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India is well known to be a land of enormous variety. It is obvious that we will find a lot here that is exotic, exciting and experiential. Listed below is my take on 10 places in India, which make for King of Exotic, and which make traveling to these places, a dream to fulfill. Read on, and decide if you are really game for these. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Top 10 Exotic Places in India
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  • India is well known to be a land of enormous
    variety. It is obvious that we will find a lot
    here that is exotic, exciting and experiential.
    Listed below is my take on 10 places in India,
    which make for King of Exotic, and which make
    traveling to these places, a dream to fulfill.
    Read on, and decide if you are really game for
    these. Tawang is bundled up in a corner of
    Arunachal Pradesh, close to the Tibetan border.
    Its a 2 day drive from Guwahati (510km) or a 1
    day labor from Tezpur.

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  • Foreigners will need a protected area permit
    (PAP) and Indians will need an inner line permit
    (ILP). Still, die hards and enthusiasts keep
    coming every year. Tawang a place that is
    untouched, but at the same time you can sense
    that it is so vital for political as well as
    religious reasons. The monastery there, dates
    from late seventeenth century and is the place
    where the 6th Dalai Lama was born. Then there
    also are the Bomdila and Sela passes, which are
    museums of our 1962 war.

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  • Dhanushkodi on the Pamban Island beyond
    Rameswaram is now an abandoned town. If you look
    up its location on the map, you wont be able to
    control the urge to make immediate plans to check
    this out. It perhaps is part of the mythical Ram
    Setu of Ramayana.

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  • Anyways, Sri Lanka is 19 nautical miles away.
    While this small town was quite historical, a
    cyclone in 1964 swept every life away. The town
    ruins tell you how eerie it can be in that place.
    Its better to visit the place in groups during
    the day and return before sunset high tide, no
    electricity and strong waters of Arabian Sea make
    travel risky otherwise.

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  • The lake of Pangong, towards the north-east of
    Ladakh has come into limelight in India since 3
    Idiots was shot. It is an ultra-beautiful lake
    which has a mere 20 of it in Indian control and
    the remaining flowing into Tibet. Depending on
    the sky above, you can find the lake changing
    colors from grey to green to pristine heavenly
    blue. If you have the lungs, you can stay
    overnight in the camps along the lake shore at
    Merak.

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  • Its an adventurous, beautiful but grueling 7
    hours one side drive from Leh. One has to drive
    thru Changla pass the second highest motorable
    road in India and then thru the awesome cold
    deserts of Changthang. Just when you think you
    have been through all and get a glimpse of the
    lake from far, comes the Pagal Nala   a stream
    of water that swells too much during afternoon
    and beyond for cars to cross. It is advisable to
    cross in first half or in the evening.

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  • Dzongri Yuksom in Sikkim is another place that
    awaits the courageous nature lover. It takes a 6
    hour taxi ride from Bagdogra (airport) or New
    Jalpaiguri (train) in upper West Bengal to reach
    Yuksom. Yuksom, which is part of the Kanchenjunga
    national park area becomes the base camp to stay
    and trek up to Dzongri and back. That itself is a
    4 day return journey. What you get for such labor
    is priceless. At a height of 4000m in west
    Sikkim, Dzongri peak provides unmatched and
    spiritual conversations with Kanchenjunga and her
    sister peaks. On clear days, a much larger
    Himalayan panorama is yours for a song.

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  • Lakshadweep is news to most Indians. It is
    connected by air only to Cochin (90 mins flight),
    and ships from Cochin or Mangalore take 14-18
    hours in the Arabian Sea. Of the 36 known islands
    there, only 5 are open to us and 10 are open to
    natives. As usual you require a permit to enter.
    For the uninitiated, Lakshadweep will be Maldives
    Seychelles Bali rolled into one.

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  • Great beaches, lot of water sport, corals and
    just peace and tranquility (sans traffic). Being
    there, you will know that you are amongst the
    very few human beings who have (and who will)
    visited this place.

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  • Key Monastery in Spiti, is another place where
    nature and Buddhism have left us wondering agape.
    Made on the top of a hill at 13,500 feet, with
    the swirling Spiti River wrapped all around, Key
    is an amazing place to visit. It is also perhaps
    extremely old, dating back to 900 years ago from
    present.

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  • From Simla as a base, it will take you 2 days to
    reach Key even in todays time. You will take
    9-10 hours to reach Rekong Peo from Simla and
    then another 8 hours from there to Kaza. From
    Kaza its 60 minutes to reach Kibber (15 km) and
    then another hour to reach Key (7km). God doesnt
    come to those who do not have time or patience.

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  • Nanda Devi National Park is a journey in
    Uttarakhand that starts at Joshimath (10 hour
    drive from nearest rail head at Kathgodam or
    Rishikesh). Nearest airport is at Dehradun (300km
    away). Thereafter, it is a trek to various parts
    of the national park.

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  • The park envelopes Nanda Devi peak the highest
    in Garhwal Himalayas and the entirety of it is
    located above 11,500 feet. You get to feast on as
    many as 25 peaks which are higher than 6000m as
    well as rapidly flowing glacial rivers like Rishi
    Ganga. The much famed Valley of Flowers and the
    beautiful views of Himalaya outlined first by
    Shipton and Tilman in 1934 are yours for free.

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  • Amarnath is not just for the pilgrims. Its a
    destination in itself. Firstly, you should admire
    the fact that it is less than 90km from the line
    of actual control. Secondly, getting there is a
    task from Jammu its 180km to Baltal. Once
    there, it is a 2-day 16km arduous trek to
    Amarnath from the steeper climbs. Easier trekking
    routes take 4-5 days from Pahalgam or Baltal.
    Its exotic because of its location and the
    awesome natural formation of ice. The routes are
    scenic and beautiful in all seasons. Ofcourse, at
    the end of the road, there is God!

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  • Kedarnath is also a place to go find God. The
    valley at a height of 12,000 feet in the lap of
    Kedarnath peak is equally sublime. The barrenness
    of the town, juxtaposed on the scenic valley and
    the majestic door of the Kedarnath temple creates
    a desire for a link with the almighty even in an
    atheist. With the limited time window to visit
    the place (May Oct), you can time yourself to a
    place with very few people and a lot of thought.
    It takes 10 hours to reach Gaurikund from
    Haridwar (train) or Dehradun (air). From there
    on, it is best done on foot with a 14km trek to
    Kedarnath.

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  • Athirapally waterfalls in Thrissur, Kerala is
    perhaps Mani Ratnams favorite hunting ground
    (Roja, Dil Se, Guru, Iruvar, Ravan and many more
    being shot here). Even Bahubali was shot here.
    Now you get the placeJ. It isnt as remote as the
    other counterparts in this list, being 55km from
    Kochi (airport) and 50km from Thrissur (train).
    Come over and enjoy the Niagara of India.

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