Golden Triangle

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Classic Introduction to India – The Golden Triangle

NamasteOne of the most popular itineraries in India linking together the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good road and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, but are occasionally expanded to include the wider geographical area of North India, most frequented by tourists. Most tourists fly from Delhi; travel southwards to the site of the famous Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan, including the city of Jaipur. These three cities are extremely popular as tourist destinations among the foreign tourists visiting India as well as among the natives. Highlights include the palace at Amber, Jaipur’s amazing astronomical Observatory and the icon of the entire sub-continent, the magical Taj Mahal.

These trips usually last 7 or 8 days and do the trip as a circuit starting and ending in Delhi. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India.

Delhi 
Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Besides the usual tourist attractions of Modern Delhi – India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, all of which are stunning examples of British architecture, you can also visit the various museums, temples and memorials that provide a comprehensive and entertaining insight into the lives of Delhites. Delhi’s chief “sight” is its street life.

The capital has a charming mix of old and new world. On one side you can see Old architectural sites, buzzing streets and exotic markets, and on the other side Delhi has magnificent Malls, modern opulent high rise buildings and lots of greenery.

Agra 
There is a great architectural heritage in India and Agra, or Agraban, as it was called in the Mahabarat times, a charmed city can boast of the most splendid monuments in the world, including three world heritage monuments. Agra is a part of Brijbhoomi the land associated with the birth and legendry activities of lord Krishna. In Agra City there are five Shiva temples which are the symbols of ancient culture.

The World famous Taj Mahal was constructed by Shahjahan in the sweet memory of his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. Agra earned the world fame due to Taj Mahal. The marble mausoleum is by far the most popular tourist site in Jaipur India – and despite the hype and the cliché it is an astounding and mesmerising building.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is home to some of Asia’s best bazaars, must see is the the Hawa Mahal – an ornate five-storey façade, designed to allow the women of the royal household to observe the street in anonymity, this has become an icon of Rajasthani architecture.

Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur’s bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Visit the various museums inside the ‘City Palace’ and the ancient observatory, ‘Jantar Mantar’. Pay a visit to the ‘Govind Deoji’ temple, housing the patron deity of Jaipur.

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