The Oberoi Amarvilas

Agra, Delhi and the North, India

Top tip

By combining different Oberoi properties throughout India for 6 nights or more you can make considerable savings with our very special Oberoi offer. September is a particularly good time to take advantage of this as the rates are fantastic and the monsoon has come to an end. Talk to our India specialists for more information on how to take advantage of the savings.

At a Glance

  • The best views of the Taj - enjoy time on your terrace marvelling at the view

  • The hotel has a really serene atmosphere removing guests from the bustle of this busy city

  • Retreat from the crowds and enjoy the peaceful spa area at the hotel

  • The Oberoi is the closest hotel to the Taj Mahal - very convenient

  • The Oberoi offers a golf buggy service to get to the Taj Mahal if you cannot face the walk or do not want to take a cycle rickshaw

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Best time to Visit

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Due to temperatures and precipitation, Delhi and much of northern India can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time temperatures can get up to 40°C. The coldest months are from December until February whilst the monsoon season is from the end of May through to August. During this time although the the temperature cools, the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months. The best season to visit is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and very cool, making it great for sightseeing.

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Insider's View

Did you know The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj took 22 years to build and is adorned by intricate inlay work using 28 different types of semi-precious and precious stones.

Book a balcony room, an absolute MUST, for epic views of the Taj Mahal and a private G&T at sunset

Visit the Taj Mahal early in morning before the crowds gather and the Agra fort in the afternoon when the temperature has subsided, in time for you to return to your hotel for one of the most spectacular sundowners you’ll ever experience

Book Esphahan in advance and order their Thali tasting menu. The hunk curd sauce flavoured with saffron with the starter is out of this world and strangely the green dish (spinach and puffed lotus with freshly ground Indian spices) in the main course is a real highlight. The mango/pistachio (traditi

Visit Mehtab Bagh the evening before your sunrise Taj visit. It was the site on which Shah Jahan wanted to build the black Taj and gives stunning views across the river of the Taj Mahal.

Check out the hertiage walk in Kachhpura. A real incite into village life and incredible rooftop views of the Taj.

Be aware that single stay options are very difficult to come by at this hotel. The oberoi Amarvilas like you to stay for two nights or more.

For a memorable dinner, try the hotel's Indian restaurant, Esphahân, where you can enjoy a live Santoor performance. Also ask the waiters for suggestions as they have fantastic knowledge of the menu.

Watch the Taj Mahal  sunset from the terrace bar and see the local rajasthan dance performance

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to The Oberoi Amarvilas or take a look at our itineraries to India

Description

Located in Agra close to the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Amarvilas is Agra's premium hotel and simply the best place to stay whilst in Agra. The Oberoi Amarvilas is an opulent hotel where all 102 rooms and suites have uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal.

With excellent views of the timeless monument to love, the Taj Mahal, there can only be one place to stay in Agra.

Built in a style inspired by the Mughal period, the Oberoi Amarvilas boasts ornate gardens replete fountains and pools, its 64 well-appointed rooms all face the Taj Mahal, a mere 600m away. The interiors are refined and stylish, reminiscent of princely India. Rooms feature teak flooring, teak furniture and spacious marble bathrooms with both a bathtub and a separate shower cubicle. For the ultimate in luxury, book yourself into the Kohinoor Suite which offers the best views of the Taj Mahal. The suite also has an interconnecting twin-bedded room which makes it ideal for families.

There are two restaurants, one specialising in authentic Indian dishes, as well as a terrace bar with equally captivating views of the Taj. Guests can even enjoy a private candlelight dinner on their balcony, with exceptional views of the Taj Mahal shining in the moonlight. The spa is dedicated to well-being with a full range of Ayurvedic, Thai and Western treatments. Yoga sessions and meditation are also on offer.

The hotel's privileged position allows easy access to the Taj Mahal, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal and other famous monuments in the surrounding area including Akbar's impressive Red Fort and Fatepur Sikri.

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Accommodation

The hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, each with tastefully appointed bathrooms with Ayurvedic toiletries and many with private balconies. Guests can enjoy a personalized butler service here. Speak to your Travel Consultant if you wish for a room with dramatic views of the stunning Taj Mahal and surrounding gardens. Both the Luxury Suite and the Kohinoor Suite have connecting twin rooms making them perfect for all the family to stay together.

Childcare

Children are very welcome to come and stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas. There is a children's program available and baby sitting can also be arranged.

Services

Services at the Oberoi Amarvilas include complimentary golf cart transfers to and from the Taj Mahal, complimentary transfers to and from the local railway station or airport, wireless internet access in all rooms and public areas, 24 hour in room dining 24 hour personal butler service and 24 hour Concierge.

Facilities

Facilities at The Oberoi Amarvilas include a swimming pool, spa, two restaurants, a bar, a library and a business centre.

Bellevue, the main restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and a menu of Indian and international cuisine. Esphahan focuses solely on Indian cuisine and is only open for dinner.

The hotel's bar, which has a terrace with breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal, offers a fine selection of wines, spirits and cigars.

Activities

The hotel provides complimentary use of the swimming pool but spa treatments are charged at an additional cost. The hotel also offers complimentary transfers to the infamous Taj Mahal, located only minutes away. Other attractions in the local area include the Itmad-Ud-Daulah built by Empress Noorjahan and often referred as the "Baby Taj", the fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri, the Agra Fort, Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra, and the Kinari Bazaar.

Reviews

5

Charlotte Winter (Staff)

The Oberoi Amarvilas is an all-round high class property offering excellent service and facilities. Every room at the hotel offers impressive views of the Taj Mahal which really does lead to a truly unique and memorable stay. After a busy day of sightseeing, Amarvilas is a great hotel to return to with its grand Mughal gardens, beautiful pool and spa. The food here is also delicious - I'd highly recommend visiting Esphahn for dinner.

4

Mr Mike Russell (Guest)

Standard western 5 star chain hotel, but with the most spectacular views of the Taj Mahal from every room and beautiful gardens.

4

Clare Monro (Staff)

If you are looking for a hotel in Agra with the wow factor, this is certainly it! The hotel itself is beautiful, with intricate decor and lovely gardens. But what really sets it apart from the rest is its view of the Taj Mahal from every room and suite, as well as from the restaurants. It does come with a price tag though! The food is delicious as well.

4

Jessica Cator (Staff)

This hotel has managed to capture the reason for your stay in practically very window available to it. You can see the Taj Mahal from your room, the lobby, and even whilst you have a massage in the couples treatment spa. Amarvilas is also the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long days sightseeing the in hustle and bustle of Agra. I couldn't recommend it more highly.

5

Susie Reynolds (Staff)

This hotel blew me away. It is eleven years old [at the time of writing] and while the rooms have not been hugely updated since their creation, the hotel itself, is the most spectacular place to stay while in the home of the Taj Mahal. The Mughul gardens, grounds and pool really set this so apart from the other offerings in the area, it could not be more worth it. The views to the Taj are exquisite, the dance performances in the evening, beautiful and the entire experience unforgettable.

5

Emma Neale (Staff)

I loved Amarvilas because for me it was the perfect place to return after a hectic day of sight seeing in Agra. It really felt like a retreat away from the crowds. Full marks must also go to this hotel for having the ultimate bathroom with a view - you can see the Taj Mahal whilst sitting in the bathtub!

Experiences

  • Agra - Mughal Heritage Walk (Kachpura)

    Visit the small village of Kachpura, a rural settlement, with a stunning backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

    The youth from the community, who have been trained up as tour guides, take you through the village allowing you to real get a feel of village life.

  • Agra - Sunrise at the Taj Mahal

    The Taj Mahal at sunrise is often on many people's ultimate wish lists and it never disappoints. Seeing the sun rise over this amazing monument makes you sit back in awe as Taj's colour slowly changes as the sun shimmers against it.

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Situated 37 km (23 miles) south west of Agra, the ‘lost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is the abandoned capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar.

  • India by Train

    A train journey in India can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. You see the life and soul of India in its many stations, as well as fantastic views of India's countryside.

  • Mughal Heritage Walk

    Visit the small village of Kachpura, a rural settlement, with a stunning backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

    The youth from the community, who have been trained up as tour guides, take you through the village allowing you to real get a feel of village life.

  • Sunrise at the Taj Mahal

    Visit the stunning and historic Taj Mahal at sunrise for a breathtaking experience.

  • Udaipur - Meal at Bhairo (Taj Lake Palace)

    Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at Bhairo on the rooftop at the Taj Lake Palace.

  • Udaipur - Meal at Bhairo (Taj Lake Palace)

    Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at Bhairo on the rooftop at the Taj Lake Palace.

Holiday Ideas

  • Epic Rajasthan

    Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pali & Jodphur

    from £3600 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • Delve into the unbelievable food scene in Delhi, whether it’s a table at Indian Accent, consistently rated the number one restaurant in Delhi, or sampling fire paan on the streets around Connaught Place
    • Enjoy a champagne breakfast on your balcony at the Oberoi Amarvilas and watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal in style
    • Stay in boutique properties oozing with charm and a real sense of style and luxury
  • Family Fun in Rajasthan

    Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Nimaj & Jodhpur

    from £5100 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Delve into the electric city of Delhi and uncover its legendary sites through a combination of local modes of transport, on an elating private tour of the city
    • Dive headfirst into the Blue City of Jodhpur as you leap from the top of Mehrangarh Fort on an adrenaline-charged zip line ride
    • Uncover the aromatic flavours of India in a fun, family culinary class and cook up a storm as you all learn to recreate some of India’s renowned mouth-watering dishes
  • Ultimate Nepal and India

    Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna Trek, Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

    from £4700 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Lovely combination showcasing the highlights of Nepal and India
    • Huge amount of history and culture included in the itinerary and a brilliant introduction to Nepal and India
    • Lovely mix of bustling cities including Delhi and Kathmandu and the charming destinations of Jaipur and Pokhara.
  • Ultimate North India

    Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Shahpura & Udaipur

    from £5500 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • This itinerary includes stops in the main cultural cities of Northern India including Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur and Udaipur
    • We have included a private guide and driver throughout for you, to really see and experience the best of North India
    • Chance to experience rural Rajasthan with a relaxing stay in Shahpura
  • Ultimate Rajasthan

    Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shahpura, Jodhpur, Narlai & Udaipur

    from £6700 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Enjoy scenic drives through rural India, stopping at local markets and watching the colourful daily life of Rajasthani people
    • Immerse yourself in Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb
    • Indulge yourself with some of the incredible Rajasthani cuisine from a Dal Bati Churma ( Dal with wheat dumplings) to a traditional Thali served on a platter and comprising many small dishes

Location & directions

Agra, Delhi and the North, India

The Oberoi Amarvilas is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest states in India. The resort is located at a distance of 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and approximately 15-minutes from the city centre.

How to get there

Agra's Kheria Airport is located 13kms from The Oberoi Amarvilas and is approximately a 25-minutes drive. The Oberoi Air Charter may also be arranged for this journey. It takes approximately 45-minutes to fly from New Delhi to Kheria airport.

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