Magnetic Hill, Ladakh
HolidayIQ Traveller Paramita Ray, “Inside this limestone cave, you have to walk a long stretch, almost three to four km, to reach the temple at the end of the cave. Within the cave, there are awesome light effects that will mesmerise you.”
The Borra Caves, believed to be decades-old are spread over one sq km. The highlight of the caves is the natural stalactites formations within the caves
HolidayIQ Traveller Subhakanta says that the sheer size of the lake is impressive. She adds, “Going down into the crater with a guide and exploring the inner circle of the crater for about half a day is the best of experiences.”
This prehistoric crater, also the third largest in the world, was created by the impact of 2 million ton meteorite creating a depression 1.83 kilometres in diameter and 150 meters deep. The crater now forms a lake with deep blue waters surrounded by emerald green forests.
HolidayIQ Traveller Parambhrama says, “The Valley of Flowers comes alive with the arrival of monsoon. Vast shades of Alpine flowers against the backdrop of snow clad Himalayas along with flowing streams carrying crystal clear water and biodiversity, promise a memorable journey.“
Located in the higher reaches in Garhwal, the Valley of Flowers attracts thousands of trekkers from around the world. From June to September every year, the magnificent valley, also a World Heritage Site, is carpeted with exotic and colourful flowers as far as eyes can see.
HolidayIQ Traveller Yagnadat Reddy says, “Double Decker Living Root Bridge is indeed a wonder to behold! The beauty of the place enchants you, the beautiful pools of water the forest cover and the friendly and hospitable Khasis of Nongriat are sure to remain with you after your trip.”
What is extraordinary about these bridges are they are not built but are made naturally from roots of rubber trees. Estimated to be more than two centuries old and still growing, these bridges are very strong and can support up to 50 people at a time.
HolidayIQ Traveller Supriya Sharma says, “There is a large Lord Shiva Temple with hot water springs where you can cook rice packed in small potli as prasad. We prayed and found a small pond of residual hot water just around the corner. It was so relaxing – sitting with our feet immersed in hot water in that chilly weather.”
The springs at Manikaran, situated near the bank of River Parbati, come out to the surface with pressure and are very hot. The water of these springs is so hot that pulses, rice, vegetables etc. can be boiled and cooked in it.
HolidayIQ Traveller Devi Nair says that the Magnetic Hill is a very popular stop for tourists. “It is on the Leh highway & gives the illusion that vehicles can slowly move upwards.”
The Magnetic Hill offers the most baffling phenomenon of nature. You can see vehicles moving up at a speed of 20 km/hour with the engines off, apparently defying the law of gravity. It is an optical illusion caused by the layout of the hills, which obstruct the horizon. As a result, you don’t have a reliable reference and a downhill slope seems to be uphill!
HolidayIQ Traveller Raj Kumar says, “Loktak Lake and the serene surroundings are captivating and virtually unspoiled.”
Loktak is the only floating lake in the world. The small islands are created by accumulation of vegetation, soil and organic matter and they cover a substantial part of the lake. On the fringes of Loktak Lake is the world’s only floating National Park, the Keibul Lam Jao National Park.