The busy Golden Triangle cities can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s great to take sanctuary after a day’s sightseeing in a decent hotel. The accommodation we offer on our tours gives you the chance to regroup, relax and unwind with some peace and quiet whilst still being in the heart of the action!
Food and drink
Indian food is one of the world’s most colourful, fragrant and delicious cuisines. However, whilst most hotels will have stringent hygiene procedures, it’s worth exercising caution elsewhere. There’s an abundance of delicious street food to try, but follow the locals and choose popular vendors that prepare food in front of you. As a rule, err on the side of caution by choosing freshly prepared food that is served hot.
Most tap water in India is unfit for consumption, and although some hotels offer treated water, it’s best to stick to the bottled kind. You’ll encounter two types: packaged drinking water that has been treated, and pure mineral water – both are safe to drink, although mineral water has the edge as it is chemical free. Be wary of washed salads, fresh fruit juice (which may be mixed with water), and ice cubes.
Getting around the Golden Triangle cities
Taxis are an inexpensive way of getting around, but we recommend a rickshaw ride. This is a great way of seeing the sights, and will rarely cost more than a pound or two.
Our Guide to the Golden Triangle – What to watch out for
India is a friendly place, and you will encounter many locals just wanting to chat and say hello. However, you may be approached for money, by hotel touts, pushy shopkeepers, rickshaw drivers wanting to take you to a particular bazaar, or photographers wanting to take your picture at tourist attractions. A firm “no” is the best response!
Our top tips
- Research what you want to see before you travel
- Choose a private tour to explore at your own pace
- Flat shoes are a good choice as paths can be a bit uneven
- Dress conservatively if you’re visiting a religious building
- Clean your hands on the go with antibacterial hand gel or wipes
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the Golden Triangle. We offer a range of Golden Triangle tours that can be tailored to meet your requirements. Book your dream North India holiday today.