WEEKEND GETAWAYS

WEEKEND GETAWAYS

KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Like the tall grasses from where a swarm of antlers belonging to a company of barasingha (swamp deer) emerged, announcing affirmatively that they’re back – in their highest recorded numbers right from the edge of extinction.

CHITTAURGARH

Many Indians view a journey to Chittaurgarh as a pilgrimage, for here the Rajputs had proved that they would rather embrace death than bow before a foreign power. The Sisodia rules of Mewar finally shifted out in the 16th century after a crippling defeat at the hands of the Mughals.

UDAIPUR

Udaipur has to be the most romantic place in India. The sisodia Rajputs of Mewar built thes fairy-take city after the fall of chittaur in 1567. They also built the most fabulous palaces on islands in Lake Pichola, at the heart of this heritage city.

MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu’s past is as hoary as that of the rest of Rajasthan. It was here, according to legend, that a huge yagna was conducted by sage Vashishta, who created the four agnikuls. Dozens followed their lead, and Mount Abu today hosts not just royalty on summer weekends, but also Rajasthan’s work weary urbanites.

PANNA NATIONAL PARK

Panna National Park, inhabited by tigers and sloth bear, frothy waterfalls and steeps gorges. Declared a tiger reserve in 1994, the 543 sq km Panna is typically dry tiger country. Apart from River ken, that is, that flows through the park and breaks intermittently for spectacular waterfalls.

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Bandhvgarh National Park is like a miniature painting – small, but full of exquisite detail. It was formerly the game reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa, who subscribed to the bizarre nation tha killing 109 tigers was good omen. India’s independence meant some respite for the poor tiger