Many Indians today prefer travelling abroad as it could turn out to be a rewarding experience. But in their quest to see the world, people often forget that their own homeland holds many mysterious and incredible places that are waiting to be explored. With its vast geographical expanse and nature’s ethereal creations, India is a country that never ceases to amaze us.

#1 Loktak Lake, Manipur

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Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in North- Eastern India, also called the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition) on it.

#2 Hide and Seek Beach, Odisha

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The beach at Chandipur in Orissa is sensational, with its distinctive feature of receding and moving back to the level of up to five kilometres at least twice a day.

#3 Living Tree Bridges, Meghalaya

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Deep in the dense tropical forest of Meghalaya, the living root bridges are one of the highlights of India’s northeastern states. Crafted by the local Khasi tribes, the bridges are made from the roots of rubber trees. Traditionally, the roots are carefully guided across spaces using the straight trunks of betel nut trees and are sometimes tied for increased support.

#4 Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra

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Maharashtra’s mystical and most well-kept secret is the Lonar Lake, thanks to a meteor hitting earth over 52,000 years ago. Located in the Buldhana District of Maharashtra, the Lonar Lake is an exceptional ‘bowl of biodiversity,’ famous for being the world’s largest basaltic impact crater.

#5 Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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A sprawling expanse of 87 square kilometres in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is a paradise on earth. A UNESCO world heritage site under Nature category, the national park is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.

#6 Magnetic Hill

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A small stretch of road that defies the phenomenon of gravity. 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 aeroplanes that fly over this region increase their altitude in order to avoid magnetic interference.

#7 Needle Hole Point

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Elephant’s Head Point or Needle Hole Point is another popular vantage point in Mahabaleshwar. The overhanging cliffs of this point are similar to the head of an elephant and its trunk. Thus the point got its name as the Elephant’s Head Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle Hole.

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