You can add a wildlife element between Agra and Jaipur by staying in The Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park
The Oberoi Hotel group certainly knows 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. They are strikingly opulent, with sophisticated, classical interiors.
Service at Oberoi Hotels is second-to-none and the cuisine superlative. They continually win worldwide 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. This is the perfect solution 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.
We can of course mix and match different hotel styles on any tailor-made holiday to India if you feel you want some variety. That said, Oberoi knows 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 at The Oberoi New Delhi. After spending the first day at leisure when you arrive and then head out on your second day with the finest private guide to give you your first experience in India. We love to show you beyond the main sights, and this might mean a walk down the bustling back streets and markets. There are a range of ways to do this, and we will always tailor your time in Delhi to your own preferences.
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 at The Oberoi Amarvilas, 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 at The Oberoi Rajvilas, 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 walking in through the tribal villages close to Amer Fort and an immersive walking tour of the artisan areas of the city. 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 here offers you the 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.
Some guests like to continue their time in India, and we could look at extending your stay at Oberoi hotel in Shimla, the Wildflower Hall. Some guests like to combine a beach stay to conclude in Goa, or Kerala.
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.