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GOLDEN TRIANGLE

History & Myths Trails

NORTH INDIA - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

India's Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good road and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250 km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed 'golden' for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendour on offer in each of the three cities and internatonal flights will take you directly to Delhi.

You could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, and not see it all, while Agra, once the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal, which adorns the banks of the Yamuna river. Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to some of Asia's best bazaars. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India. If you've never been to the subcontinent before, start here!

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Day 1 & Day 2 - DELHI

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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 - the crumbling old city of Old Delhi, and the orderly and well planned New Delhi - which exist side by side, but feel like they're worlds apart.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Red Fort

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Qutub Minar, the 2nd tallest minar (73 metres) in India is UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Qutb Minar was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim Sultan of Delhi, and was completed by his successor, Iltutmish.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Qutub Minar

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The Qutub complex initially housed twenty-seven ancient Hindu and Jain temples which were destroyed and their material used in the construction of the Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque or Dome of Islam (later corrupted into Quwwat-ul Islam)

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Qutub Minar

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The Iron Pillar is a 7 m column in the Qutub complex. The pillar has attracted the attention of archaeologists and materials scientists and has been called "a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths" because of its high resistance to corrosion.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, The Iron Pillar

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Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was the first garden tomb in India.It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Humayun's Tomb

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Humayun's tomb represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Humayun's Tomb

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Lodi Gardens is a park spread over 90 acres it contains tombs of Lodi dynasty emperors. It is architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis, an Afghan dynasty, that ruled parts of northern India, from 1451 to 1526. The gardens are is a hotspot for morning walks for the Delhiites.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Lodi Gardens

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Day 1 & Day 2 - DELHI

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Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi in 1664.The Gurdwara and its Sarovar are now a place of great reverence for Sikhs.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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Day 1 & Day 2 - DELHI

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Old Delhi, the city of the Moghuls, still largely Muslim: the immense Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) dominates the quarter. Its main thoroughfare, the tumultuous Chandni Chowk, abuts the Red Fort, whose pristine lawns and lofty Moghul audience halls offer a tranquil haven.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Jama Masjid & Red Fort

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Day 1 & Day 2 - DELHI

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Delhi's chief sight is its street life. The teeming bazaars of imagination lie in Old Delhi, the city of the Moghuls, established in the 17th century and still largely Muslim. For the more adventurous, Chandni Chowk is an excellent place to come to sample some of Delhi's street food.

Zuzana Zwiebel - Old Delhi

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Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque can hold a mind-blowing 25,000 people. Towering over Old Delhi, the Friday Mosque was Shah Jahan’s final architectural opus, built between 1644 and 1658. Be sure to dress appropriately (covering your head, legs and shoulders) when visiting the mosque.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Jama Masjid

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Day 1 & Day 2 - DELHI

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Delhi, the capital city of India, strikingly evokes the ancient past while at the same time showcases modern future. It is divided into two parts, the crumbling Old Delhi, and the orderly and well planned New Delhi, which exist side by side, but feel like they are worlds apart.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - New Delhi, Parliament

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Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of Yamuna river. t is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, Raj Ghat

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Day 1 & Day 2 - DELHI

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The Laxminarayan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan, refers to Vishnu. The temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, was made built by Birla family from 1933 and 1939. The side temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi street Gods

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The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer's evening.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Delhi, India Gate

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Day 3 - AGRA

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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.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Agra, Taj Mahal

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Day 3 - AGRA

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Agra, apart from India's most famous monument the Taj Mahal, offers many interesting remnants of the Mughal era. Congested bazaars of the Old City will fascinate you. It's possible to experience village life and get close to nature as well.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Agra, Taj Mahal

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Day 3 - AGRA

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The Taj Mahal looms fairytale-like from the banks of the Yamuna River. It has a rich history dating back to 1630 AD and is actually a tomb that contains the body of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He had it built as an ode to his love for her.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Agra, Taj Mahal

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Day 3 - AGRA

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Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. It was originally a brick fort that was held by a clan of Rajputs. However, it was subsequently captured by the Mughals and rebuilt by Emperor Akbar, who decided to shift his capital there in 1558.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Agra, Red Fort

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Day 3 - AGRA

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At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was deposed and restrained by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumoured that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with a view of the Taj Mahal.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Agra, Red Fort

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Day 3 - AGRA

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The Mughal Heritage Walk is a community based tourism initiative to help villagers make an income from tourism and improve their living conditions. This one kilometer walk takes place on the riverside opposite the Taj Mahal and goes through Kachhpura village.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - People of Agra

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Day 4 - FATEHPUR SIKRI

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Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. After his military victories over Chittor and Ranthambore, Akbar decided to shift his capital from Agra, to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chishti.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Fatehpur Sikri

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Day 4 - FATEHPUR SIKRI

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Fatehpur Sikri shows a synthesis of various schools of architectural craftsmanship. Influences from Hindu and Jain architecture are seen hand in hand with Islamic elements. The building material used in all the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri, palace-city complex, is the locally quarried red sandstone.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Fatehpur Sikri

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Day 4 - FATEHPUR SIKRI

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Tomb of Salim Chishti. It was believed, that Chishti could perform wonders. The Mughal Emperor Akbar came to his home, seeking a male heir to his throne. Chishti blessed Akbar, and soon the first of three sons was born to him. He named his first son Salim (Jahangir) in honor of Chishti.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Fatehpur Sikri

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Day 4 - FATEHPUR SIKRI

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Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned in 1585, shortly after its completion, due to paucity of water and its proximity with the Rajputana areas, increasingly in turmoil. Thus the capital was shifted to Lahore so that Akbar could have a base in the less stable part of the empire, before moving back to Agra in 1598.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Fatehpur Sikri

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Day 4 - JAIPUR

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Galtaji has been a retreat for Hindu ascetics since the early 1500s. Its present temple was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th century.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Galtaji Temple

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Day 4 - JAIPUR

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Galtaji is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site in the town of Khania-Balaji, about 10km away from Jaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The site consists of several temples and sacred kunds (water tanks) in which pilgrims bathe. Built within a mountain pass within the Aravalli Hills 10 km. east of Jaipur.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Galtaji Temple

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Day 4 - JAIPUR

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The temple complex of Ramgopalji temple is colloquially known as Monkey temple (Galwar Bagh) , due to the large tribe of monkeys who live here. These rhesus macaques were featured in National Geographic Channel’s Rebel Monkeys series and ‘Thar Desert – Sacred sand’ episode of Wildest India Series.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Galtaji Temple

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Day 4 - JAIPUR

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Hanuman temples are believed to keep the area and surroundings free of rakshasas (demons) and other evil beings. Hanuman idols are found on mountain roads because it is believed that he protects people from accidents.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Galtaji Temple

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Day 5 & Day 6 - JAIPUR

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Jaipur, planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra and painted pink to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales in 1876. Since then telling its “Pink City" story through wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets!

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Jaipur, Palace of Winds

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Day 5 & Day 6 - JAIPUR

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Jaipur got settled in nine square blocks. Two were reserved for the palace in these nine blocks, and in rest market and houses were built. There are so many kinds of spice’s shops where people who grind the spices, called Masalchi, selling spices in its open state, it’s been carried from many years.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Jaipur Markets

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Day 5 & Day 6 - JAIPUR

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A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The Kachhwaha Rajputs were patrons of the arts and took pride in their collection of valuable artefacts.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Jaipu, City Palace

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Day 5 & Day 6 - JAIPUR

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Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728. He liked astronomy even more than he liked war and town planning. Before constructing the observatory he sent scholars abroad to study foreign constructions. He built five observatories in India.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Jaipur, Jantar Mantar

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Day 5 & Day 6 - JAIPUR

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The formidable, magnificent, honey-hued fort–palace of Amber, an ethereal example of Rajput architecture, rises from a rocky mountainside about 11km northeast of Jaipur. Amber was built by the Kachhwaha Rajputs, who hailed from Gwalior, where they reigned for over 800 years.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Jaipur, Fort Amber

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Day 5 & Day 6 - JAIPUR

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The Kachhwahas, rulers of Amber, realised the convenience of aligning themselves with the powerful Mughal empire. They paid homage at the Mughal court, cemented the relationship with marital alliances and defended the Mughals in their various skirmishes. For these actions they were handsomely rewarded.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel - Jaipur, Fort Amber

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Day 7 - DELHI

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Well, you can return to Delhi or continue your adventure. We have lots of inspirational stories!

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE DAY BY DAY PROGRAMME

India's Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good road and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250 km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed 'golden' for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendour on offer in each of the three cities and international flights will take you directly to Delhi.

DAYS 1 & 2 - DELHI

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it! Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue. Say Lonely Planet and we agree. Delhi's chief sight is its street life! The teeming bazaars of imagination lie in Old Delhi, the city of the Moghuls. British-built New Delhi is a fascinating contrast, radiating out from the boutiques and cafés of Connaught Place.

DAY 3 - AGRA

Agra is the home of India's most famous monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Queen Victoria commented painted pictures of the Taj Mahal as romantic. So started the iconic image of the Taj Mahal as symbol of Romance.

DAY 4 - FATEHPUR SIKRI

Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted, hugely atmospheric palace founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. It was believed, that Chishti could perform wonders. The Mughal Emperor Akbar came to his home, seeking a male heir to his throne. Chishti blessed Akbar, and soon the first of three sons was born to him. He named his first son Salim (Jahangir) in honor of Chishti.

DAY 4 - GALTAJI TEMPLE

They are Rock Stars! Action heroes of National Geographic Channel series Monkey Thieves! Galta Gang, a sixty-strong troop lives in the Galta Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple on the outskirts of Jaipur. This enduring and entertaining bunch live in luxury because worshipers believe they personify Hanuman, the cherished Monkey God who banished evil in the Indian epic Ramayana. 

DAYS 5 & 6 - JAIPUR

Jaipur, planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra and painted pink to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales in 1876. Since then telling its Pink City" story through wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets! And we will introduce you one more popular royal secret, when we visit magnificent Fort Amber, constructed by Rajput ruler Maharaja Man Singh in 1592.

Day 7 - DELHI

You can return to Delhi or continue your adventure. We have lots of inspirational stories!

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