Agra Day Tour – The Journey Begins

Nothing is constant in this era – only the changes are constant, we humans are well-versed to cope up with all kind of time and situations.

Time is running faster to what we expect – things are changing really fast, however, we are fortunate enough to be blessed and gifted with such historical and heritage driven places, which easily connects us to the days of past.

One Day Trip To Agra From Delhi By Car-

About Agra – Place yourself out there and see what the world looks like. Agra is an amazing city well-occupied and loaded with millions of travel enthusiast every year without fail.

A well-known city situated on the banks of the river Yamuna and multiplying charm to the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh. There are numerous places of attraction among, which the Taj Mahal is a wondrous place to stop by.

One can easily sit for hours to stare at the undeniable beauty standing tall. Well decorated by the river Yamuna and the sun also plays a major part to add more glory to its impressive architecture.

The White- ivory marble shines up bright when the sun gets up – the yellow and orange like a shade of the sunrise turns it into an imaginary mausoleum.

Places to visit in Agra-

Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad – Ud – Daulah
Akbar’s Tomb
Jama Mosque
Taj Museum
Jahangir Palace
Mehtab Bagh
Moti Masjid
Tomb of Mariam – Uz- Zamani
Sikandra Fort

Why from Delhi – Welcome to the city of Delhi – Capital City

Delhi also serves as the gateway to country India, well versed and developed to serve the travelers from across the country with frequent flights service.

This city is connected to most of the regions and the major tourist destinations of country India as well as abroad.

Distance and travelling time from Delhi to Agra – Approximate 4 hours – 233.00 Kilometers.

Enjoy a smooth ride to the Delhi Airport/Railway station – board your pre-booked car and get going towards Agra.

Enjoy a peaceful sight and pump your heart with thrill and excitement. Once you reach there the stunning mausoleum is waiting for your arrival – mark your presence at Taj Mahal, later turn your direction to Agra Fort.

After acknowledging and embracing the impressive and striking beauty run into the Tomb of Itimad – Ud – Daulah [Baby Taj].

Feel happy as you made your day worth. Enjoy a ride back to Delhi Airport/Railway station and from there head towards your home with a lot of precious memories.

The Trials of Lighthouse Keeping

In 1792 Patos Island was named Isla de Patos (Island of Ducks), by Spanish Explorers Galiano and Bazan maybe because of the many ducks which inhabited the island. Interestingly, the island was a hiding place for smugglers due to its nearness to the Canadian border and its many trees and caves.

The island’s first light was on Boundary Pass just opposite Canada’s Saturna Island. Patos Island is at the northern entrance to the Canal de Haro. This was a very dangerous passage because of strong currents and foggy weather. In March of 1891 Congress appropriated $12,000 to erect an aid to navigation which consisted of a double dwelling, fog signal building, water tanks and a post light at the western end of the island. The actual building was completed late in 1893.

Thus there was a white light on the Canadian side of the channel and a red light on a ten foot tall white stake on Patos Island.

By 1915 several improvements were made with the result of a new fog signal and a lighthouse with a fresnel lens. Harry Mahler was paid $700 per year as head keeper and Edward Durgan received $500 per year as assistant keeper.

After serving as lighthouse keeper at several different locations on the West Coast Durgan returned in 1905 to Patos Island as the head light keeper. He arrived at at Patos with wife Estelle and their thirteen children where he became very well-known. Even though it had a mild climate, Patos Island was very isolated. The Durgan family would travel twenty-six water miles once a month to Bellingham, Washington for supplies. Their nearest neighbor was Saturna Island in Canada which was just over three miles away by water.

Seven of the children came down with smallpox and keeper Durgan, in order to signal for help flew the lighthouse flag upside down. Eventually help did come but one account says that three of the children died. While another account was that one child succumbed. A third accounting states that the child who died likely died of appendicitis, not smallpox

Helene Durgan Glidden, one of the surviving children later wrote a memoir titled “The Light on the Island”. In this writing she told of her talks with God, how she played with her pet cow and wandered the shores of the island which she called “the petticoats” of Patos Island.

George Loholt replaced Durgan as headkeeper with Mary Durgan’s husband, Noah Clark, staying on as assistant keeper.

Trips over the rough waters for visiting or shopping were dangerous. In 1911 Noah Clark motored to Blaine,Washington to pick up his wife, Mary and their young son who had been visiting the Durgans. On their return trip the boat’s motor failed as it was nearing Patos Island. The boat started filling with water and Clark jumped overboard for help to save his family and he was never seen again. His family, after drifting in the water all night, eventually crawled on top of the cabin when the boat filled with water. Fortunately they were rescued after grounding onto a shoal.

In August 1912, a distress signal was coming from Patos Island. Captain Newcombe of the Canadian fishery protection tug noticed the signal and stopped at the island to investigate. The assistant lighthouse keeper, William Stark, told the captain that Keeper Loholt was exhibiting signs of insanity. That Loholt had left the station in a boat two days earlier without any explanation leaving Stark to carry out all the duties alone. Captain Newcombe notified the lighthouse inspector in Portland, who proceeded to Patos Island.

Inspector Beck arrived at Patos and discovered that the two men had been fighting and that one had threatened to kill the other and drove him from the island. Ultimately the assistant was suspended and Keeper Loholt continued on as head lighthouse keeper for another ten years or more. During which time he rendered assistance to several vessels in distress.

Those accounts were mentioned in the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lighthouses.

Telephone service came to the island in 1919 and took care of much of the communication issue.

The lighthouse is now part of Patos Island State Park and has been restored and is being cared for by a group of selfless volunteers.

The lighthouse can be visited by boat from either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. In recent years there are docents to open the lighthouse to visitors during the summer months.

The lighthouse is owned by the Bureau of Land Management., lighthouse closed

The lighthouse is best visited by boat. Roche Harbor or Friday Harbor on San Juan Island are two of the closest harbors to Patos Island Lighthouse. Keepers of the Patos Light have had docents on the island in recent years to open the lighthouse to visitors during the summer months.

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters has offered Lighthouse Tours in the past that pass by Patos Island. Outer Island Excursions offers trips to Patos Island that include a hike to the lighthouse.

Eateries of Turkey

Eateries of Turkey – A fabulous tradition

Ever thought what makes Turkey so unique? It is that there is no need for you to order your entire meal at once. You have the chance to order two-three dishes and then see if you’d like to eat more.

In the Turkish tradition, Turks usually prefer a rich breakfast which is a large continuation of the Ottoman cuisine.

Every country is known to have its own picky delicacies that make them unique and drive people to come and try them. Here’s a list of few eateries of Turkey that complete the Turkish tradition.

1. Turkish Delight
• The locals call this Lokum, is something you might have never tried before.
• It is a combination of chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts which come in various colors and flavors to suit any taste bud.

2. Iskender Kebab
• Do not leave Turkey without trying one of the best and the most popular dish of Turkey – Iskender Kebab.
• It consists of thinly sliced lamb that is served with traditional Turkish bread, which is heavily topped with yogurt and butter.

3. Manti
• Something known as The Turkish Ravioli, can make any pasta-lover go crazy. Surprisingly, Turkey has its own version of Ravioli which is tempting!
• They’re a small handmade dumplings filled with lamb or beef served with creamy yogurt.

4. Baklava
• Too sweet, and even more richer is the famous Turkey dessert – Baklava.
• Layers of flaky pastry that is finely chopped with nuts.
• Originated from the Ottoman Empire, this dish is now widely sold on every street of Turkey. It is taste scrumptious.

5. Mezze
• You cannot probably leave any Turkish restaurant without being served Mezze.
• It is a small selection of dishes that is served with drink, probably before or after a meal.
• It merely consists of yogurt, herbs, hummus, vine leaves, meatballs, eggplant salad and white cheese. It is nothing, but eye-satisfying and mouth-wateringly delicious.

6. Shish Kebab
• A classic meal, which could be found on the menus of any Turkish restaurant.
• Served with a skewer (chicken, meat or beef) along with rice and french-fries and salad.
• It may be just simple, but taste like heaven.

7. Gozleme
• What’s a country without no fast food? Nothing.
• Gozleme is probably the easiest fast food you’ll find across the country.
• It is too similar to a crepe, is a flatbread which is filled with cheese, meat, vegetables and potatoes. Something, you will surely not regret.

8. Kumpir (The carb loaded goodness)
• For all the potato lovers, Kumpir is a freshly baked potato dish. You might have tried many baked potato dishes but this one’s epic.
• It is mixed with a pile of cheese and butter. You also have various options to have it with yogurt, ketchup, sweetcorn or sausages, olives or Italian salads – just to name a few.

9. Turkish Apple Tea
• A tea that will tickle your taste buds forever.
• Luckily, there is no shortage of this sweet nectar and is available in every Turk café, restaurant or any Turks house you visit. It is a part of the Turkish tradition.

10. Dondurma
• The Turkish Ice Cream which looks like a normal ice cream and may even taste like a normal one, but isn’t it normal.
• A bizarre texture of an ice cream which doesn’t melt is what makes this ice cream unique with an impact of chewiness.
• If this doesn’t impress you, then the Dondurma vendors are known to put up spectacular shows, while playing with the ice cream scoops and luring the customers.

11. Simit
• A popular Turkish street food that is a fusion of a pretzel and a bagel.
• The cheapest snack you’ll find on Turk streets and can be eaten.
• Typically, a bread that is encrusted with sesame seeds and can be eaten either plain or with jams, cheese or Nutella.

12. Etli Ekmek
• No, you don’t have to imagine life without pizzas in Turkey. If you’re a pizza lover, Turkey is sorted.
• Etli Ekmek is a pizza dish that is originated from a town called Konya.
• An extremely long flat sliced bread topped with meat and cheese and toppings is what sums up Etli Ekmek or The Turkish Pizza.