The classic Golden Triangle route is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the magic of the country. Located in the northwest, it connects an extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical treasures in and around India's three most visited cities: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. With some of the country's best Mughal architecture and monuments, incredible forts and temples, colourful towns and cities, bustling street life and lively locals, the region encapsulates the best of this vast and varied destination.
Delhi is the major gateway into India and city of two distinct halves: late colonial capital New Delhi and the bustling, medieval Old Delhi. The Raj buildings of Vijay Chowk and Raisana Hill are highlights along with India's largest mosque, the Jami Masjid, and the imposing Red Fort citadel. Old Delhi's legendary bazaars and the crumbling battlements of Purana Qila, the ‘old fort' in the medieval Muslim quarter are also not to be missed.
The sandstone pink city of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan: land of kings and princes. The city blazes with pastel-hued buildings, palaces, forts and finely carved temples and has some of Asia's best bazaars. Colourful locals fill the streets and proudly celebrate the region's glorious past in tradition, culture and costume.
Agra is most revered as the home of the iconic Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the abandoned nearby capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Filled with an architectural wealth of imperial palaces, tombs, forts and gardens, there is sublime evidence of the imperial Mughal court seated here during the 16th and 17th century before it was moved to Delhi. The Neemrana Fort Palace in Rajasthan is one of India's oldest heritage resorts. It is located roughly halfway between Agra and Jaipur and is an excellent alternative to staying in Agra itself if you plan to explore the Golden Triangle.