India’s Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit linking Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the national capital. The Golden Triangle is so-called as one of the most travelled routes in the country due to the triangular shape created by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map.
It’s Also is a popular tourist destination because it covers 3 different cities and their unique cultures.
The circuit is about 720 km by road. Each leg is about 4 to 6 hours of drive.
First Leg: DELHI
Delhi or the City of Djinns is the capital of India. It is the most historical place in the entire India. The settlers first inhabited the region in 2nd Century BC. According to the legend, it’s believed to be the capital Indraprastha of the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata.
It has been captured, ransacked, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times during the Delhi Sultanate, Sayyid and Lodhi Dynasty, Mughal Empire and British India. A historical and socio economic stronghold of India, Delhi is equally a favourite of the most travellers for its fusion of old and newer lifestyles, culture, hullabaloo and history.
Some of the tourist attraction sites in Delhi are;
- Red Fort (Lal Quila)
- Jama Masjid
- Tomb of Humayun
- Qutub Minar
- Presidential Palace
- Chandni Chowk
Second Leg: AGRA
Agra is the home of the iconic Taj Mahal, a white marble mausoleum built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, for his favourite consort Mumtaj Mahal. Located on the banks of Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, Agra is another historical place with past riches from the Mughal empire.
It was the capital during the times of Sikandar Lodhi and Mughals. You can find the sacred tomb of Akbar the Great located at Sikandra, Agra.
Some of the most popular tourist sites in Agra are;
- Taj Mahal
- Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandra
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Agra Fort
- Mankameshwar Temple
Third Leg: JAIPUR
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was established in 1727 by the ruler of Amer Maharaja Jai Singh II, after whom the town is named. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and serves as the gateway for other Rajasthani states, such as; Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bikaner.
It was planned to relocate the capital of Amer from Dausa to the current location to accommodate water scarcity and a growing population.
It is known for its authentic Rajasthani roots. It’s exquisite cuisine, rich culture, couture and customs set it apart from its neighbouring Indian states.
Some of the major attractions of Jaipur are,
- Hawa Mahal
- Nahargarh Fort
- Amer Fort
- Jal Mahal
- Jantar Mantar
- Laxmi Narayan Temple
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