Whether it's a first time holiday or a chance to rekindle romance, why not celebrate this special day by having a private dinner in-suite on a balcony overlooking the greatest monument of love – the Taj Mahal, taking an elephant ride to Naila Fort or renewing vows in a sacred Hindu Ceremony at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur. Below is a listing of Oberoi Experiences to choose from, sure to make this year unforgettable:
Elephant Safari to Naila Fort: Do as royal Rajasthani couples did for centuries and embark on a caparisoned elephant for a secluded safari across Jaipur's gorgeous scenery, enjoying a private gourmet picnic in the serene gardens of Naila Fort, now restored to its former glory and the inspiration for The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur.
Or seek the cool climate of the Himalayas and experience a Sanctuary Experience at Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas. Tucked away in the cool green Himalayan forest adjacent to the resort with breathtaking views of the snow capped peaks, couples can enjoy the 30 minute walk to the site. Here in total seclusion, a lavish picnic will appear as if by magic, and couples can relax together surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Renewal of Vows
Nothing could be more romantic than renewing marriage vows in a true Hindu ceremony in a 280 year-old Shiva Temple at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur. The day begins with his and hers spa treatments at The Oberoi Spa. A beautifully decorated horse-drawn carriage will take the lady to the flower-filled Shiva temple where a Hindu priest will perform the ceremony and bless the couple. Afterwards there will be a candlelit dinner with Champagne and traditional Indian music in a magical setting at the pool overlooking the temple.
Or choose the unique setting of The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra in the shadow of the Taj Mahal to perform an ancient Hindu Blessing Ceremony. Join the Pandit (Hindu priest) at the exquisite Jodha Mahal temple, where the priest will offer blessings by chanting prayers for the couple, who will exchange floral garlands as a loving symbol of affection.
Shikara Sunset Boat ride at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur: During the day, Lake Pichola glitters like a sapphire in the sun, but it's at sunset that her true beauty emerges as the iridescent colors of the sky are reflected in her serene waters against the fairytale backdrop of the royal palace. Glide across this surface in a Shikara, a traditional wooden boat used for centuries by Indian nobles and their ladies for romantic rendezvous, enjoying canapés as the stars come out.
Private Dinner on your en suite balcony, overlooking the silhouette of the Taj Mahal at night at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra: India's most beautiful monument was built for love, which makes it the perfect view for an unforgettable candlelit Valentine's Day dinner on your own private balcony as the moon rises and the Taj glows silver in the distance.
To best experience India's diverse culture and beauty, take advantage of the Oberoi "Exotic Vacations" package, which includes a detailed itinerary based on your desired number of travel days, ensuring you and your loved one don't miss any of India's magic.
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