“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
Golden Triangle encompasses travel to three hugely popular cities of India- New Delhi- it is the capital city India, Jaipur - capital of royal state of Rajasthan and Agra, the city where the very famous Taj Mahal is located. This trip is called Golden Triangle as a triangular shape is formed by locations of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi on the map. You need at least 5- 6 days all of the three cities. If you have lesser days you will not be able to complete all the attractions. When you see on the map, all of these three destinations build a triangle; essentially you need to travel around 200 to 250 km each side to visit these cities. It is because of this shape that this trip is referred to as "golden triangle". The extraordinary affluence of culture and historical splendor is offered by all these three cities. These places show you the real face of India.
There is so much to see in Delhi. If you are fond of history you can begin your tour with visit to Red Fort, Qutub minar, Lodhi Garden Humayun tomb. Here you will see ancient Mughal architecture in its full form and grandeur. Then you can visit one of the biggest mosques of our country- Jama Masjid. It is built of white marble and red sand stone. In the evening you can spend some time at the India Gate. Just at the periphery of Delhi, you can see Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple which is a famous Hindu temple. It is a brilliant piece of architecture. The grandness and delicate designs which you see here are simply awe inspiring. The complex is huge so you need time to see around. Photography is totally banned. This temple offers you a a chance to look inside yourself and reflect on different things in life.
Popularly referred to as the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur is well known for presenting a lovely amalgamation of old world charm and modern living. Jaipur has lovely palace turned hotels which provide you a true feel of Rajasthani hospitality. In fact Jaipur is least hectic of other two cities which you cover in Golden Triangle. There are several places in Jaipur which need to be a part of your itinery. Some of the popular tourist hot spots of Jaipur are Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Jair garh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Rambagh Palace etc. The light and sound sow at the Amber Palace is simply spectacular. Then there is Nahargarh Fort from where you the best view of entire city. You should also visit very famous Galtaji temple complex which is a unique experience in itself.
The morning you can proceed to visit Amer Palace. This spectacular fort is constructed in marble and red sand-stone. The main entrance gate of the fort has beautiful architecture with engravings you can study for long. Trip to Jaipur can not be complete without picking gifts for your loved ones. Jaipur presents some interesting shopping options. Shop at the famous Johari Bazzar, Chandpole Bazaar, Tripolia Bazzar, Nehru Bazzar and Bapu Bazzar. Once you are done with the tourist hot spots in Jaipur you can proceed to do some shopping in any of these bazaars in Jaipur. Jaipur is a hub for precious and semi- precious gems, so if you can go for some jewelry shopping. Another famous thing which you can shop in Jaipur is blue pottery items and tie and dye fabric. Anyone who visits Jaipur makes it a point to buy these products as souvenirs.
In the morning, you can leave Jaipur and proceed towards Agra. On the way you can visit Fatehpur Sikri, It is a UNESCO World heritage site. Sveral other historical monumentsare also located here. Bulund Darwaza also known as Gate of Victory was built by Akbar to mark his victory over Gujarat. In Afternoon you can proceed towards Agra. In Agra you must visit Jama Masjid and explore multiple eating options. Agra has several places where you can eat. You get all kinds of cusines in Agra. A special item known as “Petha” is one of the delicacies for which Agra is particularly popular. If you are fond of Paranthas you must visit Ram Babu Paratha Bhandar. Mughlai cusine available in Agra is exterenly delicious. Try Pinch of Spice and Mama Chicken Mama Franky for delectable non-vegetarian food.
The last destination on your Golden Traingle list is Agra. Agra is known all across theglobe because of Taj Mahal which is a symbol of eternal love. This lovely monument in marble was built by Mughal emperor ShahJahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is regarded to be one of the seven wonders in the world. It is UNESCO World Heritage site. There are few other places to see in Agra such as Agra Fort, Jama Masjid etc. On your trip to Agra right on the way there is Fatehpur Sikri. It is located at a distance of just 40 kms from Agra. The entire city is built in red sandstone. The architecture brilliance of different monuments located here such as Diwan-I-Am, Buland Darwaza, Diwani-i-Khas, Panch Mahal, and Tomb of Salim Chisti is simply outstanding. Agra presents some wonderful tradional shopping oppurtunties. Shop at the age –old Kinari Bazar. It is located right behind Jama Masjib in narrow streets. You can shop for clothing, jewery, shoes, autheric snack stalls, marble inlay work souveniaers, beautiful garlands, groom turbans etc here. Other well known shopping areas of Agra are Sadar Bazar, Subhash Bazar, TDI Mall, Shah Market etc.
On the 6th day you will be going from Agra to Delhi airport right on time so that you catch your return flight. Most of flights depart after mid-night, so accommodation is not taken care in Delhi. Depart for the journey to your final destination.
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Every person with wanderlust has Delhi on their list and for the right reason. This culturally diverse city is known for it’s ancient heritage, colorful noise and rich background. Plan your visit soon, for this city has a lot to offer.