Explore India beyond the Famous Golden Triangle Circuit

India lures travlers from all over the world with its alluring heritage, culture, attractions, festivals and experiences. The famous Golden Triangle Circuit of India is the best introduction of the enchantments of the country. The single itinerary comprise of the iconic cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Get glimpse of the era of royalty, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, marvelous architecture, enamoring beauty of the Taj Mahal, colorful culture, delightful food, adventure and other cherished delights. Although the Golden Triangle Tour is a perfect tryst with the charming kaleidoscope of India in a short time, beyond the circuit lies a number of gems waiting to be explored.

Extend your love affair as you go exploring beyond the Golden Triangle Tour in India. You can pair off the holiday with visit to historic cities, cultural hotspots, natural beauty, adventure or anything that your heart desires.

Here is our pick of what to add on to your tour of the Golden Triangle in India 2021.

Varanasi- Explore Divine Connections

Discovering divine bliss at Varanasi after a Golden Triangle Tour is simple incomparable. Known as one of the oldest cities in the world, lying along the River Ganga, the ancient town is a mystical fascination. Brimming with temples, ghats, and ashrams, the chaos has a certain peace to it.

Witness the circle of life to death as the city celebrates every phase of life. The Ganga Aarti in the evening is especially a spectacular sight that you cannot afford to miss. The devotional tradition of raising huge brass lamps to the River Goddess in reverence is a captivating experience, as sights, chants and ambience transcend you to a spiritual level. Boat rides in the early morning is something you must not miss out on.

Why include Varanasi in your Golden Triangle Circuit?

Charged up with a tour of the Golden Triangle Circuit, you will be pleased to bask in this ancient setting. Varanasi, one of the best places to visit in India is a blissful extension of the incredible insight of the country.  Visit temples, river Ghats, ashrams and the interesting bylanes. Do not miss the local food and chatting up with the amazing people.

How to reach Varanasi

The city is only an overnight train journey away. You can board a train from Delhi as there are frequent options. The Lal Bahadur Shastri airport offers domestic air connectivity. You can easily make Varanasi a part of your extended Golden Triangle Tour.

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Khajuraho- Artistic Masterpieces

Known for housing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, the historic town is a perfect little addition to the Golden Triangle Tour. Pay a visit to the temples dating to the pre-historic era, marvel at the skills of intricate craftsmanship, especially the erotic sculptures and imagine the bygone era of the Chandela Dynasty in their peak of glory as you walk through the ruins.

Featuring Naga-style architectural symbolism, the wonders mesmerize your senses. The unmissable delights of Khajuraho include Archaeological Museum, Lakshmi Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Adinath Temple, Chatturbhuj Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Parsavanatha Temple, Kalinjar Fort, and Chitragupta Temple among many others.  The annual Khajuraho Dance Festival held in February is the perfect occasion to plan a visit.

Why include Khajuraho in your Golden Triangle Circuit?

The Golden Triangle Circuit of India introduces to some of the most admirable architectures in India- Mughal & Rajput glories including the ‘Wonder of the World’ Taj Mahal. Khajuraho adds to the amazing experience of learning about the magnificent architecture and the artistry skills on your holiday in India.

How to reach Khajuraho?

Khajuraho has air, rail and road connections so that you can easily add it to your Golden triangle tour. Board the overnight train from Delhi or fly to the city airport.

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Shimla – A walk through the colonial days

The Golden Triangle Circuit fills your senses with a plethora of sights, sounds, and smells, which can be properly soaked in amid the fresh air of the mountains of Shimla. The hill station of Himachal Pradesh has been luring visitors since the colonial days, when the British enamored by the beauty, set up their summer capital here. Till date it is one of the favorite holiday destinations in India.

The pristine lap of nature, green valleys, snow-capped mountains in the background, relics of the colonial days, thrilling adventure, lush orchards, and more delights make Shimla irresistible. Even more fascinating is the journey to Shimla. The Shimla Toy Train, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India offers a truly memorable journey which you must not miss out on. Bask in the scenic beauty, indulge in adventures, sightseeing and other experiences. It is one of the best places for family holidays in India.

Why include Shimla in your Golden Triangle Circuit?

Easily reachable after your Golden Triangle Tour, Shimla is a wonderful addition to the itinerary. The natural beauty and the salubrious weather gives you the much required rejuvenation.

How to reach Shimla?

Road and rails offer easy connectivity to the hill town of Himachal Pradesh, while there is also the option of air connectivity. Board the charming Himalayan Toy Train or drive by road from any of the points of the Golden Triangle.

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Mumbai- Discover the charms of City of Dreams

Driven by a rare kind of energy, Mumbai City is one of the most exciting holiday destinations in India. The financial capital of the country is a city of dreams, luring people with its unmatched vibe. After your Golden triangle tour, a visit to Mumbai only extends the excitement. From colonial sights, fast-paced nightlife, delightful food, shopping and not to forget “Bollywood’, there is a lot to keep fascinated.

Sightseeing in Mumbai is a pleasure as you get to witness the Victorian architecture, old historic links of trading from the port to other parts of the world, amazing artistic presentations, cultural performances and the unmatched pace. Unwind in the ‘City that never sleeps’.

Why include Mumbai in your Golden Triangle Circuit?

Mumbai thrills you in a way like never before. The city of diversity is a much-needed break after your tour of the Golden Triangle Circuit. Firstly you get to enjoy along the Arabian Sea, secondly, you get to marvel at a different style of architecture and experience a mix of cultures, especially the Maratha glory.

How to reach Mumbai?

After completing the Golden Triangle Circuit, fly to Mumbai Chattrapati Shivaji Airport. There are regular flights flying into the domestic airport.

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Ranthambore National Park- Territory of the Tigers

One of the best wildlife reserves in India, Ranthambore National Park is known for a healthy population of Royal Bengal Tigers. A few hours’ drive from Jaipur, the wildlife sanctuary offers thrilling adventure in addition to the wonders you explore during your tour of the Golden Triangle.

The former hunting grounds of the royal family of Jaipur is home to the Big Cats, various other species of the Animal kingdom and the historic Ranthambore Fort. Apart from adventurous safari, a visit to the 10th century fort is unmissable. Named among the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hill Forts of Rajasthan the relics of the bygone era are quite fascinating to explore. Indulge in a thrilling getaway in the natural environs.

Why include Ranthambore in your Golden Triangle Circuit?

Quite close to Jaipur, Ranthambore is one of the easy choices to extend your tour of Golden Triangle circuit. Take a break from all the interesting sightseeing and step into nature’s way of life. It is among the best places for wildlife safari in India. The Tigers are the main lure as the region has a healthy population of striped Big Cats in the natural habitat.

How to reach Ranthambore National Park

Proceed by road from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur or board a train to get to the wildlife sanctuary.

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Goa- Bliss of Sun, Sand & Sea

India’s favorite beach destination, Goa is an ideal inclusion to any of your holidays in India. Even with a tour of Golden Triangle circuit, the smallest state of India makes a perfect fit. After exploring all those royal sights, cultures and experiences, now is the time to relax, freshen your spirits and take a look at the colonial heritage left by Portuguese.

A few days of beachside bliss is therapy for senses and Goa offers the same and something more. From exciting watersports, delightful food, shopping, liveliest nightlife in India to heritage sites in the form of ancient Forts and Churches. Old Goa, settled by Portuguese 400 years back have relics named among UNESCO World Heritage sites. Indulge in the pleasure of 50+options of beaches, fun time riding two-wheeled vehicles, explore spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, trying bird watching, cooking classes, Yoga, meditation or Ayurveda.

Why include Goa in the Golden Triangle Circuit?

Goa is in essence bliss. It is the perfect way to freshen in India, while the Golden Triangle circuit has fascinated your senses. Escape to the charming paradise of the beachside haven along the Arabian Sea. From the culture, weather, architecture to food, everything is a beautiful change. Explore Goa holiday packages

How to reach Goa

Fly to Goa’s Dabolim Airport from any city of the Golden Triangle circuit. Regular options of domestic flights are available easily.

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Rishikesh- Imbibe Harmony in your soul

If ecstasy could have a name in India, Rishikesh would be among the top contenders. Settled in the lap of Himalayas on the banks of River Ganga flowing from its glacial origin, the town is in essence tranquility. After the mesmerizing views of the Golden Triangle, here you can recuperate in the scenic beauty and divine aura or try out adventure sports including river rafting. The town in Uttarakhand has both reputation of being the’ Yoga Capital of the world’ and ‘River rafting hub in the world’.

From temples, ashrams, campsites to the sacred setting, there are many reasons to plan a trip to Rishikesh. Feel the serenity of the ancient town as it rejuvenates your entire being with divine powers.

Why include Rishikesh in the Golden Triangle Circuit?

The small town delights of Rishikesh along with the divinity and plethora of adventures, make for an exciting holiday. Combining the Golden triangle tour with Rishikesh is simply doubling up the bliss. The pure air of the mountains does wonders for your body, mind and soul.

How to reach Rishikesh

Drive to the hill town of Uttarakhand from any of the cities of the Golden Triangle. The city is also connected by railway station which is connected by trains from Delhi and other cities of India.

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Udaipur- Romancing the Royal Traditions

Named among the most beautiful places in the world, Udaipur is one of the favorite options when it comes to planning honeymoon in India. The royal city of Rajasthan is blessed with the Aravalis, crystal-clear lakes, beautiful palaces, marvelous temples and hospitality that is unmatched. Extending the tour of Golden Triangle Circuit with Udaipur comes unsurprisingly.

The former province of Mewar enjoys the charming setting of the greenery which is quite a change from the landscape of the desert state. Titled as the ‘City Of Lakes’; Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, etc, shine like gems. The City Palace, Sajjangarh Palace, also known as Monsoon Palace, gardens, etc. are the popular places to visit. Royal hospitality is way of life as there are luxury hotels, heritage options and more, to pamper you during your stay.

Why include Udaipur in the Golden Triangle Circuit?

Udaipur is one of the easiest extensions of your Golden Triangle Tour. Continuing with royal heritage yet having a twist of beauty, bliss and other charming experiences, the city continues with the rich thrills of your tour. Enjoy a royal pampering holiday in one of the best places for holidays in India.

How to reach Udaipur?

Udaipur can be easily reached from Jaipur or Delhi, the points of Golden Triangle. It’s an overnight train journey or a road trip away. Domestic flights service the airport in the city.

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Backwaters of Kerala- Blissful haven of Gods

Now that you have covered the delights of mostly North India, South India’s most beautiful destination, the backwaters of Kerala are the perfect way to end your holiday in India. Kerala, especially the backwaters are truly blessed by nature. Houseboat rides offer an amazing experience of exploring the tropical haven.

On arrival in Kerala, head straight to Alleppey or Kumarakom, the hub of backwaters in the state. Lesser-known backwaters of Poovar, Ashtamudi and many more names are there to create some of the best of memories. Board a houseboat or stay at one of the Ayurveda-special resorts where you can enjoy the views and indulge in therapeutic wellness of the holistic science of life. Do not stop there, if time permits do not miss Munnar, Kovalam, Trivandrum and other cities of the state.

Why include Kerala in your Golden Triangle circuit?

Kerala is synonymous with bliss. After the days of exploring impressive architecture, culture and heritage of royalty, a break in the very lap pf nature will do you unmatched good. The scenery of the backwaters is therapy for your soul, while Ayurveda will work its magic in healing you and promote wellness.

How to reach Kochi   

Fly to the Kochi airport, easily accessible from anywhere in India. Drive to the backwaters town of Alleppey or Kumarakom, a short 3-4 hours’ drive.

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Amritsar- Home of the Golden Temple

Home to the famous Golden Temple, Amritsar is a holy city in India frequented by visitors from all around the world. Get blessed by the divine. The seat of the Sikh religion, owing to the presence of Harmandir Sahib and the Akal Takht, it is one of Punjab’s principal cities. Due to its proximity to the Golden Triangle circuit, it is a viable option to extend your holiday.

The highlight of the town, The Golden Temple is an amazing feat of architecture. Built of white marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the holy temple is an oasis of bliss. Savor the langar, get spellbound by the constant chants and devotional songs. There is much more to the city, visit the Jallianwala Bagh- where people lost lives during the struggle for Independence. A visit to Wagah-Attari Border is needed to boost the fervor of patriotism.

Why include Amritsar in your Golden Triangle circuit?

As the saying goes, all’s well that ends well, therefore nothing beats the feeling of ending your holiday in India on a religious note. Open for people of all faith, the Golden Temple rejuvenates your entire being.  Accessible from any point of the Golden Triangle circuit, you can easily include it in your itinerary. Explore Amritsar tour packages

How to reach Amritsar?

Air, rail and road connectivity is available to get to Amritsar from any point of the Golden Triangle circuit.

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A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature, momos, dancing, music and travelling, Debasree Chakraborty has all interesting things to share. Go through her penned down travel experiences and collected intelligence in her write ups. Read on!

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  • Neelima Santhosh

    Its a nice blog that contain the information about famous places in india. Last week i visit at Munnar with my family and saw Neelakurinji flower. It was a nice experience for me to see that. Because we have to wait another dozen of years to see Neelakurinji flower. So i didn’t miss that opportunity. I suggest everyone to visit at munnar.

    • Debasree

      Hey Neelima,

      Thank you for your kind words. I, definitely agree with you. For more updates on India travel & tourism, keep following our blog.