If you want to discover India in her fullest glory and know all about her history, culture, traditions and specialties, you must make a holiday trip to the Golden Triangle. It is already a very popular tourist destination in India and includes:
You may also include the ancient city of Varanasi in the Golden Triangle tour package, and get a complete feel of the cultural richness of the nation that is India.
Starting with Delhi – the First Destination in the Golden Triangle
If you want to move into the fascinating world of the Medieval Era in India, when the Mughal rulers enriched the country’s culture with their typical architectural excellence, you have to start with Delhi. This National Capital Territory of India is also marked by historical creations etched out by the British rulers. The place also saw outbreak of the first organised national movement in the country – the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The post – Independence India has also found its way of development being carved out in this city only.
Even before the coming of the Mughals, Delhi had remained the capital of the Delhi Sultans, who have also created some of the timeless masterpieces in the city. The passion that is depicted in the QutbMinar and the iron Pillar at Meherauli, has been transferred over time into the love for pomp and splendour through the building of the Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid.
Apart from sightseeing, and that includes the historical classics as well as the modern day architectural wonders like the Lotus Temple, the Pragati Maidan and the magnificent university campuses. Even two full days are not enough to have a taste of all the facades of the city. So plan well, and make sureto pay a visit to all those places that invoke the maximum excitement in you.
In your endeavour to see it all, don’t forget to try out some of the world’s best Mughlai cuisines.
Moving on to Agra – Where Taj Mahal is
The Taj Mahal can be the only reason for crossing miles together and being in Agra. On the way from Delhi, you can of course, take a look at the FatehpurSikri and the Dargah of Selim Chisti.
After you reach Agra, your entire tour programme should revolve around visiting the Taj – at different times of the day, to get a taste of the magic that the monument presents under the sun and under the moon.
Apart from the Taj Mahal, you must also visit the Agra Fort, and then taste some genuine Mughlai dishes at some exotic and luxurious restaurant.
Don’t Let the Pink City Wait for You for Long
The last lap of the trip is at Jaipur, the Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan. Here your must-visit destinations should include:
- The Hawa Mahal with its 1000 plus jharokhas or wiondows
- The City Palace, where Rajasthani and Mughlai architecture mingle
- The JantarMantar, the scientific wonder
- The Amber Fort
Your best bet is to go for the Golden Triangle tour with Varanasi that will give you a total view of the country’s rich heritage.