10 most difficult and equally awesome places to visit in India

03 February  |  Listicles

India is a land of many charms, mysteries and hidden gems. Even for those who think that they have done everything and been everywhere, there are still places that are enticing, stunning and maybe a tad challenging. If you are an intrepid traveller and are looking for offbeat destinations that are removed from the tourist trail, then this list is for you. This is a compilation of some amazing destinations that may be hard to reach, but when you get there, they are well worth the effort.

1. Drass

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Drass is a charming valley that is bustling on riverbanks and begins from the base of the Zoji La pass. Referred to as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’, it is located in the Kargil district of Kashmir. Drass is the second coldest inhabitable area in the world and has an altitude of 10990 feet from sea level and the mountain ranges from 16,000 to 21,000 feet tall.

2. Khardung La

Khardung La is gorgeously scenic and is the world’s highest motorable road. Located in Ladakh, it is a 3-hour drive up from Leh, and the winding roads, the high altitude and the blazing sun come together to give people a memorable and adventurous time. However, the terrain is difficult and can always throw up unexpected challenges.

3. Thar Desert

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The Thar Desert is stunning beyond words and this eternal landscape also hides a bite. The dry and arid conditions make it difficult for travelling in the desert even if you are well prepared. The presence of Saw Scaled Viper, the large Rat Snake, Black Cobra, Sand Boa, wild cats and several other creatures will make your journey rather interesting and very challenging.

4. Roopkund Lake

The ride up to Roopkund leads to the mysterious skeletal lake. To get there, one needs to cross-ice and snow while ascending to a dizzying height of 16,000 feet. The air thins, climatic conditions are erratic, and hailstorms make reaching the Roopkund Lake one of the toughest expeditions.

5. Kolli Hills

Conquering 70-hair pin bends and riding up the mountains of death requires special skill. The narrow winding road to Kolli Hills is not only exciting but also challenging and equally spooky. There is folklore about a maiden that lures visitors with her beauty and supposedly kills them.

6. Spiti Valley

One of the most unexplored places in India, Spiti Valley is a high altitude region of Himachal Pradesh. A desert mountain valley, it is infamous for the tough terrain, and the isolation of the area in winter. Although it is known for its natural beauty, traversing through the region calls for endurance, skill and perhaps some good luck as well.

7. Chadar Trek

The Chadar trek is the most challenging trek in the Himalayan region and the trail spans snow capped mountains at very high altitudes. It requires the crossing of the frozen Zanskar River, walking on ice and camping inside bare caves in freezing temperatures. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

8. Gurez Valley

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Situated 120 kilometres from Srinagar, below the Line of Control Gurez’s proximity to this tense region has had an effect on people apart from the fact that it is highly avalanche prone. However, its sheer natural and pristine beauty offset this turbulence. A must visit!

9. The Haunted City of Bhangarh

Located in Rajasthan, Bhangarh Fort is known worldwide for its stunning exteriors and its haunted interiors. Locals live on the outskirts of this fort in fear of violent spirits, and the fort is prohibited at night due to unexplained abductions and deaths of thrill seekers. Open only during the day, it attracts scores of tourists.

10. Stok Kangri

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One of the most glamorous and difficult expeditions in India, this journey takes you to the highest trek summit of 6100 meters. The high altitudes, oxygen deficiency, glacier crossings, dry terrain, steep ascent and crossing rivers with currents so strong that can whisk anybody, makes this one of India’s toughest terrains.
The places mentioned above are unique, with each presenting their own set of challenges. However, none of these reasons should dissuade you from visiting them. The experience is unmatched and promises to be memorable for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.

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