7 Unusual Places in Asia You Should Visit in 2020
Travel is no longer about simply visiting the known. It is about experiencing the unknown. Delving into the mysterious, learning about lesser recognized cultures, and grasping at the roots of a place’s identity. These have become more crucial to cultural exchange compared to clicking pictures at world renowned monuments and sites.
Here are HiTour’s Top 7 picks for unusual places in Asia that you definitely should experience – places that you might not have heard about!
1. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh, India
The Magnetic Hill in Ladakh is one of the most bizarre and unique phenomena of India. Only 30 km outside of Leh, the road seems to defy gravity – to the point of pulling vehicles upwards! Local folklore claims that this road is a road to heaven. Scientists, on the other hand, say that this is a product of strong magnetic waves emanating from the hill. Some even say it’s a very elaborate optical illusion. Whatever it is – it is something you have to experience!
2. Saint Anthony’s Church and Cemetery, Sri Lanka
In a tiny village called Manalkadu, there exists the majestic ruins of an old church and modest graves that are adorned by walls which are slowly being consumed by the sand! There are some accounts which date the church back to the 17th century during the period of Dutch rule. Slowly sinking into the dunes, these ruins form an eerie and striking offbeat character to the vivacious and stunning Sri Lanka.
3. Sea of Stars, Maldives
A stunning phenomenon happening on the Vaadhoo Island in the Raa Atoll, the “Sea of Stars” occurs in Maldives’ reefs during summer. This is caused by bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum. Since the water is filled with this plankton, the movement of waves above it causes the sea to glow like a shimmery-starry sky.
4. Dochula Pass Meditation Caves, Bhutan
One of Bhutan’s most scenic sites, Dochula Pass is formed of meditation caves hidden between the hills just above it. Closely resembling Hobbit homes, these caves look like tiny caverns built from stone and painted with Buddhist symbolism.
This famous pass is home to 108 memorial chortens, or stupas, built in 2004 in honor of fallen Bhutanese soldiers.
5. Garden of Dreams, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Garden of Dreams is smack in the middle of Kathmandu city. But not many visit it. It’s a shame, since this place looks like it could transport you to another realm. When it was built, it was considered to be one of the most sophisticated and lavish private gardens of its time. Built in neo-classical Edwardian style, it has an array of wonderful flora design, pavilions, statues and fountains! The perfect place to send a pleasant evening, or take a walk during a nice day!
6. Root Bridges of Cherrapunji, India
While exploring the depths of North eastern India, you will come across few bridges that are not man-made but grown naturally! In Cherrapunji, amidst the humid and warm Khasi and Jaintia hills, thrives an Indian specie of rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system. The tree produces secondary roots from its trunk perching across huge boulders along riverbanks to form connected bridges!
7. Helga's Folly, Sri Lanka
Any trip you make you always look towards a warm and relaxing stay in a hotel with standard facilities and lodging experience. When visiting Sri Lanka, if you are looking for an ‘off-beat’ stay and a different experience of a hotel, then Helga’s Folly should be on top of your lists! The home of eccentric proprietor Helga de Silva Blow Perera, Helga’s Folly is a kaleidoscope of bohemian knick-knacks and artworks and even memories!
With HI Tours, we always aim to serve you experience and journeys that are matchless as well as memorable! With the above novel places, you will surely find something unusual to rave about on your next travels! Visit our website and check out our tour packages which will give you a chance to get a taste of novelty!