The Best Exotic Marigold Tour
Just like a good film, there are some things that really inspire us to travel. We take you through this majestic journey as showcased in the much-loved movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Follow in the footsteps of the characters in the movie while staying in charming heritage hotels dating back to the 17th century. Learn how to cook delicious Indian meals, ride authentic Indian transport, and interact with villagers and locals. This is what India is all about!
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi Namaste! Welcome to India.
Day 2 - Delhi Visit the 17th century Jama Masjid mosque and enjoy a rickshaw ride to the spice market. See the community kitchen at the Sikh Golden Temple feeding 10,000 devotees daily. See the Gandhi Museum, India Gate and try a metro ride to the central markets of Connaught Place. Traditional dinner tonight in an Indian family home.
Day 3 - Delhi > Agra Take the train to Agra and this afternoon visit Agra Fort before visiting the Taj Mahal in time for the sunset. Enjoy a traditional barbeque this evening.
Day 4 - Agra > Kanota Drive via the hidden step-well of Chand Baori to Castle Kanota, built by Kanota warriors to serve the Maharaja and made famous as the Viceroy's Club from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film. Enjoy dinner with the Royal family this evening.
Day 5 - Kanota > Jaipur Drive to the pink city of Jaipur and check in to the Victorian themed Narain Niwas Palace, the country residence of a Royal family and a must-see venue from the film. Later join in the fun and chaos of a Bollywood blockbuster at a heritage theatre.
Day 6 - Jaipur Take a classic jeep up to Amber Fort, enjoy a photo stop at the Jal Mahal water palace and see the Astronomical Observatory, 1700 AD City Palace, a royal family residence, and walk through the colourful bazaar to see the iconic facade of the Palace of Winds. There is a cooking class this evening followed by tribal dances.
Day 7 - Jaipur > Pushkar Travel deep into rural India via the deserted Islamic city of Ajmer. Get a snapshot of local life at Pushkar Lake with its 52 bathing ghats and hundreds of milky blue temples. Explore the tribal street bazaar and watch the sun set over the desert.
Day 8 - Pushkar > The Real Exotic Marigold Hotel Drive to quirky Khempur Village. Check-in at the real Exotic Marigold Hotel - Ravla Khempur, the main film location. Enjoy a village walk, school visit, a bullock-cart ride and high tea with the Royal Family.
Day 9 - Khempur > Udaipur Drive to Udaipur today. Watch the sun set over the 19th century Monsoon Palace.
Day 10 - Udaipur A walking tour of the old town will introduce you to medieval bazaars, ower markets, the 16th century Udaipur Palace & Crystal Gallery towering over Lake Pichola. Visit the Salhelyion Ki Bari maidens garden before time for shopping in Bada Bazaar. Join a pottery class at a local artisan's house before a sunset cruise and dinner overlooking the lake.
Day 11 - Depart Udaipur Morning transfer to Udaipur airport.
• Fully escorted by a local expert guide • Accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Train journey Delhi > Agra • Meals as indicated • Gratuities
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required, with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required, with the balance due 90 days prior to departure. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory.
Not included • International Airfares, airline and airport taxes (subject to change)
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Visas (if applicable)
• International Airfares, airline and airport taxes (subject to change) • Items of a personal nature • Travel insurance (mandatory) • Visas (if applicable)