India's Golden Triangle, our destination of the week

Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Photo: Shutterstock

Hot, dusty, crowded, loud and proud, yet also cold, calm, pristine and intensely colourful – India's Golden Triangle region encapsulates the many contradictions and compelling qualities of the country. Delhi, India's capital, overwhelms as a first landing point, but quickly seduces with its wealth of ancient and modern landmarks to discover, as well as its dynamic culture. From here, it's a short hop to India's most iconic site, the incomparable Taj Mahal, in Agra. The third point of the triangle is the "pink city" – regal and romantic Jaipur, also the capital of the state of Rajasthan.

Around these three essential points of the triangle are a wealth of other places to visit – travel further east to experience the ghats of Varanasi, redolent with spiritual significance, or venture further into Rajasthan to discover the state's other distinctive cities: the "blue city" of Jodhpur, the "gold city" of Jaisalmer and the "white city" of Udaipur, or make a dedicated trip to the Pushkar or Bikaner camel festivals. Of course, for many people, no trip to Rajasthan would be complete without some tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park.

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