Discover India: The Golden Triangle
Do you wish to discover the beauty that is India? After all its not called “Incredible India” for no reason!
What is portrayed on TV and magazine are usually just the worst parts of India. And while yes, I agree itâ€™s not the most cleanest country and may not have everything the western civilisation has, it has something special about it. We should all stop and appreciate India for what it offers rather than what it doesnâ€™t. Itâ€™s a mix of the culture, the history, the friendly people, their markets, the architecture. For me, this is part of what makes India special, that and that its nothing like the west!
There are so many things and places to discover in India. No matter which part of the country you travel to, there is something breathtaking or beautiful or usually both. But one the most visited places in India is the Golden Triangle in the north of India. It covers the historical cities that are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. First and foremost, this will be a cultural trip, rich in culture, heritage and historic sights with plenty to discover.
The first destination on your journey through the Golden Triangle is Indiaâ€™s capital, New Delhi. Here youâ€™ll find many modern buildings, but even more so youâ€™ll find religious buildings and monuments and Delhi manages to present this wonderful blend of tradition and modernity. New Delhi is home to 3 World Heritage sites: Humayunâ€™s Tomb, Lotus temple and Qutub Minar.
The Lotus Tempel is very famous because of its unique architecture, which has received many awards for its flower-petal like design. Popular sights in Delhi are the Red Fort, Rajghat (which is the final resting place for Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid (Indiaâ€™s largest Mosque), President House, the Parliament, Old Fort, Birla Temple, Akshardham Temple, Chandani Chowk, National Museum, etc
The India Gate aka. All India War Memorial is a monument for remembrance of all fallen Indian soldiers from the WWI and the Afghan war. The names of all soldiers who died during these wars are inscribed on the walls. Since 1971 burning underneath the India Gate is the Amar Javan Jyoti – the flame of the immortal Warrior, which symbolizes the grave of the unknown soldiers.
On the Arch of India Gate is engraved: “to the dead of the Indian armies who fell honoured in France and Flanders Mesopotamia and Persia East Africa Gallipoli and elsewhere in the near and the far-east and in sacred memory so of those whose names are recorded and who fell in India or the north-west frontier and during the third Afgan war.”
Next on the Golden Triangle is Agra, a historical town on India, located in the State of Uttar Pradesh on the banks of the Yamuna River. Important landmarks in this city are the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itmad-UD-Daulah tomb and Mughal Garden, etc.
The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the seven wonders of the modern world and is also a world heritage site. It is a fine example of the Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum and a “sign of eternal love”, as Shah Jahan built this tomb as a loving reminder for his beautiful wife Mumtaj Mahal. An interesting fact about the 4 minarets, is that they are tilted outwards slightly. In the eventuality of an earthquake the pillars will not fall onto the main dome, but instead fall outside and away from the it.
Jaipur or “the Pink City of India” is the third city in the Golden Triangle. It is named as one of the sexiest and biggest city in India and is coincidently the capital of Rajasthan. The architectural heritage of Jaipur is the biggest attraction for visitors, because Jaipur boasts many historical palaces, castles and monuments. The palaces of Jaipur are a mix of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture, like the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Ram Niwas Garden, amber Fort, Fort Jaigarh and Nargarh.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) offers a good view of this colourful city. Basically, this Palace was originally meant for the women of the Royal House and was designed in such a way that the royal woman could observe the happenings on the streets, without being seen!
The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical science instrument made out of stone, to tell the local time and to measure the height and placement of stars and planets. The Jal Mahal (the Water Palace) is located in the heart of the Man Sagar Lake. The special thing about the Jal Mahal is that four floors are actually beneath the water surface and you can only see the top floor above the water.
The most famous architecture of Jaipur is possibly Amber Fort and there is another Fort, that is connected with Amber Fort â€“ Jaigarh Fort. Located here, is the world’s largest cannon on wheels. One of the great Jaigarh Fort attraction is the amazing view over the entire city.