Hi! I am Jonathan Steward from United Kingdom. This is about one of the Golden Triangle Tour Packages one of my friends Margaret had booked for me last year from delhitajmahaltours.com Agency. Here's my experience to a 'Passage to India':
“Why Golden Triangle Tour?” I asked Margaret.
“Well, India is a huge country!” she laughed. “It takes months to travel around the entire nation. And for a person with no time like you, Golden Triangle tour is the perfect way to know India” she said.
So with this package, I had experienced a tour to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These three cities are the most popular tourist destinations of India. The best part is that all of these beautiful cities are connected to each other making travel easier.
“Why is it called 'Golden Triangle?” I teased Margaret.
“The name comes from the way these cities look on a map. Start drawing a line in between each of them. You'll get a triangle shape!” she was serious.
“And these are located at around 250 km of distance each” I interrupted.
“Stop teasing me, Jon” Margaret got annoyed.
All of these cities are different from each other. These are also worth taking a tour to. Delhi is a beautiful amalgam of metropolis feel, ancient history, and cultural diversity. Jaipur will have surrounded by vast, enigmatic deserts and colourful grand structures. Agra – The City of Love will take you to the era of Mughal grandeur.
During your Golden Triangle Tours, you are going to live a wealth of experiences that you cannot do outside of India. Although, of course, what you do depends on whom you tour with. All of them though will provide you with a dedicated tour guide. Perhaps your favourite experience will be shopping through the traditional Indian Bazaars and picking up a couple of local wares, or maybe you want to ride an elephant all the way up to the Royal Palace, the choice is yours, but one thing if for certain, this is going to be a true adventure for you.
If you are looking into a trip to India within the near future, why not check out some Golden Triangle Tours? There is a plethora of different ones out there, each offering a slightly different experience. Honestly, going on one of these tours is likely to be one of the most exciting things you have done in your life and for good reason too. The culture is unbelievable, the scenery unbelievable and you really will get to see the best of India within a short period of time.
Delhi, Jaipur and Agra – The 3 places of the Golden Triangle Tours
The majority of people who head to India with tourism on mind head to the three cities that makes up the Golden Triangle, Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. This is mainly due to their close proximity to one another, and the fact that these locations are geared up already to accept tourists. If you are lucky enough to go on one of the many golden triangle tours, then you will be able to visit all of them! One of the things that surprises many people is how vastly different these locations are, and that is something that I wish to take a look at. Let’s take a brief glance at the various cities in the triangle.
This was the starting point of my trip. I guess most of the golden triangle tours gave Delhi as their starting point. The Delhi tour is divided into two parts:
- New Delhi
- Old Delhi
The food and shopping options available in Old Delhi is worth every effort a tourist make. Delectable food of Old Delhi streets will blow your mind. I kept asking the hawkers and restaurant staff to keep the dishes as low in spice as possible! Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, and Qutub Minar were some of the places I enjoyed visiting. The Old Delhi trip has a historical approach to it.
The ‘Old City’ quarter possesses a very traditional Indian feel to it. I was quite impressed with the place. On the other hand, buildings in New Delhi has a very posh, modern, and British feel to it. Connaught Place, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, and various restaurants of the New Delhi are a stark contrast to Old Delhi.
A visit to Agra was memorable. I always wanted to visit this beautiful city. Why? One of the most obvious reasons is Taj Mahal. This magnanimous beauty, a live painting and pride for Indians stole my heart. I couldn't take my eyes off it. I wanted to visit the Taj every day after a visit. Such is the effect of this unparalleled marvel constructed by a lovelorn emperor in memory of his wife. The food here is amazing, especially the sweets. They call it 'petha' made from bottle gourd. I also visited Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, Chini ka Rauza, and a few more mausoleums. The full moon view of Taj Mahal was an experience I simply can't describe in words.
Jaipur is a beautiful city set in the beautiful desert. It was the last stop on my Golden Triangle Tour. Right from the colourful traditional Indian Bazaars to the magnanimous buildings describing the tales of Maharajas, their queens and grandeur, everything about the city was amazing. What I personally liked about the Jaipur is the forts of Maharaja Jai Singh II. These beautifully reside in the Aravalli Hills right outside the central part of the city.
City Palace is another major highlight of Jaipur. Presently, it serves as a museum detailing the plush history of Jaipur.
To Sum Up
The above mentioned is simply an outline of my trip. You may take it as the tip of the iceberg. The rest is an experience – hard to describe in words! The diversity of the area is best experienced.
Here’s a brief on my Golden Triangle tour package:
- Sightseeing at Akshardham Temple.
- Relish street food.
- Sightseeing of historic Old Delhi.
- Visit to Qutab Minar.
- Sightseeing at Lotus Temple.
- A visit to Humayun’s Tomb
- A walk through Rajghat and India Gate.
- Dinner at Connaught Place.
- Transfer to Agra.
- A visit to the Taj Mahal
- A visit to Agra Fort & Itmad-ud-Daula.
- Enjoy sunset views of the Taj.
- Street food safari in Agra’s Chaat Gali.
- Transfer to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri.
- A Bollywood movie at Rajmandir cinema hall.
- Authentic Rajasthani dinner.
- Next day, sightseeing at Amber Fort.
- A visit to City Palace.
- Hawa Mahal.
- Lunch at very popular food joint Laxmi Misthan Bhandar.
- Shopping at Johri Bazaar & Tripolia Bazaar.
- Enjoy sunset views of Jaipur from the mighty Nahargarh Fort.
- Transfer to Delhi for Return flight
The packaged proposed to me included a Private cab, a Chauffeur, food, and a guide.
An Important Tip: Taj Mahal is closed on a Friday.
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