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Golden Triangle tour is a central part of any trip to India, because it involves visiting 3 Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, that basically capture the essence of India’s exciting culture and exclusive heritage. These 3 most visited Indian cities by tourists from across the globe, form a triangle, and are believed to be a must see for anybody visiting India for the very first time.
The charming Golden Triangle Trip takes you through Delhi, exploring its glorious monuments and vibrant markets, to the gorgeous pink town of Jaipur, and to Agra, the historic mughal city of the iconic Taj Mahal. The 3 cities are situated at a distance of about 250 kms from one another and flawlessly connected by road, rail and air.
The Golden Triangle Tour can be opted & enjoyed as a standalone package initiating from three nights / four days, or can be covered with any other tour program. The subsequent insights into the 3 destinations of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur providing you with all necessary info concerning the Golden Triangle Tour, and can be aptly called as a “Classic Introduction to India”.
Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the foremost versatile cities of the country, where one can witness the existence of splendid monuments of the Mughal Era, the imperial sophistication of Lutyen’s New Delhi, and the cosmopolitan culture of the 21st century.
Divided into 2 segments, Old Delhi and New Delhi, this lively metropolis enchants the traveller with magic of the bygone era, and thrills them with the visible aspirations of contemporary India.
Old Delhi is home to most of the historical sites, which are huddled by slight lanes, well known for their hustle-bustle. The most stunning monument is the Red Fort or the ‘Lal Quila’, which reminds us about the Mughal rule, but now signifying the sovereignty of the country. At walking distance from Red Fort, is Jama Musjid, the most important mosque in the country, with a sitting capacity of 25,000 devotees. This monument of architectural perfection of early India was made over a period of 13 years.
Chandani Chowk, the well known market of Old Delhi providing Indian traditional wear and jewellery, is a must visit place, as one enjoys a ride on a cycle rickshaw passing through its busy bye-lanes. A World Heritage site, the Humayun’s tomb, is that the 1st construction of the Mughal architecture in the sub continent, designed by the wife of Mughal emperor Humayun./p>
Another tourist attraction is the towering Qutub Minar, standing at a height of 72.5 meters. Made of red sandstone and carved with verses of the Holy Quran, this is yet another World Heritage site.
Visiting the city is actually incomplete without seeing the modern symbols of new India like India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Jantar Mantar, in addition as paying tributes to Mahatama Gandhi, father of the nation at Raj Ghat.
Some modern religious places in Delhi include the Birla Mandir, Akshardham Temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahab, Lotus Temple, and also the Iskcon Temple.
A new landmark, Kingdom of Dreams, in the adjoining millinium city of Gurgaon, has become a rage amongst visitors.
One can enjoy the Delhi sight-seeing while shopping as well as enjoying mouth watering Indian delicacies at South Extension, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Khan Market, and Sarojini Nagar markets.
Jaipur, popularly called the Pink city, is the capital of the historic Indian state of Rajasthan. Equidistant from Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is one amongst the 3 destinations of the Golden Triangle Tour. It is well known for its Grandiose Hill Forts and Majestic Palaces, the city has a lot to see for tourists – peak into the royal heritage, wealth of handicrafts and colourful pageants and festivals.
The most visible landmark of Jaipur is the immense Amber Fort, located atop a hillock, that is renowned throughout the world for its great combination of Hindu and Rajput. The Palace complex within the fort consists of many monuments like Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas and the Sheesh Mahal. Other renowned forts of Jaipur inculde the Jaigarh Fort and the Nahargarh Fort.
Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of the Breeze”, made in the year 1799, having 8953 small windows and balconies (called Jharokhas), provides a glimpse of astonishing Rajput artistry. This 5 storey Palace was originally designed by Maharajah Sawai Pratap, to facilitate ladies of the royal household to see everyday life.
Located right at the heart of Jaipur, the city Palace was originally the seat of the maharaja of Jaipur. This includes the Mukut Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, Maharani’s palace, and the Chandra Mahal. The City Palace has now been transformed to a Museum.
Other well known destinations of Jaipur are the Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and the Birla Mandir. One can enjoy shopping for Rajasthani costumes, gem stones, handicrafts, silver jewellery and mementos from MI Road and other nearby local markets.
In the evening, one can also enjoy the short rickshaw ride.
Agra,based at a distance of 200 Kms from Delhi, which is the capital city of the erstwhile Mughal kingdom, is a renowned town on the world tourist map because of the gorgeous and mesmerizing Taj Mahal, and rest of the other dramatic architectural structures and gardens of the Mughal era.
Taj Mahal, known to be the symbol of love and one of the Seven Wonders of the world, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Standing on the banks of Yamuna river, the Taj Mahal was made by Mughal Emperor ShahJahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed with white pure marble in the year 1653, symbolized by its 16 gardens and 53 fountains, Taj Mahal was built in a span of 22 years with the great inputs of over 20,000 labors, masons and jewelers.
Another World Heritage site, the Agra Fort, popularly called as the Red Fort, its construction was started by Emperor Akbar and finished by his grandson Shahjahan, is based near the Taj Mahal Gardens on the banks of Yamuna river. Built in red sand stone, the 2.5 kms long fort has many monuments within its periphery like the Jahangiri Mahal, Shah Jahani Mahal, Khas Mahal, and audience halls Diwan-e-Am and Diwan-e-Khas, besides the Fish Pavilion, the Nagina Maszid, Garden of Grapes and the Pearl Mosque.
Fatehpur Sikri, a well known town located at about 40 kms on the Jaipur road, is another marvel in red sand stone made by Emperor Akbar to celebrate the birth of his son Salim, also to honor the Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. The architectural design of the town seems to be the blend of Islamic and Hindu styles of constructions. a famous visitor attraction, this town is enriched with several historical monuments like Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas and also the sheikh Salim Chisti tomb.
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