India | Golden Tour | 30th November 2021 | Virtual Wire
A tourist circuit is a route that connects at least three major tourist destinations where none of the locations falls in the same city. Additionally, the given destinations should not be separated by long distances.
One of the most popular tourist circuits for locals and foreigners in India is the Golden Triangle Tour which connects Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, creating a triangular shape if one connects the above cities on the map. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are some of the most heritage-rich cities of Northern India. Delhi is the capital of India, and its history can be dated back to 2600 BCE.
The capital city offers a variety of cultural and historically significant monuments and structures, along with an array of other attractions for everyone. Some of the most visited places in Delhi are the three UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, and some other popularly visited locations are the India Gate, Purana Quila (Old Fort), Jama Masjid and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Apart from these, some markets of Delhi such as Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Dilli Haat INA are also very famous amongst the tourists. Delhi also has some of the nation’s largest museums such as the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art, along with the National Museum of Natural History and National Rail Museum. Delhi also offers a lot of hidden gems that are starting to become more famous day by day.
Agra, located about 220 km south of Delhi (by road) is majorly famous for it being listed in the New 7 Wonders of World for its “Crown of the Palaces” - the Taj Mahal, which is visited by about 7-8 million of tourists every year. It is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, which is famous for being the capital of the Mughal Empire in the late 1500s. Other places of interest include the Mehtab Bagh, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb and Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra. Some of the renowned markets of Agra are the Kinari Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar and the Raja ki Mandi. Jaipur is located about 240 km west of Agra and the city of Jaipur is itself a certified UNESCO World Heritage City and the capital of Rajasthan.
The Amer or Amber Fort is recognised as part of the “Hill Forts of Rajasthan” by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and the Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the above two locations, other major attractions in Jaipur include the Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jal Mahal and the Rambagh Palace. The Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan and is very popular amongst tourists. The Golden Triangle circuit starts in Delhi, the capital of India then moves south to Agra in Uttar Pradesh and finally to the west to Jaipur in Rajasthan.
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The tour circuit is about 720 Kms by road and each leg is observed to be around 4-6 hours of drive by road. Many tour operators with taxi and coach services cover this tour circuit and the Shatabdi Express train also provides connectivity from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur. The Golden Triangle has become a very popular route for tourists wanting to explore the rich culture and history of some of the most significant cities of North India.