India’s Golden Triangle Travel Guide

India! Chaotic, colorful, and nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Where does one even begin this trip? The golden route between the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur is probably the best idea. Not only it’s India’s most traveled destination it’s also an easy and fast way to explore the country. Consider it somewhat a shortcut to India. The famous and popular triangle-shaped tour between the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur will allow you to get a taste of India and get a glimpse into everything it has to offer. The tour is roughly 720 km long and the majority of people usually begin their journey in India’s capital region, Delhi. Next on the list is the historic Agra, and last but not least the pink city of Jaipur. Of course, there’s much more to tour than just the cities.

India's capital and a massive metropolitan city with 11 districts. It is one of the oldest city in the world. Approximately total area around 45 sq. kilometer with an elevation of 215 Meter sea level

The diverse scenery and majestic landscapes roll out before your eyes as you travel through the country. You’ll witness the mystifying beauty of India. From overly crowded cities to quiet, peaceful villages. From busy and loud bazaars and buzzing markets to sleepy rural areas. India is all but dull. Come face to face with India at its purest. It might shock you in both good and bad ways. The many wonders of country’s breathtaking nature, astonishing architecture, rich culture, history, traditions, and proclaimed cuisine will keep you busy. Prepare to be awe-mazed.

What to see and do in the Golden Triangle of India

Start in Delhi

Panorama of the Red Fort in Delhi

India’s capital region is a base and starting point as most people fly into a city and then proceed with travels. Delhi may be super busy, but it has many interesting landmarks. For instance, to escape the city noises and crowds, head over to incredibly serene surroundings of Lodhi Gardens. Start your day with morning meditation and/or yoga then continue exploring the city. Shop and bargain at bazaars, try delicious local dishes or visit one of the many sites of cultural and historical importance such as Indira Gandhi’s former home, Gandhi’s grave, Humayun’s Tomb, The Red Fort, and many others. Hop on the Delphi’s super metro to get around places.

Agra

Needless to say, Taj Mahal is not just Agra’s, but India’s superstar. This beautiful and impressive mausoleum of white marble is a centerpiece yet there are other exciting things to see and do here. How about Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Akbar’s Mausoleum for some architectural gems and then a relaxing stroll to the beautiful and quiet park Mehtab Bagh? Have fun shopping at the markets, and of course, don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine.

Jaipur

The last stop is the mesmerizing Pink City. The capital of Rajasthan state got this nickname from the buildings within the walled historic center. They’re all colored in hues of pink. However, what’s even more impressive is the history behind those walls. Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and Sheesh Mahal are just a few architecture stunners. Gourmets can enroll in cooking classes while shopaholics can bargain at buzzing bazaars. The city is well-known for its unique crafts and wonderful designs which make it a perfect place for souvenir shopping. Shopaholics, rejoice!

In between the cities

scenery around the City Palace in Karauli, a city in Rajasthan, India at evening time

Make sure to stop in the rural areas to get a taste of the real, authentic India. Dhula Village is one place to do so, and so is Karauli.

Typical costs

Accommodation

Staff at the Amervillas Resort and Spa. The resort is part of the Oberoi chain of luxury hotels. Agra, India

As the capital region, Delhi tends to be a tad more expensive, but you should be able to find dorm rooms for around 10-15 USD. Mid-range hotels charge anywhere from 50-140 USD. Airbnb works only in bigger cities.

Food and drinks

Eating outside in India isn’t expensive, and India’s Golden Triangle is no exception. In Delhi, you won’t pay more than 4 USD for a simple meal while two will feast on a three-course meal for around 20 USD. Agra and Jaipur are even cheaper. For a comparison – the inexpensive meal in both of the cities costs no more than 2-3 USD.
To avoid the so-called Delhi belly (getting sick because of drinking tap water), buy bottled water with safely sealed caps, boil it or use water filtration tablets. Soft drinks and coffee-like beverages are easy on the budget as well. Beer isn’t too pricey either, especially if you choose domestic brands.

Transportation

As the tour is so popular the public transportation system works very well. The cheapest way to get in between the places is by bus. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also likely to get a memorable experience and an adventure.  Trains, on the other hand, are more comfortable, not too expensive and will allow you to admire the ever-changing scenery. Book in advance, either online or at a train station. Taxis are a great option if you’re short on time. To get around in the cities, try a rickshaw.

Sights

If you book a pre-planned, organized tour, the price will highly depend on the operator you choose. Prices vary so be sure to check and compare them.

Pictures of the Golden Triangle

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