India’s Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – is a trifector of astonishing craftsmanship, architectural feats around every corner, and a hell of a lot of traffic. Being short on time, we decided to take a tour of the three cities, culminating in a whirlwind adventure. Ordinarily I am not a fan of tours, but we had a private tour for the two of us with a personalised itinerary, air conditioned car, driver, tour guides at each city, and amazing hotels for an absolute steal price. It’s almost rude not to at that point. So I introduce to you the three-part photo series of India’s exploring the three cities.
We were welcomed by thick, warm raindrops that soon subsided into Indira Gandhi airport and kicked off our time in Delhi with our driver, the cheery Mr Ramesh, and guide Gajendra. We headed to a plethora of jaw dropping sites, including the lavish Akshardham Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutub’s Minar. Delhi’s history is a rollercoaster of religion and empire and the diversity its landscape is testament to its innumerate influences. We drew insight from Gajendra on Indian politics, from Mahatma Gandhi’s role in India’s independence to the ‘false Gandhi’ dynasty’s decades of power only this year ended in the world’s largest ever election. A particularly immersive experience was visiting Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, a shrine to the Sufi saint and poet who wrote of the nation’s impoverished. Surrounded by aching heat, we followed a low-ceilinged maze of stalls selling blessings for the small shrine. The place was full of worshippers and devotees, a lot of whom are in financial dire straits, chanting, singing, praying, playing musical instruments, encircling the shrine. The spiritual buzz of life was unparalleled.
One thing is for certain: you won’t have a dull time here.