Golden Triangle Tour connects three famous cities – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur to make up the Golden Triangle of India. The destinations are called rightfully so, as they offer a vivacious experience to explore India at its best and purest form. The country is so intense and diverse that one cannot explore the country at one time. It is a confluence of many cultures, cuisines, languages, terrains, and architectures making it the most intriguing place to visit.
30 Places to visit on Golden Triangle India
The triangle of India has three important points in the North Indian region making up the route viz – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. All these destinations are located at a distance of 200-250 kms from each other and are easily accessible.
If you are planning your Golden Triangle Tour Package, then here are listed 10 Most Important Places to visit on your journey.
Places to visit in Delhi –
1. Akshardham Temple –
The historic Akshardham Temple represents the rich architectural essence of India’s rich culture, history, and tradition. An epitome of Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture, Akshardham Temple is a famous Hindu Temple in Delhi. The Akshardham Temple is widely known for its amazing style of architecture.
2. Lotus Temple –
Another architectural marvel, Lotus Temple embodies peace and spirituality. This is a must-see tourist sight for any traveler visiting Delhi Sightseeing Tour for the first time. The magnificent structure of this building unfolds in the form of a stupendous white petal lotus. The Temple is one of the seven Baha’i House of Worship present around the world.
3. Jama Masjid –
Boasting the past of Delhi, Jama Masjid adds a heritage charm to the serene structure in Delhi. It is the largest mosque in India that can behold around 25000 persons together in its complex. The mosque hosts many pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning.
4. Red Fort –
Dated back in 1638 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Red Fort is a World Heritage Site located in Delhi. Red Fort was the home to most Mughal Emperors of the dynasty for up to almost 200 years. Earlier the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty, Red Fort is an imposing piece of architecture that derives its name from red sandstone walls.
5. Qutub Minar –
The tallest minaret in the country, this is yet another World Heritage Site that you must visit in Delhi Tour Package. It is the second tallest monument in India which was constructed in 1192 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak founder of the Delhi sultanate. The main attractions of this monument are the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, Iron Pillar, Alai Minar, and Tomb of Adham Khan.
6. Humayun’s Tomb –
Another architectural jewel in Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a landmark in Delhi. The development of the Mughal reign and architecture in India, Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi was constructed in 1565. The design of Humayun’s Tomb is a typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences. It was conceptualized by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.
7. India Gate –
The war memorial site, popularly known as the India Gate is located along the Rajpath in New Delhi. The imposing structure of this tourist site attracts everyone and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It is also famous for hosting the Republic Day Parade every year.
8. Chandni Chowk –
One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is still an important historical site renowned for the availability of every kind of goods and delicious street food. The market dates back to the 17th century which was founded by Mughal ruler of India Shah Jahan. It is located right in front of the Red Fort and offers a view of the Fatehpuri Mosque as well.
9. Hauz Khas –
An affluent neighborhood in South Delhi, Hauz Khas Village is well-known for its amazing nightlife with countless cafes, bars, and pubs. Also, its art galleries and boutiques make it talk of the town. This place is also adorned with domed structures which are tombs of royalties during the 14th to 16th century.
10. Jantar Mantar –
Amongst the five astronomical sites built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi consists of 13 architectural astronomical instruments. The main purpose behind its construction was to compile the astronomical tables and predict the movement and timing of the sun, planets, and moon.
11. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib –
One of the most important Sikh pilgrimage sites, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is well-known for its association with the 8th Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the Sarovar (Pool) inside its complex. It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783 and later it was reconstructed many times.
Places to visit in Agra
12. Taj Mahal –
Admire the Taj Mahal in its entire splendor either in daylight or at dusk as the monument is known to change its hues in tunes of the sun. The biggest symbol of love is the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. No trip to India is ever complete without a glimpse of the Taj Mahal.
13. Agra Fort
Usually known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge, or Red Fort of Agra, Agra Fort is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. It is located at a distance of around 2.5 kms northwest of the famous Taj Mahal on the banks of the Yamuna River. The construction of a massive fortress was commenced by Mughal emperor Akbar who ruled the city during his reign in the city.
14. Fatehpur Sikri
Located at a distance of 40 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is a town in the Agra district and is one of the famous tourist places to visit on Agra Tour. A fortress is made of using red sandstone structure which was founded in 1571 century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is a fortified city built by the king and had been the capital of his empire for 15 years. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri draws major tourist attractions from across the world.
15. Mehtab Bagh
Located in the north of glorious wonder known as the Taj Mahal and overlooking the majestic Agra Fort and Yamuna River on the opposite side. Mehtab Bagh is a rare retreat of natural bliss and is one of the most scenic tourist places in Agra. It is a famous sunset spot among photography fanatics and nature lovers.
16. Tomb of Itmad ud Daula (Baby Taj)
The tomb is nestled on the banks of the river Yamuna which was built by Queen Nor Jahan for parents in the middle of the Persian Garden. It was constructed using yellow marble with black and white marble clay and was known as Baby Taj. As its structure resembles the fine art and architecture of the Taj Mahal.
17. Akbar’s Tomb
The tomb of Akbar is one of the famous and iconic Mughal architectural wonders located in Agra. It is located in Sikandra which is on the outskirts of Agra and sprawling to an area of 119 acres of land. It was built entirely out of white marble and sandstone and its construction was oversaw by Emperor Akbar himself.
18. Chini ka Rauza
Dedicated to the memory of the Prime Minister of the court, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Chini ka Rauza is a funerary monument located on the eastern banks of the Yamuna River in Agra. It is a marvelous fusion of the Ind-Persian style of architecture which is decorated by glazed title work known as Chini. The tomb is built facing Mecca Masjid that have been imported from China which makes the monument even more striking and appealing.
Places to visit in Jaipur
19. Chand Baori Abhaneri
A few 20 kilometers away from Jaipur, Abhaneri Stepwell is one of the most intricate pieces of architecture in Rajasthan. Famously known as Chand Baori, the stepwell is one of the largest ancient stepwells in Rajasthan. When the stepwell was built, it helped the villagers and the tradesmen to draw water in times of drought or scarcity.
20. Amber Fort & Palace
Snuggled on the top of a hill near Jaipur lies the Amber Fort & Palace which is one of the most magnificent palaces in India. This is a majestic fortress that can be explored in 2 to 3 hours. There are many famous places of attractions within its fort complex. Attending a sound and light show is also held here every evening in English and Hindi.
21. Jal Mahal
One of the most beautiful and photographed monuments in India, Jal Mahal is stunningly located in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. The most striking feature of this palace is that while one storey is floating on the water level and other 4 stories are submerged underneath. The entry inside the fort is prohibited, but the view from a considerable distance while taking a leisure walk around is a favorite attraction.
22. Jantar Mantar
The largest astronomical observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar is located right next to the City Palace. It was built during the period between 1727 and 1733 which is still in running condition and stands as witnessing regarding the wisdom of former age. It features the world’s largest sundial and 19 astronomical instruments made of using stone.
23. City Palace –
A striking contrast of the architectural style of the Mughals, the City Palace of Jaipur is the perfect specimen of Rajasthani culture and art. It is a magnificent sight to behold on the Jaipur City tour. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings, and gardens including the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal.
24. Hawa Mahal –
Rightfully known as the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal is an iconic landmark of Jaipur. The monument is a structure made of red and pink sandstone and has a pyramidal structure that almost resembles a crown. It has been embellished with 953 tiny windows also known as Jharokhas and decorated with gorgeous latticework. The palace is a five-story structure that has a uniquely decorated chamber.
25. Albert Hall Museum
Located in the Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of Rajasthan and has a rich collection of various kinds of ancient artefacts. This includes different items like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colorful crystal works, etc. The museum looks truly stunning with yellow lights at night that leave everyone in awe.
26. Birla Temple
At an elevated ground on the base of Moti Dungri Hill, the Birla Temple of Jaipur is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan). The preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. It is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple and forms a part of several Birla Temples located all around the country.
27. Galtaji Temple
A prehistoric Hindu pilgrimage site, Galtaji Temple is outlined by the splendid Aravalli hills. The vast temple complex consists of several shrines, pavilions, natural springs, and holy kunds. The walls of this temple are beautifully embellished with carvings and paintings and is designed to resemble a grand haveli. The temple is well-known as the Monkey Temple because of being a residence of monkeys.
28. Jaigarh Fort
A grand structure of Jaigarh Fort is perched on the top of the “Cheel ka Teela” hills designed by a renowned architect called Vidyadhar. The fort reflects the city’s prosperous past and is named after the ruler who built it, Sawai Jai Singh II. It is connected to Amer Fort through subterranean passages. It is famous for the World’s largest Cannon on Wheels – Jaivana and offer magnificent view of the city.
29. Nahargarh Fort
On the outskirts of Jaipur lies Nahargarh Fort is known for its breathtaking views of the city and its extended wall connects it to Jaigarh Fort. The grand castle is embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, it is an impregnable structure and together with its neighboring forts – Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. The fortress offers panoramic views of the city from top of the Nahargarh Fort.
30. Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
A heritage resort synonymous with Rajasthani village culture, Chokhi Dhani Village is located on the outskirts of the city on Tonk Road. It depicts the traditional Rajasthani style of living which embraces the folk dance and music performances, puppet shows, magic shows, horse riding, and Haldighati’s glorious past. Also, it serves the best traditional Rajasthani delicacies which will leave you drooling over its authentic taste.
And with this list of 20 Most Important Places to visit on your Golden Triangle Tour, but this is in no way a comprehensive list. There are several more places that you can add to this depending on your Golden Triangle tour itinerary.