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.

Mathura – Lord Krishna's Birth Place, Kesava Deo Temple

Mathura in Utter Pradesh state of India is the birth place of Lord Krishna (God Krishna, Sri Krishna) and is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus.

Mathura  Kesava Deo TempleMathura Kesava Deo Temple.

Kesava Deo Temple is the main temple in the Krishnajanmabhoomi complex. Krishnajanmabhoomi complex is the complex housing the Kesava Deo Temple, the prison (actual birthplace of Lord Kishna) and other temples. Kehsav Dev , i.e Lord Krishna, is the main deity in the Kesava Deo Temple. It is believed that Bajranabh, the Great-grandson of Lord Krishna, installed the original deity here in this temple.

King Ugrasena ruled Mathura and was overthrown by his son Kamsa (or Kansa). [Kamsa not King Ugrasena’s biological son; but born to King Ugrasena’s wife Queen Padmavati and Drumila (or Gobhila)] . Kamsa was the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. Kamsa was told that the eighth child of his sister, Devaki, shall kill him. Lord Krishna was saved from his Uncle Kamsa’s wrath by divine intervention and was raised by Nanda and Yasoda, a cow-herd couple, at the nearby city of Vrindavan (or called Mathura Vrindavan). Once Krishna grew up, he returned to Mathura and eventually killed King Kamsa and reinstated Kamsa’s father, Ugrasena, as King of Mathura.

Mathura is a very ancient city and the great Hindu Epic, Ramanaya, mentions about this city. There are hundreds of temples in Vrindavan, dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. (Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha are work-shipped together by many.)

What are the Different Names of Lord Krishna?

The list of different names of Lord Krishna can be found here.

How Do I Go to Mathura Kesava Deo Temple?

Mathra city is on the main Delhi – Agra National Highway side. Mathura town is at a distance of 50 kilometers, north of Agra. It takes around 2.5 hours drive from Delhi, if you travel by the Delhi-Agra National highway.

Mathura junction” with station code “MTJ”, is the railway station at the birth place of God Krishna on the Delhi-Chennai / Delhi-Mumbai Main line.

Madurai’s twin city, Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days, is at a distance of 10 kilometers from Mathura, on the Agra-Delhi National Highway side. There are a few local trains between Mathura and Vrindavan. Vrindavan’s station code is ‘BDB’. Mathura to Vrindavan train journey takes a travelling time of 35 minutes and the train stops at 2 stations in between Mathura and Vrindavan .

Varanasi alias Banaras

Varanasi alias Banaras or Kashi, the pilgrim city

Varanasi alias Banaras
Varanasi alias Banaras or Benares or Kashi (Image Courtesy : Wikimedia).

Varanasi alias Banaras, is one of the most famous pilgrimage places for Hindus,Buddhists and Jains in India. Varanani is situated in the state of Utter Pradesh in North India.

Varanasi is the most sacred and holy city for Hindus and Jains. Kashi Vishwanath temple is the most famous Hindu temple in Varanasi. Varanasi has played a major role in the development of Buddhism. Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon,”Turning the Wheel of Law”, at a nearby place, Saranath, in 528 B.C.

Varanasi is the oldest continuously inhabited city in India and is one among such other cities of the world. Varanasi is called the ‘city of temples’. Varanasi or Banaras is considered as the religious and spiritual capital of India. Varanasi is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga, one of the largest rivers in India.

Varanasi is believed to be founded by the Lord Shiva. Archaeological evidence suggests the city to be inhabited by humans in the 11th or 12th century B.C. However, “Atharvaveda”, the oldest known text, suggests human existence even earlier. Mark Twain has said , “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” The famous Chinese travelers of the 6 th and 7 th century, Xuanzang and Hiuen Tsiang, describes Banaras as “centre of religious and artistic activities” extended over 5 kilimeters along the Western banks of river Ganga or Ganges with 30 temples and 30 monks.

Adi Shankara or Sankarachra, the Great Hindu Philosopher, and the one who consolidated the doctrine of ‘Advaita Vedanta’, has visited Varanasi in the 8th century.

Hindus believes that, death at Banaras brings salvation.

Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities of Asia, is situated here.

Banaras Silk Sarees from Varanasi alias Banaras

Weaving of silk sarees is a major industry here at Banaras or Benares . Banaras is home to the Geographically Identified Banaras Silk Sarees or Banarasi silk sarees, the finest and most sought after saree in the world (check serial number 100 and 193 under “Registered GIs” at the above site). Banaras hand-loom silk industry employs around 12 lack people.

How Do I Go to Varanasi Alias Banaras or Baneras or Kashi ?

Varanasi alias Banaras or Baneras or Kashi is at a distance of around 800 kilometers from the Indian capital city of New Delhi.

Lucknow , the capital of Utter Pradesh state is at 320 kilometers distance and Allahabad is at 121 kilometers distance.

Conclusion

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Dudhwa National Park & Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dudhwa National Park and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve are in the Lakhimpur Kheri District of Utter Pradesh state in India, on the Indo-Nepal border. Dudhwa National Park offers extensive opportunities for those who are nature lovers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, etc.

Dudhwa National Par is part of the Terai ecosystem, which supports many endangered species of animals and is wetlands which are rich in flora .

This National Park is one among the Three Parks of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, which consists of Two other National parks, namely Krishnapur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

This National Park was established initially as a wildlife sanctuary in 1958, mainly for Swamp Deer. Later on, in the year 1977, it became a National park. In the late eighties, it was declared as a Tiger reverse and became part of ‘Project tiger’ project. The Tiger reserve is rich in bio-diversity and is of national and international importance in protecting our planet from Carbon emission.

Tigers and Swamp deer are the major tourist attractions in the park. Hispid Hare, a rare and endangered species, is found here. Indian Rhinos, Sambar dear, Hog deer, sloth bear, fishing cat, Jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, etc, are some of the other species found in Dudhwa Wildlife sanctuary and National Park.

More than 450 species of birds, out of the total of 1300 bird species in the Indian sub-continent, are found in the National Park.

Barasinghas, with 12 antlers, have their half of the total world population found in Dudhwa National Park.

How do I Go to Dudhwa National Park and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve?

Shahjehanpur with station code SPN, is the most convenient and well connected railway station, which is at a distance of around 3 hours drive from Dudhwa. From New Delhi, the capital of India, it takes around 9 hours drive to reach the National Park. Lucknow, the capital of Utter Pradesh state, is at around 250 kilometers distance.

Park is open after Monsoon season. Director of the Park may be contacted on +91-05872-52106.

Pillars of Mauryan king Ashoka

Pillars of Mauryan king Ashoka
The original Lion Capital of Ashoka

Ashoka the Great, Buddhist Mauryan king, erected a series of pillars in different states of North India around the third century B.C. . They pillars are mainly found in the states of Utter Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi , etc, which were part of the Mayura dynasty those days.

Pillar at Sarnath is the most famous among the pillars of Ashok. This pillar has four lions in standing posture with Ashoka Chakra (wheel) at the center. There is also an elephant, galloping horse, a bull and a lion; these being separated by the wheels of the chariot over the bell shaped lotus. Each of these four animals have great significance in Gautama Buddha‘s life. The Ashoka pillar was carved out of a single block of sandstone.

Ahhoka Chakra has much significance to Indians and India. It is the official emblem of Government of India. The Ashoka Chakra (chakra means wheel) is there at the center of India’s national flag. 

19 pillars are surviving currently at different parts of North India; more were said to have been damaged . These pillars were erected by the great Ashoka, who was attracted to Buddhism, to propagate the teachings of the Lord Gautama Buddha.

Each of these pillars are 40 to 50 feet in height.  These pillars were quarried from Chunar near Varanasi and dragged and erected at the current sites.

Emperor Ashoka is estimated to have build 33 Edicts, which included minor rock edicts, major rock edicts and pillar edicts. These rock edicts are spread across India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Where are the Other Ashoka Pillars Located?

Apart from the pillars at Saranath, there are 2 Ashok pillars in Delhi. There are Ashok pillars at Vaishali,  Lauriya-Areraj and Lauriya-Nandangarh (all in Bihar state). Another Ashoka pillar is there at  Allahabad (in Utter Pradesh state).