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Incredible India is famous for its vast heritage. Magnificent forts, beautiful palaces, ancient havelis and other monuments of historical importance are worth visiting. India has something to offer for all - flora ,fauna, scenic beauty, mountains, beaches, adventure sports, historical monuments, luxury hotels etc. But that's not all.

India is full of mysterious surprises. There are some places which you won't even believe existed. Here are 10 most unusual places in India:

Living Roots Bridge - Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya state is considered as the wettest place on Earth as the holder of the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year: it received 9,300 mm (366 in) in July 1861 and 26,461 mm (1,041.75 in) between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861.

Cherrapunji's another claim to fame are the Living Roots Bridges. The local Khasi tribe of Meghalaya grows bridges instead of building them. Strange and unheard of, isn't it?Ficus Elastica or the Rubber Tree produces strong secondary roots from their trunks. The tribal people grow these roots in a particular direction using betel-nut trunks, thus forming strong, living bridges over decades which are used by the local people for commuting.

It's amazing that some of these bridges are more than a hundred feet long. The Umshiang Double Decker Bridge is truly one of a kind in the entire world. Some ancient root bridges are over 500 years old. Strange but true!

Living Bridge in Cherrapunji

Living Bridge in Cherrapunji

Mass Bird Suicide - Jatinga, Assam

Jatinga is a small village amongst the Borail Hills of Assam. This idyllic village's claim to fame is a rather sad and uncanny phenomenon which takes place here every monsoon. During the dark & foggy nights between September and October, hundreds of migratory birds commit mass suicide by flying full speed towards trees & buildings and crashing themselves to death. Famous naturalist E.P.Gee brought this to light in the 1960s. The reason for this mass suicide by migratory birds is still unknown and this has been one of the world's unsolved mysteries.

Jatinga, Assam

Jatinga, Assam

Village Without Doors - Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra

Shani Shignapur is a small village in Maharashtra which is located 35 kms from Ahmednagar and is famous for its Shani temple.The village is unique in the sense that it has never witnessed any crime and the villagers attribute this to the blessings of Lord Shani. Lord Shani is said to be the lord of justice and he is a strict disciplinarian. It's said that nobody can escape Lord Shani's justice and one has to pay for his misdeeds. The villagers have such strong faith in Shani Dev which is evident in the fact that they have completely entrusted their safety into His hands by having no doors in their homes and shops. Even UCO Bank has opened a 'lock-less' branch in this village, the first of its kind in India and in the whole world.

A home without doors at Shani Shignapur

A home without doors at Shani Shignapur

Temple Of Rats - Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan

Karni Mata temple at Deshnok near Bikaner is home to over 20,000 rats. The local people worship the rats as they are believed to be the reincarnated family members of Karni Mata. Sighting white mice is considered particularly auspicious as they are considered to be Karni Mata and her sons. Rats can be found roaming freely in the temple premises.

Rats at the Karni Mata Temple

Rats at the Karni Mata Temple

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Land of Snakes - Shetpal, Maharashtra

Now this one is quite scary! Shetpal village in Sholapur district of Maharashtra is famous for worship of snakes. The village has a frightful custom. Each house in this village has a resting place for Cobras in the rafters of their ceilings. Snakes move around freely in every house and yet no case of snake bite has ever been reported in the village. Children can be seen playing with snakes in their houses.

Snakes roam around freely at Shetpal, Maharashtra

Snakes roam around freely at Shetpal, Maharashtra

The Eternal Flame - Jwala Ji Temple, Kangra

Devotees throng Jwala Ji Temple of Kangra throughout the year to seek blessings of the Goddess. In the center of the temple, you can see a square central pit of hollowed stone in which is the flame that has been burning for hundreds of years. Jwala Ji temple is considered to be one of the Shaktipeeths where Sati's fiery tongue had fell off.

According to Indian mythology, Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva) left her body during a yagya performed by her father Daksha as Daksha had insulted Lord Shiva by not inviting him. When Lord Shiva came to know of it, he was furious and destroyed everything at the yagya. Out of grief, Shiva carried Sati's body and roamed around the universe. Seeing this, Vishnu cut the body of Sati into 52 parts using his Chakra so that Shiva comes out of his grief. The places where these body parts fell are known as shakti peeths. Jwala ji is the place where Sat's tongue had fell off and it's considered a major shakti peeth.

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The eternal flame at Jwala Ji Temple in Kangra

The eternal flame at Jwala Ji Temple in Kangra

The Motorcycle God - Bullet Baba Shrine, Bandai, Rajasthan

Can you believe that there is a shrine in India where flowers and liquor bottles are offered to a motorcycle? Now this happens only in India!

At Bandai, Jodhpur , a drunk Om Singh Rathore died by crashing his Bullet into a tree. The police took the bike to the station but the next day, the bike was found at the spot of the accident. The motorcycle was brought back to the station,the fuel tank was emptied and the bike was chained. Yet the motorcycle again disappeared to be found at the accident spot the next day. Finally the motorcycle was shifted to the accident spot and the Om Baba (or Bullet Baba) Shrine was erected. It is believed that the spirit of Om Banna protects the travellers from harm.

Bullet Baba Shrine at Bandai, Jodhpur

Bullet Baba Shrine at Bandai, Jodhpur

Floating Stones - Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

The small town of Rameshwaram which is located on Pamban island and is separated from the Indian mainland by the Pamban Channel is of great significance. It was from this place that Lord Rama had built a bridge across to Lanka to rescue Sita . Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, the King of Lanka and was held captive against her will. To reach Lanka, one had to cross the vast ocean. Lord Rama decided to build a bridge over the ocean so that His army of monkeys and bears could cross the ocean.

Stones used to build the bridge never sank in water because they had Rama's name engraved on them. Such floating stones are still found around Rameshwaram, thus authenticating the incidents of Ramayana.

Floating stones at Rameshwaram

Floating stones at Rameshwaram

Red Rain - Idukki, Kerala

Idukki in Kerala is known for its mysterious 'Red Rain'. The first incident of Red Rain was recorded in 1818. and this unusual sight has been occurring intermittently ever since. Local people believe that Red Rain is the wrath of the Gods as Red color is often associated with aggression and anger. Scientists have yet to find the cause of this strange phenomenon.

Red Rain at Idukki

Red Rain at Idukki

Levitating Stone - Shivapur, Maharashtra

The levitating stone at the Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh in a small village at Shivapur near Pune is a miracle in itself. The 70 kg rock can only be lifted by 11 finger tips touching it and calling out the name of Sufi saint Qamar Ali loudly. It is said that the saint was taunted by some wrestlers and thus the saint cast a spell on the stone. Till date, the Stone of Qamar Ali can be magically lifted only by chanting his name. Miracles do happen and this place is an evidence of it.

Levitating stone of Qamar Ali

Levitating stone of Qamar Ali

There are some things which science cannot define and which defy any logic. Above places are an evidence of the mysteries of nature and miracles of some mysterious power.

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on September 10, 2019:

Thanks Mel...India is a fascinating land where people of different religions & cultures peacefully coexist.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on September 10, 2019:

Lately I have been reading the novel ¨A Suitable Boy¨ by Vikram Seth, which is teaching me a lot about Indian culture. It is a great novel. What a fascinating land, where two competing cultures, or perhaps multiple completing cultures, exist side by side and form a synthesis not seen anywhere else in the world. Great article.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on February 14, 2018:

@Haley Life long learners...and I travel to different places all over the world through the books I read :)

Haley Kieser from Arizona on February 14, 2018:

Completely agree! We all have the options to be lifelong learners by simply reading day to day.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on February 13, 2018:

@Haley Traveling indeed broadens the horizons. Reading is another substitute which helps us in learning about other places and cultures.

Haley Kieser from Arizona on February 13, 2018:

I love the difference in culture! I really need to get traveling outside my country to broaden my views.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on February 13, 2018:

Thanks Windy! Glad that you liked it.

Windy Grace Mason from Poplar Cove, Virginia, USA on February 13, 2018:

What a beautiful country, culture and people! Thank you for sharing this beautiful country with us, Swalia! Great hub!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 04, 2017:

@Devika India is a beautiful country indeed.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 04, 2017:

I have never been to India. These places look beautiful.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 01, 2017:

Thanks Scott! So you have been to my beautiful country?

Scott Andersen on October 01, 2017:

Great post - I have only been to three of the ten, so I have some future traveling to be doing!!!!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 01, 2017:

Yeah Thelma...It's amazing how people still live in houses without doors in an era full of crime and hatred.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 01, 2017:

These are amazing places. I love that houses without doors. It is a safe place to live in. People can trust one another and no crime at all. Thanks for sharing this Shaloo.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 29, 2017:

@Audrey The village without doors is unique indeed. It's really amazing to see the faith and trust of these simple villagers.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2017:

A magnificent introduction to 10 most unusual places in India. The village without doors appeals to me. To live daily in an environment of complete trust and safety would be a dream come true.

And how about the red rain? I've not heard of this. Absolutely amazing hub and I thank you so much!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 11, 2017:

Thank you Chitrangada! India is replete with interesting places to visit.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 11, 2017:

Very interesting and informative hub! I am glad I have visited three of these wonderful places. This was an interesting read for sure.

Thank you!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 08, 2016:

@Perspycacious I am glad you liked this hub.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on June 07, 2016:

Old lands and peoples have so much to offer and to share. Thanks for offering this so we might share this gift from you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 17, 2016:

&Rajan Our country is full of wonders. These places defy all logic.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 17, 2016:

Truly incredible places and stories about them. You've made me want to visit them.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 11, 2016:

Sure Hari! Mythology is my favorite subject and it would be interesting to share some stories here.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on May 11, 2016:

No mention. Also always wished to read about sat gurus and their stories.

- hari

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 11, 2016:

Hahaha...Thanks Hari for the idea for the next hub :-)

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on May 11, 2016:

Rat is vahana of beloved god Ganesha. Shaloo may extract some interesting stuff out of our mythology. What say shaloo? - hari

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 11, 2016:

@Missy India is full of such interesting places. I have been to the temple of rats and it's amazing to see hundreds of rats all over the place. More amazing is the faith of the local people who worship these rats.

Missy Smith from Florida on May 11, 2016:

Very interesting places, Swalia. Some were very beautiful, and others had rituals that amazed me; like the worship of the rats. Wow! I agree with Jodah, these places are fascinating. Thanks for sharing! :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 10, 2016:

Thanks Devika!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 10, 2016:

A unique culture and an interesting place to visit. I like how you explained each in detail.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 10, 2016:

Thank you Jodah! The village with no doors has Lord Shani as its deity. Shani Dev is famous for his judgment and is considered a very strict disciplinarian. The strong faith of the villagers in Lord Shani is evident in the no-crime rate of the village.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2016:

These are amazing, Swalia. Especially the village with no doors that has never experienced any crime.....but they are all facinating. Thanks for sharing.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 09, 2016:

@Dora Yeah! Unbelievable but true!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 09, 2016:

Seems to be some kind of miracle associated with each location. Pretty amazing--and inviting! Thanks for sharing.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 09, 2016:

Thanks Hari! There is so much to explore in our beautiful country.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 09, 2016:

Thanks Eric! India is full of interesting places and things.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on May 09, 2016:

Excellent hub shaloo, Some of them are new for me too. overall a nice read. Enjoyed.

- hari

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 09, 2016:

Very interesting. Your world is filled with fascinating things.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on May 09, 2016:

My pleasure, Bill! India is replete with fascinating places. I am planning to write more about my beautiful country in future.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2016:

Well that was not only unusual but also fascinating. Thank you for sharing those places with us all.

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