There is nothing more vicious than danger draped in the veil of beauty,
Like the devil who disguises itself as the holy angel!
No, I’m not going to talk about evil people, not even about back-stabbing friends; this post is all about the places in India that are beautiful on the outside but super dangerous on the inside. In a country like India, which is widely acclaimed to be the land of diversity, one can find countless such places which are extremely appealing for the eye, but you understand the very real threat only on a close encounter.
Dumas Beach – Gujarat
A beach which earlier served as a burial ground is sure to be visited by ghostly apparitions. It’s not just about the whisperings that people hear in the dead of the night but the disappearance of people that is actually the most frightening. If local legends are to be believed, this stunning beach becomes home to a white apparition during nights that lure people towards the water.
Kurseong – West Bengal
Spending some time away from the maddening city crowd in a quaint hill station is everyone’s travel goal; but what if the hill station turns out to be a “ghost town”! Whether it’s a headless ghost, haunted buildings and roads, eerie forests, chasing ghosts or mysterious deaths, Kurseong, Dow Hill has got it.
Kolli Hills – Tamil Nadu
What more than haunting spirits and ghosts do you expect from a mountain whose actual name was “Mountain of Death”! A natural escape with pristine and serene mountain ranges turns into a haunting place during the pitch black nights. Don’t get lured by the pretty damsel you see at night, she may literally ‘kill you with her looks’.
Silent Valley National Park – Kerala
Why keep the four-legged beasts in enclosed boundaries when the real-life beasts are roaming outside freely? Here, I’m talking about the Silent Valley National Park which was attacked by Maoists in 2014. Plan your visit carefully, as you never know when the Maoists plan to attack again.
Phulbani – Odisha
The pristine waterfall cascading through the natural green slopes can offer bliss to any restless soul. But what happens when this beauty is threatened by the rampant of Maoist activity. The beauty attracts while the threat dissuade people to visit Phulbani.
Haflong – Assam
A small town flanked by beautiful streams and bounty waterfalls can bewitch anyone with its landscape; but what if this beauty is ruined by violent attacks of militant organizations. Innocent people and tourists risk their lives while visiting this quaint town of Haflong.
Tura – Meghalaya
North East does indeed have some breathtaking natural landscapes; Tura is one such beauty. It has everything that a picture-book landscape can have – caves, waterfalls, greenery and hills. But what it should not have is the continuous rebel activities that make this place pretty dangerous to live and visit.
Bastar – Chhattisgarh
Who wouldn’t love to visit a place where you get to view a number of waterfalls, forests, ancient temples and wildlife? Plus when you get to witness tribal history, the place become all the more endearing, isn’t it? Bastar is one such place in Chhattisgarh but people still fear going to this place; the reason being the frequent Naxal/ guerilla attacks and the infamous Bastar War.
Barren Islands – Andaman
A stunning island which houses the only active volcano of South East Asia, which has recently erupted in the past, can be dangerous to anyone. The last eruption took place in 2011 and the smoke erupting from it can still be seen in the sky. Only the daredevils can visit this risky place.
Khardung La – Jammu & Kashmir
Located at an altitude of 5,359 meters above the sea-level, the Khardung La Pass is believed to be world’s highest motorable road. The roads of the pass are not paved and are extremely slippery due to the snow. The area is prone to avalanches and landslides which may turn out to be fatal. What else can we say but, “Travel at your own risk”.
Kishtwar Kailash Road – Jammu
Kishtwar Kailash Road, with a steep length of 234 km takes you around some seriously dangerous hairpin bends and overhanging cliffs. The road oversees steep valleys that are more than 100 miles deep. And beware, because there are no guard rails here.
These are some of the most beautiful places in India where you should go but with an eye to caution. Dare to take a trip to these places to experience near-death encounters. To continue our discussion on the same, here’s a list of 11 places that can haunt, threat or challenge you only if you dare to visit them.