If you are planning to visit India for the first time, there is no better
option than the Golden
Triangle Tour. This is one of the most sought tours and consists
of most vibrant, beautiful and amazing cities of modern India. A tour of
Triangle consists of Delhi (the capital of India), Jaipur (the land
of Rajput kings) and Agra (the city of Taj).
Majority of the tourists who arrive in India visits
these three places besides other. These three places can be visited in 3-6
days depending on the time available with the tourists.
These cities are undoubtedly, the epitomes of Indian cultural, historical
and architectural heritage and have all been the capitals of the princely
states in the past. Come explore Golden
Triangle Tour with Vardhman
Vacations to have firsthand experience of India!!
Taj Mahal is one the world heritage sites in India and is one of the
seven wonders of the world. This monument of love is one of the most visited
places in the world. This monument was built on the river bed by emperor
ShahJahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This famous mausoleum
is a blend of Indo-Persian architecture. The best way to see the monument
is during sunrise and sunset. One can also plan a visit during full moon.
Agra fort is somewhat similar to Delhis Red fort. The work on
this massive fort was started by emperor Akbar and was completed later by
his successors Jahangir and ShahJahan. The fort consists of several mosques,
palaces and courts.
This monument was constructed by Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in the
memory of her father. This lovely memorial is an artistic creation &
architecture with mosaic, marbles, and inlaid work with precious &
semi-precious stones. The interiors of the complex is considered more
beautiful than that of Taj Mahal. This is also called as baby or little
This carved sandstone of Akbar lies in the middle of a lush green
garden while entering Agra. The construction was started by Akbar but
could not survive to see it. The Tomb of Akbar was completed in 1613 by
Other places of tourist attractions in Agra are Jama Masjid, Chini-Ka-Rauza,Dayal
Bagh, Rambagh, Mariyams Tomb and Buland Darwaza.
This ancient town is located just 40 Kms from Agra and was built by
Mughal emperor Akbar during 1571-1585. The monument is a fine example
of a medley of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The tomb of Salim Chisti
is also located inside the fort and is famous pilgrimage place for Muslims.
Bharatpur Bird Sancturay :
The Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is famous avifauna
sanctuary for thousands of rare and highly endangered birds. It is also
a World Heritage Site. Siberian Cranes from far flung countries come here
during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have
made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre for
This is highest stone structure and is 72.5 mts high and has a diameter
of 14.3 mts. The purpose of building this tower is not clear however,
some believe that it was raised as a tower of victory to show the beginning
of Muslim rule in India, while some say it served as a minaret to the
adjoining mosque to call people for prayer.
There is an Iron Pillar near the mosque dating back to the 4th century.
The pillar exhibits an inscription which states that it was raised as
a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and in the memory of the
Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413). How the pillar moved to its present
location remains a mystery. The pillar also projects ancient India's achievements
in metallurgy. The pillar is made of 98 per cent wrought iron and has
stood 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing.
The tomb of the second Mughal Emperor was built in 1570. The architecture
of the mausoleum is a model that was to be followed by several others
including the best known the Taj Mahal. The building style is a combination
of Persian architecture and indigenous building styles. The mausoleum
is also known for several of the eminent Mughal personalities buried here.
Among others, there are graves of Hamida Begum, Akbar's mother; Dara Shikoh,
Shah Jahan's son and Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal Emperor.
The Laxmi Narayana Temple is the popular name for the Birla Temple
in Delhi. This is a modern Hindu temple of Laxmi and Narayana. This temple
was founded by Mahatma Gandhi for all the castes and devotions. The Geeta
Bhavan in the Birla Temple (Laxmi Narayana Temple) has beautiful paintings
representing events from Indian mythology. There is a Mandir within the
complex housing Lord Buddha.
Red Fort :
The Red Fort at Delhi is a perfect example of Mughal architecture
located in old Delhi on the Yamuna river bed. This is a red stone structure
was completed by 1638 when the Mughals shifted their capital from Agra
to Delhi. There are many important buildings with the compound with include
Diwan-e-aam which services as a large pavilion for public. The courtyard
consists of large balcony which is separated by railings.
One of the beautiful temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower
and that is why it is called lotus temple. Also called as the Baha'i Temple
is spectacular in its design. 27 wonderful huge white petals of an unfolding
lotus made of marble spring from nine pools and walkways. This symbolizes
the nine unifying spiritual paths of the faith. It is designed by Fariborz
Sahba, a Canadian architect. This temple is surrounded by a beautiful
26 acre garden. The nine doors of the Lotus temple open onto a central
hall, and has a capacity of up to 2,500 people. The central hall is slightly
more than 40 meters tall and its surface is made of white marble.
Other Places of Tourist Interest:
City : Jaipur
Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building, Connaught place,
the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana,
the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive
past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
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Amber fort OR Amer fort:
Amber Fort, is among the most famous hilltop forts in India. The 16th century
fort was built by Raja Man Singh. It is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim
architecture and stands as a proud reminder of the building skills of yesteryears.
The elephant ride from the base of the hill to the fort on the caparisoned
elephants escorted by the men in colorful turbans through the cascading
ways provides picturesque views of the surroundings. The huge paintings
and wall hangings at this fort symbolize the heroism of mighty Rajputs who
were adventurous and brave by birth.
Hawa Mahal OR Palace of Winds:
The 'Hawa Mahal' or the Palace of Wind is one of the main landmarks of
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The Hawa Mahal is a five storey building
of remarkable architecture and a spectacular example of the Rajput style
of architecture made of red and pink sand stone, beautifully outlined
with white borders and motif's done (painted) with quick lime. Jaipur's
signature building, the Hawa Mahal, a multi layered palace, was built
by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Famous for it's beehive like structure,
the Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly
outlined with white borders and motifs. Hawa Mahal is a pyramid-shaped
facade with five stories. It has 953 small windows decorated with tiny
lattice work. These pink sandstone windows commonly known as "Jharokhas"
are constructed in such a style, that it looks like a giant honeycomb.
The air circulation through windows represents the marvelous touch of
Mughal designing, which keeps the Palace always cool. The small screened
balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices enhance the beauty of
the Palace. The Pyramidal outline and replication of pattern makes it
more attractive in appearance. he entrance is through the City Palace
from where doors open into a commodious courtyard with double storeyed
buildings covering three sides. The building today houses an Archaeological
Museum. The upper two storeys have just a single room. There are no stairs
to reach the upper floors. Rather, there are ramps meant for carrying
the palanquin of the royal ladies.
It includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces & buildings.
It was built between 1729 and 1732 by Sawai Jai Singh II. The architects
is a fusion of Shilpa Shastra of Indian Architecture with Rajput, Mughal
& Europen styles. This magnificent palace exhibits museum has a rich
collection of royal costumes and a display of the Rajput weaponry. Other
attractions of the City Palace Complex are Textile, Art Gallery, Chhavi
Nivas, Mukut Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple. It remains open to visitors
from Monday to Sunday between 10 AM to 5PM (Closed on Diwali / Holi and
a select few holidays).
Observatory OR Jantar Mantar:
Jantar means "instrument." Mantar (the same word as "mantra")
is usually translated "formula," but here it means "calculation."
So, "Jantar Mantar" means something like "instrument for
calculation." It is on of the largest stone astronomical observatory
in the world.Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories
built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is wholly
constructed with stone and marble. The observatory has fourteen statistical
instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses and to ascertain other
Raj Mandir Cinema Hall:
One visiting Jaipur must not miss a movie in Rajmandir Cinema hall-
the best known cinema building. Opened on 01st June 1976. The first Bollywood
fim screened here was "Charas". Well-known architect W. M Namjoshi
designed the the structure of Rajmandir cinema hall. It has a single screen
well-equipped to screen 70 mm films & it can accomodate 1237 viewers.
Choki Dhani is also high on the list of places to be visited in Jaipur.
This is an excellent & pleasurable tourist complex built with the
depiction of ethnic Rajasthani culture, tradition, folk art, food, lifestyle
of village life in Rajasthan. One can experience the whole real Rajasthani
village culture in fun, entertainment, games, shopping, rajasthani cuisine,
folk dance, music & it is also a perfect place a weekend trip from
Shopping in Jaipur:
Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar are some of the best shopping
markets in Jaipur to look out for jewellery, tie dye sarees, fabrics,
suits, lehengas, Rajasthani trinkets and bandhani work. Tripolia Bazaar
and Chaura Rasta is famous for textile outlets in addition to shops selling
utensils, ironware and trinkets. It is also closed on every Sunday.
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