The Beginners Guide to The Golden Triangle

    The Golden Triangle in India is a popular touring path that millions of visitors take each year when visiting the country. Since you could literally spend a full month in India and still not see all the wonderful sites, we put together this short guide to the Golden Triangle to help you plan your trip.

    About The Golden Triangle 

    Consisting of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur,  this "Golden Triangle" is India’s most popular touring route and they are just a short distance apart. Taking this option will let you see the fascinating city of Delhi that has multiple sites with important historical ties and relics. In Agra you’ll witness the majesty and beauty of the Taj Mahal and in Jaipur there are imposing forts and fantastically colorful bazaars for all your shopping pleasure.

    This popular touring circuit connects Agra and Jaipur with the national capital Delhi, hence the triangle aspect of the name. Total, the route is about 720km but you have the option of traveling by car, coach/bus, or even train. 

    The best time of year to visit India overall is from October to March with February and March arguably being best for visiting The Golden Triangle. October and November do provide tolerable temperatures, but you’re likely to run into larger crowds at the more popular sites. While monsoon season runs from July through September, you can still find some sun on this circuit, but the heat may be more than you’re willing to suffer through.

    The Best of The Golden Triangle

    If you’re like many visitors, once you’ve decided to take advantage of touring this beautiful part of India you’re only going to have a few days. With that in mind, we wanted to map out the perfect vacation with some of the best of the best places to visit in India’s Golden Triangle.

    Generally, tourists start their Golden Triangle trip in Delhi simply because most of them arrive there via the international airports. For new visitors, we recommend planning two days in the city just to let yourself adjust to any time changes and/or jet lag, as well as see the sights of the city.

    • The Qutub Minar
    • Humayun’s Tomb
    • Dilli Haat
    • The National Museum
    • The Sikh Temple of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

    When it comes to your tourist visit to Agra, you generally only need a single night stay but don’t miss these stops.

    • Taj Mahal
    • Agra Fort
    • Sikandra
    • Fatehpur Sikri

    On the last leg of your journey, you’ll arrive in Jaipur and you’ll want to plan at least a couple of nights here as well. The places we think you’ll enjoy most on your visit are the following:

    • Hawa Mahal Palace
    • Jantar Mantar Observatory
    • City Palace Museum
    • Amer Fort
    • Samode
    • Bapu Bazaar
    • Old City Markets

    Can’t Miss Food in The Golden Triangle

    As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” While you’re visiting India, you simply have to try some of the local cuisine.

    • Raita 
    • Biryanis 
    • Naan
    • Tandoori Roti
    • Paratha 
    • Paneer Tikka 
    • Laal Maas
    • Daal Baati
    • Choorma
    • Gatta Curry
    • And of course, a wide variety of Indian sweets

    Plan Your Trip to The Golden Triangle Today

    As you can see, The Golden Triangle is a popular tourist circuit for a reason. Whether you want to quickly plan a trip for this coming November or you want to take our advice and visit in February or March, using our guide above can help you enjoy your trip and ensure that you don’t miss any of the best of the best sites that India has to provide.


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