Much can be said about the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Undoubtedly the symbol of India, itís listed as a UNESCO heritage site and is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World.† Furthermore, it took 22 scrupulous years to complete with an army of over 22,000 workers!
Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who passed away giving birth to their fourteenth†child in 1631. Whilst on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised Mumtaz that he would never re-marry and also that he would construct a grand burial chamber in her memory. Itís said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken over Mumtazís death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years. Her body is inside the monument, along with the body of Shah Jahan. The romantic story of the Taj Mahal has captured Indians and tourists alike, for hundreds of years.
The Oberoi Amarvilas is undoubtedly the most luxurious way to experience the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Amarvilas is repeatedly ranked amongst the best hotels in the world, and itís not hard to see why.
Upon checking in to the Amarvilas, youíll catch your first glimpse of the breath-taking Taj Mahal from your very own room. Located only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, each room boasts a private view of the great monument. Itís the perfect place to observe the Taj Mahal in complete privacy and comfort, without the restriction of visiting hours. As the sun rises and sets over the Taj, its white marble glows with an warm orange hue Ė an impossibly romantic scene.
The architecture at the Amarvilas was inspired by Moorish and Mughal styles, and is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal in its design and symmetry. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a fantastic display of royal Indian style, with terraced lawns, rippling fountains, reflection pools and rich pavilions. Along with private views of the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas also boasts one of the most luxurious spas in India. The spa too has views of the Taj Mahal, and claims to make its guests feel like royalty.
A Premier Room at the Oberoi Amarvilas costs approximately £500 per night.
Madeleine Hann is CEO and Co-Founder of†Indian Excursions Co.