Sreeni’s stunning captures featured in the travel guide : The Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

It is raining! It gives me immense pleasure to share that three India-centric travel books that have been published by Parragon Publishing feature quite a few captures of mine from Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, along with that of beautiful Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and that of Delhi.

The first of the series focuses on the much sought-after tourist circuit, Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra, Jaipur.

The Golden Triangle – Delhi, Jaipur, Agra

A bustling metropolis, the capital of the world’s largest democracy, Delhi is visited by many. Within it are many ancient ruins, remnants of seven cities, of aspirations made and marred by time. Here marauders became emperors, installed themselves on opulent thrones on the strength of their armies. Even today people from many corners of the country and the world come here to study, transact business or to just travel. Of the many weekend destinations the favourites by a long haul are Jaipur and Agra.

by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The City Palace and Jaigarh and Amber forts buzz with sightseers throughout the year. Taj Mahal. Together the three cities form the Golden Triangle of India, a luscious dollop for those looking to do India in a hurry.

Some of the many reasons you might want to pick up this book : Travelling to Delhi for a short while and want to see some other places as well. No vacations in sight and need some respite from life in Delhi. Lived in Delhi, Agra or Jaipur since forever and still haven’t been inside any of its monuments. Just want to curl up with a book that has incredible visuals and lucid text.

It is a low-cost edition with stunning photographs and is priced an affordable Rs 295. If you happen to be in a book store, just browse and look for my captures. Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks.


Incredible India! Fatehpur Sikri – Mughal Architecture at its best (sreeni on road)

The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri
The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri

This is in continuation of the last story on road, that I shared in the previous posting. When we reached Agra with all the intention to see Taj with our kids, after the smooth, pacy and yet the adventurous ride on the new expressway, we got stuck for a couple of hours in the traffic snarls of ill-prepared Agra. Agra never witnessed such flood of vehicles ever in its history, in its narrow lanes. It could not entertain the huge rush from Delhi that took the newly inaugurated expressway. So, quickly we exited and headed towards Fatehpur Sikri, that I have never visited before. Thanks to Indira and Mallika who insisted on going there at any cost to untie the knots at the chisti’s abode that they tied a couple of years ago, praying for our second child. Now that Svwara arrived in our life, we headed to the chisthi.

Thus we reached Fatehpur Sikiri and I was flabbergasted at the expanse of Mughal Architecture and its finery. I am always astonished at the Vision, Design, Execution and craftsmanship that go into making such grand structures, that have been existing in this land of INDIA for a cover 2000-3000 years, many are still standing majestically!

The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri from inside
The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri from inside

According to contemporary historians, Emperor Akbar took a great interest in the building of Fatehpur Sikri and probably also dictated its architectural style. Seeking to revive the splendours of Persian court ceremonial made famous by his ancestor Timur, Akbar planned the complex on Persian principles. But the influences of his adopted land came through in the typically Indian embellishments. The Easy availability of sandstone in the neighbouring areas of Fatehpur Sikri, also meant that all the buildings here were made of the red stone. The imperial Palace complex consists of a number of independent pavilions arranged in formal geometry on a piece of level ground, a pattern derived from Arab and central Asian tent encampments. In its entirety, the monuments at Fatehpur Sikri thus reflect the genius of Akbar in assimilating diverse regional architectural influences within a holistic style that was uniquely his own. Built during the 16th century, the Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collection of Mughal architecture in India

For the full canvas of sreeni’s photopaintings of the Fatehpur sikri, visit travel blog link ofsreeni on road

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Yamuna Expressway! Indian ways – Bane or Boon! check out Sreeni on Road

On August 9th, early morning as I was nearing Greater Noida, the whole expressway was blocked, cars were parked on the ‘expressway’ in a very haphazard manner. One cannot imagine anywhere in the world such an in-disciplined way of parking on an expressway, where traffic is permitted to move at 120Kmph! Very soon I realized as I approached the new fly-over (has been new for the last few months) that takes off the Greater Noida-Agra Yamuna expressway, as temporary pandals have been erected, festooned with flowers and flowing sheer fabrics. I got to know that our ‘beloved’ young CM of UP, Akhilesh Yadav, is going to inaugurate the expressway. I did see huge crowds with the cars parked all over the road, but the security was not as ‘z’ as it would be for a CM.

The Clove Take off at the entrance of Yamuna expressway; this photo courtesy - YEIDA
The Clove Take off at the entrance of Yamuna expressway; this photo courtesy – YEIDA

I realized the next day through the newspapers that our CM has gone Hi-tech, as he inaugurated the expressway virtually! Irony, the CM inaugurates with technology, but neither his brethren have basic courtesies of parking, nor the traffic policemen were mindful of their duties. Many times, the behaviour of traffic policemen makes me wonder whether they themselves are aware of the traffic rules and the regulations.

For the full photo-essay on YAMUNA EXPRESSWAY, just head to my travelogue – Sreeni on Yamuna Expressway : Exciting Places, Interesting Perspectives

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