Few things inspire travel like a good movie and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is no exception. Drawing on themes and locations from this famous British movie, we have put together a trip to India designed to give you the best of the world Judi Dench and her fellow actors enjoyed, while showing you some colourful rural villages and the wonderful sites of the Golden Triangle.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in fact Ravla Khempur, an old favourite of Wild Frontiers and a palace at which you will spend two nights. This charming rural hotel, with a history dating from the early 17th Century, was once famed for its stud of fine Marwari horses and is still home to a few dancing stallions. An equine theme runs through each of the hotel's bedrooms, while a number of quiet nooks and crannies, including a delightful rooftop terrace, are dotted about the rest of the hotel. The village outside is quiet and picturesque.
This is India at its most enticing. Add to that Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Pushkar, Jaipur and her bustling bazaars, and the stunning lake front city of Udaipur, and you have the makings of perfect ‘first timers’ trip to India.
Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.
You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.
These tours are not particularly physically demanding but you should still be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. Any longer walks are likely to be optional.
With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.
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