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Major Attractions Inside India Golden Triangle
Having bombarded by tons of tourist attractions on the internet? Not enough time to visit every place inside the India Golden Triangle? Don't worry! Here is the concise list of major attractions inside the Golden Triangle for you to make your proper decisions!
India Golden triangle consisted of 3 most visited places: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Golden triangle should become one of the most important item in your traveling plan because it is rich in ancient history of India and Taj Mahal site is in Agra. In this article, I'm going to include Pushkar because it is only a 3 hour drive (145 km) from Jaipur.
Delhi, as you all know, is the capital of Federal Republic of India. Delhi has two distinct parts, namely New Delhi and Old Delhi. Old Delhi was the city built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 17th century, centred on the Red Fort, where its structure is very similar to Agra Fort. The British built New Delhi during their occupation in India.
Qutb Complex - This complex was built to celebrate the beginning of Muslim rule over India. Muslim rulers demolished the temples inside this complex and they built Islāmic structures instead. The most notable structures inside this complex is "Qutub Minar", the victory tower which is now closed to public, and rust-resistant "iron pillar of Delhi".
Jama Masjid - It is the largest mosque in India.
Humayun's Tomb - A replica of Taj Mahal in Agra. Wife of Humayun built this tomb, where the latter was the second Mughal King.
Lotus Temple - It is the House of Worship for Bahai religion. Bahai religion aims to unify all the major religions of the world such as Christianity, Hinduism, Buddism, and Islam into one because they believed that the same God created religions at different periods of time.
India Gate - This structure is 42 m high. It is also named as "Arch of Triumph". British built the India Gate in the memory of the Indian soldiers who fight for British Indian Empire during World War I.
Raj Gath - Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after assassination
Gandi Museum - Collection of various materials of importance about Gandhi after his assassination
President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat's building - Interestingly, the prime minister's residence is quite far from these building complexes
Shopping - Connaught Place, Ambience mall, DLF promenade mall
Agra is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, well-known for its genuine marble and carpet products.
Taj Mahal - Emperor Shah Jahan built this monument for his wife Mumtaz when she was dead. It is completely built out of white marble and semi-precious stones as flower patterns for decoration. You can also watch the "Kalakriti Stage Show" to learn more about the biography of Shah Jahan and the building of Taj Mahal.
Agra Fort - This fort began its construction during the rule of Emperor Akbar and new additions were added to the structure until his grandson Shah Jahan. Aurangzeb, which is Shah Jahan son imprisoned the latter in this fort during the last 8 years of his life. This building was primarily used as military fort but later partly became a palace. Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with a view of the Taj Mahal.
This is a useful video that would guide you inside the India Golden triangle
This book is helpful in guiding travelers who are interested for traveling inside the Golden triangle.
Popularly known as the "Pink City", is the capital of the Rajasthan state.
Amer Fort - You can reach this fort by Jeep or by riding elephant. Among the attractions inside the palace includes Maota lake and Garden below the fort and the Magic flower fresco. When viewed from afar, you may mistake this fort as Great Wall of China!
City palace - Ruler of Amber, Raja Sawai Singh built this fort. Sabha Niwas is one of the major attractions inside the palace. It is the "Hall of Public audience" where you can see various paintings of the Mughal kings and the throne of Maharaja during public audience.
Jantar Mantar - Located near the city palace, it functioned as an ancient observatory used for time and astronomy calculation. Among the astronomical instruments located inside this observatory are: giant sundial (Samrat Yantra) and angled structures targeting a particular constellation.
Hawa Mahal - Also known as "Palace of Winds". This palace designed to allow royal women to see everyday lives on the street without being seen.
Jal Mahal - Also known as "Water Palace". It submerge in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, with four floors under water and one floor above water level.
Chokhi Dhani - It is an ethnic village resort. It is a place where you can enjoy camel riding, dancing performances, and buying souvenirs and paintings. You can also enjoy various kinds of buffet dinner here. Do not opt for the cheapest buffet. You may get diarrhea.
Shopping - Tripolia bazaar, Crystal Palm mall
Pushkar is a town in the Rajasthan state. Well known supplier of marbles.
Pushkar lake - It is a sacred lake for the Hindus. Some Hindu devotees may give you flowers and after that you required to make some Rs 1000 to 2000 as a donation to the temple. Your donations may not go to the needy.
Brahma temple - This temple dates to 14th century and is mainly built from marble and stone stabs. You can also visit related temples such as Savitri and Gayatri temples which are constructed on top of the hills at opposite ends of Pushkar lake.
Pushkar bazaar - Souvenirs such as Rajasthani costumes, jewellery, and groovy accessories can be purchased here. But flies are many here.