India’s Golden Triangle is the triangular tourist path that will take you to three of the country’s richest cultural destinations at Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – including the legendary Taj Mahal. The journey makes for a classic introduction to India.
If you’re struggling to decide just exactly how and where to travel around this continent-like country, with its massive array of places to see and explore, the Golden Triangle is a great start. The triangular route is made up of three of India’s most famous and fascinating cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Here’s what you can expect at each destination…
‘A symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly together. It is a place that not only touches your pulse, but makes it beat at a frenetic speed!’ explains an official Delhi Tourism guide. Delhi’s famous Red fort, which was the main residence of the Mughal dynasty emperors for nearly 200 years until 1857, is the number one attraction here. There’s also the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb, the India Gate monument, the Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, and the wonderfully preserved, 72.5 metre high Qutub Minar which, the story goes, was the tallest ‘skyscraper’ in the world after the final additions were added to the tower structure in the early 1200s.
No trip to India is complete without at least one visit to the Taj Mahal, and this is the reason you come to Agra. The structure itself is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. It is one of the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tombs in the world, and masterpieces of Indian Islamic architecture. Besides the Taj, Agra has two other UNESCO World Heritage sites which are well worth exploring – Agra Fort, and the historic city of Fatehpur Sikrinearby. When you’re in Agra, don’t miss out on an Agra Food Tour, which is an excellent way to taste Agra’s delicious cuisine.
India’s great old city of Jaipur is a beautifully chaotic, charismatic mix of sights, scents, tastes, and textures. It’s also home to an endless array of historic forts, temples, and palaces – like the exquisite Amber Fort and Palace, City Palace, and ‘Hawa Mahal’ Palace of the Winds. But perhaps the number one reason you travel to Jaipur is to explore the city’s legendary bazaars, which house hundreds of vendors and shopkeepers selling precious gemstones, silver jewellery, bangles, textiles, pottery, leather sandals, and much, much more. Also, if you have the time and budget for it, you absolutely should not miss out on a hot air balloon safari over Jaipur with operators like Sky Waltz Balloon Safaris.
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