Highlights of India’s Golden Triangle
05 October 2016
The Golden Triangle is a popular tourist circuit that takes in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. If you look at a map these three cities form a rough equilateral triangle, which has been christened “golden” due to the abundance of cultural and historical wealth that can be found there. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction for any visitor to India. However, nothing could have quite prepared me for the fascinating array of sights, smells and colour I would experience on my whirlwind adventure through Northern India.
The first stop on our trip was Delhi. While I did experience some initial culture shock (I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in one place before!), this quickly faded. Old Delhi is loud and chaotic, but it has wonderful character. We experienced the busy market place, Chandni Chowk, by rickshaw. Winding through the narrow lanes, all to the soundtrack of beeping horns is something I will never forget. If India had a theme tune it would most definitely be the sound of hooting tooting traffic! The hustle and bustle of Old Delhi is beautifully contrasted with the relatively calm area of New Delhi. Dusty alleyways give way to broad avenues filled with greenery. We saw children playing cricket in Princes Park, a reminder of British Rule that was present in India up until 1947. A visit to Humayun's Tomb, often referred to as the predecessor to the Taj Mahal, was a wonderful way to round off our time in Delhi.
Next up was a visit to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Rajasthan lies predominantly in the desert so the journey by coach from Delhi to Jaipur allowed us to witness the changing landscapes of Northern India. Jaipur is popularly referred to as the Pink City due to its trademark red-washed buildings. The city has many famous monuments; however one in particular has become iconic. The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, is an ornate five-storey façade which was built during the 18th Century. Its purpose was to allow the women of the royal household to observe the streets below while remaining anonymous. Another highlight of our time in Jaipur was our visit to Amber Fort, which is situated on top of a hill. We left our coach and made our way up to Amber Fort by jeep, via the small streets of Amber Village. Built in the early 1600s, Amber Fort is home to the stunning Hall of Mirrors. A beautiful collection of over one million pieces of glass mirror tiles as well as coloured glass adorn the walls and ceiling. Our expert local guide, showed us how to take some cool trick photographs in this hall, by aiming your camera at certain pieces of mirror in order to capture something in another part of the hall.
Our final stop on India’s Golden Triangle was Agra. Once the centre of the Moghul Empire, Agra is home to the world famous Taj Mahal. Lying majestically on the banks of the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal is unparalleled in its beauty. Since I was a little girl I dreamed of getting to see this wonder of the world with my own eyes. It lived up to every expectation I had and more. It truly is awe-inspiring. Sitting on the bench made famous by Lady Diana during her visit in 1992 was a real “pinch me” moment. Despite the thousands of visitors that the Taj Mahal receives every day, it is tranquil and peaceful. Built as an eternal tribute by Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this stunning ivory-white marble mausoleum, inlaid with semi-precious stones, offers the perfect place to reflect on the meaning of true love. As our guide, Abhimanyu, poetically described the love story that led to the building of the Taj Mahal, we stood mesmerised, watching the sunset. It was the perfect way to finish off our holiday to Incredible India. Experience your own unforgettable journey to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra on a holiday to India’s Golden Triangle with Travel Department. Browse all our guided holidays to India;
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