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Extra pre-stay night + Nights 1, 2, 3: The Oberoi, New Delhi
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Located close to the city center, The Oberoi, New Delhi overlooks the prestigious Delhi Golf Club on one side and Humayun's Tomb on the other. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this elegant hotel is a favorite of sophisticated travelers. The readers of Travel + Leisure rank The Oberoi, New Delhi among the top 50 hotels in Asia, and Forbes Traveler 400 places it among the "The World's Best Hotels and Resorts." Guest rooms are artfully decorated in contemporary Indian style and provide such welcome amenities as plasma TV with satellite channels and CD player, and minibar. Pamper yourself at The Oberoi Spa, take advantage of the well-equipped gymnasium or enjoy a dip in the new heated outdoor swimming pool. Three restaurants, Threesixty, Travertino and Taipan, offer a variety of cuisines while The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen invites browsing amidst gourmet treats and international luxury brands.

Night 4: The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
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Recently renovated and refurbished and set within 40 acres of lush gardens, The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi is a haven of tranquility in this bustling city. Guest room amenities include TV with satellite channels, in-room safe, minibar, and tea/coffee maker. During leisure time, have a swim in the pool, keep up with your workout in the Fitness Centre or just take a walk in the gardens. International cuisine is featured at GAD, with a choice of an elaborate buffet or an a la carte menu, while Varuna specializes in authentic Indian cuisine. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks are available at the Prinsep Bar along with a good selection of wines and spirits.

Night 5: The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho
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Set amidst lush green surroundings close to the western group of the temples of Khajuraho, The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho enjoys an ideal location. Comfortable guest rooms feature such welcome amenities as air conditioning, coffee / tea maker, iron and ironing board, free in-house movies, satellite and cable TV, international direct-dial telephones and refrigerator. During leisure time, stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, have a dip in the pool or indulge yourself at Rejuve – The Spa. Panna, the multi-cuisine restaurant and Mahua, the hotel bar, are sure to please.

Nights 6, 7: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
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The luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas is located just 600 meters from the world's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Moorish and Mughal in architecture, it is surrounded by terraced lawns, fountains, reflecting pools and pavilions with rich interiors that are reminiscent of the days of princes and emperors. The readers of Condé Nast Traveler named The Oberoi Amarvilas to the prestigious Gold List and the readers of Travel + Leisure rank it as one of the world's best hotels. Your guest room, with a view of the Taj Mahal, features Burma Teak flooring, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and tub, minibar, walk-in closet with electronic safe, LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player and more. Set in a torch-lit terraced garden, the white marble swimming pool seems straight from The Arabian Nights. If you're craving some exercise, you'll find a fully equipped, state-of-the-art gymnasium within the Oberoi Spa. Both the Bellevue, featuring fine international and authentic Indian cuisine, and Esphahan, the specialty Indian restaurant serving traditional Indian dishes, are excellent dining choices. Cap off your evening at the Bar while enjoying your favorite beverage on its terrace with a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal.

Nights 8, 9: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
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The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur evokes the opulent lifestyles of the legendary Rajput princes. Set amid 32 acres of lush, landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflecting pools with Jaipur as a backdrop, guests are surrounded and enveloped with the romance and grandeur that was Rajastan. All guest rooms have regal four-poster beds and sunken marble baths overlooking private, walled gardens and provide LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player, walk-in closet with electronic safe, minibar and more. Relax and reflect in the beautiful heated swimming pool set in a garden, play some tennis, hit the ball around a five-hole pitch and put course, burn off some calories in the fully equipped gymnasium or allow the Oberoi Spa to lull you with personalized treatments drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions. End the day feeling like Rajput royalty as you linger over a nightcap in the Rajwada Library Bar. Both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure give The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur top marks.

Nights 10, 11: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
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Capturing all of the splendor and romance of a royal era, palatial The Oberoi Udaivilas sits on the shores of Lake Pichola. Udaipur is a city renowned for its palaces, and this splendid hotel evokes the Rajasthan-era grandeur, romance and splendor once enjoyed by royalty. On its grounds with rambling courtyards, rippling fountains, reflecting pools and verdant gardens – and within its interiors embellished with hand-painted frescoes, intricate mirrors and meticulously crafted artifacts – the ambiance is one of regal splendor. Guest rooms, each with a private walled courtyard, are elegantly appointed with fine Indian textiles and custom-designed, handcrafted furniture and provide LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player, minibar and many more welcome amenities. Two magnificent heated outdoor swimming pools await, as does a state-or-the-art gymnasium and The Oberoi Spa, a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. In the evening, relax in the refinement of the Bar with a variety of spirits, wines and cigars.

Nights 12, 13: Vivanta by Taj Malabar
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Enjoying a magnificent view of Cochin Harbour from Willington Island, the Vivanta by Taj Malabar, built in 1913, blends modern convenience with old-world elegance. Guest amenities in all distinctive and elegant rooms include electronic safe, minibar, hairdryer, tea/coffee maker and TV with satellite channels. Take advantage of the swimming pool and steam room, keep up with your workouts in the Fitness Centre, or give yourself over to the many pleasures of the Jiva Spa.

Nights 14, 15: Kumarakom Lake Resort
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Known as the "land of green magic," Kerala is a lush and beautiful area on the coast of southwest India. It is here that the lovely Kumarakom Lake Resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and winner of the World Travel Award as India's Leading Resort, beckons with the perfect blend of elegance and tradition embodied in its freestanding villas set amidst 25 acres of greenery at the edge of Lake Vembanad. Peace, tranquility and true relaxation abound. Guest accommodations were created with materials from century-old ancestral homes, retaining traditional details as well as New Age amenities welcomed by sophisticated travelers. Swimmers will love the meandering swimming pool!

Nights 16, 17 + extra post-stay night: The Oberoi, Mumbai
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Located on Nariman Point with the best view of Mumbai with the tip of the "Queen's Necklace," Marine Drive, on its doorstep, The Oberoi, Mumbai couldn't be in a better location. Away from the hustle and bustle found in other parts of the city, it is still close to shops, restaurants and other pleasant diversions. Like the other famous Oberoi hotels, The Oberoi, Mumbai warmly welcomes guests with top-notch service in a luxurious ambiance. The hotel is in the midst of a multi-million renovation after which more specific information regarding new guest room amenities, recreational facilities and dining options will be available.

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