Golden Triangle India – the best of North India

India, as a whole, has a rich history that goes back hundreds and thousands of years back. However, the one that is worth mentioning and visiting would be Golden Triangle of India. It is a combination of three destinations namely Delhi, Agra and Jaipur which form a triangle on the Indian map. Tourists from all across the world come to visit these places which form the very essence of India’s rich culture and history.

The history of Delhi is as old as Mahabharata when Pandavas lived here and called it Indraprastha. This city has been ruled by Mughals, Khiljis and Tughlaks and has witnessed lots of bloodshed and political turmoil over the centuries. There are worth-watching places and monuments like Qutub Minar, Akshardham Temple, India Gate, Red Fort and Jama Masjid, to name a few. Each one of these places has its unique importance which will help you understand the history of Delhi embedded in them.

Qutab Minar tower was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in memory of the victory over Delhi’s last Hindu Kingdom. There is a mosque at the foot of this minar which is said to be the first mosque in India. India gate is one of the most popular places in Delhi, where people flock and click pictures as a souvenir that they ever visited Delhi. At night, this imposing structure looks bathed in light when floodlights fall on it.

The next destination, around 200 kilometres towards the south, is Agra, the land of Taj Mahal. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is situated on the banks of Yamuna River and still stands tall even after hundreds of years after it was built. Much has been said about its exquisite beauty which never loses the charm and mesmerizes anyone that sees it. The moonlight amplifies its beauty that is rare and unmatched. Other monuments like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra fort, Tomb of Akbar, Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah will invariably compel you to flip your guidebook for history attached to them. Monuments, mausoleum, forts; Agra is replete with Mughal architecture that is both captivating and breathtaking.

The last destination is no less than the other two. Jaipur, the pink city, is known for grandiose palaces and splendid forts. Jaipur has been a witness to many battles that have been fought between the Hindu Kings and Mughals for power. Nevertheless, it has not lost its cultural and architectural value that one sees at every palace or fort. The men and women here can be seen wearing colorful ethnic wear which is very typical of a Rajasthani culture. There is a very good balance between the old and the new as you can see many hotels, resorts that cater to national and international tourists. Many palaces have been transformed into hotels to give visitors the feel of old times of Rajas and Ranis that once walked on the land of Jaipur.    

There is so much to see, feel and experience that will make you feel as if you are transported to a whole new world. So what are you waiting for?? Let us know if you also wish to be a part of this exciting journey called Golden Triangle Tours in which in you will cover Taj Mahal Tour package India. Always book your Tour with a reliable tour company who take extra care of each and everything during your tour to make your India tour memorable.

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Delhi Agra Jaipur, the full of history

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Wherever we are, we always wanted to see the Seven Wonders of the World once in our life including the Taj Mahal which is situated in Agra approximately 210 kms from Delhi. When we travel we always interested to visit the other surrounding things along with the Major Monument which is our dream destination. Same like Taj Mahal, the travellers always come to North India to visit Taj Mahal and extend their trip including the surrounding cities such as Delhi the capital city of the Country, Jaipur the capital city of colorful Rajasthan. A combination of these historical cities makes a beautiful package, full of history, monuments, royalty, culture, tradition, temples, markets and much more.

Make a Golden Triangle India which visiting your dream destination “Taj Mahal” to make your India holiday a memorable, the trip starts from the capital city Delhi where you will love to see the many historical monuments such as Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, the biggest Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple etc. Temples such as Akshardham Temple, Birla Mandir, Lotus Temple, Bangla Sahib Shikh Temple and much more including the local markets and big shopping malls for shopping.

The second city of your tour will be Agra where you will visit your dream come true “Taj Mahal” built by the Mughal Emperor Shah-Jahan in the memory of his most loving Mumtaj Mahal (favorite wife among his 3 wife’s), you can spent time within the Taj Mahal as much as you want your guide will be happy to show you this beautiful monument from many angles. Apart from Taj Mahal there are many historical monuments which you can visit on your trip such as the historical Agra fort built in Red Sandstone and marble by Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great and other Emperors including Shah-Jehan who built Taj Mahal.

The Third city of your tour is Jaipur which is widely known as Pink City because of pink colored walls which can be experienced while driving, Jaipur is known for its architecture which can be seen in every monument of Jaipur either you visit Amber fort – the Indo-islamic architecture or you visit the other monuments of the city such as the historical Jantar Manter (The observatory), the Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) build by Maharaja of Jaipur for the Royal Ladies and the most visiting City Palace which is still the residence of existing royal family of Jaipur.

If you don’t have much time, then you may choose to arrive Delhi early in the morning and make your Agra Jaipur Tours India without staying in Delhi. Delhi Agra Jaipur Tours India is one of the most demanding tour of North India, Delhi Agra Jaipur, are equally situated in a triangle shape and widely known as Golden Triangle India a combination of Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour is full of things to see. Just try once and feel yourself.

History of Taj Mahal

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Shah Jahan, the great Mogul Emperor in central India commissioned in 1632 to built a mausoleum in the memory of his beloved wife, Arjumarid Bano Begum or popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to her fourteenth child. In order to fulfil the last wish of his wife “to build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before,” the emperor Shah Jahan who erected several magnificent structures during his reign ordered the construction of a fairy tale like marvel that canvassed the southern bank of Yamuna River connecting to his royal palace at Agra.

The construction of this world famous mausoleum called Taj Mahal began in A.D. 1632 and continued for nearly two decades. The labour force of twenty thousand workers was employed coming from India, Europe, Persia and the Ottoman Empire, in addition to some 1,000 elephants that were brought in to erect this monument. Though the history is shrouded with obscurity and there is no certain evidence as to who designed the Taj Mahal, however, it is believed that Ustad Ahmad Lahouri was perhaps its chief architect. Ustad Ahmad Lahouri was an Indian of Persian descent, who was later accredited with the designing of the famous citadel called Red Fort.

The Emperor Shah Jahan employed skilled craftsmen to build an architectural marvel that bespeaks the illustrious testimony of infinite love etched out against the test of time. So there were sculptors from Bukhara, inlayers from southern India, calligraphers from Persia and Syria, a specialist for creating turrets, including those who designed only marble flowers. In fact, Shah Jahan himself personally supervised the construction of Taj Mahal. Muhammad Hanif was hired as the supervisor of masons and Mukkarimat Khan of Shiraz with Mir Abdul Karim looked after finance and daily production.

Therefore, it goes without saying that this phenomenal white beauty stands as one of the outstanding paradigm of Mughal architecture that adroitly combined Indian, Islamic and Persian influences. The monument is an epitome of love and immaculate beauty, which is inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as crystal, jade, turquoise, amethyst, laps lazuli and others to create intricate pattern work using a technique called pietra dura. Its central dome was built 240 feet high circumscribed by four tall towers and smaller domes erected at the corners. The mausoleum houses a false tomb or cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal, but that which contained her remains – the actual sarcophagus is buried deep inside, at garden level.  The rest of the mausoleum comprises a central gateway of red sandstone as well as a red sandstone mosque, a square garden divided by large pools of water and a building known as jawab or ‘’mirror’’.

 Shah Jahan also intended to build another great mausoleum at the bank of the Yamuna River so that his remains could be buried there, but his plan was thwarted when Aurangzeb, his third son took over the reign and put him under house arrest. He eventually died in 1666 and was cremated next to Mumtaz Mahal.

After Shah Jahan’s demise, the Taj Mahal suffered great neglect and became unkempt, but in the 19th century, the then India’s British Viceroy – Lord Curzon undertook a major restoration of the monument to conserve the artistic and cultural legacy of India. Visit one of the seven wonders of the world Taj Mahal at least once to get enthralled by such powerful emotions of love and sacrifice that this scintillating monument evokes.

TAJ MAHAL TOUR INDIA

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Traveling to India and not visiting Taj Mahal that doesn’t make sense as Taj Mahal is the crown of India and world famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by one of the great Mughal Emperor Shah-Jahan in memory of his favourite and loving wife Arjumant Banu Begum (Mumtaj Mahal), who died in 1631 and requested the great Mughal Emperor not to marry again and show his endless love to the world by building a beautiful monument of love such as the whole world had never seen before.

Shah-Jahan promised here wife that he build a beautiful building in memory of her and will never marry again to prove his love and started to build a beautiful monument which is now available among us in the form of Taj Mahal which took approximately 22 years to build with the help of more than 22,000 labourers and approximately 1,000 elephants. The beautiful building was entirely built with white marble, which was brought to Agra from different –different parts of India and the special marble was brought from Makrana and central Asia. Apart from Marvel; and the red sandstone was brought to this place from Fatehpur Sikri which is not too far from Agra.

Mughal Emperor was not happy with the Marvel building only, then Ustad Ahmad Lahauri advised Mughal Emperor to decorate this beautiful building with the precious and semi-precious stones and at his supervision several rare precious and semi-precious stones were brought to this place from different – different parts of India and other countries for inlay work to make the building more beautiful and unique….

Turquoise from Tibet

Jasper from Punjab

Jade and Crystal from China

Chamelean from Arabia

Diamonds from Panna

Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire from Sri Lanka

The calligrapher of the beautiful Taj Mahal was Amanat Khan Shirazi, his name is still written in one of the gates of Taj Mahal in Urdu Language. Turkey’s Ismail Khan Afridi was the dome maker while Ghiyasuddin designed the verses on the tombstone.

Finally a beautiful mausoleum was completed in 1653 after spending a huge amount that time approximately 32 million rupees.

After death of Shah Jahan, his remains were also preserved within the Taj Mahal. Since then the Taj Mahal is the mausoleum or tomb of both Mumtaj Mahal and Shah Jehan. The history of this beautiful Taj Mahal is the symbol love, due to which many regard it as the monument of endless love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaj Mahal.

Taj Mahal Tour might be your dream to visit, you can also include the other historical cities such as ancient Delhi and the Pink city Jaipur. All the three historical cities are situated on a triangle shape from each other that is why this tour is widely famous as Golden Triangle Tour India.

You may also select other historical cities with your Taj Mahal Tour to make your holiday a memorable one such as ….

Golden Triangle Tour with Kerala – enjoy staying in a floating houseboat in the famous backwaters of Kerala

Golden Triangle Tour with Ranthambore – See the king of wildlife Tiger in their natural habitat in Ranthambore National Park while enjoy your Jungle Jeep Safari.

Golden Triangle with Khajuraho Varanasi – a journey through the cultural cities of India including ancient Varanasi with a holy dip on the Ganges.

Golden Triangle with Haridwar Rishikesh – A Trip Sacred Haridwar and Rishikesh along with Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour

Golden Triangle with Kashmir – A Journey through the beautiful  Kashmir Valley with a Gondola Joy ride upto 15000 above from the sea level.

Golden Triangle with Rajasthan – A Journey through the Royal Rajasthan with your Taj Mahal Tour

And much more to see and require a visit every year to go through golden history of India.