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Exploring Places in India that appear in Indian Fictions

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Ever read a book and wondered how the beautiful scene described in its pages would actually look like? Yes the feeling is absoluyely priceless. To be lost in wonderland where you are surrounded by the beauty of nature all around you. While most of the places are fictional in nature there are a few places which have inspired authors and film makers to write about them or include them in their movies. Here is a guide to five such places in India that have inspired authors to write about them.

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Chand Baori

Chand Baori

Chand Baori, located in the village ofAbhaneriin Rajasthan, is a famous and arguably the most beautiful step well in India. It was built in the 9th century by the then ruling king of the region, Raja Chand. Built on a square plan, Chand Baori is a 100 ft deep step well that has 3500 narrow steps in 13 storeys. The well is surrounded by steps from three sides, while the fourth side has a set of pavilions that are built one atop the other. The side having pavilions is characterized by niches having beautiful sculptures and religious carvings. There is also a stage for performing arts and several rooms for the King and Queen. Chand Baori is now being managed by the Archaeological survey of India. There is no fee charged for visiting the monument. The place has also been shown in various movies like "The Fall" and "The Dark Knight Rises".

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Agumbe

Agumbe

If you have read R.K. Narayan's Malgudi Days, or seen its televised version by Shankar Nag, then you may remember the make-believe town of Malgudi in Agumbe where the series was actually shot. Certainly one fictional place where you can actually head to and relive those beautiful moments.

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Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

The Kanha National Parkis one of the biggest parks in Madhya Pradesh and is also a protected Tiger Reserve. In the 1930's, this area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, that were later joined together to make the Kanha National Park. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. Other commonly seen animals in the park include the spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and the four-horned deer. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to the author Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel, 'The Jungle Book'.

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Ram Setu

Ram Setu

Certain historical inscriptions, old travel guides and old maps have been said to reinforce a religious and geographical belief that this is an ancient bridge fromRamayana. The Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority sought to promote religious tourism from Hindu pilgrims in India by including the phenomenon as one of the points on its 'Ramayana Trail', celebrating the legend of Prince Rama.

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Shangri La

Shangri La

The fictional lamasery of Shangri-La from'Lost Horizon'a 1933 English novel by James Hilton, which was later converted into a movie by the same name is in-fact inspired from the real location in the Himalayan ranges.

Photo Courtesy: Jo Schmaltz

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