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.
BALANCING ROCKS Located at the base of Madan Mahal Fort in the city of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. It’s precariously hanging position has made it famous amongst the tourists. An eroded volcanic rock formation that is balancing on another rock. Way back in the 15th century, the Queen of the area "Rani Durgavati” lived here. It is a perfect example of weathering.
NAGPHANI (DUKE'S NOSE) Nagphani (Duke's Nose) is a cliff at Khandala, near Lonavala. The cliff bears resemblance to a snake’s head and hence, the name Nagphani. One can find a small shrine at the top. The Nagaphani gives you spectacular views of the Mumbai-Pune road and rail corridors, as well as marvelous views of Khandala and the surrounding Sahyadri peaks.
Lonar Crater is the largest impact crater in basalt rock in the world. 50,000 years ago, a 2 million-ton meteorite hit the earth to create a big space approximately 1.83 kilometers in diameter and 150 meters deep where lies a saline soda lake. There are some unusual flora and fauna. The crater is abode to hundreds of Indian as well as many species of migrant birds as well. “Beautiful place and a perfect blend of nature, said a traveller.