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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Luxury in one of the world's best hotels

An oasis in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Amarvilas is a cultural purpose in its own right.
The luxurious hotel in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, about two hours by train or six hours by road from Delhi, is rated as one of the top 10 in the world.
Stylish arches, domes and flowing symmetry of Mughal and Moorish architectural styles echo the nearby Taj and the Red Fort which are the city of Agra's tourist attractions.
The hotel's red sandstone outside is fiery in sunlight and almost glows by night.
Just 600m from the Taj, the hotel complex spreads over nearly four hectares, containing elaborate gardens, pavilions, fountains and reflection pools in the Islamic tradition.
Staffs welcome travel-weary visitors with cold towels and drinks, and a tour of the hotel which is a showcase for local artisans.
Frescoes on limewashed, creamy sandstone walls are used widely throughout the complex, painted with ground semi-precious stone pigments including lapis lazuli and gold leaf, in ornate Mughal style.

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