7 highest places on the Earth located in India
Feeling ‘On top of the world’ is no longer a phrase used to describe happiness. You can actually be on top of the world, that too in India. From the highest cricket pitch to the highest mountain peak, India scores high, riding the ‘est’ wagon. Packed with adventure, natural beauty and some of the most picturesque views, our country has some of the highest points on this planet. Listed below are 7 such places located in the magical land of India.
1. Yak Golf Course, Kupup Valley, Sikkim
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Situated at an altitude of 13,025 ft, Yak Golf Course holds the Guinness World Record for being the highest golf course in the world. The golf course is part of a 6026-yard- long Indian Army base, and has challenging fairways and uneven ground to test the golfing skills of one and all. During winters, the place serves as a ski centre, and hosts various sports including ice hockey, ice skating, skiing and baseball.
2. Chail Cricket Ground, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
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Indian’s are high on cricket, and if we do not take its literal meaning into consideration, we can see that there’s a completely different side to it. India is home to the world’s highest cricket ground. Does this side intrigue you? Standing at a height of 2250 meter above sea level, Chail cricket Ground is a spectacle in itself. The stadium has never hosted any international match, but several test players visit the ground for silent practice sessions.
3. Hikkim, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
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Although commercialization and globalization have surfaced the Indian economy, there’s still no match to the penetrable citizen reach of All India Radio, the Indian Railways and India Post. So now, to introduce one and all with the highest post office in the globe, let us take a trip to Hikkim. At an altitude of 4440 meter, this post office is a major tourist attraction in an otherwise sleepy village of Spiti Valley and is a must visit.
4. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Munnar, Kerala
The Kolukkumalai Tea is situated at a distance of 38 kilometers from Munnar, and is known for producing myriad flavours of tea. Here people follow the traditional method of tea plantation, thus adding the freshness to the tea leaves. The tea estate enjoys the reputation for being the highest tea plantation on Earth, and is a beautiful place to be. You can even stay overnight at the guest houses or camps and enjoy adventure activities like trekking and mountain biking.
5. Siachen, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
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Siachen is the highest battlefield in the world, and stands witness to the Indian Army fighting all odds including temperature, to protect our country. The glacier is situated at an altitude of 5400 meter above sea level, and is even listed in the Guinness World Record as being the highest battlefield on the Earth. The world’s highest helipad is also located on the Siachen Glacier, which is used only by the army to refill the stocks.
6. Khardung La, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Located at an altitude of 18,380 ft, Khardunga La proudly holds the title of ‘The highest motorable road in the world’. The route is open throughout the year and is a favourite among adventure junkies, mostly bikers. Khardunga La was opened to the public in 1988, and since then has been a part of pop culture and a constant pull for travellers.
7. Rinchen Cafeteria, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
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Caffeine gets you high, but the high we are talking about, no one would have imagined. Situated along the Khardung La, Rinchen Cafeteria is a major tourist pitstop and the highest cafeteria on the Earth. The cafe is at a staggering height of 18,380 feet above the sea level, and offers distinctive flavours of tea and noodles. Sipping a cup of tea and enjoying the feeling on being on the highest place in the world is an incomparable feeling.
The next time you say ‘On top of the world’, make sure you are standing at one of the highest points on Earth.