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November 30, 2010

One Day ride – Noida to fathepur sikiri(UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Duration/Date Time: One day ride, 28-Nov-2010

Rider: Udhaya Kumar.V

Road Map/Status:

Noida –NH2à Faridabad -> Palwal -> Mathura -> Bharatpur -> fathepur sikiri  (215km)

Mathura to Bharatpur – Its bad road/slow road. Better instead of taking this deviation, keep riding towards Agra and take Agra ring road, ride back to Fathepur in Udaipur road. its very fast and good road to reach. If you want see Taj and Agra Fort, Better you can reach agra and ride back to Fathepur.

NH2 – we can find lot of local traffic in this road.

Total Distance: 450 KM (Round Trip)

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/FatehpurSikri

Ride Log:

Agra having lot of great place(Taj, Agra Fort, etc) to see. I have visited to agra long back, but I missed to see Fathepura Sikiri. I am seeing lot of good review about this place, yes offcourse its listed under UNESCO World Heritage Place. So I decided to ride fathepur sikiri and spend one day. Any way its 200km from Noida. There is High way NH2 and Express High way(Yamuna Express HW) runs between Delhi and Agra. But Biks not allowed in Express High way. So I should go through NH2. After riding in NH2, I realized lot of local traffic on this road. Even till Faridabad plenty of construction happening in this road like Delhi Metro, Elevated High Ways, etc. Faridabad growing fast J Delhi Metro keep growing all the direction and reached Farridabad. I think every city defining own rule for elevated highway, in Faridabad bikes not allowed in this elevated highway, but buses allowed.

I reached Mathura and took deviation towards Bharatpur, After I realized its single and bad local road. But it will be good to see local villages also.

Fathepur Sikiri:

was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570, in honour of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti. Fatehpur Sikri sits on rocky ridge, 3 km. in length and 1 km. wide, and palace city is surrounded by a 11 km wall on three side with the fourth being a lake at the time. The buildings of Fatehpur Sikri show a synthesis of various regional schools of architectural craftsmanship. This was because indigenous craftsmen from various regions were used for the construction of the buildings. Influences from Hindu and Jain architecture are seen hand in hand with Islamic elements.

fathepur sikiri - Buland Darwaza (Victory Gate)

Jama Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri: Mughal emperor Akbar tried to integrate Indian three religious(Hindu, Muslim and Christian) in different ways. Even We can see this religious integration reflection in this Jama Masjid architecture at one place.

Jama Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri

Muslim architecture at Jama Masjid

Hindu architecture at Jama Masjid

Christian architecture at Jama Masjid

Natural AC: You can find very beautiful working natural AC in this architecture. its really works. There is the hole in the wall extending till top.

Natural working AC in the Architecture

Its like House window Mirror: We can able to see things from inside to outside. But from outside we can’t see anything in inside.

You can very well see things from inside. you can see anything from outside. its beautiful design.

Rain Water Harvesting: Beautiful rain water Harvesting design in the architecture. All the rain water will be routed through this pillar (this will be used as pillar and pipe also). This water will be routed and saved near place. Same as there is beautiful water drainage(waste water) system available to route to different place in this fort.

Rain Water Harvesting System

Udhaya Kumar.V



November 26, 2010

One Day – Ride at Delhi

20-Nov-2010, Noida to Delhi.

Ride Type: Just ride at Delhi

Riders: Udhaya Kumar.V

Date/Duration: 20-Nov-2010, 1 Day

Distance : 75 Km (Round Trip)

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/DelhiRide

Delhi Tourist Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tourist_attractions_in_Delhi

Road Map: I just followed Delhi Tourist Map. Please refer this.

Ride Log:

I transported my bike to Noida from Bangalore for short assignment, So I have to use my week end to explore nearby places. Today I took my bike plan for ride Delhi to see some of the famous tourist place. Yes off course Delhi having lot of Heritage places and famous market to visit. Even we have three UNESCO World Heritage place (Humayun’s Tomb, Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Red Fort Complex) in Delhi & must see.

09.30 AM: I reached Akshardham temple. This place highly organized well and maintained very clean. Camera, bags, etc nothing allowed inside the temple and keep it outside in locker . We have to gothrough security check to reach temple & its look like Airport security check !! Its very beautiful architecture in the modern world. Must see this place one time.  After coming out I realized there is lot of tourist and students coming to this place & heavily crowded.

AKSHARDHAM: Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. The temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi, was officially opened on 6 November 2005.

Akshardham Hindu temple

Akshardham Hindu temple

11.00 AM: I reached RajGhat, its next and near to Akshardham temple. Its one of the important place in delhi, which you can see more world leaders visited. It’s very simple and silent place.

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi’s cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi

12.00 PM: I reached Jama Masjid. Its looks great when you see this from main road, but its very badly maintained near places and street. I don’t know why this beautiful tourist place maintained very ugly. We have to purchase ticket to claim on Jama Masjid tower, you can go to top of the tower and get very good view of delhi and redfort. Don’t miss it tower watch.

Jama Masjid: Built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid’s large courtyard, onion domes and central tank are built of red sandstone and white marble in the Indo-Islamic style.

Jama Masjid - Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

Jama Masjid - Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

01.00 PM: Redfort exactly opposite to Jama Masjid. Its just walkable. Other wise you can first visit to RedFort and park your vehicle in RedFort parking area. After you can visit to Jama Masjid, any way its walkable.

Red Fort: This grand fort built during the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s reign, this majestic building made of red sandstone is the location from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation every Independence Day. The Diwan-e-khas, and Diwan-e-am, the weaponry museum and the sound and light show are all worth seeing at the Red Fort.

Redfort - Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's

02.00 PM: I reached India Gate, This place was filled by tourist and students. Its look like some festival season. WE will have very good Rashtrapati Bhawan view from this place. After I went to near Rashtrapati Bhawan. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held.

India Gate: Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies – an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.

India Gate

India Gate

Rashtrapati Bhawan: The president’s mansion is situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing, for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in spring, are an added attraction.

03.30 PM: Next I went to National Meseum and spend some time. Its very near to India Gate.

National Meseum

06.00 PM: I reached home at Noida, Sec 55. Day went well !!

Still I have to see three more(Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar) important places at Delhi. Let see one more day.

-Udhaya Kumar.V

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