It is no secret that Rajasthan, particularly Jaipur, is the best place to witness India’s regal side. But then again, no trip to India can be complete without visiting its capital city, Delhi, and of course Agra for the famed Taj Mahal. This is why these three cities form the Golden Triangle. Brimming with heritage sites, age-old culture and iconic landmarks, a Golden Triangle tour is the best way to experience all things uniquely Indian.
The Golden Triangle isn’t solely about the sites and attractions included in a basic tour itinerary. These cities offer a plethora of experiences that you may not get anywhere else in the country. Make your trip to the Golden Triangle unforgettable by engaging in some of these offbeat experiences. Here are seven unique things that you can do on your Golden Triangle tour.
1. Listen To A Qawwali In Delhi
Instead of exploring the pubs or cafés for live music in Delhi, head to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah to enjoy Sufi music up close. At this Dargah, you can spend an entire evening listening to Qawwali, a form of Sufi music. Every Thursday evening, huge crowds come in to be swept off their feet by the soul-stirring music. After an evening of musical bliss, don’t forget to enjoy the mouth-watering kebabs that Nizamuddin Basti is renowned for.
2. Go On A Spine-Chilling Tour Of Delhi
Do you believe in the supernatural? Are you an adventurous soul? Even if you aren’t, take some time off from your busy Golden Triangle tour and go on a supernatural tour of Delhi. This city is home to numerous places that are supposedly haunted. Lothian cemetery, Bhuli Bhatiyari Mahal, Firoz Shah Kotla fort, and Jamali Kamali tomb are some of the places that have scary stories associated with them. Do hire a guide to explore them, and if you’re someone who’s easily spooked, avoid visiting them after sundown.
3. Tempt Your Palate With Food Tours In Agra
If you are a foodie or simply want to explore the cuisine of Agra, join one of the food tours here. These tours will take you to different eateries that have been serving finger-licking good food for decades. You will be bombarded with tempting aromas and tastes at joints like the Deviram Sweets (known for its kachoris and samosas) and Rambabu Paratha Bhandar (famous for its stuffed chapattis and parathas). Chaat lovers can satiate their tastebuds with dishes like aloo tikki, pani puri, and dahi papdi.
4. Discover India In 6D At Agra
Go on a journey to explore India’s rich history and culture at the 6D theatre in Agra. The 30-minute short movie will take you through the glorious history of this nation while taking you through amazing places and attractions. With special effects that include moving seats and effects that arouse your sense of touch and smell, this truly is a 6D experience. Located near the Taj Mahal, the cost of a ticket is only Rs. 150/- (for Hindi shows) and Rs. 450/- (for other languages like French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German.
5. Interact With The Royal Animals Of Rajasthan
Enjoy close encounters with elephants in Jaipur as you feed and bathe them, and even try communicating with them at a farm. For those interested, you can also learn elephant painting here. If all of this doesn’t entice you, indulge in an elephant ride (with or without a saddle, depending on your preference). You may have experienced an elephant ride before, but an elephant farm in Jaipur actually gives you a unique opportunity of interacting with these animals one-on-one.
6. Soar Through The Skies In Jaipur
Ever wanted to see the world on a magic carpet? Although it is not a carpet, a hot air balloon ride in Jaipur does give you the opportunity to view this city from the top. Gliding over historical attractions as well as the gorgeous landscape of this city is a memorable experience. Don’t forget to carry your camera to freeze these moments forever.
7. Go Wildlife Spotting In Jaipur
Choose to go on an open jeep safari in Jaipur, an adrenaline-fuelled ride that will give you an opportunity to spot the wildlife of this region. While you drive past the countryside and villages of Jaipur, spot a variety of fauna like deer, migratory birds, peacocks, snakes, and even panthers.
Tread the path less explored on your Golden Triangle tour. To explore India differently, include these unique experiences on your itinerary.
Delhi and Agra Fact File
Location: Delhi is the capital city of India and is bordered by Haryana on three sides. Agra is situated in Uttar Pradesh on the banks of the Yamuna River.
How to Reach: Delhi is served by the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Agra is well connected to Delhi by railways and roadways. There is also a semi-high speed train that runs between Delhi and Agra.
Official Language: Hindi
Currency: Indian Rupees (INR)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Humid Sub-tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Chaats are very popular in Delhi and Agra alike, be it golgappas, samosas, or kachoris. While Agra is mainly known for its Mughlai food, Delhi is renowned for its Nihari dish and kebabs.
Jaipur Fact File
Location: Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and is located along the eastern border of Thar Desert.
How to Reach: Jaipur International Airport is located 10km away from the city centre. The other Indian cities are connected to Jaipur via national highways and railways.
Official Language: Hindi, Rajasthani
Currency: Indian Rupees (INR)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Hot semi-arid climate
Food & Drink: Taste the regal cuisine of Rajasthan. Onion kachoris, dal baati churma, ghevar, and gatte ki sabzi are some of the popular dishes of Jaipur.
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