I too fall in the latter category and I honestly believe that you need not going to Bahamas or Paris to seek rejuvenation: "just look around yourself, pack your bags and start". Here lies the advantage India. India is such a diverse country that if you try to explore, you can go to any city/ town or village I am sure you would not be disappointed. This I believed during my trip to Gwalior.
During the trip you can enjoy photography from the moving train. Being the time of monsoons, this was the time to witness "Chambal Valley" in a new water soaked manifestation. Rains have changed the all round appearance of the Valley (chambal valley during winters).
Next day was fully reserved for the sight seeing in and around Gwalior. As I always say every trip is different, this time I got a Bike to move around the city.
The road is in good shape and there are some adjoining hills too. The surrounding hills and landscapes are pretty ordinary, however slowly drizzling rains had turned the ordinary drive into an extra ordinary. Try biking in the rains, it's amazing.
While biking in the rains I have forgotten that I was not keeping well for sometime. Road to Tighra and the rains have fully rejuvenated me and all of a sudden I was not tired anymore. It did not took us much time to reach the dam. Tighra dam is an artificial reservoir of water and it has been nicely developed as a picnic spot too. No surprises it is crowded at all the times.
You can take a dip in the waters...
If you are a speed enthusiast, you have the option of driving around in a motorboat...
However if speed scares you, than roam around in a pedal boat:
The place is small, but it can drench you with oceanic feel. So guys no need to go to Indian Ocean or Bay of Bengal.
After relaxing for a couple of hours we again started for our next target, "Gwalior Fort"
Apart from the visible sprawling structures, there are also 7 stories which are below the ground. These 7 stories palace which are under the ground are known as "Bhool Bhulaiya". All the walkways, stairs and rooms are alike. Treading alone and without a guide, you are definitely going to lose the way. Moreover there is no lighting inside, in order to preserve the original character of the fort. so follow the instructions.
Once being a stunning display of craftsmanship and the grandeur of the Scindia Empire, now the palace is totally helpless against these inhabiting "BATS". Rightly said - every BAT has its day - they are having a bull run by being the official residents of this grand palace. See closely, the roof is covered by the bats:
There is always another side to the coin. Which was once the pride of this region, is now counting its last breaths and appears to be totally helpless and lonely in its fight for survival.