If you are wandering why a travel circuit is known as Golden Triangle Tour, then the answer is very simple but interesting. The triangle tour is the trip to the three golden cities of Northern India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Since these three cities have close proximity on map, it is called a triangle but they are characteristically quite different from each other. Each of the cities is culturally, historically and systematically strong to indulge your senses in a world full of passion.
Traditionally the tour of golden triangle starts from Delhi, head towards Agra and then takes the lanes of Jaipur before returning back to Delhi. Since the triangle travel in India attracts extensive foreign travelers across the globe, besides tourist from the country, several skilled tour operators are available online and offline to help you to plan your vacations more efficiently. Excellent transport facility is an added advantage to this tour. Well connectivity through air, road and railway networks to major parts of this country has raised the tourism graph of India.
The Golden Triangle Tour of India
The capital city of India and one of the major metropolitan states, Delhi is undeniably an amazing place to visit. Being the political seat of the country, Delhi is developed in terms of technology and infrastructure. International airport, metros, national railway stations, interstate buses and taxis reflects its advancement. But the city has not lost the essence of its glorious past. According to the listing of Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi has 174 monuments in its old section. Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort are listed as world heritage property by UNESCO. Apart from the stunning tourist spots, Delhi offers devour to shopaholics in its glittering bazaars. Famous markets of Delhi are: Chandni Chowk, Janpath, Connaught place, Sarojini Nagar, South Ex and lot more.
- Airways – Indira Gandhi International Airport is the arrival point for many visitors, located in the west of the city. If you’d prefer to go directly to your destination and are willing to sit around in traffic, take a taxi. You can pay for a taxi at the prepaid taxi booths in the international terminal.
- Railways – The main entrance to New Delhi Railway Station is located just outside of Paharganj, also known as the backpacker ghetto. Being a capital, Delhi is very well connected to every part of India by train. Old Delhi, Hajrat Nijamuddin and New Delhi are the main railheads in Delhi. You have an exclusive option of metro railway to roam in the city for your fast moving.
- Road ways – By road you can come to Delhi by numerous bus options or taxi. All types of vehicles will take you here. You also have an option of public transport buses for cheaper way of transportation.
Places to visit in Delhi:
The Red Fort is one of Delhi’s top tourist sights. Other watch worthy places are Chatta Chowk, Diwan-i-Am, Hayat Baksh Bagh, Diwan-i-Khas, Khas Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal, Daawat Khana, Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya. Do not miss to get a glimpse of the Lahore gate, Humayan’s tomb, Qutub Minar and Iron Pillar or else you will miss half the Delhi.
Agra is the landmark for Taj Mahal, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, about 200 km from Delhi. Agra is also the land of three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort within the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. Taj Mahal, renowned as epitome of love, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. But a trip to Agra is not confined to Taj Mahal only. It houses monuments like Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Buland Darwaza. The city is endowed with many heritage buidings that reflects the mughal architure of the then times, and tombs from Agra’s days of glory as the capital of the Mughal dynasty. Exploring these monuments is of great delight to tourists’ across the globe and also archaeologists who come from distant places to study great Indian history.
Agra is 200 km southeast from Delhi and well connected via rail and road with other nearby cities and tourist destinations.
- Airways: The nearest airport is Agra airport named as Kheria Airport. It is just 6 kms away from the Taj. You can arrive here by taking a taxi or rikshaw.
- Railways: Agra is well connected to all metro cities. Agra Fort is the nearest rail head just 4 kms away from Taj Mahal.
- Road ways: All type of bus service, taxi service is available from Delhi to here.
Places to visit in Agra:
Taj Mahal, the immense mausoleum of white marble and one of the Seven Wonders of the World is the major attraction of the city. Othet than Taj must see tourist spots are Agra Fort, Ram Bagh,The first Mughal gardens,and Sikandra, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Mariam’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Chini Ka Roza, Gurudwara Guru ka Taal and many other places. Other places to visit near Agra are Fatehpur Sikri, Vrindavan, a town associated with the childhood of Lord Krishna, Mathura, Bharatpur Sanctuary and many other attractive tourist spots.
Popularly known as Pink City, Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Adorned with historical monuments and royal palaces Jaipur is a magnificent land that was once ruled by crowned heads. The city is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travelers. Jaipur is called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly colored buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities.
- Airways – Daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jodhpur are available. Other than these cities Jaipur also has daily domestic air links with many cities such Aurangabad, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennia, Ahmedabad and Indore.
- Railways – Railways connects Jaipur from all over the country and is one of the cheapest options. A number of daily trains connect Jaipur toDelhi, Ahmedabad, Agra, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Alwar, Kota and Ajmer. Daily connections are also available for Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Kolkata, Jammu, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Kanpur, Roorkee, Haridwar, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur and Bhopal. However the most popular option from Delhi is the Shatabdi express which departs New Delhi station at 6:05AM and reaches Jaipur at 10:50AM.
- By road- It takes 260 km from Delhi. There is an excellent bus service between Jaipur to Delhi by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) with buses approximately every half an hour both sides.
Places to visit in Jaipur
If you want to experience the great taste of erstwhile rulers then explore the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and City Palace. Famous temples of the region are, Jain Mandir, Govind Devji Temple and Akshardham Temple. Do not miss Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Gaitore. Jaipur has a list of wonderful gardens, museums and monuments that will make your trip an extravagant experience. Must watch are Zoological Garden, Central Museum (or Albert Hall Museum), Central Park (Entrance near Statue Circle) and many others.