THIS PILGRIM TOWN on the banks of the Mandakini river, though in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, is easier to access from Allahahad . Chitrakoot, literally “the Hill of Many Wonders” refers to the forested Kamadgiri Hill, where according to the Rarnayana, Rama, Sita and Lakshman spent a portion of their 14-year exile. Below the hill lies Hanuman Dhara, a natural spring that flows over a delightful image of the monkey god, Hanuman, placed in a recess. Dotted with numerous temples, and full of radius, the town has a unique charm. Boat rides from the attractive Ramghat, the town’s main ghat, provide an impressive view of the temples along the river bank.