Staying at the Amarvilas, one feels linked in some way with the Taj. Not to get too fanciful about it, but one enters into a kind of day and night dialogue with the sublime monument. While the Amarvilas can’t be compared with the Taj—nothing can—its every design element—not to mention its every window—pays tribute to the Taj, deepening that link, making a visit to what the great Lord Curzon called “the gem of man’s handiwork” extraordinarily meaningful and memorable.
All meeting and exceeding the legendarily high Oberoi standard: Beautifully decorated rooms, with teak flooring and hand-woven rugs with Mughal designs, upholstered armchairs next to wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Taj; two top-tier restaurants (with private terrace dining available), a superb spa, and a pool area that looks like it was designed by one of the Mughal Empire’s most talented and playfully imaginative architects.
Of course the Taj draws our eyes and hearts. As Lord Curzon, the most astute of the Raj’s viceroys, said, it’s “the gem of man’s handiwork, without flaw or blemish, exquisite, irresistible, impossible to criticize, incapable of improvement.” We and our Micato Tour Director will golf-cart over to the Taj for morning and evening visits, wandering in its gardens, watching the play of light on its white marble. But Agra is a wonderful, history-drenched city its own right, and we’ll roam its vast Fort (where the Taj’s builder, Shah Jahan, spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son, gazing forlornly out at his masterpiece). We’ll visit local artisans, and get acquainted with a town our Tour Director knows and loves intimately.