Unusual attractions for an India traveller

Balancing rock

TripAdvisor has listed some unique geological formations from across India for a traveller, who is looking for a adventure holiday or even a detour from a business trip that could lead one to unravel some of these mysterious and unusual attractions.

SPITI VALLEY: Approximately 412 km from Shimla, Spiti valley is a desert mountain valley, which also qualifies for heaven on earth. Separated from the Kulu Valley by the Rohtang pass, Spiti, which means 'the middle country' has beautiful snow capped mountains that reach out to the clear deep blue skies and the pretty Spiti River. Getting there is not for the fainthearted but for those who brave the journey it is 'paradise on earth'.

SAM SAND DUNES: Situated at the outskirts of Jaiselmer, you can lose yourself in the 'Great Thar desert' at Sam. With a sweeping stretch of the dunes for miles, it also makes for a gorgeous point to view the sunset and sunrise. So an overnight stay is highly recommended for travellers.

BALANCING ROCK:Balancing Rock is 60 km from Chennai in Mahabalipuram. Often referred to as Krishna's Butter Ball, it is a huge boulder resting on a narrow rock base. The rock is so precariously perched on a small surface area that as one traveller says, "You almost don't want to stand in front of it." This is an excellent place for all the shutterbugs.

TIFFIN TOP:Also known as Dorothy's seat, Tiffin Top is approximately four kms from Nainital. The way to the Top is via Ayarpatta, Bara Pather, Sherwood College and Lands End. For a thrilling experience, travellers could walk it up but there is an options for a pony ride from Bara Pather. Close to the Tiffiny Top there is another unique attraction - Deodar copse. Once you reach the top, it's amazing to see the incredible panorama of the snow capped Himalayas and Nainital.

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