India is nothing less than paradise for travel enthusiasts. From its incredible sights to its glorious history, colourful culture to pampering hospitality, there is a lot to explore. Every moment counts and to make that every moment special, Golden Triangle tours in India offer a mega-packed travel itinerary.
While even years may not feel enough to explore India, a week is enough to give you a glimpse of all the treasure it holds. The Golden Triangle circuit in India cover the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Spend two days in each of the cities and enjoy the architecture, the historic feel and the tid-bits of colourful culture that is the real essence of these age-old cities.
Here’s a brief on your travel itinerary.
Not one city but a special mix of cities that were built over the centuries with its magnificent still intact the ruins. From the city of Indraprastha of the Mahabharata to the city of New Delhi planned by the British there is a lot to see. And not just the sights, there are hubs of cultural experiences, mouth-watering food and more.
While everything is not possible to cover in one day, here are the must-visit sights.
Red Fort, the majestic 17th-century fort of the Mughal stands by the River Yamuna. The UNESCO World Heritage Site houses several beautiful structures in its premises. The Mughal-style architecture is one of the best specimens in the world.
Jama Masjid is another majestic monument that we owe to the Mughals. One among the largest mosques in the world, this one stand apart for its layout and intricate craftsmanship.
Another UNESCO listed site, the Humayun’s Tomb is the garden mausoleum that is said to have been the inspiration behind the ‘Wonder of the world’ Taj Mahal.
Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Indo-Islamic style monument and its many other buildings dates back to the 11th-century.
Like its name, the Lotus Temple is designed in the shape of a lotus flower and is a breath-taking sight to behold! The Baha’i house of worship welcomes people of all religions.
An iconic sight in New Delhi, the 20th century British-designed city, India Gate is a war memorial. Amar Jawan Jyoti, built in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives. The eternal flame here burns day and night.
Raj Ghat, along the banks of the River Yamuna is a memorial dedicated to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Marked by a black marble platform, this is the very spot where Gandhiji was cremated in 1948.
Chandni Chowk Market in Old Delhi is the oldest, busiest, and liveliest part of Old Delhi. Shopping in the busy wholesale market is an incredible experience. The famous Parathewali Gali offers various gastronomic delights after bone-tiring shopping.
A testimony of inspiring Mughal architecture, Agra is the next leg of the Golden Triangle circuit. Home to the priceless jewel of India’s architectural heritage, Taj Mahal, this city is a must-visit on any India Tour Packages.
While the Taj Mahal is the most impressive sight, there is a lot more. The magnum opus of white marble was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. The white-marble mausoleum is the finest specimen of Mughal Architecture. Be it in the first rays of the dawn or moonlight or the broad daylight, this “icon of love” is spellbinding.
Moving on, the royal residence of the 17th century Mughal Emperors, Agra Fort. Constructed along the banks of river Yamuna, the fortress includes impressive structures like the Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Moti Masjid, Shish Mahal, Musamman Burj, etc.
Fatehpur Sikri is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must visit sight in Agra. The abandoned capital of Mughal Empire is a rich architectural legacy in itself. Immaculately designed buildings like Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid (yes, here’s another one), the tomb of Sufi Saint Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, Birbal’s House, Diwan-I Aam, and Diwan-i-Khas are a treat to explore.
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The last leg of the Golden Triangle tour is Jaipur. Rajputana architecture is a treat for the visitors. In addition, mouth-watering cuisines, rich cultural heritage and royal hospitality makes Jaipur one among the most popular places in India.
The honeycomb-designed sandstone structure of Hawa Mahal is a unique edifice. One of the most visited structures of Jaipur, the “Palace of Winds” offers view of the happening of city life, the very purpose it was built for.
The majestic Amber Fort sits atop a hill and remains a testimony to Rajput grandeur and opulence. The impressive palaces, structures and the outstanding view of the ‘Pink City’ is beyond comparison.
Next is, City Palace. The residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace reflects the merger of Rajput and Mughal architectural style. The highlights Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Govind Dev Ji Temple, etc. reflecting the beauty and grandeur of this palace.
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory which is home to the world’s largest sundial made out of stone. It has an assortment of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments dating back to the 18th century, all of which were built by Sawai Jai Singh II.
With this visit, ends the amazing Golden Triangle tour India journey. In a week or a liite more, enjoy a India vacation, get mesmerized by the heritage, culture and hospitality that makes India a place that you cherish forever.