuldhara. According to the most popular one, Salim Singh, the minister of Jaisalmer, fell in love with a beautiful girl when he visited the village and wanted to marry her. He threatened to harm the locals if this was denied. Therefore, the girl’s father, the chief of the village, abandoned the town along with people from 84 adjoining villages.

2. Shettihalli Church, Hassan

Shettihalli Church, Hassan
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HolidayIQ Traveller Govindan Naganathan says, “A few kilometres from Gorur Dam, on the way to Hassan, is the Shettihalli Rosary Church built by French missionaries in 1860. The village of Shettihalli was relocated when Gorur Dam was constructed and the church was submerged. The church is visible only when the water level in Hemavathy reservoir is low. We could see a few feet of the church above water since the water level was low. The surrounding area is very scenic and peaceful.”

3. Ross Island, Port Blair

Ross Island, Port Blair
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HolidayIQ Traveller Subhojeet says, “This is a small island with loads of historical facts, remains of British architecture, deer and peacocks. I spent more than 3 hours here and I have enjoyed every moment of it. Do look at the old remains of the church and barracks. Also, visit the abandoned water distillation plant.”

First under the British rule and later the Japanese, this small abandoned island, with its treasure of ruins, has become a tourist hotspot.

4. Dhanushkodi, Rameshwaram

Dhanushkodi, Rameshwaram
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HolidayIQ Traveller Probhat Gogoi says, “Those who come to Rameshwaram must visit Dhanushkodi. It is approx 21-25 km away from the Rameshwaram Temple.”

The broken houses, demolished railway lines, bridges and other relics are reminiscent of its glorious past. The town was completely destroyed in 1964 by a gigantic cyclone. 


5. Bhangarh Fort, Alwar

Bhangarh Fort, Alwar
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HolidayIQ Traveller Shivam Gupta says, “Said to be one of the most haunting places in the world, these are the ruins of a whole town. Entry is prohibited before sunrise and after sunset. On weekends and holidays, it gets crowded and is not scary at all. But if you want to experience the thrill, go there on a normal day. The eerie silence frightens people.”

Bhangarh was believed to be abandoned after a sorcerer cursed the village and villagers had to flee overnight. 

6. Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh

Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh
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HolidayIQ Traveller Neha Sihha says, “The sacred rivers and mountains in Rishikesh set the scene for yoga and reflective hikes. The Beatles got in touch with their Eastern spiritual side here, writing several songs during the 1968 staying at the local ashram.”

The shell of buildings, meditation cells and lecture halls of the ashram can still be seen, including Maharishi’s own house and the guesthouse where the Beatles stayed and wrote the White Album.

7. Chiktan, Ladakh

Chiktan, Ladakh
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The palace of Chiktan which is known as Chiktan Razi Khar was famous in the entire Ladakh and Baltistan. The architect of this palace was brought from (Khapui) which is situated in Pakistan Now. It is said that After the completion of the palace the King tried to chop his hands off but failed to do so due to a clever trick by the architect’s wife.

8. Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh

Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh
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HolidayIQ Traveller Arindam Halder says, “If you are looking to go to an unusual place which will blow you away then Gandikota is the place that you are looking for. A 13th century fort beside the Penna river in the state of Andhra Pradesh, which is surrounded by the Erramala range of hills. Surrounded by a deep valley and impassable hills, with massive boulders of red granite and the river Pennar that flows about 300 ft. Below on the west and northern sides. This is also popularly known as the grand canyon of India..The main point of attraction is the Gorge viewpoint which has an uncanny resemblance to the Grand canyon of Arizona in America.”


9. Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
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HolidayIQ Traveller Harish Kumar from Ahmedabad says, “If you trip for a day I guess it would not be enough to get much info about the fort. This fort is well known for its Asia's largest Gate. Its a fine combination of Mughals and Rajput architect. The mosque is with one of the rarest white marbles of this century.” HolidayIQ Traveller Shashidhar from Bangalore says, “It’s a splendid complex of monuments. The deserted capital of Akbar for non availability of water.”

10. Kalavantin Durg, Maharashtra

Kalavantin Durg, Maharashtra
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Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg (Kalavantin Fort), is located between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra, at an elevation of 2,300 feet. It is located on a plateau very close to Matheran, but unlike Matheran Prabalgad fort does not have a good source of water supply, which is one of principle reason for its abandonment. Kalavantin Durg is also called the Climb to Heaven as there are no rail on the edge and no ropes on the wall, God forbid if you have vertigo. Worst of all, the hardest part is coming down. The surrounding terrain is extremely rugged with sharp peaks.

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