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THE FORGOTTEN PALACE OF CHARKHARI

Charkhari, located in Bundelkhand region, is the best stopover destination to visit Orchha, Panna and Khajuraho   Charkhari is a non-descript town, in the middle of nowhere, around 160-odd km from Jhansi on National Highway 76 in Mahoba district of Bundelkhand region. Most of the Bundelkhand region is bound by …

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DATIA PALACE: NO ONE EVER OCCUPIED IT

Datia Palace, on NH 44, is one of the best examples of amalgamation of Indo-Islamic architecture It is not every day that you chance upon monuments like Datia Palace as we did during our road journey to Jabalpur on National Highway 44. We had travelled around 75 km ahead of …

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JAJAU KI SERAI: YOU CAN’T REST AT THIS REST HOUSE

Jajau Ki Serai, around 35 km from Agra, is a Mughal-era monument We have always preferred road journeys as these give one an opportunity to explore and experience the uncharted. On one such trip, on National Highway 44, travelling between Agra and Gwalior, we found remnants of an old serai …

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME IN SOLAN

The next time you happen to be around the hill town, shun the conventional and try Atithi Kunj If there is one positive from my trip to Solan, it is my spotting Atithi Kunj.  Yes, you guessed it right, it is a homestay. We had visited Soaln during peak summers …

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THERE’S A TOY TRAIN IN YOUR GARDEN

At NeverEnuf Garden Trains near Manesar, Haryana, you turn into Gulliver and watch miniature toy train chug past you It was in 2001 that I first met Adesh Grover, then 37, with dreamy eyes. A mechanical engineer, he managed an advertising agency, Clairvoyance with wife, Amita. On the top floor …

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SIMPLY TRANQUIL DALHOUSIE

Discovered by chance, Dalhousie has managed to keep its old-world charm intact   The retreat of a British governor general during his trips in the Himalayas, simply tranquil Dalhousie, situated on five hills, continues to be as pristine, as beautiful and as idyllic as it was back then. Located neatly …

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NURPUR FORT: AN UNKNOWN JEWEL

Chanced upon the Nurpur Fort and an ancient Krishna Temple on way to the hills It is not every day that you chance upon a hidden jewel like Nurpur Fort on way to spend a quiet holiday in the hills. Well, so it happened with me. The happenstance, though it …

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KNOW A DIFFERENT TAJ MAHAL

At times, you feel something is not going right but by the time it all ends, you realise it was indeed, RIGHT. So it happened with me on one of my trips to the eternal monument of love, Taj Mahal, in the city of Agra… As I was getting ready …

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KANGRA HILL TRAIN: CHUGGING THROUGH THE HILLS

A trip aboard Kangra Hill Train, covering 142-km and stopping at 28 stations, is an offbeat rail experience with a number of interesting places on way My maiden trip on the Kalka-Simla Toy Train as a 15-year-old was an experience of a lifetime so much so that I have narrated …

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