The Golden Triangle Tour of North India is a tour of the fascinating destinations of Delhi, Agra - home of the beautiful Taj Mahal, and the Pink City of Jaipur.
Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are three cities in northern India that have a rich history and contain many historic buildings and monuments. They also form one of the major tourist circuits in the country. Delhi has been the capital of Hindu and Muslim dynasties, the Mughals, the British and now the Indians. Agra is another close destination from Delhi. It is famous for many superb monuments built by the Mughal emperors. Another city, which is close by, is the pink city of Jaipur, which was built by the Rajput warriors after the decline of the Mughal Empire. It contains many palaces and interesting structures.
Delhi, the capital of India, is mixture of tradition and modernity, a historic city with stately buildings and the seat of government of a vibrant nation. A tour of Delhi's monuments and sights is a great way to get to know this fascinating country and to begin your tour of India. Marvel at the majestic Red Fort and the impressive India Gate, be enchanted by the beauty of the Lotus-shaped Bahai Temple, tour the museums to know more about India's past and browse through the markets for handicraft and textile items, made by master craftsmen.
Jaipur, the capital of the entrancing state of Rajasthan is around 258 km from Delhi and 232 km from Agra. The great warrior king Sawai Jai Singh II (1693-1743) laid the foundation of the city in 1727. He was one of the few kings of his time who had a scientific temper and was concerned about the welfare of his citizens. The city was well planned and had one of the best drinking water systems in the medieval world. Jaipur is known as the Pink city because of the pink colour with which all the buildings of the city were painted, to look like red sandstone buildings from Mughal times, during the visit of the then Prince of Wales in 1876, when India was a British colony.
The city of Agra is known for the beautiful Taj Mahal, but there's a lot more to this historic city. The Mughal dynasty ruled from Agra and endowed it with many fine buildings and monuments such as Agra Fort, which contains grand halls and palaces and the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Because of Agra's location in the heart of North India, a trip to Agra can be combined with a tour of many other North Indian destinations. The tomb of Akbar is in Sikandra near Agra, the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the holy city of Mathura are also nearby. Enjoy traveling back to Mughal times while exploring the attractions of Agra and its surroundings.