India has a lot to offer; probably more than you can imagine. Apart from some of the world popular tourist destinations, there are several amazing places in the country which you won’t believe could have existed.
Here is the list of some of the unique places in India.
1. Rama Setu, Tamil Nadu
Rama Setu, or also known as Adam’s Bridge, is a chain of limestone shoals that connects the two nations – Mannar Islands in Sri Lanka and Dhanushkodi in India. The biggest fascination (and mystery) of Rama Setu is that the stones, which are part of the bridge, float in water.
While there’s an ongoing debate of whether Rama Setu is natural or manmade, the causeway has been described as a manmade structure in Ramayana. As described in the Hindu epic, Rama and Lakshmana created the bridge with the assistance of Hanumana and Vanara army to reach Sri Lanka in order to find Sita who had been kidnapped by Ravana.
On the other hand, geologists have said that the causeway is built by natural process but have failed to provide concrete reasons. So, this mysterious and unique place is worth visiting.
2. Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra
Formed about 52,000 years ago, the Lonar Crater Lake, located 500 km away from Mumbai, is a result of a meteor striking the earth’s surface at a speed of 90,000 kmph. The meteor is estimated to have weighed almost 2 million tonnes.
Initially, Lonar Carter Lake had been thought to be of volcanic origin as the surrounding region which consist of volcanic rock which is estimated to be 65 million years old. Later, the extraterrestrial origin of the lake was pointed out when the presence of maskelynite – a glassy phase which only forms in meteorite impact craters.
Contradictory to the scientific theory, local legend holds that the lake was the result of the tremendous force used by Lord Vishnu to vanquish the mythical demon Lonasura who used to trouble the local people.
Lonar Crater Lake is also the Earth’s largest and only hypervelocity impact crater in basaltic rock.
3. Rakhigarhi, Haryana
Rakhigarhi is another unique place in India, also archaeologists’ dream. The village in Hisar District is the site of an Indus Valley Civilisation settlement which dates back to the period of 2600 BCE to 1900 BCE.
The site has been excavated since 1963, and numerous artefacts have been recovered, some over 5,000 years old. Years of excavation has also revealed the size of the lost city. Archaeologists have also come to the conclusion that Rakhigarhi is the biggest Harappan civilisation site; bigger than Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistan.
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