While India is a country which is multilayered and resplendent, it is widely held that there is a sole reason to visit Agra and I realized its true essence in my trip to Agra. All thanks to the team at Parallels and Meridians that made my stay worth remembering.
So to begin with, my guide and I walked through the lobby to check in at the Oberoi Amarvilas, and a glimpse from the hotel’s living room came as a breathtaking surprise The hotel is just 600 meters from the Taj and is separated by a river that affords premium views. My guide took me to Taj that evening for the sunset. I was left speechless to see the magnificence and grandeur of the world’s finest monument.
We came back to the hotel. After refreshments, I had some leisure time to myself. I started exploring the hotel and was splendid to see polished timber floors, hand-knotted carpets, original artwork and handcrafted furniture. The rooms and the public spaces display a celebration of Indian craftsmanship and striking Mughal architecture. The place is filled with intricate marble inlay work, jaali, gold thread and beaded embroidery, woodcarvings and hand-woven tapestries.
Rather than chasing trends, Oberoi has chosen to stick to its timeless beauty. The Amarvilas has its name synonymous with homegrown luxury in India.It has the most spectacular pool in Asia, sundecks with colorful umbrellas, surrounded by striking architecture and terraced gardens. It offers extensive Ayurvedic treatments, an all-day dining with international cuisine, and Esphahan, a gorgeous Indian restaurant that serves some of the best luxury Indian food in Agra.
The Taj can be seen from the hotel’s restaurant, from one’s private veranda and even from one’s bathtub. I feel that one chooses Agra for a vacation for the Taj Mahal and a luxurious stay with a view of the Taj 24/7 is no less than an icing on the cake. I would like to thank P&M for its immense hospitality and making my stay worth the splurge.