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Passion in stone: Khajuraho (More photos)
Even the legends of Khajuraho speak of the moon god who fell for the beauty of a local princess and seduced her while she was taking her bath. Khajuraho was ruled by scions born of this romance. No wonder the sculptures breathe passion. On a crisp winter morning, I soaked in the sensuous atmosphere of the town. Couples in stone are locked in a tight embrace, blissfully oblivious to the crowds staring at them. And it was one of the cleanest Indian towns that I had ever seen.

Eight destinations for passionate travellers

Romance is all pervasive. As the poets would claim, it is all about “beauty and truth”. Love, as they say, is always in the air. You do not need a place and time to fall in love. Yet it is that time of the year when we choose the destinations that will stoke passions.

LAKSHMI SHARATH picks eight accessible destinations in India from charming seasides, quiet hill stations, heritage temples and enchanting wildernesses that send her heart aflutter. Make plans for a long weekend!