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Story of the month (September 2017)

Visit these three royal cities of India

This post is brought to you by Lohagarh Fort Resort, in Kukas Jaipur Rajasthan. One unique statement which is applied on India is that India is a joint venture of a vast number of princely states ruled by their respective royal families.

After the independence, all these princely states joined to make a great nation. But the greatness and culture of these royal cities are still preserved by respective families or government. We have extracted the heritage of three such cities:

Jaipur, Rajasthan:

Amber Fort Amer Jaipur

Jaipur embraces its ancient glory in full vigor. The city with a glorious history, it is an enthusiasm for travelers. With temples and Forts scattered throughout the city, Jaipur pulsates 300-year-old history.

Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Kanak Vrindavan are major tourist sites of the city. The architecture and grandeur of all the destinations are spectacular. The Royal families also inspire the cuisines of Jaipur which are loved by millions of travelers who have visited this beautiful pink city.

Plus, Jaipur is also very famous for it’s resorts, and especially palace turned resorts like Taj Rambagh, Raj Palace , etc. And if you are looking to stay in these luxury resorts near Jaipur, then checkout Booking.com list of popular luxury resorts near Jaipur.

Vadodara, Gujarat:

Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara

The home to beautiful Royal Palaces, Vadodara is the third largest city of Gujrat. It has some interesting places to offer. The Laxmi Villas Palace, former residence to Maharaja Sayajirao Gayakwad lll, will keep you awestruck.

This largest private dwelling building is four times the size of Buckingham Palace. There is a Champaner-Pavagadh archeological park which is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park has palaces, forts, temples, arches, mosques, and tombs. Sayaji Baug and Sur Sagar Lake are the other main tourist attractions.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan:

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Jodhpur is known for its blue painted houses, lovely weather, shimmering palaces and historic forts. The Royal charm of this vibrant city attracts tourist to visit the place without time constraint. Umaid Bhawan Palace, the largest private mansion around the globe, is the major attraction of the city.

It is now converted into a 5-star hotel, a museum and a part of it still serves as the royal residence. Mehrangarh Fort, another specimen of royal grandeur is also converted into a resort. Jaswant Thada and Mandore Garden are must visit places of Jodhpur.

Story (3) of the month (November 2017)

Places to visit in a Golden Triangle Tour with Udaipur

The Golden Triangle Tour is the best way to experience the rich cultural heritage of India and covers the most vibrant tourist sites in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The best time to visit these cities is from August to March when the climate is refreshing and perfect for sightseeing.

And add Udaipur to your tour itinerary and enrich your tour with its rich cultural heritage. So, below we have shared the complete tour itinerary of Golden Triangle Tour with Udaipur along with sightseeing tours for Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Have a look

Sites to see in Delhi

New Delhi

The Golden Triangle Tour starts with Delhi, where you can see all the famous tourist attractions in 1-2 days. In Delhi, there are world famous UNESCO World Heritage sites like Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb with its classic Mughal architecture.

There are colonial buildings, with their British design, like Parliament House, Teen Murti Bhavan, Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate. Lodhi Gardens is another iconic site where tombs of Lodhi kings stand peacefully amidst lush greenery and garden landscapes.

Other sites like Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Purana Quila, Nizamuddin Dargah, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jain Lal Temple, Birla Temple, and National Gallery of Modern Art. Tourists can shop in the busiest and oldest markets of Chandni Chowk or the posh malls in Connaught Place, and eat the famous street food of Delhi.

Plus, you can buy a Delhi tour package from local tour operator to visit all popular tourist monuments in Delhi, and also get hotel at good price.

Note: A few sites like the Red Fort and Purana Quila are closed on Mondays.

Sites to see in Agra

Agra's Taj Mahal

Situated 250 km from Delhi is the historic city of Agra. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Agra by cab. Once, a mighty capital city of the Mughals, Agra is most famous for the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a masterpiece of Mughal, Persian and Turkish architecture.

Agra Fort is another landmark site in Agra, from which you can see Taj Mahal in all its glory. Other landmark sites in Agra are Itmad-Ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj and Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandara. Situated close to Agra are majestic, but the deserted place of Fatehpur Sikri and the twin towns of Mathura and Vrindavan.

There are innumerable temples dedicated to Lord Krishna that one can visit. The main temples are Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Banke Bihari Temple & Krishna Balaram ISKCON Temple.

Plus, to save money and time, I would suggest you to buy a three days Delhi Agra tour package from a travel firm in Delhi, which will arrange cab, driver, tour guide and hotels for as low as Rs 10,000 per person.

Sites to visit in Jaipur

Jaipur Jal Mahal

Jaipur is situated 275 km from Agra and is the Pink City of India, so called because of its pink-colored buildings. A tourist can visit all the famous landmarks in Jaipur within 1-2 days and also visit the sites coming en route from Agra to Jaipur, like Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Mehandipur Balaji Temple, and Chand Baori Stepwell.

In Jaipur, one can see massive hilltop forts, exquisite palaces, and havelis, sacred temples, calm lakes, lush green gardens, busy bazaars and enjoy soft folk music and feel the rustic village life in Jaipur. Jaipur has many historical tourist sites like Jal Mahal, which is set in the middle of Man Sagar

Lake, Amer Fort, the fort complex within which you can visit several palaces and buildings, Royal Gaitor, which has intricate carvings on stone monuments. One must visit Jaigarh & Nahargarh Forts, from which you can have spectacular views of Jaipur. One can visit Panna Meena ka Kund, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Birla Temple and Albert Museum Hall. The tourists can also go shopping for jewelry, handicrafts, sculptures, shoes and more in traditional bazaars like Johri Bazar, Bapu Bazar and do some bargaining while they buy.

Sites to see in Udaipur

Udaipur Lake Palace

Your Golden Triangle Tour becomes even more exciting and thrilling with a visit to Udaipur, which is 400 km from Jaipur. While tourists can see all the famous attractions of Udaipur in 1-2 days, they can also visit some interesting sites coming en route from Jaipur to Udaipur, like Ranakpur Temples, Kumbhalgarh Fort, and Chittorgarh Fort.

Udaipur is one of the most romantic destinations in India, and one can visit Rajput palaces, temples, havelis and ancient bazaars. The top attractions of Udaipur are City Palace, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli, Monsoon Palace, and Shilpgram.

Exploring the colorful and vibrant sites of Udaipur makes your Golden Triangle Tour complete, and you can take a flight to Delhi from Udaipur.

Best flights to catch are:

  • 9:20 am – 10:55 am (IndiGo 6E-612): Rs 2100 plus tax
  • 2:10 pm – 03:35 pm (IndiGo 6E-747): Rs 3100 plus tax
  • 7:20 pm – 08:45 pm (IndiGo 6E-6299): Rs 3500 plus tax
  • 8:40 pm – 9:55 pm (SpiceJet SG-2640): Rs 2100 plus tax

Check this link for more on flight details from Indigo airlines.