Extreme places of India
India’s ecologically diverse plains feature some extreme places as well.
India is multifaceted. It is a land housing people of all religions, culture, nations – diversity is a big thing in India. There are places in India that are governed by the most extreme of climate or are dangerous to travel to. Diversity of India is seen in the hugely varied places that have become famous for the extremity it thrives in. Let’s take a look.
Take a look at India’s most extreme places.
- Driest – Jaisalmer remains the driest place in India. Located in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer receives the least rainfall in the whole of India.
- Wettest – Mawsynram in Meghalaya is the wettest place, not only in India, but of the world as well. Mawsynram is located 60 kilometers from Shillong and is a humble hamlet of huts. Women make knups out of bamboo to work in the fields when it rains.
- Coldest – Drass is the coldest place in India. Located not very far from Kargil, on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, Drass has lowest recorded temperature of -45 degrees during winter. Summer temperature rarely go above zero.
- Hottest – Churu in Rajasthan recorded a temperature of 50 degree Celsius. Churu is considered the gateway to Thar Desert and is famous tourist spot for its havelis and century old forts.
- Lowest Oxygen place – Khardung La is the world’s highest road accessible by motors. The high-altitude results in lowest oxygen levels that give any biker or visitor hard time to breath.
- Side-cliff monastery – Built in the shape of a honeycomb, Phugtal Gompa monastery is cut into the side of a cliff. A treacherous uphill climb is hard for common men, but the local people have no trouble climbing.
- Extreme pilgrimage – Kailash Mansarover pilgrimage trek takes one to a dizzying height of 18000 feet. The upwards trek takes about five to six days in freezing cold conditions and snow that often results in nausea, vomiting, sickness – just to get a glimpse of Mount Kailash. Thanks to the government, a 80-km long road from Dharchula to Lipulekh has been constructed, making things much easier.
- Least explored – Perez Valley in Kashmir is beautiful beyond words, but it is also one of the least explored places in India. With stunning mountains as a backdrop and gushing streams to calm the senses, Perez Valley’s remarkable location near the Line of Control makes it one of the least visited places, despite it being a stunning landscape.