Golden Triangle Tour with Pushkar
Travel bug seems to be quite rampant these days. Travelling not only widens our horizons it offers us an enriching experience and memories to cherish. Visiting India’s Golden Triangle along with Pushkar is a dream come true for lot of people. The rich cultural heritage as well as resplendent past of India can be seen in full form as you visit these destinations.
The Golden Triangle with Pushkar tour covers four hugely popular tourist hotspots of our country- Delhi which is our capital, Agra- The city of Taj Mahal, Pushkar- Famous for its Pushkar Fair and Jaipur popularly referred to as The Pink city.
The Pushkar fair ropes together tourists, devotees, and camel traders to join in one of the most colorful fairs of the country. So, basically Golden Triangle Tour with Pushkar offers the tourists get a slice of wide range of things- contemporary India, Rajputana heritage and hospitality and Mughal architecture all at one go.
Golden Triangle basically includes travel to three main cities of the country namely, New Delhi Jaipur and Agra. But when you opt for Golden Triangle trip with Pushkar t also becomes part of the list. This trip is actually referred to as Golden Triangle as a triangular shape gets formed if you see locations of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi on the map.
You need at least 7- 8 days in all to cover all four cities. In case you have lesser days with you won’t be able to see all tourist attractions.
All the cities which are included in Golden Triangle with Pushkar are linked with one another via rail, road and air routes. You can hire a private taxi which will take you to all cities sans any problem or nuisance. Some people travel by train or bus. The booking should be done in advance. Air travel minimizes travel time and ensures faster connectivity. You can book a direct flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi to Jaipur International Airport. It just takes around 45 mins. It is vital to plan your trip as per your budget and ease. If at all you want a budgeted holiday, you should opt for a bus service. Indian bus service is very well-organized and well connected. They provide you a special viewpoint to view life in India. Bus travel presents a closer peep of rural Indian lifestyle. Just get your booking done in prior to avoid any cancellations later on. Price hike usually happens close to holidays and festival season. So, plan your trip accordingly. All these cities create a triangle; so basically you have to travel roughly 200 to 250 km each side if you wish to visit them. It is owing to this triangular shape that this tour is popularly known to as “golden triangle”. And if you include Pushkar in this tour, it further enhances the experience. Pushkar is an ancient city and has lot of religious significance due to presence of Temple of Lord Brahma here.
Let us start by giving you a brief sneak peak as regards Delhi and what all you can do here.
Delhi is the first destination of the Golden Triangle trip. In Delhi you will check- into a hotel as per your budget and need. In Delhi you will see various places of tourist interest. From shopping to parties to eating out, there is no dearth of things which you could do in Delhi.
Delhi is in fact is one of the liveliest cities in the whole world. There is no dull moment here. People come to stay in Delhi for 3-4 days without any problem but in your Golden Triangle trip you get to spend only 2-3 days here.
There is a lot to see in Delhi. A history buff can begin the tour with visit to places such as Red Fort, Lodhi Garden, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s tomb etc. These places show Mughal architecture and grandeur. Another main tourist attraction in Delhi is Jama Masjid. It is the biggest mosques of our country made of white marble as well as red sand stone.
The evening hours can be spent at Raj Ghat, Vijay Ghat and India Gate. India Gate is wonderfully lit at night. Just at the outskirts of Delhi, you can visit Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. It is a huge Hindu temple depicting superb architecture.
The grandness as well as intricate designs which you see here are just superb. Temple complex is quite huge so you require lot of time to appreciate the beauty of this place. Photography is banned here.
Delhi is a pardise for shopping lovers. You can go visit various malls in the city such as Vasant Kunj Mall, DLF Promenade, DLF Emporio Mall etc. These malls offer an opportunity to shop for your favourite brands under one roof. If you are fond of street shopping then there are places like Chandni Chowk, Janpath Market, Shahpur Jat, Sarojini Nagar Market, Palika Bazaar, Gaffar Market etc. where you get just about everything you want.
You easily get multiple eating joints in Delhi. The areas such as Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Vasant Kunj, Hauz Khas village, Khan Market etc. are full of high-end eating joints. From street food to Thai, Continental, Chinese, Japanese, Indian wide variety of cuisines are available in Delhi. For trying out street food visit places like Paranthe Wali Gali, Khari Baoli, Chandi Chowk and Chawari Bazaar
The best time to visit the capital is from February to April and then from October to December. The weather is pleasant during these months and you can go around wherever you want with complete ease. Anyone who visits Delhi in these months enjoys the most.
Popularly referred to as the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur is known to offer a superb combination of old Rajasthani charm and modern lifestyle. Jaipur is beautiful city with numerous palaces turned hotels. These exquisite venues offer you true sense of Rajasthani hospitality. Jaipur is quite laid back so you will have relaxing time here.
There are many places in Jaipur which should be included in your must see list. Some of the well known tourist hot attractions of Jaipur are Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Jair garh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Rambagh Palace etc.
The light and sound show at the Amber Palace is just outstanding. If you want to see the entire city from a high point, visit Nahargarh Fort. You must also go to Galtaji temple complex and bask in a religious experience. Tourists also make visit Chokki Dhani. Here you see glimpses of rural Rajasthani lifestyle.
Things to eat
Try authentic Rajasthani cuisine which includes delicacies such as Daal Baati, Churma. Also eat Bajre ki roti with some Lahsun ki chutney. There are many eating joints in Jaipur which you can visit with your friends and family. Different street food joints in Jaipur are Rawat Misthan Bhandar, Pandit Pav Bhaji, Visalia Nagar and Pav Bhaji at Jwahar Circle.
The desert land of Jaipur is super hot during summer months. This makes it hard for tourists to visit From May to September. Basically, the best time to visit Jaipur is from October to February when it is not very hot.
Pushkar is an important Indian town known for its ancient glory, rich history and magnificent culture. It is one of the oldest cities in the country, situated in Ajmer. The city has huge religious significance as one of the very rare temples of Lord Brahma is located here. Another reason why the town of Pushkar is very popular among tourists because of the Pushkar fair which happens here every year usually in middle of November.
The fair is full of activities and enthusiasm. Pushkar is home to Pushkar Lake which is a holy lake for Hindus from all over. In accordance to Hindu scriptures Pushkar Lake is called Tirtha Raj. This lake has 52 ghats which are very sacred for bathing.
Places to see
One of the most important places to see in Pushkar is the Pushkar Camel Fair. Livestock, famers, villagers, traders and tourists come to Pushkar especially for this. Cutural performances, animal trading, hot air ballooning and horse and camel races are all part of this fair. For a spiritual experience visit the Brahma Temple in Pushkar and the Ghats. Try amazing Rajasthani delicacies in Pushkar. You get lovely street food here.
Sarafa Bazar is a popular place to shop in Pushkar. The embroidered Rajasthani clothes, handicrafts and wall hangings which you get here are outstanding. Another place to shop in Pushkar is Bada Bazar.
Best time to visit Pushkar
The months of October and November are the best time to visit Pushkar. During this time the very famous Pushkar Camel Fair happens. The weather is pleasant so the tourists can have a good time.
Next on the list is the city of Taj, Agra. Due to Taj Mahal which is a symbol of eternal love, the renown of Agra is spread worldwide. This lovely monument in marble was built by Mughal emperor ShahJahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Besides, Taj Mahal which is regarded to be one of the seven wonders in the world, there are few other places to see in Agra such as Agra Fort, Jama Masjid etc. You can even take a day trip to Fatehpur Sikri from here.
It is at a distance of 40 kms from Agar. This city is built completely of red sandstone. The architecture brilliance of various monuments located here such as Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Diwan-I-Am, Diwani-i-Khas and Tomb of Salim Chisti is simply praiseworthy.
There are so many places to see in Agra. Taj Mahal is the main reason why tourists visit Agra. Some of the other well known tourist spots of Agra are Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Tomb of Itimad-ud Daulah, Taj Nature Walk etc. Several architectural wonders of the Mughal period are present in Agra. Each of these sites has a story of its own.
The local guides will tell you wonderful tales of history behind these places. Taj Mahal can be seen only five nights in a month so it is advisable that you plan your trip accordingly. You must stop at Korai Village on Agra- Fatehpur Sikri highway. It is here where you can see Kalandhar tribe leading the ideal rural life.
Things to eat in Agra
Agra has so many places to eat. You get so many cuisines in Agra. A special item known as “Petha” is one of the delicacies which is available in Agra. In case you are fond of Paranthas you must check out Ram Babu Paratha Bhandar. Mughlai cuisine which is available in Agra is extremely tasty. You must try Pinch of Spice and Mama Chicken Mama Franky for the mouth-watering non-vegetarian fare.
Things to shop
Agra presents some very nice traditional shopping opportunities. Shop at the ancient Kinari Bazar which is in narrow lanes right behind Jama Masjid. You can shop for textile items, jewelry, shoes, marble inlay work souvenirs, beautiful garlands, groom turbans etc in Agra. Some other popular shopping areas of Agra are Subhash Bazar, Sadar Bazar, TDI Mall, Shah Market etc.
Best time to visit
Agra is very hot in the summer months so the ideal time to visit this beautiful city is winters i.e. from October to February.
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi- Checking out places of tourist interest in Delhi -
Reach Delhi Airport where you will meet the hotel representative who will transfer you to the chosen hotel. Overnight stay is at hotel.
After breakfast go for full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes and old buildings. New Delhi has beautiful high rise buildings and tourist attractions like Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum. Start your morning with visit to Raj Ghat which is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Then you visit Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. It is a busy street market in Old Delhi. After this you can visit Jama Masjid which is one of largest mosques in India. Chandni Chowk can just be visited on a rickshaw or on foot. It is a heaven for street shopper and food lover.
Afternoon, you must visit Qutub Minar. This UNESCO world heritage site is the largest minaret in the country. After that you can go see Humayun's tomb. The evening should be at India Gate. Drive past Parliament House, Presidents House and other Government Secretarial Buildings. The last tourist attraction which you must visit is Lakshminarayan Aksharsham Temple. You can go for eating at your favorite food joints at night. Overnight stay is in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi to Mandawa
Leave for Mandawa by road. Shekhawati was built by the Shekhawat Rajputs. These kings made more than 50 forts and palaces and majority of them are heritage hotels now. The villages of Shekhawati are known for painted houses.
The Marwaris were very influential community in this area and in 19th century, they left built huge houses in villages. Artisans were hired to paint these havelis. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is in Mandawa.
Day 3: Visit places of tourist interest in Mandawa
In morning, visit different Shekhawati villages such as Mandawa, Dundlod, Nawalgarh, etc. Mandawa was founded in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh. It contains collection of armories,old coins, costumes, and canons from 1820. There is an area here which is called "The Open Art Gallery".
The artists paint frescos demonstrating mythological images of gods, goddesses and animals. These havelis have been converted into comfortable hotels. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the villages of Shekhawati
Day 4: Drive from Mandawa to Pushkar
In the early morning, leave for Pushkar. In the afternoon, you can visit different tourist attraction in Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the holiest pilgrimages for Hindus. It is an ancient Hindu city believed to be created by Lord Brahma. A temple dedicated to Brahma which is the only one of its kind in the world is located in Pushkar. Hindus feel that bathing in Pushkar Lake leads to salvation. Pushkar is also known for Camel fair. Overnight stay is in Pushkar.
Day 5: Drive from Pushkar to Jaipur, Spend the day in Jaipur
Early in the morning, drive from Pushkar to Jaipur which is known as the pink city. Many captivating places of tourist interest such as Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal etc are located here. Check all of these to get the real feel of the city. In the evening you can shop at the colorful bazaars of Jaipur. Overnight stay is in Jaipur
Day 6: Drive from Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra
After breakfast you can leave for Agra, en route stop at Fatehpur Sikri. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was constructed by Mughal king Akbar, between 1571 and 1585. It demonstrates exemplary Mughal architectural and splendor. It was built as tribute to great Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti.
Though this city is now in ruins, anyone who visits Agra must stop by Fatehpur Sikri. On reaching Jaipur, hotel representative will help you with the check in process. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 7 Check places of tourist interest in Agra
Agra is located on banks of river Yamuna. It is a prime tourist destination of India. People come here especially to see Taj Mahal. The beauty of Taj both in the morning and at night is breathtaking.
Another well-known tourist place in Agra is Agra Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its architectural structure. It encloses several places such as Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Diwan-e-Aam(private audience hall) and Diwan-e-Khas(public audience hall).
In the evening you can shop around. Agra is known for beautiful marble work and handicrafts made of wood and metal. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Public viewing of Taj is not available on Friday. Overnight stay is in Agra.
Day 8- Agra to Delhi
Leave Agra for Delhi by road. The journey roughly takes 4 hrs. Reach the airport on time so that your flight does not get missed.
This marks the end of your Golden Traingle tour with Pushkar.
|Validity / Accommodation Type||Price Per Person in USD|
|Jan’2019 – Dec’2020||1 Adults||2 Adults||3 Adults||4 Adults|
|3 Star Hotel||USD 850||USD 480||USD 370||USD 320|
|4 Star Hotel||USD 950||USD 500||USD 390||USD 350|
|Without Accommodation||USD 470||USD 290||USD 200||USD 190|