Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India 

Golden triangle India tour package is the most popular tour package in India covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These 3 historical places are situated in the shape of a triangle and hence the package got that name.

Golden triangle tour packages in India covers many heritage sites in these historic places. These include UNESCO world heritage sites of Qutab Minar (Delhi), Red Fort (Delhi), Taj Mahal (agra), Red Fort (Agra), Fatehpur Sikri (Fatehpur near Agra), Amer Fort & Palace (Jaipur). Jantar Mandir (Jaipur).

Tajmahal Agra, Part of Golden Triangle India Tour Package

Golden Triangle Tour Package in India – Taj Mahal, The Main Attraction in the package

Golden Triangle India Tour Package  – Delhi Tourist Places

You can travel to India and land in Delhi, the capital city of India. Your Golden Triangle travel can be started from Delhi. Delhi has many historic places like Qutab Minar (The Tallest Brick Minaret in the World), Oldest Indian Mosque, Jama Masjid, Red Fort at Delhi (residence of the Mughal emperors for around 200 years from 1648 till 1857), Ashoka Pillar, etc, to name a few. There are a lot of other tourist attractions in Delhi. They include Lotus temple, Akshardham Temple & Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Teen Murthi Bhavan, etc.

Golden Triangle India Tour Package – Agra Tourist Places

Tow hours drive from Delhi takes you to Agra, where world famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is situated. Red Fort (Agra) which is also known as Agra Fort , is another nearby historic place. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal, was dethroned by his own son Emperor Aurangazeb and was confined to the nearby Agra Fort on the banks of the holy river Yamuna. Yamuna river is holy for Hindus.

Fatehpur Sikri is another historic place at around 37 kilometers from Agra on your way to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1569 and was the Mughal Capital from 1571 to 1585 .

Golden Triangle India Tour Package – Jaipur India

3 hours drive from Fatehpur Sikri takes you to the pink city, Jaipur India. Some of the main Heritage sites are Amer Fort and Palace, Jaipur water palace, Jaipur City Palace & attached Museum, Jaipur Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observation site with the World’s Largest Stone Sundial ), Hawa Mahal Palace, etc.

How Much is the Golden Triangle Tour Package Price in India?

Golden triangle tour package price in India varies from tour operator to operator. Please check the current rates with your travel agent.

Mughal Capital Fatehpur Sikri and Golden Triangle India Tour

Fatehpur Sikri, the erstwhile Mughal Capital, is in the Agra district of Uttar Pradesh in India. Fateh Pur sirki is at 37 kilometers distance from Agra, famous for one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal. Fatehpur Sikri tour is part of golden triangle tour packages in India, as Fatehpur is on your way to Jaipur from Agra. Golden triangle India tour package cover Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in 3 neighboring Indian states.

Fatehpur Sikri Mughal Capital
Interior of the Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience) at Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh, India).

Fatehpur Sikri, Mughal Capital, was founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1569 on the Sikri ridge.

Fateh pur Sikri is a well planned gated city (the massive gate and fort still stands intact) with  a series palaces, royal courts, many utility buildings, etc. There is a mosque inside the city.  There is a dam also at Fatehpur Sikri, remains of which can be seen even now.

Fatehpur Sikri was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The construction of Fatehpur Sikri was  of great interest to Emperor Akbar. The construction of this planned gated city took 15 years. The 3 sides of the city have walls while the fourth side was a lake that time. The style of the buildings in the city is the combination of many regional architecture which was only seen in Akbar’s Fathepur city.

It is one of the best maintained Mughal Architecture in India, built with red sandstones which is locally available. It was the capital of Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.

The magnificent palace built by Akbar
The magnificent palace built by Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri.

In 1585, Akbar Shifted the capital to Lahore, due to shortage of water and political instability in the nearby areas. The capital was shifted to Agra again in 1598.

How Do I Go to Fatehpur Sikri, The Erstwhile The Mughal Capital City?

Fatehpur Sikri railway station is the nearest railway station, within one kilometer distance from the city center.

It is well connected by roads. The highway Agra-Jaipur passes through the front gate of Fateh pur Sikri.

The nearest airport is at Agra, 40 kilometers away.

Taj Mahal, Agra – One of the Wonders of the World

Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the World and is one among top tourist sites in India. Taj Mahal is situated at Agra, Utter Pradesh state,India.

taj-mahal-agra

Taj Mahal, Agra, India – Photo By – George T. George (Self).

Taj Mahal at Agra is a World UNESCO Heritage Site and the ultimate sign of expression of Love on earth. TajMahal was built by the Great Moughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, around 450 years back, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is considered as the best of Moughal Architecture and is a white marble mausoleum, on the banks of the holy river, Yamuna. The tomb is the main attraction of the Taj. Tajmahal is a UNESCO world heritage site.

There is a beautiful garden in Charbagh style  in front of Taj. Charbagh  is a quadrilateral garden based on the four gardens of Paradise, as described in Quran.

Ustad Ahmad Lahori, a Persian architect, is believed to be the chief architect of the Taj Mahal. It is said that Shah Jahan chopped off his hands to avoid him designing another monument like this!

Emperor Shah Jahan was dethroned, stripped of his regalia and imprisoned by his third son, Emperor Aurangzeb (reigned from 1658 till his death in 1707) , after along drawn power struggle, including battles between himself and three of his brothers. Shah Jahan had to confine to the walls of Agra Fort on the banks of the holy river, Yamuna (close to Taj Mahal). Shaj Jahan spent rest of his lifetime at the Agra Fort, overlooking the Taj!

Seeing Taj Mahal on a full moon day is a splendid sight, which you will cherish for a long time and can never be expressed in words.

You can take photographs in the front side entrance near the garden, so that the snap looks like you are touching the top of the tomb! There are people who takes you the snaps for a small charge like Rs 30 or so on your camera. There are also professionals who takes snaps for a minor charge like Rs 300-400 or so for 2 or 3 snaps and get the physical photos delivered to you in 20 minutes or so. They will tell the land mark and ask you to wait there.  These rates may vary person to person and client to client. Please check the rates before going in for the photo shoot.

TajMahal was recommended for ‘New Seven Wonders of the World‘ in 2000 as part of a Millennium Project and was declared as a winner in 2007.

Are you are interested in a virtual tour of Taj Mahal? Taj Mahal Tour is part of Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India.  Are you interested in golden triangle India tour package covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur? Please check with your travel agent for details on Golden Triangle Tour package prices.

Taj Mahal Timings & Fee

Taj opens at 6 am and closes on 7 pm except Fridays. Taj is closed on Fridays . On Fridays, Muslims can pray here at Taj Mosque; from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Taj is open on nights during the full moon day and two preceding and two subsequent nights. Thus it is open on 5 nights in a month for tourists. Taj is closed at night during the month of Ramadan.

Indians need to buy entry tickets costing Rs. 40/- and foreigners need to pay Rs. 1000/-. Those who book online ticket for Taj Mahal will get discount of Rs.5/- per Indian ticket & Rs. 50/- per Foreigner ticket.

From January 2018 on-wards, there is a proposal to limit the number of Indian tourists at 40,000 per day. Once this number (40K per day) is crossed, Indian tourists needs to pay Rs. 1000/- as entry fee  to visit Taj. On Deepavali and some other festival days, the number of Indian tourists exceed this number. It is reported that 1.5 lack Indians visited Taj, on a Deepavali day.

How Do I Go to Taj Mahal, Agra?

Agra, in Utter Pradesh state of India, is well connected by roads, trains and flights to the rest of India. It is around 2 hours drive from Delhi, India. Many National highways passes through Agra. Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway is the best one, connecting Agra with India’s Capital, New Delhi. Traveling by this route normally takes around two hours time.

NH 2 also connects these two cities; but takes more time than the other paid expressway, mentioned earlier. NH 91 connects Aligarh with Agra. NH 11 connects Agra with Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state. NH 3 connects Agra to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. NH 2 connects Agra with Lucknow, the capital of Utter Pradesh state.

Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the closest major international airport to Taj Mahal at Agra.

Agra Cantonment railway station is the nearest major station to Taj Mahal which connects Agra with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc. Agra Fort railway station is another railway station near to Taj Mahal, which connects Agra with East Indian Cities like Kolkata (Calcutta) and other cities of Central India.

Hotels Near Taj Mahal, Agra

There are many hotels in Agra catering to the needs of the tourists.

Conclusion

Taj Mahal Tour is part of Golden Triangle Tour Package in India. Are you interested in golden triangle India tour package covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur? Please let me know your comments.

#TajMahal #UNESCO #HeritageSite