The Golden Triangle India is known throughout the world of travel. In fact, it is also the country’s most popular holiday route. The Golden Triangle includes the Indian capital city, Delhi. As well as the Pink City of Jaipur and Agra. Most known as the home of the famous Taj Mahal. These golden triangle attractions are home to a range of iconic tourist attractions. From the seven impressive levels of Amber Fort to the relaxing tranquillity of Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur. In this Skycap News™ travel article, we’ll discuss the sites you won’t want to miss on a Golden Triangle tour of India.
Taj Mahal, Agra
It’s no surprise that we start the list with one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Perhaps the most famous and iconic building in human history. The Taj Mahal was constructed during the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan, struck by grief for his beloved wife. The Shah’s wife, unfortunately, died during childbirth. This makes the Taj Mahal perhaps the most famous monument to love ever built. Unquestionably, it is synonymous with India as a whole. Millions of travelers flock to the site every year to gaze at the legendary white marble structure. A top tip for beating the crowds and the heat is to arrive early. This might be the only way to get your photos in before the crowds descend. Unsurprisingly, virtually every India travel package visiting Agra will include a trip to the Taj.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Around 10km north of the famous Pink City of Jaipur lies Amber Fort. An impressive hilltop fortress overlooking the shimmering waters of Maota Lake. The lofty fort has been constructed over seven different levels. Each with its own courtyard and expensively decorated rooms. The fort can be reached by car from Jaipur. Once you arrive at the fort, a number of rickshaw riders will willingly give you a lift up to the main entrance. From there you can head in and explore the impressive history.
Red Fort, Delhi
Indians are extremely proud of Red Fort, which has withstood the test of time since the Mughal Empire. In the 1630s, Emperor Shah Jahan decided to move his capital from Agra to Delhi, and he constructed the fort to house himself and his family. For the next 200 years, every Indian ruler lived in the fortress. Today, the democratically-elected Indian prime minister gives a speech to the public from the fort on Independence Day. Originally a dusty limestone color, Red Fort was painted red by the British during colonial times. Nowadays is known for its dazzling light show. In addition, the impressive surviving ramparts can be accessed by visitors to the site.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
The ancient capital of Fatehpur Sikri has long lain abandoned – for more than 400 years in fact. Even so, the site is meticulously preserved by the authorities. This preservation effort makes for a fascinating site to explore. Visitors can admire the fortress walls and the palace. Visitors can even wander into the mosque. As long as their shoes are removed! Most tourists will agree the most interesting monument at the site is Hiran Minar tower. Built as a memorial to Emperor Akbar’s favorite elephant, who also happened to be his executioner! When visiting the site, remember to bring refreshments. There is little in way of amenities at the site. It is also wise to hire a local guide to learn about the history of the city.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur
A little off the beaten track lies the small village of Bharatpur, located between Jaipur and Agra. Not every Golden Triangle tour will include a visit here. Nonetheless, if you have the time then the site is well worth a visit. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the world’s best areas for bird watching. Many rare animal species are offered protection here. More than 370 domestic and migratory species visit the region. These include small waders to mighty birds of prey and critically endangered species like the Siberian Crane. Please make sure your cellphone is fully charged and don’t forget your binoculars! Knowledgeable guides can take you around the site on foot or by rickshaw. This will afford you a relaxing break. Especially from the frenetic chaos that much of India is known for.
Raj Ghat, Delhi
Another site of peace and tranquillity is Raj Ghat. This attraction is most famous as the location where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in January 1948. A black marble platform marks the location where the freedom fighter was laid to rest. Now, an eternal flame burns in his honor. The site is extremely peaceful and humbling. An important stopover for anyone spending time in Delhi.
India Golden Triangle Tour Recap
India is an expansive country and there are so many places worth visiting. From the beaches of Goa to the incredible Golden Temple of Amritsar and the Bollywood glamour of Mumbai. But for a first-time visitor, the India Golden Triangle tour is the perfect place to start. Taking in India’s most iconic attractions, as well as a few hidden gems, it is a great way to adjust to life in this vibrant and dynamic country.
What are the things to do in the golden triangle?
This is what most people ask me. They want to see a short itinerary that covers the three major destinations in northern India (New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur) in 5 days. This is what I always tell them:
1. New Delhi: I know you probably have not been here before, but you should definitely visit the famous Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. And if you have time, then also visit the Lotus Temple and a few museums.
2. Agra: The Taj Mahal is here. You should definitely go, especially in the evening, when you can reach there just in time for candle light. If you have more than a day in Agra, then visit Fatehpur Sikri, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Akbar’s fort, Sikandra, and a few other places.
3. Jaipur: Visit Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Also take a walk in the crowded markets of the city.