So last month saw me visiting the Taj Mahal twice. While the second trip was a one-day affair, the first one was the one where we relaxed and had a ‘proper holiday’, and that’s what we’re going to talk about here.
Our (me and my travel buddy) journey began with an early morning train from Delhi to Agra (about 2 hours). Upon reaching Agra early morning by around 8, we checked into the Four Points by Sheraton Agra hotel, a plush hotel in the vicinity of the Taj. While we mostly like going out to explore the city during our holidays, this time around, we decided to take a complete break. Right after breakfast, we hit the bed again! And this eat-sleep-repeat routine continued for the rest of the day.
The interiors at Four Points by Sheraton are minimalistic and very modern. The rooms have all amenities one would require while travelling- from a work desk to a stocked-up bathroom, you get it all!
The hospitality at Four Points by Sheraton, Agra, was the highlight of the stay at the hotel. Every single staff member that we happened to come across was not just very polite and courteous, they seemed to be interested in striking a conversation too around our stay experience, and if we needed anything. Having experienced the best of hospitality elsewhere too, this was a welcome change for us. Such small things generally put you at much ease, and go a long way in giving you a positive experience.
From the three restaurants- Oasis, Henry’s bar & The Roof Top, we tried out the Oasis and Henry’s. The Roof Top was closed at the time of our visit. Oasis, an all day dining restaurant, served some interesting dishes in a mix of Indian and international cuisines all day (buffet+ a la carte). Some really delicious food!
We basically spent the afternoon getting a foot massage at the Tattva Spa (read full review) and wrapped up with some drinks at the poolside at the rooftop which also offers a view of the magnificent Taj. And it also drizzled on us for a very short time, making the whole experience totally worthwhile. What more can one ask from life!?
For the next day, we had planned to visit the Taj early morning (5.30 am, precisely), but as luck would have it, our Ola cab didn’t turn up 😛 So we then went to the Taj at around 9.30am. If you are visiting Agra anytime, I’d highly recommend you to go to the Taj as early in the day as possible. It gets really hot here after 8am. We paid a quick visit to the Taj, since both of us had been there quite a few times already (but since we were in Agra, we didn’t want to skip going there too).
Upon coming back, we headed straight to the spa again. Rested some more, and by the end of the day, it was time to head back to Delhi again. 😛
We basically just relaxed on this trip, and tried to do almost nothing for two days, except eat-sleep-repeat. Call it boring or whatever, but sometimes, these are exactly the kind of breaks you need from routine lives. Every once in a while we now plan to keep doing this! #Goals
Special thanks to Four Points by Sheraton Agra for being such wonderful hosts, without whom, this super relaxing holiday wouldn’t have been possible.