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The Golden Triangle

Comprising of India’s capital city, Delhi; Agra, home to the Taj Mahal; and the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India’s Golden Triangle is a popular route for the first time traveller to India. Discover some of India’s finest monuments, get swept up in the bustle and chaos of the old cities, and take in the sights and smells of one of the many markets.

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Experiences in The Golden Triangle

India’s capital, and the gateway to the Golden Triangle, Delhi is big and chaotic yet compelling, and with a rich history worth exploring. Take a bicycle rickshaw with your guide through the winding streets of Old Delhi, visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and climb one of its minarets for unparalleled views. In total contrast, drive down the wide boulevards of New Delhi to get a taste of colonial India, and spend some time at India Gate, Delhi’s most famous war memorial and a popular spot for tourists and local families alike.

The next stop on India’s Golden Triangle is Agra, home to the spellbinding Taj Mahal. Best viewed in the early morning light and if you have time again for a different perspective, just before sunset. Away from the Taj Mahal, visit the Red Fort, one of India’s finest Mughal forts and Itimad-ud-Daulah also known as The Baby Taj. For those itching to get out of the city, we’d highly recommend joining a walking tour or bike ride through a local village, finishing at the gardens of Mehtab Bagh, across the Yamuna River, for an alternative and magnificent view of the Taj Mahal.

Taking a slight detour off the Golden Triangle, Ranthambore National Park allows the perfect opportunity for a wildlife experience without having to travel too far into Central India. This former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, set around the remains of a 10th century fort, has a healthy tiger population as well as a rich variety of birdlife, leopards, sloth bears, hyena, sambar and spotted deer.

Heading back to the hustle and bustle, the last stop on the Golden Triangle is Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The ‘Pink City’ at the heart of Jaipur is where you’ll find the City Palace complex and the iconic Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Join a walking tour of the Old City to explore the bazaars and backstreets. Take in the vibrance of the markets, see craftsmen at work and try some of the delicious offerings from the street food vendors. Away from the Old City, the Amber Fort, sitting majestically upon a hill just outside of Jaipur, is a must.

Rajasthan is famous for its stately forts and palaces and many of the smaller ones have now been converted into heritage hotels. Jaipur itself has a good selection, however if you have the time, there are also some fantastic options outside of the cities where you can relax, after a busy few days, emersed in the history and culture of this ‘Land of Kings’.

 

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