Tourist hotspots and luxury hotels and resorts are opening up gradually in India, but if the COVID-19 scare is still stopping you from taking the public transport, we recommend you take these road trips instead, to some of the most breathtaking properties of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. After all, it’s about time you satiated that wanderlust soul of yours. By Tanvi Jain
As India entered the first phase of unlocking, further easing of restrictions that were imposed earlier to curb the spread of COVID-19 has been set in motion. In fact, certain travel restrictions have also been eased and limited operation of trains, flights and buses have been permitted. However, travellers are still scared to share space with strangers, and as we wait for complete travel to resume, more are likely to initially opt for road trips, to closer destinations, rather than taking public transport, so that they can drive safe in the comfort of their own car, and only with their family and friends. Keeping the current scenario in mind, we bring to you these luxurious properties by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts that you can easily drive to from New Delhi.
Approximately a five-hour drive from Delhi, this 32–acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with traditional architecture and reflecting pools, is perfect for a short road trip post lockdown to break the quarantine monotony and just relax amid full privacy and luxurious offerings. Its Surya Mahal restaurant is always ready to serve you delectable Indian and international cuisines, both in the dining area as well as in the comfort of your room.
Another nearby luxurious haven, this hotel surrounded by 8,000 acres of protected natural forest, is located just five hours away from Delhi, at the foothills of the Himalayas. A drive to this resort will transport you to the Mughal era, with its spacious accommodation, forest views and interiors inspired by Mughal palace design. Moreover, the chefs here will provide you with authentic Punjabi delicacies in the comfort of your villa or tent.
Spread over 30 acres of land on the banks of Lake Pichola, with spectacular views across the hotel’s gardens, drive to The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur if you are looking to experience a scenic road trip. This property lies around 11.5 hours away from the national capital. However, once you reach the resort, the long drive will feel totally worth it. Its superior accommodations reflect Mewar-inspired motifs, elegant furnishings and modern technologies with uninterrupted garden and lake views. Their Suryamahal & Chandni Restaurant offers the best of Indian and Western delicacies.
4. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore
Approximately seven hours drive from Delhi and just a few minutes from the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, is set within acres of beautiful gardens providing luxury tented accommodations, each with a private garden. The resort offers authentic Rajasthani specialities, and pan-Indian and continental delicacies at its all-day restaurant – The Dining Room – and even delivers scrumptious meals to your tent.