When I had only 60 hours to spend in the nation’s capital- A Travelogue

When I had only 60 hours to spend in the nation’s capital- A Travelogue

When I had only 60 hours to spend in the nation’s capital This was a part of the trip we made to Uttarakhand-Delhi in June 2015. It was a family trip consisting of seven members. I strongly insisted on adding the nation’s capital in our itinerary even though many members have already been there. After continuing requests, the proposal got accepted but only 3 days were kept for Delhi. It was a long wait that finally came ended when the Dehradum-New Delhi Janshatabdi Express reached The New Delhi Station. Upon reaching the Station, one would find ample of people trying to offer you cab rides and even willing to take you to a hotel. Beware of such people and their traps. Try to be very cautious in this station with your belongings. We pre-booked Hotel Maanvi from Kolkata itself. I used my phone GPS to find out the actual distance of the hotel from the station. It found it to be close and it was indeed. We opted for three autos to reach our hotel located at Arakashan Road, Pahargunj in the road just opposite to the station. In this regard, I would like to let you know that try to hire autos by fixing the fare before the ride. Because in most cases, they cheat the travellers by taking longer routes purposely to charge a higher fare in the meter. We were previously told about this and we followed the same advice throughout. Once we reached the hotel, we sat in the waiting space and after the formalities were done we finally reached our room. All the rooms...
Sukharia-Name of an unknown historical village.

Sukharia-Name of an unknown historical village.

Sukharia-Name of an unknown historical village The village of Sukharia is associated with the Mitra Mustafi family whose other settlements were in the villages of Ula Birnagar and Sripur. The Mitra Mustafi family is sometimes called the family of Dewans as most of the family members served in different positions in the revenue departments during the rule of the monarchy. The earliest root of the Mitra Mustafi family can be assigned to Kalidas Mitra who was one of the five Kayasthas who immigrated from Kanauj to Bengal. Counting from Kalidas Mitra, the 19th generation successor is the famous zamindar from Ula Birnagar, Rameswar Mitra. Quoting from the District Handbook of Bengal, Volume 12, “Rameswar Mitra visited Delhi at the time of Aurangzeb (1618-1707) and said to have much impressed the 6th Mughal Emperor with his scholarship work in the Accounts Department, in which he so distinguished himself and did such good work,that Emperor awarded him the title Mustauphi (a royal title) and presented him with a golden palm (panja) (Royal seal, impression of entire palm)”. Thus the surname of Mitra Mustafi originated which should not be confused with the Muslim surname of Mustafa. The golden palm received from Aurangazeb was used as a family logo for the Mitra Mustafis. Rameshwar Mitra Mustafi’s son Anantaram left Ula Birnagar and settled in Sukharia.   In this temple village, the most magnificent of the lot is the 25 pinnacled Ananda Bhairavi temple . Apart from this temple in Sukharia , there are four more samples of this kind of temple in the whole of Bengal – three in Kalna of Burdwan district...