Unlike most tourist destinations across the globe, India offers so much in just one region that it’s unfair to call it one single country. It’s more like a separate continent of its own, where different states of India offer a diverse range of cultures, experiences, climates, landform and people, just like the different countries of Europe.
One of the top favorite regions in India that attract hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists every year is the Golden Triangle. Indeed, the Golden Triangle in India has so much to offer in a single circuit that every tourist that comes here with their own expectations never return unsatisfied. In fact, they always receive much more than they had ever imagined.
For those readers who are not fully informed about the Golden Triangle, all you need to know about it is that its a network that connects the three major tourist destinations in India, namely Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Each city represents its own significance in the country, and this whole package is full of explorations for every type of traveler coming to India.
Although the region already has more than enough to offer, tourists nowadays prefer to add at least one another destination with their golden triangle trip, as offered by their tour operator in India. These packages are suitable for those who are coming to visit India for at least a week, and the add-on destination works a cherry on the top.
But what are some of the best places to add to your golden triangle tour? Here are 5 of our top favorites!
The queen of hills tops our list of the most preferred destinations to add with the golden triangle trip for a various number of reasons. It’s the perfect getaway after the rush that you will experience during your golden triangle tour. Additionally, it’s close to the capital city of Delhi, so you won’t have to worry about long travels. Shimla is a perfect treat for those who would love to explore the natural beauty of the Himalayas.
Next in line is the spiritual capital of India, the ancient city of Varanasi. India attracts thousands of spiritual tourists every year since it’s two of the most renowned religions of the world, Hinduism and Buddhism, originated right here. If you really want to experience the true spiritual side of India, Varanasi is your go-to destination to add to your Golden Triangle trip.
Another city lying nearby the golden triangle that offers a very unique experience is the desert city, Jaisalmer. Again, there are a lot of tourists that come to India exclusively to explore the Thar desert in Rajasthan. If you, too, are a big fan of safaris, camel rides, romantic sunsets and camping in a desert, this is the add-on to your golden triangle tour that you are looking for.
Speaking of safaris, how about meeting face to face with some tigers while you’re in India for your Golden triangle visit? Situated in the peaceful city of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore National Park is home to many exotic wild animals of India, with over 60 members of the endangered yet majestic species of the big cat family, the Royal Bengal Tiger. If safaris are your thing, adding Ranthambore to your trip is a perfect way to explore the wildlife of India while you’re here.
Although the financial capital of India, Mumbai, is already among the most visited destinations in the country as it is, the reason why it’s not in the top segment of our list is that it’s going to involve some extra traveling to get there from the Golden Triangle. In fact, even the closest city from the three, Jaipur, is about 1150 kms. from Mumbai, so yeah, traveling by roads is clearly out of the question. However, if you’re willing to shell out some extra bucks on flights to Mumbai, it’ll definitely be worth it. The modern culture of Mumbai is just the perfect piece to add to your golden triangle tour for a truly fulfilled experience of India.
There are several other attractive locations, such as Goa, Ajmer, Kashmir, Udaipur and more, that you can club with your golden triangle tour package, but the ones that we have mentioned above are more convenient and suitable for every kind of traveler coming to visit India. Let us know in the comments what other locations would be suitable to combine with the golden triangle trip. Happy traveling!