Golden Triangle

For a first time visitor to India, the Golden Triangle encapsulates the real highlights of this vast and diverse country. Explore Delhi both new and old, see the Taj Mahal and visit the Pink City of Jaipur. From here you can discover the deserts of Rajasthan or go in search of the elusive tigers.

Agra

The most iconic sight in India is surely the Taj Mahal and it is for this reason that most people visit Agra. The best time to experience the site is at sunrise to see the gentle light reflecting on the white marble walls making the building glow. Shah Jahan built this mausoleum in memory of his wife Mumtaz and it is a monument to love.

While in the city also visit Agra Fort, a walled compound founded in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar the Great. However it was during the rule of Shah Jahan that fort took its current form with the construction of two beautiful white marble mosques.

Not far from Agra is the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri which provides a unique window on the history of the Moghul Empire. Constructed in the 16th century by Akbar the Great, the city functioned as the capital for only 10 years before the emperor moved his capital to Lahore. This unique collection of red sandstone buildings is an exceptional example of the architecture of the period.

Delhi

Delhi is a city of two distinct parts. Old Delhi retains its bustling bazaars, historical buildings and places of worship that illustrate India’s rich past and religious mix. New Delhi is the capital city and is filled with modern developments and tree-lined boulevards.

Delhi’s most famous monument is Red Fort, constructed in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The red sandstone walls enclose a colossal and powerful building that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned in the 16th century and is an ornate building set in beautiful gardens. It is said to have influenced the design of the Taj Mahal. To understand more about India’s religious influences visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and Jama Masjid, the country’s largest mosque.

India is renowned for its markets so make a point to visit Chandni Chowk one of the busiest bazaars in the old part of the city and Connaught Place in New Delhi.

Tiger Reserves

Tigers are synonymous with India and the opportunity to observe one in the wild is often a highlight of any holiday in the country. The most famous reserve is at Ranthambore where there may be the greatest chance of spotting one of the elusive creatures. Also look out for leopards, deer and hyenas.

In the foothills of the Himalayas you can search for wildlife in Corbett National Park, the oldest in the country. As well as tigers, the park has populations of leopards, elephants, deer and crocodiles.

Please remember that tigers are rare animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Jaipur & Rajasthan

The third city of India’s Golden Triangle is Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone from which many of the historical buildings are constructed, the most famous of which is the Palace of the Winds.

In the forested hills near the city is Amer (Amber) Fort, an impressive 16th century construction that overlooks Maota Lake.

From Jaipur you can explore the Thar Desert where you may stay in a tented camp and ride a camel; discover the Blue City of Jodhpur which sits below the imposing Mehrangarh Fort; and visit Udaipur to cruise on Lake Pichola and see the famous Lake Palace.

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