Back in February of last year, I took a trip to Rajasthan, India with some of my best friends. It was one of those trips where people who’ve been before gushed about to no end, your own imagine goes wild and expectations are sky high, and yet ultimately, Rajasthan lived up to all that and more. It’s a historical and exceedingly opulent part of India, and one of the most visually stunning destinations I’ve ever been to. Allow me to share with you our journey during our week in this magical place.
After an overnight in Delhi, we began our adventure in Agra – home to the Taj Mahal. At first sight, it is even more magnificent than any photo one has seen before. As you walk along the long, manicured path towards the Taj Mahal, its sheer beauty coupled with the knowledge of the story behind its construction will send chills down your spine.
We then stayed at the Oberoi Amarvilas, with rooms facing the Taj Mahal. I must say, watching the sun rise over the Taj as I did my makeup on the balcony was a surreal moment.JAIPUR
My favorite part of Jaipur was visiting the Amber Fort via elephant. The view towards the floating garden from the red sandstone fortress was absolutely incredible.
We stayed in a luxurious “tent” at the Oberoi Rajvilas, and it was like stepping back into colonial times, except with every modern amenity one could need, and peacocks walking right outside your window.
Udaipur was my most anticipated part of the trip. I had heard and read many things about the ancient temples and floating palaces on lakes, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Jain Temple is one of the most intricately crafted architecture I’ve ever seen. Each centimeter of each pillar told a story and represented hours of craftsmanship. Even the air within the temple felt regal.
We stayed at the stunning Oberoi Udaivilas and dined at the famed Taj Lake Palace. Of the two equally beautiful establishments, I think the rooms at the Oberoi are far more comfortable, but the Taj is an experience. From the moment your boat approaches the beautiful pier of the hotel to the intimate yet grand layout of the palace and the 360 degree view of the lake and other palaces in the distance, the Taj Lake Palace is a wondrous place and a must stop on your journey in Rajasthan.