Top 10 Places to Visit near Delhi within 200 Kms

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New Delhi is the capital city of India. Situated in the northern part of India, the capital city is always play host to the people from different part of the country and even internationally. People love to hangover to the happening places in and around delhi. Youngsters throng the nearby places of visits during weekends.

Top 10 Places To Visit near Delhi within 200 kms

Although there are a lot of places in New Delhi and walled city of Delhi to enjoy time with family and friends, people love to spend time together at nearby destinations too. They plan their itiernaries such as they could return home in the late nights or after a brief stay of one day, could be back to their homes. Here is the list of top 10 places to visit near Delhi within 200 kms. You can chose amongst them:

1. Agra, UP

Agra is a historical city where rulers of different dynasty, especially Mughals, ruled the country. There are innumerable monuments and places to visit for a tourist. the city is also home to the three UNESCO Heritage Sites– the great Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Taj Mahal Agra

Taj Mahal Agra– the synonym of love (Pic: www.travelandleisure.com)

Exactly 200 kms away from New Delhi, Agra is accessible by railway and road routes very easily. There are a number of trains, from normal to luxury, which passes through Agra and nack to the capital city of India. Similarly, road routes to Agra have been re-developed recently and you can get here by cab or luxury coaches easily and comfortably.

Akbar Tomb at Sikandara, Mehtab Bagh, Ram Bagh, Jama Masjid, Chini ka Rauza, Mariam’s Tomb, Baby Taj or Itmad-ud-Daula are also the icons of Mughal architecture and history.

Agra is also home to Radha Soami sect of faith where people from the worldover visit and adopt a way of living. Guru-ka-Taal is the renowned gurudwara, which is also established here by the followers of Sikhism.

2.Mathura, UP

Mathura represents the holy city of India for Hindus worldwide. The city of temples is situated about 150 kilometers from New Delhi towards Agra. The birth place of Lord Shri Krishna, it is a pilgrimage for Hindu devotees.

Prem Mandir, Vrindavan

Prem Mandir is the icon of religious architecture in Brij region (Pic: www.shrikripaluji-maharaj-blogspot.com)

Mathura has an ancient history with ruler of yadu dynasty. Archaeological Survey of India also accepts that the city has its mention in the  the Ramayana epic. In the epic, the Ikshwaku prince Shatrughna slays a demon called Lavanasura and claims the land. Afterwards, the place came to be known as Madhuvan as it was thickly wooded, then Madhupura and later Mathura.

3.Vrindavan, UP

Vrindavan, a town in the district of Mathura, India is the holy city known for its ancient and contemporary temples. Most of the temples are devoted to the memory of Lord Krishna and His accomplishes. About 11 kilometers away from the city of Mathura, Vrindavan is the place, where Lord Krisha is believed to spend his childhood days.The town has  temples which are dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered holy or sacred by Vaishnavism sect of Hindus.

Prem Mandir, Vrindavan, Fountains

Fountains at Prem Mandir (Pic: www.guidinghawk.com)

Built in 1862 after the image of Banke-Bihari was discovered in Nidhi Vana by Swami Haridas, it is one of the most revered temple of Vrindavan and Mathura region. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Jhulan Yatra, the swing festival of Lord Krishna, there are a number of silver-plated and some solid silver ornamented swings, which are shown at this time to the deotees. The main day of Jhulan Yatra is the third day of the waxing moon, at which time Shri Bankey Bihari is placed on a golden swing.

4. Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Keoladeo National Park which was earlier known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, is a famous sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident there. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of scientists interested in bird watching arrive here in the hibernal season.

Bharatpur Ghana Bird Sanctuary

A view of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Pic: www.amazingindia.com)

The park was established as a national park on 10 March 1982. Previously the private duck shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur since the 1850s, the area was designated as a bird sanctuary on 13 March 1976 and a Ramsar site under the Wetland Convention in October 1981

5. Deeg, Rajasthan

Deeg was the capital of the Jat kings before they shifted to Bharatpur. Badan Singh, who came to the throne in 1721, built a palace here. Due to its strategic location and proximity to Agra, Deeg had to face repeated attacks by invaders. His son, prince Suraj Mal, began the construction of a fortress around the palace around 1730. The fort had massive walls keep away raiders.

Deeg Palace

Deeg Palace (Pic: www.indiatravels.com)

The Jat rulers were influenced by the magnificence of the Mughal courts of Agra and Delhi. The design of the gardens has been inspired by the Mughal Charbagh. The palace forms a quadrangle with a garden and walkways at its centre. Decorative flowerbeds, shrubs, trees and fountains cool the place considerably during summer. Two huge water tanks, Gopal Sagar and Rup Sagar, on either side also helped to bring down the temperature.

6. Neemrana, Alwar

Neemrana is situated at 122 km from Delhi and 150 km from Jaipur on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Behror tehsil. It is situated in between Behror and Shahajahanpur. It is the site of a 16th-century hill-fort occupied by Chauhans till 1947. The erstwhile ruling family is considered to be of the direct lineage of Prithviraj Chauhan.

Neemrana Fort Palace

Neemrana Fort Palace (Pic: www.travellerachin.wordpress.com)


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Some distance from Neemrana is another fort, Kesroli in Alwar district, that is one of the oldest heritage sites. In Kesroli one gets to see the oldest remains of Buddhist Vihara at Viratnagar where the Pandavas spent the last year of their exile incognito; Pandupole, with the only reclining statue of Hanuman; the samadhi of the ruler saint Bhartrihari.

7. Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Situated in the state of Uttarakhand, the picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity of the park serve as its major attractions for both nature lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts. In the year 1983, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttaranchal was merged with Motichur and Chilla wildlife sanctuaries and made into Rajaji National Park.

Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand (Pic: www.hillpost.in)

The park has been named after Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari (also known as Rajaji), a famous freedom fighter and first governor general of India . Rajaji National Park of India spreads over an area of 820.42 sq km and is open to visitors only from Mid-November to Mid-June.

8. Hastinapur, Meerut, UP

Located on the right bank of an old bed of the Ganga, known as the capital of the Kauravas of the Mahabharata fame. Hastinapur was the capital of the Kuru Kingdom. All incidents in the epic Mahabharata have taken place in the city of Hastinapur. The birth of the Mahabharata villains, the 100 Kauravas, happened here, by their mother, Queen Gandhari, wife of King Dhritarashtra. On the bank of the Budhi Ganga, two places known as Draupadi Ghat and Karna Ghat remind one of the Mahabharata personages.

Hastinapur

Jain temple in Hastinapur (Pic: www.jainstones.in)

Hastinapur is a town  around 37 km from Meerut and 90 km north-east of Delhi on National Highway 119. Located in the ruins of the old city of Hastinapur, Pandeshwar temple, believed to be around 7000-year-old is dedicated to Lord Shiva.This temple is believed to be a place where Kauravas and Pandavas took education of Vedas and Puranas. A temple of Goddess Kali and many Hindu Ashrams are also present on hillock of the ruins. Besides, a number of Jain temples andsa gurudwara is also situated there.

9. Shukrtal, Muzaffarnagar, UP

Shukratal is a well-known religious town under Muzaffarnagar district. It is the place where Rishi Suka narrated the Bhagwat Purana to Parikshit Maharaj for 7 days before he was bitten to death by snake king takshaka as per the prophecy/curse . The thousands of years old Vat Vriksha (banyan tree) associated with times of Mahabharata and under which the historical event of Bhagwat Purana narration by rishi Suka to grandson of arjuna, the dying king Parikshit happened. It is said that because the tree witnessed and heard the Bhagwat Purna straight from rishi Suka maharaj it has become immortal. Every year lakhs of devotees come to do Parikrama (circling the perimeter of tree on foot) of this ancient tree. The divine tree Kalpavriksha planted by Swami Omanand ji and Vijaypal Baghel in Navgriha Vatika of Shuktirth.

Shukrtal

The legendary tree at Shukrtal (Pic: www.shukrtal.in)

Shukratal is also famous for its temple with sky-high statues of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The river Ganga also passes through Shukratal, flowing straight from Haridwar.

10. Sardhana, Meerut, UP

Basilica of Our Lady of Graces is a Roman Catholic Church in Sardhana, 19 km north-west of Meerut, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Being close to Hastinapur, which is also in Meerut district, the capital of Kauravas of Mahabharata, Sardhana is also known for the ancient Mahadev Temple that is believed to be dating from the Mahabharata period. It was here that the Pandavas prayed before leaving for the Lakshagrah, the notorious palace made of lac by Duryodhana, at the confluence of the Hindon and Krishna rivers. This palace was located at Varnavrat, the present Barnava, where the prince resided with their mother Kunti.

Sardhana Church

Sardhana– the church of Sumru (Pic: Raj gopal s Verma)

In the 19th century, Sardhana was the capital of the Begum Samru, born as Farzana Zebunisa in 1751, and considered to be the only Catholic ruler in India. She married in her early teens, a mercenary soldier Walter Reinhardt Sombre of Luxembourg, who was operating in India. Samru is but a mispronunciation of his surname Sombre. On his death in 1778 she succeeded to the command of his mercenary troops, and subsequently converted to Catholicism in 1781, under the name Johanna.

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