Delhi, India

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahel Hotel, Agra

Insider’s Take

As befits a flagship Taj Group hotel, the Taj Mahal seamlessly mixes staunch traditionalism—in respectful service, welcoming spirit, and carefully curated design—with contemporary luxuries and amenities. That approach is mirrored in the Taj’s august location, on storied Mansigh Road, in the midst of what’s known as Lutyen’s Delhi, for the architect most responsible for the British Raj’s wonderfully grand imperial buildings, occupied these days by India’s government.

Accommodations

The Taj was built to offer views of Delhi, and its rooms—fully connected, modern to a T, but with traditional grace notes—are designed with the busy traveller to a busy capital city in mind. The entire hotel is dedicated to serenity and ease. The Taj is one of Delhi’s culinary leaders; a mere list of its restaurants gives you an idea that food is taken seriously at the Taj: The Varq; House of Ming; Machan; The Grill Room; Rick’s; the Emperor Lounge (whose classic high tea is Delhi’s loftiest); and Wasabi by Morimoto.

Activities

As one of the world’s great capital cities—one that grows greater by the day—Dehli is a lodestone for those of us drawn to India’s thrilling and deep exoticism and its simultaneous embrace of the modern. (We avoid the overworked word exotic, but if there is a country and culture that welcomingly merits that word, it’s India.)

Our Micato Travel Director will lead us on tours of Delhi Old and New. We’ll ride rickshaws to its massive Jama Masjid mosque, pay our respects at Humayan’s Tomb (which provided inspiration for Shah Jahan’s immortal Taj Mahal), and get a sweetly revealing look at Sikhism at one of its largest temples, the Burudwara Bangla Sahib, amongst much exotic and enthralling else.

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