Contriving a trip is quite a difficult task. I got familiar with this fact after I was asked to plan a trip by my younger brother.
One thing was final that me and my cousin brother will go to Agra on my bike(XCD 125) and meet our nephews over there. I started with searching tourist places in Agra. And here is what I got:
Taj Mahal, Agra TourismAgra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj-Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Red Fort, Agra TravelBuilt by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort Is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-E-Am, Diwani-E-Khaas and Musanman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment beside Jahangirs place, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.
Itmad – Ud – Daula
Itmad-Ud-Daula, Agra Travels & ToursTo the north of the fort and across the river yamuna are several fine examples of mughal architecture. The itmad -ud -daula was build by the empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, is beautifully ornamented with pietra dura inlay and lattice work marble screens.
Chini Ka Rauza
Chini Ka Rauza, Agra TourismThe tomb of Afzal khan, the persian poet and minister at Shah Jehan’s court gets its name from the brightly coloured glazed tiles that decorate it, lies just 1km beyond itmad-ud-daula.
Sikandra Fort, Agra Travel12km the tomb of Akbar, begun by the emperor himself and completed by his son, Jehangir. This richly decorated structure is a quaint mixture of styles.
Radhaswamy Satsang, Dayalbagh
This highly ornate memorial to the founder of the Radhaswamy satsang has been in the making for several years and is still being worked upon. It is entirely in marble, upon which every manner of ornamentation has been applied.
Sur Sarovar is a picturesque lake located about 23 km away from Agra, in Uttar Pradesh. Also known as the “Keetham Lake”, this astounding water body has always been a favorite haunt for group picnickers and nature lovers. Its serene beauty is said to have had influenced the poetic imagination of the great Sur Das. Sur Sarovar falls under the Sur Das Reserved Forest and was declared as a National Bird Sanctuary in 1991. More than 100 species of migratory and native birds are found in this 7.13 sq km of tranquil paradise. Major bird species found here are gadwals and shovellers, bar-headed geese, brahminy ducks, sarus cranes, Siberian cranes and spoonbills. It is also home to more than 18 species of reptiles and 12 species of mammals.
South-west of Agra is the deserted imperial city Fatehpur Sikri, one of India’s most alluring and breathtaking monuments. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, this royal city is one of a kind. Every building, pavement, and courtyard in the complex is completely covered in red sandstone. It has a wonderful sense of space and freedom; a perfect combination of intricate workmanship and architecture on a monumental scale. The city of Fatehpur Sikri is a complicated complex of palaces and courtyards, full of light and air, unlike any of the palaces of Europe where the climate necessitated closed cloisters.
After reading all this, I realized that visiting these places isn’t gonna be enough. As I am more of a traveler than a tourist, I thought that we shall go for a longer run. While I googled for the nearest hill station to Agra, I came across Dehradun. It was possible that my nephews take a bike and the four of us leave for Dehradun from Agra(381 km).
Proposed Time line:
6am=Departure from delhi
5am=Departure from Agra
7am=breakfast in Aligarh
11am=time out at meerut
2pm=Lunch in Saharanpur
4pm=Search for hotel in Dehradun (mall road or landore bazar)
5pm=Dehradun site seeing (telescope at top hill by ropeway)
5am=Leave for Mussoorie
7am=Breakfast at mussoorie
9am=Camel’s back road which is a good for trekking and horse riding
11am=Jwalaji Temple (benog hill)
1pm=Departure from Mussoorie
3pm=Kempty Fall , Mossey Fall , Bhatta Fall , Jharipani Fall are some of the falls in and around the Doon Valley.
Departure from Dehradun similar schedule to reach Delhi before evening.
Note: This is just an approximate idea. The actual schedule may vary according to the situation.
Driving License, Vehicle documents(pollution check, insurance, RC), First aid kit, Torch, Match box, Extra Towel, Water bottle
A few tips:
Stay hydrated, have plenty of cool water at hand.
Wear helmet, sun will bake your head like a cake if you don’t keep it covered.
Cooling neck rap, soak a towel in water and wring it out. It will keep your neck and cool for hours.
Lastly carry some snacks, sweet and salty ones. These kinds of snacks will give you energy and cause you to get thirsty. Getting thirsty will help to remind you to stay hydrated.
The path to be followed:
1 Straight(0.7 km) on Ghalibpura Rd going toward Mata Gomaci Devi Tandon Rd
2 Continue down Mantola Rd: 0.6 km
3 Take Slight 4th Right, go 0.1 km
4 Take Slight 2nd Left, go <100m
5 1st Left (past Hotel Prince Sanjay on the right) onto NH3 Hwy, go 0.8 km
6 1st Left (past Agra Fort Railway Station on the left) onto NH3 Hwy, go 0.7 km
7 1st Right onto Kanpur Rd(NH2 Hwy), go 1 km
8 Continue down Aligarh Rd(NH93 Hwy): 14 km (Past Itima Ud Daulah Tomb on the left).
Enter Agra District at 5.2 km.
9 Continue down NH93 Hwy: 66 km.
Enter Hathras District.
Via Sadabad, Hathras, Sasni at 29 km.
Enter Aligarh District at 50 km.
Enter Aligarh at 63 km.
10 Left onto Grand Trunk Rd(NH91 Hwy), go 62 km.
Leave Aligarh at 2.6 km.
Enter Bulandshahar District at 25 km.
Via Khurja at 46 km.
11 Right onto Grand Trunk Rd(NH91 Hwy), go 0.2 km
12 Slight 1st Left onto Grand Trunk Rd(NH91 Hwy), go 3.5 km.
Via Bulandshahr at 1.9 km.
13 Continue down SH18 Hwy: 65 km.
Via Gulaothi at 19 km.
Enter Ghaziabad District at 19 km.
Via Hapur at 34 km.
Via Meerut District at 48 km.
Enter Meerut at 60 km.
14 Continue down NH58 Hwy: 54 km (Past Jagat Talkies on the left).
Via Meerut District at 16 km.
Enter Muzaffarnagar District at 26 km.
Via Khatauli, Khatauli Rural at 32 km.
Enter Muzaffarnagar at 51 km.
15 Slight Left onto NH58 Hwy, go 49 km.
Leave Muzaffarnagar at 2.4 km.
Enter Uttaranchal at 27 km.
Via Manglaur at 42 km.
Via Hardwar District at 45 km.
Enter Roorkee at 48 km.
16 Left onto Dehradun Rd(NH73 Hwy), go 1.1 km
17 Slight 3rd Right (past Brahma Hospital on the right) onto Dehradun Rd(NH73 Hwy), go 2.6 km
18 Slight Left (past Dataram Navyug Vidyalay Junior High School on the left) to follow NH73 Hwy, go 9.3 km.
Enter Hardwar District at 1 km.
19 Continue down NH72A Hwy: 56 km.
Enter Uttar Pradesh at 10 km.
Via Chhutmalpur at 13 km.
Enter Uttaranchal at 33 km.
Via Dehradun District at 48 km.
Enter Dehradun at 49 km.
20 Continue down : 0.3 km (Past Central Bank on the left)
21 Slight 1st Left (past Goyal Sweets on the right) onto Tilak Rd, go 0.8 km
22 Slight 2nd Left (past Shri Guru Ram Rai Public School on the left) onto Chakrata Rd(NH72 Hwy), go 0.5 km
23 Arrive at destination
But this trip seems to be too long for others. I am just hoping that they get permissions from their parents or they come up with a better idea.