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Category Archives: Uttar Pradesh

Spoilt for choices at Chambal National Sanctuary

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Chambal National Santuary

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Chambal National Santuary“It is not a season for Chambal. The best season to be there is from October to March when migratory birds make it their winter home. All the migratory birds have, well, migrated. Mugger crocodile and Gharial only are not alluring enough for me to make a trip. ” Reasoned Manish, my husband. “I know. But there will be resident birds and I want to see our National […]

A Rendezvous with India’s national aquatic animal- Gangetic River Dolphin.

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Chambal National Santuary

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Chambal National SantuaryEver since the Gangetic Dolphin was declared the national aquatic animal of India in 2009, it was on our wishlist. Well, no one can see any wildlife of his own wish. All we can do is go to that place where the wildlife is found, take a ride, wait patiently, and pray for the best of our luck. Wildlife tourism is thus an unpredictable trip and that is […]

Spiritual abode at Fatehpur Sikri

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Fatehpur Sikri

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Fatehpur SikriFatehpur Sikri has all three flavors- Rajsik, Tamsik and Satvik. I covered Rajsik (Royal) attributes of it in my first article, there were shades of Tamsik attributes in the second article; this last and final article is devoted to the Satvik flavor of Sikri. Moving away from Lower Haramsara, we also moved out of the Royal complex. After removing our shoes we entered the Mosque complex through Shahi Darwaza; […]

The Imperial Harem Complex, Fatehpur Sikri

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Fatehpur Sikri

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Fatehpur SikriAkbar is remembered as a liberal ruler who expanded Mughal Empire to the vast region but his lust for women is lesser known. The royal complex of Fatehpur Sikri was witness to his attitude towards women. The number of women in his harem increased with every victorious expedition. The defeated kings and nobles were forced to gift their most beautiful daughters, who together with their maidservants were installed in […]

The abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Fatehpur Sikri

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Fatehpur SikriIn 16th Century, childless and desperate for an heir, the great Mughal Emperor Akbar was blessed by Sheikh Salim-ud-din Chisti – a great Sufi Saint of that time, who prophesied that he would have three sons. Soon after, when Maharani Jodhabai was pregnant, she was sent to Sikri and gave birth to Akbar’s first son in saint’s cave. The grateful king named his son, Salim(who later became Emperor Jahangir), […]