20 October, 2020

Breathe The Freon Air

Not one for the great outdoors? Take in the sights from your living room

Sanjay Rawat
Breathe The Freon Air
  • Detour/Place Government-run caravan tourism is yet to take off in other states, but private operators can book you on mobile holiday homes across the length and breadth of the country. Popular destinations, operators say, are Ladakh, Rajasthan, Goa, Sikkim, Kerala, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.

‘MP ajab hai, sabse gajab hai’ sings R.P. Sharma’s phone as we call to confirm when he’s picking us up. Booked on a caravan trip from Bhopal to Udaygiri, Sanchi and back, this early morning reminder of the Madhya Pradesh tourism tagline sounds charming, though a trifle gratuitous. Sharmaji is at the wheel and in the hotel parking lot well before time, catching a quick read of the day’s news.

Pleasantries exchanged with him and his assistant, Mukesh, we take our seats, with plenty of room to spare, in the red refurbished Force van. It is quite the head-turner on the streets of Bhopal—passers-by take their time over the lettering on its side, ‘Holiday on...



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