Looking to have a glimpse into India’s rich cultural heritage in a relatively short span of time? The Golden Triangle Tour is your best bet! In fact, there is no other tour that provides tourists a slice of Rajputana and the Mughal Royalty on the same platter!
If this your first time in India, the Golden Triangle Tour is a perfect prelude to your unending romance with this mesmerizing country. This journey will cover three most popular tourist destinations of India – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
The Golden Triangle – An Introduction
Comprising of the three frequently visited cities of India – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, the Golden Triangle is called so because of the triangular shape formed by the locations. If you check India’s map, you will notice these three cities form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-280km along each side. And, the prefix ‘golden’ aptly describes the extraordinary historical and cultural wealth on offer. The cities are well-connected to each other by a sturdy network of road, railways, and airlines.
This tour usually begins in the capital city, New Delhi, followed up by Agra, and then Jaipur. Around 2-3 days in each city are enough to cover the major landmarks; if you are blessed with more time in the itinerary, you may extend your stay.
Check out our Golden Triangle tour itinerary for a quick a reference.
New Delhi, the capital city of India, adorned by many superlatives, successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the contemporary. This city should ideally be your starting point for the Golden Triangle Tour as it is well-connected to almost all the cities in India.
- Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
- Begin your tour with visiting places like Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, Rajghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, and India Gate, the war memorial. All these places are located within a close vicinity, making it possible for you to cover them in a day.
- Make sure you stop en route, and sample the famous Delhi Chaat, momos (dumplings), and typical north Indian food like: Choley Bhature, Rajma Chawal, Pakoda Kadhi If you are craving for halal meat, do visit the famous halal restaurants of Delhi – Khan Cha-cha, Al-Kakori, and Al Jwahar etc.
- Reserve next day to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Qutab Minar, and the shopping haven – Hauz Khas Village.
Agra to New Delhi distance: 209.9 km (approx. 3h 11min)
Located on the bank of the Yamuna river, Agra is a small city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpūr Sikrī.
- Bus, private car, train, or flight – you may choose any of these modes of transport to reach Agra.
- While Taj Mahal, the white marble mausoleum, is a mandatory stopover, Agra is also full of unsung sites worthy of a visit.
- Do find time to explore Fateh Sikri, Agra Fort, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Chini Ka Rauza, Mehtāb Bāgh, and Keetam Lake.
- Yet another foodie-haven, Agra is known for its traditional Dalmoth and Petha (sweet dish). You can’t escape savouring them while you are here.
Agra to Jaipur distance: (238.5 km) (Approx. 4 h 15 min)
Founded by King Jai Singh II in the year 1727, Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Western India.
- On your last leg of the journey, reach the ‘Pink city of India’ – Jaipur, located about 238.5 km away from Agra.
- Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Sheesh Mahal are few of the many points of interests of Jaipur. Do make it a point to visit them all.
- When it comes to cuisine, a Rajasthani spread will surely tantalize your taste buds. Try local delicacies like – Dal baati churma, Ghevar, Pyaz ki Kachori, Gajak