The fourth week of March heralded the arrival of the second wave of Coronavirus in Lucknow and now that it has been 3-4 weeks, we can expect more recoveries in the upcoming weeks. In the last 24 hours alone, 5960 patients have been discharged post their recovery, which is the direct result of the efforts put in by the medical fraternity and the state government to manage this crisis. However, this light at the end of a dark tunnel seems to be lacking in warmth! So, even though the situation has considerably improved in the past 15 days, the conundrum of the adequacy of the measures put in force still persists.

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Nestled amidst the scenic Sahyadri Ranges, some 230 km away from Mumbai, is Wai- a popular town with mythological links and innumerable temples. Some refer to this town as Viraatnagri, for it is believed that this was the Kingdom of King Viraat where the Pandavas stayed during their exile. The topography of this town will appeal to the cinephile in you as well, for a number of Bollywood blockbusters have been shot here. However, if you are still wondering 'Why Wai?', then have a look at this list of 7 places that add to the quintessential charms of this hill station and plan your weekend getaway, whenever the pandemic permits!

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"Bhande Kalai kara lo"- it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that the current generation of Lucknowites are mostly unaware of what this phrase means. Kalai is an ancient art that involves the coating of surfaces such as copper and brass, with metals such as silver or tin, to make it safe for culinary use. The evidence of kitchenware with Kalai work has been found in archaeological excavations and historical documentation, which prove that this art form is ancient. A hub of practitioners of this dying art form can still be traced back to the forgotten alleys of Lucknow and today, we shall explore the intelligent application of metallurgy exhibited by these kalaiwalas.

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Whether you plan to simply bask under the sun or engage in similar experiences, the allure of beaches has no parallel. Not only that, the fun of making castles out of sand and indulging the child within, is yet another high for beach babies. For amalgamating all such fun-filled experiences, here's a list of 7 beaches in North Goa that you must include in your itinerary, after the pandemic recedes!

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An erstwhile provincial seat marked by the glamour and fine taste of Nawabs, Lucknow is home to many art forms and architectural wonders. Among the ancient buildings dotting the landscape of the city, is Moti Mahal, which is also famous as its literal translation, Pearl Palace. Built by Nawab Sadat Ali Khan, the palatial premises of Moti Mahal is a testimony to the lavish lifestyle of the nawabs of Lucknow. So let's take a virtual walk, down the annals of history to know more about this heritage site!

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Bestowed with the honour of being the heritage instrument of Goa, Ghumot is an integral part of the Goan folk, temple and church music. It can be called a near cousin of Tabla and Mridangam because much like these musical instruments, this traditional and indigenous Goan instrument also has a beating surface, made of animal hide. So let's keep the Goan melodies tuned to Ghumot alive, with an exploration into the making, usage and other details related to this percussion instrument!

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Touted as the oldest military cantonment in India, MHOW (also known as Mau) was founded by Sir John Malcolm in 1818 after the Treaty of Mandsaur was signed between the then Holkar King and British Government. An acronym for Military Headquarters of War, the history of this cantonment dates back to the First War of Independence (1857). Further, the prominence of this place has increased manifolds due to its relation with eminent personalities, such as Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. So embark upon a virtual journey with us, as we unfurl the stories of MHOW.

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Looking to recreate the iconic Silsila tulip garden scene with your partner? Don't worry, you don't have to travel all the way to the Netherlands for this! All you need to do, is plan a weekend trip to Kaas Plateau in Maharashtra, also known as Kaas Pathar. Approximately a four-hour drive away from the cacophony of Mumbai, this region is where nature lovers can bask under the sun to their heart's content while inhaling fresh air amid the greenery. So if you're already thinking of weekend getaway options near Mumbai, after the pandemic calms down, check out this virtual exploration of Kaas Pathar.

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