Does your inner-self smile mischievously when you’re told not to do something? Ahaan! That’s how we all are. Our inner demon feels challenged with statements like “No! You can’t go there”. After all, we are the offspring of Eve, she also ate the forbidden fruit anyway. However, did you know that there are places in India where you really cannot go just like that? Some are haunted towns, some are exclusive, not-for-all tourist places and some have restricted entry by law. Here are 10 places in India that don’t go by the saying Jahan chaah, wahan raah, be
1. Chambal River Basin
If you think you are brave and ready to risk your life, you dare visit the Chambal river basin. Since ages, Chambal has been known for being a home to infamous deadly dacoits like Phoolan Devi, Dadua Gujjar, and Daku Man Singh. The biggest of all Nirbhay Gujjar also called the Last Lion of Chambal, also raised from this lawless cusp of two states Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Calm down! We can already hear your heart!
Bastar is a beautiful district in Chhattisgarh where Chitrakoot- the home to Indian Niagara falls, that hides the sprawling treasure of nature. However, this area is under the control of deadly Naxalites, who won’t think twice before going rampant with killing in case of a threat. The whole district is full of magnificent and breathtaking scenes, but it lies in the red corridor and is thus forbidden. Sad.
Bhangarh, India’s ‘Ghost town’, is considered one of the country’s most haunted places. Story goes by, that a wizard once cursed this city, which has led to its destruction. Since then, the entire town has been believed to be dangerously doomed. Although, you can visit this place during the daytime to enjoy the flavors of ancient architecture, but people often experience a strange vibe in the air and claim to hear strange voices in the compound. The board on the property clearly mentions that nobody must remain on the premises after 5 pm. The reason behind this ‘government instruction’ is believed to be the fact that it is actually haunted. Now that’s really spooky!
4. Barren Land
On the Barren Islands of Andaman and Nicobar, India’s only active volcano is found. Red-hot lava and smoke covers the mouth of the volcano. There were eruptions in this volcano during 1994-95 and 2005-07, and the latter is believed to be connected with the earthquake in the Indian Ocean in 2004. The recent eruptions have destroyed a lighthouse which was built in 1993. Nonetheless, for security purposes, no one is allowed to get closer to the hill. The island of Barren is far too majestic to exist.
5. “Foreigners Only” Beach
Goa is a great tourist spot, and is a perfect place to unwind. However, you can find that in Goa there are some beaches where only foreigners are allowed. This is because the locals want the foreign visitors to enjoy their time on the beach carefreely. Anjuna Beach is one of them. Although the restriction is not legal, local citizens justify their racist behavior by saying that they protect foreign visitors from the lustful looks of the Indians for whom it is not common to see women in swimming suits. Oops!
6. North Sentinel Island
On North Sentinel Island, there are probably between 80 and 150 people, but there can be as many as 500 or as little as 15. The Sentinel people are linked to other indigenous peoples in the Andaman Islands, but for quite a long time they were isolated. Actually, other Andaman groups, such as the Onge and Jarawa, cannot understand their language. They are hunter collectors and they probably live on the island’s wild fruits and tubers, eggs from seagulls or Turtles and birds, pigs, etc. Since no one dares to travel here, it is believed that they don bows, arrows, spears, and knives. Any outsider is unwelcomed to the extent of lynching. If you remember, recently an American citizen was killed for ‘trying’ to trespass. No pictures, no online presence… it’s just the name that’s known!
India is definitely full of mysterious places! From spine chilling folklores to unexplained monuments, you name it and we have it. Do you know of any such hatke places? Comment and tell us your OMG story!