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.
Mud Fort Barely 80 km from the din and bustle stands the Mud Fort of Kuchesar, which was built in the mid-18th century by the Jat rulers. The fort has bravely withstood the onslaught of the Marathas, Sikhs, Rohillas, and Rajputs, as well as the French and East India Company. The fort was built with seven turrets so as to withstand the cannons of the British.
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.
Badhkal Lake Situated in the Faridabad district of Haryana, the panoramic Badhkal Lake is a natural pool surrounded by vast lawns and lush greenery. Just over 30 km far, the lake is a popular picnic spot. It also offers boating facilities to tourists.
Kesroli A three-hour drive from Delhi, Kesroli in Rajasthan is the site of a seven-turreted fort built in the 16th century. Believed to have been built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs, the fort commands splendid views of the surroundings from its ramparts.
Surajkund Situated 11 km from the Qutab Minar on the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Surajkund is the site of a perennial lake surrounded by rock-cut steps. The Sun temple built by a Tomar chieftain named Surajpal stood here during AD 1000, the remains of which can still be seen. .
It was around this temple and pool that a tourist resort came up in Surajkund. What began as simple tourist centre in 1987 flowered into a celebration of the centuries-old crafts traditions of India at the annual Surajkund Crafts Mela. As spring glides in, full of warmth and vibrancy leaving the grey winter behind, Surajkund adorns itself with colourful traditional crafts of India. Craftsmen from all over the country assemble at Surajkund during the first fortnight of February to participate in the annual celebration known as the Surajkund Crafts Mela.