India's Golden Triangle
Collected by Jack Barr , AFAR Local Expert
Thar Desert, Rajasthan
So long as you don't mind a little bit of sand in your knickers, a night in the Thar Desert under a star lit sky is an experience unlike anything you've experienced in your entire life. We rode out into the desert on ill-tempered camels, bouncing...
Pokhran, Rajasthan 345021, India
Today Mehrangarh Fort was awash in vibrant silk. Indian tourists from the nearby state of Gujarat, taking advantage of the Diwali and winter holidays, have come in droves to see the sights of Jodhpur and they're dressed to impress. The sea of...
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Known as The Blue City for its many homes painted to denote them as Brahmin residences, Jodhpur is a chaotic hodgepodge of blue blocks at the foot of mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Interspersed with the sacred color associated with Lord Shiva, the city...
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Worth paying a visit, also at night to see the colorful windows with lights. It was for benefit of women that the palace was built, with small windows and screened balconies, women were provided with a view of everyday life, since Rajput royal...
Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Rd, Jagdish Colony, Prem Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India
Situated on 32 acres of land on the outskirts of Jaipur—but still a quick drive from the city’s historic forts and palaces—this massive hotel mixes traditional Rajasthani style with modern amenities. Although there are a number...
Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan had the truly magnificent white marble...
Mulla ki pyau Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nehru Nagar, Civil Lines, SHIV SHAKTI ENTERPRISES, SF, 13A, KAILASH PLAZA, Shah Market, Sanjay Place, Civil Lines, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282002, India
Traveling the backroads between Jaipur and Agra India, we drove through many small towns that just seemed like spots along the road. Each one seemed to have an area where folks would gather and set up their carts and sell their fruits and...
P-7/90, Block P, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
With branches all over India, Nalli is one of the best sari shops you can get to. I've never seen a tourist in one of them. If you're a casual sari-wearer (and I'm not sure you can be because those things are hard to fold!) you'd be better off...
Sri Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India
Dilli Haat is an open-air market with 62 stalls that features both permanent and transitional vendors, allowing original items to be introduced regularly. The space, designed to resemble a traditional village market, was created to showcase...
Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort, located in New Delhi, is a treasure trove of cultural history. You can spend hours wandering among the various buildings, learning much about the history of India. Tucked away within the walls...
Jama Masjid Rd, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the iconic Taj Mahal for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1656, the courtyard of Jama Masjid can accommodate 25,000...
Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Look familiar? The Taj Mahal continued the tradition of architecture that began largely with Humayan's Tomb in Delhi. Made from red sandstone (like much of Delhi's famous landmarks), the tomb was built in 1562. Go inside the tomb for a look at the...
Kaccha Bagh Area, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Rickshaw rides are common in Chandni Chowk, the vast and crowded market in the Old Delhi quarter, but book a comprehensive rickshaw tour for an immersive experience that lasts longer than 15 minutes. Witness the architectural marvels,...
New Delhi, Delhi, India
The three-wheeler auto rickshaw, or "tuk-tuk", is a common sight in India. The green and yellow taxis above are found in Delhi but other regions may have other colors, like black and yellow in Jaipur. Taking a ride in one is something everyone...
Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Delhi's Qutub Minar, at 72.5 meters or 238 feet tall, is the tallest tower in India. Built as an Islamic monument in the early 13th century of red sandstone and marble, the minar is not without controversy. Some believe the tower...
32, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Anokhi has sold clothes and linens with contemporary block-print designs since 1970. 32 Khan Market, New Delhi, 91/(0) 11-2460-3423; 2nd Floor KK Square, C-11, Prithviraj Rd., C-Scheme, Jaipur, 91/(0) 14- 1400-7244; plus 21 other locations across...
Shop No. 245, INA Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, INA Market, Aviation Colony, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India
Live crabs from Chennai? Fresh turmeric, bamboo shoot, bitter gourd? The Indian National Army Market, or INA, carries nearly every spice, meat, fruit, vegetable, and grain on the planet. Here are a few ingredients to stash in your suitcase....
Lodhi Rd, CGO Complex, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
The quietly elegant Aman New Delhi is tucked away on six serene acres. Decorated with muted colors, intricate jaali screens, and creamy stone walls and floors, the hotel exudes calm and well-being. The luxury here is endless space and silence—a...
Tilak Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110018, India
No longer a supporting actor to Mumbai, New Delhi is abuzz with new buildings, new energy, and new money. Well-heeled locals frequent art galleries and restaurants while iconic Ambassador taxis jostlewith motorized rickshaws on the broad...
Devisinghpura, Rajasthan 302028, India
Meet the local transportation team at the Amber Fort in Amer (a town 6.8 miles from Jaipur), in the Rajasthan state of India. Located high on a hill and built in 1515, these friendly representative pachyderms make for a great trip up and into the...
Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
I opted to walk up to the Amer Palace (which took all of 10 minutes) instead of standing in the long line of tourists waiting to catch a ride on one of the brightly painted elephants. That saved me a bit of time and also allowed me the freedom to...
Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
The rooms aren't 5 star, so let's get that out there right off the bat. But the services are outstanding. Toursim in India is singularly phenomenal, but also exhausting. I recommend you treat yourself to just one night at The Oberoi so that you...
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