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Old 10th November 2009, 20:48   #61
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Day 2, September 12 2009 Continued

Fatehpur Sikri



Fatehpur Sikhri is 40Km away from Agra. This was the capitol of the Mughal empire form 1571 - 1585.

Inside you can see Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bahi, Palace of the Christian wife, Birbal Bhawan, Lower HaramSara, Panch mahal, Rumi Sultana, Treasury, Astrologers Kiosk, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Pachisi courtyard, Caravanserai, Hiran Minar, Hathi Pol, etc...

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Old 10th November 2009, 20:54   #62
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Day 2, September 12 2009 Continued

Fatehpur Sikri


Buland Darwaza (Victory gate)

54m high main entrance gate to the Jama masjid. The largest one in Asia which is built to celebrate Akbar's victory in Gujarat.

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Shahi Darwaza
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The Orientation of Fatehpur Sikhri. (courtesy lonely planet)
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Due to the madness of the guides, I fled the scene by 16:30PM.


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Day 2, September 12 2009 Continued

Fatehpur Sikhri - Mathura -Delhi


I skipped Bharatpur bird santuary which was 20 Km away due to the fact that i was tired, the taxes to be paid as it was in Rajasthan and I had a yellow board, and the delay in reaching back to Delhi, since the next day I was to be picked up at 06:00AM for my trip to Leh.

I took a shortcut to Mathura and then continued on to Delhi.

My drive for these two days. Boy I am already a fan of Fiesta.
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After a decent drive I reached Delhi by 21:30PM for a good nights sleep.


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Some great panorama shots of the Taj and Itmad-ud-Daulah there!
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Some great panorama shots of the Taj and Itmad-ud-Daulah there!
Thanks SST.
Happy to note you liked the pics.
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I reached Fatehpur Sikri by 15:30PM. You ahve to park the car and take a bus to the place.

The first impression I get was the place was filled with people who claim themselves to be guides, and the shop keepers. For the first 15 minutes after I stepped oujt of the car, I was not allowed to move an inch by them. I assertively tried warding them off, but these guys were not the one to let you go easily. Finally I got back into the car and decided I'll leave back - no point in this madness.

After a few more minutes like that, those guys got the message and left. I then took a bus ride to the place.

The scene there was no better. I got so fed up, that I had to push people away. They were so much in my private space. If I felt this, I cannot imagine the plight of a foriegn tourist at these places.

All the while I was visiting this fortified ghost city, the guides were pestering me with their offers. I began to think of them as ghosts, and headed firmly on my historic learning of the place. I must admit I could not enjoy it as much as Agra fort because of them, nor could I make my notes sitting in comfort there.




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Congratulations on a very fine and most informative travelogue.

What disturbs me though is the degradation that seems to have set in at Fatehpur Sikri. This used to be the cleanest and quitest of the destinations in the Agra circuit. Apart from tourists the only people were locals who would come to seek blessings from Sheikh Chishti. Do people still try a thread at his mazaar? And do you still have boys jumping into the well near the Buland Darwaza from the parapet walls?

You mention taking a bus, for my information kindly advise where exactly do you have to leave your vehicle. Earlier one would pay an entry fees on the agra bharatpur road as you entered the first gate a couple of Kms prior to FS and then either drive to Buland Darwaza or to take the branch road to the ticketing office. There used to be guides there too but very few, authorizd and knowledgeable. I believe all of the fake guides turned out of the Agra city monuments have joined forces at Fatehpursikri. I hope that sooner than later the authorities take a note of it and restore the places sanity.
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Congratulations on a very fine and most informative travelogue.
Thank you Khoj.

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What disturbs me though is the degradation that seems to have set in at Fatehpur Sikri. This used to be the cleanest and quitest of the destinations in the Agra circuit. Apart from tourists the only people were locals who would come to seek blessings from Sheikh Chishti. Do people still try a thread at his mazaar? And do you still have boys jumping into the well near the Buland Darwaza from the parapet walls?
Since the crowd near the jama masjid area was quite a dampener I could not do much justice to the visit here. One guy even told me if you don't have a guide your chappals will be missing when I am back from the visit inside. Hence in this scare, I peeped inside from the Shahi darwazaa and left. I could not see any jumping boys.

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You mention taking a bus, for my information kindly advise where exactly do you have to leave your vehicle. Earlier one would pay an entry fees on the agra bharatpur road as you entered the first gate a couple of Kms prior to FS and then either drive to Buland Darwaza or to take the branch road to the ticketing office.
When you enter Fatehpur Sikhri, you enter through a small gate in the fort wall. From here you can either go straight till Buland Darwaza or take a baranch road to the ticketing office in front of Diwan-i-Am. Take the straight road, and parking place comes in around 300m. From here you can take a bus ride - Rs5/-. But I saw autos and bikes near Buland Darwaza, so I presume it is still possible to take your vehicle. Mine was a taxi -don't know if it is because of that.

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There used to be guides there too but very few, authorizd and knowledgeable. I believe all of the fake guides turned out of the Agra city monuments have joined forces at Fatehpursikri. I hope that sooner than later the authorities take a note of it and restore the places sanity.
Agra though guides were there, was peaceful. An assertive No, and they back off. This place was horrible.

I wish to visit Fatehpur once sanity prevails and also Bharatpur bird sanctuary.
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Wow, that was fantastic sir, will be looking out for more of your travelogues
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Wow, that was fantastic sir, will be looking out for more of your travelogues
Thanks Majic.

Either I have to travel now to start a new travelogue, or must write about the Europe trips in 2003-2005 time frame, and the south Indian ones from 2005 to 2008.

If I were to write about the old ones, I definitely need a long off from office - so I'll stick with the new ones.
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Laluks,

I sincerely hope that you will be able to take out the time for your South India travelogues 2005-2008 prior to the European ones. I say this as the proportion of people likely to benefit from the domestic experiences will be higher than those from the Int'l ones. On the flip side though the European experiences will as I said in one of my previous mails provide an insight into lands that many of us may never actually visit other than through your writings and photographs. I do hope of course that all of the above does not come at the expense of your new travels.

"If wishes were horses, beggars would be kings"

So having said all of the above, one appreciates the time that you take out to write for the benefit & enjoyment of unknown strangers with sometimes unenviable handles. I for one will gladly lap up when & whatever you choose to write with a smile and a big thank you.
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So having said all of the above, one appreciates the time that you take out to write for the benefit & enjoyment of unknown strangers with sometimes unenviable handles. I for one will gladly lap up when & whatever you choose to write with a smile and a big thank you.
Hey Khoj, thank you for those kind words. It gives me immense satisfaction to note that someone is benefitting from my notes.
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Hi friends.
I am planning to take my family to Vrindavan (ex Delhi) this Saturday morning (30th November). The map shows the end-point as ISKCON Temple. Is the parking at ISKCON temple 'safe and secure'? Enroute to the temple, I want to know what other relatively 'safe' public parking spots are there , in case I don't get parking at ISKCON temple.
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