The rich and colorful history of India, makes it one of the most attractive tourist destinations. With the amount of things to do and places to see, you could spend your entire life just exploring this magnificent country. The Golden Triangle Tour, shows you some of the best cities in India, in a short period of time. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, form the three points of this trip. These three places are intended to show how much diversity India has. While you are only a few hours away from each other, it feels like you are entering a completely different country!
It is called the Golden Triangle because of the extraordinary cultural richness and history these places have to offer. Accessibility is also a more important point, since all cities are located close to major roads and train stations. Start by exploring the bazaars of Delhi, then moving on to the eternal symbol of love-Taj Mahal in Agra, and finally ending with the havelis of Jaipur.
1. New Delhi - The starting point of the golden triangle tour
The capital of the country, full of old bazaars, historical monuments and lots of vegetation, is usually the first stop during the tour. You can spend weeks exploring Delhi and never get tired of it. Every nook and corner has a different story to tell. Said like a Foodie's paradise, there are unlimited options available to diners. From upscale restaurants like Bukhara to the good old Parali Waali Gaali, try and sample all the different varieties that Dilli has to offer. A city of contrasts - you will see mega malls right next to the rows of slums, which takes a while to get used to. Also Visit: Luxury Hotels in Delhi
If you are looking to immerse yourself in any culture, I would suggest visiting the major tourist attractions like Red Fort, Humayun Tomb (near which is the peaceful Nizamuddin Dargah), Chandini Chowk (for the unbeatable food you get there). The center of Delhi, is very close to the Parliament), and Hauz Khas Village for its oscillating nightlife.
2. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The most famous symbol of love, the Taj Mahal, is located in Agra. It took 20,000 workers, 20 years to build this magnificent building. Landscaped with beautiful gardens, Shah Jahan brought the symmetry to its absolute zenith in its construction. Many firsts were marked by the Taj Mahal-1st time white marble was used in such quantity quantity, 1st use of Pietra Dura on such a large scale etc. Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are also major tourist attractions, which you should definitely pay a visit to.
Try and visit during the Taj Mahotsav, to see this city come fully alive with celebrations all around. If you have some time to visit, the Keoladeo Shrine is not far away. Some of the most exotic, migratory birds can be seen here.
Known as the "Pink City", the whole city is dotted with ancient forts and small havelis. The Museum of the City Palace, home of the royal family, has become a museum. Enjoy some shopping, pick up some local crafts and souvenirs to take home. The Bazaars of Jaipur are famous for the completely indigenous things you can find here, from jewelry and textiles to furniture and pottery. From here you can continue to Rajasthan's most rugged landscape with deserts stretching for miles and miles. There is also the nearby Amer Fort, where you will find the Shri Jagatshironmani Temple which has a very unique history attached to it. This is the only place where you will see a representation of Krishna with Mira Bai, instead of with his consort, Radha. The best part of Rajasthan is that every city is different, from the sand dunes of Jaisalmer to the blue city of Udaipur, there is so much to see! If you have the time, I would suggest making short visits to these places as well. Also Visit: Luxury Hotels in Hotels
There are a variety of options for transportation. The entire circuit covers about 1000kms, and each city is a couple of hours away from each other. So you can complete the whole triangle in 5-6 days. From Delhi to Agra, with the construction of the Yamuna Expressway, the entire journey can be covered in about 2 hours. After that, you can take NH-11 which will take you to Jaipur in about 4 hours. To bring you back where you started, use the NH8 freeway, and you will be in Delhi in about 5-6 hours. You can rent a car or book a taxi. Apart from that buses and trains are also available at regular intervals. If you are looking for a more unconvential experience, you can take the Maharaja Express, or one of the several bikes that are available. I would recommend booking in advance, not to stay in the lurch later. also Visit: www.swantour.com/