I am Catherine Melissa from Philippines. Last year, my friend best friend Priyanka got married. And how could I not be there with her! So this was my first tryst with India. She lives in Uttar Pradesh. Since I had planned some sightseeing tour to India, one of the travel agencies suggested me to book Golden Triangle package. I liked the idea and after the wedding ceremony, the tour started. I was on my own (I like it that way). And here's how I managed to collect some beautiful memories.
Day 01 – Arrival in Delhi
Just as all of the triangle tours, mine too started with arrival in Delhi. I would recommend you to find out more about golden triangle tour packages and book one that fits into your plan. You can also customize it according to your own convenience. Well, upon arrival, I had a meeting to assist at the airport. From here, I was transported to the hotel.
The dinner was served in the hotel. After a nice Indian dinner, it was time for me to sleep tight. After all I needed to gather energy to be able to enjoy a sightseeing tour of Delhi the following day!
Day 02 – Delhi Tour
A palatable breakfast was served by the hotel after which I proceeded for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. I had read a lot about the capital city of India and its role during the freedom movement of the country. This increased my interest in the city even more. Old Delhi is a beautiful place. I would like to say a special 'thank you' to the golden triangle tour providers for that amazing tonga ride through the streets of old Delhi. It was a 'wow' experience. And yes, how could I not mention the culinary tour of the place? The street food here is irresistible! I visited the Chandni Chowk market, Jama Masjid, and Raj Ghat, the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi.
Now the New Delhi tour! This is an advanced version of old Delhi. Very modern, very chic and very sophisticated! I had memorable visits to the famous places here, including Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, and a memorable drive along Rajpath, the ceremonial avenue. Other sites I enjoyed visiting include the towering India Gate, Parliament House, and the President’s Residence. After buffet at a 5 star hotel, I returned to my room. The comfortable setting and tiredness of the day rocked me to sleep as I lay myself off that soft bed!
Day 03 - Agra
After early morning tea, it was time for pick up from hotel and transfer to the railway station. I boarded the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. A nice fresh and hot breakfast was served in the train. The arrival in Agra was on time. The driver was a nice experienced chap who transferred me to the hotel on time and made sure I was comfortable all through the way.
After relaxing for some time, I set out for a visit to the most beautiful monument of India, the magnificent Taj Mahal. Also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world, this amazing monument is a must visit for all Indian tourists. The guide was patient enough to answer all of my queries regarding the monument. I was literally touched by the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. This beauty stands tall on the banks of the river Yamuna and mesmerises all of its visitors. I didn't get tired clicking pictures of this architectural marvel.
I also visited the famous Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience) and Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience). After piping hot, delectable dinner it was time to return to the hotel and sleep tight. The sights of Taj Mahal kept haunting me in my dreams.
Day 04 – Jaipur
Early morning after breakfast, I was ready for a drive to Jaipur. The entire journey took around 5 hours. On the way, the cab stopped for an en route visit to Fatehpur Sikri. This city is listed among the World Heritage Sites and ranks among the most visited spots in India. The guide explained me about the bright history of Mughal empire and the way it played a place of paramount importance during that time. Fatehpur Sikri fort complex comprises of some of the crucial sites to visit including the Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri Fort, Tomb of Salim Chishti, and the Panch Mahal. I must say that all of these places are architectural marvels of that era. I took pictures of the exceptionally beautiful paintings on the main fort structure.
Buland Darwaza is the highest in the world and its magnanimous size was a treat to the eyes. There are around100-150 stairs. Akbar built a fort here. The marble art of Salim Chisti Dargah was done by Jehangir. The Dargah of Salim Chisti was the best thing after Buland Darwaza. One can pray and tie a knot to make a wish here. It is said that Akbar also wished for a child here got it fulfilled. Even today people make wishes here.
After Fatehpur Sikri, I continue the drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, I was transported to the hotel. In the evening I did some shopping in the local market and returned to the hotel after dinner.
Day 05 - Jaipur
After a nice Indian breakfast, I resumed my tour of Jaipur. So it was time for me to visit the grand Amber Fort. The guide (he was good at his job and English) showed us the entire fort with detailed explanation. This fort is also known as Amer and is quite a popular tourist attraction in Jaipur. Situated at 11 km from Jaipur, it was constructed by Raja Man Singh I. A huge place with a lot of things to see, I personally liked the Sheesh Mahal. It is a mirror palace within the fort designed in a way that it artificially creates a cool climate as the wind blows over the cascades of water.
There is a temple of Sila Devi inside the fort, which is very close to Ganesh Gate. According to our guide, it has an interesting story behind it. The guide informed us that head of Sila Devi is now not straight. The reason behind this is that she got angry as no human males are sacrificed in the palace, which earlier used to be the ritual. Roaming around the fort is an enjoyable act. I had a great time. Mounted on a caparisoned elephant at the foot of the hill, the slow yet steady climb up to the main gate was amazing.
It was time to visit the famous City Palace. After having lunch, we visited City Palace. The major part of this palace is now converted to ‘Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum’. A huge dress of this king is displayed in the museum. He was the 10th King of Jaipur. The beautiful palace is very intricately carved. One of the interesting facts about the king is that he used to drink water brought only from holy Ganga. Special vessels made from silver were used to store and serve water. These vessels are displayed in the palace and recorded in the Guinness Book of World record for being the largest silver vessels in the world. City Palace is also home to a nice dancing area. This is where professional dancers used to perform for the king.
After finishing the visit to City Palace, it was time to move to Hawa Mahal located just on the main road. Also known as “Palace of the Winds”, it is incredibly beautiful! A visit to the open air Jantar Mantar Observatory followed the visit to Hawa Mahal. Watching the vast astronomical instruments here is a unique experience on its own.
In the evening, I visited the Johri Bazaar and local markets of Jaipur. Shopping in Jaipur is fun! After dinner, I returned to the hotel.
Day 06 – Adieu India
After breakfast, I left the hotel for airport for onward flight to Delhi.
What an amazing and memorable tour it was! Enjoyed it thoroughly!
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.
A trip to Shimla is nothing new to me. In fact, it is one of our favourite destinations for weekend getaways. One of most happening tourist destinations across India, Himachal Pradesh is definitely a must visit state. We live in Delhi and Summers are intolerable here. Hence, most of the time, we believe in moving to the nearest hill station which of course is Shimla. Our daughter Zahra was really excited about the trip. The little girl jumped with excitement.
Since Zahra was moving with us for the first time (the 5 year old is extremely naughty and demanding) I asked my hubby to initiate the journey with the popular Kalka toy train. My hubby enquired about the best place to start the trip and decided on booking the Shivalik Deluxe Express. The train starts from Kalka (Haryana). I was really excited about travelling in the century old train. What excited me was its narrow gauge. We reached the beautiful hill station at around 6 in evening.
I would suggest all of my friends to enjoy a ride in toy train at least once. It definitely makes for a memorable journey to Shimla. The ride gave us an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Zahra clapped all along and enjoyed sightseeing through the window. We also took turns to get down at the stations to enjoy small meals and drinks.
After reaching Shimla at around 5 in the evening, we checked into the hotel. It was pre-booked by Tour Das Travel Company and a nice one to be. After refreshing, my hubby suggested to take a stroll on the popular Mall Road (Thank God! We booked a hotel near Mall Road).
Mall Road is definitely the most happening place of Shimla. Flanked beautifully by a huge number of shops, beautiful restaurants, amazing departmental stores, vast showrooms, a well maintained café, and much more, it is a fun place to be. As a rule, the tourists must walk down the road. It reaches to the popular The Ridge, a vast flat and open space. At stalls and restaurants, you can enjoy momos, icecreams, burgers, tandoori items, and tikkis here. One of the major attraction here is the St. Michael's Catholic Church. Zahra wanted to enjoy a horse ride at the Ridge. And she took many turns before finally agreeing to get down.
Next day, it was our turn to visit the Jakhu Temple, one of the prominent religious places of Shimla. Located on a hill and easily visible from the ridge, the ancient temple of Lord Hanuman is simply worth giving a visit. The 80 feet long statue of Lord Hanuman has been crafted beautifully. It enjoys close proximity to various small restaurants serving tea and delectable snacks. The only problem were the monkeys. Although my little one enjoyed watching them from far, she shrieked out once they came jumping from all around. Thereafter, we went to Kufri. Since we were in Shimla on 23rd of May, there was no snow here. Also the road wasn't maintained well.
We made our way to Fun World from the land of Kufri. My daughter had the time of her life here. Loaded with swings and go-carte ring, it was fun for the three of us to be here. We enjoyed some fried snacks, fruit beer, and maggi here. I literally enjoyed some of the rides here.
In the evening, we took a stroll in the mall road. The following day, we decided to take a trip to Chail Palace and Naldhera. Since it was the last day of our trip, we decided to make the most of it. The picturesque Naldhera is mostly visited for its extensive 18 hole golf course, a major attraction. Deemed as one of the most challenging golf course, the place is visited by both professionals and novices.
The last destination was Chail Palace. This trip was a memorable one. My hubby and Zahra loved the sprawling garden decorated with pristine white furniture. We clicked pictures here and had some delicious snacks at the in house restaurant. The huge palace has been converted into a beautiful resort. The trip to palace was memorable, so was our Shimla trip.
The road from Manali to Spiti and Kinor is probably one of the most beautiful and diversified roads I've seen in my travels so far. Within a few days you get to see Mountains, rivers, desert and green forests. While some parts of the road are not for the faint hearted. this was definitely a good one, especially if you haven't got the chance to visit Leh and Ladakh before.