The magical Golden Triangle in India is one of the country's most popular tourist circuits. Comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, it gets its name from the triangle that these cities form. Roughly located an equal distance of around 200-250 kilometers (125-155 miles) from each other in northern India, the cities provide a classic and unforgettable introduction to the country and its charms.
What also makes the Golden Triangle a great tourist circuit is its accessibility. All cities are well connected by road (take a popular private Agra and Jaipur tour), Indian Railways "superfast" services, and luxury tourist trains.
Delhi, the capital city of India, is where many people start out on their trip. It's divided into two parts -- the crumbling old city of Old Delhi, and the orderly and well planned New Delhi -- which exist side by side, but feel like they're worlds apart. It's worth spending a few days exploring the city's ancient mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. As many of them are set in attractive landscaped gardens, you can relax at the same time!
Agra is the home of India's most famous monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Hence, it's a must-see destination on anyone's trip to India. Words cannot do the Taj Mahal justice, its incredible detail simply has to be seen to be appreciated. Agra is easily accessible by road or rail from Delhi. The journey takes around 3 hours.
India's desert capital of Jaipur, affectionately referred to as the Pink City because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city, lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. Jaipur's most recognized attraction is the front facade of the "Hawa Mahal", or Palace of the Winds, which overlooks the main street of the lively Old City. Old forts and palaces, royal residences, and outstanding shopping opportunities ensure there's plenty to see and do there.