5 Rare and Uncommon Places to Visit in India


Most tourists have a habit of going through the descriptions of the common tourist places. As a result, they develop a keen interest on visiting the popular zones and thereby miss out on some of the unsung, yet spectacular parts of the world, that have been discovered but not commercialised. India too has got a vast collection of such rare and uncommon places, that have not been brought up into the limelight despite their blinding beauty. Thus, this article is dedicated to 5 such rare and uncommon places in India which would freeze the nerves of the tourists.

Roopkund, Uttarakhand

Ever thought of what you would do if you were confronted by a lake full of skeletons like you see in the horror films? Would you faint out of shock or would you shriek the place down? If visiting such a lake is your dreaded fantasy then, the Roopkund Lake is the perfect place for you to visit in Uttarakhand. This 2 meters deep glacial lake is the abode of a huge number of skeletons that lie on the bed of the lake. The view from the shore instantly sends a chill down the spine of every traveller who dares to visit that place. Experimentally verified, these skeletons belonging to the 9th century had been the remains of the flesh and blood of people who had died in a hailstorm at the very spot. Thus, these ancient skeletons indeed succeed in making the entire place haunted and the lake has been aptly named as the Skeleton Lake.

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Roopkund Lake, India
Roopkund Lake | Photo by Schwiki, CC BY-SA 4.0

Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra

This is a village out of the fairy tales where door frames exist whereas doors do not! The village has an age-old temple dedicated to Lord Shani. The villagers believe that if anyone indulges in theft or any other kind of criminal offence, Lord Shani would punish the person himself. With this belief in their hearts, the villagers have built houses without doors. The high school and the post office in this village too do not have doors. Thus, keeping this legacy in mind, UCO Bank had opened up a new branch there in 2011 with doors that remain unlocked 24×7!


Magnetic Hill, Leh

Imagine how it would feel like if you could put the ignition on the off mode and your car was automatically going uphill. Wouldn’t it be simply magical? To experience this magical moment, you definitely need to pass the Magnetic Hills while on your trip to Leh. The geographical surrounding of the place creates an illusion that makes the road look like it’s going uphill. However, if the actual topography is taken into account, it can be demonstrated that the road is actually doing downhill because of which gravity is pulling down the cars. Amazing creation of nature, right?

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Magnetic Hill India
Magnetic Hill | Photo (Cropped) by Rohit Ganda, CC BY 2.0

Sundarban, West Bengal

This is the largest riverine delta in the world created by the River Ganga and her distributaries. This world heritage site derives its name from the ‘sundari’ trees that hold the muddy soil of this region along with the mangrove forest. Sundarbans is the home of the Royal Bengal Tigers and numerous other flora and fauna that are on the verge of extinction. A boat-ride or a cruise on the river on a steamer opens up a new and an unseen horizon in the eyes of every traveller. 

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Sundarbans national park, India
Sundarbans National Park | Photo by joiseyshowaa, CC BY-SA 2.0

South Park Cemetery, Kolkata

The South Park Street Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the world outside Europe and America. It was the first cemetery in the world which was founded without the influence of the church.  Hence, the graves are built as a combination of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic style of architecture offering respect to Hinduism. Over 1600 graves are engraved here including the graves of many famous personalities. This place offers a cool and shady atmosphere in the day and cuts off every other sound from the outside world. However, the night air has an eerie feeling that would knock the sense out of every traveller who goes to the place on his visit to Kolkata alone.

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South Park Street Cemetery, India
South Park Street Cemetery | Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y, CC BY 2.0

So instead of visiting the common places in India that are under commercial influence, it is recommended that you visit these off-beat places and enjoy yourself to the fullest.  

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Rohit Agarwal

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