You can add a wildlife element between Agra and Jaipur by staying in The Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park
Oberoi certainly know how to wow you, as each of their ‘vilas’ hotels were designed to replicate former, grand Maharaja palaces. Mr Oberoi opened them in Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Udaipur, alongside their existing hotels in Delhi and Mumbai where you can start your tour of India. They are strikingly opulent, with sophisticated, classical interiors. The service is second-to-none and the cuisine superlative. They continually win world-wide awards for being some of the best hotels, and the feedback is always glowing. What you get is a consistency across all hotels, ensuring that after a day travelling between them, you know what you can expect, so it is perfect if you aren’t so sure about staying in traditional heritage hotels or palaces that don’t always live up to the service or quality standards. This is possibly also the potential downside in some ways, in that they are all fairly similar. We can of course mix and match different hotel styles on any tailor-made holiday to India if you feel that might be an issue. That said, Oberoi know how to entice you, and the more nights you stay in Oberoi Hotels mean that you get a far better deal. During the summer months from April to the end of September, this gets even better (April and September are generally outside of traditional monsoon months, so well worth considering).
Back to the itinerary, and we can of course tailor any element of the routing. Begin with two days in Delhi, and as we write, the more central Oberoi New Delhi is undergoing a major refurbishment, so you can stay in The Oberoi Gurgaon in southern Delhi. You can then travel to Agra, either by train (two hours), or driving via Sikandra (four hours) where the Mughal Emperor Akbar was buried and has a superb tomb. Most people only stay in Agra for a night, but why not spend two as you’ll have a balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal, and what’s not to love about that? You’ll see more about the day-to-day detail below, but the itinerary moves onto Jaipur, about a five hour drive from Agra. At this stage, you can tie in a visit to Ranthambore National Park to see tigers before rejoining the itinerary at Jaipur, the Oberoi Vanyavilas is a superb luxury tented wildlife lodge. In Jaipur, we suggest three nights, so you can have a chance to enjoy the hotel and also see what the city has to offer. We will throw in some more unusual experiences such a walking in through the tribal villages close to Amer Fort and an immersive walking your of the artisan areas of the city, but the final detail can be developed before you travel depending on your interests. Fly down to Udaipur where The Oberoi Udaivilas overlooks Lake Pichola and the floating palace at the centre. Again, three nights offers a chance to see the city (which takes about half a day), and lot’s of time just to sit back, relax and feel like it is truly a holiday. The expansive gardens of Udaivilas are amazingly conducive to this, and some guests even spend four or five nights here. You can then fly out back to Delhi or Mumbai and connect with an international flight, or continue your tour in India.
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch. You can leave a phone number and suggest a time to call you back, and we can also arrange to do this during the evenings or at weekends if you are busy during the daytime. We can also meet up with you in you fancy a coffee and are based in and around London.