Travelling around the country and visiting different corners of places are really a different ball game, which enormously varied from person to person. Here, lifeandtrendz.com unearthed some of the most isolated parts of India and presenting you in order:
Bishnupur, West Bengal
About 150 km North West of Kolkata lies a remnant of a city that once was the capital of a kingdom that held its head for 800 years! At present, all that remains of those glorious days are a few terracotta temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu built by the Malla rulers during the 17th and 18th century.
Martland Surya Temple, Jammu & Kashmir
Now in ruins, this happened to be a glorious temple dedicated to the Sun God, built by Lalitaditya Mukhtapid of the Karkota dynasty of Kashmir. With the decay of the dynasty and decades of invasion and natural disasters left the temple in its current condition. Left abandoned for years, Martand Surya temple came to limelight when Indian filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj filmed a song from his adaptation of Hamlet, Haider in its premises.
Cellular Jail, Andaman Nicobar
With historical disgrace, sorrow and gloom, this spot, known as ‘Kala Pani’ – thanks for the film maker Priyadarshan- was the most dreaded colonial prison during the British rule in India. This infamous prison has kept in captivity many of India’s freedom fighters and rebels who raised their voices against the atrocities of the English rulers. The inhuman treatment meted out to the inmates here became a part of legends and to some extent it is a relief that this ominous place now lies abandoned.
Janjira Fort, Maharashtra
Considered to be one of the strongest marine forts of India, Janjira holds the reputation of being unconquered. Even the great Shivaji could not tame her despite numerous ventures! Located on an island off the Konkan coast of Maharashtra and around 165 kms from Mumbai, one can find this once impregnable and unassailable fort by the name of Janjira. Built at the end of the 17th century, this mega fort is the brain child of Malik Ambar, a minister in the service of the Sultan of Ahmednagar.
Now the air of mystery prevails as you set foot in the rocky world of Unakoti in Tiripua. The stone carving of numerous Hindu gods and goddesses on hills and uncut rocks will leave you mesmerized. Legend has it that the number of statues here counts up to one less than a crore, hence the name Unakoti (koti is the Sanskrit for crore). More interesting is the fact that no one actually knows who, how and when these statues were made!
Shettihalli Church, Karnataka
With marvelous work of Gothic architecture, the church saw its desertion after the construction of the Hemavati dam and reservoir in 1860. A secluded entity, Shettihalli Church however has started seeing visitors of late. If the ruins look this amazing then imagine how it would have looked in its heydays! Located just 22 kms away from the village of Shettihalli, the origin of this church goes back to 1860s when French missionaries in India laid the foundation stones.
Lakhpat Fort, Gujarat
Located at the mouth of the Kori Creek from where the Sindhu River once met the Arabian Sea, once a great place excelling with glorious business and a visiting point turned out to be a curse when the river changed its course. For two centuries, this walled city was the epitome of prosperity and richness and now all lays there is silence! Abuzz with traders and businessmen selling and purchasing, Lakhpat met its fatal end like every other tale of lost civilization when rivers change their courses.
Ross Island, Andaman & Nicobar
A small island at the frontline of capital Port Blair, this place was the entry point to this idyllic cluster of islands. It even served as the capital of the British government in this part of India. Once a township bathed in luxury and lavish life ways, now it is home to silence and isolation.
A long forgotten and deserted island with ruins of buildings that once were the pride of the British rulers in India, Ross Island is a shadow of its past glory.
Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
The destruction of this town is not attributed to any folklores or legends though. The catastrophic cyclone that hit Tamil Nadu in 1964 is the reason behind the abandonment of this place. Observed as a ghost town, Dhanushkodi sits in silence at the South Eastern tip of Pamban Island located in Tamil Nadu. This lonely and now in ruins town is also home to the only land border between India and Sri Lanka.
Once what happened to be a prosperous village is now a barren land of vast maze like cluster of roofless homes, bare walls, and a carpet of disjointed bricks. An air of eerie envelopes the ruins of Kuldhara and but obviously comes the tales of its abandonment. Many stories surround the sudden and mysterious escape of the people of this village. One that stands common in every discussion is the story of the village headman’s daughter.
The then prime minister of the Jaisalmer court Salem Singh wanted to marry her against her will. The villagers fled their homes overnight to uphold their honour. Kuldhara is an integral part of India’s collective treasure of folklores. Its first name strikes us when we talk about mysterious exoduses and escapes.