TFT Travels: Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

It’s a stunning property with exemplary service, and yes, you can see the Taj from almost every window.

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Our first glimpse of the hotel – beautiful stone elephants, and landscaped lawns.

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Pretty water fountains dot the property.

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The grand chandelier and massive floral decorations (changed daily for maximum impact).

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The beautiful lobby.

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Delicate flute music wafts through the hotel as guests wander.

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Marble white and wood reflects the design aesthetic of the hotel.

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Our serene, plush rooms.

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The best reading nook possible. It had a view of the Taj.

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We looked out at Taj Mahal, as does almost every space at the Amarvilas.

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The lounge, with a view.

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So much to take in . . . the details of the interiors were stunning.

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Gorgeous cocktail bar. Hanging behind it is a painted map of the Taj Mahal grounds.

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Happy hour at the Amarvilas means you look out at the Taj some feet away and enjoy a drink! Our cocktail of choice was ‘The Mumtaz Mahal’ – watermelon chunks, pomegranate seeds, basil, orange juice and white rum. Very special indeed.

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The Taj, staring back at us.

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You actually felt like pinching yourself to believe your eyes. So much history to this most iconic of buildings, and its just there, sitting pretty outside the door.

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The pool, with a view.

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As pretty by night.

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Esphahan is their Indian fine dining restaurant.

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A selection of their finest kebabs, delicious and beautifully presented.

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The thali with silver service of course. A feast not just for the eyes!

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Such a big dinner, and yet the breakfast menu looked enticing. We had an early start as we wanted to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

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The first glimpse of the Taj, almost pink in the dawn light. Goosebumps.

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What an architectural marvel – one can just sit and look at it. The grounds are quiet and peaceful, and actually encourage visitors to rest a while, absorb the surroundings.

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Lounging by the pool, a great way to absorb the beauty of this magnificent hotel. In our humble opinion, if there is any hotel that sets the standard for service, it is the Oberoi Vilas. We’re so glad we got to enjoy a slice of this heavenly life.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Taj East Gate Road, Near Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001. Call them at 0562 223 1515.

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