When I went to
, on one fine jobless day, my mom opted to visit Surajkund. I thought 'Why not?'. So we hired a taxi and zoomed away. New Delhi
It was a pretty long ride from
. New Delhi
We reached there and there was a huge Bastar Cat entrance that was locked. My mom said that it was the annual Surajkund festival area that is open only once a year. We walked on in some way.
Well, actually Suraj Kund means
literally. It’s essentially a Sun temple with a reservoir or a lake along side. An ancient wisdom of rain water harvesting. This temple is now in ruins but the reservoir is still in a good condition. And my mom was particular about visiting this ruined monument and the ancient water reservoir. Sun Lake
Coming back to the stroll. We kept walking in a god knows what route. It was lush green with several cottages. It has the tourist complex and famous Rajhans Hotel. It’s maintained as a perfect tourist spot for the annual Surajkund Festival, but otherwise has very less visitors. And not many were aware of this
. On the way, we found someone who we thought might know the whereabouts of the Sun temple. He got a little boy who was carrying few cans of water to his village and asked him to show us the place. He said that the place was a bit far and requires some amount of walking as it’s inaccessible by car. We asked him if he could lead the way and take us to the place for which he readily accepted and started walking. There was this herd of cattle that was beside, resting below the trees. It was a mixed population of both cows and bulls and some babies too. Sun Temple
One white cow kept seeing us. And suddenly we dunno what happened to it. It just charged on us. All 4 of us just screamed and scattered in 4 different directions and now the cow got confused as to continue its fight with whom. It took a momentary glance of us all and then it must have made up its mind. It decided on the boy who accepted to lead us. It charged on him! He dropped down the cans of water and ran for his life! He was a smart fellow. So are many from villages. They have this survival instinct more than anyone else. He ran towards a faraway bush and started running around it. The cow (or should I say ‘the wild cow’) followed him to the bush and made 2 circles around the bush and became tired. He ran back to safety towards us. By this time, the cow got tired and relaxed and went back to its herd and sat down.
God knows what happened to that particular cow at that time. It belonged to a huge herd of atleast 15-20 cattle, and among them only she got wild while the rest of ‘em all were happily sitting and munching off. Ha! Experiences!
Then the boy took charge again and we started off again! Courage, you know, courage… Inspite of a heck of a start, we re-started again. This time things went smooth. We took a slight deviation to avoid that white cow.
When we reached there I was spellbound. That was the first time in my life I saw such a beautiful step-well. This was built during the Tomar dynasty. It was again renovated by Firuz Shah Tughlaq. You may remember him as the builder of Hauz Khas Complex about which I has told in one of my previous posts.
It is a circular construction depicting a rising sun. It sprawls through 99 acres which is almost filled up every monsoon. I can assure you it was an engineering marvel. Reason – I went there at the end of summer, beginning of June. It was 40 degree Celicius (not Fahrenheit!). Inspite of it, it was not completely dried up. It was filled to a decent level though not brimming with water. But for that tempareture, it wasn’t bad at all. And let me tell you, the temperature would have easily touched 45 deg celicius in the peak of summer in mid-May. The reservoir has passed through that too and without and rain in between, the water was to a decent level.
The pond was filled with beautiful lilies and lotuses.
There were a few ducks in it as well.
We sat there for some time and enjoyed the tranquility and returned back hoping I wouldn’t meet that white cow again!!!
P.S. I couldn’t be a part of the Surajkund Mela/Festival when I went. It happens from 1st to 15th Feb of every year. Traditional artists and craftsmen from all over
come here to exhibit their skill and put up their stalls. This includes crafts, arts, food etc. And every year the fest is theme based on different themes of Indian arts and crafts. India
P.S. After Surajkund, we also went to Badkal Lake nearby (10 km southwards towards Faridabad) which was completely dried up due to the scorching summer.. :(
TO GET THERE:
: 23 km Southwards via Okhla Industrial Estate New Delhi
From Noida: 18 km Southwards via Tughlaqabad Railway Stn
From Gurgaon: 37 km Eastwards via Sultanpur. Lado Sarai
: 16 km Northwards on Surajkund Badkal Lake Road Faridabad
Dedicated to Mom & Pop