There’s been a city on the site of Delhi for at least 3,000 years. Visit the remains of ancient cities at the UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar, in Feroz Shah Kotla, and around wonderful Old Delhi, with its labyrinthine Chandni Chowk market, the vast and imposing Red Fort, and the serenely beautiful Jama Masjid.
The Taj Mahal needs no introduction; it’s the most recognisable building in the world. The trick is to get here at dawn, before the crowds, when the first light of day turns the white marble blush pink. Combine the Taj with the extensive Agra Fort and the elegant tomb of Akbar the Great at Sikandra.
The Golden Triangle’s third corner is Jaipur, the erstwhile capital of the Maharajas. The impressive Amer Fort gives a nod to the state’s warring history, but the Jantar Mantar observatory, the Hawa Mahal, and the City Palace reveal its rather more romantic side.