A Legacy of India-the Golden Triangle
Any tourist coming to India should not miss the opportunity of experiencing the wonders of this golden triangle tour of northern India. The tour takes a visitor across three very culturally rich and distinctly diverse cities of this country- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The three cities represent the different influences that have shaped the history of this country- the British, the Moghul dynasties, and the Rajput era. Each of these has left a distinct stamp with their architecture, the arts and culture, cuisine and ways of life.
The cities in the Golden Triangle tour are all within a few hours travelling distance of each other and a well-planned itinerary should not take more than 10 days to cover all these places.
Delhi, which is the capital city of India, represents a slice of the modern, aspirational India. Yet the city is a blend of tradition and modernity. Historic monuments from the Mughal era jostle for space with malls, clubs, markets and more. This city on the move gives a glimpse of the power potential future.
Delhi became the national capital during the British rule and their legacy lives on in the architecture of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and other important buildings dotted around the city.
There is an older Mughal history which has seeped into the culture and flavours of the city. The imposing monuments of Red fort, Purana Quilla, Humayun’s and Safdarjung’s tombs, Jama Masjid and so many other buildings scattered across parks and boulevards. A trip to the intricate and congested by-lanes of Purani Dilli area of Chandini Chowk is a must for the foodie-the well-known Karims restaurant is a case in point!
The culmination of Mughal architecture on display in Delhi would surely be the wondrous Taj Mahal at Agra—a UNESCO Heritage Monument. This ‘Eternal Monument to Love’built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal never fails to impress the visitor.
“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
Fatehpur Sikri is also a must visit and is located 40km from Agra. If you linger a moment you can almost feel the presence of laughing princesses, mighty emperors chalking out grand war strategies and shady officials secretly planning uprisings- a place for love and a place for palace intrigues.
The Mughal elite certainly had a taste for the good life – well laid out gardens, musical soirees , harems, a taste for gourmet cuisine and other luxurious pastimes would occupy them whenever they found the time from rushing around on horses and conquering lands! A hotel worth mentioning in this regard is the ITC Mughal where you’ll be taken down memory lane and given a feel of this grand bygone era.
In fact, the hotel has so precisely recreated the trappings of the Mughal dynasty that it was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for architecture in 1980. So for the tourist who would like a snapshot of India’s history as well as a feel of the aspirational contemporary modern India the Golden Triangle tour is a must.