Maximum Group Size: 10
Starts in: Delhi on Monday 1st October 2018
Finishes in: Delhi on Thursday 11th October 2018
Entrance Fees: Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary
Fully Escorted: by Deb Kindness who has been travelling and leading groups through the Indian Subcontinent since 1993.
Cost: From USD2590 (or equivalent) per person (USD2975 with Optional Single Supplement)
|7 nights Heritage Hotels||Airport Transfers||10 Breakfasts|
|3 nights 3-4 star Hotels||Private Minibus||2 Lunches|
Welcome to the India of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Join us and experience some of the India and sights portrayed in the two very successful films.
Ride auto & cycle rickshaws through Jaipur, spend the night at Madge’s exclusive ‘Viceroy’s Club’ – the ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and see where Sonny woos Sunaina at the Stepwell. Have a gin & tonic on the terrace overlooking the lake in Udaipur and you’ll even get to stay at the original Best Exotic Marigold Hotel itself. In addition there are amazing Moghul sights in Delhi, the truly incredible Taj Mahal in Agra, and the wonders of Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Kings’. Included in this tour are the must do’s and we have allowed plenty of free time for another of the wonders of India – Shopping.
Experience Incredible India and Rajasthan on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a female western tour leader and local guides for various activities and sightseeing.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrival Day. Please arrive in time to meet with the group at 12pm when we have a welcome meeting before we head out for an afternoon of sightseeing in Old Delhi where we explore the markets and bazaars of Chandni Chowk, the Spice markets and take a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow laneways of the old city.
Hotel: The Visaya or similar
Day 2 Agra
A morning drive today to Agra. We visit the magnificent Agra Fort and the exquisite ‘Baby Taj’ and there is time to explore the markets or check out the local Persian style Carpet manufacturers or Inlay Marble workers.
Hotel: The Retreat or similar
Day 3 Kanota
We are up early to visit the Taj Mahal at dawn when it is at its most evocative and ethereal. After breakfast, we drive towards Jaipur, via Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted Moghul city, before stopping the night at Castle Kanota on the outskirts of Jaipur – the filming location of the ‘Viceroys Club’ in the Marigold Hotel movies.
Hotel: Castle Kanota
Days 4-5 Jaipur
Jaipur is known as the ‘Pink City’ and is the capital of Rajasthan. As the location for the Marigold Hotel in the movie, Jaipur has plenty of sights and scenes you will find familiar. We wander the old city markets colourful bazaars and visit the Stepwell featured in the movie along with other sites such as Jaigarh Fort and the Gaitor memorials.
Amber Fort is a splendid example of Rajput/Mughal architecture and was the old capital of Rajasthan prior to 1727. You also have the chance to see the splendid City Palace Museum and the wondrous Jantar Mantar.
Jaipur is famous for Gemstones & Jewellery, Fabrics & Handicrafts, and you’ll have time to explore the markets and shops to pick out a fabulous piece of Rajasthan.
Hotel: Diggi Palace or similar
Day 6 Khempur – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A full day’s drive today to Khempur, a small Hamlet around one and a half hours drive from Udaipur. The Village is a small cluster of typical rural dwellings and shops, and shaded squares where the villagers sit around drinking chai and discuss the affairs of the world or share the local gossip.
Rawla Khempur is the local chieftains ‘Castle’, these days a small Heritage Hotel that is famous originally for its Marwari and Kathiawari Horses and as the film set for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.
Hotel: Ravla Khempur
Day 7 Khempur
We spend the day here at Khempur where you are free to wander the village, explore the local temples, ride horses or a bullock-cart out to the nearby lake or sit in the garden relaxing. Explore the nooks and crannies of the Rawla and enjoy the hospitality of our hosts who will arrange for a cultural show for us in the evening.
Hotel: Ravla Khempur
Days 8-9 Udaipur
A short journey this morning brings us to Udaipur. Often called the romantic city, Udaipur, voted the No. 1 tourist destination in the world in 2009, lives up to its name with its white washed Havelis and Palaces lining the banks of the charming Lake Pichola.
Udaipur was also the location for some scenes in the movie and we stay at a hotel featured in the film (the G&T scene) which was also a favourite sunset spot for the cast and crew. We visit the City Palace complex (one of the largest palace complexes in India), wander the local markets and learn how to make a sensational Indian curry. Why not try your hand at a spot of miniature painting or discover the lake on an afternoon cruise. Udaipur is a friendly and charming city just made for exploring, and shopping.
Day 10 Delhi
Spend any free time here visiting more of the remarkable sights of this misunderstood city, or searching out some wonderful treasures and souvenirs in the many handicraft markets or designer shops throughout Delhi.
Hotel: The Visaya or similar
Day 11 Delhi
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.
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