Travelled : 265 klm by coach from Jaipur in Rajasthan to Agra in Uttar Pradesh
Visited : Chandi Baori Step Well, Ruins of Harshat Mata and Fatehpur Sikri
Stayed : Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra.
After a full day in Jaipur yesterday its another day on the road. We rise early and decide on a walk around our little piece of Jaipur just to get the blood flowing. To our surprise we find several gated communities and we walk through noting some lovely home with their staff out early gardening and tiding up.
Back in an hour, we breakfast and say goodbye to the Hotel Sarovar Portico. The food wasn’t as good as the Radisson in Delhi but the rooms were nice and the fast wifi was handy for Skyping and emailing trying to locate our lost bag.
Anyway an hour later we are out of Jaipur on the motorway heading east, its another dual carriage way but the left lane appears to be dedicated camel drawn wagons and wandering cattle this morning. Another hour passes, some hills appear on the horizon from time to time but its mostly flat country. The driver calls we are turning for something.
We arrive at the Chandi Baori to have a swarm of locals selling this and that, they are persistent but avoiding eye contact, saying ‘no thank you’ and keep moving seems to work.
An hour later we stop for lunch at a roadside restaurant and have a surprisingly good rolled roti. Then its another hour on the road to Sikri.
The ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) is only a few kilometres off the 21. It’s another very touristy place, we have a company guide meet us in the carpark, this help us pass the local sellers and provide commentary.
This amazing city palace was constructed over 19 years (according to our guide or 14 years according to Wikipedia) from 1571. Predominately of red sandstone with some white marble construction, the complex is well preserved.
Our tour of Sikri concludes, we are happy to clean our feet and get our shoes back on. We make our way to the bus and back onto the 21 for Agra.
We all breath a sigh of relief as we drive through the gates in the Hotel Clarks Shiraz and find the bar.