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Zigzagging through the famous Golden Triangle just like I did!

Agra

You must have heard of the famous Golden Triangle Tour? I had heard of it too and finally, one day, made up my mind about booking us a family vacation spanning Delhi Jaipur Agra which comprises the Golden Triangle. While booking, I saw that the average Golden Triangle Tour 5 days package was the usual preference for most travellers.

We started our trip in Delhi, moving to Agra and then to Rajasthan. We opted to fly to Delhi and then travelled by car to Agra and Rajasthan alike. The entire circuit covers approximately 720 kilometres by road and the driving time for each leg can be anywhere between 4-6 hours on an average. Shatabdi Express trains are also there, linking Agra and Jaipur with New Delhi. Of course, I was really excited that I was going on arguably the country’s most popular tourism circuit.

Leg 1- Delhi

Qutub Minar

Of course, Delhi has always fascinated me ever since I was a child and has innumerable attractions that I did not want to miss out on. We started out by heading to old Delhi, the epicentre of which is Chandni Chowk. Of course it is an experience like no other! I was initially blinded by the narrow alleys and all the hustle and bustle but slowly I started loving it. Of course, the mouth-watering kebabs helped and so did the trip to see the famous Jama Masjid. Lunch was at Karim’s, arguably Delhi’s most popular Mughal themed restaurant and then we visited the Red Fort which was a sight to behold! We rounded off with Raj Ghat which was where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and the light and sound show at the Red Fort.

We started off with the Qutub Minar on day two and this is another of those attractions that will leave you mesmerized. Then we came back to Lodhi Gardens and sat down with some sandwiches amidst the calm. Thereafter, we visited Humayun’s Tomb and finally reached India Gate which was spectacularly lit up by the time we arrived. The evening was rounded off with incredible gaiety and some shopping (but of course!) at Connaught Place.

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Leg 2- Agra

Fatehpur Sikri Agra

The next morning saw us driving down to Agra which was a memorable journey by all means. We stopped at Fatehpur Sikri on the way for a glimpse into the ancient city built by Emperor Akbar. We then visited the Taj Mahal, the pride of India and an ode to love in its truest and most spectacular form. It was really hard to get myself away from the Taj Mahal site, lost as I was in its sheer beauty and splendour. However, reluctance soon turned to wonder when I checked out the Agra Fort where Shah Jahan was held captive by Aurangzeb. This is where he would gaze across the Yamuna to the Taj and remember Mumtaz, his wife, in whose memory it was built. Oh the goosebumps!

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Leg 3- Rajasthan

 Jaipur Hawa mahal

We reached Jaipur with an early journey and the Hawa Mahal was our first stop. This is truly a splendour-filled sight, one that will put several others to shame! Our awe continued with trips to the City Palace with its Pitam Niwas Courtyard and also the Jantar Mantar. The first day in Rajasthan was just like stepping back in time and taking a leaf out of history.

Then on the next day we drove to Amber which is approximately 11 kilometres away from Jaipur. We took in the Amber Fort, built by Maharaja Man Singh. The entire experience lasted long and we loved the views from the fort as well. In the evening, we headed out to shop at some of Jaipur’s most popular bazaars and shopping centres. The next day, we headed back to Delhi and then flew out in the evening.

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The Golden Triangle trip was certainly something I relished and more so because of the awe-inspiring monuments, history and lip-smacking food of course. I recommend you do this circuit once to really delve deeper into the country’s magnificence and splendour of bygone eras.

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About Gauri Babele

Hey! I'm Gauri. Sagittarius by birth, clumsy by choice. An engineer turned writer. Loves animals tolerate humans. I'm not smart but I wear glasses. Has a thing for pizza and old books. Expertize in awkward conversations and creepy smiles.

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