INDIA and the magical Golden Triangle – a classic and unforgettable introduction to the Northern State of Rajasthan. Delhi the capital of India presents a vast panorama of fascinating images. It is a city where forts, tombs and magnificent ruins share the skyline with high-rise buildings. I know for many they have a preconceived idea of Delhi as being big smoggy and containing all too many people. While some of this is true there is another side to this metropolitan city that is incredibly exotic. For centuries it has attracted rulers, invaders poets, painters from around the world and to this day is a business hub that sees many empires rise and fall.


 It was at the famous Red Fort that the Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag that signified the end of British rule in 1947. Today some of the most exquisite luxury hotels can be found here. The Red Fort is one of the most visited places in Delhi along with the Qutab Minar tower of victory built in 1193. There are five distinct stories – the first three are made of red sandstone – the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. The first mosque built in India lies at the base. Many with relatives who fought in India visit the INDIA GATE, built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed during World War I. It is not unlike the Arc De Triomphe in Paris. The Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture. It is one of the most breathtaking structures which showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture.



AGRA- the ancient city came to light during the Mughal (Mongal) reign. Made famous by the iconic TAJ MAHAL one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is situated approximately 200 kilometres from Delhi. One of the most exquisite marble tombs Itmad-Ud-Daulah was built from 1622 to 1628 by Queen Nurjahan in memory of her father and is entirely made of white marble then inlaid with semi-precious stones. There is a strong Persian influence in the design. Agra Fort built by the Emperor Akbah precedes the Taj Mahal by nearly a century. It is a magnificent structure in its own right with fascinating outer buildings such as the Jahangir Mahal – built for women and the Moti Masijid Mosque. A wonderful time to be in Agra is during a festival and one such – the Taj Mahotsav is held in February for 10 days. This is where you will see classical dance, an incredibly colourful display of arts and crafts and the most sumptuous Indian cuisine.


JAIPUR – it conjures up a romantic notion in the name alone. Known as the ‘Pink City’ it is the Holy Grail of Indian Tourism. The Palace of the Winds, Hawa Mahal and the City Palace will all keep you busy marvelling at the artistic pallet that creates Jaipurs age old charm. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is comparatively young, less than 3 centuries old. At 260 kilometres from Delhi, Jaipur completes the Golden Triangle. The stunning backdrop of Amber Fort built in 1592 is a reminder of the lingering romance and chivalry that made the city what it is today. The inner paradise is a fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles. Hawa Mahal – also known as the Palace of the Winds – is a five story – 593 latticed stone windowed pink sandstone landmark. Built in 1799 featuring 953 niches and windows, it was a royal grandstand for the palace women.


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