Golden Triangle Tour - All You Need To Know About Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur the famous travel circuit of India 0
Are you a first-time traveler to India? Don't know where to start while visiting this country with a vast and diverse landscape? Then start your trip with a visit to the Golden Triangle! One of the most famous tourist destinations located in North India, this circuit offers enchanting glimpses of cities like Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
You get to walk through the contrasting streets of both Old Delhi and New Delhi. While you do that places like Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Qutub Minar await to mesmerize you. You move further to the City of Agra, the former capital of the Mughals. Here, you will discover why the Taj Mahal is truly one of the eight wonders of the world.
World Heritage sites and landmarks grace the line-up as you conclude it with a final stop to the pink city of Jaipur. Not only the regality of Amber Fort and City Palace but also the dense lush greenery and tigers of Ranthambore National Park would satiate your inner explorer on your golden triangle tour.
Let us know further in detail about the Golden Triangle of India:
Delhi - The historical confluence of Old and New Delhi
- Delhi is certainly the right place to start your Golden Triangle Tour. The capital of India has always been the most sought after city even before the Mughal period. The emergence of the Delhi Sultanate and the rise of Mughals followed by the lengthy rule of British has always made it a must-visit tourist destination.
- Therefore, various old-world heritage landmarks, monuments, temples, mosques and much more grace the vast landscape of Delhi.
- You could start your tour with aspects of the Old Delhi city. Begin with the alleys of Chandni Chowk. This long street was created by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan to house one of the largest wholesale supermarkets in the country. It now runs in the middle of the Red Fort and the Fateh Puri Masjid. Here you would find a large array of stalls and shops selling various items such as spices, perfumes, traditional clothing, handicrafts, electronics, leather goods and much more.
- While you are there, don’t miss out on the scrumptious street food available throughout the narrow alleys. From Aloo Chaat to Dahi Bhalle, from Chinese food to Mughlai cuisine, a blend of vivid cultures has ensured the coexistence of different gastronomies.
- Notable eateries in Chandni Chowk would be Karim’s for Mughlai food, Parathe Wali Galli for different types of parathas (Indian flatbreads), Haldiram’s, Bikaner Sweet Shop, Giani’s for icecream and falooda and the Old Famous Jalebi Wala for sweet crispy Jalebis.
Move further and visit the magnificent Red Fort also known as Lal Qila. You would find an Indian Flag hoisted on top of its facade. The front gate is known as the Lahori Gate that is one of the old gates of Delhi built by Shah Jahan.
Enter this spectacular fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and gawk at its elegant interiors. Even though it was ravaged by British troops, it is still fascinating to fantasize about its sheer beauty. If you wait till the end of the day, you could enjoy the breathtaking Sound and Light show hosted here.
- Later you could visit the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid also known as Masjid-e- Jahan Numa. It is always bustling with devotees and tourists alike. You could be among the thousands and thousands of devotees coming here during Eid since the mosque has a holding capacity of more than 25,000 people.
- If you cross the Yamuna River, you can reach Raj Ghat. It is the cremation site of the Father of India, Mahatama Gandhi. Discover Old Delhi further by visiting the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, where the most notable place to see is the Qutub Minar. This victory minaret is the tallest in the world standing at a height of 73 meters.
- Get to see more heritage monuments belonging to the period of Delhi Sultanate such as Hauz Khas Complex and the Lodhi Gardens. Tombs, mosques, and ruins grace these archaeological sites.
- Once you are done checking out the major portions of Old Delhi, head outside the walled city and come across modern-day monuments standing in the Lutyens’ Delhi. The first is the arched war memorial known as India Gate. Along the way, you could discover the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Residence), Raj Path, Parliament of India and other government buildings.
- Later, visit the Jantar Mantar that consists of architectural astronomical instruments built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. Follow it with visits to iconic monuments such as Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, ISKCON Temple and much more.
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Stumble across the City of Taj - Agra
- After experiencing Delhi in its entirety, you could drive to the second gem in the Golden Triangle crown - Agra. This ancient city was as much as the Mughal capital as Delhi. Therefore it is full of monuments and landmarks boasting Mughal and Indo-Islamic architecture all around.
- While reaching Agra, stop at the iconic region of Fatehpur Sikri. It was a former capital of the Mughal empire built by Akbar. It has various significant landmarks such as the Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid and Tomb of Salim Chisti and much more.
- Your first stop should be the elegant white marble mausoleum named as Taj Mahal. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal. Walk upon its marble corridors and fall in love with its architecture. You can’t get enough out of this splendid piece of ancient Mughal infrastructure.
- You could continue your expedition with a visit to Agra Fort. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, it is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site along with the Taj Mahal. It houses various palaces and beautiful rooms within it.
These include the Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, Moti Masjid, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, and Jahangir Palace. Its mesmerizing interiors would baffle you to the very core given its hard, battle ridden and rugged exterior.
You can also come across ‘Baby Taj’ originally known as the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Places like Tomb of Akbar the Great, the Jama Masjid of Agra, Chini Ka Rauza are also noteworthy. Agra is also home to various Mughals gardens such as Aram Bagh and Mehtab Bagh.
Later, you could visit some religious places to seek blessings and admire Nagara-style architecture. Places like Mankameshvar temple, Balkeshwar Temple, Gurdwara Guru Ka Tal and Soamibagh Samadhi are worth visiting.
Walk along the streets to reach the Kinari and Raja Mandi Bazaar that are the best places to find street food. Delicacies like Petha, Shwarma, Paratha, Bhalle, Jalebi, Dalmoth and much can be found here. You can grab a bite of these delicious meals and satisfy your inner foodie. Sadar Bazaar is the biggest marketplace in Agra for garments, sweets, jewelry, ladies’ items, household items, religious items and much more.
You could even attend fairs and festivals such as Taj Mahotsav, Taj Literature Festival, Kailash Fair and Agra Balloon Festival that are bound to give you ample memories on this Golden Triangle Tour.
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Explore the royal lands of Jaipur - The Pink City
Time for the finale of your Golden Triangle Tour by reaching the Pink City of India - Jaipur. From valiant forts to awe-inspiring palaces, from indigenous communities to lifestyle of royals, the city of Jaipur would make sure you end your trip to the Golden triangle on a sweeter note.
The first thing you need to do is visit the majestic Amer fort also known as Amber Palace. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, it marks the citadel of the Rajputs of Amer and is home to the royal family to this day. You can reach the fort easily by walking or by cab but the best way to do it is to take a royal elephant ride!
- It consisted of various sprawling courtyards, lavish interior, intricately carved pillars, Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-Khas, sheesh mahals, jharokhas and majestic gates called pols.
After your trip to Amber Palace, move further to come across the spectacular facade of Hawa Mahal. Resembling a honeycomb, the entire structure is made of red sandstone and attracts hundreds of tourists every day.
You could also visit the other forts and palaces such as Ram Bagh Palace, the City Palace, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, and Jaigarh Fort. Some of these palaces have been converted into heritage hotels with world-class luxury amenities and hospitality that you can avail of.
A trip to Jaipur would be incomplete without a visit to its temples and religious places. You can start off with the iconic Birla Temple which incorporates all deities from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
The Govind Ji Temple is one of the oldest and significant shrines that you shouldn’t miss. The Galtaji Temple also known as the Monkey temple is a popular place of worship and prominent tourist attraction. You would find a large number of rogue monkeys roaming around here. Kanak Vrindavan, Ramchandra Temple, Digambar Jain Temple, and Shila Devi Temple are some of the other religious places that you must see.
- Shopping in Jaipur is a major thing to do if you are in Jaipur. Market places like Bapu Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Badi Chaupar, and Johari Bazaar are best for you to shop while you are visiting Jaipur. You shop for handicrafts, jewelry, traditional clothing, leather goods, and much more.
- How can you leave Jaipur without grabbing a bite of your mouthwatering delicacies? The street food of Jaipur offer a vast platter of meals to make your foodie fantasies come true. You can either try the traditional Dal Baati Churma or opt for a sweet Mawa Kachori. Don’t forget the sizzling Mirchi Vadas! Lapsi, Ghevar and Gatte Ki Sabzi are a few other dishes that are sure to fascinate your tastebuds.
- Apart from monuments and food, Jaipur is famous for its traditional artwork and handicrafts. Local artisans and craftsmen practice the art of Gotta Patti embroidery and Bandhej printing upon various fabrics. These styles and techniques are practiced by the indigenous communities, generation after generation. You can also experience Jaipur Rugs making with the locals.
- There are far more monuments in the city of Jaipur to check out at the end of the day. Jantar Mantar is another famous monument in Jaipur which has astronomical instruments. Witness the famous sound and light show at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. You can explore the sites of Rambagh Golf Club, Rajasthan High Court, Pant Krishi Bhawan, Secretariat Jaipur, Birla Planetarium and the Income Tax building.
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Golden Triangle India Tour Itinerary
- After some breakfast, get ready to explore the streets of New Delhi with a local expert guide.
- Start your tour with serene and holy vibes by visiting, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, the former residence of the eighth Sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan.
- Qutub Minar - an ancient brick minaret built during the reigns of the Sultanate.
- India Gate - A war memorial built-in 1931 to commemorate the fallen Indian soldiers.
- Brace yourself to experience diplomatic ambiance by coming across Parliament street and the President House, the official residence of the President of India.
- Parliament Street is also known as the Sansad Marg holds not only the Parliament House but also various landmarks including Jantar Mantar, Press Trust Of India, All India Radio Bhawan, Department of Posts, Reserve Bank of India and much more.
- The Bahá'í House of Worship also known as the Lotus Temple will give a touch of divinity and its infrastructure will leave an impression upon you.
- After having lunch relax by staying overnight at the hotel.
Agra - Move to Agra (233Kms/ 4 Hours)
- Start your morning with a visit to, the Taj Mahal. Get to know and admire one of the most majestic and beautiful buildings in the world.
- After visiting the Taj, have some breakfast after heading back to the hotel.
- Post-check-out, continue your expedition and come across, Agra Fort, the residence of early Mughal emperors. One of the finest Mughal forts, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565.
- Drive to Jaipur en route to reach visit town of Fatehpur Sikri.
- After the visit continue to drive to Jaipur.
- Rejuvenate your energy by resting overnight at the hotel.
Move to Jaipur - Pink city of India (240 km/ 4 hours)
- After an early breakfast, visit Amber Fort located in the town of Amer.
- Visit the City Palace in the heart of Jaipur, which is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
- Next, visit ‘"Hawa Mahal’" or the Palace of Winds. The building was constructed so the royal women could watch the royal processions and everyday life without being seen.
- Jantar Mantar, built by the renowned astronomer and King, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. A UNESCO World Heritage Site built-in 1734.
- Later relax by staying overnight at the hotel in Jaipur
- In the evening, visit the local markets and go on a shopping spree and have a look around for handcrafted outfits, fabrics, idols, and souvenirs. Delve into the finest aspects of Rajasthan with local food, live singing and local dance in a garden restaurant.
- Soothe your soul at the end of the day by staying overnight at the hotel.
- End your thrilling journey with a fistful of memories
- Start your day with a savory breakfast.
- After checking out of the hotel, you will be dropped at the airport with a long trail of memories to gather while you look forward to your next journey.