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    Exploring India like Never

    India is the home of more than 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites, no other country in the world has as many World Heritage as India has. Despite these world famous heritage there are many places to be seen in India. Here are some of the places which are appealing but not so much popular to people.

    1. World's Largest Monolithic Statue - Gomateshwara Statue Shravanabelagola, Karnataka

    A monolithic statue of Bahubali also known as "Gommateshvara" was built by the Ganga dynasty minister and commander Chamundaraya is a 57 feet (17 m) monolith and is situated above a hill in Shravanabelagola, in the Hassan district of Karnataka state. It was built in the 10th century AD and is carved out of a single block of granite. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, devotees and tourists from all over the world flock to the statue once in 12 years for an event known as Mahamastakabhisheka. On August 5, 2007, the statue was voted by Indians as the first of Seven Wonders of India.

    2. World's largest River Island - Majuli, Assam

    Majuli or Majoli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam. The island had a total area of 1,250 square kilometres, but having lost significantly to erosion it has an area of only 421.65 square kilometres in 2001. Once you visit this place you will feel like getting touched with heaven and you consider visiting again and again.

    3. World's Only Floating Lake - Loktak Lake, Manipur

    Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in North -East 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, is located near Moirang in Manipur state. The Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the last natural refuge of the endangered sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer is situated in the southeastern shores of this lake and is the largest of all the phumdis in the lake.

    4. World's Widest Banyan Tree - Botanical Garden, Howrah

    The Great Banyan is a banyan tree located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah, near Kolkata. It was the widest tree in the world in terms of the area of the canopy and is estimated to be about 1200 to 1250 years old. It became diseased after it was struck by lightning. A 330 metre long road was built around its circumference, but the tree continues to spread beyond it.

    5. World's Highest Tea Estate - Kolukkumuaai, Tamil Nadu

    Thirty-five km outside of Munnar, India, the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is built high atop the precipitous ridge that rises above the plains of Tamilnadu. At about 8,000 feet above sea level, this is the highest tea estate in the world. Known for its excellent, flavorsome teas, this estate is also known for its panoramic views and the for the rugged mountains that surround it.

    6. Natural Mummy of Sangha Tenzing - Gue Village, Spiti

    Gue is the home of a 585 year old human mummy, which continues to mystify and haunt the local population. This legendary mummy does not inhabit any exotic pyramid but lies in a glass casing inside a small simple building made especially for this out of the world inhabitant.

    7. Mass Bird Suicide - Jatinga, Assam

    Jatinga, a village on a ridge, is located in Dima Hasao District, Assam State in India. It is 330 km south of Guwahati. It is most famous for the phenomenon of birds �committing suicide�. Although the birds do not commit suicide and are actually killed, the phenomenon of suicide has spread far and wide among common people. The village is inhabited by about 2,500 Khasi-pnar tribal people and few Dimasa people.

    8. Asia's Cleanest Village - Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

    Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border. Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness.

    9. India's Tallest Plunge - Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

    Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres).The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau and decrease in power during the dry season in December - February. Below the falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual green colored water.

    10. Mystery Lake - Roopkund Lake, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

    Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India, lies in the lap of Trishul massif and famous due to hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The location is uninhabited and is located in Himalaya at an altitude of about 5,029 metres. The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad mountains, making it a good trekking destination.

    11. Hanging Pillar - Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

    Lepakshi is a small village and Mandal headquarters located in the Anantapur District, in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is 15 km east of Hindupur and about 120 km north of Bangalore. Lepakshi is historically and archaeologically significant with three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra. These shrines are of the Vijayanagara Kings' period. One of the attractions in Lepakshia is a huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone. The place is also known for mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings.

    12. Living Roots Bridge - Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

    Living Root Bridges are built especially using the secondary root systems that grow higher up on the trunk. To prevent these roots from flaring out on all directions and guiding them the right way, hollowed out betel nut trunks are used. Once the roots extend over to the other side of the river, they are allowed to take root. A good sturdy bridge may take anywhere from 10 to 15 years to be completely built and can easily carry the weight of more than 50 people.

    13. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

    The �magnet Hill� is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. On its south side flows the Indus, which originates in Tibet and goes to Pakistan. The magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys.

    14. Gravity Defying Palace - Bada Imambara, Lucknow

    The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow is the Bara Imambara � bara meaning big and imambarameaning a shrine. It was built by the fourth Nawab, Barak Imambara Asaf-ud-Daula, in the year 1784 and is a blend of Arabic and European architecture. The surrounding of the palace also includes a mosque and a step-well - bowli. The palace, housing the tombs of Asaf-ud-Daula and his family, is also believed to hold riches. This is one of the most significant monuments in Uttar Pradesh.

    15. Half-Sized Taj Replica - Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad

    Known as the "poor man's Taj Mahal" or the "mini Taj", like the original it is a monument built in memory of love lost. In this case it was a mother's love, rather than a wife's, that inspired Prince Azam Shah to build the structure between 1651 and 1661. The mini Taj was erected less than 30 years after the original, composed of slightly more modest building materials, with limestone and plaster as well as marble under the all-marble onion dome.

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