The Most Popular Golden Triangle Tour is one of the most relishing tours that are conducted in India. This trip includes three of the most visit-worthy places in the country – Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. Not only because it’s the nation’s capital, but Delhi is a notable travel destination also because of its immense historical importance. Similarly, Jaipur as a state capital is another major site to visit to witness the architectural marvels of the Rajputana. And it is needless to mention that Agra’s tourism is always hiking due to the presence of the historical gems like Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. So, be a part of the Most Popular Golden Triangle Tour and create some of the best travel memories.
The trip will start with your arrival in Delhi and getting transferred to the hotel. Delhi, the capital of India, has been inhabited since the 6th century. Many ancient kingdoms made Delhi their capital. This “city of cities” got ruined and rebuilt many times. The rulers, who ruled over this land, heavily influenced its culture. A number of majestic monuments embellish this city beautifully. Being mostly ruled by the Mughals, the food habits of the residents are highly influenced by them and that gave birth to the mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. Almost every festival is celebrated here owing to its proximity to different states. The small alleys and old-fashioned edifices make Old Delhi look like a labyrinth, whereas, extensive roadways and imposing structures adorn New Delhi. The capital city of India is also its center of politics.
Today, you will explore Delhi all day. In the morning, the tour will start with Old Delhi, which the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed in 1639 AD. First, you will visit the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Ghat. The museum that was built in honor of the father of our nation, will also be visited by you. Afterward, you will come across the famous Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a crowded marketplace in Old Delhi, while being driven towards your next destination. The next stop is the iconic Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan and regarded as one of the largest mosques in the country. You may also get to enjoy a rickshaw ride (optional) in Chandni Chowk and explore this colorful, vibrant marketplace crowded with shops. Here, you will find stores selling numerous items including household articles, food, clothes, jewelry, etc., making it a must-visit place for the shopaholics.
The largest minaret of India, Qutub Minar is the destination to visit in the afternoon. Constructed in 1192 by the Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Humayun’s Tomb, which is your next destination, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, you will visit the famous landmark India Gate that was built to pay tribute to the unknown soldiers. You will notice the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings on the way towards your final stop, the Lakshminarayan Temple, dedicated to Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi.
On day 3, you will reach Jaipur by road. Maharaja Jai Singh built this capital city of Rajasthan and Jaipur is named after him. The city is a major tourist destination due to the presence of many royal palaces and fort designed splendidly. In the 18th century, when the Prince of Wales visited the city, Jaipur was bathed in pink color in his honor and thus, the name ‘Pink City’. This gorgeous city is more than 260 years old.
Spend the entire afternoon at leisure.
For the whole day, on day 4 of the Most Popular Golden Triangle Tour, you will explore Jaipur and the Amer Fort. In the morning, the tour will start from the Amer Fort, also called Amer Palace, once the capital of Jaipur. You will ascend (one way) the fortress on elephant’s back. Red sandstone and marble were used to construct this majestic fortress by Raja Man Singh. The fort is divided into four parts, each having a courtyard. The main entrance gate named Surjpol has a very attractive architectural design. Located close to the Ganesh Gate is a temple of Goddess Sila Devi. Visit the Diwan-e-Aam or the Hall of Public Audience, Diwan-e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience, Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors and Sukh Niwas and get mesmerized by their splendor. The Sukh Niwas has a pleasant atmosphere created by the winds blowing over the water cascade.
Next, in Jaipur, you will visit the Maharaja City Palace, a seven-storied royal residence, which is a well-known viewpoint. You will also visit the wondrous observatory, Jantar Mantar, which is visited by many global mathematicians and astronomers. Three opulent architectural styles – Mughal, Rajput, and European, create the splendid beauty of the City Palace. Hawa Mahal, known for its awe-inspiring structure and architecture, is another famous tourist spot in Jaipur. You will also see the pink rose garden and the business centers of Jaipur. Don’t miss out on the shopping as Jaipur is well-known for a number of items like carpets, jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, textiles, silk paintings, handcrafted items of wood and metals, miniatures, etc.
You will visit Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri on your way towards Agra.
Abhaneri is a beautiful small village that comes under the Dausa District of Rajasthan. Located on the Jaipur-Agra road, about 95 km away from Jaipur, Abhaneri is well-known for the Chand Baori step-well and Harshat Mata Temple.
Originally known as Abha Nagri, meaning “city of brightness”, the name got changed to Abhaneri due to mispronunciation. In spite of being in ruins, Abhaneri attracts tourists from all over the world.
The ‘Baoris’ or the step-wells were constructed by the native people to store rainwater and Abhaneri is famous for the same. These step-wells served as cool places of retreat as well as, water reservoirs for the dry months of the year. Chand Baori, the most popular step-well in Abhaneri is also one of the largest and deepest step-wells in India. One can reach the water in the well in three ways using the steps that are separated into stories. The location of this gigantic, intricately carved step-well is the front side of the Harshat Mata Temple. As per the traditional ritual, one needs to wash the hands and feet at the well before entering the temple.
In the morning while touring Agra, you will visit the famous wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum is superbly built with high-quality white marble by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor between the years 1631 and 1648. He built it to make the cherished memories of his beloved Empress Mumtaz Mahal eternal. Taj Mahal stands with all its opulence on the banks of river Yamuna. For centuries, this spectacular marble monument has been an epitome of eternal love and romance. ON EVERY FRIDAY, TAJ MAHAL REMAINS CLOSED.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra Fort is your next stop. Constructed in the 16th century during the reign of the great Mughals, Agra Fort is a splendid structure showcasing architectural brilliance. This fort complex is bejeweled with a number of regal monuments, such as the Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. This fort also houses the Diwan-e-Aam – the Public Audience Hall and Diwan-e-Khas – the Private Audience Hall, which you will visit next. Take home some famous items of Agra – decorated marble work and handicrafts.
You will be transported to Delhi by road.
You will be dropped at the Delhi airport.