Taj East Gate Rd, Agra.
Ph: (0562) 223 1515.
One of the world’s great destination hotels. Architect Prabhat Patki has created a modern Mughal masterpiece complementing the monument, which is just 600ms away. Each of the 102 rooms and suites overlook the Taj Mahal, so you can wake up in your lavish king size bed and see the monument at dawn or, in some rooms, you can enjoy the view whilst soaking in rose petal strewn, enormous, freestanding bathtubs.
This is a palatial property with terraced lawns, fountains, a stunning swimming pool and an excellent spa. Having drinks on the terrace is a lovely experience and romantic private dining can be arranged. Many of the premier rooms have private open-air terraces. It is expensive; rooms in high season start at 43,000, but are absolutely worth it, if you can, even for just one night! In low season this rate halves.