The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

12 Days, from AU $2,139

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Taj Mahal

Snake Charmers, Jaipur

Palace Jal Mahal at Night

Painted Elephant in Rajasthan

Drawing on locations and themes from the famous movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, we have put together a trip designed to show you the colourful rural villages and the wonderful sites of the Golden Triangle. Let us take you beyond the cinema-experience and stay a night in the original Marigold Hotel at the outskirts of Udaipur. Ready to feel like a movie star?

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at Delhi’s international airport. Our airport representative will be meeting you on arrival (after clearing passport and customs formalities) and shall assist for the transfer to the hotel for Check-in.

Delhi, India’s modern capital is also an ancient city tracing its origins in legend. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and offers more than a millennium of history in stone. From here the various Hindu and Muslim dynasties including the Mughals ruled. When British administration moved from Kolkata to Delhi (in 1911), New Delhi became the Capital of India.

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast is at the hotel, followed by a morning tour of Old Delhi, as you drive past the Red fort (Closed every Monday) and visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques and a handsome structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims. Continue to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. You will also enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Chandni chowk.

In the afternoon you will visit the sights of New Delhi. Drive past India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Directly opposite is Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys, it is now the official residence of the President of India. To one side is Parliament House, a circular building that is a symbol of Indian democracy. You will also visit Humayun’s Tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab Minar, an 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 m.

Optional Activities: Metro train ride, Heritage walk in old Delhi, Visit to Akshardham & Lotus Temple, Kingdom of Dreams, Indian Home Cooking Demo with Meal.

Day 3: Agra

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, check into your hotel.

Afternoon, we will visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. In the evening visit local Bazaars.

Optional activities: Mughal Heritage Walk including local villages, Mohabbat-the-Taj (Musical show), Taj Khema for High-tea.

Day 4: Kanota

Embark on a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal –perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, no matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are, the Taj Mahal will never let you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations.

You continue your drive to Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city, built by great Mugal Emperor Akbar, as his capital but after few years abandoned due to scarcity of water. The whole city is built of Red Sand Stone and marble. This is one of the buildings that has not succumbed to the nature and still today is so well preserved that it makes you feel that some royalty may just emerge round the corner.

Continue onward and visit Castle Kanota, a lovely rural heritage hotel, which features as the Viceroy Club. Located in Kanota Fort, this “castle” still has traces of colonial architecture, with a corrugated iron canopy built around the original fort that dates from the British occupation. The columns that hold it up are old railway lines. It is very grand and massive, and is the perfect location that is a kind of colonial expat environment.

Day 5: Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival at Jaipur, check into your hotel.

Jaipur, also nick-named the 'Pink City' hosts many scenes from ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' movie. You can join a heritage walk through the old city, including the old flower market where marigolds are traded. This is where Sonny bought the marigold wreaths. This evening there’s the chance to see a Bollywood film in a local cinema.

Optional Activities: Heritage walk in the old city with Rickshaw ride, Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir, Sound & Light show at Amer fort, Visit to Elephants’ village, Meeting an Astrologer & Palmist, Indian Home Cooking Demo with Meal (also learn about Turban & Saree tying)

Day 6: Jaipur

Today explore the “pink city”. Walk Jaipur’s busy streets as seen in the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. Visit the flower and vegetable markets.

In the morning you will embark on an excursion to Amber Fort, the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, until Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. 

Next visit the Hawa Mahal, which was built in 1799, an epitome of the Rajputana architecture. The splendid five-storey “Palace of the Winds” is a blend of beauty and splendour much close to Rajasthan’s culture. Proceed to visit the Observatory built by Maharaja with instruments of his own design and of remarkable size, which for sheer accuracy are difficult to beat even today. Also visit the City Palace, the royal residence that houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons.

Day 7: Kishangarh

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Kishangarh. Upon arrival at Kishangarh, check into your hotel.

Kishangarh was the capital of the Ajmer district in the times of the British Raj. After exploring the fort and Gond Talav or Lake, you’ll be treated to a miniature painting lesson by local artists.

Day 8: Khempur

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver takes you to Khempur.

After a drive through the beautiful Aravalli Hills, you’ll check into the real Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Ravla Khempur dates back to the 17th century and is as quirky and characterful as the film suggests. After checking in you will be taken on a ride through the countryside on bullock carts before enjoying a sun downer and dinner with the hotel owner.

Optional Activities: Horse riding, Bullock cart ride, Evening-tea near lakeside.

Day 9: Khempur

Today is free to enjoy Ravla Khempur in its charming village setting. There’s also the chance to visit a local school, take a walk in the surrounding countryside or simply relax.

Day 10: Udaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Udaipur and check into the hotel.

The glorious royal city of Udaipur is our final destination, an hour’s drive from Khempur. After a boat trip on beautiful Lake Pichola, the day is free for you to explore the labyrinthine old town and its many craft shops.

Optional Activities: Sound & Light show at City Palace, Heritage walk around city Palace, Cycling tours around Udaipur, Visit to Bagore ki Haveli & Vinatge Car Museum, Visit to a Painting school, Indian Home Cooking Demo with Meal.

Day 11: Udaipur

After your breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a City tour with a Tuk – Tuk. Maharana Udai Singh sought shelter here from the Mughal army and then formed this city, which was named after him. Visit the City Palace - grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in Granite, Marble and Mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows. Visit Jagdish Temple & Sahelion Ki Bari the spectacular garden displaying the unique life style of the royal ladies who once lived in the palace.

In the afternoon explore the local markets. In the evening visit Monsoon Palace at sunset.

Day 12: Delhi

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

Depending on your International flight, we will transfer you to the International airport to connect with your flight.

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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

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  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All internal airfares and transport on tour.
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
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"Our trip was absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for helping us pick such a fantastic tour ! The Exotic Marigold hotel was amazing! Our host was very gracious, couldn’t believe we were they only ones staying there! We were treated like royalty. We went to a Sikh temple in Delhi that was absolutely fascinating,& touring the kitchens was a particular highlight for me. The tour guides were all great & we were particularly lucky to have Rishab travel most of the way with us. He was extremely caring for our well being & a bit sad when we had to part. I would highly recommend your services to anyone. " — Dunn Party, Sydney , April 2018

"Absolutely fantastic experience we ever had in this unique, diverse, exciting country India. Every guide and driver needs to be congratulated. Loved all our accommodation, selection of restaurants, tours, etc. - extremely well planned. The Marigold Hotel was our highlight, we had the best time there. Every toilet on all our tours was very clean and western, the food was amazing (we stayed with vegetarian options and had absolutely no regrets). We will returning perhaps next year to a different place, and we will definitely use your services again!" — Collen and Sean Caulfield, Adelaide, October 2017

"The trip has been wonderful. Mr. Lal our driver has been the best!! He has taken good care of me when I could not do things, which was not much. I even rode the elephant! He was so helpful with my wheelchair and much appreciated. Richard even "tamed a Cobra"." — Dixie & Richard, Madison Alabama, USA, October 2016

"The Marigold hotel was for us a highlight of our tour. In saying that it has not changed much from what it was in the movie - everyone tries so hard but doesn't always get it right. The other place that we absolutely loved was Udaipur. Easy to get around, lovely lake and the hotel was the loveliest we stayed in and so central -our room was overlooking the lake and the restaurant was great. " — Mrs Kirsten and Mrs Hepples, Sydney, NSW, November 2015

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