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The Golden Triangle Tour Guide –  India’s Golden Triangle refers to the three gems in Northern India; New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It is called ‘Golden’ because of its precious and prized highlights and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The trio form a neat triangle on the map and hence the name ‘Golden Triangle’.

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Agra, known for The Taj Mahal, is a MUST visit for any kind of traveller

It is a wonderful portion with the right mix of culture, traditions and heritage. Let’s get engrossed in the lively spirit of Delhi, soak in the romanticism of Agra and take a dip in the grandeur of Jaipur. Keen to know more about the amazing trio? Here is our Golden Triangle tour guide to help you know everything.

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Best Time To Visit The Golden Triangle

Glide to some of the monuments like the Red Fort overlooking the Jamuna River as well as the tallest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar.

Glide to some of the monuments like the Red Fort overlooking the Jamuna River as well as the tallest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar.

Wondering what is the best time to visit Golden Triangle? Well, October and November or February and March are considered as the best time to visit the Golden Triangle. The weather during this period is quite pleasant and draws tourists from all over the world. That being said, let’s have a look at the different seasons of The  Golden Triangle.

Summer

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The locals pray with utmost respect and love in the Delhi Ramzan, the sight of all praying together is spectacular

The summer season starts from the month of April and extends till July. The weather during this time is extremely hot and dry. Although it is not the right time to visit the Golden Triangle as the temperatures rise up to 45 degrees, one can enjoy shopping at malls, swimming and ice skating. You can enjoy festivals like the International Mango Festival in Delhi where you actually taste 500 different types of mangoes and festival of Gangaur which is celebrated with pomp in Jaipur.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: Be sure to carry light cotton clothes and keep yourself hydrated.

Monsoon

Govinda aala re, come join the festivities

Govinda aala re, come join the festivities in Janmashtmi

Monsoons hit the trio in mid-July and last till about September. The monsoon season brings the much needed relief from the blistering summers and scorching sun. Although it is not a very popular tourist time, one can spend some quiet time in cafes sipping a hot cup of coffee while reading a book. You can also enjoy festivals like Teej, celebrated in Jaipur and Janmashtami widely celebrated in Delhi and Agra.

Winter

The winter season begins in December and extends till March. The weather is extremely cold. It is the best time to explore historical monuments and capture their cultural significance. One can enjoy festivals like Christmas and New Year which are celebrated with great joy.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: Be sure to carry all your woollens and jackets.

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How To Go On A Golden Triangle Tour

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Delhi airport provides lot of convenience to its visitors

Wondering how to go on the Golden Triangle tour? Here are some guidelines to help you plan your trip.

Air: The Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi and Jaipur International Airport are your major landing spots. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport in Agra is a domestic airport with a military airbase and only caters to domestic flights. You can reach Agra through a connecting flight Delhi or Jaipur.

Train: The Northern and Western Railways cater the Golden Triangle routes. Rajdhani Express is one of the fastest trains on Delhi-Jaipur route. Ajmer Shatabdi is also an express train that covers the distance between Delhi and Jaipur in about 4 hours. There are many trains from Delhi to Agra. Be sure to book your tickets in advance as the trains are always full.

The best part about road trips is your own private vehicle

The best part about road trips is your own private vehicle on a smooth road

Road: Agra is 233 km away from Delhi and it takes about 4 hours to over the distance. Delhi to Agra is a smooth road journey with the Yamuna Express Highway. You get a glimpse of the impressive Yamuna River over which the bridge passes.

Delhi to Jaipur is approximately 281 km and takes about 5 hours to cover the distance. There are Rajasthan state buses (RSRTC) which are quite efficient and comfortable. You can also hire taxis and private cars.

Agra to Jaipur is about 238 km and takes a little more than 4 hours to cover. There are Rajasthan (RSRTC) and Uttar Pradesh (UPSRTC) buses along with local cabs and taxis.

Also Read: Top 7 Experiences  You Must Have On Your Golden Triangle Tour

Golden Triangle Tour, India – Top 7 Experiences You MUST Have!

 

Travelling Within The Golden Triangle Cities

Auto rickshaws painted in Indian colours in Gangtok

Ride in an Auto rickshaws to explore the city

There are plenty of options for local transport in these three cities. From cycle rickshaws and battery operated autos to auto-rickshaws, buses and taxis. If you are on a budget, the cheapest way to travel is by bus. If you value comfort then hiring a car is the best option. Delhi Metro is also very convenient and quick. App taxis like Uber and Ola have completely transformed the local transport scenario. Now you can conveniently use your smart phone to book a cab and you are good to go!

 

Where to Stay In Golden Triangle Cities

Learn more about these mammals at Jaipur’s elephant farm

Learn more about these mammals at Jaipur’s elephant farm

The Golden Triangle offers an array of accommodation options to make sure you take home some of the best memories. From luxury chain five star hotels, resorts, palaces and forts to budget hotels and home stays, Golden Triangle has it all. If you want to travel back in time and experience aristocratic ambience consider staying in Umaid Bhavan Hotel (Jaipur), Nahargarh Haveli (Jaipur), The Leela Palace (New Delhi), JW Marriott (New Delhi), ITC Mughal (Agra) and The Oberoi Amarvilas (Agra). All these hotels have lavish interiors and will impress you with their extraordinary services. Travellers on a budget can choose to stay in budget hotels like Hotel Maniram Palace (Agra), Hotel Bhoomi Residency (Agra), Grand Godwin Hotel (Delhi), Hotel Rupam (Delhi), Krishna Palace (Jaipur) and Hotel Sarang Palace (Jaipur). Choose your style and make the most of your time holidaying in the Golden Triangle.

Also Read: Jaipur, Vibrant Capital Of Rajasthan

Jaipur, Vibrant Capital Of Rajasthan

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Places To Visit On Your Golden Triangle Tour

1. Qutab Minar (New Delhi)

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Be mesmerised by the beauty of Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a soaring 73 metre high stone tower built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. It is the tallest individual tower in the world and the second tallest monument in Delhi. Constructed in red sandstone with intricate carvings and verses from the Holy Quran, the tower has 5 distinct storeys each marked by a projecting balcony with 379 steps. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. There is a 7 metre high iron pillar in the courtyard of the mosque and it a general belief that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back towards it your wish will be fulfilled. The glorious Qutab Minar is one of the best places to visit in Delhi and certainly takes you back to the rich history of India.

2. India Gate (New Delhi)

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Marvel at the grandness of the India Gate in delhi

The All India War Memorial, commonly known as India Gate is located along the Rajpath in New Delhi. It was built to commemorate the death of 90,000 Indian soldiers who were killed during the First World War and the Afghan Conquest. This 42 metre tall historical structure is the first gate to be constructed in New Delhi and is one of the largest war memorials in the country. India Gate also houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is a kindled structure underneath the archway. It is one of the finest places to visit in Delhi and a major tourist attraction. Whether it is eating out at the various food stalls or roadside eateries or enjoying a monkey show, India Gate has something for each and everyone.

3. Taj Mahal (Agra)

Taj Mahal is one of the most popular attractions on your Golden Triangle Tour

Taj Mahal is one of the most popular attractions on your Golden Triangle Tour

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the most beautiful architectural masterpiece Taj Mahal, is located in the historical city of Agra. Popularly known as the symbol of love, it was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a perfect example of the intricacy and luminosity of Mughal and Persian architecture. The spectacular marble tomb is the major highlight of the monument. The interior chamber is decorated with precious and semi-precious stones. The whole complex is surrounded by gardens, water channels and fountains which makes the monument even more magnificent.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: Taj Mahal is open from sunrise to sunset and it is closed for public on Fridays although the mosque inside is open for prayers.

4. Agra Fort (Agra)

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This iconic structure will bedazzle you

Popularly known as Lal Qila, the Agra Fort is situated on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra. Encircling almost the entire city within its walls, this fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best forts in India. It was built by Emperor Akhbar and is a perfect example of Mughal style art and architecture. Built in red sandstone, this fort has some of the most iconic structures in the Mughal history such as Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. You can also get a beautiful glimpse of the Taj Mahal from the Agra Fort. This is one of the most exciting things to do in Agra and a delight for history buffs.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: Be sure to carry your identity proofs when you visit Agra Fort.

5. Hawa Mahal (Jaipur)

Things to do in Jaipur: Hawa Mahal - Jaipur's star attraction

Visit the Hawa Mahal, it is the highlight of the pink city of Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, popularly known as the Palace of Winds is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal is a five storey extension in the form of a honeycomb. It derives its name from its exceptional structure which has 953 small windows, called jharokas that keeps the palace extremely breezy and provides a spectacular view of the city. Constructed in red and pink limestone, this palace is the signature building of the city. There is a wonderful fountain inside the main palace and a small museum which exhibits some remnants and miniature paintings. Hawa Mahal is certainly a not-to-miss tourist place in pink city of Jaipur.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: It opens at 9:30 AM in the morning and closes at 4:30 PM in the evening.

6. Amer Fort and Palace (Jaipur)

Amer Fort must be on your things to do in Jaipur

Witness the time-honoured Amer Fort on your visit to Jaipur

Nestled amidst the picturesque Aravalli Hills, Amer Fort is an architectural work of genius with a noteworthy mark in the Indian history. Constructed by Raja Maan Singh, the fort is built in red sandstone and white marble which add to its glory. With the beautiful backdrop of the Maota River, intricate wall paintings with use of precious gems and jewels, the fort is a photographer’s paradise. There are several other buildings within the patio such as the Palace of Maan Singh I, Sukh Mahal, Lion Gate, Tripolis Gate and Diwan-e-Aam. Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirror, which is embellished with mirror tiles is the most alluring place within the fort. Amer Fort comes alive in the evening with a terrific light and sound show.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: Do hire a guide for deeper knowledge of the fort’s history.

 

Things To Do In The Golden Triangle Tour

1. Explore The Delhi Haat (New Delhi)

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Shop till you drop in Delhi Haat

Delhi Haat is one of the most vibrant markets in Delhi and unquestionably one of the most enjoyable things to do in Delhi. It is a joint project developed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation. Delhi Haat is an outdoor shopping plaza which is extremely clean and very well organised. It displays a flamboyant mix of ethnic culture, regional handicrafts and scrumptious cuisine along with traditional crafts. You can buy handloom products, fabrics, footwear, brassware, silk, chandeliers, copperware, gems, jewellery, beads, cane and jute products.

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Be lured by these heavenly mashed potato balls

It also offers delectable cuisines from all parts of India- whether it is the famous Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma or the Tibetan Momos, whether it is Puranpoli of Maharashtra or the Bamboo Hot Chicken from Nagaland, you name it and Delhi Haat has it!  It is a great place which very conveniently brings together rural art and folk culture. There is also an open-air theatre which showcases cultural events on a daily basis. With a village feel and an awesome vibe, this place is a definite must visit while on a holiday in Golden Triangle.

Golden Triangle Tour Guide Tip: Be sure to bargain before buying.

2. Go On A Hot Air Balloon Ride (Jaipur)

See the city of Jaipur unfolding its many secrets beneath you

See the city of Jaipur unfolding its many secrets beneath you

Fly high in the Jaipur sky in a hot air balloon and experience breath-taking views of the forts and palaces of the city. Located near the Jamnabai Bajaj Road, Hot Air Balloon safari is one of the most amazing things to do in Jaipur. Not only can you enjoy the plethora of colours and sounds of the city from a height but you can also admire the various stunning attractions of the city like Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal and many others. These rides are mostly held two hours before sunrise and two hours before sunset. It is the most loved activity which will surely leave you speechless!

3. Shop At The Kinari Bazaar (Agra)

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Kinari Bazaar brings out the excitement of shopping in a second

Shopping at Kinari Bazaar is one of the most interesting things to do in Agra. It is a wholesale retail market which offers everything from snacks,  dupattas, lehegas, kurtas, turbans, sherwanis, shoes, jackets to handmade carpets and rugs and jewellery. The best part about this place is that it is dirt cheap and you can always grab a better deal if you know the art of bargaining. Do check out Sadar Bazaar for cheap leather goods.

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What To Eat In Golden Triangle Cities

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Don’t forget to relish the local food on your tour

Although the Golden Triangle tour offers great historic and cultural incentive for all its visitors, nothing compares to the unbelievable variety of tantalizing delicacies you will encounter on your holiday. Here is a list of delicacies that you can lay your hands on.

  • Do try the tasty paranthas at paranthe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
  • Mutton Korma at Karim’s, jama Masjid, Delhi is a must have.
  • If there is one Delhi dish that you must try, it has to be Chhole Bhature.
  • You cannot leave Delhi without trying the famous Aloo Tikki.
  • Your trip to Agra is incomplete without trying Petha, which comes in a wide variety like paan and kesar.
  • Dalmoth is a crunchy crispy fried lentil snack which is must have in Agra.
The stuffed parathas served at Rambabu Paratha Bhandar in Agra

Gorge on the stuffed parathas served at Rambabu Paratha Bhandar in Agra

  • Do try Bedhai and Kachori in Agra. It is a breakfast speciality consisting of a fried puffy bread and a spicy bowl of potato curry.
  • Jaipur is very popular for its Pyaaz Kachori. Rawat Mishthan Bhandar is the best place to have it.
  • Do try Masala Chai at Gulab Ji Chaiwala.
  • Do not leave Jaipur without trying lip smacking sizzlers of Vinegar at MGF Mall.
  • People with a sweet tooth should definitely try Ghevar from Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar (Jaipur).

Drooling already?  Well, this is just a trailer, there are lots more! Get set to have a crazy gastronomic experience in the Golden Triangle.

Also Read: Experience Indian Cuisine With A Twist In Delhi

Experience Indian Cuisine With A Twist In Delhi

 

Nightlife In The Golden Triangle  Cities

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Enjoy the lively and colourful nightlife and  parties in Delhi

  • Delhi comes to life at night with bars, pubs, lounges, clubs, restaurants, feet tapping music and lots of booze. If great rocking music and dancing is all you want consider partying at Ghungroo, Agni or Raasta. If chilling out with friends amidst good music and a bear mug is your motto then Fork You, Lights Camera Action- Air Bar, Haus Khaz Social and Kylin Skybar are the best places. If you like live music or karaoke, Hard Rock Cafe, Hybrid and TC Bar and Restaurant are the places to be. Delhi is a hub when it comes to nightlife, so get set to experience the most electrifying night of your life!
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Witness the twinkling lights of Jaipur at night from the top

  • Jaipur, during the day bears an aristocratic and dignified air, but as soon as the night falls the city turns into a glittering spectacle with several discos, bars and pubs. If good food, great music along with a stirring mix of cocktails is your style of partying then Reds Pub, hardy’s Pub, 3D’s Restro Lounge are the best options. If you fancy hardcore rock music, look no further than 100% Rock and Geoffrey’s Pub. If you want to dance the night out, head straight to Fireball. Stunned by Jaipur’s freaky nightlife? Aren’t you?
  • Agra is not only about Taj Mahal. The city has an exotic nightlife where you can have a gala time relishing on delicious food and unusual cocktails. Liquid Lounge Bar, Colorbar, Thor The Party World and Glassy are the most incredible places to party.

 

Money In The Golden Triangle Tour

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Thousands of Muslims gather in front of the mosque at the Taj Mahal to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The currency of Golden Triangle is Indian Rupee. Notes come in the denominations of 10, 20, 50 100, 200, 500 and 2000. Money can be easily exchanged in banks and private money exchangers. ATMs are widespread. All major debit cards and credit cards like Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency the visitors can bring during their visit.

 

Travel Tips For Your Golden Triangle Tour

Holi in Jaipur; Alexandra Lande - Golden triangle tour guide

Visit these three cities that are rich in colous, culture and festivities

Our Golden Triangle tour guide is packed with insider tips and important information that you need to know before planning your trip.

  • Keep your identity proofs and other important documents handy.
  • Keep a digital copy of all your important documents in your mobile in case of an emergency.
  • Do not drink tap water here. Make use of bottled water.
  • Dress a little conservatively while visiting temples and other places of worship.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 100 (Police) or 102 (Ambulance).

With so many amazing activities and places, Golden Triangle will be the most memorable trip of your life. So, hurry! Plan your Golden Triangle trip soon and do not forget to keep our Golden Triangle tour guide handy.

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