India’s Golden Triangle is one of the most renowned paths that you can explore in the country and is home to some of its most well-known monuments consisting of the Taj Mahal. A lot of travelers who check out India for the very first time choose to travel this route in between New Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra as it offers a look into India’s abundant culture and history, and because it can easily be done within a few days.
What not to miss
“In Delhi, don’t miss a visit into the small narrow backstreets of Chandni Chowk and also see the magnificent Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque. In Jaipur, the Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort are unforgettable and in Agra, well it has to be the one and only Taj Mahal.”
What you need to know before traveling to India
1. India’s peak tourism season runs from around October/November to March. During this time, you should expect significant hordes of tourists at the major sightseeing landmarks. If you visit in the other season, the temperature and humidity can be quite unbearable.
2. The local currency is the Indian Rupee. The exchange rate is approximately 60 INR to 1 USD – most places only accept cash, so make sure you get some money out or exchange a small amount when you arrive. Alternatively, you can bring your international credit or debit card to withdraw cash – make sure your bank is notified of your travel plans in advance so they don’t freeze your card for suspicious activity. There are several banks and ATMs around New Delhi, but don’t be surprised if some ATMs run out of cash.
3. If you are a female traveler, leave your shorts, tube tops and anything exposing your arms and legs at home. Because it can get quite chilly in the mornings and evenings (yes, it does get cold in India!), you should bring a light jacket and scarf as well.
4. In order to get a local SIM card, you will need to provide a copy of your passport and passport photo.