If you spend a moment just talking about travelling to India, this country offers adventures more than you can shake a stick at. India is a diverse and all-encompassing country with vast landmasses, amazing people and ancient history and that’s what it has been in limelight for.
From red hot deserts to ice-cold mountains, languages to cuisines, India is a country with tremendous beauty. Be that as it may, we are going to unveil the highest points in India that are the world’s highest points too. Give the list once over with a fine-tooth comb and enjoy the light show. Off you go!
1. Khardung La – Highest Motorable Road in the World
Imagine biking on the world’s highest motorable road, whoa. Yes, you heard it right, the world’s highest motorable road. Khardung La has located around 40 km from Leh, that being the capital of Ladakh which is one of the provinces of North Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The views are simply fantastic there, and that’s the very same reason tourists from around the world drive there.
True blue sky, shining mountain lakes and the shadows cast by the sky-high mountains are hypnotizing. The world’s highest motorable road, Khardung La has an altitude of 18,380 ft (5359 metres). Being the entrance to Shyok and Nubra Valley, this road presents all the travellers with picturesque views of snow-capped mountain peaks. If you are wishing to get there, you will be needing a permit from the local authorities as only Indian citizens can reach there without the permits. The views from the top of this road are simply gorgeous, what do you say then?
2. Rinchen Cafeteria – Highest Cafeteria in the World
Here starts the exciting game. Imagine having a cup of tea in your hand at an altitude of 18,380 feet, that’s exciting. And what’s super exciting is you don’t have to make it by yourself. Yes, a cafeteria is over there to take care of your needs if you are an avid tea drinker. If my memory serves me well, this is the highest ever cafeteria in the world and it’s called Rinchen Cafeteria.
The Highest Cafeteria in the world is located not anywhere else but in Ladakh, India. The architecture of this café is not much astonishing. The walls here illustrate the simple life of native people. If you spend a moment just talking about the interior of the café, it reflects the style of army life. The menu of the cafeteria is teeny-weeny. Yes, what would you expect from a place at 18,380 ft? All you can have over there is black tea, Maggi, biscuits and steaming hot momos.
And as far as the prices of the eatables are concerned, this is a very inexpensive café as compared to any other ordinary café. That’s enthralling. Isn’t it? But hold on, what you will be getting here free of cost is the eye-catching views of Ladakh. Super-fascinating.
3. Highest Post Office – Highest Post Office in the World
Another title goes to India, the highest post office in the world. Shocked? I’m sure you are. At an elevation of 4587 metres, the Hikkim Post Office is the highest post office in the world. The Hikkim Post Office is built in the Lahul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and has been extending its services to the people since 1983. This Post Office lends a hand to four or five villages out there and all of them are hardly populated.
Mobile phone coverage is very limited and the Internet service is yet to arrive. That’s not nasty, of course. There are small stretches of agricultural land producing barley and green pees around the Post Office. Life out there is very simple and owing to the height this Post Office has got, you can imagine how back-breaking it would be to send anything through this Post Office.
4. Indian Oil, in Kaza – Highest Petrol Pump in the World
Can you hope to find a petrol pump at a height of 12270 ft? Yes, it is the world highest petrol pump in Kaza, Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. Imagine refuelling your vehicle at the world’s highest petrol pump. There is very less to do here apart from fuelling your vehicle to explore the beautiful Spiti Valley.
Situated at the Losar road of Kaza village, this petrol pump is the highest petrol pump in the world where travellers can refill the tanks. Be that as it may, according to the travellers, this petrol pump is bit obsolescent. That means, the fuel dispenser shows only the amount of petrol filled, but it doesn’t show the money to be paid by the consumer. That’s quite interesting. Isn’t it?
5. Chail – Highest Cricket Ground in the World
There are a bunch of reasons for which Indians feel proud of cricket. Not only the tremendous cricket team they have got but also for having the highest cricket ground in the world. The name of the highest cricket ground in the world is Dharmasala.
Located in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, this cricket ground is 2144m high above the sea level. You can make an argument that at approximately 7000 ft, Dharmasala cricket ground is coupled with tall huge deodar and pine trees that add to its beauty and present it with the amazing and pristine pure look.
Dharmasala cricket ground has made its place in the Guinness book of world records as the highest cricket ground in the world. If you spend a moment just talking about the history of this ground, it was structured by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh in the year 1893. The purpose of its construction was to play cricket with British people. Right now, the ground is under the control of the Indian Army. In order to reach this stadium, you can go via Airways, railways or by road. The other amazing thing about this place is the picturesque hill station that looks really fantastic in summers.
6. Hikkim – Highest Polling Station in the World
Hikkim is the highest polling station of the world located in Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 15000 feet above sea level. Hikkim polling station is in a remote area serving three villages of Langche, Komik and Hikkim. Due to intense weather conditions out there, life is very difficult, especially in the snowfall season. With that, there is no phone connectivity in all three villages. At night, the temperature may fall to -5 degrees centigrade in winters.
7. The Kolukkumalai Tea Estate – Highest Tea Estate in the World
The next highest point of the world in India is Tea Estate in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. At the elevation of 7130 feet above the sea level, Kolukkumalai is the highest Tea Estate in the world. It is known as the earliest tea plantations in India and the highest tea-growing place on the planet.
32 kilometres away from Munnar, the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate has been in limelight for the soothing and refreshing taste of tea due to the altitude it boasts. This state was structured by the British in the 1930s. The tea factory out there is famous for the original equipment and handmade methods of tea processing. Still and all, this beautiful place has picturesque scenery and amazing taste of tea.
8. Yak Golf course – Highest Golf Course in the World
Another world’s highest point in India is the Golf course. The highest Golf course in the world is known as Yak Golf course in Kupup in East Sikkim, India at an altitude of 13025 ft above sea level.
This 18 hole golf course is named by Guinness Book of World Records as the highest Place in the world. The Yak Golf course was started in 1972. In 1979, the course was redesigned by three Indian army officers named Brig JM Singh, Brig Ranbir Singh and Col T K Murali and it was expanded to 18 holes.
The first tournament held there was The Saragarhi cup in 1979. After that, the Kalimpong cup was held in 1988. This Golf course stays open 7 days a week from May to December for the tourists and golfers. Be that as it may, during January to April the course stays closed due to intense snowfall.
9. Siachen – Highest Battlefield in the World
Yes, the highest battlefield in the world, Siachen glacier is in Northern Kashmir. It’s the hotly contested territory between Pakistan and India. Both of the countries are fighting for this piece of land since 1984. Before that, none of the countries had a permanent presence over there. The word Siachen means the “land of wild roses”, in spite of its intense weather conditions. That’s ironic.
At an altitude that ranges from 13000 to 22000, Siachen is located in the East Karakoram/Himalaya, at well-nigh 35.5° N 76.9° E. It is one of the five largest glaciers in the Karakoram, situated at the height of 5,400 meters above sea level. Since the conflict began in 1984, both the countries have lost more than 2500 troops in Siachen and it’s not because of enemy bullets but harsh weather conditions.
10. Ram Bharosey ATM – Highest ATM in the World
The credit of providing ATM at the world’s highest place also goes to India. This world’s highest ATM in India is located at an altitude of 13200ft in Nathu la, Sikkim. The ATM is often called ‘Ram Bharosey ATM’ because it accepts the card but there is no guarantee it will come out due to intense weather conditions. The machine only operates properly during the daytime because, at night, there is inadequate power supply due to freezing temperate. That’s mind-boggling. Isn’t it?