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Think of the Golden Triangle as a piece of Toblerone, solid and sublime, packed with legendary flavours. Heritage is, of course, the honeycomb here, as you travel through periods of princes and palaces, Mughals and Maharajahs. Each trying to outdo the other in terms of architecture, fortitude and craftsmanship. Thankfully now in the safe hands of UNESCO for all to enjoy. Or hoteliers, who have created some of the most spectacular heritage hotels in the world.
Svadist Khana! Which means, enjoy your meal! Because food plays a big part on your journey around the Golden Triangle. If you want to eat chaat, North Indian street food, Delhi is the place to go, especially Chandni Chowk market. Thali is like Indian tapas, with a collection of small bowls of different foods (katori). For epicurean excellence, check out Mughlai or Rajput cuisines, and wash it down with a Rajasthani lassi, or Makhani, made from buffalo butter, essential oils and yoghurt.
Tiger tiger shining bright… Indian royalty feature highly along the Golden Triangle, but the king of India’s jungle, the tiger, still holds court. Thankfully. There are about 60 in Ranthambore National Park, once a hunting ground for Jaipur’s Maharaja, and a popular addition to Golden Triangle itineraries, just 180km from Jaipur. Further away, but equally stunning, Kanha National Park, an overnight train trip from Agra, is home to about a hundred tigers.