India is an intriguing yet overwhelming place. It is a melting pot of several religions, several hundred languages, and several million people. Due to its staggering size, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip there. Luckily a helping hand isn’t far away. We’ve stripped India back to basics, compiling a list of India’s highlights and more importantly, how, where and when to see them. Exploring the nooks and crannies of its cities, discovering its ancient charm, experiencing its age old rituals, and falling under the spell of India’s irrepressible charm makes for an adventure you will never forget.
The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
So named because of the triangular shape formed on a map by Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, and the treasures to be found within, the Golden Triangle is one of the most popular travel routes in India. A journey made easy by a great road and rail network, a tour of the Golden Triangle is one of the best ways to experience India’s glittering royal history and culture. You will visit awe-inspiring iconic forts and palaces, wander through bustling bazaars, taste one of the world's greatest cuisines and experience a unique destination where spirituality and colour fill the streets. All cities have something different to offer, with the monuments and markets of India’s vibrant busy capital, Delhi onto the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra, to the forts and palaces of the “pink city”, Jaipur – truly an unforgettable introduction to India.
We know that everyone has different requirements, preferences and priorities for their perfect trip and so, with Imagine India, all our trips are tailor-made for each of our clients. We have put together a few sample itineraries to inspire your trip to the Golden Triangle and to give you an idea of the type of trips we can put together.
If you want to pack in the top highlights but are short on time, check out our Classic Golden Triangle itinerary, a week long trip that includes all the must-see sights in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
See Golden Triangle with Tigers for a sample itinerary that includes all the Golden Triangle highlights alongside a stop in the rural village of Ramathra and game drives in Ranthambore National Park in search of the majestic Bengal Tiger.
Or, If you are looking to add a beach break to the classic Golden Triangle route, check out our Golden Triangle and Goa itinerary, which is a great combination of wildlife, culture and relaxation.
Find out about the areas within the Golden Triangle below:
Agra is best known for the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of India's most famous attractions. However, as the capital of mighty Mughals for a long time, the city lists more than just to Taj among its impressive landmarks, boasting a number of other beautiful monuments, tombs and mausoleums, as well as a stunning river setting.
Delhi offers a captivating mix of medieval and modern cultures with its Old and New parts, each with its own specific charm. Old Delhi still retains its medieval character with hints of the Middle East in its narrow streets, while New Delhi boasts more vibrant quarters where the scattered Muslim heritage sites meet the bohemian youth.
Jaipur is steeped in history and culture, with its stunning hill-top forts and magnificent palaces. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is known as the ‘pink city’, due to the pink paint applied to the buildings in its old walled city. Within these walls you will find bustling bazaars, world-class hotels and camel carts, cows and rickshaw drivers; filling the streets with character.
Ranthambore National Park combines well with the Golden Triangle
One of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in India is Ranthambore and given its location in Rajasthan, it combines very well with the Golden Triangle. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, and is one of the best locations in India to observe these majestic predators in their natural habitat. The landscape of Ranthambore National Park transforms from dry plains to grasslands and dense forests, dotted with waterholes and ancient ruins.