Of course, everyone visits the Taj Mahal in the history-rich city of Agra. And just as spellbinding is Rajasthan, the ‘land of kings and princes’ with enthralling cities like Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
But for an extra thrill why not venture out to one of India’s national parks where luxury safari lodges will introduce you to anything from tigers to leopards?
Representing all the grace and elegance of Lutyen’s Delhi, this grand urban getaway fits right in with all the ministries and embassies of the city’s swanky diplomatic enclave. The 260 guest rooms and suites rank amongst the largest in the capital (at least 500 sq.ft. in size), dip pools and enhanced ‘Club’ facilities available if you really feel like pushing the boat out.
Definitely ‘the’ place to stay in Agra, all of its rooms boasting views of the Taj Mahal standing only 600-metres away. In keeping with this unique setting the hotel embraces a suitably romantic ambience, its Moorish and Mughal architecture enhanced by reflection pools and rich pavilions.
Once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the reigns of the Rambagh Palace in 1972. They did an excellent job of ensuring the majestic gardens and palatial public areas still offered a taste of royal living; the elegant guest rooms continuing to draw from the warm hues and colourful art of Rajasthan.
Designed to revive the gracious lifestyles of India’s Rajput princes, the Oberoi Rajvilas stands amidst 32-acres of gardens just outside the city centre. Its rooms, luxury tents and pool villas are all clustered around courtyards in a richly embellished fort setting.
This vision in white marble floats ethereally in the middle of serene Lake Pichola; the Aravalli Mountains providing the equally theatrical backdrop.
With its eye-catching setting on the banks of Lake Pichola, The Leela Udaipur goes all out to evoke the exotic charms of the ‘Venice of the East’.
This hotly-anticipated desert camp and spa combines the low-key beauty of the Thar desert with the sky-high standards of Relais & Châteaux. Throw in an authentic spa created by one of the world’s leading spa companies (Raison d’Etre) and it’s easy to see that new levels of luxury have arrived in western Rajasthan. There are 21 tented suites here, sunken pools and private spas available if the 1,000 sq.ft. of luxury isn’t already quite enough. Local delicacies and western repasts are served in the Dining Tent (or anywhere else on the estate); camel safaris and historical tours on offer before sundowners on the sand dunes.
Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the subcontinent - and there’s nowhere better to view them than from this five-star lodge just five minutes from the park.
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