The golden triangle in north India is aptly addressed as the most visited tourism circuit of this country. Seasoned in royalty, this golden route trails around the three legendary cities, i.e. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The reason behind the popularity of this route is quite obvious. The tour trails around the most iconic and popular heritage monuments resting in a triangular route.
The tour, as the name suggests is a living testimony to the golden Indian era. During those times, the gems were not used as a personal adornment, but were generously inlaid in the artistic patterns on walls of royal structures.
The incredible golden triangle itinerary is stringed with the luxuriant royal roots. The three cities, having different royal connections under the legacy of golden triangle provide a great cultural experience to the tourists. This is evident from the fact that most tourists come to this part of India in order to realise their fantasies by visiting Taj Mahal, forts and palaces of Rajasthan and heritage city, Delhi.
The first in this glorious journey is Delhi famous worldwide for its timeless culture and royal past. This is one of the comfortable landing points in India and provides tourists the rich glimpses of various historical phases through its different monuments, forts and other cosmopolitan attractions. The modern day National Capital Territory is known to have journeyed with the time since the Mahabharata times. The Purana Qila is the oldest specimen among all forts here. It is believed to be rebuilt by Sher Shah Suri in the beginning of medieval era on the ancient site of Indraprastha. The second most important attraction here is the iconic Qutub Minar, which is the country’s largest minaret. Made of red sandstone, this world heritage monument was commissioned in 1192 by Qutb ud Din Aibak and was completed by Iltutmish of slave dynasty. Inside the Qutub complex, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and metallurgical mystery of the Iron Pillar hold prominent attractions, besides the illustrated presence of the minaret. The third most visited monument in the series is the Humayun Tomb, which is considered the inspiration behind Taj Mahal. This is the mausoleum dedicated to the second Mughal emperor.
The Red Fort is also a remnant of Mughal legacy in Delhi. This red sandstone fort symbolized the shifting of capital from Agra to Delhi under the aegis of Shah Jahan, the fourth Mughal emperor. This fort in history is featured as an imposing element of Shahjahanabad, the city established by the emperor himself. Adjacent attractions in the city include a heritage walk in Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid, both of which flourished under Mughal majesty.
The modern phase in Delhi is characterized by the presence of 100 year old string of monuments designed by Sir Edward Lutyens on the Raisina Hill. This elegant Victorian charm of the city can be observed via a visit to India Gate and drive past the center of Indian democracy, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament House.
A tour within Delhi gives this exclusive itinerary a perfect kick start, leaving a tourist with high expectations for the journey featuring the other two iconic cities ahead. But worry not, within two hours; these tourists will be transported to the surreal destination of Agra, where the everlasting spirit of Taj Mahal rests in peace. This city, etched in Mughal beliefs and royalty served as a capital for the five generations of its rulers. The present day Agra Fort is considered by the archaeologists as the upholder of Mughal legacy. Taj Mahal, the grandest of the Mughal monuments in India also is the city’s charming heritage landscape.
As a tourist moves toward the third city, Jaipur in the golden triangle; a chance to visit another best preserved Mughal monument awaits them in the form of Fatehpur Sikri. Constructed by Akbar in honour of the Sufi saint, Shaikh Salim Chisti; this world heritage site is a glittering jewel of Mughal era.
The third and the last destination of the golden triangle tour is Jaipur, the entry point of Rajasthan. This capital is a perfect way to discover the traditional times and essence of royalty. Pictured for its imposing fairy tale castles, elephant safaris and polo match tradition; this city is a great way to experience the rustic richness of Rajasthan. Walking through the courtyards and pavilions of the palaces and forts here takes a tourist back in time. The wall art, colours, inlay art, murals and lavish forts here transport a traveller to the era when the royalty was alive in the form of Rajputana kingdoms. Amber Fort on the outskirts of Jaipur is the most prominent attraction here. The tourists get a chance to see the widespread hilltop fort aboard the royal elephants. Sheesh Mahal or the palace of mirrors is a glittering attraction of the Amber Fort. The next important attraction of Jaipur is the City Palace. This is the living palace, still inhabited by the royal family of Jaipur. A part of the palace is converted into a museum, where the historical mementoes and armory belonging to the royal family are displayed.
Jaipur is also the crafts capital of Rajasthan where endless bazaars display and sell eye catching local artifacts. On the visit here, tourists shouldn’t miss out the traditional blue pottery, thin comforters, puppet dolls and other Rajasthani attractions.
All the cities on this golden route have a different aura and character that adds on to the colours and diverse heritage of India. Still, these three golden cities echo the same pride and splendour of royalty. This is the reason why Royal Golden Triangle tour is a sure shot way to royalty through the country’s special heritage laden landscape.