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.

Highlights
  • 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.
Destinations
  • Asia
  • India
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Delhi

Saturday. Namaste! Welcome to India! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel, where the rest of today is at leisure. You may wish to visit the impressive Akshardham, which is the world’s largest Hindu temple.

Location: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi

Delhi - Udaipur. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing today as we explore both Old and New Delhi. Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar and discover highlights of the old city, including the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and the largest and oldest mosque in India - Jama Masjid. We also visit the peaceful site of Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhi’s cremation and where an eternal flame now burns in his honour. Later, see highlights of New Delhi including the Rajpath and India Gate monument, before we board the overnight train to Udaipur.

Location: Delhi

Day 3: Udaipur

A favorite amongst travellers, Udaipur is viewed as one of the most romantic cities in the state of Rajasthan. On arrival in the city there is the chance to try some chai hot tea from a local vendor before we enjoy an exhilarating tuk-tuk ride through the city’s narrow streets, stopping to take in the most important sites. Replicate a scene from the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ as we stop at a lakeside restaurant for a drink - just as Evelyn and Madge do in the film.

This evening we drive out of the city to enjoy a beautiful sunset and panoramic views from the hill-top Monsoon Palace. This impressive site featured in the 1983 James Bond film ‘Octopussy’, starring Roger Moore. After our visit, we return to the hotel.

Location: Udaipur

Day 4: Udaipur

Lake Pichola - Khempur. Enjoy a row boat ride on Lake Pichola this morning for breath taking views of the forested Aravalli Mountains. Weave around the four islands on the lake before we travel to the village of Khempur. This village is home to the original ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, where much of the film was shot. We check in to the hotel, which is actually named the Ravla Khempur and enjoy an evening stroll with our guide through the village.

Location: Udaipur

Day 5: Khempur

Take a traditional oxen cart ride today as we explore rural Khempur and its surrounding area to experience the relaxed pace of village life. Later, enjoy tea by the lake, much as the British Raj would have once done.

Location: Khempur

Day 6: Jaipur

Khempur - Jaipur. Today we have a long drive ahead of us as we travel to the UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur. The city earned its nickname when the Old City was painted pink by the Maharaja to welcome the Prince of Wales (soon to be King Edward VII) to Jaipur in 1876. Relax and enjoy the sights as we travel, then enjoy a delicious dinner of Rajasthani cuisine on arrival.

Location: Jaipur

Day 7: Jaipur

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Jaipur, beginning with a visit to the impressive Amber Fort. This palace is laid out over four layers and sits beside the shimmering Maota Lake. We reach the site by jeep and explore, before continuing to a local flower market. Later, we tour the City Palace and visit its museum of regal clothing and textiles. Then we continue to the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar space observatory.

This evening, explore the bustling local bazaar and take part in a local cooking demonstration at our hotel. After we’ve finished cooking, enjoy feasting on our delicious creations.

Location: Jaipur

Day 8: Agra

Jaipur - Agra. Leave the Pink City today as we travel to the village of Abhaneri and admire the Chand Baori step well, which famously featured in the blockbuster film ‘Batman: The Dark Night Rises’. Continue to the ghostly city of Fatehpur Sikri, which was abandoned more than 400 years ago but remains brilliantly preserved.

We arrive in Agra later today and enjoy an evening tour of the legendary Taj Mahal - India’s most iconic attraction. The monument was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife and is the most extravagant monument dedicated to love that the world has ever seen. It is a special experience to watch the beautiful sunset over this romantic site - we get to experience this before we return to our hotel.

Location: Agra

Day 9: Delhi

Agra - Delhi. This morning we visit the imposing UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and explore this famous red sandstone site, which can be more accurately described as a walled city. After our visit, we return to Delhi, where your final evening in India is free to spend at leisure.

Location: Delhi

Day 10: Delhi

Monday. Today your Indian adventure comes to an end - unlike the characters in the film, you have a plane to catch! Our tour ends with an included departure transfer to the airport.

Location: Delhi

  • 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



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