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These ruins are the only ones fenced off into one single complex...
Straight ahead inside the northern entrance to Mamallapuram Hill you can't miss the huge boulder with the inspired name of Krishna’s Butterball...
This 290-sq-km sanctuary , 5.5km northeast of Mt Abu, on a large plateau, is home to leopards, deer, foxes and bears. It’s about a 3km walk from the Dilwara temples. Contact Mt Abu Treks to arrange an overnight stay.
Around 13km west of Amritsar, it’s in the vicinity of this Hindu temple that Valmiki is believed to have worked on the Ramayana. It’s also said to be the area where Lord Rama’s two sons, Luv and Kush, were born.
Kalimpong is a major flower exporter and produces about 80% of India’s gladioli as well as many orchid varieties. Visit Santi Kunj to see anthuriums and the bird of paradise flower (bulbs are also sold here).
On the other side of Jaistambha, about 1km past Pandav Caves, is the trailhead for Apsara Vihar, a pool underneath a small waterfall, which is the best of Pachmarhi’s natural pools for swimming.
Kalimpong is a major flower exporter and produces about 80% of India’s gladioli as well as many orchid varieties. Visit Pine View Nursery to gaze at its eminently photographable cactus collection.
The memorably named Wankhar Entomology Museum is a remarkable one-room display of pinned butterflies, gruesome rhinoceros beetles and incredible stick-insects in the home of the original collector.
Further along the main road, past the trailhead, you’ll find the access roads for Duchess Falls, the two beauty points known as Reechgarh and Astachal, and a small, crystal-clear pool called Ramykund .
Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary was declared primarily to preserve wild elephants and elephant habitat. If you’re lucky you might also see leopard, deer, mugger crocodiles and over 100 species of birds.
South along the road from Arjuna's Penance is the Krishna Mandapa, with a famous carving depicting Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect cows and villagers from a storm sent by the god Indra.
Chettiar Park is about 1.5km uphill from town on the way to the Kurinji Andavar Temple. It is small, pretty and landscaped. It gets crowded with school groups and canoodling couples.
This Temple is dedicated to Krishna and has a magnificent, five-storey spire that is supported by 60 columns. To enter, non-Hindus must make a declaration of respect for the religion.
Secreted in a forest of teak and sal in craggy cliffs 46km south of Bhopal are more than 700 rock shelters . Around 500 of them contain some of the world’s oldest pre-historic paintings.
About 7km east of Ponda, Pascoal offers bamboo river-rafting, elephant rides and cultural shows, along with farm tours and lunch. You can stay here overnight in innovative mud cottages.
Along Pankhabari Rd, the lushly overgrown old graveyard at St Andrews has poignant reminders of the tea-planter era. The organic Ambootia Tea Estate welcomes visitors to its aromatic factory.
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