India is a land of rich history and culture, with millions of people believing in the supernatural and the paranormal. There’s no smoke without the fire; mysteries too, aren’t rare, in this country which carries so much of ancient legacy. Some are answered by science, some remain unsolved yet. Here’s a list of few such mysterious and startling places of India.
1.Kongka la Pass
Kongka la pass is a high mountain pass on the line of actual control between India and China. It was also the pass where the India-China war was fought in 1962. Having a difficult terrain, this is an inaccessible region with no permanent settlements. Though it seems to be a no man’s land, the locals claim it’s not; the people on either side of the border have witnessed many UFO sights in this region. They also state that there is a secret UFO base in this region where many UFOs arise and descent. The earth’s crust in this region is two times deeper than anywhere in the earth, the reason being convergent plate boundaries. This point too adds much credence to the underground UFO base.
Few of the incidents where UFOs were sighted are,
- In 2004, a group of geologists was on an expedition on the region where they captured a robot-like creature 4 feet tall, moving on the mountain ridge. As they moved closer to the creature, it disappeared in the pass.
- In 2012, the Indian army spotted a ribbon-shaped object floating over the Pangong lake. To accurately determine the object, the radar, and the spectrum analyzer was brought. While the object was clearly visible to the naked eye, the equipment could not detect any signals.
- On the way to Mount Kailash, a group of Hindu pilgrims noticed an array of strange lights. When they asked their guide about it, he calmly replied that it was a common phenomenon.
Keeping in mind all these facts, people and even some experts have pointed out the anomaly in this region. But since there is no concrete evidence or scientific explanations, many ignore these happenings. There is no open statement by both the governments on these events, although they know of these happenings. Time will someday bring out all truths and the truth might even change the belief that we are the only ones in the world.
2.Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra
Lonar crater lake was created by an asteroid collision with earth during the Pleistocene Epoch. It is one of the four known, hyper-velocity, impact craters in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth. A study published in 2010 states that this lake is about 5,70,000 years old. What’s so special about the lake?
The lake has two different regions- an outer region that’s neutral (pH 7) and an inner region that’s alkaline (pH 11) and the surprising thing is that they never mix with each other! For water, being so alkaline, there must be a source that gives the alkalinity. But so far, the source of the perennial springs that feed the lake aren’t found. Alkalinity affects plant growth; Considering a pH of 11, vegetation should eventually die out in the surrounding areas. But this doesn’t happen. The way salts are formed in the lake are also different. The lake also supports several micro-organisms that are rarely found in the earth. So, there is a certainty that there must be a source for all these in the bed of the lake.
Recent research in 2016 has confirmed that the minerals found in the lake soil are very similar to the minerals found in moon rocks brought back during the Apollo Program. Another surprise is that compasses do not work in many parts of the lake!
3. Tulsishyam, Gujarat
Tulsishyam is located in the Gir forest national park of Gujarat. This place has a famous hill that, people say to have anti-gravitational properties…! Even when you’re having your car at neutral at the base of the hill, you can find the car moving uphill. Water too moves the same way! The people living in this area believe that this route goes all the way to heaven since you feel like being pulled up.
The actual reason?
So, you really think there’s anti-gravity acting there? No, actually it’s not a gravitational trick but an optical trick, caused by the structure of the surrounding land. The horizon line, the surrounding slope regions trick the brain and so we assume the downhill to be uphill. So actually, everything has moved downhill, which is the normal way. But since the brain is being tricked, it’s difficult for the brain to accept it.
Kodinhi is a small village in Kerala. It’s no different than any other village in India, except for it has a huge number of twin births, with over 200 as of now. Every year, the number of births keep on increasing. It is reported that women of this village married to other places also rear many twin babies. Experts are wondering about the twin births in this area, which is six times higher than the global average. Dr. Krishnan Sribiju, who is based in Kerala, has been trying to find the reason for this. He says that this marvel should have begun 60 to 70 years ago. He also states that the chemical nature of water and food in this region can be a reason for this.
Without access to detailed biomedical equipment, we cannot be certain of the reason for this outnumbering twin births. But if the reason is found, it’ll be a breakthrough in medical science.
Gyanganj, also known as Siddhashrama, is a mystical place on the Himalayan valleys, considered to be a mythological hermitage. The place receives mention in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. It is said that it is a place of mysterious immortal beings where saints, yogis, and rishis live. The occupants of this land are guiding the world’s fate and influence human existence. In Tibet, the place is referred to as ‘Shambala’ meaning ‘the source of happiness’. This place is said to exist in a different physical dimension, a different plane of reality so that one cannot see it without passing the psychic and dimensional barriers. A spiritual leader, Swami Vishuddhananda Paramahansa first talked of this place in public. Also, an English officer, L.P.Farrel, has claimed to have experienced Gyanganj in 1942.
Though there is no evidence of the existence of Gyanganj, it is fascinating to imagine that somewhere, in a parallel world, there are people who are working to guide us and make the world a better place.
Jatinga is a small village in Assam and its only hill station. This place is known for a phenomenon that takes place during a particular period every year. After monsoon season, particularly on a dark moonless night, birds that stay in this place get unusually disturbed by around 6 to 9.30 pm. They get disoriented and plunge into the lights of the city and they die. Thousands of birds have died in this manner for over 100 years. Many ornithologists have researched about this strange phenomenon and have come up with some theories. One suggests that the high altitude, high winds, and fogs disorient the birds and the birds tend to get attracted by the light. Another theory says that the weather in this region changes the magnetic quality of the underground water and hence, birds tend to get disoriented.
Research on these explanations is in progress and this disheartening phenomenon itself had made this place a tourist attraction.
7.Aleya Lights, West Bengal
The Sundarbans in West Bengal have a lot of swamps, marshes, and bog lands. It is said that strange lights appear in these places and when one approaches it, it drowns the person. One who has followed the light has never come back! While many get drowned, some who follow the light get transfixed. It is also said that these lights sometimes help people who have lost their way, by guiding in the right direction!
These kinds of incidents have occurred in other parts of the world too. Scientists have explained these with phenomena like geological faulting and ionization of methane. But locals believe that it is the spirit of fishermen who have died while fishing in the marshes.
The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. It is a living mystery. Every day, there is something new to be revealed. We think that we have the answer to every question, the explanation for everything. But all we know is just a handful compared to the astonishments the world holds for us.
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis for man’s desire to understand – Neil Armstrong