If your mind and soul craves for culture, heritage and grandeur then a visit to India’s Golden Triangle will surely serve your need. India’s Golden triangle basically is comprised of three most iconic cities of India- country capital Delhi, heart and soul of Mughal Empire Agra and the “Pink” city of India Jaipur. The three cities cities are very well connected by road, rail and air and trust me you will find some luxurious hotels around the corner to make your trip a memorable one. The whole tour needs about 5 to 6 days to complete. So if you are planning for a short trip let us give you the details of these three charms of India.
Most of the tours start with Delhi – the capital city of India. Legends say the city is nearly 5,000 years old with its mention in the mythologies as the city of Indraprastha in the epic tale of Mahabharata. The city has been given many names and according to history what we see today has been built by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Therefore city is has a mixed up culture of with people from different community and culture with old Delhi comprising of the British and Mughal period whereas New Delhi pictures skyrise, hotels, shopping malls etc. Here we give you few places you need to visit once at the city. The Red Fort is one of the pride of the city. Build by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan this fort stands tall with all its glory. The Red Fort was the capital of Shah Jahan then known as Shahjahanabad. Purely made of sandstone from 1639 to 1648. Few noted buildings are Diwan-i-khas, diwani-i-am, Chatta Chowk, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal etc.We have the Humayun’s tomb often called the archetype of Agra’s Taj Mahal made of red sandstone. In the centre you will get the tomb of Humayun, the second Emperor from the Mughal legacy. The well maintained gardens gives a soothing effect to the eyes. The Qutub Minar contstructed by Qutb-ud-din Aybak was the tallest building from 1193 to 1368. Other than these we have the famous Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Jantar Mantar and the list is never endind one.
The second corner of the tour is towards the east also known as the heart of the Mughal Empire – Agra. It was the Mughal capital during the rule of Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. This city is largely predominated by Muslim sculpture and monuments. The Taj Mahal – recognised as the eighth wonders of the world lies on the southern bank of Yamuna river. Agra is often identified as the “city of Taj”. This paradise was built by Shah Jahan for the love of his beautiful wife Mumtaz. The Taj portrays the symbol of immense love and respect. It is even said that Shah Jahan gazed at it during his last eight years when he was a captive of his son Aurangzeb in the Agra Fort. Next what holds our attention is the Agra Fort built by Akbar in 1565 and Fatehpur Sikri about 35 kms from Agra. Jama Masjid, Akbar’s tomb, Mankameshwar Temple etc.
Known as India’s first planned city Jaipur is named after Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amer. Apart from being a corner of the Golden Triangle tour the city also serves the stepping destination for the tourish travelling towards Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and rest of Rajasthan. The city is famous for its beautifully decorated gardens, royal hotels and well structured buildings. few of the attractions are the City Palace, Hawa Mahal ( women extension) – the city palace nearly holds one seventh of the city’s area and also the Jal Mahal situated in Manas Sarobar lake. And girl Jaipur is the home for some amazing bazaars for ethnic jewellery, clothes, show – pieces, handicrafts etc. But remember there is nothing called fixed prize Jaipur so do not forget to bargain !