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A friend of mine invited me to join him and one another to visit on short notice a tent camping site near River Jamuna, beyond Mussoorie and Kempty falls. I was iffy about travelling outside Delhi, preferring rather not to go due to compelling work related issues.
However, relentless persistence of my friend made me agree to join them and what a revelation it turned out to be! It was a late Saturday afternoon when we started from Delhi in a Maruti wagon R running on LPG. The route to be was via Dehradun, Mussoorie.
The fame of Tirupati comes from the presence of the temple of Venkateswara Swami
and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world. Nearly 30 to 40 million devotees
visit this hill temple town annually.
Sikar is located in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, and is famous for its painted Havelis. Indeed Sikar is a historical town and consists of many Mughal era Havelis. In its heydays, it used to be a prosperous town. It is dominated by Jats.
It is about 125 km from Nasik and is especially known for the various temples, predominantly Jain temples, with many of the idols therein carrying an inscription.
This little plateau is a high powered spiritual zone. Belief is that both Ram and Hanuman attained liberation here. Apart from them, many others including 930 million monks achieved complete liberation here.