Mystery has always been fascinating mankind since time immemorial. Men cannot resist inquisitiveness. They are in a continuous journey for the search of truth. The Indian subcontinent has always been considered as the land of mystery. Many beautiful places in the country have a twisted history. The link to the unknown has always been unknown.
Today, let us explore this wonderful mysterious land with the top 10 most mysterious places in the country.
Underlying Mystery: Mass Bird Suicides
The village of Jatinga lies in the Dima Hasao district of Assam with a population of around 2500 people. The village is tagged as the mass suicidal place for birds. What happens is migratory birds visiting the area simply drop to their death on the streets. The case gets even inscrutable precisely between 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the moonless nights of September and October. The mass suicides however only occur on a specific 1 mile by 600 feet strip of land. This has been witnessed for over a century now. According to scientists, the presence of excessive magnetic field in the area disorients them. However, no one has been able to exactly prove the reasons behind it.
2. Roopkund Lake
Underlying Mystery: Skeleton Lake
Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake situated at about 5000 meters in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand. It is said that in 1942 a forest guard stumbled upon hundreds of human skeletons on the banks of the lake. Many Indian and European scientists came to this lake to find out the cause of the large number of deaths. Some suggests that the skeletons were the remains of Japanese soldiers from World War II; some other says that it belonged to General Zorawar Singh of Kashmir and his men while some other proposed them to be Mohammad Tughlak’s unsuccessful attempts to capture Garhwal Himalaya. However, carbon dating says that they belonged to the 12th and 15th century. What is fascinating is there has been no recorded trade route to Tibet in this area. One well-established theory points them to be the entourage of king Jasdhawal of Kanauj. They say that they were pilgrims to the Nanda-Devi Mountain. They were unfortunately caught in a terrible hailstorm and every single of them died.
Underlying Mystery: Village of Twins
Kodinhi is situated about 35 km south of Calicut in Kerela. The village has about 2000 families with Muslim majority. The village is famous for its very high rate of twin births. The village made a record of 220 sets of twins (440 individuals) and two sets of triplets in 2009. A local doctor says that the number is higher in the range of 300 to 350 pairs. He also discloses that this phenomenon began three generations ago and the numbers have been increasing exponentially with each passing year. Another strange fact is that even women from Kodinhi if married to far off places have exceptionally high rates of twin births. However, the potential for mischief is enormous too.
4. Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji
Underlying Mystery: Living Root Bridges
The wettest land on earth, Cherrapunjee houses a bridges made of lively root, in other words the roots are actually alive. The magical natural phenomenon has been attracting tourists from all around the world. Uniqueness is these bridges are grown, not built.
5. Kongka La Pass
Location: Aksai Chin, Ladakh
Underlying Mystery: Indo-Chinese UFO Base
The Kongka La pass lies in the Himalayas. It is in the disputed Indo-Chinese border of Aksai Chin. This is one of the least accessed areas in the world and by agreement both countries do not patrol this border. Localites believe that there is an underground UFO base in this region with the knowledge of both countries. Many have witnessed UFO coming out of the ground. Many tourists have recorded strange triangular lighted silent crafts rising from the ground and moving vertically up. This area has been restricted to tourists in spite of permits to travel between the two countries. This theory is backed up by the satellite imagery on Google Earth on June, 2006 when it revealed a 1:500 scale detailed terrain model of the area in question on the Chinese side of the border. The model was surrounded by buildings resembling a military facility. It is one of the few areas of the world where the depth of crust is twice as much as in the other places.
6. Magnetic Hill
Underlying Mystery: Magnetic properties of the hill
The hill has mysterious magnetic properties. It attracts metallic objects such as car when put in neutral gear and makes it run at 10km/hr or above depending on the type of vehicle. It is situated on the Leh-Kargil-Batalik national highway at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level. The hill has therefore been providing phenomenal view for tourists all over the world.
7. Bengal Swamps
Location: West Bengal
Underlying Mystery: Aleya Ghost Lights
The marshes of West Bengal have a strange story to tell. Aleya lights or marsh ghost lights are unexplained ghost lights reported by the local fishermen. They say that these lights confuse them and cause them to lose their bearing. If they follow these lights they are sure to get drowned in the swamps. Localites believe that these lights are in fact lighted by the ghosts of the fishermen who died fishing. Another strange behavior of these lights is that sometimes they confuse the fishermen while sometimes they help them avoid future dangers.
Location: Idukki, Kerala
Underlying Mystery: Red Rain
Kerala witnessed an unusual phenomenon when it rained red from July 25 to September 23, 2001. It happened in the southern districts of Kottayam and Idukki. There have been many reports of colored rainfall in Kerala since 1986. However, the most recent one was reported in 2012. The red rain in 2006 grabbed maximum media attention when scientists from Mahatma Gandhi University proposed that the colored particles were extraterrestrial cells. Under electron microscope the solid pigment were separated from water. These pigments resembled biological cells. Initially, official reports indicated that the red pigments were dispersed by an exploding meteor. When further investigation was made, it was found that the cells resembled spores of lichen-forming algae belonging to the genus Trentepohlia.
9. Himalayan Mysteries
Location: The Great Himalayas
Underlying Mystery: Immortal Beings, Yeti, Yogis, Ghosts, Red Snow
The Great Himalayas has great mysteries too. There have been stories of immortal beings residing in the snow capped mountains. The abominable snowman, Yeti is said to inhabit the Himalayas of Tibet and Nepal. Again many mountain climbers is said to have witnessed mysterious red snowfall with red spots sprinkled over the ice. Again, there are stories of mysterious meditating yogis in ashrams found in the treacherous terrains of Himalayas. Thousands of people have died on these terrains while attempting to reach the zenith. Many Indian army personnel also reports about strange ghost sightings here.
10. The Levitating Stone
Location: Shivapur, Maharashtra
Underlying Mystery: The levitating stone
The small town of Shivapur in Maharashtra houses a mystic stone that levitates in accordance with a Muslim Sufi mystic that is claimed to have lived six centuries ago in the mysterious land of India. Legend says when saint named ‘Qamar Ali’ died he on his dead bed said, “When 11 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.” His words stand true till date.
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