GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Delhi -> Jaipur -> Agra

The Red Fort present in Delhi is one of the most famous buildings both politically and historically within the nation. Widely known for the outer walls which stretch to a distance of almost 2 kilometers, the fort is named as such as it was built from red sandstone which gives the building a red tint. Constructed way back in the 17 centuries by the emperor Shah Jahan, this structure was the center of his Mughal administration as he moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. With an architectural style which is a combination of Mughal and Persian, the structure has got a number of museums, the majestic palace and a beautiful garden in addition to many other amenities. It has got quite a lot of gates with the Lahore gate being the most prominent one as it is the place ahead of which the national flag is raised during each Independence Day celebrations by the Prime Minister before his speech.

Entry Fee: 35 per person for Indians and Rs.500 per person for foreigners
Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Built: 12 May 1639 – 6 April 1648
Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahouri

Akshardham means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at New Delhi is a Mandir – an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture.The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830), the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism. The traditionally-styled complex was inaugurated on 6 November 2005 with the blessings of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj and through the devoted efforts of skilled artisans and volunteers.

Entry Fee: (Adults 170, Senior Citizen 125, Child (4-11 yrs) 100, Child (Below 4 yrs) Free)
Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Monday Closed)
Address: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092

Other Attractions of Delhi
Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Humayun's Tomb, Lodhi Gardens, Qutab Minar, Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat, India Gate, Bahai (Lotus) Temple
Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace Of The Winds' located in the heart of the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the most famous tourist attractions and a prominent landmark of the city that is renowned for its rich cultural and architectural history. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty, this beautiful structure is predominantly a high screen wall made of pink and red sandstone that facilitated royal women to get an eyeful of the street festivals and busy city life while remaining out of the view of public. This five-storey building in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna with 953 jharokhas or windows and a beautifully decorated façade resembling a honeycomb of a beehive that gives one a feel of the rich heritage of the Rajputs.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Built by: Pratap Singh of Jaipur
Architects: Pratap Singh of Jaipur, Lal Chand Ustad

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a fascinating astronomical observatory, located at the heart of the city. This is one of the largest observatories in the World, comprising of interesting stone structures that help to interpret the position of celestial bodies and calculate local time. Enumerated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur attracts architects, mathematicians, geographers and historians.

Entry Fee: INR 200 for Foreign Tourists and INR 50 for Indians
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Address: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Built by: Jai Singh II

Other Attractions of Jaipur
City Palace, Pink City, Nahargarh Fort, Chokhi Dhani, Birla Temple, Jal Mahal, Chand Baori, Ram Nivas Garden, World Trade Park, Anokhi Museum, Akshardham Temple, Johari Bazaar, Digamber Jain Mandir, Samode Palace, Rajmahal Palace
Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. The name "Taj Mahal" was derived from the name of Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and means "Crown Palace". The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make a visit to the Taj Mahal gain a place amongst the most sought-after tours in the world. However, until you know the love story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal, the beauty of the same would not enliven in your heart and mind and instead would come up as just another beautiful building/monument. It is the love behind this outstanding monument that has given a life to this monument. Come and explore the visceral charisma that it emanates.

Entry Fee:

Domestic/Indian Foreign tourist SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitors
INR 50 INR 1100 INR 540
Note: INR 200 Additional charge for visiting main mausoleum.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Architects: Ustad Ahmad Lahouri, Ustad Isa

This magnificent fortified ancient city, 40km west of Agra, was the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire between 1572 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Earlier, Akbar had visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque, still in use today, and three palaces, one for each of his favourite wives – one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian (though Hindu villagers in Sikri dispute these claims).

The buildings within Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of different architectural traditions. Though the general layout and concept of the buildings conform to the Islamic style of architecture, the actual buildings (mainly palaces), their ornate columns, arches, carving style, etc., show a strong Hindu style in general and that of Gujarat and Rajasthan in particular.

Entry Fee: INR 35 for Foreign Tourists and INR 550 for Indians
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Other Attractions of Agra
Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Kinari Bazar, Korai Village, Taj Nature Walk, Wildlife SOS, Mehtab Bagh, Dolphin World Water Park, Ram Barat