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12 Strange Yet Fascinating Places You Won't Believe Exist In India

Lake of Skeletons - Roopkund Lake,  Uttarakhand

From a village without doors to a land of snakes, here are some bizarre and beautiful places to see in India, shared by HolidayIQ Travellers. 

1. Village Without Doors - Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra

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Shani Shinagpur is known for its popular Shani Temple. This village has never witnessed any crime, and that is attributed to the blessings of Shani Dev. The village has no door frames and locks in homes. Taking note of the near-zero crime rate, the UCO Bank has also opened a 'lock-less' branch in this village, the first-of-its-kind in India.

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2. Taj Replica - Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad


HolidayIQ Traveller Ajay Ahuja says, "I was surprised to see Bibi Ka Maqbara, which is replica of Taj Mahal." 

Did you know that you could find another Taj Mahal in India? After a visit to Aurangabad, just a few hours away from the bustling city of Mumbai, set your eyes on the lesser-known 'Mini-Taj' or Bibi Ka Maqbara. Prince Azam Shah built the monument for his mother.

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3. Mummy of Sangha Tenzing - Gue Village, Spiti

Mummy of sangha tenzing

If you thought mummies were only found in Egypt, think again. In a little village called Gue, in Himachal's Spiti district, lays the remarkably well-preserved 500-year-old mummy of Sangha Tenzing, a Buddhist monk from Tibet. It was found in a sitting position, with his skin and hair intact. 

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57 Ratings |  44 Reviews | 15 Sightseeing | 188 Photos

4. Hanging Pillar - Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh


HolidayIQ Traveller Surya Reddy says, “Lepakshi is a historical place, related to Ramayana. It is located near Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh and is 120 km from Bangalore. We went on a weekend trip to Lepakshi for sightseeing - the temple with the painting on the roof; the hanging pillars, the cradle of Sita, the Nandi idol and Shivalinga are attractions at this place.” 

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5. Land of Snakes - Shetpal, Maharashtra


Shetpal in Sholapur district  is known for snake worship. Each house in this village has a resting place for cobras in the rafters of their ceilings. No cases of snake bites have been reported in this village despite snakes moving about freely in every household. 

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6. Defy Magnetic Laws - Magnetic Hill, Ladakh


HolidayIQ Traveller Devi Nair says, “A popular stop for tourists, the Magnetic Hill is a short drive away from Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. It is on the Leh Highway & gives the illusion that vehicles can slowly move upwards.” HolidayIQ Traveller Krupesh Mehta adds, “Be sure to capture this wonder on your camera!” At an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level, Magnetic Hill is one of the must-see things on your way to Leh.

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7. The Twin Town - Kodinhi

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Kodinhi, a village in Malappuram district of Kerala, has managed to baffle scientists. In a population of 2000, Kodinhi has 350 pairs of identical twins! It has rightfully earned the title of 'Twin Town.'
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8. Mass Bird Suicide - Jatinga, Assam


Jatinga  attracts ornithologists and birdwatchers, as it is visited by huge flocks of migratory birds every year. Between September and October, especially during dark and foggy nights, hundreds of migratory birds fly full speed towards trees and buildings, crashing to death.

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 9. Lake of Skeletons - Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand


HolidayIQ Traveller Shourya says, “The lake is frozen during winter. 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, Roopkund is a completely frozen lake full of skeletons." 

The lake is popularly known as Skeleton Lake or Mystery Lake. The spine-chilling attraction of this lake are the 600-odd human skeletons that were discovered here. 

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10. Land of Black Magic - Mayong, Assam


HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Gupta says, “Mayong is close to Assam and is known for its black magic.”

It is believed that the name Mayong comes from the Sanskrit word - Maya. Many tales of men disappearing into thin air, people being converted into animals or beasts being magically tamed, have been associated with Mayong. 
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11. Red Rain - Idukki, Kerala


HolidayIQ Traveller Florien Jones says, “Idukki district is much more than Munnar and Thekkady. The entire district is full of lush green, dense jungles and plantations, high mountains, grasslands, rivers, lakes and water bodies.” 

Apart from its delectable coastal curry, Idduki is also known for a strange phenomenon called Red Rain. The first incident of Red Rain was recorded as early as 1818. In Hinduism, Red Rain is the wrath of the Gods, punishing sinners. It signals a wave of destruction and woe. Some believe killing of innocents leads to Red Rain.

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12. Malana, Manali

Malana is one of the beautiful villages in Manali. The people of this village believe that they are descendants of ‘Alexander The Great’ himself. Having said that, this village has totally cut itself off from the rest of the villages in Manali. The people consider themselves as the highest ‘race’ of people hence they avoid interactions with anyone other than their community. HolidayIQ Traveller Shailaja Pasupuleti shares, “If you wish to visit this place, make it a point to go with crowd like a bus full of tourists. The journey takes through a place which makes you feel that you are the only person left in world.”



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