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    Wish to realize a dream vacation? Agra is where you wanna be..

    Hey guys, I’m Rahul Arora from Delhi. Me and my cousin Karan Bajaj completed a roadtrip from Delhi to Agra & back. The day was 7th Jan'09. After long discussions, agreements & disagreements of riders to join us for the tour due to chilling winters or so-called dilli ki sardi, both of us completed it on our own.

    RIDES N THE RIDERS:
    Rahul Arora – Hero Honda Hunk
    Karan Bajaj – Bajaj Pulsar200

    Karan & Me with our rides in Fatehpur Sikri

    ABOUT THE DESTINATION:

    253 kms South-East of Delhi, Agra is situated on the Bank of Yamuna river and houses some of the important historical sites that bear memories of the valor and nobility of the magnificent past. The city of Agra stands in testimony to the great amount of architectural activity of the Mughals. The city still breathes in the past and is considered as the Mecca of art and romance, carved on the grand monuments and forts. The beautiful Taj Mahal is a wonderful example of passionate romance enshrined on earth. Delhi- Agra tour indeed unleashes the rich cultural diversity of India.

    Agra was the capital city of Sikander Lodhi, the second ruler of the Lodhi dynasty, who defeated by the persian King Babar in 1526 AD. After Babar, in 1530 AD Humayun took over the thrown of Agra. Sher Shah Soori also continued Agra as his Capital. During the rule of Akbar (1556 to 1605 AD) Agra earned fame all over the world and was counted one of the great and beautiful cities of Medinal India.

    OUR JOURNEY:

    I got my bike properly washed, oiled, lights, indicators n horn checked a day before the trip & Karan got his bike (Pulsar200) serviced a week before. Karan n me decided to meet at the Ghazipur traffic signal near East Delhi Mall, Kaushambi, on the morning of 7th Jan,2009 Wednesday at 10:00AM. I reached there at 10:00AM and waited for Karan. He was there at 10:05AM. We both had woolens stuck on us, obviously no one wanted to get drenched in the chill, apart from what, we wore jackets n gloves. We head out for Agra at 10:15AM from Ghazipur signal & I signalled Karan to stay behind me till we crossed Faridabad, after which we were on National Highway-2, a straight way to Agra. The city of Agra is roughly 205 kms from Delhi & the route followed was as follows:


    DELHI——35——FARIDABAD——25——PALWAL——140——MATHURA——51 ——AGRA
    (distances as per my bike’s odometer)


    Our machines at Hodal, NH-2


    Let me tell u that the road conditions were great throught the trip. We crossed Faridabad at 11:15AM being done 35kms with our machines. Faridabad has a bulk of industries running the heart of business in Delhi & NCR. I must tell you that one can't really go on & speed up there ride unless riding in Faridabad & then Palwal that exactly bears the same amount of crowd on the roads as Faridabad & Badarpur areas do. We kept this in mind & rode safe until we crossed the jammed roads of Badarpur & Palwal on NH2. Riding via Palwal, we stopped at a Vaishno Dhaba in Hodal, Haryana, time was 12:25PM n our trip-meters read 100kms. It was pre-decided that we were gonna stop n give rest to ourselves and the bikes ofcourse in the middle of the journey.

    Now we had another 105 kms to go. After having hot paranthas with cups of tea on that cold day, we re-entered the road at 01:05PM. Now we clicked some pics of the highway, bikes, we with bikes, bikes with us etc. PJ!


    That's me!


    Agra was some odd 60 kms ahead when we halted at Mathura McDonald’s Restaurant situated on the NH-2, just opposite the Mathura Oil Refinery in Sector-27D. McDonald’s Mathura is a favourite stop over joint for travelers on Delhi-Agra Highway. The restaurant itself is quite spacious and there are other service outlets outside the restaurant like the SBI ATM, a grocery and provision shop and a sweet shop too. Done with the gulping part, we drove for a continuous stretch of 2 hours covering a distance of approx. 60 kms and reached Sikandra situated in the out-skirts of the city of Agra.

    Sikandra Fort


    Here is situated the Akbar’s Tomb, whose construction started under the reign of Akbar but it was completed my his son Jahangir 1605 after akbar died. Inside the main gate of the monument lies the grave of Akbar. That’s why people say, visit to Akbar’s Tomb is essential to make your Agra tour complete. It was 03:00PM on the clock when we had our bikes fetched out of the parking area outside the monument n headed towards the city which was 3 kms from there. But as we started to ride, we got to know from the sign-boards that Taj Mahal was situated in the outer region of the city for which we had turn ourselves rightwards, leaving the highway. At 04:50PM we reached outside The Symbol of Love itself, the Taj Mahal. Getting out bikes parked on the roadside, coz there was no authorised parking there, we went to explore what both of us were looking for since years.

    Taj Mahal is a symbol of the devotion and dedication of love. Taj Mahal of Agra is a monument built by emperor Shah Jahan In the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal expresses the magnificence of Mughal architecture. The Taj has done wonders to Agra Tourism. Anyone who misses a visit to Taj, being in Agra, is surely a fool. Taj Mahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides being the pride of India.

    At the Taj itself..


    It was a tight security cover outside the Taj, for obvious reasons. Alright, it was 06:30PM in the evening. As it was getting dark a bit & we didn’t want to get stranded in an unknown city, we surely needed shelter now. The Taj is surrounded my a kinda slum area in a metro city. The small houses, short n narrow roads freaked me out sometimes. It’s pretty difficult to ride in such conditions when u have a chilling night following your ass. So we rode our bikes through the narrow streets n landed up at the Agra Hotel, on the Field Marshal Cariappa Road, Agra.

    Agra Hotel is a decent place with rooms equipped with hot water bath facilities for Rs 175/225, with air-cooling Rs 200/400, and Rs 400/500 with A/C. It is an older peaceful place with a garden and a view of the Taj Mahal, but it looks a little aged. (Ph: 0562-2463331, 0562-2463985)

    We parked our rides near the lawn outside the main office of the hotel and went in to check in. We took a single room @ 400 bucks, pretty affordable it was for both of us. We decided to go out & find a punjabi dhaba in the heart of the city for dinner after freshening up. We dusted ourselves up, unpacked stuff from our bags & turned out for dinner at 08:00PM. It was fun riding on those roads that were just outside the hotel coz it was less crowded then & the streets were wide enough to ride comfortably.

    Us..


    Agra is a lively place at night, specially the Handicrafts market that remain splendid with the beautiful works of handicrafts & embroidery. Agra is also known for its fabulous marble and softstone inlay work. As per our requirement, we found a punjabi dhaba shortly after we entered the crowded bazaar. I was hungry enough to let Karan park both the bikes & me getting lucky with the delicious food. But yet, i kept patience on my apetite n we parked the bikes outside the dhaba. It was just a one room dhaba, four tables with chairs. We luckily found one for ourselves n settled in there. I asked the gatekeeper to take care of the bikes until we get back n guess what he said, “Sahab, dont worry, we keep good care of Delhi vehicles specially..” I was moved by this, but may be he was a biking enthusiast himself, God knows..

    Ahhmm.. Having good food doesn’t really let u stand straight, consequently we felt like hitting the beds in the hotel. We gulped pastreies, bought World-Famous Agra ka petha n landed in the hotel at 09:45PM. I went out n locked both the bikes together with a steel chain, for security.

    In the hotel room


    Now it was time to sleep, so we stretched ourselves a bit & whatelse, Gudnight folks..

    Karan woke up earlier than me in the morning, though we were equally tired. We checked out of the hotel at 08:30AM, 8th Jan,2009, Thursday n headed towards Fatehpur sikri, famously known as the city of Ghosts. Fatehpur Sikri is a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins. Mughal Emperor Akbar used to live there with his three wives or say queens. The route was pretty simple on NH-11:

    AGRA——36——FATEHPUR SIKRI
    (distances as per my bike’s odometer)

    Buland Darwaza (back side) at Fatehpur Sikri


    This part of trip led us to one of the worst road conditions in Uttar Pradesh. The roads were horrible, full of cracks n a few pot holes. We hardly drove above 50kmph there. At 10:00AM we reached Fatehpur Sikri, just touching the UP-Rajasthan border. I had to apologize to my bike for the severely bad roads. We hired a guide there who led us through the whole lifestyle of Akbar n his home. Again, there was no proper parking there, we parked our bikes near a boundary grill on top of the hill.

    After experiencing the cosmic and universal charisma of the place, we headed ourselves out of there at 12:15PM where my bike’s tripmeter read 261. On our way back, we stopped at dhaba after crossing Mathura at 02:25PM in the aftrenoon. Bikes ran 346kms till then. We stopped again in between coz of the beautiful scenery out there on the NH-2 n obviously i had to stretch myself a bit. Delhi was just 52 kms away from there now. I managed to click some gud pics of the view n ofcourse the bikes, our partners for the journey.

    On our way back home..


    Our trip ended when we hit delhi at 06:00PM with our bikes turned over 500kms. The over-all experience was awesome firstly coz we had never been to Agra before, so we were full of excitement and secondly coz we had our bikes with us, accompanying us without any technical failure or breakdown.

    SOME POINTS TO MENTION:

    Total distance covered – 504 kms
    Total fuel burnt – 10.2 litres
    Total cash spent – 1000 per person

    Another ride accomplished!


    I managed to get some useful phone numbers list from the Hotel in Agra & is worth mentioning here:

    • Head Post Office: 0562 – 2363884
    • Taj Mahal: 0562 – 2330498
    • Agra fort: 0562 – 2364512
    • Sikandra: 0562 – 2371230
    • Fatehpur Sikri: 05613 – 2882248
    • Foreigners Regional Registration Office, 16 Idgah Colony: 0562 – 2367563
    • District Information Centre, Near Idgah Bus Stand: 0562 – 2372346


    SOME OTHER TOURIST PLACES AROUND AGRA:

    • MATHURA: Also known as the Brajbhoomi, is famous as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an important deity in the Hindu religious pantheon. It is an important pilgrim place of the Hindus and one of the seven sacred cities in India. It is a part of the great northern plains and is situated on the west bank of the river Yamuna. Mathura is 141 kms south of Delhi and 47 km northwest of Agra.
    • VRINDAVAN: Vrindavan is a sacred destination of the Hindus and is revered for of its association with the life of Lord Krishna. There are as many as 4,000 temples in Vrindavan, most of them dedicated to Lord Krishna. One of the most impressive of temples is another new construction, the ISKCON Temple (ISKCON: International Society of Krishna Consciousness), which was built with funds from devotees overseas.
    • BATESHWAR: Temples, temples and temples. That’s what greets you, spellbinds you and blesses you in Bateshwar which appears to have derived its name from Bateshwarnath, a title of Lord Shiva. In the world of towering skyscrapers and congested skyline, the sight of 101 temples is both refreshing and invigorating. Bateshwar lies 70 kms east of Agra.
    • BHARATPUR: The Keoladeo Ghana National Park, also known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between two of India’s most historic cities, Agra and Jaipur. This north Indian sanctuary is situated in the country’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, about 190 kms from the national capital of Delhi and is 21 kms northeast of Agra. Bharatpur hosts a variety of bird species from across the globe. Close to 380 species of birds are found in this 29 sq km stretch, approximately 10 sq kms of which comprises of marshes and bogs. Rest of the area comprises of scrublands, grasslands and more than 44,000 trees that are used for nesting by birds each year.


    Delhi to Agra roadtrip is worth mentioning as one of the most knowledgable & exciting experiences till date that behold the resplendence of beauty & art.

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    Nice one buddy, a small but beautiful journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehbkhim View Post
    Nice one buddy, a small but beautiful journey.
    Yeah man.. Agra is vulnerable destination for a perfect weekend!!

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    very nice i must say.. but i would like to add that the traffic opens up and you get wide open spaces only once you cross palwal.. I did this trip in march right after the first service of my R15


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    Quote Originally Posted by jd666 View Post
    very nice i must say.. but i would like to add that the traffic opens up and you get wide open spaces only once you cross palwal.. I did this trip in march right after the first service of my R15
    Exactly jd666.. Only after crossing the crowdy roads of Faridabad & Palwal, one can speed up with ease!!

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    Hey Rahul, nice one dude.. but i m unable to see to pics added between your writeups may be due to some network issue (as accessing through my office network & most of the site are blocked) anyway..nice writeup.. the piece of information mentioned is great too.. but look like some ordinary journey.. you should have rephrased the story in extraordinary way.. my point is excitement is missing.. more to informative journey.. pl do not take it otherwise.. just thought to advise you, as it seems you are capable of excellent writeup... at last best wishes..

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    Quote Originally Posted by himanshumm View Post
    Hey Rahul, nice one dude.. but i m unable to see to pics added between your writeups may be due to some network issue (as accessing through my office network & most of the site are blocked) anyway..nice writeup.. the piece of information mentioned is great too.. but look like some ordinary journey.. you should have rephrased the story in extraordinary way.. my point is excitement is missing.. more to informative journey.. pl do not take it otherwise.. just thought to advise you, as it seems you are capable of excellent writeup... at last best wishes..
    thnx man.. But u know what, travelogues are not meant to be fake or false projected! I write what i experience n that's what I want my readers to know.. Anyways, i'll keep that in mind frm the nxt time.. do vote for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rals.aro View Post
    thnx man.. But u know what, travelogues are not meant to be fake or false projected! I write what i experience n that's what I want my readers to know.. Anyways, i'll keep that in mind frm the nxt time.. do vote for me!
    Definaetely dude, need not to mention (already vote for you) no worries... you know i read your trip "delhi -lucknow roadtrip 2009", it has given me immense inspiration & have planned to tour towards my hometown which is in Sultanpur 102 Km + from lucknow.. good going- and yes congrats for being runnerup.. atleast your wish get true ..

    best wishes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by himanshumm View Post
    Definaetely dude, need not to mention (already vote for you) no worries... you know i read your trip "delhi -lucknow roadtrip 2009", it has given me immense inspiration & have planned to tour towards my hometown which is in Sultanpur 102 Km + from lucknow.. good going- and yes congrats for being runnerup.. atleast your wish get true ..

    best wishes...
    Thanx a lot buddy! Even i have some frens living in Sultanpur.. I suggest you not to follow the same route that i did.. better opt: Delhi-Agra-Kanpur-Lucknow-Sultanpur.. It's a bit longer than the NH24 route that i followed but u'll find awesome roads.. I'm glad that I could inspire you!! More blogs coming from my side soon.. keep a glance on them!

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