3 Cities Of Golden Triangle Tour
India is not a bite-sized place; it is a country that requires some choices. Which region do you target, north or south? In northern India, the three cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are relatively small matter, 125 to 155 miles (200 to 250 km) apart in Hindi. Connect them with straight lines and you have the “Golden Triangle” – India becomes one manageable route. Especially if you have never visited India before, I suggest you should choose the best Golden Triangle India Tour Package.
The tripoint area defined by the Taj Mahal, the best bazaars I’ve ever wandered, and heritage and architecture from the Mughal to the colonial era.
Golden Triangle Tour
Explore The Narrow Lanes Of Old Delhi
New Delhi, the capital of India, is an extreme place. Although I find it surprising at times, a few days spent here reveal both old and new faces of Indian architecture, its society, and its cuisine.
Walking down New Delhi’s wide boulevards, architect Sir Edwin Lutyens’ elegant colonial designs and airy street layouts soon give way to Old Delhi’s labyrinth of narrow, tight lanes.
Take a cycle rickshaw with your guide to navigate the chaotic streets. Ask to visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. It was built for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in contrasting marble and red sandstone and is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
For the more adventurous, you can join one of the many bike tours that take you through the old and new sides of the city. They require an early start (to avoid the heat of the day and the worst traffic), but you’ll see sights you might miss by car as the city comes alive.
While Old Delhi exudes the emotional overload that embodies India, I prefer to stay in the leafy boulevards of New Delhi. For a taste of Raj-era luxury, Imperial exudes elegance and historic charm. The Manor is a boutique retreat with just 14 rooms and suites, as well as beautiful lawns where you can enjoy afternoon tea. A highlight is the award-winning Indian Accent Restaurant.
Travel To Agra From Delhi And Visit The Taj Mahal
Delhi and Agra are well connected by rail and the new Gatimaan Express train can cover the journey in just 1 hour and 40 minutes, boasting the fastest train in India. It also runs a schedule that doesn’t depart painfully early, like the slightly slower alternative Shatabdi Express from Delhi.
By car, an expressway is also a convenient option for travel, but city traffic can make for a slightly slower start and finish; I recommend starting early.
The Taj Mahal has a unique quality that is difficult to capture in words or on camera. The light looks at the patterned semi-precious stones and the marble takes on the changing light tones of the day and season.
For an alternative, longer view, I like to visit the Metah Bagh Gardens, across the Yamuna River from the Taj, where you can stand and look down the long grassy avenue towards its white minarets. You have to fight the traffic to get there (your guide will follow you) but I can guarantee the views are more than the reward. It’s also worth noting that the district covers Agra in December and January, but your guide will advise on the best time of day to visit.
There is a legend about how Emperor Shah Jahan planned his black marble mausoleum in the garden to complement the Taj built in memory of his beloved Mumtaz. Imprisoned by her son, she spent the rest of her life from her cell in the Agra fort looking at the distant Taj, her mausoleum.
Best Part Of The Golden Triangle Is The ‘Pink City’ Of Jaipur
The absolute best part of the Golden Triangle is the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, a four- to five-hour drive from Ranthambhor. The city flourished under a succession of Indian kings and has an unquestionable quota of palaces and temples even by Indian standards. Also, you can choose and customize your Jaipur Sightseeing Tour Package.
And within the city, nothing compares to the feeling of wandering through the bazaars: the wealth of fabrics in the sari shops, the bright domes of spices, the intense aromas, and the occasional cow that wanders by. In the markets of Jaipur you will find the epitome of ‘India’.
An evening market walk with your guide is a chance to see the markets after the heat of the day has passed as families gather around chai (a spiced tea boiled with milk and sugar). local buyers haggle for goods.
The Amber Fort is located about 11 km (7 mi) from Jaipur, atop a Parthenon-like hill. One of Rajasthan’s most famous architectural histories, the fort’s vistas of the Aravalli range are distracting, but not at the expense of its intricate carvings and the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), where sunlight dances across thousands. Pieces of small glass mosaics combined in geometrically arranged images of plants and flowers.