Historic Sights of Golden Triangle Tours

The name, golden triangle of north India was entitled, as Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are in triangular shape; geographically. They are well-known for their incredible history, which includes heritage, culture, tradition, rites and rituals, bejeweled with latest infrastructure. Tourists get attracted and cherish their experience here. Golden Triangle Tour India.

New Delhi, which is the capital of India, has many historical sites and is also called a cosmopolitan city, as it provides advanced facilities and takes minimal time travel with a sense of security. You can visit the following places if you are in Delhi:

Red Fort: – It is located in old Delhi area, Delhi was built by Shan Jahan, The great Emperor and is red in color.it a huge complex consists of beautiful gardens, parks and various infrastructures.

Human Yun’s tomb: – This can be seen in Nizamuddin located in East Delhi. This was built by the wife of Humayun, after their death. It is unique and is engraved with beautiful architectural work based on Indo-Islamic style.

Qutub Minar:-It is one of the tallest minarets in India. It was initiated by Aibak, the ruler of Slave Dynasty and completed by Iltutmish, another ruler of the same dynasty. This is treated as one of the best examples for its construction. As there are many sites in that place, it called as Qutub complex.

Other popular places  :- Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Salim Garh Fort, Sansad bhawan, Jantar Mantar, Loghi garden, safdarjug’s tomb, Raj Ghat.

Temples: – Lotus Temple, Laxminarayana Temple, and Iskcon Temple etc.

Agra which is in Uttar Pradesh is a small city with its remarkable presence, as the historical places include:

Taj Mahal: – The most famous site in India, as it has the most beautiful monument and is treated as the seventh wonder and also a UNESCO heritage site of the world. It is built with  white marble stone by shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor for his adorable wife Mumtaz. It is taken as an ideal example for love all over the world.

Agra fort: – It is 2.5km away from Taj Mahal complex. The balcony of this fort invites you the attractive sights of the Taj Mahal. This place had witnessed the site of Indian Rebellion battle of 1857

Sikandra: – This monument is treated as the most popular of the Mughal dynasty; Emperor Akbar was buried at this place. It is famous for its inspiring tombs. The way the lawns are maintained and varieties of deer wandering here reflects the way this place is kept and its importance.

Jaipur, known as pink city; is one of the historical place along with Delhi and Agra and famous for its colours and tradition. Some of the sight-seeing places are:

Amber fort: – it’s a classic Rajasthani palace, which looks pretty.

City Palace: – it is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal Architecture.

Jantar Mantar: – This is largest and the most preserved and great observations constructed by Jai Singh II, in different part of India.

Other places :- city palace complex, Albert Hall, Birla Auditorium,  Hawa Mahal, Kanak Vrindavam,  Jal Mahal.

The journey starts at Red fort of Delhi, going to Taj Mahal at Agra and ends at Jaipur “pink city. Amongst all, Taj Mahal is one of most adorable monument and you would have a memorable experience all through the different shades of golden triangle.

Written by Lucy, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Wrote many articles on ppi claims . Find out more about her blogs @financeport

India’s Golden Triangle

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It is possible that you are on a quick visit to and through Delhi.

If so, even then, you can still find time to immerse yourself and experience the diversity of North India.

And it is not difficult to do this. Just choose a Delhi Agra and Jaipur tour combination that suits you best from here Golden triangle tour packages. This is a triangle tour of the three cities Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with an option to extend the trip to include Bharatpur and Pushkar.

Delhi is the capital of India, and has historically been the capital of the Indian land mass except for a few times.

Humayun's tomb in Delhi

Humayun’s tomb in Delhi

Agra and Kolkatta (British) are the two other major cities that have been the capital of India, apart from Delhi. Jaipur was the capital of a powerful Rajput kingdom and had a strategic partnership with the Mughals.

Historically, Delhi has always imperiously summoned the rulers to establish their capital in Delhi. The Golden triangle tour circuit is about 800 to 1200 Kms. The variation in the distance is influenced by the number of monuments you visit.

This tour shall show you the new Delhi, the old Delhi, its medieval monuments, the rural landscape, artisans at work, many forts, some museums, one or two cultural programmes and possibility of camel and elephant rides. You shall have many opportunities to eat the lip smacking Indian food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

Delhi has three world heritage monuments. A fourth one is under consideration for inclusion in the world heritage monuments list. The three world heritage monuments are the Humayun’s tomb, the Qutub Minar, and the Red Fort. The fourth one that is under consideration is the Purana Qila or the old fort.

Metro in Delhi

Metro in Delhi

But Delhi has much more to offer. It’s markets, it’s temples, it’s sufi shrines – all of them add their bit to make the special character of Delhi. In the days of yore, Delhi was known as the city of 22 Sufi saints. Delhi is both, intensely spiritual and overtly religious. Delhi people are very dedicated to their religious and spiritual practices.

Some of the sufi shrines in Delhi to visit are: Nizamuddin, Kaki (behind Qutub Minar), Chirag, Matke wale.

Delhi has the Bhairon temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) where liquor is offered to the deity. Agra has the Red Fort but is known as Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal, the Sikandara, and the Itmadullah’s tomb as it’s most famous monuments.

In Agra, you shall have the chance to watch skilled artisans carry out the marble inlay work using semiprecious stones.

Jaipur has many magnificent forts like the Amber Fort (a must visit). Jai garh fort is the most important. The markets of Jaipur are a shopaholic’s dream. Perfect venue for retail therapy. Jaipur’s strength is in textiles, leather sandals and ofcourse the stone studded jewelery.

The best way to travel on this circuit is to hire an AC car with a driver. It is not very expensive. once you have hired an AC car with driver, it shall be very easy for you as the driver shall pick you up and drop you from wherever you want.

Use of the car and driver has one major advantage. Between Jaipur and Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, the red stone city. This is a magnificent monument and has the shrine of the sufi saint Salim Chisti. It is after the blessings of Salim Chishty that the Emperor Akbar had a son born to him, his heir. Akbar had then constructed Fatehpur Sikri in the honour of Salim Chishty. The Fatehpur Sikri can be easily looked at if you have a car and driver at your disposal.

Few years later Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned when it ran short of water. The shrine of Salim Chishty is located inside the Fatehpur Sikri. Devouts fervently pray here.

Akbar is buried at Sikandara.

Should you decide to hire a car and driver for the Golden triangle tour India, it shall workout to be cheaper vis-a-vis train cost especially if you are travelling in a group.

Travel by train can be tedious and perhaps expensive once you add up all the related costs involved in booking the tickets, higher of the car for local commute and additional costs in case of late arrivals / departures.

Our recommendation is that you start your Golden triangle tour from Delhi. The hotels that we use vary from inexpensive to the luxury. You can let us know your preferred choices.

How to pack luggage for a weekend city break

Sometimes it’s nice to get away for the weekend and experience a new city. A mini break can allow you to take in new sights and sounds as well as taking a break from your usual routine. Whether you’re staying in the country, exploring Europe or going even further afield – working out what to pack for a weekend break can prove a headache.

3d illustration: Land and a group of suitcases. To take a vacati

If you’ve managed to snag a cheap budget flight, you may experience luggage restrictions, so packing light is essential if you’re only permitted carry-on luggage or want to avoid extra charges. Or perhaps you want to leave room for extra purchases during your trip!

Here are some tips to follow when packing for a weekend trip:

  • Look up the weather forecast before you go so you have some idea of what to expect before you go and what you should pack to wear. Depending on what time of year you’re going, you could experience freezing icy conditions or sweltering humid heat. If you are expecting cold weather, wear your bulkiest clothes onto the flight to save room in your holdall or suitcase.
  • Research the city and try and form some kind of plan of what you’ll be doing over the weekend so you know what to pack and prepare for. If you want to keep things more spontaneous, pack clothing that is adaptable. Choose clothes that can be dressed up or down and can be mixed and matched.
  • Buy miniature ‘travel-size’ toiletries to minimize added weight and save valuable space. Check what the hotel already supplies complimentary and really think about what you’ll need during your stay. Do you really need all your hair styling products and three different types of fragrance?
  • Save room for purchases. One of the best things about city trips is the shopping. Faced with a range of new stores to explore as well as keep sakes and souvenirs to collect and buy, you don’t want to be caught out by lack of space. At the same time, don’t get too excited and buy something that won’t fit in your luggage or doesn’t come under luggage restrictions.

Whether you’re exploring somewhere in the country like London or Edinburgh, hopping over to Europe to experience Paris, Milan or Berlin or venturing even further afield to New York or Las Vegas, packing smartly can make the world of difference. City breaks are a great way to explore the world and get a taste of new cultures all over the world.

Smart Luggage supplies suitcases, handbags, laptop bags and accessories by a host of well known brands.

Importance of Holidays

Despite the current economic climate and the absence of any immediate signs that things are likely to improve in the short term, we are still ensuring that our families enjoy at least one holiday a year. Most people consider that holidays are important, and that they are worth making sacrifices elsewhere if it means that the family can enjoy quality time together.

One of the effects of this is the increase in popularity of the package holiday. For some time this had fallen out of fashion. The availability of cheap flights to exotic destinations coupled with the ease of booking overseas accommodation on the web meant that do it yourself holidays were relatively easy to arrange and could be more flexible than the conventional package.

However over the last few years the popularity of the package holiday has soared, and in 2012 almost half of holidays taken by we Brits were packages, almost a 50% increase on the previous year. The two main reasons are that we are considerably less impressed by budget airlines than we were, and that package holidays provide a much greater level of financial security than do it yourself ones.

While people recognise the importance of family holidays, they also recognise the importance of finding a good deal and saving money. As a result there has been an increase in the popularity of credit cards and supermarket loyalty points that offer travel rewards that can be traded for free flights and package holidays.

For many families this means that they are able to enjoy more than one holiday a year. A recent survey carried out by ABTA indicates that we take on average 1.4 overseas holidays a year and although this is fewer than a few years ago, it is still a healthy number. People who take most holidays in any year tend to be aged from 16 to 35.

People are also looking more carefully into when they book their holidays, though there are competing strategies. Around a third of people are booking earlier in order to get the best deals, and around a quarter of people are booking later, often at the last minute, in order to take advantage of last minute bargains. Last minute bargain hunters tend to be families with young children.

It is clear that we are unwilling to sacrifice our holidays, and even if we are able to take just one a year, then it is very important to us. As well as allowing us to spend quality time with the family and enjoy new experiences, they are also a chance to recharge our batteries and better prepare us for times ahead, however difficult they might prove to be.

This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).

Why you should never trust a 7 star rating!

Hotel Star Ratings

Hotel Star Ratings

Attractive Golden Triangle Tour Packages in all budget ranges and time duration. This infographic shows the hotel star rating criteria as outlined by the Hotel Stars Union, the only international body of its kind, representing 24 countries and 39 participating assosciations. The union keeps members in check via its own ‘mystery guesting’ system, checking hotels at least annually to ensure they meet the stated criteria.
So what about six and seven star ratings?
Well, they don’t exist, at least not officially. At present, there is no international body providing criteria for hotel ratings above ‘5 star deluxe’, so any hotel claiming such a rating is merely doing so on a self-assessed basis. The Burj Al Arab in Dubai for example, blames its rating (or should we say credits?) on a journalist review just after the opening. While The Seven Stars Galleria in Milan describes itself for marketing purposes as the world’s first seven star hotel, citing the private inspection company Société Générale de Surveillance.
So with no standardised criteria, or independent body to enforce such a criteria, be wary of that seven star price tag!

This infographic was produced by SecretHotels.org.

Agra, the city of love’s epitome, the Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is the wonder of the world and your visit to it, full of eager anticipation can be surprisingly long from Delhi as the desire to being the embrace of the Majesty of the Taj Mahal makes time go slowly.

This can be more so if you travel to Agra by train, especially during the winters when the schedule of the train often gets upset by the foggy weather and the strange ways of the Indian Railways e.g. a union Minister wanting to board the train can have it delayed to suit to his schedule!

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

But all this can be and is easily endured because the time to set your eyes upon the glory of the Taj Mahal is close, very close. After all, you have spent a substantial part of your life dreaming and drooling about it. And why not? The Taj Mahal is a love monument built using the pristine white marble.

If you arrive in Agra during the day, it is possible that you shall be able to gaze at the Mughal masterpiece from the confines of your transport. But you need to get up close by to this UNESCO designated world heritage site (1983).

If you plan to stay overnight in Agra, then consider splurging a bit to book yourself into one of the fancy hotels which offer a grand view of the Taj Mahal. It shall be worthy of all the money you spend.

If you come by train, then get your train stations in Agra right. For Agra residents it does not matter. But for the tourist this information is handy in case they have asked for the hotel pickup. The two stations are Agra Cantt and Agra Fort.

The Agra Fort is an impressive red stone structure built in the 16th century. This immense building was commissioned by Akbar, the grandfather of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal. From Agra Fort, you can see the Taj Mahal.

The Agra Fort is where Shah Jahan was kept in custody by his son Aurangzeb. For nearly 8 years, Shah Jahan gazed upon the Taj Mahal which he had built in the memory of his departed third wife Mumtaz Mahal who died in childbirth aged 38. Mumtaz Mahal, mother of his 14 offspring, was very special to the Emperor Shah Jahan, especially notable because the Emperor had a huge harem.

Shah Jahan passed away in the fort’s white marble palace known as the Khas Mahal. After his death, he was buried along with his beloved wife without much fanfare.

In Agra to make the effort to sample a selection of the items that the Mughal emperors used to have on their menu. The Emperors love for eating is well known. Try the fresh naan bread or the kebabs.

Some restaurants serve an Emperors platter which has attractively laid out a variety of kebabs, chicken, mutton, vegetables and breads.

If you are a group of some size then ordered a whole leg of marinated lamb prepared in the tandoor. Indulge yourself with an astrological reading from a local astrological sometimes engaged by the fancy restaurants.

The Sun rise experience of the Taj Mahal is surreal. Coming from the chaotic Agra city, the spectacular beauty of this love monument can elevate you to delirious level of joy.

The love seat at the Taj Mahal is a famous picture opportunity. This is where the Lady Diana was famously photographed alone (1992), foretelling the world of impending marriage breakdown.

The red stone entrance gates to the Taj Mahal are a work of art within themselves, but pale into nothingness in front of the awesomeness of the Taj Mahal.

You travels through the well manicured Persian Gardens to reach the mausoleum. Access to the real mausoleum has been banned for many years as the authorities fear that the basement of the Taj Mahal, where the graves are will not be able to handle the huge masses of the people, and the effects of the humidity the of. You shall get to see only the replicas.

The walls of the Taj Mahal are covered with exquisite calligraphy and flower motifs. There are some gaping pits from where the departing British had pried out the precious stones. Your guide shall use a flashlight to show you the beauty of the inlay work.

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Jaipur/Amber – A city in Golden Triangle tour of India

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Jaipur, along with Agra in Delhi is a part of the Golden triangle tour India. Jaipur is internationally well-known for its rich history, culture, monuments and cuisine, but the annually held literary Festival has added a new dimension to the lure of Jaipur.

Much is known about Jaipur and much has been written about Jaipur. In this post we discuss the lesser known historical facts of Amber, the ruling seat before Jaipur happened.

Elephants at Amber Fort

Elephants at Amber Fort

Jai Singh, the maharaja of Amber was ruling in troubled times under the shadow of the mighty Mughal Empire. Further more, his relationship with other Rajput rulers was not so strong.

In these circumstances, Jai Singh decided to perform and ancient Vedic ritual called Vajpey Yajna, a thanksgiving to the gods. This proved to be a masterstroke as it impressed his subjects and declared his self-confidence to the Mughals without unduly provoking them.

The significance of this rarely performed Vajpey Yajna is that it can only be done by the supreme rulers. This exclusive Yajna was performed by Jai Singh on the banks of the lake Amer on 14 January 1709.

It was in the interest of Jai Singh that the whole world knows about it then, and for subsequent generations to come. Hence he had writers commissioned to write in detail describing the ritual’s performance. There was an immense propaganda value attached to this ritual.

For this purpose, a Brahmin named Vishwanath Ranade was appointed to witness and record the ritual in elevated literary style of Sanskrit. The output was the text titled Rama Vilasa Kavyam.

Vishwanath Ranade was not unknown to the court of Amber. He lived in Banaras/Varanasi, but originally hailed from Maharashtra. In Banaras he had the opportunity to befriend Deva Bhatta. The son of Deva Bhatta Ratnakar was a priest at Amber. It was probably due to this network that Viswanath Ranade found exposure in the court of Amber.

The first work of Vishwanath Ranade at Amber Fort was in the late 1680s and was not as serious as the commission to witness and record the Vajpey Yajna. At the time of his first commission, it was the Maharaja Ram Singh I, who was on the throne.

Viswanath Ranade’s first commission was for the entertainment of the Maharaja’s grandson and heir, Vishnu Singh. It called for creation of a play in 4 acts on the theme of love. Evidently this was successful as it established the credentials of Viswanath Ranade at the Amber court and in the eyes of the royalty.

Therefore, when the serious matter of who shall witness and record the performance of the ritual of Vajpey Yajna arose, the new generation of the royalty rooted for Viswanath Ranade. At this point in time, Ratnakar had become the Raj guru. Raj guru is a position of esteem and tradition has been that Maharajahs implicitly trust them. Rajgurus are the personal ritual advisors to whom they are beheld.

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