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This is a city as well as fort in the extending part of Lucknow. This has its mentions as 'Saik' even in the Mahabharata which makes it very clear that this city existed even during the pre- historic Era. The city was further beautified by the Mughal rulers and the Fatehpur Sikri along with Buland Darwaza is an incomparable monument gifted by Mughal Rulers, especially Emperor Akbar. The fort complex is spread over a huge area and consists of mosque, the Dargah of Salim Salim Chisti, the palaces and so many more. The red sandstone structures with a few made of white marble makes it an awesome composition. The lattice work, jharokhas, pillars and facades are intricately carved. Salim Chisti Dargah was a mark of honor by Emperor Akbar to the great Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti whom he followed whole heartedly.
We moved on to the Panch Mahal, a palace of five stories, influenced by Buddhist style of architecture , each story gradually diminishing in size, till the topmost one, which is a single-domed chhatri. This building was used by emperor for recreation, and he used to enjoy the coolness of the evenings sitting on the topmost story. A passage led to the Haramsara ( residence of the concubines) , and the ladies could visit the Mahal through a passage way. In true style , thus, the emperor could enjoy his nocturnal escapades! Decadent it might be , but I was left appreciating the ingenuity of the Mughal monarch in enjoying the pleasures of life ! Nearby is the Anup Talao, essentially a water reservoir with a red sandstone open pavilion in the centre.It is here that the legendary Tansen, one of the Navratnas ( nine geniuses) of Emperor Akbar's court, would hold his musical performances, singing his trademark Mian Ki Malhar raga , and bringing rain from the skies (so goes the legend) . It was Akbar who gave this genius the title of Mian, and to his goes the credit for many of the ragas of Hindustani classical music, such as Mian ki Todi, Mian ki Malhar, Mian ki Mand, Mian Ka Sarang, Darbari Kanada, Darbari Todi, and Rageshwari.Visualising Tansen singing on a moonlit night to a packed audience at the Anup Talao, I felt thrilled indeed. After Tansen, can Birbal be left far behind? Birbal, originally Mahesh Das, was another of the Navratnas and certainly the wittiest one among them , and every self- respecting Indian child has been brought up on his witty stories, courtesy Amar Chitra Katha. In Akbar's court, he was the closest to the emperor, despite being a Hindu, and their association was legendary. Birbal's palace, an imposing red and yellow sandstone structure, is situated close to the emperor's palace, and he was the only courtier of his time honoured in this way. Nearby is an ornate building popularly known as Jodhabai's Kitchen, but which may have been an annexe of the Haramsara. This building is noteworthy for the refined ornamentation on its surface. Through the Shahi Darwaza ( Imperial Gate), we entered a huge courtyard which contains three of the most noteworthy structures of Fatehpur Sikri - the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Jama Masjid and the Buland Darwaza. Salim Chisti (1478-1572), was one of the most prominent Sufi saints, who was held in deep reverence by Emperor Akbar. His tomb is distinct in that it is built purely in white marble, among the red sandstone buildings. At the centre of the building is the grave of the saint. One is supposed to ask for blessings by tying red threads on the intricate jaalis on the exterior or the building. And true to tradition, we made some wishes that had been pent up for quite some time, hoping the ritual would work well for us. To the left of Salim Chisti's tomb is the tomb of Islam Khan I, a notable Mughal general who was the grandson of the saint. A red sandstone building decorated by small chattris and topped by a white dome, it also contains the graves of several of Salim Chisti's descendants. To the right of Salim Chisti's tomb is the Jama Masjid, one of the earliest buildings to be built in Fatehpur Sikri. It is one of the largest mosques in India and can accommodate 10,000 people, and is the only building in the complex being accessible for public use . The interiors are richly decorated, with grills, columns, arches , some of which is interestingly influenced by Hindu architecture, one of the few instances of its kind in our country,one more example of Emperor Akbar's liberal and secular thinking. To the south of Jama Masjid is the Buland Darwaza ( Grand Gate) , a magnificient structure, marked by three arched entranceways and topped by chhatris, which was built in commemoration of Akbar's victory in Gujarat. Inscribed over the archway, are written the following words, "Isa, Son of Mariam, said: The world is a bridge, pass over it, but build no houses on it. He who hopes for an hour may hope for eternity. The world endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer, for the rest is unseen". A philosophical and wise piece of advice indeed, attesting to a time-tested truth that all life and creation has but a fleeting footstep existence ! Nothing brings out this truth more than the fact that the grand capital of Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri, built with pomp and splendour, had a short existence and is today an abandoned city , albeit one which has made its mark on the sands of time. Lit by the rays of the setting sun, the red sandstone buildings assuming an appearance that was ghostly and enticing at the same time, we exited the grand complex of buildings that is the town of Fatehpur Sikri, through the Buland Darwaza and made our way back to the city of Agra, happy to have visited one of the most notable historical spots in this part of the country. FACTS > Distance from Agra : 40 km > Getting there a) Road- Tourist Buses/ Regular Buses (UPSRTC) and Taxis/ Cabs connect it to Agra. Buses are available from the Idgah bus stand in Agra. The bus stand in Fatehpur Sikri is at the eastern end of the bazaar- the bus journey takes about an hour and half. Cabs can be hired for Rs.3000- 3500/-; b) Train- nearest railway station is the Fatehpur Sikri Railway Station, about 1 km. from the city centre, c) Air -nearest Airport is the Agra Airport (also known as Kheria Airport), 40 km from Fatehpur Sikri > Open from : Sunrise to Sunset > Entry fees -Indian Visitor and citizen of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries: Total Rs.20.00 (Rs.10.00 by ASI as Entry fee and Rs.10.00 by ADA as Toll tax). -Other Foreign Visitors : Total Rs.260 (Rs.250/- by ASI as Entry fee and Rs.10/- by ADA as Toll tax). > Guides: Licensed Guides are available. Audio guide facility is also available near ticket counter. > Museum: There is an Archaeological site Museum near Diwan-I-Am booking counter. It is open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 P.M, closed on Fridays. > Best season to visit: October to April > MapMore info at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/255 http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/uttar-pradesh/fatehpur-sikri http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatehpur_Sikri
As the name suggests, its very tall and beautifully built. A structure to look at, praise and clicks some good pictures.
As the name suggests, its very tall and beautifully built. A structure to look at, praise and clicks some good pictures.
Hotels and Homestays in Fatehpur Sikri 3 Hotels
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176 Kms from Fatehpur Sikri
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The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Muslim quarters, and modern residencies, all exist alongside each other. Home to over a crore people, Delhi’s tourism is a treasure trove of historic gems, gardens, museums and a thriving food culture. Travel to the metropolis for the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk that give way to Lutyens’ New Delhi, that is the pulse of the city. Among the numerous places to visit in Delhi city, for an insight into the magnificent Mughal era, go to the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the towering sandstone mosque of Jama Masjid, and experience the sound and light show at Red Fort. Tourists can spend mornings at the extravagant Akshardham Temple and evenings at the Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah (shrine) that boasts of sufi music and delicious kebabs. Another popular attraction of Delhi city is its pulsating markets that from baubles to handicrafts, sell everything you can possibly think of. Those who have travelled to Delhi for its particular brand of food, won’t be disappointed. From hole-in-the-wall eateries and local student cafes in North Delhi to lavish restaurants and bars in South Delhi, there is no dish or cuisine you won’t find here. A huge incentive for Delhi’s tourism is its variety of public transport, wherein the Delhi Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city. Read More
All that was left was to reach delhi in one piece & today after making few stops we made it.Fun Fact: I did this trip in 11kWhat is your excuse for not going to Ladakh?Tell me in the comments section below.Join me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more offbeat travel itineraries.
Delhi encompasses a major part of India’s history in its evergreen monuments. This one face of Delhi wants you to know more about the city’s past. But this capital city not only enshrines a remarkable history but also flourishes in the beauty of the present! While walking inside the majestic Red Fort, me and my friends could imagine how the paths that we were taking now would have been walked by the kings and their ministers in the remote past. While taking a stroll around the passage from Lahori Gate in Red Fort, small handicrafts shops seemed enticing to us and that was a reminder that we cannot miss the amazing local and wholesale markets in Delhi - a paradise for shopping in Delhi - which are a perfect amalgamation of a variety of people, authentic food and current fashion trends that too without a pinch in the pocket.So if you have travel plans for Delhi and you wish to savor the ‘beauty of its present’ then do squeeze in the five most amazing and ‘fairly cheap’ places to shop in Delhi.
(26th December, 2016): We decided to head from our respective destinations and meet up in Delhi, before taking a bus to Mcleodganj. His flight was delayed so, I decided I will head to the bus station and wait for him there. It was late evening so the bus station felt the safest. I was so excited to meet him that I kept looking at the entrance of the bus station. The moment he entered, all I could see was a big, fat guy, who had gained a ton of weight. I had my share of laughs. So, we greeted each other and had a cigarette (Smoking is injurious to health) each before heading onto the bus. The bus we had booked was a Volvo, so I was pretty chilled to travel overnight. But, my calmness turned to horror when I entered the bus. I will give you all a tip, in Himachal Volvo doesn’t mean the comfortable and posh Volvo that we are used to. It was like a city bus with zero level of comfort. This was the scenario in and around Himachal. So, if you are travelling in a Volvo in Himachal, make sure you are used to travelling in buses ;).
The mountains were calling, and I had to go.Maybe it was all the biking chronicles that had inspired me, if travelling from Delhi to any hill station it must be on two wheels. It was the 12th of August when we started our trip for the first ever trek of our lives. Being working professionals, we always bore in mind to save up time here and there. Hence, we decided to board a volvo from Delhi to Chandigarh in the morning hours (0530 IST), and thereafter rent a bike in Chandigarh for the further journey.
Our trip to Rishikesh began with confusion. I said, "We would have a gala girls' night out there. Sitting around the bonfire at the riverside camp; humming a soft tune; strumming the guitar with some new-found friend; grilling chicken legs in the bonfire ...". ''Ahem, non-veg is available nowhere in Rishikesh. So maybe a less grand plan will do," my friend reminded me sternly. Now, I am a foodie and an idle fellow and non-veg is my life. So even before we set out on our trip to Rishikesh, my heart sank not a little. But who would have thought that Rishikesh may have so much in store even for non-believers like us!
Delhi is a cultural hub that makes for a great vacation destination. However, surrounded with concrete buildings, highways and malls, one may foolishly wonder where Delhi's beauty lies. Let me tell you, Delhi's gems are its carefully decorated spaces whose artistry helps you escape its noisy traffic and chaos. So, next time you're heading to Delhi for work or a vacation, instead of a boring hotel, book a getaway! Add a splash of color to your stay and stay at the charming haven of peace, Scarlette Guest House located in the posh neighborhood of Safdarjung Enclave.
But this time I wanted to explore in style and Tripver as usual delivered. I chose to travel "Gold Class".
Beginning of the Bro-trip:Being a Saturday night, the radio was quite a thumping affair and helped us dance inside the car. After losing the frequency we switched to our own kinky collection and that was even too much fun. After the three tolls, we took right towards Manali from Ambala and we were into a sole car running for tranquility on the roads. At around 2, we found a halt and broke for some refreshment, for the roads ahead had be to a bit deserted and rarely one can find a better place to snack on. A crisp break of 30 minutes buoyed us up and we were again towards the hill. The valley started in a while and the drive was slow due the condition of the roads there.However, the roads are always an issue in the few initial kms but adding to the miseries, there was rain that just preceded us reaching there. Following some bad patches, the way ahead was smooth again. We broke the dawn amidst mountains and the beauty was surreal (Pic Below). We reached Mandi at around 9 in the morning and started enquiring about the way further. There were rumours that due to a massive landslide, the main highway has been closed down and debris is being cleared out. The so called incident was still rumoured to be some 30-40 kms from Mandi. Keeping our fingers crossed, we forged ahead. Some said that the landslide has happened in Hanogi which was particularly on the route of Jibhi and had nothing to do with Manali. We called up our college buddy who already reached there a day before. We asked him for the flow of traffic on the route and he signalled us green.
208 Kms from Fatehpur Sikri
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of the Thar desert and surrounded by the Aravali hills, the Pink City boasts of hilltop forts, bustling bazaars and the best pyaaz kachoris you’ll ever taste. Among the places to visit in Jaipur city, the grandiose pink sandstone Palace of Winds, or Hawa Mahal, towering over the hustling streetscapes and the majestic City Palace are the ones attracting the most tourists. The 18th century old astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist attraction. Perched proudly on the top of a hill is Amber Fort, dating back to the 16th century. The red sandstone structure houses palaces, temples, gardens and a lake inside its premises. One of the most favoured things to do in Jaipur is to walk through the lively Bapu Bazaar, and come out with bags stocked with bandhani-printed sarees, lac bangles, meenakari trinkets and blue pottery. And while you’re at it, shop for some string puppets or kathputlis that make for some excellent souvenirs. Galtaji temple, also called the Monkey Temple, is another must visit in Jaipur city. If your eyes just can't get enough, visit Amber Fort, which has its own 600-year-old story to narrate, through its spectacular light and sound shows, cultural performances and folk music. Rajasthani tailored clothes, jewellery and handicrafts are a huge hit as souvenirs, for their exquisite mirror work, embroidery, leather and splashes of colour making up for most of Jaipur’s tourism. Some famous places this illustrious workmanship can be bought from are Rajasthali, Anokhi, Johari bazaar and Sireh Deori Bazaar, but remember to bargain. Central Museum and Albert Hall museum are great places to learn about Rajasthan's rich history and culture and also to buy handicrafts. The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literature festival, is dear to almost every bibliophile around the globe. Here, enjoy literature and music, amidst the likes of William Dalrymple, Stephen Fry and many other renowned writers and personalities. The 5-day festival is hosted in Diggi Palace, which gives people around the world an insight into Rajasthan's captivating cultural heritage. For those interested in pampering their palates with the flavourful Rajasthani cuisine against the backdrop of a picturesque village should visit Chokhni Dani. For a regal experience, a stay at the Suvarna Mahal is a must visit. Read More
after wondering you can go back to Jaipur and take anything which you want and go back to pavilion with peace, spirituality, happiness and with lots of Hope....
From Jaipur you can take a bus, Train anything because it's only 131km. I would like to suggest you that if possible and the weather will be pleasant then took a 2 wheeler and drive yourself.......
Rajasthan, the moment you hear this name, you will think about royal palaces, majestic forts, desert, camel, elephants, jewellery, gems, colorful markets, festivals and food. So when I planned for Rajasthan, all of these things were on my mind and I was not disappointed when I visited Jaipur.Rajasthan, a desert state this might be but its bursting with color and exuberance. I am bit confused writing this blog, should I just keep writing about all the places I visited there, should I only post hundreds of pictures I took or should It be combination of both (would be very lengthy blog). Another feeling is, will I able explain the richness, artistic, colourful Jaipur with my writing or pictures but let me try...Here is the overview of places I covered in three days.Day 1 (Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace)Day 2 ( Amber Fort, Gaitore, Jal Mahal)Day 3 (Jaigarh, Nahargarh)
Jaipur is all about flamboyant resorts, magnificent havelis, and mega-structure forts that makes it an obvious favourite among tourists. Are you someone who craves these Jaipuri specialities but are scared to spend exorbitant amounts of money just on accommodation? Don't you worry, we've got a crazy plan for you! The hostel culture has caught up even in our dearest Pink City, making trips to Jaipur cheaper, convenient and much more exciting! This latest trend appeals to travellers not just because it is cost-effective, but also because it breaks the restrictive decorum of hotels and opens up interaction with tourists from all over the world. Here are the best hostels in Jaipur that will make your weekend break to the Pink City even more special.1. Zostel
Things to do: Take a walk back in time by exploring heritage sites such as Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace on foot; take a day trip to the most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort; go shopping with locals at the Babu Market; give your tastebuds a wild ride with the delicious street-food at Raja Park.
Among all three places Jaipur is my personnel favorite, Though I spent only a day out there, it filled me. May be because of my ever ending interest for astronomy! I am relived to see finally a public transport in Jaipur. My first stop in Jaipur isCity Palace:The palace is built in the middle of the city. There is also a section dedicated for the arts of Jaipur. They have traditional paintings made from organic colors and wooden replicas of the monuments & museums. It is the perfect way to take a memory back home.The city palace as a whole is marvelous. It is a paradise for art and history lovers.Hawa Mahal:Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur which was constructed so that the women of royal families can see the day to day activities without anyone seeing from outside.The Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. And its name refers to “Palace of Winds”. It was constructed using red pink sandstone.Jantar Mantar:The Jantar Mantar is the largest open astronomical constructed site in india,which is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II. The king himself is a great astronomer and he invented those instrument that where build there. You should need a guide to know how these instruments works & afternoon is a good time to visit the place.Amber Fort and Palace:Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area. You have to face an uphill task of hiking up or you can also take a cab , but once you reach the top you can mesmerized by the view it offers. surrounded by the hills it offers the panoramic view of the Jaipur city. For this place a Japanese guy & a locale guy accompanied me and spend three hours with me talking all those nonsense stuffs & made my day.With this My trip come end & took a train back to Chennai with tough task at hand! yea, to build a itinerary for this.
Day 10: September 26, 2015:I began the day a little late. Jaipur had a lot to see, though I simply chose to see the Jal Mahal and a fort. The fort wasn't very far from the hotel and I checked out at 10 AM and decided to take a walk around the fort.After visiting the fort and jal mahal, it was time to head to Sawai Madhopur, about 150 kms away from Jaipur.As I continued the journey, the roads were pretty bad. I reached Sawaimadhopur at 7:00 PM and called my school friend (she is the District Magistrate and Collector). She had arranged for stay at the travellers bungalow. Had dinner with her family and spoke briefly about the journey.
2. Jaipur, Rajasthan : The capital of the majestic state and around 85 kilometres from Bhangarh Fort, Jaipur is one of the most loved cities in the world owing to the fact that it perfectly encapsulates the sheer essence of India. With a maddening number of palaces and forts, a thriving food and shopping scene, transport ranging from autorickshaws to camels and the most hospitable locals on this planet, Jaipur is essentially a celebration of life.
Steady as a rock, the occasional roar of the burners and a 360 degree panorama ! Adventure or Life Style, an Adrenalin Rush or an Emotional Explosion, decipher it any which way you like !Ballooning in JaipurJaipur, famous the world over as Pink City, is an ideal destination for Ballooning, after all, it is what you see when you are up there which is equally thrilling as the ride itself. Jaipur is synonymous to beautiful palaces, rugged forts, amazing handicrafts and an extremely hot cuisine! The city itself with all its varied surroundings is an ideal place for hot air balloon flights giving a completely different experience each time, as per the destination’s peculiarity.
129 Kms from Fatehpur Sikri
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Situated close to the vibrant city of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect weekend getaway. Home to the wonderful Sariska Tiger Reserve, the grand City Palace and the stunning Siliserh Lake, Alwar offers you a mix of history, architecture and nature. Though the Sariska Tiger Reserve is perhaps the best way to spend your time in Alwar, you can also spend a little time exploring the lake and Government Museum. When visiting the reserve, do book a safari in advance lest you miss out on a great slot. Early mornings and early evenings are the best way to explore the reserve. Boasting of tigers, including the Bengal Tiger, the reserve is home to the Indian Leopard, Indian Jackal, Sambhar and Wild Boars. Of course, you'll also spot monkeys making a ruckus and a crowd of Neelgais and that is quite fun to watch as well. Avoid eating anything while on the safari since it's a strict no. The Siliserh Lake is another lovely spot where you can indulge in a bit of boating and a delicious lunch. The food here is a bit on the expensive side but it's totally worth it. While here, you can also take a trip to City Palace. You may feel that there are tons of palaces around Rajasthan that are way more beautiful, but this one has its own charm. Away from the chaos of the main city, it offers you a respite from dilapidated, ill maintained forts. Do try food at one of the restaurants in the city. Not only is the food delicious, the hospitality is warm and adds to the meal. Read More
3. Alwar, Rajasthan : One of the oldest kingdoms of Rajasthan, Alwar is a relatively lesser known gem of the state. It is home to a plethora of palaces and forts that are nothing less than architectural marvels. Alwar is a wonderful little town to live in if in case you are looking to get away from chaos. Bhangarh Fort with its haunted stories is a good 90 kilometres away.
112 Kms from Fatehpur Sikri
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
If history, art and architecture spell a perfect holiday for you, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is definitely a must visit! The city houses numerous historic monuments, including the very popular Gwalior Fort. Gwalior Fort, an imposing structure situated on a hill has received praise from rulers throughout history. Known for its architectural brilliance and intricate design, exploring the fort can take up an entire day. If you are not fond of historical tours, you can spend your time admiring the stunning views of the fort and from the fort. Do also visit Ghaus's Tomb, which is the tomb of Muhammad Ghawth, a notable Sufi and the guru of Tansen. The site is also home to the Samadhi of Tansen and perhaps this is why the wonderful Tansen music festival is celebrated here. There are numerous hotels here and you can choose one according to your budget, though for a more local experience, it is always best to pick a homestay. Read More
Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor is one of the most important gurudwara in India. It is situated near Manmandir Palace and Sas bahu temple in Gwalior fort.This documentary was made for a college assignment.
City at a glance Half a day had already passed in a six hour super-fast train journey from Delhi to Gwalior. Should I fill my stomach in Gwalior and then go places or do the other way around? The dilemma hovered around my head for quite sometime, but was solved when I soon found myself amidst the bustling streets of Naya Bazaar, the oldest market in town. Following the incessant cramming of people on the way, it was hard to stop for a meal. Luckily, a hygenic restaurant Vyanjan Family restaurant, caught my eyes. It stood enroute to Jai Vilas Palace - a palace that depicts the royalty of Scindia family in the most incredible manner, stretching across with the big lawn and a stunning variation in interior decor over the generations.
Spread over a massive area of land, this fort was build during the 8th century. The fort stands on the edge of the mountain Gopachal spreading over 3 sq kms. The Man Singh palace is among the most magnificent structures out of otherThe entire fort is divided into Temples, Museum, Scindia School, Gurudwara and Palace with related structures.
292 Kms from Fatehpur Sikri
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
The City of Rajputs, Bundi, maybe not as popular as other cities in Rajasthan, but nevertheless is no less captivating. The city is cloaked by hills on three sides and is home to a number of palaces and forts. It is believed to have got its name from a tribal head Bundi who called it ‘bunda ka nal’, which means narrow way. A monumental prodigy that has stood the test of time is the Garh Palace. The walls with contemporary paintings and manicured gardens make the palace or fort a spectacle in itself. The many stepwells or baoris inside display the strong engineering skills from centuries ago. The riveting wells go very deep and are considered to the primary form of harvesting rainwater. Raniji ki Baori is one of them with elegant tall pillars and beautiful carvings. The Taragarh Fort or the Star Fort is a colossal that has been stunning people with its architecture since the ancient past. Alongside the fort is the Bundi Palace that houses the many murals and frescoes. Hadoti Palace or Nawal Sagar Palace are perfect if you want a royal stay at Bundi. Neither are the streets of Bundi as choked as the other cities nor are the attractions crowded with tourists, making it just the quaint town you want for a relaxing trip. Namaste Cafe, Lakha and Kipling Cafe promise delectable meals to satiate your palate.Read More
9] Ummaid Bagh, Bundi The Ummaid Bagh Resorts is a farm situated on the banks of lake Jait Sagar. The resort is just 2km away from Bundi city and it is surrounded by mountains and a lake on all three sides. It is home to many migratory birds in winter. You will find a beautiful garden and BBQ facilities along with car rental facility. Guests can enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisines at The Lake View Restaurant and room service is also available for those who prefer to dine in privacy.Price range: ₹ 3,463 - ₹ 5,515
I had no expected to see waterfalls in Bundi, but I saw one. Ramgarh is 50 kilometers away from Bundi and the manager of my guest house was nice enough to help me reach that place. His friend took me to the Ramgarh waterfall. The cascade is a gorgeous mighty sight to behold, as it rains the water level on the top of the mountain increases and the volume of the waterfall increases. This waterfall is known to be an adventure spot as it makes a perfect plunge pool. If you know swimming, you can jump from the top and dive straight in the water. I saw a couple of foreigners making the jump, I decided to enjoy the view from a corner. Although you cannot do it in your swimming costumes, the locals are not that open minded. :P
Renowned across Rajasthan as the city that has never been conquered, Bundi is a hidden gem of the glorious state. Hiding in plain sight near Kota, travellers passing through Bundi will be surprised to see the well-preserved historical and architectural sites here.With over 50 baoris (step wells), innumerable havelis, cave paintings and a beautiful waterfall (Bhimlat), Bundi has something to amuse every traveller. Every corner of Bundi holds a surprise, but places such as the Bundi Palace, Chitrashala, Taragarh Fort, Rani ji ki Baori, Dabhai ka Kund, Nawal Sagar, Sukh Mahal and Shikhar Burj, will especially blow your mind.
Gleaming panels of Tikri—the Indian word for mosaic work, where, using scalpels, hand-cut pieces of mirrors are inlayed into frescos on the ceiling and the walls. Even the fl oors narrate the story of crusading elephants in tempered red, black, and white, the art style called izara. Poet Rudyard Kipling mentioned in his Letters of Marque published in 1899, “...but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams—the work of goblins rather than of men.” A great medieval fortifi cation snakes across the hill sides, indigo and white houses spill across the ground, and water reservoirs glisten in the afternoon sun.
Explore BundiThe city retains its old world charm, simplicity and slow pace. Narrow lanes, blue houses, colorful turbans and bright attires of women adding splashes of colors here and there. It is a less visited place by the domestic tourists (unlike to a few predictable places of Rajasthan) though quite popular with the foreign tourists.The place has some fantastic architectural as well as artistic delights like the Garh or Bundi Palace; Chitrashala; Taragarh Fort; over 50 baoris or step well among which Rani ji ki baori is the most well maintained and visited; Dabhai ka Kund. Other attractions are the Nawal & Jait sagar; Sukh Mahal & Museum; 84 pillared centopah and some other monuments like Phool Sagar, Kshar Bagh & Shikhar Burj which are personal property of the descendants of the royal family thus out of touristy domain.Garh or Bundi Palace, is built over a side of the hill. If you see it from the fort (higher above) it seems like it is hanging. Rudyard Kipling described it as ‘the work of goblins rather than of men’
Ten second takeaway: Bundi is a town that you might have a picture of in your head, but often struggle to place in the real world. Dotted with blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars and a temple at every turn, Bundi is straight out of a fairy tale.It is believed that Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling penned part of his famous novel Kim in Bundi and this is what he had to say about the Bundi palace,‘Jaipur Palace may be called the 'Versailles of India'. Jodhpur’s House of strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.’Places to visit in Bundi: Sukh Mahal, Kshar Bag, Dabhai Kund, Raniji Ki Baori, Taragarh Fort, Lake Jait Sagar.HOW TO REACH BUNDIBy Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur which is about 206 kms away.By Road: Buses to Bundi are available at regular intervals from Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.By Train: There is a small railway station in Bundi that is located about 4 kilometres south of the old city. To reach Bundi by train, you will have to change trains at Chittorgarh, which is connected to all major cities in India.
Bundi is a city in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state in northwest India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. The town of Bundi is situated 35 km from Kota and 210 km from Jaipur. The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city. The town of Indragarh and nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar. The Indargarh step well is considered as one of the most attractive places in the Bundi district, especially during the rainy season.
Our chronicles from Bundi start with a misty morning. It has rained all night. Remnant drops of water which have been clinging to the leaves of the trees all night are now falling. Slight mist has descended upon Bundi neither completely revealing nor concealing its charms. The Bundi palace as seen from our roof top restaurant stands as a guardian on the hillside. The old town of Bundi and its narrow lanes meandering through the rustic houses is worth simply walking around and exploring. You may come across children playing in their backyard or group of old men gathered around a 'Chai wala' (Tea shop) blowing steam off the tea cups and engulfed in conversations and cheerful laughter. The walls of houses are painted with images of warriors on their horses, peacocks and damsels with their melting features.
Inhabited by local tribes, this princely town is a guided stop for anyone who wants to come closer to the history and culture of this place. We part drive / cycle to Bundi through beautiful villages and Aravali hills. In the evening walk up the majestic Bundi fort using stone steps and ramps which were built for horsemen and chariots. Adorned with narrow lanes and blue lakes, this little town reminds of the past glory of Rajasthan. Bundi doesn't attract a lot of crowd like Udaipur and Jaipur does, it is a haven for adventurists and explorers to capture the true spirit of Rajasthan.
55 Kms from Fatehpur Sikri
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
The more one hears about Vrindavan, the more beautiful and alluring the small town becomes. The birth place of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is visited by tourists from all over the world. With its colourful streets and crowded lanes, this small town may not offer you a respite from the chaos of the cities, but it certainly gives you an experience unlike any other. Located about 11 km from Mathura, a perfect trip should see you combine an excursion to both these towns together. The more popular temples here are the Madan Mohan Temple, near Kali Ghat, Meera Bai Temple and the lovely Prem Mandir. Dedicated to love and situated about 10 km from the centre of town, this is a must visit! Most temples here are dedicated to Lord Krishna and significant episodes in his life. If this is your first visit here, do a little research and speak to locals before deciding which temples you'd like to visit. There are tons of hotels and guesthouses in Vrindavan, and you can decide your hotel according to your budget and choice. Read More
The Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan celebrates Phoolon wali Holi on the ekadashi before Holi. The temple gates are opened at around 4 pm and the priests throw flowers at the devotees. Holi here is played with flowers and gulal, made using organic substances like flowers and kesar. Priests sprinkle colors on everyone using buckets, water guns, etc. The whole atmosphere is made even more lively with music (bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes while enjoying the colors.
Vridavan is another accessible weekend getaway from Delhi witin 200 km. The city is widely regarded as the transcendental home of Lord Krishna. The ancient and modern temples will give you a dose of an incredible culture that resides in the mesmerizing corners of India. Hindu mythology says Lord Krishna resides eternally in Vrindavan and never leaves the abode and pilgrims from across the world reach Vrindavan throughout the year. If you want to go temple hopping, make sure you visit Madan-Mohan, Radha Vallabh as well as Banke-Bihari and Shahji.
As my watch struck past 12, the date changed but i kept on searching for a room to stay for the night. As i was told there, we should atleast book a room in 5 - 10 days advance during that time of the year as people from all over come to witness the holi in Vrindavan. Holi is played for 5 days of different types such as laath maar holi, phoolon ki holi, rangon ki holi etc. I kept on searching for rooms but my efforts were fruitless. My phone was running out of charge, so i went to a toy shop and requested him to charge my phone, as he kept my phone on charge, he was clearing out all the toys as he was about to close the shop. I helped him a little along with his family though he was insisting not to, we had a little conversation and later he tried to ask another person to try to accomodate my stay but that wasn't possible as well. I thanked him and we bid good night to eachother and i continued to roam around the city looking for a place. As the time passed and when it was around 1:40 am, everyone started clearing out of the roads and the entire inner city was as silent as a graveyard. All i could see were monkeys(a lot) and all i can hear were dogs barking. As i couldn't find any place to stay, i went to the river ghat and thought of spending the night there with no alternative left. I reached the ghat and as it was beginning of the march, it was a little cold and i tried to sleep for sometime in a very uncomfortable position. After 40 minutes around 2:40 pm i woke up and couldn't sleep again. So i set out for the city's main road and as i reached there, i saw few people with a bike and a scooty. I approached them and there were three people who also came from delhi, they couldn't find a room as well. So we sat together, and for sometime we sang songs as one of the guys played a guitar. Me after all the walking and they after their straining long ride were feeling very tired and drowsy but stayed up till 5 am in the morning. They set out to look for a room and asked me to join, we all went looking for rooms and finally we found a dormitory after searching for 40 min. I slept till 8:30 am and woke up and got ready to go into the city to experience the grand holi. In the dormitory, i met another photographer from Nagpur and we all set out together for the Banke-Bihari temple. It was the best part of city during holi hands down. After spending some time there talking as many pictures as i could, i went to other parts of the city. As an amateur photographer, the most difficult part was to cover the camera to avoid colours getting into it. Finally after experiencing one of the wildest holis in India, i bid adieu to all the amazing people i met and as well as to the city. I got into a goods truck and reached delhi. Thats how my first, wildest and adventurous trip ended giving me a lot of stories to remember and to tell.
"Ye bhagvan ki nagri hai" (This is city of God) I heard this line somewhere from the back when one priest guide was coming out from Banke Bihari temple with his tourist bhakts.. "aur ache se hogae na darshan bhagvan ke... agar aap yahan na aate to bhagvan ke darshan kaise hote bataiye" (If you hadn't come here you wouldn't have had the opportunity of getting this auspicious sight of him) a second voice came.
Vrindavan in September is perfect for those people who do not like to be pushed around by the crowds. The temples are open and have few to no tourists at this off-season time. You can very easily explore the Vrindavan Iskon temple, which is considered as one of most beautiful temples in the country. Vrindavan is the city of temples, and also has rich culture. The Pagal Baba temple is also very beautiful, and you must visit it on your trip to Vrindavan. This off-season place to visit in India, will make you spiritual when you leave.Vrinadavan has its own railway station and the nearest airport is in Delhi, from there you can take a taxi direct to Vrindavan (185 km).Off-Season In October
Vrindavan: Celebrate the festival of colors, Holi, in the city of India that boasts of being the playground of Krishna himself. Located in the district of Mathura, Vrindavan and its surrounding towns make for one of the best heritage tours in India.Vrindavan does not have an airport. The nearest railhead is Mathura Cantt and frequent taxis and buses are available to Vrindavan.Read More: On the streets of Vrindavan by Deepti Asthana.
Holi at VrindavanIf you are a fan of the festival of colours, Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, is just perfect for you. People from all over the world throng the streets of Vrindavan during Holi just to be embraced by the colours and the mood of the festival.
So, my love for ancient places and monuments took me to Mathura. It's just a few hours drive away from the capital (read: Delhi) and serves as one of the best weekend getaways. But my trip was more of an excursion. I took the NH2 and started at around 10 in the morning. Two and a half hours, and I reached. I realised that this place has so much to offer with its ancient havelis and hefty monuments. The culture is still very much influenced my the ancient Brij rituals. The temples and tales of this city are as old as Ramayan itself. The famous places are mostly, religious ones but if are not so much into religion and rituals, you can still enjoy the peace that the city of Mathura offers. With Vrindavan being in close proximity, the place is a bequest of old traditions and colours. I would suggest you go to the following places on your visit: Lohwan Mata Mandir Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Gopinath Maharaj Mandir Keshav Dev Temple (Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi) Vishram Ghat (Bank of River Yamuna) Shri Jagannath Temple Bhuteshwar Mathura Prem Mandir, Vrindavan Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrindavan Mathura Museum Birla Mandir Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Naam yog Sadhna Mandir (Baba Jai Gurudev Temple) Banke Bihari Temple Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Iskcon Temple Baldeo temple bhuteshwar temple The Udasin Kashni Ashram (Ramanrati) near Gokul (Mahaven) And if you are just an incorrigible lover of prehistoric places, then you can just stroll around in the streets and click pictures.
Vrinda refers to Tulsi and van refers to forest. Vrindavan was the forest of plant tulsi and is a peaceful place. This is a weekend gateway from Delhi if you need peace of mind and want to know more about hindu god - Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna is with us every time and he is everywhere. He is the creator of everything and destroyer too. He is the one who gave us teachings of "Bhagwad Gita" to us where we can find solution to every problem of our life. Let's come together to explore his city Vrindavan and to recreate his teachings and spirituality. Vrindavan can be easily covered over a weekend and is one of the most popular weekend gateway from Delhi.
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