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Traipsing around Haryana

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A travel journal to India by phileasfogg

Urusvati Museum of Folklore Photo, Gurgaon, India More Photos
Quote: The small North Indian state of Haryana abuts Delhi. It’s good for a short drive from Delhi into Gurgaon for a meal and some shopping. Alternately, you can venture much further, going as far as the state capital, Chandigarh, and its environs.

Thai Pavilion

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Restaurant | "Good Thai food and a pleasant ambience"

Thai Pavilion Photo, Gurgaon, India
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My husband and I both love South East Asian food, so when someone told us that the Vivanta Hotel—a Taj Hotels property—offered the best Thai food in Gurgaon, we decided to cash in some Taj discount vouchers we had. Thai Pavilion, on the first floor of the hotel, was where we headed one drizzly afternoon for lunch.Approached past a bar counter and small lounge (with beautiful giant brass hands, very typically Thai), the restaurant is a very pleasant combination of elegance and warmth. The ceiling and walls are polished wood, the upholstery is a mix-and-match of beige, gold-patterned crimson, gold-patterned black, and tan. There’s an orchid on each table, and the water tumblers are of coloured glass....Read More

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Thai Pavilion
Plot No 01, Sector 44
Gurgaon, NCR 122004
0124 667 1234

Urusvati Museum of Folklore

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Attraction | "Much potential, but a disappointing visit for us"

Urusvati Museum of Folklore Photo, Gurgaon, India
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I’d read about the Urusvati Museum of Folklore a few months back, and had been wanting to visit ever since. Since we live in east Delhi, driving all the way to Gurgaon takes some effort—and Urusvati isn’t even in the heart of Gurgaon; it’s beyond. One weekend, having finally decided it was high time we visited, we checked up the museum’s address, got the GPS directions on to my husband’s phone, and set off.For most of the way, this is a good road—it’s a National Highway, broad and smooth, the road that connects Delhi to Jaipur. Shortly after the second toll station, on the way to Manesar, a sign on the left indicated that we had to turn left for Urusvati—and we found ourselves on a very mudd...Read More

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Urusvati Museum of Folklore
Madhuram, Shikohpur Village
Gurgaon
09810605910

Gulshan Dhaba

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Restaurant | "The best parathas around"

Gulshan Dhaba Photo, Haryana, India
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The Grand Trunk Road—National Highway 1—is nothing if not long (well, all the way from Kolkata to Lahore in Pakistan), and on a road that long, you need places to eat and sleep and take toilet breaks. When it comes to eating, few places can beat the dhabas that appear almost every few kilometers in northern India. A dhaba is usually a pretty barebones eatery, often just a shack with plank tables and chairs, with a limited number of items on the menu, the pots and pans generally lined up along the front of the counter. Some dhabas, however, have made it big. Ambala’s Puran ka Dhaba; Dharampur’s Giani ka Dhaba—and Murthal’s Gulshan ka Dhaba.Murthal lies about an hour’s drive from Delhi ...Read More

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Gulshan Dhaba
National Highway 1
Murthal 131001

Nek Chand Rock Garden

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Attraction | "Odd, but interesting"

Nek Chand Rock Garden Photo, Chandigarh, India
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Commonly known simply as the Rock Garden, this is Chandigarh’s biggest tourist attraction. That may not be particularly impressive in itself (since Chandigarh is notoriously short of things to see), but the Rock Garden is worth a visit. The Rock Garden isn’t historic, and it isn’t precisely pretty either. But it’s distinctly wacky, and definitely an interesting aspect of modern Indian art.The Rock Garden dates back to 1976 and was the brainchild of a former civil servant called Nek Chand. Nek Chand came up with the idea of using waste material- broken crockery, shattered glass bangles, and the like- to create works of art, all of them housed in a specially landscaped park which would include more r...Read More

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Nek Chand Rock Garden
Sector No.1,Chandigarh,Chandigarh,160001, India
Chandigarh, India
085 58 882810

Budgerigar Motel

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Hotel | "Not great, but a good location"

Budgerigar Motel Photo, India, Asia
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For a state that’s notoriously short on tourist attractions, Haryana has a pretty active tourism department, with a chain of motels—all named after birds—across the state. Just about every town has a motel, so we weren’t surprised to discover that Pinjore had one. The Budgerigar Motel, moreover, actually lies within the gardens, tucked away on one side just before you descend the stairs to the main terraces of the garden.We arrived at Pinjore on a hot day in May, after having spent nine days in the gloriously beautiful, cool hills of Himachal. Pinjore, dusty, dull and crowded, looked awful. Once we turned into Yadavindra gardens, things looked worse: there were tourist buses parked everywhere, and ...Read More

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Budgerigar Motel
Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, Haryana
India, asia
01733-267759

Yadavindra Gardens

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Attraction | "An interesting example of Mughal gardens"

Yadavindra Gardens Photo, Haryana, India
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In the 1600’s, the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, renowned as an aesthete (he built the Taj Mahal), laid out a series of gardens. These followed the Persian charbagh pattern: lawns, trees (usually mango, but in Kashmir, the oriental plane tree with its lovely maple-like leaves), flowerbeds, and a water course. The gardens were generally laid out on a hillside, in a series of terraces, with open pavilions of carved stone on each level. Shahjahan wasn’t the only one creating gardens, though; so were his noblemen, since imitation, of course, was considered the height of flattery.One such nobleman was Fidai Khan, who created the Mughal gardens at Pinjore, today on the border between the states of Har...Read More

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Yadavindra Gardens

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