A Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur!

India’s Golden Triangle is a well-established and well-travelled tourist path. But it is still as enchanting as ever, and the combination of the three cities that make up the ‘triangle’ – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur – will present you with some of the most magnificent of ancient and modern India.

Golden Triangle: Delhi

The Red Fort is a red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal) as his ruling palace, in 1648. (And these days, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Red Fort is a red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal) as his ruling palace, in 1648. (And these days, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

 

This is another one of Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The centerpiece is the Humayun Tomb itself, where the second Mughal emperor is entombed, but the whole area is surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens.
This is another one of Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The centerpiece is the Humayun Tomb itself, where the second Mughal emperor is entombed, but the whole area is surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens.

 

For foodies, Delhi is a paradise. A guided Delhi food tour puts you instantly in touch with (and tasting) the best of Delhi’s cuisine. Especially local specialties like the irresistibly delicious Chaat, which is a North Indian street food savoury snack.
For foodies, Delhi is a paradise. A guided Delhi food tour puts you instantly in touch with (and tasting) the best of Delhi’s cuisine. Especially local specialties like the irresistibly delicious Chaat, which is a North Indian street food savoury snack.

 

Golden Triangle: Agra

The ‘Taj’ story goes that in 1631, Shah Jahan, the emperor during the period of greatest prosperity of the Mughal empires, was so grief-stricken when Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite of his three wives died while giving birth to their 14th child that he commissioned the Taj Mahal to be built in memory of her.
The ‘Taj’ story goes that in 1631, Shah Jahan, the emperor during the period of greatest prosperity of the Mughal empires, was so grief-stricken when Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite of his three wives died while giving birth to their 14th child that he commissioned the Taj Mahal to be built in memory of her.

 

Agra Fort is similar to the Red Fort in Delhi, but considerably better preserved. It was constructed mainly from red sandstone, and is made to be part defensive structure, part-palace. The history books say that Emperor Akbar (who became king at age 14!) began his assertion of power in his empire by building the fort around the mid-1500s.
Agra Fort is similar to the Red Fort in Delhi, but considerably better preserved. It was constructed mainly from red sandstone, and is made to be part defensive structure, part-palace. The history books say that Emperor Akbar (who became king at age 14!) began his assertion of power in his empire by building the fort around the mid-1500s.

 

Golden Triangle: Jaipur

Jaipur is full of forts. Like the massive Amber Fort, a royal palace of the Kachwahas a Hindu-Muslim style. Or the Jaigarh Fort, which was the strongest of the three forts in the area
Jaipur is full of forts. Like the massive Amber Fort, a royal palace of the Kachwahas a Hindu-Muslim style. Or the Jaigarh Fort, which was the strongest of the three forts in the area

 

Two of Jaipur’s highlights are the vast palace complex of the City Palace, which is divided into a series of courtyards and gardens; and the Jal Mahal (the ‘Water Palace’) which is a magnificent Rajputstyle palace in the centre of a lake.
Two of Jaipur’s highlights are the vast palace complex of the City Palace, which is divided into a series of courtyards and gardens; and the Jal Mahal (the ‘Water Palace’) which is a magnificent Rajputstyle palace in the centre of a lake.

 

Jaipur bazaar is filled with everything from food, to flowers, to crafts, textiles, umbrellas, and traditional footwear – and more. If you go, make sure your bargaining skills are sharp!
Jaipur bazaar is filled with everything from food, to flowers, to crafts, textiles, umbrellas, and traditional footwear – and more. If you go, make sure your bargaining skills are sharp!

 

The first-time traveller to India is often overwhelmed with decisions of where to go and what to experience around the subcontinent’s vast landmass. It seems that in every square kilometer there is some exquisite cultural or historical relic that it worth travelling around the world to see, and it’s hard to know where to begin. But a travel adventure around Northern India’s famed Golden Triangle is an excellent introduction to India, and an excellent start. A typical trip lasts 7 or 8 days with most tourists making Delhi their starting point, before travelling southwards to the Taj Mahal at Agra, and then west into the famous Rajasthan city of Jaipur…

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