The evocative Golden Triangle in India is one of the country's most popular tourist circuits. Comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, it gets its name from the triangle that these cities form. Roughly located an equal distance of around 200-250 kilometers (125-155 miles) from each other in northern India, the cities provide a classic and unforgettable introduction to the country and its charms.
What also makes the Golden Triangle a great tourist circuit is its accessibility. The destinations are well connected by road and Indian Railways "superfast" trains. Hiring a car and driver is a popular and convenient way of getting around if you don't want to take the train.
Going on a tour is also an excellent option if you want all of your travel arrangements taken care of. Both small group tours and private tours are possible. Check out these top India Golden Triangle tours that you can book online.
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Delhi, the capital city of India, is where many people start out on their trip. It's divided into two parts -- crumbling Old Delhi and the orderly New Delhi -- which exist side-by-side but feel like they're worlds apart. It's worth spending a few days exploring the city's ancient mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. As many of them are set in attractive landscaped gardens, you can relax at the same time!
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Agra is the home of India's most famous monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Hence, it's a must-see destination on anyone's trip to India. Words cannot do the Taj Mahal justice, its incredible detail simply has to be seen to be appreciated. Agra is easily accessible by road or rail from Delhi. The journey takes around three hours.
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Rajasthan's desert capital of Jaipur, affectionately called the "Pink City" because of the pink walls and buildings of its Old City, lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. Jaipur's most recognizable attraction is the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), which overlooks the main street in the lively Old City. Old forts and palaces, royal residences, and outstanding shopping opportunities ensure there's plenty to see and do in Jaipur. Travel time from Agra and Delhi to Jaipur is four to five hours.