AGRA The city of Agra is 200 Kms from Delhi. Agra was the capital of Mughals and the city has retained the Mughal fever in its buildings and social life. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Taj is one of the most extravagant monument ever built for love. The whole structure is built with white marble and is surrounded by fountains & gardens.
Agra also has the imposing Red fort built by Akbar. Near Agra is the Fatehpur Sikri which is also known as Red sandstone capital of Emperor Akbar. This city is built in Red sandstone and has some of the best examples of Rajputana architecture in combination with Moghul architecture. To reach Agra there are conducted tours from Delhi as well as state transport buses ply from Delhi to Agra. There are train services also for Agra.
JAIPUR The capital of Rajasthan is just 300 kms from Delhi and one can take the conducted tour or train or state transport buses to this Pink city. In Jaipur the culture, the tradition, the art, the architecture of Rajasthan appear in full bloom. The Hawa Mahal, the imposing Amer Palace, Nahargarh fort, the city palace, Jantar Mantar and many other places are worth visiting. Jaipur also acts as the corridor to other places in Rajasthan.
BHARATPUR BIRDS SANCTUARY A six hour journey from Delhi, well connected by road and railway is the former princely state of Bharatpur. Time has seen this place in great splendour and today Bharatpur is famous for the Keoladeo national park or popularly called as the Bharatpur Birds sanctuary. The sanctuary houses nearly 400 species of birds and many reptiles and animals. The place is visited by migratory birds and the Siberian cranes. Bharatpur also has the Deegh fort and the museums which tell the saga of a glorious past.
POPULAR PICNIC SPOTS AROUND DELHI There are three lakes in Haryana which can be easily reached from Delhi. The Badhkal lake, the Dum-Dama lake, the Sohna lake are just an hour or so drive from Delhi. Though there are no bus services from Delhi, there are hired taxis available which can take you to these lakes. The Suraj Kund lake is just out the border of Delhi. This Kund has the famous handicraft mela Sultanpur Bird Sancturyorganised in November. There are five star accommodation facility at Suraj Kund.
SULTANPUR LAKE About One and half hour away from the national capital is located a peaceful picnic spot which experiences crowds only on holidays. Sultanpur a lesser known place around Delhi was developed as Birds sanctuary on the lines of Bharatpur. The place has good accommodation facility and restaurants for food. The swamps of the lake has many species of birds, even some migratory birds have been visiting this sanctuary.