India needs no introduction when it comes to wanderlust. A complete travel package, India has it all. History, heritage, culture, adventure, luxury and more, think of experiences of a lifetime and here you have it all. A classic introduction of the country is the popular Golden Triangle tour. Covering the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the journey covers incredible historic sites, marvelous architecture, mouthwatering gastronomy, colorful culture, amazing shopping delights, royal stay and so much more that a lifetime feels short for such incredible experiences. And, when Ranthambore is added to the Golden Triangle, it becomes a complete package of the best memories of India.
Here’s our weeklong plan of the Golden Triangle tour with Ranthambore
Delhi is the starting point of the Golden Triangle tour. The capital city is connected with flights from all over the world and that makes it the perfect place to start. The city is a mix of heritage, culture, delicious food, shopping and some amazing experiences. A 3-day stay in Delhi gives enough time to savor its charms.
Witness to various eras of history, Delhi is a merge of eight cities, the oldest settlement dating back to the time of Mahabharat and the newest one built during the British Raj. The notable sights include Old Delhi, crafted by the Mughals when they made the city their capital. The massive Red Fort, the ethereal Jama Masjid, colorful markets and mouthwatering cuisines make it interesting to explore. British-designed Delhi is visible in India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament and the lush mansions. Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar are some of the finest architectural marvels inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition are colors, tastes and charms of the markets, the savory tastes of street-food as well as fine dining, the vibrant nightlife and lavish hospitality.
The second leg of the journey takes you to Agra. The city of the Taj is set by River Yamuna. The Mughal capital for centuries, the city still maintains its olden charms. A 2-day stay in the city does the needful.
The breathtaking Taj Mahal is best viewed in the early light of the day or when the sun sets and even the rare moonlit nights that makes it a beauty beyond words. The massive Red Fort of Agra is an impressive fortress with well-laid gardens, palaces, defence mechanism and so much more. The marvelous architecture of the Mughals is displayed in all its glory. Akbar’s Mausoleum, Sikandra Tomb, the Itmad-ul-Daulah, the Baby Taj are also amazing wonders.
Fatehpur Sikri, on the outskirts of Agra is one of the most impressive sights to explore on a Golden Triangle Tour. The Mughal city was abandoned, 13 years after its establishment. The city is a fascinating living museum of palaces, incredible architecture and the holy shrine of a fakir. Even the magnificent entry gate, the mighty Buland Darwaza is an inspirational sight.
Besides sightseeing, Agra is known for the savory Mughlai cuisine, intricate marble-handicrafts and hotels that recreate its regal days.
The royal capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a testimony of the grandeur of Rajputs. The Walled City is a part of the elite list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Also known as the Pink City, it is home to many specimens of incredible architecture, royal hospitality and some amazing experiences. A 2-3 day stay in the city gives you enough time to savor the charms.
Jaipur is known for its beautiful Hill Forts- Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh. Amer Fort is an impressive yellow-sandstone fortress atop a hill overlooking the charming town. The fort palace is testament to the advanced defence mechanism of the Rajputs. The City Palace is a wonderful royal palace still home to the royal family of Jaipur and a royal museum, home to interesting memorabilia. The Jantar Mantar, a royal observatory is known for its amazing 17th century astronomical instruments that help understand time, eclipse and other scientific events. The icon of the town, the Hawa Mahal, “The Palace of Winds” is a beautiful site. The honeycomb structure was the attractive curtain for the women of the royal family to enjoy the happenings of the town.
Besides the attractive sights, Jaipur is known for its colorful markets, lavish heritage hotels, delicious Rajasthani cuisine and cherished experiences.
The wildlife haven of Ranthambore is the most interesting addition to a Golden Triangle Tour. Formerly the hunting grounds of the royal family of Jaipur, it is now a popular wildlife sanctuary known for its high population of royal Bengal tigers. Wildlife safaris in Ranthambore allow an exciting opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat and also scale the ancient Ranthambore Fort.
Adding to the thrilling wildlife tour is a chance to stay at luxury wildlife resorts in Ranthambore.