Golden Triangle India
The moment you listen to these three golden words, your mind takes you to this shimmering world where there are huge alluring and frenetic ancient remains like forts, palaces, mausoleums, museums, temples and tombs. And everything is so beautiful and more beautiful. Here in this article you read all about on Golden Triangle India – uncover the charms of India.
The Golden Triangle Tour!
For anyone unfamiliar with the iconic golden triangle tour, let me tell you, this is the best and perhaps the most elegant introduction to the cultural diversity that is India. Quite famous among international travellers, this 650-mile circuit of almost fairytale beauty covers India’s three most visited cities – Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.
After reading this, a question will surely come to your mind: why is it a golden triangle?
Well, it’s because by pointing all these places on the map, a roughly equilateral triangle, about 200-250 km on each side will be formed. This is why this famous tourist circuit in India is called triangle tour, and golden because of the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendors that each city offers. For more details, consult our tour planner Golden Triangle India Tour package.
Interesting, fascinating, mind-blowing… isn’t it?
So after looking at all these photos, if you have decided to bookmark India’s Golden Triangle for your next vacation, I present to you an interesting travel itinerary. This will allow you to see the golden triangle with a twist, calling it – BREAKING THE TRIANGLE.
BREAK THE TRIANGLE? Sounds fun, right? Don’t worry, I don’t make or break places. In fact, I will suggest you some more places to visit around Delhi Agra Jaipur tour.
So, let’s see how you can enjoy the best of India’s Golden Triangle in just eight days.
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En route to Jaipur from Delhi; Delhi to Jaipur – 268 kilometers – 8 hours
Start your Golden Triangle journey from Delhi. Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, take the road to reach Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and commonly known as the pink city of India. Anyone coming from abroad makes it a point to take such an international flight which can land you in Delhi early in the morning so that the whole tour goes according to schedule. Speaking of Jaipur, the place is so beautiful that not even zillions of words, idioms, poems and expressions will be able to define its chaos, madness and magnificence. Jaipur was established by Sawai Jai Singh II, a Hindu Maharaja, in 1727 when he moved his capital here from Amber, another walled city just 11 km away.
It will take about 8 hours to reach Jaipur, but to make it a bit interesting, stop at one of the dhabhas to try some very hot paranthas. After an eight hour journey through the highways and roads of Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana, you will arrive in Jaipur; leaving behind a few late afternoon hours at your disposal to reach the city. So to make the most of it, you can visit the Fort and the Palace of Amber, which is quite visible at the entrance of the city of Jaipur.
To reach the bars of Amber Fort, you can either travel by jeep or elephant from the main parking lot or take a steep walk up the hill. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort was originally built by Meenas and then ruled by Raja Man Singh I. As you walk through the graceful courtyards of the palace, you will see halls and galleries decorated in Hindu and Mughal. Be sure to visit the famous Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mandir, Ganesh Pol and Shila Devi temples in Amber Fort.
Where to Stay and What to Eat in Jaipur:
When it comes to staying in Jaipur, there is no shortage of accommodation options. Especially for luxury travelers, there is an array of palaces-turned-hotels that once housed the royal family. Oberoi Rajvilas and Taj Rambagh are good luxury hotels where you can book a stay. And for budget travelers, there are a good number of hostels and homestays in almost every corner of the city.
1135 AD at the Palace of Amer; Anokhi Cafe, and Tapri Central in C Scheme, and Tapri Central in Civil Lines are some of the good places to enjoy spicy Rajasthani cuisine. To savor the quintessential street snack, visit Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, which is known for offering onion and Dal Kachoris.
Witness the Attractions of Jaipur
One day is not enough to get the dose of exquisiteness that Jaipur has to offer. So, to visit Jaipur, you will have to spend another day of your vacation here.
On the second day, you can visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar (1734), an observatory with bizarre sculptures, architectural astronomy instruments. Also, sophisticated instruments – the most updated version of their time. Don’t miss the sundial which has a 27 meter high gnomon.
Near Jantar Mantar is City Palace. A must-see tourist spot in Jaipur, the City Palace is a complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The City Palace is an exquisite example of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, which has been built over centuries. Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, The Armory and Pitam Niwas Chowk & Chandra Mahal are the main highlights of the City Palace.
In the evening, you can visit the markets to buy classic gota sarees, timeless printed fabrics and famous Rajput jewellery.
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Road to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri:
Early in the morning, embark on a journey to Agra, which will take approximately eight hours. To spice up this eighth journey. Also, you can take a break at Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified city. Which was the capital of the Mughal Empire under the reign of Akbar, between 1571 and 1585. It is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO and is quite famous for its magnificent imperial complex of pavilions and palaces. After spending time in Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra. You will reach Agra by night.
Where to Stay in Agra:
Oberoi Amarvilas, ITC Mughal, Sheela, Heritage Home. Also, Wyndham Grand are the best places to stay in the city of Taj Mahal.
This will be the last day of your trip, make sure you make the most of it. In the morning, visit the old quarter of Delhi. Early in the morning as there will be less precipitation. Start your rickshaw tour from the Red Fort, visit the Jama Masjid, then end it at the Fatehpuri Mosque. Missing Chandni Chowk’s delicious street food would be a sin. After exploring the Red Fort, proceed to Qutb Minar, a top tourist spot in Delhi. During the trip, you will come across the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, the Secretariat Building and the Old Fort.
Where to Stay in Delhi:
To absorb the exquisiteness that Delhi offers, there are many places to stay. If your idea of vacation is to relax and treat yourself to the extreme luxury, you can check into one of the five-star hotels in our Golden Triangle tour packages. Mid-budget boutique hotels are also available for a stay in the city that offers all the services you can ask for.
Your arrival in Delhi marks the end of the Golden Triangle journey.
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