We know India does not top the lists of most travellers. Yes, that’s a little heart aching considering our love for all things Indian. So, we at HKYantoYan.com are taking this opportunity to promote The Golden Triangle Of North India.

Brimming with magic, the destinations of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur form this triangle. It is considered as one of the best ways to dive into the cultural heritage and royalty of India. Here you will be taken through timelines of the Rajputana, Mughal and British all at once. Yes, it is going to be nothing less than overwhelming!


DELHI

The capital of India, Delhi, is considered to be the city with a heart. It is also known for its various personalities. Divided into two parts famously known as Purani Dilli and Nayi Dilli, former known for its monuments, culture and gastronomical lanes. Whereas, the latter is known for its imperial buildings and avenues created at the time of British rule in India.

What are the best site-seeing spots?
India Gate – A war memorial built in honour of the Undivided Indian Army soldiers who died between 1914 – 1921 during the first World War.
Rashtrapati Bhawan– The largest and most beautiful presidential house in the world!
Red Fort – Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a palace fort in 1639 is known for its massive enclosing walls constructed of red sandstone.
Raj Ghat – A memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
Jama Masjid – The biggest mosque of India which has a unique combination of Islamic and Hindu architecture.
Qutub Minar– Now a UNESCO world heritage site that was earlier built to celebrate the Muslim dominance after Delhi’s last Hindu ruler.
Lotus Temple – One of the seven Bahá’í temples designed in the shape of a lotus and a beholder of several architectural awards.
Humayun’s Tomb– Yet another structure known for its architecture – an octagonal from outside and a square from within built in 1570.
Birla Mandir – A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu built with tons of pure white marble and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1939.

Where to eat lip-smacking street food?
Old Delhi – The place where street food paradise started from, famous for Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandaar, Chainaram, Old Famous Jalebiwala and Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala.
Lajpat Nagar – Apart from its name for garments jewellery and footwear, it also makes a place for local food specialities at the Golden Fiesta, Big Store, Jhakkas Pav Bhaji and Rama Palace Pakode Wale.
North Campus – A hub for students all around India with a budgeted pocket hence the cheap food. Known for South Indian Cafe, Bille Di Hatti, Shagun Asian Eatery and Momo’s Point.

Where to have a fine dining experience?
Connaught Place– From fancy restaurants to iconic dhabas, this place has it all. Recommended are Parikrama, Minar and Kake Da Hotel.
Hauz Khas village– A village? Not really! Also abbreviated as HKV, this place houses the classy and posh. Places to eat are Hauz Khas Social, Elma’s Bakery Bar and Kitchen and Levels HKV.
North Delhi – Bukhara at ITC Maurya, Megu at The Leela Palace and The Spice Route at The Imperial are restaurants where you are sure to get dishes prepared by the hands of celebrity chefs.


After soaking in all the history and digesting all the food Delhi has to offer, head to Agra – The city of Taj.


AGRA

When talking about Agra, one thing on everyone’s mind – the magnificent Taj Mahal. And why not! Being a house to one of the seven wonders of the world; history, architecture and romance of the Mughals is pretty much the reason why Agra is so charming.

What are the best sight-seeing spots?
Agra Fort – This is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built by the famous Mughal emperor Akbar when he made Agra his capital city.
Itmadud-daulah – Nur Jahan built this exquisite tomb, nicknamed as Baby Taj, for her father Mizra Ghiyas Beg.
Taj Mahal – This is one of the Seven Wonders of the world that was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial of his beloved wife.
Mughal Gardens – Namely Mehtab Bagh, Ram Bagh, Dayal Bagh and Aalsi Bagh are pure delights.

Where to eat lip-smacking street food?
Rambhau Parathewala – The best parathas you will find in Agra. Don’t forget to indulge in a tall glass of lassi along with it.
Agra Chat House – Situated in Sadar Bazaar, this place is famous its tasteful chat especially Bhalla.
Deviram Sweets – Here you can enjoy the staple Bedai and Jaebi breakfast.
Mama Chicken Mama Franky – Authentic street food, amazing for non-veg dishes but vegetarians are sure to have one of their best meals too.

Where to have a dining experience?
Dasaprakash – Specializes in vegetarian South Indian cuisine. Recommended are the thali and ice creams.
Pinch of Spice – Overlooking the magnificent Taj, this restaurant provides with delish North Indian food.
Jahanpanah – Just 4-5 kilometres away from Taj Mahal, this restaurant is a gem for non-vegetarian dishes.


Post Agra, the next stop will be Jaipur, the pink city and capital of Rajasthan. And on your way, take a halt at Fatehpur Sikri – the abandoned city.


FATEHPUR SIKRI

Initially, Sikri was a small village. Considering it to be an auspicious site, Mughal emperor Akbar made it his capital. Founded in 1569, and abandoned in the year of 1586 due to the lack of water supply. Today, Fatehpur Sikri consists of early Mughal structures showcasing both Hindu and Muslim architectural designs.

What are the best site-seeing spots?
Buland Darwaza – The highest gateway in the world built to celebrate the victory over Gujrat by Emperor Akbar, also known as the “Gate of Victory”.
Jama Masjid – Built with the elements of Persian and Indian design in the 17th century, Jama Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in India.
Jodha Bai Palace – Is the largest palaces in the premises with a roof of turquoise bricks that’s the only splash of colour in the city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Birbal Bhawan – Emperor Akbar enjoyed having Birbal by his side. Hence, he was the only courtier within the palace complex, close to the king’s own chambers.
Panch Mahal – Inspired by the design elements of a Buddhist Temple, the Panch Mahal is one of the most important buildings due to its asymmetrical structure.

Where To Eat?
Jodha Restaurant – The food here is pure vegetarian, and their North Indian dishes will win your heart!
Mughal Garden Resort – As the name says, here you can enjoy a great buffet lunch out in the garden. It is known for a pleasant and peaceful experience.
Joshi Restaurant – Holds high regard in the line of ‘roadside’ restaurants. It is also comparatively reasonable than the rest 😉
Sher-e-Punjab Hotel & Restaurant – The food and service here are remarkable. Be ready to have a full and heavy stomach after!


After enjoying the views of the abandoned city and fulfilling your hunger, pave your way to Jaipur.


JAIPUR

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state, famously known as the ‘Pink City’ bleeds royalty. To this city, there is an old world charm that is still alive. You can see it in the magnificent palaces, forts, temples, etc. And hear it in the tales of heroic battles.

What are the best sight-seeing spots?
City Palace – Built in the year 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this palace will give you a chance to walk back into the royal era.
Jantar Mantar – Out of the many Jantar Mantars in India, this one is Jaipur is the biggest and showcases many architectural astronomical instruments and the largest stone sundial in the world.
Hawa Mahal – A 5 storied palace, similar to a honeycomb, has 953 small windows made beautifully with the combination of red and pink sandstone.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh – At a distance of 6 kilometres away from the city is this peaceful garden and palace. Oh! It also has a spectacular view of the hills.
Jal Mahal – This palace is in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake and is partially underwater. Entrance is not permitted but, a boat ride around it is a scenic experience.
Amber Fort – Famously known as Amer Palace, this fort is situated 11 kilometres away from Jaipur in Amber, the former capital of Rajasthan. Along with its breathtaking views, you can also enjoy an elephant ride from the parking to the entrance 😀
Jaigarh Fort – This fort was built to protect Amer Palace back in 1726. The architectural work is applaudable. Intriguing is the collection of old weapons. Take a walk from here to Amber Fort to enjoy the scenic beauty.
Nahargarh Fort – Overlooking Jaipur, on the edge of Aravalli hills stands Nahargarh Fort. In the olden days, this fort formed part of a defence ring for the city.

Where to eat lip-smacking street food?
Gulabji Chai Valle – People from all over Jaipur come here to enjoy the masala chai and bun-maska. Another speciality is their bun samosa, dearly loved by all.
Talk Of­­­­ The Town – The spicy tandooris are what you should have at this street joint.
Rawat Mishthan Bhandar – Here, you should choose to hog on the Rajasthani’s special pyaaz kachori. This restaurant is famous for its humungous variety of sweets as well.
Pandit Kulfi – It is known for its quality and variety of flavours and sizes making it one of the best places to enjoy the most loved Indian sweet.

Where To Have A Dining Experience?
1135 AD – Here you will experience complete royal dining not only because of the royal interiors but also because of the food and service.
Zolocrust – With a concept of bakery come cafe, this 24/7 place prepares mouthwatering Italian food that you might not find in the whole of Jaipur.
Handi – Here you will find your self stuffing your mouth with accoladed North Indian food.
Chokhi Dhani – A moc village environment 15 kilometres away from Jaipur that presents you with a lot of cultural artisans and activities along with yummy food!
Colorbar – Enjoy the skyline view of Jaipur on this rooftop restaurant with cocktails and finger foods.


These three destinations will provide you with a suitcase full of culture as each destination in this Golden Triangle is a heritage rich land with its own uniqueness. If you have been to any of these cities, please do share your expereince in the comments below 😀

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