If you’re looking for a holidaying experience like no other this summer, then your destination has to be India. With hundreds of natural wonders and spectacular manmade structures, India really is a holiday of a lifetime, whether you’re travelling on your own, with friends or with your family.
From Delhi to Agra, cultural markets to amazing beaches, India has it all, however you can get easily overwhelmed there if you don’t have your itinerary in order. With so many attractions to see, you might not know where to begin your Indian adventure.
So let’s take a look at some of the top wonders in this fantastic country to make your selection that little bit easier.
Chir Batti at the Rann of Kutch
The Thar Desert is a vast and dry expanse, and it is home to one of the most jaw-dropping natural wonders India has to offer. Extending all the way across Kutch district, the Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh that is seasonal to the Thar, reflecting beautiful sunsets across the landscape whilst creating huge white flatlands. Chir Batti happens during the night and, translated as ‘ghost light’, it still remains unexplained.
Changing colour from blue to red, and then to yellow, bright lights emerge from the white flatlands resembling moving objects across the desert. Many of these objects have been compared to balls of fire, which quickly change direction or stay in the same place for hours at a time. Indeed the lights are harmless, but it is an experience not to be missed in India this summer.
The northeastern state of Meghalaya is home to ‘the abode in the clouds’, or simply Cherrapunji (above photo). Due to the severe amount of rainfall that occurs here every year, the area is the wettest place on earth. Last year, nearly 500 inches fell here; in comparison, Hawaii experienced only 60 inches!
If you want to experience a rain storm like never before, with humidity levels found nowhere else on earth, then Cherrapunji is the place for you. It’s quite a good idea to bear these weather considerations in mind, and try to travel outside of dangerous seasons. You can effectively plan your flights to india online these days, cross-referencing your holiday plans with information from online resources.
Located just outside the town of Leh in Kashmir, magnetic hill is another unexplained natural attraction in India. Situated over 13,000 feet above sea level, experts believe that the surrounding area offers special magnetic properties – enough to pull a car from a stationary position.
With vehicles reaching speeds of around 20km an hour, it really is a strange experience moving without the help of your engine. Furthermore, the car is being pulled up a steep hill, and aeroplanes even have to fly at a higher altitude to avoid speeding up overhead.
Covering parts of Bangladesh and India, the Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site home to some of the biggest tropical rainforests in the world. Not only does it take up an area of 10,000 sq kms, but it is also home to some amazing animals, like the famous Bengal tiger. If you’re looking to get up close and personal with nature on your trip to India this year, be sure to get a tour of the Sunbarbans!