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!
ICYMI: My Nigeria & Kenya travel cost breakdown is up on travelwithapen.com.
I've shared a breakdown based solely on our experience and while your overall costs may vary, this post will give you a fair idea of how much to budget for a trip to Turkey.
Find the post in the #linkinbio and I hope you find it helpful for future or current plans to #visitturkey 💙
The other day, I was reading @wellwornheels post about her visit to Istanbul a few years ago. She was out at the Sultanahmet Square and had people queue up, waiting to take a picture with/of her. She had people stare at her, touch her braids and more... she could have been a celebrity billionaire by now but she didn't charge for photos! Anyway, that's a story for another time...
10 years later, I'm at Sultanahmet Square and no one is doing any of that and it just made realise how much travel is changing for black women.
I have to say though that I don't know if my experience was as a result of travelling with Mark but I know that there were several moments in Turkey when I felt very grateful for all the black women travelling and making #travellingwhileblack normal for the rest of us.
Back to base and sharing about the past few days in Turkey. My first post is up on travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
I'll be sharing more about our time and a cost breakdown to help you plan your own travels!