This weekend, we went for Agra , Mathura and vrindavan trip. It’s 5 hour drive from our home in gurgaon. The driver arranged by Ms. Mallika, www.uniqueindiatour.com was good, except his continuous chewing of gutka, and irritatingly stopping the car to spit out. But, when you have company from our house to the driver, there is nothing to complain of. I have nothing against people who chew gutkha, but – please spare us by keeping your mouth shut. It will save my stomach from futher discomfort.
Ok, I think i cribbed enough. What to do, this is my solace point to crib on things that cannot be shouted aloud….
Coming back to our wonderful trip, We first went to Agra, and stayed at Royal Residency. Neat, and good. Pretty liked the place. the next day free breakfast was also filling with poori, poha and other western stuff too. The TajMahal is very near, and we visited it late in the afternoon. Wow, what a breathtaking beauty!!! I could only stand in awe and look at the grandeur and its magificience. One tip though – go with a guide. If you are lucky, you’ll get a good one – we got a goverment guide for Rs. 475. When I looked at him in suspicion – he asked us to give the money only if we are satisfied. True to his word, he took some great shots, and showed us lot of things other usual travellers didn’t see. I didn’t climb the taj – to roam around the duplicate coffins – somehow thought that it’s not needed. Taj – there is nothing to describe here – If you have the money and time — do pay a visit, and keep the image stable in one corner of your heart…
After that, we went to the famously disappointing “sound and light show” at agra fort. Sitting there out, and freezing my young one – all I could see is darkness, with lights on and off and a famous poet’s commentary behind. Needless to say, I came out in 10 minutes. come on, I studied all the moghul history for years, wasting my childhood.. Avoid..!!!
Next day morning,we visited the Agra fort, and had a loooong walk – the fort never ends ! From the fort, we could see Taj in dense fog, and it was a great shot as well. Visit the fort with comfortable shoes, and ready to walk and explore the moghul grandeur.. Worth the visit..
Our empty stomachs were filled by Indiana restaurant and Udipi. I would rate Indiana restaurant a 0.5 / 5 , mainly because of the worst customer support, followed by uneatable food, followed by exorbiant bill. Udipi – 3.5/5, for good customer support, above average tasting south indian food, and bearable bill. Best part was, they even prepared dinner for my little one, on our request !! 🙂
Next destination was Mathura, where Lord Sri Krishna was born. We missed the main temple – it was closed. Got to seee Sri Krishna Janma Sthali, and few other exhibits. An overwhelming lot of emotions in display on my face. The architecture was also something to see and appreciate. Like Taj, this biggest temple in North india was a beauty in its own. We got an old guide, who was good enough to recite some verses of Srimad bhagavadgita and make us more happy.
The final stop was Vrindavan – Sri Ranganath temple. The guide, a young chap explained meticulously on the history, and guided us through the temple and outside. One thing that remained in my mind is : Asking us to clap and smile, as we pray to god. The reason is, Lord Sri krishna spent his childhood at Vrindavan and no body should ever be sad. The temple darshan was great. Although other famous temples were in the itinerary, my mother in law’s health didn’t permit and we drove back to gurgaon.
Mathura, Vrindavan and Agra are in sharp contrast to my expectations – that of decent homes and good facilities. Just outside world famous monuments and historical places, you will fall short counting the number of slums surrounding it. It’s high time Ms. Mayawati, the honorary chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, atleast try to think about these things.
My end of journey was rather mixed – I felt so great watching Taj, Agra fort and Lord Sri Krishna’s abode – but also felt very heavy in heart looking at so many poor and unnourished children and families.