Best Exotic Marigold Tour - 10 days
'There's always room in India', so join us for a thrilling adventure and an assault on the senses, following in the footsteps of the characters from 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' film. Travel through the chaos of Delhi to the serenity of Udaipur, from the architectural wonder of Jaipur to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, with time to reflect on the light, colour and smiles of India with a stay at the 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' itself.
Delhi - Udaipur. Today, we explore Delhi - both Old and New, with highlights including Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and much more. This evening we travel to Udaipur by sleeper train, a must-do experience for any visitor young or old! The friendly locals will be vying for a chat with you.
Overnight: Overnight Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Our train arrives into Udaipur in the morning to the start of a new day and the gathering hustle and bustle. Take a moment to try some chai, hot tea from one of the vendors, before transferring to our hotel. Here we enjoy some breakfast while waiting for check in. In the afternoon enjoy a thrilling tuk tuk ride through the narrow streets stopping to take in the sites. We'll stop at a lakeside restaurant for the chance to sip an ice cool G&T, much like Evelyn and Madge do in the film! This evening we drive half an hour out of the city to the Monsoon Palace to witness the sunset and experience a magical atmosphere at twilight.
Overnight: Udaipur | Breakfast
Lake Pichola - Khempur. This morning after a leisurely breakfast we head down to the lake and enjoy a splendid row-boat ride. Take in the spectacular scenery of the Aravalli Hills as they are revealed with the lifting cloak of early morning mist. Checking out in the mid-morning it is time for a real treat as we transfer to the original 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Located in a little town called Khempur, the hotel is officially known as the Ravla Khempur and it was here that some of the film was shot. This evening we enjoy a stroll with our guide through the village, with a chance to meet the friendly locals.
Overnight: Khempur | Breakfast, Dinner
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Today we take in the relaxed pace of village life as we set off to explore the surrounding area by bullock cart ride, a mode of transport that has been used here in India since the beginning of written history. Later in the evening we enjoy high tea by the lake, much as the British Raj would have done in a bygone era.
Overnight: Khempur | Breakfast, Dinner
Khempur - Jaipur. Today we have a long drive to our next destination, Jaipur. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey, soaking in the amazing sights and sounds as we make our way to the Pink City.
Jaipur was coined with the moniker Pink City after the visit of the King Edward, the Prince of Wales in 1876. After arrival and hotel check in, perhaps enjoy a splash in the pool before your dinner of traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast, Dinner
This morning a jeep transports us to the lofty Amber Fort of Jaipur, where we enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Decorate yourself in colourful flowers as we stop to visit a local flower market or for the travelling couples, boys can imitate Sonny and buy a marigold chain for their one true love!
Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. Later in the day enjoy a walking tour of the bustling Bazaar. This evening we have a special treat for you with a cooking demonstration at our hotel and as a bonus, you get to eat what you learnt to cook!
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast, Dinner
Jaipur - Agra. Departing Jaipur, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital with a stop at the Abhaneri step well along the way - a popular place for local children to swim. It's here that Sonny tried to express his deepest feelings for Sunaina in the film. En route we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water shortly after completion. Arriving in Agra we assist with your check in then head out to visit the Agra Fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. This evening we enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, watching a picturesque sunset over India's most iconic monument.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
Agra - Delhi. Today is the piece de la resistance as we make our way back to Delhi, stopping at the Vrindavan and Mathura temples along the way. Here you'll discover real insight into the Hindu Religion with both ancient and modern temples of worship dedicated to the god Krishna. You will see the priests perform the worship with the transcendental music they play for the gods providing a unique soundtrack to the event. Afterwards we continue to Delhi for your final evening in this amazing country.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast
"Everything will be alright in the end", they say in India, "and if it's not alright, then it's not the end". Sadly, today marks the end of your incredible journey and we hope it's been more than alright! After breakfast and hotel check out we transfer you to the airport for your onward departure journey and bid you a fond farewell.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just 15 minutes drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.
Karohi Haveli, Udaipur
Built in 1820, this family-run hotel was once the residence of the Karohi noble family. Recently converted into a heritage hotel, the stately Rajasthani-style building continues to offer royal hospitality. Each guestroom has a terrace with wonderful views of the lake and surrounds. Featuring traditional furnishings and modern amenities, they offer free WiFi, a TV and room service from the friendly staff. Take time to enjoy the lush gardens and feast in either of the two restaurants. A cool evening breeze makes the bar the perfect place to enjoy a drink or two.
Ravla Khempur, Khempur
This quaint heritage hotel was featured in the British comedy film 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' and the owner is famed for breeding stunning Marwari horses. The hotel is a traditional heritage property and offers 10 well appointed en suite comfortable rooms.
Shahpura House, Jaipur
A fine example of Shekhawati architecture, the grand Shahpura House has spacious, richly furnished rooms with a truly majestic feel. The hotel boasts a number of eating experiences including a roof top restaurant and a relaxing pool-side restaurant and bar. Guests can also indulge in some pampering spa treatments at the Shahpura House Spa. The property is located in a quiet and plush residential area of Jaipur hidden away from the usual hustle, bustle and chaos of the city.
Four Points by Sheraton , Agra
The Four Points by Sheraton in Agra is an excellent choice for those looking to visit the Taj Mahal. The comfortable guestrooms are well-equipped with all mod cons including free WiFi whilst the hotel boasts a swimming pool and fitness centre. After a day of sightseeing in Agra guests can enjoy a cold beverage at Henry's, the hotel's lounge bar, or head to the Roof Top for grilled dishes and views of the Taj Mahal.
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Sat was a fantastic guide, nothing was ever to much trouble and we all felt safe in his very capable hands. His historical / religious knowledge was amazing!! I felt the tour gave a very good experience of the real India. A friend of mine said that in India you will see the very best and very worst of what life has to offer.... that was certainly true. The Indian people are the friendliest people I have ever met. ”