Best Exotic Marigold Tour - 10 days

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'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.

  • Khempur – Stay in the real life ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and explore the delightful rural village
  • The Taj Mahal – Discover the legendary marble monument which is India’s most iconic site and an extravagant symbol of love
  • Udaipur – Ride on a tuk-tuk through the narrow streets and watch the sunset from the Monsoon Palace
  • Delhi – Take a guided tour of India’s capital including Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat memorial to Gandhi
  • Lake Pichola – Cruise on the lake in romantic Udaipur and enjoy stunning views of the Aravalli Mountains
  • Jaipur – Tour the highlights of the Pink City including Amber Fort, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar
  • Agra – Marvel at the striking UNESCO-listed fortress, built from beautiful red sandstone
  • Abhaneri – Admire the impressive Chand Baori step well, which climbs down 13 stories to the waters edge
Age Policy
16 + if accompanied by an adult.
  • Asia
  • India
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! Included arrival transfer and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Delhi
( overnight in Overnight Sleeper Train)
Delhi - Udaipur. Today we explore Delhi, including Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat and more. This evening we travel to Udaipur by sleeper train.

Day 3: Udaipur

Arrival Udaipur and transfer to our hotel. After breakfast and check in we take a thrilling tuk tuk ride through the narrow streets stopping to take in the sites. Afternoon visit to Monsoon Palace for sunset and take in the evening atmosphere.

Day 4: Udaipur

Lake Pichola - Khempur. This morning we head down to the lake and enjoy a boat ride and take in the spectacular views. We then transfer to the original 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', located in a little town called Khempur, the hotel is officially known as the Ravla Khempur but it was here that some of the film was shot.

Day 5: Khempur

Today we take in the relaxed pace of village life as we set off to explore the surrounding area by bullock cart ride. Later we enjoy high tea by the lake.

Day 6: Jaipur

Khempur - Jaipur. Today we travel to the Pink City of Jaipur. Arrival and hotel check in.

Day 7: Jaipur

This morning we explore Amber Fort, followed by a visit to a local flower market. Our afternoon tour includes the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and a walking tour of the bustling Bazaar. This evening offers a cooking demonstration at our hotel.

Day 8: Agra

Jaipur - Agra. Departing for Agra, we stop at the Abhaneri step well - the place Sonny tried to express his deepest feelings for Sunaina in the film. Next, we explore the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. In Agra, this evening we enjoy sunset the Taj Mahal.

Day 9: Delhi

Agra - Delhi. This morning we visit the Agra Fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Afterwards we continue to Delhi for your final evening in this amazing country.

Day 10: Delhi

Breakfast and onward transfer to the airport.

  • Breakfast daily and 4 dinners
  • 6 nights 3-4 star heritage hotels and 2 nights at the 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in Khempur
  • Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi, boat ride on Lake Pichola, tuk tuk ride in Udaipur, buffalo cart ride in Khempur and cooking class in Jaipur!
  • 1 overnight sleeper train Delhi to Udaipur (2nd class sleeper train)
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sights
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 10
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$75-85pp, paid in local currency

Andrew Jones 20-Jan-2019

The 10 day trip was fantastic in particular the stay at the Ravla Khempur Hotel; the food, company driver and main guide was excellent . The overnight train to Udaipur was an experience and a great idea to maximise days out. Regards Andrew and Ashy x

Rating: 5/5

Joe Clarkson 04-Oct-2018

Very good tour

Rating: 5/5

Lorraine Shearman 05-Jun-2018

I absolutely loved everything about the tour. We were well looked after from stepping off the plane to re boarding. Accomodation was excellent everywhere we stayed. Our stay at the Exotic Marigold was magical. Our guide Sammi was the best, nothing was too much trouble and he organised a few extra things we showed interest in. He has a very good knowledge of the Indian history. Thank you for a most memorable trip.

Rating: 5/5

David Silvera 09-Apr-2017

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.

Rating: 4/5


Dates Price Single Availability
25-Sep-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website
16-Oct-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website
06-Nov-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website
04-Dec-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website

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