India’s Golden Triangle – Best Places of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

India's golden triangle

India’s Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit in India that connects the three most iconic cities of the country, New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. These are popular as the Golden Triangle of India as they form a triangular shape with their locations on a map. The trip is a widely travelled route and is normally possible by road, train, or plane.

The Golden Triangle of India has become the centre of the thriving tourism economy in India. It is one of the beaten and well-explored trails of the modern India. The three cities, Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are one of the best locations for tourists not only in India but across the globe. All these destinations are steeped in history and culture with numerous monuments, including forts, palaces, and many architectural monuments.

Here are the best parts of all the cities of the golden triangle which no one should miss when travelling them!

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Delhi – Starting Point of India’s Golden Triangle

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The Political capital of India and an infusion of Islamic life with exquisiteness, Delhi makes up one of the cornerstones of the golden triangle in the country’s north.

India Gate

India gate

Standing like an archway in the middle of a crossroad, India Gate commemorates the 70,000 soldiers who gave up their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I. The Gate also houses the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ (Eternal Flame) which had been burning for more than 5 decades to honour the martyrs of the armed forces.

The large expanse of lush green lawns, surrounding the imposing structure makes a perfect picnic spot. At night, India Gate is lit up and many street food vendors fill the place. The fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights.

Timings for the light show at India Gate are between 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. The timings for boating at the lakes adjacent to India Gate are between 2:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

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Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi is an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning, and harmony. The architects have built Akshardham Mandir with intricately carved sandstone and marble, and it features over two hundred murtis. There are open gardens, water bodies, and steps- a well-styled courtyard.

The timings of Akshardham temple are from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM. There is no entry fee to the complex but, the exhibition and musical fountain need allowance tickets. On Mondays, the temple remains closed and mobiles or any other electronics are not allowed inside.

Humayun’s Tomb

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Humayun’s senior widow built the structure in 1565 A.D., nine years after his death. The tomb is of particular significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Also known as Maqbara- e- Humayun, this monument looks more like a luxurious palace than a tomb. It is among the best-preserved heritage monuments in Delhi that embody Mughal architectural grandeur.

The tomb is open from sunrise to sunset daily. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 40 and for foreigners is Rs. 600.

Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

The architects built the temple in the shape of a lotus flower, set amongst the lush green landscaped gardens. It is one of the last of seven major Bahai temples around the world. Like all Bahá’í Houses of Worship, Lotus Temple is open for all, regardless of religion or any other qualification.

Around the blooming petals, there are nine pools of water, which light up in natural light. Temple remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays. People can visit from 9 am to 5:30 pm and there is no entry fee.

Jama Masjid

This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Jama Masjid ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Masjid is open on all days of the week and entry is free. Timings for the same are from 7 am to Noon and from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Tourists are not allowed during prayer hours. Some other places to visit in India’s golden triangle-

NameEntry Price (INR)Opening Hours
Red Fort359:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Qutub Minar307:00 AM to 5:00 PM
National Museum2010:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Gurudwara Bangla SahibFreeOpen 24 hours
Chandni ChowkFree10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Hauz Khas VillageFree10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
National Rail Museum509:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)
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Agra – Mughal Special of India

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The epitome of Mughal, Marble, and Marvel located on the banks of the Yamuna River

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

This ivory-white marble mausoleum located on the right bank of Yamuna is the most photographed monument in the world. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of the emperor himself.

Taj Mahal opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes before sunset on all weekdays except Fridays. Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for general viewing, other days it remains open. Tickets are available on the Western and Eastern Gateway of the Taj Mahal; only exit is permitted from the southern gateway, and no entry is allowed. Indian visitors are charged Rs. 50/- as an entry fee and foreign tourists Rs. 1100/-. Additional Rs. 200/- will be charged if one wants to visit the main mausoleum.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

The Agra Fort, also known as the “Lal- Qila”, “Fort Rouge” or “Qila-i-Akbari”, is the highlight of the city of Agra. Entry to Agra Fort is permitted only through the Amar Singh gate. The breathtaking views of the Yamuna River and Taj Mahal from the balconies of the pavilions can make anyone mesmerized.  

On visiting the fort, one will come across the Hall of Public Audience, Nagina Masjid and Mina Masjid, Macchi Bhavan, Khas Mahal, Shish Mahal and Shah Jahani Mahal, and Zenana Mina Bazaar. Entry to the fort will cost an Indian tourist Rs. 50/- and a foreign tourist Rs. 650/-. There is no entry fee for children under 15 years of age. The timings of the visit are from sunrise to sunset.   

Fatehpur Sikri

City Palace

The Mughal Empire’s abandoned capital, Fatehpur Sikri is built with every detail of luxury and architectural boasting. It is located 40 km from Agra and the city is completely made from red sandstone. This has now become a UNESCO World Heritage site and Jama Masjid, Salim Chisti’s tomb, the Diwan-i-Aam, the Diwan-i-Khas, and the Queen’s Palaces within the city are worth visiting.                                   

Timings for the same are from 6 am to 6 pm on all days except Fridays. Indians are charged Rs. 50 for entry and foreigners Rs. 360/-.

NameEntry Price (INR)Opening Hours
Mehtab Bagh25Sunrise to Sunset
Jama MasjidFree7:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Akbar’s Tomb356:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Chini Ka Rauza20Sunrise to Sunset
Mariam’s Tomb20Sunrise to Sunset
Guru Ka TaalFree6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Wildlife SOS5009:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah356:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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Jaipur – Best of India’s Golden Triangle           

The Pink City is famous for forts, temples and gardens, crafts, and especially luscious finger-licking food

City Palace

City Palace

It was built by Sawai Jai Singh and it continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family. The palace complex has several buildings, various courtyards, galleries, restaurants, and, offices of the Museum Trust. A large part of this brilliant palace is now a museum, displaying an excellent collection of artefacts used by Rajput royalty.

The Palace remains open from 9:30 am to 5 pm during day visits and from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm during night visits on all days. The entry fee for Indian nationals is Rs. 200/- and for foreign nationals is Rs. 700/-.

HawaMahal

HawaMahal

Built from red and pink sandstone, The Hawa Mahal is on the edge of the City Palace. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the shape of the building also resembles the crown of Krishna. The outside walls of this ‘Palace of Winds’ have 953 windows in the shape of honeycomb, allowing the breeze to blow through them and making it a perfect summer palace.

Hawa Mahal remains open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and the entry ticket is Rs. 10/- for Indians and Rs. 50/- for foreigners.

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

This beautiful fort is one of the top tourist attractions of Jaipur, situated atop a small hill. It is one of the finest and most mesmerizing forts which served as the royal capital for long seven years before Jaipur city was built. They have built this extensive palace complex with pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble. The diwan-e-aam and Sheesh Mahal are both inside the palace walls along with a mandir.

The essence of Amer Fort is encapsulated by the beautiful light and sound show within the fort, where visitors get to see an astounding spectacle about the history of the fort. Timings of the fort are between 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and the light show timings are from 7:30 pm in English and 8:00 pm in Hindi. For Indian tickets Rs. 25/- and for foreigners Rs. 550/- upon entry.

Other Places to Visit in India’s Golden Triangle – Jaipur

NameEntry Price (INR)Opening Hours
Jantar Mantar50 (Indian), 200 (Foreigner)9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Nahargarh Fort50 (Indian), 200 (Foreigner)10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Jaigarh Fort35 (Indian), 85 (Foreigner)9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Albert Hall Museum40 (Indian), 300 (Foreigner)9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple)Free6:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jal Mahal10 (Indian), 50 (Foreigner)9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Jaipur Zoo50 (Adult), 20 (Child)8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Nahargarh Biological Park50 (Indian), 200 (Foreigner)8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace50 (Indian), 100 (Foreigner)8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Govind Devji TempleFree5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Jawahar Circle GardenFreeOpen 24 hours

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