Golden Triangle-a dream destination
During the lunch hour, everyone was listening in rapt attention to the non-stop
monologue of a colleague who had just had the privilege of returning from Rajasthan
tours of India. John was going on non-stop, “I felt so regal and royal when the camel
started moving. The way in which animal moved its body shook me to the core, but
the whole experience of sitting on an animal so huge as camel and that too when
decorated with colourfully embroidered cloth adorning its back and then traversing
the unspoilt and undulating sand dunes that stretched as far as eyes could strain to
see was an experience of a lifetime”.
The manner in which he went about explaining his wonderful Rajasthan travel
experience, it was quite apparent that many in the office were fascinated by this
land of Maharajas, where life is so different from what they were used to. Munching
sandwich, Joane was lost in thought and ultimately muttered, “You know we are all
so engrossed in our lives that we never bother to explore how life may be for people
across the continents and even when we take a holiday it is always in areas we
know. I really appreciate John’s thought of going on a trip to Rajasthan in India as
the country has always fascinated me”. And before five of us could think more about
it, we were already in the process of planning for the trip by getting in touch with the
Travel agent who arranged it all for John.
“And boy, what an experience that was!” As it was their first time, they decided to
play it safe and went by the rule book to select the most popular destination –the
Golden Triangle, which most of the travel sites listed as one of the most visited
destination in India.
This tourist circuit was almost a week long trip and involved visiting the three most
visited cities of India- Delhi, Agra (including the Taj Mahal), and Jaipur. What greeted
them on this Rajasthan tours was the busy street life, which undoubtedly was more
of a cultural shock to them but as days passed by they got used to and at times even
enjoyed the hubbub. However what they enjoyed the most was the architectural
grandeur and destinations vibrant culture, which was a heady mix and classic
introduction to the country in a nutshell.
To their good luck, these three cities were also connected to each other by good
road and rail links and almost formed an equilateral triangle on a map. Their Travel
agent informed them that it was this triangle that has been dubbed as “golden” in
India package tours.
What this trip offered to them was the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical
splendour. They realised that one could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling,
fascinating Indian capital, and yet not be able see it all. Whereas Jaipur, the capital
of the largely desert terrain of Rajasthan was more known for its vibrant culture.
While Agra, which was once the heart of the Mughal Empire was renowned for the
unparallel beauty of Taj Mahal. In fact Joanne was so besotted by Taj Mahal that
they had to extend the trip in the city by a day.
Interestingly seven days just flew by and when they finally joined office, it was not
just John, even Joanne group became the unofficial brand ambassador of a country
that had fascinated them so much. Any more takers?