The Golden Triangle Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to The Golden Triangle
Colourful mosques, royal history, and the vibrant hustle and bustle of Delhi - when it comes to escorted tours in India, Golden Triangle destinations are hard to beat.
This traveller’s route connects the country’s capital, New Delhi, to the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra, and the fortress city of Jaipur, all of which are home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In Jaipur, you can experience the Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of Winds”, and the City Palace, both of which are situated at the centre of Jaipur’s historical district. Just a few miles away lies the stunning Amber Fort, built from sandstone and marble in both Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. While you’re in this historic city, fill your bags with purchases from the vibrant bazaars selling handicrafts around the city.
The highlight of your trip might be Agra when you take a moment to watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. From here, continue to Ranthambore National Park to marvel at its grasslands, streams and beautiful pools and enjoy a tiger talk with a local naturalist. Take the fuss out of travelling and join one of our extraordinary package holidays to India’s Golden Triangle.
Things to do in The Golden Triangle
If you're dreaming of fascinating wildlife, soaring mountain peaks, bustling city centres, moments for spiritual education, and incredibly delicious and varied cuisine, you certainly won't be disappointed with a trip to the Golden Triangle. Whether you're a return traveller to India or setting off for the very first time, our Golden Triangle holidays provide the chance to enjoy unique and unforgettable experiences.
Catch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the most famous destination in India's Golden Triangle. The instantly recognisable landmark, built in white marble as a dedication to the favourite wife of emperor Shah Jahan upon her death in 1632, has been enchanting visitors for decades. For an even more special experience, some of our Golden Triangle tours include a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when the rising sun is perfectly framed in the site's reflection pools.
Explore the Amber Fort
Another of the Golden Triangle's most impressive landmarks, the Amber Fort is home to an extensive palace complex and houses an array of ornately decorated halls, courtyards and living quarters to wander around. Perched on a hilltop in Amer, near Jaipur, it is best reached via a four-wheel drive ride.
Experience the hilltop city of Shimla
Your Golden Triangle India tour package may also include a visit to the city of Shimla, located in the Himalayan foothills. With colonial buildings, scenic mountain views and quaint churches, the pedestrianised town centre has a charm all of its own. Be sure to dedicate some time to browsing the famed handicraft shops that line The Mall avenue.
Things to see in the Golden Triangle
This enigmatic triangle offers the chance to see some of India’s finest cultural attractions, as well as the country’s varied landscapes along the way. From striking architecture and unique landmarks to vibrant cityscapes and colourful markets, there is definitely no shortage of outstanding sights in this incredible part of the world. Here are a few of our highlights.
Food and drink in the Golden Triangle
Golden triangle tours provide the chance to taste a variety of cuisines and dishes thanks to the large geographical area it covers and the consequent diversity in cultures and climatic conditions. Whichever corner of the triangle you are visiting, you can be sure of dishes bursting with flavour.
Rajasthani cuisine has been influenced by the state's dry weather. The dishes here are mostly vegetable-based, making it something of a haven for travellers with plant-based diets. Those who are fond of spice will also relish the opportunity to sample the region's many heat-laden dishes, though there are plenty of tasty sweet treats on offer too. The state's signature dish is dal baati churma. Served everywhere from street stalls to fine dining establishments, this much-loved delicacy comprises a yellow lentil curry, baked bread balls and a sweet crumbly cereal. Other popular dishes include khichdi, made with rice and lentils, and moong dal halwa, a dessert made from moong lentils, ghee, and sugar.
Delhi is famed for its wide variety of tempting street food offerings, ranging from kebabs to kulfi, Indian ice cream. Being home to such a diverse mix of people, the region's cuisine has evolved based on a range of different influences. Ubiquitous dishes include familiar favourites like biryani and butter chicken, as well as chole bhature - a regional staple consisting of a spicy chickpea curry served with a type of fried bread. A firm favourite among locals, it is often eaten at breakfast.
In Uttar Pradesh, dishes are based on a mix of onion, garlic, tomatoes, ginger and an array of spices. Among the most popular Mughlai dishes that the state is known for are puri-aloo, a potato curry served with fried bread, and Mughlai chicken, a curry with a rich, creamy gravy. In Agra, be sure to look out for petha. This soft, clear confectionary is made from ash gourd or white pumpkin and is found throughout the city.
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