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I could only count 82 pillars of 84 Pillared Cenotaph
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I could only count 82 pillars of 84 Pillared Cenotaph

The architectural wonders of Bundi kept me overwhelmed for the day. Since I visited for one day only and I had to pick the most iconic places to visit in Bundi, 84 Pillared Cenotaph was still untouched in my list. The name itself was pretty impressive and kept me glued to visit here. I had to return to Gurgaon the same night thus I was in no mood to leave this place without visiting. It was far from Sukh Palace and as I told in my earlier post, there are no regular public transport services, no Ola, Uber or any other sort of cab facility; it’s just the local auto-rickshaws. I had taken a combined ticket for three places i.e. Raniji Ki Baori, Sukh Niwas Palace and Chaurasi Khambhon ki Chhatri or 84 Pillared Cenotaph in Bundi which was a great relief. After spending an hour or so at ...
Sukh Niwas Mahal Bundi- The Place where Rudyard Kipling Stayed
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Sukh Niwas Mahal Bundi- The Place where Rudyard Kipling Stayed

Every site I visited in Bundi, I found how glorious the city would have been in the past. From forts to cenotaphs and lakes, this place must have enjoyed a splendid time. Bundi may not be a hot tourist spot, but it’s a perfect destination for offbeat travelling. If you are around Delhi and looking for a weekend destination, solo or with others, you may wanna consider Bundi as your place. Two days are enough to explore this lesser-known travellers’ paradise. Though I only spent one day in this city and visited as many places as possible in one day; my second last site was Sukh Niwas Mahal Bundi. Jait Sagar Lake (View from Sukh Niwas Palace Bundi) The city is stuffed with lots of historical places including 84 Pillared Cenotaphs, Raniji ki Baori, Taragarh, etc. which make Bundi ...
Architectural Marvellous of Raniji Ki Baori Bundi – The Queen’s Stepwell
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Architectural Marvellous of Raniji Ki Baori Bundi – The Queen’s Stepwell

I am much fascinated towards the ancient architecture and the kind of monuments people back then have built. Be it for living, amusement or even for combating any unseen danger or situation, these monuments are a fine example of how those people thought and created masterpieces out of bricks and stones. One of such architectural marvel that I visited in November last year was Raniji Ki Baori Bundi. The queen’s stepwell is among the most noteworthy step-wells due to its architecture, design and decoration. The Queen’s Stepwell Stepwells are an integral part of Indian history and architecture plan. Mainly constructed to deal with the water shortage situation, these stepwells were water reservoirs built by kings or other rich men for charity purposes and you will find several of th...
Shangchul Mahadev Mandir – Story of Wooden Temple in Shangarh
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Shangchul Mahadev Mandir – Story of Wooden Temple in Shangarh

The little, sleepy village of Shangarh seemed pretty happy to me when I saw the people who greeted me with a smile. When I reached Shangarh, I realized I had come to quite a different place, away from the chaos and carbon which I usually see while living in Delhi. One good thing that I noticed in Shangarh was that the beauty of this place was pure and innocent. Two things attracted me most when I roamed around in the village. One was the groovy ground that resembled a golf course and the other was an impressive wooden temple that was easily visible from some distance. People of Shangarh pray to their local deity and thus Shangchul Mahadev Temple came into existence. Based at an altitude of around 6300 feet, this temple is an iconic place that you shouldn’t miss out when you visit Shanga...
Devta Ground Shangarh – Serenity in the Meadows of Sainj Valley
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Devta Ground Shangarh – Serenity in the Meadows of Sainj Valley

Shangarh is a remote village which is located in Sainj Valley. Nestling in the serenity of Indian Himalayas Eco Zone (Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Sainj Valley, Shangarh is blessed with nature’s serenity and adorned with green meadows which can make anyone stay and stare for long. Surrounded by hills, deodar trees and the groovy landscape is located Devta Ground Shangarh which is the first, one will come across after reaching Shangarh. A solo traveller's paradise, Devta Ground or Devata Ground as the name suggests is the land of devata (deities). People in Himachal Pradesh believe in local deities and have the firm affiliation. In the very first look, Devta Ground of Shangarh looks like a golf course. The groovy landscape makes it look far more attra...
Where to Eat in Shangarh? Mountain View Café
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Where to Eat in Shangarh? Mountain View Café

When I reached Shangarh, I saw a small food joint and one more café that was shut. Since I had just arrived, I wasn’t aware of the places to eat in Shangarh. I went to the food joint to ask for homestays in Shangarh and he told me about one. I called the guy and asked for directions to his place. And reaching Snow Line HomeStay was such a struggle. However, walking over uneven paths and passing through the woods, surrounded by giant cedar trees and freshness of nature for which I have been craving staying in Delhi. I spotted one shop which had groceries and day to day items, a small departmental store. However, the homestay was located on a climb and I didn’t get to roam in the village which was settled on the ground. I had no idea what I would get to eat in Shangarh. Moreover, it was a...
Trekking in Shangarh – Passing through Uneven Paths of Sainj Valley
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Trekking in Shangarh – Passing through Uneven Paths of Sainj Valley

From Aut to Sainj, I traversed through valleys, gorges, mountains and among the most scenic views of the nature Himachal Pradesh has been bestowed upon. Sainj Valley has nestled Shangarh in a way like a mother does to her child. The driver kept talking on the way while I was just lost in the views of the valley. I just responded with a smile, hmmm, yes, etc. Though we had a good conversation but I was just wanted to stay calm and get lost in the tranquil environment of Sainj Valley. I was all set to trekking in Shangarh. I had already made my mind in the cab itself that I would be trekking in Shangarh once I reach there. I love trekking. Though I haven’t trekked much but I do love it. I missed Kheerganga trek since I was travelling with friends and one of them refused to trek. And that ...
How did I reach Shangarh Village? A Place of Eternal Peace in the Sainj Valley
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How did I reach Shangarh Village? A Place of Eternal Peace in the Sainj Valley

No traffic noise, since there is no traffic, no chaotic hustle-bustle, no loud sounds, no market, just nature and that’s it. This is what Shangarh Village is all about. I wasn’t even able to pronounce it when I reached here and after spending a day, I got to know the actual pronunciation of this village. A village with eternal piece, Shangarh was my random pic for my weekend journey in October and it turned out to be the best choice I made.   Why Shangarh Village? What attracted me to this small village near Sainj Valley? For me, traveling means to explore new places and as a responsible tourist and a slow travel lover, I tend to look for places that are hidden, places that are isolated and untouched by heavy commercialization. However that doesn’t mean I don’t visit commerci...
War Memorial Park Dharamshala – Respecting the Unsung Heroes of Nation
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War Memorial Park Dharamshala – Respecting the Unsung Heroes of Nation

My visit to Dharamshala didn’t just stop at its cricket stadium. Yes, I visited Dharamshala Cricket Stadium but I felt that I needed more time to explore this beautiful city. So, walking out of the stadium to the main place where the bus dropped us, we saw the War Memorial Park Dharamshala. Never had I heard of this place before so it was a new thing for me to explore here. I and Yogesh, both were just following the intuitions and were doing whatever was coming before us. We stopped on the way, we clicked, took some rest and then resume. Well, I have often opted for solo traveling; knowing that traveling in groups saves money. But this time, I was with a friend and we were not keeping track of our expenses on the trip. That’s the beauty and I appreciate, though we both were mature an...