DUNDLOD – Dundlod is a charming and peaceful village in the shekawati region. It is an ideal base for horse and camel safaris into the Thar Desert and the jeep safaris into the aravallis and the neighbouring villages. The royal equestrian and polo center at dundlod offers horse safaris, polo, dressage, tent pegging, endurance ride. The village has numerous painted havelis, some of which date back to over 200 years. The famous goenka haveli is also located here.
MOUNT ABU – Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan is in the Godwad region of Rajasthan. Undulating Aravallis on one side and semi-arid plains on the other, makes this area even more interesting. An important Jain pilgrimage centre, it is also very popular with holiday makers and honeymooners. The flowering trees and shrubs make this region a nature lover’s paradise. Not very far from here are the famed jain temples of Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, these temples are very well preserved and attract thousands of tourists every year.
DIBRUGARH – Dibrugarh is an upcoming major trading centre and a lovely river side town in Upper Assam. This is the place where the mighty river Brahmaputra is at its majestic best. Dibrugarh is in the midst of tea plantations.
NASIK – Nasik is situated about 200 kms. from Mumbai, Nasik stands on the banks of the holy river Godavari. It has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. It is also the site for the triennial Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years. It is known for best quality Grapes. Temples and ghats on the banks of Godavari have made Nasik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the World.
The hinayana Buddhist rock-cut temple and monasteries called Pandava Lena Caves are located abut 10 kms from Nasik. They are like the Ajanta Cave temples
CUTTACK – Situated on the eastern coast of Orissa,Cuttack is washed by the waters of Bay of Bengal. Being a land of antiquities, monuments and exotic handicrafts, the district earned a reputation among the travellers as early as 7th century AD. The district preserved a host of ancient monuments of different fates testifying to its glorious past. All major rivers namely Mahanadi, Baitarani, Brahmani and thier tributaries traverse the district making its soil alluvial and fertile.
GANGTOK – Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, lies on a ridge overlooking the Ranipool River. Its name means ‘High Hill’. The setting is spectacular with fine views of the Kangchendzonga range, but the town itself has lost some of its quaint charm. New buildings dominate the urban landscape. Some parts of the town still has old 5-6 storey wooden buildings with traditional doors and window frames. It is a heavily forested region bounded by the rivers Tista and Tolung, and surrounded by the mountain ranges of Kangchendzonga, Pandim, Narsing, Simvo and Siniolchu. Mid-February to late May and between October and December is the best period to visit Gangtok. Suggested clothing include light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters.
Once upon a time, there were only cheap liquor bars in Gangtok. Tourists had a tough time finding a place that wasn’t swinging. Yet Gangtok had a certain illusive beauty, a gaucherie that was becoming. Today it’s all different. The bars are still in place but concrete is beginning to swamp the whole town. Hotels, restaurants, residential buildings, Gangtok is now coming into its own. Unfortunately. So should you come here just for the cheap booze and ugly facades. Yes, yes, yes. The views of the Himalayas are spectacular and the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga looms over every horizon, including the one you see through your bathroom window.