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The lost treasures of Rajasthan: Churu, havelis and Malji—Day 2

It was a lovely Churu morning, a sky so clear and blue that my first thought was of merging with it. I watched the eagles soar high, high, coming down, right above my head, I ducked and they flew away. Ah! The pleasure of being under the open sky and the day had a lot more to offer, as our guide Lal Singh and host Deepak Balan had informed us. Before going for a walk around Ramgarh, the sister town

The lost treasures of Rajasthan: Churu, havelis and Malji—Day 1

When Deepak Balan invited THN for the weekend to Malji ka Kamra, I didn’t know I was going to discover treasures of the past in the little known and less visited town of Churu. The colours of the desert are unique in vibrancy and heritage abounds. But Malji ka Kamra and the breathtaking frescoes on ancient havelis is a visual delight for all those who like to have the feel the world unknown. My December winter morning started at Delhi Cantt

Time stands still at Lakshman Sagar

Little dark clouds floated in the sky, little drops of rain were falling on the car on my way to Lakshman Sagar. Lush green landscape was all around as the car moved swiftly towards Pali from Ajmer. This didn’t look like the Rajasthan I had seen earlier, no desert, no dry air, the green glimmered as the rain water fell on it. This was just the beginning of an awesome day. Reaching Pali was more fun than what I had thought.

Jaipur: Under the glorious sun

High point of Jaipur, the City Palace is one of the most celebrated and visited places in the country. I gazed in awe at the majestic palace; time had not ravaged its glory. I had managed to find time from the hurried schedule of my cousin’s wedding celebrations to explore the wonders of the Pink City. It was a quick yet fulsome discovery of the city’s royal past. The short tour took me to the City Palace for its rich history,

Bhimtal: The Emerald Beauty

The shimmering greenery in and around the serene town of Bhimtal will turn frowns into smiles and take your breath away. A million stars over my head or perhaps a zillion and I kept looking up, speechless at the glory of the night. It was a spectacular sight to behold—the clear sky, the shining web of stars lighting up the dark road with their silver glitter and only a group of six to witness this beauty. We were on the road going