Delhi, the capital of India, presents a vast panorama of fascinating images. It is a city where forts, tombs and ruins share the skyline with high-rise buildings and stately homes. The wide tree-lined avenues of New Delhi give way to the crowded narrow lanes of Old Delhi and along with this change comes diametrically different cultures and lifestyles. This contrast is a historical legacy of the city.

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If you have not been to India before, here are some places within the Golden Triangle (comprised of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur) that you can include in your next holiday plan.

Delhi

There’s a lot to see in Delhi because of the large number of monuments and tombs in the city, bearing testimony to its history. Here are some of principal sights no visitor should miss.

India Gate  

India Gate

A little westward from Purana Qila is India Gate, a memorial of the First World War. Be sure to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential residence) which is located close by.

Lotus Temple  

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city.

Agra

Agra brings visitors back to the Mughal period as they walk down its narrow bustling streets. Some of the buildings in the city’s modern areas date back over a hundred years. Its laid-back lifestyle and immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery make Agra one of the most remarkable cities of the world.

Taj Mahal  

Taj Mahal

One man’s monumental testimony to love has become synonymous with not only this city, but the whole of India.

Agra Fort  

Agra Fort

(World Heritage Site) An imposing fort on the banks of the river Yamuna, commissioned by Akbar in 1565 AD. It encloses numerous palaces and houses like the Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Musamman Burj, Jehangiri Mahal, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and more.

Jaipur

The city of history, culture, forts, palaces, golden sands and warm-hearted people. The origins of Rajasthan’s beautiful capital can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber Throne in 1699. He abandoned the rugged hills of Amber in 1727 and set about laying a perfect palace city in the adjoining plains of Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal  

Hawa Mahal

The palace was aptly named because it was essentially a high screen wall built for women of the royal household to observe street festivities, unseen from the outside.

Jal Mahal  

Jal Mahal

The Water Palace was built in the mid-18th century by Madho Singh I, situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake opposite the cenotaphs. The lake used to be a bird watcher’s paradise and was a favourite ground for royal duck shooting parties.


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