The grandeur of India is very much evident from its history, art and culture that have always been the points of attraction for all. A simple tour to some of the travel-rich cities of India further introduces you to the extraordinary beauty of this part of world. To begin with, here is an overview of the most coveted touring circuit of India, the Golden Triangle Tour.
This tri-city tour, comprising the national capital of India - Delhi, the Pink City - Jaipur and the beautiful city of Taj Mahal - Agra, takes you to a ride of an astonishing wealth of India's historical and cultural magnificence. All these three cities together stands as window to all, who want to experience the lifestyle of modern as well as medieval India soaked with many traditions and customs.
Travelling the Golden Triangle Tour circuit one can expect both glimpses of India's glorious history and a sense of modernism. While Delhi is regarded as the face of new India, cities like Agra and Jaipur narrates the stories of medieval India with the influence of both Moghul and Rajput.
Delhi - India's Heart
The political hotspot, yet the home to every Indian, Delhi is not confined to any particular set of culture. Reading its testaments in the great Indian epic Mahabharata, as Indraprastaha, the city has come a long way with significant influence of both Moghuls and British Raj. Today, it represents a true India where you can actually experience the life.
Even though many don't count this as a full-fledged tourist city, Delhi offers you endless options in terms of sightseeing, street life and nightlife, as one of the best examples of beauty, diversity and dynamism.
While it is home to some magnificent ancient monuments including the Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb and the largest mosque in India ? Jama Masjid, a visit to the architectural masterpiece Lotus Temple (of Bahai), India Gate and the Akshardham temple is worth of your time and money.
In addition, you too have the option for an extended stay to enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle with numerous upmarket areas studded with shopping malls, cafes, night clubs and cinemas. Worth to mention here is also the areas of Old Delhi, especially the lanes of Chandni Chawk known for shopping and street lifestyle.
Agra - the City of Taj
Led by one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, the city of 'Agra' in Uttar Pradesh is underlined as the focal point of tourism in India. It's the obvious choice of thousands of foreign as well as native holidaymakers wanted to take some time-off with an elite sightseeing.
Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal (built entirely out of marble) is listed in the epitome of architectural brilliance. However, there are numerous other travel attractions such as the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri (40 km from Agra) that keep visitors busy all day long.
For those coming from Delhi, there are regular bus and train services available as the cheap and best mode of transport. However, many also prefer private taxis in order to explore the city at their own terms with more time in hand. Overall, a trip to Agra is a fabulous experience.
Jaipur - the Pink City
The capital of the erstwhile princely state of Rajasthan, Jaipur got its name as 'Pink City' owing to the red-washed buildings. Despite being the capital and financial centre of the state, Jaipur has its sizeable contribution to the tourism of the region.
With a good number of travel attraction, primarily consisting of palaces and forts, Jaipur is one of the cities of Rajasthan which still holds the typical Rajasthani lifestyle with people, art, tradition and an elaborate food culture.
Other than the renowned Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal; the Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and the City Palace offer an exciting opportunity to escape into the royal way of life and the patronage to various art forms by respective Maharajas.
This apart, Jaipur is also counted as a shoppers' paradise. Starting from small vendors selling handicraft items and metal jewellery along the streets to the more affluent shopping arcades, Jaipur has something for everyone to be indulged with. Overall, it's the sightseeing of forts and palaces that dominates the Golden Triangle Tour.
The best part of Golden Triangle Tour is that all these three cities are just four to five hours driving distance from each other. Moreover, an excellent rail-road network further adds to a hassle free and memorable trip. So, what are you waiting for, just pack your bags and get ready for a date with the charismatic beauty of India.