Any kind of trip in India assures you of an experience that can be called - stimulating, daunting, and absorbing. The three main cities of northern India - Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are probably the most visited destinations within the country. It is simply impossible to cover every single attraction of these cities in one single visit. Thus, most of the Indian travel agents offer a combined tour package known as the 'Golden Triangle Tour' that covers some of the major attractions of these three cities.
What Does a Golden Triangle Tour Cover?
The travel specification differs with each travel agent and so does other particulars like number of days/nights, cost per head, and such details. Here is an approximate picture of what you can expect while considering a 'Golden Triangle Tour' package –
Delhi: The political capital of India, Delhi, is one of the cornerstones of the Golden Triangle. Formerly, Indraprastha, today the city has transformed itself anew reflecting the assortment of colors and flavors of India' diverse composition. In this tour package, you are sure to get glimpses of India Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Chandni Chowk, Jantar-Mantar, Akshardham Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Bahai Temple, and many more. Today' Delhi leaves you amazed, inspired, fascinated, and impressed in every possible way. You can experience both old and new together- from the colonial pillars of Connaught Place to the beautiful lanes of Chandni Chowk, to the sophisticated malls of South Extension, the city is charming throughout it length and breadth.
Agra: This is the second city under the 'Golden Triangle Tour'. This heritage city stands 200 kilometers south of New Delhi, along the beautiful banks of river Yamuna. Almost three centuries ago, Agra had been the powerful Mughal capital. Agra' timeless architectural wonders have been attracting tourists from across the globe. It is home to the exotic Taj Mahal, the extensive Sikandara, and the awesome Agra Fort. This semi circular fort was started by Akbar in 1565 which took about 9 years to complete. Taj Mahal, which took 22 years to complete, is a symbol of eternal love of Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Fatehpur Sikri is a red sandstone city located in Agra, with prime highlights such as Salim Chisti' tomb, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, and the Queen' palaces. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also comes under the 'Golden Triangle Tour' package.
Jaipur: The third city covered under this tour, Jaipur, is popularly known as the 'Pink City'. It is replete with historical landmarks. There are an abundance of temples, forts, and gardens within the walls of the city. The City Palace, built by Sawai Jai Singh, is simply breathtaking. Beautiful collection of artifacts used by the Rajput royal family is beautifully displayed here. Jantar Mantar, built by Sawai Jai Singh again, is a renowned observatory. Instruments inside can predict the movement of the stars and constellations accurately. Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace of Winds' is a real feast for the eyes. It is an unusual five storied structure featuring extensive lattice-work in stone. The 'Golden Triangle Tour' also takes you to the intriguing Ajmer Fort.