The Story

Best time to go: October - April, but Oberoi have excellent offers during the summer
Best for: Slow Travel, First Time Visitor

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.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£2495
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Stay in luxury Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, ensuring a level of consistency in accommodation
  • Have your own private driver and guides throughout
  • Explore the main highlights of Rajasthan without delving too far off-the-beaten track
  • Perfect for a first-time visitor to India
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1-2 Delhi The Oberoi Gurgaon
Day 2-3 Agra The Oberoi Amarvilas
Day 4-6 Jaipur The Oberoi Rajvilas
Day 7-9 Udaipur The Oberoi Udaivilas
Day 10 Mumbai Airport Fly Home

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-2
Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi, India

The Oberoi Gurgaon

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Gurgaon is a luxury city-resort hotel, located just 15 minutes from Delhi’s International Airport, and has world-class facilities and rooms.

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Day 2-3

The Oberoi Amarvilas

$ $ $ $ $  

The opulent and elegant Oberoi Amarvilas is by far the best hotel in Agra, with all the exceptional rooms offering exceptional views of the Taj Mahal.

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Day 4-6

The Oberoi Rajvilas

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Rajvilas is a luxury resort located just outside of Jaipur in Rajasthan and is set within thirty-two acres of landscaped gardens surrounding and 18th century Hindu temple.

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Day 7-9
Luxury Oberoi Tour - Millis Potter - Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Udaivilas is a luxury resort and is located on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur and overlooks the Lake Palace.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Idea 1

You can add a wildlife element between Agra and Jaipur by staying in The Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park

Idea 2

Consider an extension to the former British hill-station of Shimla where you find two Oberoi Hotels, the Cecil and Wildflower Hall

Idea 3

Consider a beach stay the end your tour of Rajasthan. Goa is an easy distance away, but also the Middle East, Sri Lanka or the Maldives are possibilities

Idea 4

The Oberoi New Delhi is currently undergoing a renovation, so we can opt for another centrally located hotel whilst you are in Delhi.

Further Itinerary Suggestions

Classic Rajasthan

Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Shahpura - Udaipur  

Perfect for a first-time visitor to India, delve into the classic highlights of Rajasthan; marvelling at the Taj Mahal, heading out on a tiger safari, exploring the hidden side to the bustling cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, and also having time to experience Rajasthan’s magical rural heartlands.

13 days from £2935 p. p.

The Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Nimaj - Jodhpur - Jawai - Udaipur  

Delve a little deeper into Rajasthan on a private tour that perfectly blends the colourful cities with rural charm, staying in lovely boutique hotels as you travel.

15 days from £2795 p. p.