The moment you listen to these three golden words, your mind takes you to that glittery world where there are huge alluringly frenetic old vestiges like forts, palaces, mausoleums, museums, temples, and tombs. And everything is so nice and beautiful.
For all those who don’t know about the iconic golden triangle tour, let me tell you that it is the best and perhaps the classiest-est introduction to the cultural diversity that India poses. Quite renowned amongst the international travelers, this 650-mile circuit of almost fairy tale beauty covers India’s three most visited cities – Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi.
Surely after reading this, a question will pop in your mind – Why it is a golden triangle?
Well, this is because by pointing all these places on the map, a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250 km along each side will be formed. That’s why this famous tourist circuit in India is called triangle tour, and golden because of the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendors that each city offer. For more details, have a look at the video below.
So, after watching all these pictures, if you’ve decided to bookmark golden triangle India for your next holiday then I am presenting you an interesting travel itinerary. It will allow you to see the golden triangle with a twist, calling it – BREAK THE TRIANGLE.
BREAK THE TRIANGLE? sounding amusing, right? Don’t worry I am not making or breaking places. Infact I will be suggesting you some extra places to visit around the Delhi Agra Jaipur tour.
So, let’s have a look how you can enjoy the best of India’s Golden triangle in just eight days.
Day One: Enroute to Jaipur from Delhi; Delhi to Jaipur – 268 kilometers – 8 hours
Start your golden triangle trip from Delhi. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, hit the roads to reach Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and the commonly called pink city of India. All those who are coming from the abroad, make a point to take such an international flight that can land you in Delhi early morning so that the entire tour runs as per the schedule. Talking about Jaipur, the place is so beautiful that even the zillions of words, idioms, poems and expression won’t be able to define its mayhem, madness, and magnificence. Jaipur was brought to existence by Sawai Jai Singh II, a Hindu Maharaja, in 1727 when he moved his capital here from Amber, another fortified city just seven miles away.
It will take approximately 8 hours to reach Jaipur but to make it a little interesting, stop at any of the dhabha to try some piping hot paranthas. After an eight-hour journey through the highways and byways of Delhi, Rajasthan, and Haryana, you will reach Jaipur; leaving behind few hours in the late afternoon at your disposal to reach the city. So to make out the best of it, you can visit the Amber Fort and Palace, which is quite noticeable at the entrance of the Jaipur city.
To reach the bars of Amber Fort, you can either travel by jeep or elephant from the main parking area or take a steep walk up the hill. A UNESCO world heritage site, the fort was originally built by Meenas, and later ruled by Raja Man Singh I. As you will glide through the gracious courtyards of the palace, you will see rooms and galleries decorated in both Hindu and Mughal styles. Make a point to visit the famous Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mandir, Ganesh Pol and Shila Devi temple of Amber Fort.
Where to stay and What to savor in Jaipur:
When comes to stay in Jaipur, there is no dearth of accommodation options. Especially for luxury travelers, there are an array of palaces turned hotels that once used to host the royals. Oberoi Rajvilas, and Taj Rambagh are some good luxury hotels where you can book a stay. And for budget travelers, there are a good number of hostels and homestays in almost every corner of the city.
1135 AD in Amer Palace; Anokhi Cafe, and Tapri Central in C Scheme, and Tapri Central in Civil Lines are some of the good places to relish spicy Rajasthani cuisine. To savor the quintessential street snack, visit Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, which is known for offering Onion and Dal Kachoris.
A day is just not enough to get the dose of exquisiteness that Jaipur has to offer. So for sightseeing in Jaipur, you’ll have to spend here an another day of your holiday.
On the second day, you can visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar (1734), an observatory with bizarre sculptures, architectural astronomy instruments, and sophisticated instruments – the most updated version of their times. Don’t miss the sundial that has a 27-metre high gnomon.
Close to Jantar Mantar is City Palace. A must visit sightseeing place in Jaipur, City Palace is a complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. City Palace is an exquisite example of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, which has built over ages. Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, The Armoury, and Pitam Niwas Chowk & Chandra Mahal are the major highlights of the city palace.
In the evening, you can visit the markets to shop classic gota saris, timeless block-print fabric and celebrated Rajput jewels.
Day Three and Four – Exploring In and Around Udaipur
Next destination on our itinerary – Udaipur – is a little off the golden triangle trail but it’s beautiful. To reach Udaipur, you can take an early morning flight from Jaipur. Quite popular amongst the international tourists and brimming with vast cultural and rustic beauty, Udaipur is unarguably one of the most romantic cities in India. The city was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh as the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar.
Udaipur might be a small city but it has a good number of magnificent palaces, lakes, and ethnic bazaars, which can’t be covered in few days that’s why you will be spending your third and fourth day in what legends calls – the Venice of East.
On your two days trip to Udaipur, you should visit the Vintage & Classic Car Collection Museum, where you can the phenomenal car collection of the royals. Rolls – Royce 20 (1924), Rolls – Royce GLK 21, Rolls-Royce 20-25, and Ford-A Standard Phaeton 1930 are some of the exquisites collection you can see at the museum.
Hardly a kilometer from Vintage car museum is City Palace. Overlooking the Lake Pichola, City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace. The exquisite part of the palace is its architecture, which has been built by various Maharajas but has still managed to retain a surprising uniformity of design.
After strolling at the City Palace, end your day with a visit to the Lake Pichola to enjoy boating to Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir while savoring the view of sun gliding below the horizon.
To make out the best of the fourth day, you can either explore the attraction of Udaipur like Jagdish Temple, Lake Fatehsagar, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum, Bagore Ki Haveli, and Ambrai Ghat.,/p> Or
You can go on a roadtrip to Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh Fort, which are simply majestic. Early morning, embark on an 85 kilometers ride to Kumbhalgarh to see the iconic fort, which features the second longest wall in the world. It was built by Rana Kumbha during the 15th century and so far it is considered the most important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh.
After enjoying a stopover, hit the roads again to visit Ranakpur, which is hardly 35 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh. India’s largest and most important Jain temple complex, Ranakpur temple is quite known for its complicated series of 29 halls, 80 domes, and 1444 individually engraved pillars.
Once you’ve explored Kumbhalgarh, return to Udaipur hotel for the overnight stay.
Where to stay and what to savor in Udaipur:
Somewhere like Rajasthan, here you too finding an accommodation is not a problem. You can choose to stay in any of the heritage property or a hostel. Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace, Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, and Ramada Udaipur Resort And Spa are some good places to stay in Udaipur.
Samosa at Bohra Ganpati Misthan (Aayad), Kachori at Shri Lala Mishtan (Chandpole), Aloo bada by Pandit Ji (outside Fateh School), Vada pav by Mohan Singh (Fatehpura), and Poha at Bhole Nath Nashta Center (Sukhadia Circle) are the must try street food in Udaipur.
Day Five – Embark on a drive to Pushkar; Udaipur to Pushkar – 280 kilometers – 5 hours
On the fifth day, check out from the hotel in Udaipur so as to embark on a drive to Pushkar, which will last for approximately 5 hours. Pushkar is one of the favorite places to visit for the Hindu devotees as it has the renowned Brahma Temple and a sacred Pushkar Lake with approximately 52 ghats. A visit to the Brahma Temple and boating on Pushkar lake is a must. Also, if you’ve extra time at your disposal, do take the camel safari tour.
Where to stay in Pushkar:
In Pushkar, you might not be able to find some good number of hotels like Ananta Spa & Resorts, Orchard Pushkar, Pushkar Resort, Gateway Resort, and Aaram Baagh.
Early morning, embark on a drive to Agra, which will take approximately eight hours. To spice up the eight journey, you can take a break at the Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified city, which was the capital of Mughal empire during the reign of Akbar, between 1571 and 1585. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and is quite known for its stunning imperial complex of pavilions and palaces. After spending some time at Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra. You will reach Agra by night.
Where to stay in Agra:
Oberoi Amarvilas, ITC Mughal, Sheela, Heritage Home, and Wyndham Grand are best places to stay in the city of Taj Mahal.
Finally, the day has come for what you’ve been waiting for. In the morning, you will visit the iconic Taj Mahal. Even if you will look at the place from a distance, the sights of this grand ivory-white marble mausoleum can make one go ‘Awww.’ An epitome of love, this one of its kind vestige was built in 1653 on the bank of River Yamuna. When in Taj Mahal, make a point to get clicked on the ‘Princess Diana Chair.’ If you’ve time then do visit Mehtab Bagh, a prominent place to visit nearby Taj Mahal.
Once you’ve explored Agra, pack your bags and get ready for a drive on the Yamuna Expressway to reach Delhi. It will take approximately fours hours to reach Delhi from Agra. When in Delhi, check in the hotel in central Delhi and then visit Swaminarayan Akshardham to see its resplendent architecture and attend the musical fountain show.
After exploring Akshardham, hit the roads to see Connaught Place, a prominent sightseeing place n Delhi, and enjoy dinner at the world famous eateries. If you so wanted to enjoy Delhi’s nightlife then Connaught Place (CP) is simply the place to be. After an electrifying night at the CP, visit India Gate to treat your taste buds with a sweet ice-cream.
You can also opt for an NH19/NH44 route to visit Delhi. The best part about this route is that you can stop by at Mathura and Vrindavan to see its beautiful temples. By taking this route, you’ll reach Delhi in the evening. And then you can visit Connaught Place (CP) to enjoy Delhi’s electrifying nightlife.
It is going to be the last day of your trip, make sure to get the best out of it. In the morning, visit the old Delhi area. Early morning because there will be less rush. Start your rickshaw tour from the red fort, visit the Jama Masjid and then end it at Fatehpuri Mosque. Missing the scrumptious street food of Chandni chowk would be a sin. After exploring Red Fort, go for a ride to Qutb Minar, a prominent sightseeing place in Delhi. During the journey, you will come across Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Secretariat Building, and Old Fort.
Where to stay in Delhi:
To absorb the exquisiteness that Delhi offers, there are many places to stay. If your idea of a vacation is to relax and treat yourself to utmost luxury then you can check-in at any of the five-star hotels. Mid-budget boutique hotels are also available for stay in the city that offers all the services that you can ask for.
Your arrival in Delhi marks the end of the golden triangle trip.
In case, if you’ve covered all these attractions on your holiday then let me introduce you to another travel itinerary of Golden triangle tour, which also covers India’s most visited cities.
Day 1 – Delhi
Cover the major sightseeing places in the daytime like Red Fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, and Chandni Chowk. In the evening, you can take a train from Old Delhi to pay a visit to Jodhpur.
Day 2 – Jodhpur
Early morning, you will arrive in Jodhpur. According to the plan, you will have only a day to explore Jodhpur, which can be easily done if you start the tour early morning. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and Ghanta Ghar are the must visit places to Jodhpur.
Day 3 – Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
On day three, embark on the most beautiful roadtrip of your life to Jaisalmer. This 281-kilometer journey is a fantastic ride. On arrival in Jaisalmer, you can either rest in the hotel or go for a night desert safari.
Day 4 – Jaisalmer
You will have an entire day to explore Jaisalmer. Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Thar Heritage Museum, Gadisar Lake, and Desert Nation Park are some of the must-visit attractions in Jaisalmer.
Day 5 – Jaisalmer to Jaipur
In the morning, ride to Jaipur, which will take approximately eight hours. Relax on this day. But if you’re an ardent traveler and don’t get tired by the idea of continuous traveling, you can visit Bikaner for a short trip.
Day 6 – Jaipur sightseeing tour
On the sixth day, you can go for Jaipur sightseeing tour. City Palace, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, and Nahargarh Fort are some of the must-visit attractions in Jaipur. Don’t forget to indulge in shopping. And do try the street food.
Day 7 – Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
Early morning, drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Make a point to leave a little early in the morning as you will extra time to explore the attractions of Agra.
Day 8 – Agra to Delhi
Visit Taj Mahal early in the morning and then set forth on a journey to Delhi.
Surely, definitely, certainly, there’s no better way to explore the India’s golden triangle tour than this. But But But, if you’re smitten by the beauty of all the India. and craving for more, then you can club it with other whimsical attractions of India that can ultimately double the fun of your holiday. Here. I have some suggestions that you consider for your extended trip.
Golden Triangle with Goa: Make it a twelve day and eleven nights trip by adding Goa, which will surely make your trip a memorable one with its uber cool pristine beaches. Click Here for Detailed Itinerary
Golden Triangle with Birding: India is a paradise when it comes to bird watching! If you also like the idea of watching birds moving freely in the sky then you can club the golden triangle tour with a visit to some sanctuaries.
Golden Triangle with Muslim Pilgrimage: Nothing usual, this tour only allows you to explore some shrines sacred to Muslims like dargah and mosques. A visit to Ajmer and Mumbai will be included in this trip.
Varanasi with Golden Triangle: Many legends and stories are associated with Ganga. So, if you want to witness the holy banks of the Ganges attend phenomenal Aartis then do take this nine-day tour. Click Here for Detailed Itinerary
Tigers with Golden Triangle: With an immense population of tigers, rhinos, elephants, lions, and many other diverse species, India is counted amongst the most diverse countries in the world. So, if you always wanted to see catch the sight of the lion or tiger then do take this tour. Click Here for Detailed Itinerary If you’ve found your way here, then I am assuming that you must’ve decided the tour you want to take. And surely it’s going to be a memorable one. But if you follow the following instruction you can definitely come up with the most cherished tour of your life.
Booking in advance is mandatory! Be it a hotel room or a flight ticket make sure you that everything is fine and well arranged.
Choose the right mode of transportation. Travelling by roadways can be a good option but to do this you need an experienced driver. For in-town movements, you can get a cycle or a scooter.
Take a special care of money, passport, documents and other essential documents as robberies are common. Also, you should be beware of touts.
Keep clean and take care of your hygiene. Make a point to carry antiseptic napkins and sanitizers wherever you go. Pharmacies are there with drugs and medical instruments but there is the slightest possibility that it might be fake.
For women, it is important to wear clothes as humble and non-revealing as possible
If you’re planning to visit any shrine, do carry a handkerchief. This is because, if you want to enter Sikh and Muslim temples, you should cover your head, and wear long dresses.
Smoking is banned in public areas.
Don’t hog on street food as it is quite heavy and spicy. Give some time to your tummy to acclimatize before hogging the street food. And whenever buying street food, do a mental assessment of standards of cleanliness. As a precaution, avoid ice, ice cream, and salads and fruit you haven’t just peeled yourself, and tap water.
India has this bad reputation of being home to trouts. In particular, be wary of taxi and rickshaw drivers who insist on taking you to specific hotels, shops or travel agencies – the cost of their commission will be added to your bill. But you can easily escape the hassle by reading complete information travel guide or taking a help from your hotel staff.
Last and not the least; try to stay calm, no matter what. If you’re in a problem try to talk to get in touch with your country’s embassy.
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