There are some great places to visit in India that will provide you with a unique experience that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Whether you are looking for fabricated places or wish to witness a natural bizarre, here are the some unique places in India that may surprise you with their adventures.
1. Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is one of the most iconic architectural marvels that you can visit on a tour of Jaipur. Entry to Jal Mahal is free and so is the car park. It opens at 7 am and closes at 10 pm. You will be amazed by the details put into the design of this stunning piece of architecture. The only drawback is that photography inside is not allowed. The closest railway station to Jal Mahal is Jaipur Railway Station, which is 6.9 kilometres away. It is one of the most beautiful architectural palaces built by combining the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The entry inside the fort is prohibited, but the view from a considerable distance while boating is enough to mesmerize you. During the evenings, the fort lights up and the reflection of the fort in the lake is absolutely gorgeous. With its impressive beauty and laid-back ambience, the Jal Mahal has become a true tourist delight.
2. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh
Magnet Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes create the optical illusion of a hill. The hill road is actually a downhill road. Objects and cars on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill. The best time to visit the Ladakh Magnetic Hill is from July to September. The roads are clear at this time of the year and the weather is just right to explore Ladakh and its beauty. Blessed with amazing natural beauty and mysterious magnetic abilities, the magnetic road in Ladakh is where travelers stop by to experience the strange, gravity-defying phenomenon. A yellow box marked on the magnetic road, few meters away from the Magnetic Hill road, Ladakh indicates that the vehicle must be parked in neutral gear. Magnetic Hill is at a distance of 32 km from Leh International Airport, which is the nearest airstrip and well connected with major airports in India. From the airport you can take a taxi to reach the Ladakh Magnetic Hill located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway.
3. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi is run by the Sulabh International, dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets. According to Time magazine, the museum is one of the weirdest museums among the “10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane”. It was established in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, a social activist, founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, recipient of national and international awards including the Stockholm Water Prize in 2009. His objective in establishing this museum was to highlight the need to address the problems of the sanitation sector in the country, considering the efforts made in various parts of the world in this field since the third millennium BC. It is a great place that sheds light on toilet etiquettes that were prevalent in the past centuries. Apart from that, the focus of the museum is to bring forth the healthy sanitary practices, the technology used, and the customs followed by our ancestors. This unique museum even made it to the list of The Time Magazine’s 10 Museums Around the World that are Anything but Mundane.
4. Karni Mata Temple Rajasthan
Karni Mata Temple of Deshnoke, also known as Madh Deshnoke, is a prominent Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at the town of Deshnoke, located 30 km south of Bikaner, in Rajasthan. The Karni Mata Mandir in Bikaner is popular not for its location or architecture, but for being home to over 25,000 rats that inhabit and freely meander around the temple complex. These creatures can be seen emerging out crevices in the walls and floors, often passing over the feet of the visitors and devotees. Consuming food items that have been nibbled on by these rats is in fact regarded as a holy practice here. People from different corners of India and abroad come to witness this astounding spectacle and also bring milk, sweets and other offerings for these sacred beings. Out of all the rats, white rats are held specifically sacred as they are believed to be the incarnations of Karni Mata and her sons. Visitors put in enormous efforts to draw them out often through offering of sweets. However, hurting or killing a rat, even by mistake, is a serious sin in this temple. People perpetrating this crime will have to replace the dead rat with one made of gold, as penance.
5. Om Banna Temple, Jodhpur
Om Banna temple, better known as ‘Bullet Baba Temple’, is a temple with an unusual backstory which may be found on NH65 between Pali and Jodhpur, near the Chotila village. This is the shrine dedicated to Om Banna, a traveller who passed away at his site, and his bike, a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet. Located 50 km from Jodhpur and 20 km from Pali, this shrine is religiously visited by nearby villagers and devotees to pray for a safe journey and is a hotbed for tourists and travellers due to its origins. This temple is especially popular among Royal Enfield enthusiasts. Om Banna’s bullet is encased in a glass case within the Om Banna temple, which stands at the site of the accident. There is also a bust of Om Banna inside the temple. The tree that Om Banna crashed into still remains at the site, with devotees praying to it along with the statue and the motorcycle to ensure safe travel across the highway. There are hundreds of devotees from nearby villages who come here every day to ensure that they are protected, and it is believed that travellers who do not stop by this temple to pay their respects are doomed to have a perilous journey. Offerings in the form of flowers, prayer strings, and alcohol are presented to the bike.