If your planning for adventures trip and want to visit usual villages in India then here are the places you need to list down.
Defying Laws Of Gravity – Magnetic Hill, Ladakh: Ladakh, the very word creates an image in our minds of a mysterious land and people who have been there would agree that it certainly lives up to the expectations. It is a small stretch of road located about 30 kms from Leh towards Kargil and known as Magnetic Hill of Ladakh. On this particular part of the Srinagar-Leh highway, you would clearly see the road ahead going uphill. Yet if you turned off the engine and let your vehicle stand in neutral, it will slowly start moving and can go up to a speed of 20 kms per hour on its own.
What is believed to be at work behind this mysterious phenomenon is a magnetic force so strong that it can pull cars uphill. It is in fact so notorious that even the aircraft that fly over this region increase their altitude in order to avoid magnetic interference. There is a concept of optical illusion in neurosciences which in layman’s language means that you either see something that is not there at all or you see things different than how they physically are. Out of the numerous optical illusions recorded, there is one of Gravity Hill which means that a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope.
Land of Snakes – Shetpal, Maharashtra: Shetpal village, located in Sholapur district of Maharashtra, is an unusual place where snakes, especially Indian Cobras roam around freely everywhere even inside houses of the village. Shetpal, often referred as the ‘Land of Snakes’, has a bizarre custom where each house in this village features a resting place for dangerous Cobra snakes in the rafters of their ceilings. Villagers of Shetpal adore a Siddheshwar temple with copper image of a seven hooded cobra over a Shiva idol and they believe it is their duty to provide shelter to cobra snakes. However, incredibly no cases of snake bites have been reported till date in this village despite snakes moving about freely in every household.
Lake of Skeletons – Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand: A small lake known as Roopkund Lake sits high in the Indian Himalayas, more than 16,000 feet above sea level. Covered in ice and surrounded by rocky glaciers. However, during one month of the year, when the ice melts away and the bottom of the shallow lake becomes visible, the true nature of the lake reveals itself. At the bottom of the lake are hundreds of mysterious human skeletons.
Many skeletons that were discovered still had the flesh attached to them. Hundreds of samples taken from the site revealed that the skeletons belonged to somewhere around 900 CE and most of the DNA analysis showed the similarity with the people of Iran. The local legend says that Raja Jasdhawal who was the king of Kannauj along with many had gone on pilgrimage to Nanda Devi but unfortunately had to face a hailstorm which caused their death and this is why there are so many skeletons there.
Mummy of Sangha Tenzing – Gue Village, Spiti: A MUMMY of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, believed to be about 500 years old, has been found in India’s northern Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh.The mummy, identified as that of monk Sangha Tenzin, was found inside a tomb at Ghuen village in the cold and remote Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, about 6000 metres above sea level.
In 1975 an earthquake in northern India opened an old tomb containing the mummified body of monk Sangha Tenzin. In 2004, the local police excavated the tomb and removed the mummy. The mummy is remarkably well preserved, with skin intact and hair on his head. He died in the seated position, with a rope around the neck and thighs (an esoteric practice recorded in few Buddhist documents). Victor Mair, a consulting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, was quoted as saying the mummy was at least 500 years old. According to the report, the mummy is remarkably well preserved for its age. Its skin is unbroken and there is hair on the head.
The mummy of Sangha Tenzin is now on display in a temple in Gue, two miles from where he was excavated, in the Himachal Pradesh region of India, bordering Tibet. Controlled by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and isolated in the Himalayas, the town is very difficult to reach. The temple where the mummy rests is open to the public.
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