What is the Golden Triangle tour in India?

India is one the best holiday destinations with a variety of experiences, cultures, geography, flora, and fauna. Golden triangle tour is a tourist circuit that connects the National capital region of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The golden triangle tour in India is one of the most visited tourist circuits by domestic as well as international tourists to experience culture and rich heritage. It’s called the golden triangle due to the shape formed by pinpointing these locations on the map of India.  The total length of this circuit is almost 700 Km and each destination can be covered after a drive of 4 to 6 hours.


lotus temple


This circuit forms the basis of a Classic northern India tour. A tourist circuit can be explained as a route having at least three tourist destinations with well-defined entry and exit points. It can either be confined to only one state or covering more than one state or union territory. There is a great need and potential to develop these tourism circuits based on a specific theme that is unique and specific to the destinations in the circuit.  Some various themes or other tourist circuits which are identified and developed by the government of India and the Ministry of Tourism are Eco-tourism, Wildlife, Buddhist, Desert, Spiritual, Ramayana, Krishna, Coastal, Northeast, Rural, Himalayan, Tribal and Heritage.


Top 3 reasons to do Golden triangle tour in India

The best way to experience the Golden triangle tour in India starts with a night or two in New Delhi followed by a night in Agra and at last 2 nights in Jaipur then coming back to Delhi. Here’s a list of top 3 reasons to do the Golden triangle tour on your visit to India.


1. Cultural Heritage and Architecture

India is home of 32 cultural UNESCO world heritage sites. The golden triangle tour is a must-visit for tourists trying to understand the history, culture and unique features of the architecture. Delhi has 3 UNESCO world heritage sites: Red fort, Humayun Tomb and Qutub  Minar. Jaipur city was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2019. Jaipur also has Jantar Mantar and Hills forts, further adding to the list of world heritage sites. Taj Mahal and Agra fort in Agra are also world heritage sites. Every site had a unique history and architecture that helped in getting world heritage site status.


taj mahal, agra


2. Cuisine

The food, culture and tradition that exist today is shaped by years of history and influenced by rulers, philosophers, and travelers. India is a foodie paradise with exotic spices, fresh flavors, taste and presentation.  The food of northern India, influenced by Persian and Mughlai styles of cooking. Delhi has places like Chandni Chowk, Paranthe Wali Gali, Majnu ka Tila to put an end to a craving for tasty food. It’s recommended to take a food walk tour in Old Delhi.


indian food


3. Shopping

The best way to explore the golden triangle is by going to various flea markets, Bazaars to get the best deals on handicrafts, food or any consumer goods. India is known for its products for a cheap price.


indian markets


Top places to visit at Delhi, Agra and Jaipur



Some must-visit places in Delhi are as follows:

  • Qutub Minar
  • Humayun Fort
  • Chandni chowk and Old Delhi tour
  • Red Fort
  • India gate
  • Connaught Place
  • Lotus Temple
  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Okhla Bird Sanctuary


india gate, delhi



Top places to visit in Agra are:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Mehtaab Bagh
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Wildlife SOS: Elephant rescue center
  • Wildlife SOS: Bear rescue center


taj mahal, agra



Must visit places in Jaipur are:

  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Amber Palace
  • Jal Mahal
  • Jaipur City Palace
  • Jaigarh fort
  • Nahargarh fort

hawa mahal, jaipur


Tiger safaris along with the Golden triangle tour

India has more than 1000 species of birds, almost 3000 tigers in the wild, and a wide variety of geographical regions. It is surely the best place to have a tiger safari tour. Golden triangle tours can also be clubbed along National parks and wildlife sanctuaries to spot some wildlife in the forest of India. The two best tiger safari tours that can be covered with golden triangle tours are Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand and Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.


ranthambore tiger safari


Corbett National Park is around 300 Km from New Delhi. It is situated on the foothills of himalayas. It can be covered after departing from New Delhi and after a three-night stay tourists can further complete their golden triangle tour. It is situated in the state of Uttarakhand which has more than 400 tigers in the wild. This National park is spread across an area of 1318.54 sq km. It’s also known to host 4 different species of deers:  Chital ( Spotted Deer), Para (hog deer), Sambar (the largest Asiatic deer) and Muntjac (barking deer)


tiger safari in india


Ranthambore National Park is situated around 400 Km from New Delhi and at a distance of almost 200 Km. This National park can be perfectly combined with the Golden triangle tour of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.  It is spread across an area of 1334 sq. Km encompasses rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges, dotted with ruins, water pools, and fruit trees. It is named after the thousand-year-old fortress Ranthambore Fort, which looms above the forest. Other than Royal Bengal tigers, small predators like Leopards, hyenas, Jackals, and Jungle Cats. Caracas and around also 300 species of birds have been recorded.


Ranthambore National Park


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