We are a happily married couple and we celebrate our anniversary every year at different destination. Last year we choose India as it was on our list since long time. It is an exotic & colorful destination.
My wife was the in charge of this tour and she generally makes terrible decisions (wink). She had rigorous discussions on travel forums and got many quotations from both local & India based travel agents. One of our Indian friends in Texas recommended an Indian travel agency which is operated by his friend. The conversation was satisfying and in our limited time, they suggested Golden Triangle Tour India with Udaipur. The tour was of 10 days & we asked them to put some special activities (they generally ask you for special interest activities). We chose Village Tour around Delhi, Cooking Class in Udaipur & Elephant Farm visit in Jaipur.
Though many of you might be familiar with the term Golden Triangle Tour but I will brief it little for those who don’t know. Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit in Northern India. It comprises tour of three major places i.e. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These three cities are equally apart to each other & thus form a triangular shape on map. That is why it is called the Golden Triangle. Delhi is the capital city, Agra is famous for one of the seven wonders of the world – ‘The Taj Mahal’ and Jaipur is famous for royal forts & palaces of Rajput emperors.
We landed in Delhi on a foggy winter night but the warm welcome by company representative, made us feel good. They took us to the hotel & briefed us the whole program. Delhi is a big & split into two parts – Old Delhi & New Delhi. Old Delhi, as the name suggests, is the old city and has many historical monuments & markets to visit. The famous places are Jama Mosque, Red Fort, Humanyun’s Tomb, Rajghat & Chandni Chowk. New Delhi is the new establishment and sights to visit there are Qutub Minar, India Gate, Cannaught Place & Secretariat buildings. We liked the Old Delhi more as it gives better exposure to Indian culture & history.
Agra was the next on the list. We started early that day & reached Agra by 1000 Hrs. Our guide was already there waiting for us & we visited Agra fort, Imtadullah Tomb, Marble Market followed by sunset visit to marvelous Taj Mahal. The beauty of this monument is spell bound & can’t be expressed in words. We had a special couple shoot there and believe it is one of the best.
Next day we proceeded for Jaipur via Abhaneri. There is a very huge step well & it is worth your time. The route was filled with hundreds of unseen country side scenes. The hotel in Jaipur was a Heritage property & the traditional welcome was something which we never had in our lives. Each shop, building or hotel in this city tells you that you are in Royal Rajasthan. We visited Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Wind Palace, Nahargarh Haveli and Birla Temple during aarti. There is a ethnic restaurant in the outskirts of Jaipur. This was recommended by our agent and it was awesome. They charge a fix amount (paid by agent) and serve you with the Rajasthani delicacies. The cultural shows are presented by local artists in between.
The next and the last stop was Udaipur. It is again a very nice place in India. The city is famous for lakes & palaces. We visited City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake & Lake Pichola. Evening boat ride was a good choice. One can also have day visit to Ranakpur – ‘Jain Temples made of marble’ and Kumbalgarh – ‘a huge historic fort’. We departed Udaipur & reached Delhi for our international flight back home.
In nutshell, it was one of the best tours we have ever taken. If you are short of time, Golden Triangle will summarize you all about India.
P.S. This time my wife made a good decision.