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Fatehpur Sikri

40 km. south-west from Agra, on the ridge of a hill lies Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of red sandstone. Here was the Khankah of Sheikh Salim Chisti, a mystic saint who had blessed sonless Akbar that he would definitely get a son. When Akbar was blessed with a son, he not only named him Salim but shifted his capital to Sikri in 1569. But the prevailing circumstances and water problem forced Akber to shift back to Agra. Now it is a ghost and deserted city haunted by the memories of a golden past. Here the great mosque, although attempted to have been the copy of the Masjid at Mecca, is a fine specimen of the Hindu influence in the typically Mohemmedan architecture. The Buland Darwaja is the gateway to this mosque. The important monuments in Fatehpur Sikri, besides the mosque are, Pancha Mahal, Miriam’s House, Jodha Bai’s Palace and Birbal’s House.

Radhaswami Temple

The stupendous structure at Dayal Bagh has been under construction for the last 70 years and may remain ever under construction as it is believed by the sect that their prosperity would stop with the cession of this construction. This enormous monument of marble with exquisite inlay and relief work is a great tourist attraction. Here one can also see for himself how such huge and artistic monuments are raised, embellished. The Samadhi contains the holy relics of Swamiji Maharaj, the founder of the Radhaswami sect.
There is a wide range of hotels, rest houses and tourist bungalows in Agra. Reasonably good and budget class accommodation can be had around Can-. tonment, Railway Station, Vijay Nagar Colony and Sadar Bazar.

Mathura

On the Deihi-Agra highway, 57 km. from Agra, is Mathura, one of the most sacred places of the Hindus. This town is associated with Lord Krishna, the Incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This is the birth place of Lord Krishna and legends connected with his life arc already the part of our mythology. The numerous bathing ghats on the river Yamuna which flows through the town are intimately linked to Lord Krishna’s childhood pranks. The Govt. Museum at Mathura is famous for its ancient art objects. Devout pilgrims throng the streets of Mathura all the year round, more particularly during the days of Ras Lila—in the bright fortnight of the October Month, or at Janmashthami— falling in the end or at the beginning of Sept.. or at the Holi festival. Mathura has been a great cultural and religious centre for Hindus, Jams and Buddhists.

Around Mathura also there are many places of interest. Goverdhan (26 km. away from Mathura), Vrindavan (10 km.), Gokul (20 km.), Barsana (18 km.) arc some of the famous places connected with the Krishna’s legend. The serene, quiet and pious atmosphere is rather unique in the world.

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