Yesterday we again drove to FarrukhNagar which is about 33 kms from Gurgaon. It is a historical town, established in 1732 by Faujdar Khan, the first Nawab and Governor of the Mughals. It was named after the Mughal ruler, Farrukh Shah, who also built the beautiful Sheesh Mahal here in 1711.
The town has been ruled by Balochs, Mughals and British with each leaving some marks over its building, sadly not many have survived. Most surviving buildings here bear testimony of the turbulent times this town has seen. During the heydays of this town, this town flourished in salt trade, till the British took over. The British established the first Railway Station here in 1873 to transport salt to Delhi. However, in 1923, the British however shut down the Salt production here throwing the town into an economic crisis.
The Sheesh Mahal was constructed with red sandstone within the Fort and has a large courtyard in front. The Fort had 5 gates into the town. However, only one of its gate, the Dilli Darwaza survives today.
There is the two story Sethani Ki Chattri, built by a rich merchant 165 years ago as part of his private residence. There were rooms on the outside, though sadly none of that exist today.
There is also the octagonal Baoli built by Ghaus Ali Shah, in the same octagonal shape as the town.
From Farrukh Nagar, we headed to Sultanpur National Park. During season about 250 different kind of birds come here from far of places like Europe and Siberia.
Some redevelopment work had been done here recently, which may be good for tourists but I am not sure if it suits the migratory birds. The day we visited there were a number of small children in bright winter wear, which drove the water birds deeper into the lakes.
My personal view is that all visitors to this Park should be made to pay a bit more than Rs 10-, so that only serious bird watchers come here rather than visitors who come here for picnic.