The Golden Triangle is the iconic tourist route in India, Packed with full of heritage monuments and sites. These heritage sites and monuments take you into the fascinating world of Maharajas and Mughals. Among such destinations, here are the UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sites to be explored while visiting the Golden Triangle:
- Red Fort, Delhi
- Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
- Qutab Complex, Delhi
- Taj Mahal, Agra
- Agra Fort, Agra
- Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
- Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
- Amber Fort, Jaipur
1. Red Fort, Delhi
This gigantic red-walled fort depicts the flourishing Mughal Reign in India. A melange of Mughal, Hindu and Afghan architecture, this octagonal designed fort boasts historical magnificence of Shahjahanabad (now Old Delhi). Various fascinating architectural structures of the fort including Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Moti Masjid, and Hayat Baksh Bagh will leave you spellbound. The fort adorned by beautiful floral works, double domes, intricate carvings, calligraphy works, and art forms signify the art and culture of the medieval Mughal period. Pay a visit to get transported to the glorious era of the Mughal Emperors.
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Suggested Tour: 2 Nights 3 Days Golden Triangle Tour
2. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, a garden tomb, is a synthesis of Mughal and Persian architecture. It was built by Hamida Banu Bagam in honor of her deceased husband. It laid the foundation of Taj Mahal. This two-story structure sits in the middle of Chahar Bagh garden, divided into four main parts by shallow water channels symbolizing Quranic description of heaven. The glorious arched alcoves, corridors and high double dome of this spectacular tomb have attracted the admiration of all visitors. Stroll around this divine tomb to find similarities between the tomb and Taj Mahal.
Suggested Tour: 3 Nights 4 Days Golden Triangle Tour
3. Qutub Complex, Delhi
Qutub-ud-din Aibak laid the foundation of Qutub Minar to celebrate the dominance of Mamluk Dynasty in Delhi. Located within the Qutub Complex, this is the great masterpieces of the Afghan architecture in India. Carvings and verses from the holy Quran beautify this timeless architectural wonder. Apart from this, the other popular tourist attractions in Qutub Minar complex are Quwwat-us-Islam mosque, Iron pillar, Iltutmish tomb, Ala’i-Darwaza, and Ala’i Minar. A Visit to Delhi is incomplete without visiting this magnificent archaeological work of art.
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Suggested Tour: 4 Nights 5 Days Golden Triangle Tour
4. Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal has become the iconic attraction of India. It is a resounding tribute by Shah Jahan for his beloved deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal and symbolizes purity, love, and pain. The sheer elegance and purity of this glorious structure have touched the heart of every tourist from all corners of the world. This sparkling white marble spectacle is influenced by the features of Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian architecture. This matchless architecture beauty lures tourists by wearing a different hue under the warm sunlight and the cool shade of moonlight. Spend a couple of hours looking the changing moods of Taj Mahal and main attraction around the main structure including Mihman Khana, Jilau Khana, and Chahar Bagh garden.
Suggested Tour: 4 Nights 5 Days Taj Mahal Tour Package
5. Agra Fort, Agra
This semi-circular red sandstone fort complex is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Located on the bank of the Yamuna River, this architectural legacy of Emperor Akbar is a blend of Indo-Islamic architecture. The fort houses a number of courtyards, including Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Am, and Moti Masjid, which exemplify the mesmerizing life of the Mughals. Visit this historical milestone and learn about the art and culture of the Mughal rule during those days.
Suggested Tour: 5 Nights 6 Days Golden Triangle Tour
6. Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Located 36 km from Agra, this was the first planned city of the Mughals. Embellish by red sandstone, ornamental arches, domes, and brackets, Fatehpur Sikri is a fusion of Indo-Muslim cultures. It contains various majestic buildings including Ibadat-Khanah, Din-i-Ilahi, Tarikh-iIlahi, Buland Darwazah, and Sheikh Salim Chishti tomb, which reflects the life and customs of the Mughal court. Visit Fatehpur Sikri and discover the story behind the battle of Khanwah fought between Mughal Emperor Babur and Rana Sanga of Mewar.
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Suggested Tour: 6 Nights 7 Days Golden Triangle Tour
7. Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Built by Sawai Jai Singh in the early 18th century, this astronomical observatory represents the medieval Indian astronomy. The masonry instruments of this observatory follow the course of heavenly bodies and predict the trajectory of the celestial bodies, planets, and stars accurately. The glorious structure of observatory has captured the attention of astronomy enthusiasts. Take a guided tour to witness the astronomy and the scientific knowledge of the 18th century India.
Suggested Tour: Jaipur Local City Tour Package By Car
8. Amber Fort, Jaipur
The fine example of Mughal-Rajputana architecture, Amber Fort is one of the stunning gemstones of the Rajputana history. Nested in the Aravalli ranges overlooking Lake Maota, it offers an insight into the life of the Kachwaha rulers. Artistic archways, mirror work, intricate carvings, symmetric paintings and cobbled pathways of the fort will leave you transfixed. The star attractions of the fort are Diwan-e-Aaram, Diwan-e-Aam, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mandir, Sila Devi temple, Zanana Dyodhi, and Bhool Bhulaiya. Take an elephant ride to have a unique royal experience.
Suggested Tour: Jaipur Day Tour Packages