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The Oberoi Amarvilas

Agra, India

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 64 rooms and suites have uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal.

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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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.

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

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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

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Book Esphahan in advance and order their Thali tasting menu. The hunk curd sauce flavored 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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Description

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 specializing in authentic Indian dishes, as well as a terrace bar with equally captivating views of the Taj. 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.

Accommodation

The hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites featuring an LCD TV, DVD player, satellite TV, wireless broadband internet access, separate walk-in closet with electronic safe, dual line telephones with voice mail, a personal mini-bar, personalized butler service and a well appointed bathroom with Ayurvedic toiletries. Most rooms with balcony or terrace have 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. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.

Facilities

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

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.

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.

Location & Directions

Agra, 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 center.

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.

The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.

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