There are many tour options when it comes to getting around India. However, if you only have one chance to visit India, you are probably going to want to get as much as you can out of the one trip. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by heading out on the tour called the “Golden Triangle”. This Golden Triangle consists of traveling from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur and back.
The tour starts in Delhi, India’s capital and also the third largest city. Delhi is made up of Old and New Delhi and there are many different sites to see. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the country and it is known for its architectural extravagance. Another mosque to see is the Qutub Minar. Some temples, tombs, and prayer sites to see are Bahai’s Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Raj Ghat, and Birla Mandir. Some other structures to see are the India Gate, a 42-meter-high free standing arch (pictured), as well as the Red Fort and and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s House. Looking for something different than just structures? Check out Chandni Clowk, a colorful main street that’s a shopping bazaar in Old Delhi.
After visiting Delhi, it’s time to put in a 200 km drive to Agra. On the way it is advised to stop by Sikandra to see the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Once you are in Agra, it’s time to visit the famous Taj Mahal. After visiting the Taj Mahal, the next stop on your visit should be the Agra Fort. This is a massive red sandstone fortress on the bank of the Yamuna River.
Once you have had your Agra fix, the next 200+ km leg of the Golden Triangle should be a drive to Jaipur. On the way, stop by the Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar and is a city of red sandstone. Jaipur is known as the pink city due to its pink colored buildings. It’s surrounded by forts and walls and was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Be sure to see all of the palaces, observatories, and forts!
From there, it’s back to a 200+ km ride to Delhi.