Top 5 offbeat Experience to Indulge in while on a Golden Triangle Tour of India- Apart from the Taj
Possibly the most popular introductory journey to India is the Golden Triangle – covering the heart of central India and its bustling cultural and historical hotspots like Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Apart from the usual sightseeing and marvelling the incredible monuments steeped in history – to deep dive into the true cultures, cuisines and the local way of life we recommend the top 5 must do experiences while you transverse the Golden Triangle :
1. Forage for food in the Shadow of History in Delhi
Discover the historical Lodhi Gardens in an ‘Out of Ordinary’ way – Go foraging for edibles with an expert on Delhi’s Ecology and flora ,discover , learn and pick wild herbs and other edibles that grow in the wild and their connect with the evolution of Delhi, This two-part experience is an exploration of the ‘garden-to-table’ concept. In the first part, the walk offers a foraging experience at Lodhi Garden in the heart of Delhi. You get to know about the variety of edible produce available within the garden. In the nursery, where you can forage, there is a plethora of herbs and vegetables, tended to, by dedicated and experienced gardeners. In the second part, we travel to a nearby wine bar – Perch Khan Market, to where the chef will prepare a family-style meal for us using our freshly harvested ingredients.
2.The Rural Rumble near Delhi
We know Delhi and the adjoining NCR region as urban megapolis which are more concrete than anything else , however there are few unique yet least known Organic Farms around Delhi NCR which give the visitors a taste of Rural and in many ways the ‘Real India’In a short drive from Gurgaon (30 Minutes or so) you could give your guests the unique experience of the life in Rural India, be it a hands on experience of Milking a cow or getting involved in kitchen to plucking Organic vegetables form the farm and feasting on some local delicacies for Lunch made out of 100% Organic produce majorly sourced from the Farm itself or indulging in an exciting Tractor ride, this experience is sure to give a different perspective to the guests visit to Delhi.
3. Excursion to Bateshwar – where time stand still!- from Agra
Bateshwar is a village on the banks of the river Yamuna (72 Kms/ 1 ½ hour) from the city of Taj Mahal. It is an important spiritual and cultural centre for Hindus and Jains. It is known for the 101 Shiv Temples built by Raja Badan Singh Bhadauria on a dam on the banks of Yamuna. Shaouripur, near Bateshwar, which is the birthplace of the 22nd Tirthankar of Jain faith, Lord Neminath. Each year the region hosts a cattle fair in October and November. The commercial livestock event is also of significance to Hindus, who make pilgrimage to the river Yamuna in honour of Shiva. hose tourist are not going to Varanasi, they would love Bateshwar dham.
4.Leopard in the City – Jaipur
Jhalana Forest Reserve in Jaipur—yes, right inside the city, not near, not next to, but in Jaipur. The place is somewhat of a local wildlife sensation. With an area of just 24 square kilometres, it is home to over 20 leopards. Leopards are not endangered like tigers, but are rarer to spot because they are stealthier and shy. Conventionally, leopards have huge territories (average of 70 square kilometres) and are solitary animals. To have one in the park would have been exciting, 20 is just incredible
How much goodness can a city pack in? As if palaces, forts, hills, great shopping areas, delicious cuisine, and being the gateway city to one of the most popular touristy states in the country weren’t enough, Jaipur is also an exciting wildlife destination now. It was only in March last year that Jhalana was declared a protected area and plans to have safaris were initiated. Now, only 10 jeeps each are allowed in two shifts in the morning and evening. It is small, but that doesn’t take away from Jhalana’s charm, as it is blessed with a diverse topography, with the rocky Aravalis bordering it on one side and a forest of evergreen and deciduous trees stretching through its boundary. Jhalana is also home to chital, nilgai and many snake species. It is however the over 100-odd species of birds, including raptors like shikras and white-eyed buzzards, that are its other attraction.
5.The Elephantastic Experience- Jaipur –
An experience to meet Elephants in their natural habitat is a worthwhile opportunity. We offers a responsible way to spend quality time with these beautiful giants rather than troubling them for rides. Take a subtle walk around the village surrounded by Aravali Mountains & a water body for Elephant bathing in between. Explore Elephant shelter and share smiles with their keepers & family. We got plenty bananas for you to be friends with them. A unique opportunity to learn gesture language used by their keepers and dry scrub them to strengthen your friendship. Got time! Why not cook a bread or two & feed them fresh! Day out with Elephants is a memorable experience for wildlife enthusiasts to be up and close with Elephants and being part of Responsible Tourism
So go ahead and experience the ‘ Real India’ revealed to you in a unique way !