Are you planning a trip to some exotic destinations in North India this year? Why don’t you try out the Golden Triangle – a tourist circuit in India that has New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur at its vertices? This popular tourist route has been so named because of the perfect triangular shape that is formed by the location of these three historically, culturally and politically significant places in India.
The usual route followed by the best tour operators for this Golden Triangle tour is New Delhi at the very outset, then moving south to Agra and finally to the west to Jaipur. New Delhi is the national capital of India, while Agra is a very important place in Uttar Pradesh. Jaipur is the capital of the desert state of Rajasthan.
The three places provide a wide range of Indian landscapes. So, this is a very popular circuit for touring North India. You can undertake the trip by private coach, under the organization and guidance of a leading tour operator. By road, you cover about 720 km when you are on tour. Each arm of the triangle takes about 4 to 6 hours of traveling. Another nice option is to make the trip in the prestigious Shatabdi Express, that links all the three places.
The Golden Triangle Tour – History of India Revisited
The Mughal culture, tradition, and glamour on the one hand, the splendour and richness of the Rajput Maharanas on the other, that is what the Golden Triangle tour is all about. What you find as the remnants of their culture are some of the world’s most fascinating architectural masterpieces. As you move from the Red Fort in Delhi to Taj Mahal in Agra and then to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, when you have seen these, you have seen it all – the pure North Indian heritage.
How to Plan the Best Tour to the Three Cities
- You may start your Golden Triangle tour with New Delhi, and surely you are not going to miss the attractions like Chandni Chowk, the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, the Raj Ghat, the QutabMinar, the Bahai Temple, the Connaught Place and the India Gate.
You can taste some of the most delicious Mughlai cuisines like the Dum Biryani at Karim’s and satisfy your taste – buds.
- You can spend two nights here in Delhi, enjoying walks through the seats of the history from the Medieval Ages in India. You can watch the transition of the capital city from its decadent past to the modern times.
- You may then start on your journey towards Agra, where on your way; you will be able to enjoy the silent elegance of the Buland Darwaza and the FatehpurSikri. Once you reach Agra, your first attraction is, of course, the Taj Mahal, the jewel in India’s crown. You can also visit the Agra Fort.
- After spending the entire of the third day in Agra, it’s time to move to Jaipur – the city of bright colours and life. You can make a night’s stay here, and visit all of the major attractions, including the Amber Palace, JantarMantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and also indulge in some shopping in this flamboyant city.