Golden Traingle Tour
What is Golden Traingle India ?
A Golden Triangle India Tour comprises of an excursion of three major North Indian heritage cities: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These three some heritage marvels are inter-linked and well connected from each other by good road, rail and air network and form a triangle like shape on the map because of their location and distance from each other.
Importance of Golden Triangle Tour
This tour covers three most important cities of North West India to bring a clear insight of Indian culture, Heritage and India’s growing status of world political and economic power. If you are visiting India for the first time, you should start with the golden triangle tour.
It normally starts at arrival in Delhi International airport and then you can choose either go to Jaipur or Agra respectively.
Important Places to Visit in Golden Triangle Tours ?
Delhi- the Capital and political city of India is changing rapidly to become a world class city by keeping its cultural roots firm. Normally a tour of Delhi is divided in two parts New Delhi and Old Delhi:
Old Delhi :
The city of the Mughals, established in the 17th centuryshowcases some of major historical monuments like Red Fort, Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and QutubMinar, out of which the Jama Masjid dominates the quarter. Its main thoroughfare, the tumultuous Chandni Chowk (the moonlit square) is one of the oldest business hubs in the capital city. Situated in the heart of the capital city ChandniChowk is the major trading part of old Delhi. The famous landmark,Red Fort, attracts many foreign visitors at its pristine lawns and lofty Mughal audience halls that together bring a tranquil haven.
Raj Ghat : A memorial and cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
New Delhi was founded by the British Raj in 19thCentury whichwas originally restricted to the areas enclosing structures built by the Britishers composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Today it has extended ways beyond the original boundaries. New Delhi that comprises of the renowned places like Connaught Place, Chanakyapuri has the original plan that was chalked out by the British architect Edwin Lutyens.
Important Places in New Delhi:
Humayun's Tomb - Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi.
Qutub Minar – This 72.5 m high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Kutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. In 1199 Kutub-ud-Din started its construction and it was completed in 1236 by Iltutmish, the son-in-law of Kutub.
The Laxmi Narayan Temple – This Hindu temple is devoted to Hindu god and goddess - Vishnu and Laxmi. It is also known as Birla Temple.
Lotus Temple : The BahaiHouse of Worship in New Delhi is popularly known as Lotus Temple and is located in the South of Delhi. It was completed in year 1986 and serve as a mother temple of Indian Sub continent. Due to itsunique lotus shaped design, it is one of the major tourist attractions of New Delhi.
Akshardham Temple :
The newly built SwaminarayanAkshardham temple attracts 70 % of all touristswho comes to Delhi, is among one of the biggest Hindu Temples in the world. The complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian Culture, spiritually and architecturally.
Edwin Lutyens Buildings: Some of most important buildings in New Delhi areas designed and developed by architect Lutyens are: -India gate-Constructed in memory of 90,000 soldiers of British-Indian army who fought in the Second World War.President House - The official residence of President of India, the building is another attraction of the New Delhi.These magnificent structures are the finest example of Indo-British architectural monument which has caught attention of thousands of tourists all over the world.
Important places in Agra
Agra was founded in the year 1506 by the sultanate of Delhi, Ibraham Lodi. But the golden age of the city begins with Mugals, who ruled it for almost 02 centuries and so the buildings and monuments have got the reflection of Mughal architecture.They made some of the most beautiful buildings, most notably the TheTajMahal, Agra Fort and FatehpurSikri. However, the Agra tour normally starts from a photo stopover at Sikandra.
Taj mahal :Taj Mahal is one of most famous buildings of the world and is also one of the seven modern wonders of the world that has been builtin 22 years (1631-1653) with the orders of Shah Jahan, who made it for her beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum).
Agra Fort : one of the most important and robustly built stronghold of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture. It was constructed by the third Mughal emperor Akbar on the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh.
Fatehpur Sikri : the City fatehpur sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Mohammad Akbar; in honour of the great Sufi saint SalimChisti. It is situated at a distance of 37 Kms from Agra. This red sand stone city was famous for its magnificence and uniqueness and offers an exquisite example of the emperor’s architectural finesse. Akbar’s tolerant religious views and interest in literature, architecture and fine arts gave the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri a charismatic blend of Islamic and Hindu elements in their style and design.
Jaipur :The capital and the largest city of the state Rajasthan, popularly known as pink city. Jaipur, which means the city of victory, was built in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh-II. Jaipur was the first planned city of its time and is 262 km by road from Delhi (Capital of India). Jaipur is an extremely popular tourist destination in India and is an important part of the Golden triangle tour.
Important Places to Visit in Jaipur:
City Palace : A palace complex in Jaipur, the City Palace is the royal seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur built between 1729 and 1732 by SawaiJaisingh II. The palace includes Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal along with other attractive buildings in the complex. The complex is being famous for the contemporary style of traditional architecture with a perfect fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles.
HawaMahal : (The Palace of Winds)- built in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh is a unique five storey architecture in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown and also akin to honeycomb of beehive with 953 small windows which traditionally called the Jharokhas. The red and pink sandstone structure is being placed at the center of the Pink City which was used by the royal women to observe the market activity of the streets.
Amber Fort : Just 11 km away from the main city the Amber Fort is the major tourist attraction of the Jaipur area. Located high on the Aravali Hills, overlooking the graceful Maota Lake at its forefront, the Amber Fort is a four level layout plan built with red sandstone and marble consisting of Dewan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Deewan-e-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience). The annual tourist visitation at Amber Fort has been reported as 5000 visitors per day.
JalMahal: The Water Palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake was built in 1799 and is famed for the intricate beauty and architecture. With Nahargarh hills forming its backdrop, the JalMahal is an amazing five-storey palace with its first floor being sub-merged in water.
Nahargarh Fort : Also known as Tiger Fort, this fort is perched high on the Aravali Hills overlooking the whole Jaipur City. The fort was being built in 1734 to defend the city and also offers spectacular views especially during the sunset.