Last updated on March 19th, 2017; Published on April 12th, 2016
There are so many places to visit in India, so many temples, forts and tombs to see. It’s such a huge and diverse country that one would need several months to really explore the depths of it. What happens when you don’t have ‘several months’? The Golden Triangle, that’s what!
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur make up the most traveled (tourist) route in India. The cities offer a fair introduction to the country and a chance to visit many incredible monuments and structures, including the iconic mausoleum, Taj Mahal. I visited a good number of these and here are my top 5;
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5. Arkshadam Temple, New Delhi
Akshardham Temple is a large complex of temples made of pink sandstone and white marble. The complex features a water show, a beautiful garden and three exhibitions, among which is a cultural boat ride. The architecture, like many temples in India is impressive. The Akshardham mandir consists of 234 intricately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes and 20,000 statues of India’s deities.
4. The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observation site home to about 20 architectural astronomical instruments. It was built in the early 18th century to allow the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is a UNESCO world heritage site that is worth seeing in the city of Jaipur.
3. Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Fatehpur Sikri is located just outside the city of Agra. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and is considered to be his architectural legacy. The perfectly preserved city was abandoned shortly after its completion due to a shortage of water.
2. Taj Mahal, Agra
The Taj Mahal needs no introduction. It is one of the seven new world wonders with a beautiful, albeit sad, love story. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in memory of his wife who died during the childbirth. The Taj Mahal is considered to be zenith of Mughal architecture in India.
1. Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore
Visiting the Ranthambore National Park was by far the most unique and exciting experience I had in India. It was the first time I would go on a safari of any kind and it was absolutely worth it. The major ‘attraction’ of this park is the Bengal Tiger, which can be quite elusive at timesbut I was lucky and my second outing was a success!
My best experience from our trip to Lamu was sailing into the night on Jawad's dhow.
We got to experience a beautiful sunset cruise and a full moonrise onboard.
More on our Lamu experience on www.travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
As promised, details of our weekend in Amboseli is up on travelwithapen.com! Check it out via the #linkinbio and let me know what you think!
On a related note, who's watching #zoo on netflix? Is that show making you more paranoid about safaris and having pets or is it just me?
This lodge was hands down the best I've been to in Kenya so far. It was a huge highlight of our recent trip, I still can't believe how affordable it is.
My favourite part about it was the watering hole pictured here. Right from the lounge deck, we saw so many animals come through... herds of elephants, zebras, elands, giraffes, baboons, dik-diks came through while we were there. I almost didn't want to go into the park for a safari anymore!
We even saw cheetahs during our bush walk and heard lions at night from our tents!
Only a 4 hour drive from Nairobi, this serves as the perfect place for a (long) weekend away from the city and on my blog this week, I'll be writing about everything you need to know to plan your travels, should you want to visit.
In the meantime, you can catch up on highlights on my stories & ask me anything you would like to know in the comment section!
Walking through the maze of Lamu Town was quite the experience. Over the next coming days, I'll be sharing about our experience visiting Kenya's oldest continually inhabited town.
In the meantime, you can catch up on what we got up to on my stories.
I've never met a waterfall I didn't like 💙
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[𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬]:Hiking, Canopy Walkway, Wildlife Viewing
More details on travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
I met the last two Northern white rhinos on earth and it was quite the experience!
Thanks to the incredible work by the team @olpejeta and scientists around the world, there's hope that this species will be saved from extinction.
I'll be writing more about this trip on travelwithapen.com. In the meantime, you can check out the first installment of our weekend trip to Nanyuki - where we visited the magical Ngare Ndare forest and @olpejeta Conservancy 🇰🇪. #linkinbio