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Margot B
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Author of Moon Living Abroad in India and Moon Taj Mahal...

India on the Quick

The Best of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra)
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Oberoi Amarvilas

One of the four Oberoi "Vilas" properties, Amarvilas is arguably the most stunning hotels in Agra. All the rooms here have views of the Taj Mahal and the pool is gorgeous. The restaurants on site are some of the best in town, too and there's a lovely little spa (for in house guests only, alas)....

Taj Mahal

I spent a few days in Agra last autumn on a research trip and visited all the sites. The Taj is easy to spot from much of the town, and what I soon realized was that it was really hard to keep my eyes off of it every time it was in view. This building was built by Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, who...

Palace of the Winds

Hawa Mahal means wind palace and was built for ladies of the court so that they could observe the goings on in the city while maintaining purdah, or covering of the face. This place gets its name because it's windows and trellises are designed in such a way that air passes through easily, creating an...

Hotel Pearl Palace

Awesome guesthouse, awesome owner. He's an artist and has decorated this place with beautiful blue tiles (including some he sourced from Portugal), faux worli art, and local textiles. The rooftop restaurant here (I believe it's called the peacock) has great views (although the food is nothing...

Samode Haveli

This is one of Jaipur's chicest places to stay. It's in an old city palace that was once a royal residence, and the rooms are gorgeous and filled with old-fashioned furniture. The staff are lovely. It's also right at the edge of the pink city, and that, on the edge closets to Amber, making it one of the...

Lodi Gardens

Beautiful Lodi-era tombs, plenty of green space, a dog park, and tons of birds. This place is popular with posh joggers, young couples who want to make out in the bushes, and expat families with frisbees.

Nizamuddin Dargah

The tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya is here, and the surrounding neighbourhood seems to have been plucked from another century. It's predominantly Muslim here, which gives it a different feel to other parts of Central and South Delhi. Come on a Thursday night when beautiful Qawwali, or Sufi devotional...

Jantar Mantar

A beautiful collection of large astronomical instruments and sundials (one of five such in India). The Jantar Mantar was built in the 1720s-30s and was inspired by the Jantar Mantar of Delhi (although the Jaipur one is considerably larger and more impressive). There are tools here that can be used...

Amber Fort

A beautiful fort overlooking the old capital of Rajputana (Amber), just outside of the Jaipur city limits. There are lots of rooms to explore here (many of which belonged to the women of various rulers' harems. You can walk up the steep hill to the top or take an elephant ride. Don't miss the Kali temple...

The Imperial Hotel

I love this elegant old place...it dates back to 1931, and it may very well be the oldest hotel in town. It certainly has all the "old world charm" you could ask for, plus courteous, non-intrusive staff and a few great restaurants, including an exceptional pan-Asian eatery. The pool is the best in...