9 Quirky Things to do in India
- PRIYA SANYAL
- UPDATED Sep 05, 2018
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Often explored to get seek spirituality, India can be a delightful surprise when it comes to quirky. The mystic lands leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to quirky things to do in India after you have had your share of spiritual bliss. From dining on gloriously blond sand dunes, taking a dip in cascading waterfalls to giving into quirky food indulgences, the country sure knows how to make you want more of it! That being said, we bring you a list of all the quirky things that you can do in India.
1. Moonlit dinner on the sand dunes at Jaisalmer
The sand dunes of Jaisalmer are indeed a sight on their own. But, imagine the golden sands shining white under the bright moon. Add in to it, some mouth-watering Rajasthani delicacies to gorge on and it truly becomes an unforgettable experience.
2. Experience the view from the top of Jog Falls
The majestic Jog Falls is a treat for the senses. Falling from a whopping 830 feet, the water creates so much mist that it is either visible from the bottom of the hill, or from the opposite side. Thus, we recommend you to go on top of the falls to view it in its full glory.
3. Visit the skeletal family at Roopkund
For 62 years, since its discovery in 1942, the mystery shrouding the Skeleton Lake in Roopkund, Uttaranchal was unknown. When finally the enigma was finally uncovered in 2004, the answers were even stranger than the preserved skeletons of almost 200 people. Around 1200 years back, this large group of people apparently fell victim to hailstones described to be as hard as iron. Quite a sad way to go!
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4. Chill your beer in the waters of Tiger Falls
A 5 km trek from Chakrata in Uttarakhand will take you to Tiger Falls. One of the highest waterfalls in the state, this makes an excellent picnic spot for trekkers. And what's more, the water at the falls is so cold that you can dip a bottle of beer in it to chill it. Well, that surely will save you the effort of carrying a cold closet to keep your drink cold.
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5. Dine with the dead at Ahmedabad's The New Lucky Restaurant
When faced with the issue that his restaurant land was actually a cemetery, owner Krishnan Kutti decided not to disturb the dead and built his joint, around the graves. The graves, supposed to be of those of Muslim followers of a Sufi saint from the 16th century, are the main attraction for this unique restaurant. Some dinner companions, we must say!
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6. Trek with fireflies at Rajmachi
For all those trekkers out there who wish for a different view, the Rajmachi Trek, at night, is for you. With a million fireflies lighting up the forest of Rajmachi, the sight is breathtaking. Visit the forest during monsoon to make the most of firefly-sightings.
7. Know the future from a vase at Tashiding Monastery
This Tibetan Buddhist monastery has been a place for worship in Sikkim since the 1700s. Located at a height of almost 5000 feet, the Tashiding Monastery provides a splendid view of Mount Kanchenjunga. The most interesting thing about the this monastery is the future-predicting vase. Known as Bhuchu Festival, the water level on opening the vase, decides how the year ahead will be.
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8. Pay your respect to the Motorcycle God
If scary tales interest you, this case of DUI will surely excite you. A drunk Om Singh Rathore, from Jodhpur, crashed his motorcycle into a tree. While the rider could not survive the crash, his motorcycle was taken by the police. Mysteriously, the bike appeared the next day, at the accident spot. Thinking it's a prank, the police took it back, emptied the tank and chained the bike at the station. But alas! The bike turned up at the same spot again, despite it all. Considered to be abode for Om Singh's spirit, the Bullet Baba Shrine is one of a kind.
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9. Cross bridges growing out of trees in Cherrapunji
In one of the wettest places on Earth, you will find nature made root bridges, to take you places. The War-Khasi tribe in Meghalaya grow rubber tree roots around betel nut trunks, to take them in the direction they want the bridge to be. This surely is some marriage of nature and indigenous engineering.