Top UNESCO Heritage Sites of Golden Triangle Circuit in India
If you are looking for a unique blend of attractions in India, it is best to head towards the Golden Triangle circuit. Those who are new to India or on a tight schedule, visit Jaipur, Agra and Delhi to get an undeniable Indian experience.
To know more about Golden Triangle Tour, read our exclusive blog article, What is Golden Triangle Tour India and Why its famous? These three destinations are not just some random pick. These three are heritage-filled sites with interesting monuments and culture.
UNESCO has declared many monuments in this region as heritage sites. Some prefer combining Golden Triangle circuit with other destinations around it like
- 7 days Itinerary of Delhi, Agra Jaipur with Amritsar Tour Package
- 9 days Itinerary of Delhi Agra Jaipur with Goa Tour
- 14 days – Delhi Agra Jaipur with Kerala Tour
Here are the top heritage sites of Golden Triangle circuit that you should not miss.
1. Red Fort
Located in Delhi, this fort was built by the same emperor, who was responsible for Taj Mahal. The fort was built for ten years and was completed in mid-17th century. It is said that the foundation of this fort has numerous decapitated bodies of royal prisoners. This gruesome process was done for luck.
Do you know that Red Fort was built on the banks of River Yamuna? The river declined and has moved away from the fort, over the next few centuries.
Unfortunately, Shah Jahan never took residence in this fort. It moves from the hands of one reign to another and ended up with British in 19th century. British destroyed most of the monuments and gardens inside the wall and replaced it with barrack blocks for their army. Apart from the fort and the museum, you can enjoy a sound and light show, which takes place every evening.
- Sunrise to sunset; Monday holiday. Museum – 10 am to 5 pm
Indians – INR 30 for fort and INR 35 for fort with museum
Foreigners – INR 500 per head
Video camera fee – INR 25 per equipment
Audio guide in Hindi – INR 69
Audio guide in English or other international languages – INR 115
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2. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is a unique Afghan-Indian styled victory tower built by Qutb-ud-din in 12th century. This victory tower proclaims his victory over Hindu Indian rulers. He deliberately commissioned the tower to holds bands with verses of Quran, showing the invasion of Islamic rule into the region.
The tower has five storeys, each with unique balconies. In 12th century, the Sultan built only one level. Later, his successor completed the remaining structures. In 19th century, an earthquake struck the land and the tower has been rendered un-climbable.
- Sunrise to sunset.
Indians – INR 35 per head
Foreigners – INR 550 per head
3. Humayun’s Tomb
This geometric-inspired tomb is famous for its well-proportioned designs, symmetrical gardens and other elements, which clearly marks this tomb as the predecessor of Taj Mahal. This tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s Persian wife, who made it a point to include both Persian and Mughal elements into the structure.
White marbles and the reddish sandstones create a geometric beauty in this structure.
The complex includes numerous other structures like the tomb of emperor’s favorite barber, emperor’s wife and so on. Why is barber so special? He is the only living soul in the reign who could bring a razor-sharp knife closer to the emperor’s throat.
In addition, you will find other structures like Khan Tomb of 16th century and Khan-i-Khanan’s tomb. Visit the tomb by night to spot the marble dome to be lit by LED, mimic moonlight and others for five hours from sunset.
- Sunrise to sunset
Indians – INR 30 per head
Foreigners – INR 500 per head
Video camera fee – INR 25 per equipment
Child below 15 years – free
4. Taj Mahal
Emperor Shah Jahan built this memorial for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Do you know that every year, the number of tourists who visit Taj Mahal is twice the population of Agra city? Taj Mahal is considered as one of the most enchanting buildings of the world. Taj Mahal was built in 17th century, using marbles and ornamental stones.
The main building inside the complex took eight years to be completed and the rest of the complex was done in 1653. When he was imprisoned in Agra Fort by his own son, he requested to be jailed in a tower with a window overlooking the monument.
Taj Mahal is the fruit of hard work of 20,000 Indian and central Asia workers. Inside the complex, you would find ornamental Persian gardens with watercourses and plinth, white minarets, red-sandstone mosque, central main Taj structure and so on.
- 8 am to 5 pm; Friday holiday.
Indians – INR 50
Foreigners – INR 1100 per head
Night entry – INR 1000 per head (on full moon night. Two nights before and after full-moon night).
Only 40,000 tourists will be allowed into Taj Mahal per day, so plan accordingly.
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5. Amber Fort
Of all the iconic heritage sites of Jaipur, Amber Fort is an interesting one. It is a massive palace complex, holding numerous palaces, courtyards, temples, mosques and other structures. Visit the fort on the back of an elephant to get the royal feel.
If you are an animal activist, choose jeep safari. Visit the monument via Suraj Pol and visit the courtyards, Siladevi temple, Hall of Public audience, Hall of Pleasure, Jai Mandir, Ganesh Pol and others. Visit the fort at the evening to enjoy the Amber sound and light show.
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- 8 am to 6 pm, night entry is open from 7 pm to 9 pm
Indians – INR 100 for morning and INR 100 for night entry
Foreigners – INR 500 per head for morning and INR 100 for night entry
Guide fee – INR 200 per guide
Audio guide – INR 250
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This is the top list of exotic heritage sites of Golden Triangle. However, it is not the exclusive list. Other heritage sites to visit in this circuit are Agra Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and others. Beyond heritage site, you can find many historic monuments like Hawa Mahal, Akbar’s Tomb, Nahargarh Fort and others.
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