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Incredible INDIA

Manu Khandelwal
Travelling in India is like a adventure ride, and every ride you take gives you an electrifying and unforgettable experience. India has got everything to offer to every traveller: scenic beauty, amazing beaches, high peak mountains, historical monuments, fauna, adventure sports, luxury hotels, a cultural treat for all the senses.

If you think you have seen everything, you could be wrong. Apart from these wonderful places, India also has the places which would astonish you. If someone tells you about that places then it would really stagger you and you will think that it can't be possible. But when you actually visit those places then you will get to know that you were wrong!!!... These bewildering places really exists in India.

India has earned a epithet called "Incredible India" for a reason. There are many unknown facts which would give you a shock & you will say "aisa bhi ho sakta hai??(Can it be possible??)". This wonderful land is riddled with many mysteries and amusing things than you could ever have imagined.
Sometimes uncanny and sometimes uplifting, India is brimmed up of many surprises. Every corner of this wonderland has something waiting to be untangled.

In this page we are mentioning the places of India which are highest, biggest, largest, longest across the world or unique, unusual or revolting. Here is the listing:



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Nilambur - Dowry Free Zone


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"You are entering a dowry free area", a board welcomes you when you enter the Nilambur town. It is a small town located in the Malappuram district of Kerala, situated near the Nilgiris range. It became the first dowry free and 100% matriculate zone of India. This small town has shown that how to solve social evils effectively. Nilambur’s anti-dowry campaign started in 2007 when the panchayat conducted a survey to find out the number of homeless people in the area. They started several projects to stop the practice of dowry. Not a single dowry related case has been reported in this town since many years.

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Bhubaneswar: India's 1st Street Store where Shopping is Absolutely FREE


Bhubaneswar, Street Store


Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa has became the first city in the country to open "the street store", a clothing shop that is rent free, premises free & payments free for homeless and needy citizens. The store opened at the entrance of Hotel Marrion in front of Ram Mandir in the city. Timings for store are from 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday. The idea of The Street Store was adopted from Cape Town in South Africa. Till date 33 cities across the world have adopted this concept while Bhubaneswar is 34th. In this store homeless people and other needy citizens are allowed to pick whatever they need, donated by people in the city. “The whole idea is to gift the poor and the homeless people, who probably haven’t had a chance to enter a shop in their lives” said Tanaya Patnaik, Curator, The Street Store, Bhubaneswar.



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Roopkund, Skeleton Lake




Roopkund is a glacial lake located in the Chamoli District, Uttarakhand. It is a pleasing tourist destination in the Himalayas with some magnificient views, situated at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,500 feet). Apart from its beauty it is more famous as a "Skeleton Lake", due to more than five hundred human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The location is not more populated. It is believed that these bones were from late 19th century but after the carbon dating it was found that these skeletons were from 12th–15th century. The reason behind this mystery is assumed to be a massive landslide or snowstorm. However, the exact justification behind these skeletons is still a mystery. It is located near two popular Himalayan Peaks namely Trishul(7120 m) and Nandghungti(6310 m). The place has scenic views and it also offers a interesting trek route also. Although, the place is covered with ice for most of the year.


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Karni Mata Temple: Temple Of Rats


Karni Mata Temple (left). Rats in Temple (right)

Karni Mata Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata located at Deshnoke, 30kms from Bikaner, Rajasthan. It is also known as the "Temple of Rats" because it is home to more than 10000's of Rats. It is said that there are approximate 20,000 rats, live in this Temple. These rats are very sacred and are called "kabbas". This place is free of Plague or any other harmful diseases. It is believed that the rats are the incarnations of dead ancestors of Charan clans and when rats die, they are born as humans. Many people visit this temple from long distance for worship. It is said that if a rat is killed, it must be replaced with one made of solid gold. There are some white rats also, which are considered to be especially holy. No other temples have this huge number of rats. This is a fact that, when rats die, they normally produce a bad smell. But when rat dies in this temple, they do not produce bad smell.


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Mysterious Case of Twin Towns: Mohammadpur Umri & Kodinhi



Mohammadpur Umri is a small town situated near the Air Force base at Bamrauli, near Allahabad. The village is known as the "twin capital" of the world. It is the producer of the largest number of twins in the world. And shockingly, even animals of Umri produce twins. According to latest data, in a population of 900, 60 pairs of identical twins are found. As per Science, even two pairs in a population of 600 is considered high. Umri's twinning rate is 300 times the national average, and which is highest in the world.



Kodhini, a small town of Malappuram district in Kerala, has a similar case to tell. It has also earned the title of "Twin Town". Kodinhi has a rate of 42 twins per 1000 births. This means, almost every family in Kodinhi has more than one pair of twins. Despite several studies being done, the accurate reason for this phenomenon is yet to be found. According to doctors, this phenomenon is due to chemicals present in water in the Kodinhi area.

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Malana: Little Greece of India



Malana is an ancient village located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitary village is isolated from the rest of the world. It is considered to be one of the first democracies in the world and is also called "Little Greece of India". It is said that the people of Malana are the descendants of Alexander-the Great. Malana has very different lifestyle, customs and social culture thats why it came into attention of the travelers. Besides this, it is also famous for "Malana Cream", the finest quality & most effective "marijuana" ever produced. It is located 239 kms from Shimla & 90 kms from Manali.


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Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra


Lord Shani Temple in Shingnapur (left). A house without doors (right).

Have you ever heard about the village that has no door in any house or any other building?? 
That village is Shani Shingnapur. It is a small village located in the state of Maharashtra situated in Nevasa about 35 kms from Ahmednagar district. The village is known for its popular temple of Lord Shani, the Hindu god of the planet Saturn. It is more popular in the whole country for the fact that, every house or any other building in this village are without doors. They have only curtains instead of doors and villagers never keep their valuable things in lock or under keys. Despite of this fact, no theft hasn't been done in this region since many years. It is believed that if anyone attempts to rob or steal anything then God will punish him.
Shani Shingnapur attracts large number of devotees from all over the world throughout the year. In January 2011, the United Commercial (UCO) Bank opened a first 'lockless' branch of India in this village.


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Jatinga: Mass Bird Suicide



Jatinga is a small village located in the Dima Hasao District of north-eastern state of India, Assam. The place has got beauty with scenic mountains surrounding it. But it is more famous among the tourists all over India for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”. It is said that this incident happens in the late monsoon months between September and November as most of the water bodies are flooded at that time. Birds lose their natural habitat, so they migrate and Jatinga falls in their migratory path. This wierd phenomenon is seen between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m when there are moonless and foggy dark nights and at this time Birds are crossing jatinga with full speed and due to fog and mist, they crashed with trees and buildings.
Researchers have found that there are many species of local birds such as Kingfishers, Pond Heron, Black Bittern, Tiger Bittern, etc. are subjected to such strange behaviour.
But Jatinga is not the only place in the world where such mysterious behaviour of birds is found. This phenomenon is also seen in Philippines, Malaysia and another state of India, Mizoram.


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India's First Solar Village: Dharnai



Dharnai is a small village situated in the district of Jehanabad, Bihar. For almost 30 years, Dharnai did not have electricity but now it became the India's first fully solar powered village. This solar energy produced by a 100 kilowatt solar micro grid settled with the help of Greenpeace, a Non Governmental Organisation. Greenpeace introduced the revolutionary model in September last year along with two other NGO’s, BASIX and Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED).

This 100 kilowatt microgrid does not powered only lights and fans rather it fulfilled the energy requirements of two schools, One Kisan (farmer) Training Centre, 50 commercial establishments including shops, a bank



and few government buildings, and 60 street lights. The village also has solar powered water pumps that serve the purpose of irrigation in the fields. 100 kW micro-grid includes 70 kW for electricity generation for the community, and 30 kW for 10 solar-powered water-pumping systems of three horsepower each.
Solar Energy is certain to bring a revolution if serious efforts are taken in the desired direction.
This is just the beginning. India has 80,000 more villages that need solar micro-grids. Greenpeace India will work to build greater collaboration to ensure all get access to clean, reliable electricity.







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Asia's Cleanest Village: Mawlynnong




If we talk about "Asia's cleanest village", then the first name which come to our mind is Japan or Singapore. But it isn't correct. You feel proud when you hear that Indian village has already earned the title of Asia's cleanest village. In 2003, Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya has won the status of being the cleanest village, not just in India, but in Asia. It is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border. It is not only the cleanest village but also one of the beautiful village in the country. To keep the village clean there is bamboo dustbins outside every house. The waste is collected in the dustbins, directed to a pit and then used as manure. The Literacy rate of this village is 100% and almost every villager knows english language.
The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. It also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock. This place also offers breathtaking view of Bangladesh plains as it is located on the Indo-Bangla border.
Mawlynnong village has set an example for others that needs to be replicated in other villages.



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MAYONG: Land Of Black Magic


Deep into the valleys of Assam, 40 kms away from Guwahati , lies a unknown place called Mayong. It is situated in Marigaon district, near the banks of the mighty River Brahmaputra. It is popularly known as the "Land of Black Magic" and eventually earned the epithet of "Indian Capital of Black Magic and Witchcraft".
It is believed that the name Mayong originated from the word Maya which means illusion. Also, it is said that when the whole northeastern region of India was one, Manipuri people used to reside there. At that time, the area was full of elephants and in Manipur elephant is known as Miyong. So the village got the name Mayong.




There are some astounding activities which happened at this place like disappearing of a man into air or a man turning into an animal and sometimes illness of a person was cured. Magic is still practiced in the village but not to the extent to which it is used to be. The area is full of archeology relics and artifacts some discovered and some yet to be discovered. Mayong Central Museum & Emporium in the village has preserved some of the ancient manuscript of Black Magic and Ayurveda. The place attracts large number of tourists annually. Government is now promoting tourism in Mayong for its culture and a nearby Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its one-horned rhino.


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 Levitating Stone of Shivapur



Can you lift a stone of 55kg by only touching fingers and by shouting the name "Qamar Ali Parvesh". It seems crazy!! but it can be possible at Shivapur, which is a small place situated in Pune district of Maharashtra and 180 kms east of Mumbai. At this place it is claimed that if 11 people touch the stone by right index fingers and jointly shout the name "Qamar Ali Parvesh" then the stone flies up in the air and goes higher than their heads. There are two stones, one weighs 41 kg and the other weighs 55 kg. If 9 men touch the smaller stone and 11 men touch the larger one then the stones will lift up. Though this claim is yet to be scientifically proved.
The story tells that Qamar Ali was a famous Sufi Saint and was known for his miracles. On his deathbed, he said: "If eleven men place their right index fingers under the stone and then jointly call my name, I will cause it to rise higher than their heads. Otherwise, neither singly nor together will they be able to move it more than two feet off the ground." Now there is a shrine associated with the sufi saint located at that place where a gymnasium was existed 800 years ago.

The day onwards the stone could be levitated in the prescribed manner only by applying that formula.


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 WORLD'S LARGEST FREE WIFI ZONE


If you are in Patna, Bihar and you have an internet enabled device, you can access the internet free of cost from NIT-Patna on Ashok Rajpath to Danapur.




Last year government of Karnataka launched free WiFi zone in Bengaluru and became the first Indian city that ever had a free open wifi for public. And in 2014 government of Bihar introduced free wifi stretch in Patna. Once called as one of the most backward state in the country, Bihar has made a great effort to make itself count in the world’s infotech map.
On february 19 2014, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced regarding the free wifi zone at the e-Bihar summit in Patna. On this day the free wifi service was first demonstrated over a limited area in the vicinity of a hotel.
According to a report, Patna, capital city of the Indian state of Bihar, now has the 20km free Wi-Fi zone. People can avail free Wi-Fi service from NIT on Ashok Rajpath in central Patna to Danapur. The state’s free WiFi zone is now the largest in the world. In comparison to this, China has only 3.5km free Wi-Fi zone while London has 2.5km. It would be major  for students and officials of several educational institutions located along this route who can take advantage of this free service. Anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled gadget like tablets, mobile phones & laptops can access free internet in this zone.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely article. Truly Incredible India.

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  2. Awesome article that I have read about India tourism.

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    1. there are many places which define "Incredible India"... i haven't posted all of them.... but will post soon.. !!...till then... stay connected :)

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