India has always been a fascinating land for far away people and The Golden Triangle Tour has undoubtedly been a preferred option for the tourists across the globe which generally comprises of a trip through the heart of the three beautiful cities of India- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It is also regarded as the best trip itinerary among all as it gives you an insight into the ethnic and cultural diversity of India along with opportunities for beautiful sightseeing and relishing exotic cuisines of the three different cities. Peep through the Kaleidoscope of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to get familiar with the urbanization of Delhi, idealism of Agra and grandeur of Jaipur. Let’s get acquainted with the three cities which will help you plan your trip itinerary.
1. Delhi: Pay Homage at the India Gate
India Gate is also called the “Arc-de-Triomphe” of India and it was built to commemorate the sacrifice of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives to uphold the freedom and integrity of the nation. An eternal flame called the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the premises is symbolic of their martyrdom. The surrounding areas comprise of the lush green lawns and trees that is the picnic spot for the locals and the tourists as well. One can savor delicious delicacies sitting at the place, can do boating or watch the breathtaking sunset view from there.
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2. Savour delicious street food of Food Capital of Asia
Don’t claim to have experienced the real essence of Delhi if you have yet not explored the appetizing street food of the Food Capital of Asia. The taste is really mouth watering and sure to ooze out your food enzymes to the fullest. Few of the places in Delhi where these delicacies could be enjoyed are Paharganj Market, kamla Nagar market, Jawaharlal Nehru University and most importantly the hectic streets of Chandni Chowk. The most stimulating flavors which can be gulped down on these streets include bhalla papdi, nan khatai, bhel poori, tikkis, golgappas, chole bhature, samose and kababs to mention a few.
3. Indulge in sheer pleasure of listening to a fine Qawwali at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
If you wish to experience something unique on your Golden Triangle Tour of India then pave your way to the Hazrat Nizammudin Dargah and spend an evening there. The subtle Qawwali sessions will surely touch the deepest cord of your heart. The heart stirring Sufi music and a lavish dinner of scrumptious kebabs on the streets of Nizamuddin Basti will provide you an experience of a lifetime.
4. Embark on a smooth, fun-filled road trip to Agra
Get gliding, on smooth and spacious Yamuna Expressway while paving your way to the city of love-Agra. Enjoy the lush green views en-route and plan a trip to various tourist attractions that are scattered all over the length and breadth of Agra like famous Taj Mahal which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are also many forts and palaces in the city that could be visited to make your tour an enjoyable affair.
5. Agra: Let the magnificence of the Taj Mahal overwhelm you
Taj Mahal being one of the Seven Wonders of the World is famous for its breathtaking beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the fond memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal who was buried there. Later the emperor was also buried at her side in Taj Mahal. It is counted among the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is indeed a magnificent masterpiece in white marble, worth visiting on a trip to Agra.
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6. Agra: Delight yourself with some sweet & savoury ‘Pethas of Agra’ that’ll make you go nuts!
Agra is popular not only for its architectural marvels but also a wide variety of delicacies that could be savored on a trip to this amazing city. The sweet dish that tops the list is the ‘Petha’ that comes in a large number of colors and flavors. Petha is actually a sweetened pumpkin dish that is a must buy if you happen to visit Agra but beware of shopkeepers deceiving you as Petha should be purchased from the authentic shop of Panchhi Petha in Sadar Bazar that are known for their authentic quality and taste.
7. Agra: Roam around the massive, regal corridors of the Agra Fort
This splendid attraction in Agra is situated at a distance of around 2.5km from the famous Taj Mahal but is equally charming in beauty. Famous for its maze like structure of red sandstone and white marble work this maze will surely amaze you. Make sure not to miss the places like Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam while you are at Agra Fort as these are the major attractions of the place.
8. Succumb yourself to the cerise interiors of Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri or the city of Victory was built by Emperor Akbar and was also acclaimed as the capital of Mughal Empire for a short period of time. This gem dominates the list of famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is hence included in the Golden Triangle trip itinerary. This historical city is bejeweled with beautiful carvings and designs on elaborate stonework that was present at that time. While in Fatehpur Sikri do not forget to visit the colourful bazaar amid the charming rural life.
9. Hot Air Ballooning – Heritage Walk in the Sky
One of the most unique things to do on a Golden triangle Tour in India is hot air ballooning in Jaipur. The colorful parade of hot balloons in the sky is a spectacular sight to behold and being in one of them is equally fascinating. As the balloons hover over the elegant and massive forts and palaces, deserts and lakes of the city, they bestow you some amazing sights to capture with your camera.
10. Experience the cultural exuberance of Rajasthan at Chokhi Dhani
With an aim to conserve the traditional heritage of Rajasthan, Choki Dhani offers an all inclusive package that allows the visitors to get familiar with the rich grandeur, amiable hospitality and distinct rural setting of the Royal state. The activities that create the natural ambiance of a village are traditional folk dance and singing, puppet shows, elephant and camel ride and above all, traditional Rajasthani food served in a thali. It is indeed a gripping experience to visit Chowki Dhani on a Golden Triangle Tour of India.
11. Explore the captivating spectacles of the Pink City
The Maharajas and emperors of Rajasthan left behind a rich legacy of massive forts, palaces, and heritage sites for us to explore, enjoy and glorify their supremacy. One such city of Rajasthan is Jaipur, well known as the pink city as most of the edifices and monuments in the city are pink in color. The enticing attractions of the pink city are Hawa mahal or the palace of winds, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal etc to name a few. Other forts, palaces and museums are also worth visiting as not even a single architectural gem should be missed on a Golden Triangle Trip of India.