Ranthambore National Park, an abode for tigers, leopards, and sloth bears, has a rich history that precedes it. Once the private game reserve of the Royal House of Jaipur, this park is a must-visit for any nature lover and culture enthusiast.
However, an exploration of this breathtaking wildlife haven is incomplete without the glorious heritage sites of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur – via The Golden Triangle-Ranthambore Tour.
Each of these cities offers a unique medley of architecture that cameout of Indian and South Asian history. Agra is, of course, popular for the Taj Mahal, but Delhi’s charm and the royalty woven into Jaipur’s very fabric is not to be missed.
Start at Delhi: A Cultural Mish-Mash of Old and New
Start the tour with an exploration of the charming city of Delhi. This city served as the capital of the Mughals and the British and still serves as the capital of India today.
The echoes of the past are a backdrop toits modern-day hustle and bustle. Delhi has been home to beloved poets like Mirza Ghalib and housesmany monuments like the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and India Gate. You may get the opportunity to stroll down the colourful Chandni Chowk lanes and shop at Connaught Place. And, of course, don’t miss the culinary delights offered by Delhi’s street carts and exquisite restaurants.
Experience the Magnificence of Agra’s Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, has stood the test of time as a symbol of love. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also an impeccable feat of strength and design. It is fascinating how this marble structure is designed in a way that makes it earthquake-proof. Enjoy the views of this stalwart site during your visit to Agra, and opt for a tranquil Taj Nature Walk if you get a chance.
About 37 kilometres from Agra is the charismatic red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. This spectacular town with its turrets and domes was built by Mughal emperor Akbar and is truly something out of an artist’s canvas. Here, you can get a sneak peek into the days of yore, a blend of its many religious symbols. Visit the Imperial Palace Complex and the marble tomb of Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti within the city’s confines.
Meet the Big Cats of Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park, with a rich treasure of 320 bird species, 40 mammal species, and 50 butterfly species is truly a spectacle to behold. Through a jeep safari, enjoy the peaceful sights of the forests and experience the sublimity of seeing tigers and leopards in action. Catch a sighting of the graceful Sambhar and the quick-footedRhesus monkey. You may get to see crocodiles basking in the sun as eagles flying straight-winged in the sky.
Visit Jaipur: India’s Pink City
Jaipur’s interesting epithet comes from a story from back in 1876. Maharaj Ram Singh is believed to have painted the city pink on the arrival of the Prince of Wales since this colour symbolized hospitality. This city matches the opulence of Agra with several palaces, forts, and museums dotting its landscape. Tour the Palace of Winds or the Hawa Mahal and experience the ethos of the city’s history. The City Palace, with its brilliant intermingling of Mughal and Rajput architecture, is sure to leave you in awe.
Return to Delhi After the Thrilling Tour
Complete the triangle of your journey by returning to Delhi for your connecting flight out or your next destination. Or stay back and have another go at the city’s monuments and take back souvenirs that capture the aura of this Ranthambore trip.
Book the Perfect Golden Triangle-Ranthambore Tour
An ideal Golden Triangle-Ranthambore tour starts in Delhi, with an overnight stay. You can then embark on your journey to Agra, a 5-hour drive that covers 231 kilometres. After revelling in the beauty of the world-popular Taj Mahal, you move on to see the red sandstone structures of Fatehpur Sikri.
The next leg of the journey is a 6-hour, 285-kilometre road trip to Ranthambore National Park. Here you will get to enjoy jeep safaris and reconnect with nature by staying in one of the park camps. The final stretch is a short 4-hour, 164-kilometre drive to witness Jaipur city. Your tour ends with a 5-and-a-half hour, 308.4-kilometre return travel to Delhi.