Just over a 100 miles from India’s capital, lies the riverside city of Agra. And while the destination’s name may not be well known, its most significant monument, the Taj Mahal, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you’re considering a trip to Agra, chances are it’s to see this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Agra Fort. The city features as part of the Golden Triangle tourist trail (along with Delhi and Jaipur) and is a must-visit destination for anyone coming close to this part of the world. And here are the places to stay, as you discover Agra and the Taj Mahal.
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Not only can you easily visit the Taj Mahal from this hotel, but you can also see it. The Oberoi Amarvilas affords unobstructed views of the iconic structure, as they lie within the area of protected land around the world wonder (golf carts taxi those staying at the resort to the Taj Mahal’s gate). All rooms get a view of the marble mausoleum and all guests receive attentive butler service. Interiors are decorated with opulent silks, hand-knotted rugs and polished teak furnishings, while outside there’s a huge pool. Those staying here can dine in two restaurants and make use of the spa.
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
The ITC Mughal won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture and is a 2021 Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Hotel. The 233 bedroom hotel is a modern take on an ancient culture – with strong environmental credentials – allowing visitors to steep in local heritage while surrounded by 21st-century mod cons. It has two restaurants: Peshawri and Taj Bano, an outdoor pool, hot tub, the Kaya Kalp Royal Spa and a fitness centre. Bedrooms are traditionally styled, with garden views. Suites have Club Lounge access, while the Grand Presidential Suite comes with its own plunge pool.