For those thinking to drive to Agra in one of these weekends, deviate a bit on the Expressway, after the cut to Mathura on the Expressway and there you land in the Princely state of Awagarh. Around 250 kilometres away from Delhi, and barely 60 from Agra, lie the rugged and less explored terrains of Awagarh, located in the Etah region of Uttar Pradesh. Etah has been witness to some of the most important historical events and there’s plenty of proof available to support this claim. One can spot several historical structures, dating back to a couple of hundred years, located in and around the place.
It was one winter morning that I decided to visit this Royal beauty nestled and hidden from the crowded world. Invited by Prince Bhumendra Pal Singh, I knew there was some much awesomeness and surprise in store. The royal family of Awagarh has played an important role in restoring the bygone glory, in terms of socio-cultural uplift of the society, of the Rajputs – starting with education, Raja Balwant Singh has been the torchbearer in laying the foundation of some of the most important institutions in the area.
Introduing me to the historical background of the place I was breifed that this Princely state of Awagarh was founded by Thakur Chhatarbhuj Singh in 1701. The royals of this Thikana didn’t suppor tmuch pomp and show and have always played it down.
The fort today where the royal family stays is almost more than 300 years old Awagarh fort and is one of the largest and oldest Hindu forts in this region.Standing the test of time and more along with proper care the original condition of the fort is still much great.
The royal fort, located on top of a mount, is visible from a distance. In the season of mustard in bloom, it’s surrounded by pretty yellow flowers all around – this simply adds to the charm of the place.
Surrounded by immense flaura and fauna, this 108-acre pristine fort, of the long forgotten kingdom of Jadon rulers, is simply majestic. As I toured around the fort complex, there was glimpses of the royal past all over. you can catch a glimpse of the long-lost history of Jadons. The family temple of Radha–Krishna sees much celebration during Basant Panchami. One can also engage in adventure sports, which have been specially set for the tourists.
Apart from the royal beauty around 20 minutes from Awagarh, is the Patna Vihar Bird Sanctuary, a protected haven for birds in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. Every year, during winter the sanctuary sees around 100 varieties of birds, like cormorants, mynahs, ducks, herons, geese, and more, coming and making this place their home.
The natural fresh water shallow wetland sees much water to support vegetation, and there are seven watchtowers that gives you a 360-degree view of the land.
After a session of bird-watching, I got a chance to interact with the local caretaker who gos out of his way in this almost no attended sanctuary to make sure the visitors get are comfortable.
Winters are the best to visit here. This happens to be the smallest bird sanctuary in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Distance: 250 km from Delhi via Yamuna Expressway
Time Taken: 3 hours by car
Best Time To Visit: November To March
Note – Parts of this write-up by the same author have been published on WhatsHot