If you are rendering a trip to Delhi, it is essentially required to also opt for a trip to Agra and Jaipur. These three cities Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur collectively make up the Golden Triangle in India – so-called as each city is nearly 4 hours apart and affluent in history and cultural atonement.
Even if you are unable to fit in anything else, these three cities are enough to give you a great view of the history and culture of Northern India. It’s a wonderful way of seeing a medley of landscapes and diverse cultural traditions in just a few days. Many traveling agencies offer the golden triangle India tour packages at affordable rates.
Some interesting facts about Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur
Being the political capital of India over assorted centuries, Delhi has plenty to offer. You will be defiled for choice even if you just visit the very culmination of residential history in the form of Lutyens’ Delhi and Connaught Place, India’s history of independence at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal history in the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, and Humayun’s tomb, and preceding ancestry who left behind the Qutub Minar and the Lodi and Safdarjung tombs. Delhi has more than adequate to do even if you are only doing historical sites.
The town of Agra is hospice to the beautiful Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world is the most illustrious monument in India. Taj Mahal, along with the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Itmad-ud-Daula, and the local market, expresses the ancient glory and eminence of India under the Mughal empire.
Jaipur, the pink city is famous for its blue pottery and airy palaces. This place reveals the story of the Rajput kings of Rajasthan’s desert land and offers the Hawa Mahal, the Jaipur City Palace, Jantar Mantar, the Amber Fort, and its traditional markets.
All three cities are about 250 km away from each other and offer splendid shopping and distinct food, language, and history, and this reason makes the golden triangle India tour package to be one of the most popular tour packages in India.
What to choose first in Agra or Jaipur?
As most of the visitors land in Delhi, it makes Delhi the most logical home base. If you are a person who likes to spend more time in Rajasthan, then you can choose to travel first to Agra and then to Jaipur and then branch out further. But many people do it the other way round.
Many people first choose to go to Agra for the days from Delhi, and then return for a few days and make a disparate trip to Jaipur. There is no right or wrong way of doing this, it entirely depends on how much time one has.
In a generalized way, the most popular Golden Triangle tour route acquires the plan of spending more days in Delhi, followed by heading up to Agra for one night and then traveling to Jaipur in the evening and staying there for two or three nights, then returning to Delhi.
How to plan your trip?
There are three travel options available- air, road, or rail. Out of these, most of the golden triangle India tour package agencies do not recommend flying, as it is too expensive and is less efficient than road or rail.
Traveling by train
Traveling by train is considered to be the most prominent way to get around. You can easily book tickets likely up to two months in advance with Indian Railways, or take help from any golden triangle India tour package agencies. Choose the golden triangle India tour package that recommends taking fixed cost taxis or rickshaws from the station to get around Agra or Jaipur.
All three cities Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are not just connected by Shatabdi express trains but also by many other slower trains. If you decide to initiate from Delhi, you can opt for the New Delhi Bhopal Shatabdi Express/12002 Train to Agra which leaves at 6 am. The schedules of the train are fixed so there are very fewer chances of time wastage.
Other Delhi to Agra train schedules, affability of Steven_Ber: The Taj Express (12280) departs from Nizamuddin exactly at 07:10 and its arrival time is10:05 at Agra. It is not ideal for most tourists, but a taxi/auto is expensive, it’s an effective alternative to the Shatabdi, and it has vast availability, of about 30 days ARP.
For those who are unable to get up early in the morning, they can choose the Kerala Express (12626), which departs from New Delhi at 11:30 and arrives at Agra at 14:25.
For traveling from Agra to Jaipur, you can take the Shatabdi (12036), which leaves Agra Fort at 16:20 and reaches Jaipur at 19:50 and then from Jaipur you can take the DEE (double- decker train) (12985) which departs at 6 am or the Ajmer Shatabdi (12016) Train leaving at 5:50 pm for Delhi.
Traveling by car or a taxi
A rental car or AC taxis are more expensive than trains, but they bestow you with more flexibility, as you can depart around 6.30 am and reach your destination before traffic gets worse. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about carrying and loading your luggage to any rickshaws and cabs or stop at hotels.
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For an instance, while driving to Agra you wish to take a break then you can schedule a halt at Fatehpur Sikri and save yourself from a trip back later.
If you are driving from Agra to Jaipur, the newly built dual carriageway tunnel kills the driving and reduces it to about 4.5 hours. If you wish to take a break during the trip it is worthwhile stopping at Abhaneri on the way. Between Jaipur and Delhi, the road is still full of growls due to evolving work, so it might take you more than 6 hours.
Traveling by a Bus
Many traveling agencies prefer using AC coaches than ordinary ones as they have a better reputation of being more punctual, safer, and offer numerous connections. Uttar Pradesh (Agra) as well as Rajasthan Tourism (Jaipur) state bus schedules are all available online, you can easily check them out.
Buses fares range between 100 to 500 rupees, while air-conditioned buses cost a bit more. For your information, there is a difference between a Volvo and a semi-deluxe bus. Volvo buses are luxurious buses while semi-deluxe buses are non-luxurious buses with generally foam seats with 3×2 or 2×2 seating arrangement and less leg space.
The RSRTC Volvo bus between Delhi and Jaipur departing from Bikaner House instead of ISTB costs Rs780 one way and is way more comfortable than those semi-deluxe ordinary buses. Finally, if you plan a day trip to Agra, you can try a group outing under the aegis of Delhi Tourism.
All these are do-it-yourself options but you can also opt for some good golden triangle India tour packages that are easily affordable and offer you the best services.