India’s Golden Triangle is the most popular tourist route. It has so many reasons behind this. As its name ‘Golden Triangle’ already clear that it is the combination of three perfect destinations in India. And these are located in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
The trip usually starts in Delhi moving south to the site of Taj Mahal to the Agra, then West, to the desert landscape of Rajasthan. These three cities which you will capture, it would be by your imaginary. This fascinating world of the Mughals and Maharajas.
Ancient Delhi to Modern Delhi
Delhi is the capital city of India and is known as the heart of the nation. The city is famous for some historical monuments and is developing with the passing of the time. The capital city is divided into two sections known as Purani Delhi or New Delhi.
Mughal Emperor Shahjahan founded Old Delhi in 1639 which Is known as Shahjahanabad. The Mughals built many palaces and forts in Delhi, including The Chandni Chowk and the Lal Qila. Old Delhi had the first market of wholesale and hardware which was opened in Chawri Bazaar in the year 1840. The narrow alleyways of Old Delhi are filled with a stall selling spices, herbs, cloths, dry fruits etc.
New Delhi is designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens and was named after him. It is the contrast to the street of Old Delhi. Impressive avenues, imperial building, shopping mall and local markets of New Delhi are the attraction point. Akshardham Temple, India Gate, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib are major attractions of New Delhi. From there, visit Humayun’s Tomb, one of the most spectacular monuments.
Because of the increased population, the traffic of New Delhi remains busy. For travel in Delhi taxi, auto, vehicle or metro are the best options for transport.
Top tourist attraction in Delhi
Red Fort was built by fifth Mughal emperor by Shah Jahan, The Red Fort is the most famous monument of Delhi. The fort turbulent history includes being captured by Sikhs and the British.
This is the another fascinating monument of Old Delhi. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25000 devotees. The mosque took six years to build, was completed in 1656.
Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi, is a contrast of wide and orderly street. In the old street, the narrow winding lanes are full of jewelry, fabric, and electronics. Chandni Chowk is a famous place of Delhi’s street food. The famous Karim Hotel is located here.
Akshardham, a new attraction was built by the BAPS and opened in 2005. The temple is architected by pink stone and white marble shrine, it includes sprawling garden, sculptures and boat ride.
Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world, was built in 1206. It was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.
Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat
Gandhi Smriti will show you Where Mahatma Gandhi, referred to as the Father of the Nation. This place tells you the story of Mahatma Gandhi until his time of death. This memorable place Raj Ghat you can visit.
India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in the memory of Indian soldiers. At night it glows warmly under floodlights and the gardens are a popular place for a walk evening.
Lotus (Bahai) Temple
The Bahai temple is shaped like a lotus flower, that is the reason of name is Lotus Temple. It looks very pretty at night when it’s lit up. The designer of this temple attract tourist to see it.
Where to shop in Delhi
This is a very popular and lively market in Delhi. It is a great place to shop for things at a decent price. You find handicraft, clothes, painting, jewelry, leather work and lots of items.
This district has been existence for a hundred if years. The lanes of Chandni Chowk are divided into bazaars with their specialization. Market famous for fabric, jewelry, spices and electronic items and also famous for Delhi Street Food.
Agra the capital of the Mughal Empire. Agra is located on the western banks of the river, Yamuna. It is about 200 km away from the capital of the country, New Delhi. Agra was the capital of the great Akbar. The iconic tourism destination in the world is, Taj Mahal. Where Agra is a colorful city, it has the medieval look. the narrow lanes, modern era hustle attract the visitors. It is easier to visit Agra from Delhi.
Agra is of course the home of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the word. The iconic monument is built by Shah Jahan as a memorial of his wife Mumtaz.
Famous places to visit in Agra
Taj Mahal, as the distance of 6 km from Agra, is the most popular and famous tourist destination in the world, is located in the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra of Uttar Pradesh state. It is also counted in the seven wonders of the modern world. Taj Mahal attracts 4 million viewers annually. Taj Mahal is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after that. To reach to the monument Tongas and Rikshaws are available here.
Agra Red Fort
The Agra Raj Fort is also known as the Lal Qila or Red Fort, is situated on the bank of the Yamuna river, is at the distance of 4.5 km from Agra and 2.5 km from the Taj Mahal. It is said that in 1565 A.D., Emperor Akbar initiated the construction of the fort, but it was accomplished by his grandson Shah Jahan.
Fatehpur Sikri or known as the ‘city of victory’ served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 till 1585. The city is one of the best-preserved collection of Indian Mughal architecture. The city is also known as Sikri sandstone because it is built by locally quarried red sandstone.
It is also popularly known as the Jami Masjid or Friday Mosque. Jama Masjid is situated to the opposite of Agra Fort. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite daughter and completed in 1649 AD. It is among the most visited pilgrimage sites.
Tomb of Itimad- Ud- Daulah/ Baby Taj
The tomb is also known as the Jewel box or Baby Taj as its look like a smaller version of the Taj Mahal. The tomb was built between 1622 and 1628 by the Queen of Jahangir in the memory of her father. It is also one of the best tourist places in Agra.
Beside all these, also look Khas Mahal, Moti Masjid, Nagina Masjid, Mariam-uz-Zamani Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Ram Bagh Garden, Taj Museum.
Market to shop in Agra
One of the most famous shopping sports in Agra. Sadar Bazaar is best known for its leather product. Cafe such as Café Coffee Day is situated near the market.
Located near Jama Masjid of Agra is the wholesale market of the city. This market is a wide choice of handicrafts, glassware, rugs, leather and textiles.
Apart from a great shopping spot, this place is famous for its wide range of product and clothes branded or non-branded.
Pink City Jaipur
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where the maharajas lived. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur famous for Rajasthani jewelry, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality. Jaipur offers its visitors everything from pageants. Jaipur is an architectural gem and visitors simply choose to walk around the cities.
Must visit in Jaipur
City Palace is the most remarkable monument for visit in the list of Jaipur. It is constructed during 1729- 1732 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. This palace is the fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. A Portion of this palace has been converted into a museum and open for the visitors or public.
The Amber or Amer Fort is one of the oldest palaces in Jaipur. The main building of this palace served its people all the luxurious. In Amber Palace, Sheesh Mahal or the ‘Palace of Mirror’ is also the most visitable place in this fort.
This Fort is located on the rocky ridge of Aravalli Hills, is built by Jai Singh II. Nahargarh Fort is the ideal place to visit in Jaipur.
Besides all these, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Water Valley, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Museum also attractive place in Jaipur.
Shopping spot in Jaipur
The specialty of Johari Bazaar is handmade jewelry which is precious gemstones, and handmade necklaces at a reasonable price.
Kishanpole bazaar is best known for textiles good at a very reasonable price. It is one of the most perfect shopping areas of Jaipur and the specialty of this bazaar is wooden sculptures or wooden souvenirs.
The market, Bapu Bazaar is famous for clothes. It is the wholesale market of traditional and modern outfits, where you can get all types of items like clothes, bags, shoes, cosmetics etc.
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