|Delhi Darwaza is the main entrance to the old town of Farrukh Nagar. It is a much happening place with many shops around.|
Farrukh Nagar is some 30 Kms from Gurgoan but to most people this place is unheard off. This town in Gurgoan district is little affected by the corporate greed and expansion but it may soon fall away along with the charms of the 19th century world. Exploring this town is like going back to time on a time machine. It’s hard to believe what you see. So much of past remains in this town! Old entrance, busy streets, old shops, old buildings are all you see. It makes you wander why you have never heard of this place before. Farrukh Nagar was built by Faujdar Khan a governor of Mughal emperor Farrukhsiyar in 1732 and named after the Mughal emperor. He also built most of the important monuments like Sheesh mahal, Baoli and Jama Masjid which are popular attractions here.
I first heard of Farrukh Nagar when I was planning a visit to Sultanpur National Park. To reach the park I had to take a bus to Farrukh Nagar and get down at Sultanpur, midway. Though the tickets are as cheap as Rs.18, the ride was comfortable and the view was good with lots of greenery and interesting huts and houses. The problem arose once I got down at Farrukh Nagar. I couldn’t avoid people’s stares because I had a DSLR camera around my arms. The locals are not used to seeing people on rucksack and cameras. It doesn’t happen in lots of places elsewhere in Rajasthan or
because they are used to seeing lots of tourists. Here they aren’t. Agra
|Sheesh Mahal is now left to the monkeys and parrots to look after. The monkeys here can be dangerous. They are not afraid of anything. One huge male monkey blocked my way and when I quietly tried to pass by he threatened me with a serious snarling.|
|A Jama Masjid near the Sheesh Mahal. It must have been used as worship place for centuries.|
|This small town knows how to keep the charms alive. Here the least happening place can fascinate you and spring surprises like this forgotten house by the small alley of the town.|
How to Reach: Take a bus from Gurgaon bus stand to Farrukh Nagar for Rs 18.