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5 Offbeat Destinations in South India

The awe-inspiring festoon of highlands,the plains and the villages, provide the picturesque vista of the landscapes of West India. The most alluring experience of West India is for someone who has never seen dazzling sunsets and has only weaved dreams or drawn paintings thinking about the dusks and dawns.

The tribal lives of West India can get you to experience the edgy lifestyle existing centuries ago! It’s one of the best experiences India can offer. The Shetpal, Vadi, kila are few of the villages which can shower you with never-seen-before experiences.Temples, lakes, rivers, villages, valleys are some of the tranquil realm with the feeling of abundance and spiritual rejuvenation.

 1. Door-less Houses of Shani Shignapur:

Shani Shignapur is a village located about 35 km from Ahmednagar of Maharashtra. This village is known for its popular temple of Shani, the epitome of Hindu god of the planet Saturn who is worshiped with supreme reverence and devotion. The uniqueness of this small village is that none of the houses in this village has doors or even a door frame, including the commercial buildings, schools etc for safety.

This is the best offbeat destination in India. The people here believe that it is the blessing of the god that no crime ever happens in this village. The first of its kind in the country, the United Commercial (UCO) Bank opened a ‘lock less’ branch in the village taking note of the near-zero crime rate in the region in January 2011.

How to reach: Cheap flight ticket to nearby Mumbai from Bengaluru at just INR 1,648.

2. Karni Mata Temple Jai Mata Di:

Karni Mata temple is one of the popular and unusual holy shrines of India. This Temple is situated in the small town of Deshnok, in south of Bikaner, Rajasthan and is one of the famous offbeat destinations in India. During the 14th century it is believed that, Mata lived and performed many miracles during her life time and is an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga.

The inimitable fact about this temple is that rats are considered to supremely auspicious and are taken special care to safeguard them as they believe that these rats are the children of the Goddess Karni Mata and are holy.

Out of all of the thousands of rats in the temple, sighting white rats are meant to be specifically holy as they are believed to be Karni Mata and her own sons.

How to reach: Cheap flight ticket to nearby Jodhpur from New Delhi at just INR 5,576.

3. The Levitating Stone at Shivapur – Dave Ja Vu’!!

Shivapur is a small place in Pune in Maharashtra which is famous for its levitating stone. According to the popular belief, Qamar Ali is a famous Sufi Saint and is renowned for its magical powers. 800 years ago a gymnasium existed on the place where the shrine now stands. Two huge stones were used by the wrestlers to exercise. Qamar Ali was always targeted by the other boys as he was not interested in all these.

Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh then proclaimed that only his name power can lift the stone and then declared that the large rock could be raised with just eleven finger tips touching it but only if his name was loudly called. Similarly the smaller rock could be raised by using nine finger tips. From that day onwards the stones could be raised in the same manner only by applying that formula!

How to reach: Cheap flight ticket from New Delhi at just INR 1,572.

4. Vociferous Vihigaon – Waterfall rappelling in Vihigaon falls:

Rappelling over 120 feet of garrulous waterfall is one of those experiences every adventurous mind longs for! Canyoneering is one of those sports which has become famous all over the world. The Western Ghats have many waterfalls and flowing rivulets which are best suited for water rappelling. Vihigaon falls in Kasara Mumbai is one such nature’s gift to mankind.

It’s a one-of-its kind of adventure that includes rappelling, down-climbing and river tracing in the midst of thick forest.  It’s the best way to overcome Acrophobia – The Fear for Heights! To experience the thrill of suspension at the height of about 100 ft and rappelling along side of water is one of the most incredible adventure experiences in India.

How to reach: Cheap flight ticket to nearby Mumbai from Bengaluru at just INR 1,648.

5. Super deadly combination of food and ambiance – The New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmedabad:

There must be only a few fervent things that you imagine doing. Here is one such thing you wouldn’t have even thought of! Yes… We are now talking about The New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmedabad, a tea stall outside a centuries-old Muslim cemetery.

The graves are situated between tables and often topped with candles, and resemble green-painted concrete coffins. Business is brisk at the restaurant where the graves are scattered randomly. The graves are said to belong to a 16th century Sufi saint and the owner says that the graves are the lucky mascot for them.

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