For ten of thousands of visitors from Kolkata and the steamy plains Darjeeling has been the place to get away from the summer heat. Built on a crescent-shaped ridge Darjeeling is summoned by hills which are thickly covered with coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens. The idyllic setting, the exhilarating air outside town, and stunning views of the Kangchendzonga range - when you can see through the clouds - attract plenty of trekkers too.
Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy, A tribute to the love shared between the poet-prince Baz Bahadur and his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of their euphoric romance. Architecturally, Mandu represents the best in a provincial Islamic style, restrained and lacking in elaborate external ornamentation. Fine buildings are spread over the naturally defensible plateau with a sheer drop towards the Namar plains to the south and waterfalls flowing into the Kakra Khoh gorge.
You can visit Mandu from Indore on a long day excursion, but it is better to have a peaceful break here for a couple of days.
With age old traditions still followed to create colourful handicrafts, fabrics and jewellery, this is a shopaholic’s paradise.
You can’t go anywhere in Rajasthan without
encountering someone selling puppets.
If you love collecting saris, you must buy yourself
several from this artistically rich state. Sanganeri
block printed fabric is known the world over for its
quality, colour and design and that pretty much makes a
Sanganeri (Jaipur and Sanganer) sari irresistible. The
same applies to Bagru (Jaipur and Bagru village) saris,
which use only natural, eco-friendly colours. Then
there’s the diaphanous cotton Kota doriya, perfect for
Zari, Gota, Kinari & Zardozi
Zari is gold, and zardozi embroidery is the