The words ‘Golden Triangle’ might well conjure up images of shiny orchestral percussion instruments, but when used in India they refer to one of the most popular tourist circuits in the country.
Quite obviously, ‘triangle’ alludes to the positioning of its constituent cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – while ‘golden’ refers to sheer splendour of the sights on offer on this well-connected tourist path.
Starting at the top of this roughly right-angled triangle in Delhi, Titan Travel’s ‘India’s Golden Triangle with Ranthambore’ ten-day tour gets off to a glorious start.
This melting pot of a city is a place where visitors can get a real taste of some of the foreign influences which made their presence so strongly felt in the country over the years.
The tallest brick minaret in the world, the Qutab Minar, is a spectacular symbol of Islam in Delhi. Standing 240ft high and nearly 50ft around its base, this huge tower was built using materials from no less than 20 temples.
Equally arresting is Humayun’s Tomb – a grand domed structure dating back to 1570, which is located near to the banks of the Yamuna River. The first example of a garden tomb on the Indian sub-continent, it is described by Unesco as a “landmark” piece of Mughal (Mogal) architecture.
Of course, after the Mogals from central Asia came the British from the west, and their influence is keenly felt in New Delhi – the administrative capital located within Delhi itself. Sir Edwin Lutyens was responsible for many of the imposing buildings, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan – home to the president.
The influence of Humayun’s Tomb extends to Agra and India’s most famous building – the Taj Mahal, which it inspired. Seeing this wonderful, white marble construction first hand is a sublime experience.
While the Taj Mahal is resplendent in white, Jaipur, ‘the Pink City’, favours a brighter shade of paint. Many of its buildings were painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876 – another vivid example of how the British influenced Indian architecture.
The words ‘Golden Triangle’ might well conjure up images of shiny orchestral percussion instruments, but when used in India they refer to one of the most popular tourist circuits in the country.Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.Article published on: November 23, 2012