India: Real Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour


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 enjoy 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 dancing stallions which perform, when requested, in front of the magnificent turreted building. An equine theme runs through each of the hotel's 12 en suite 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, the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and her bustling bazaars, and the stunning lake city of Udaipur, and you have the makings of perfect ‘first timers’ trip to India.


  • Admire the stunning Taj Mahal at sunrise, and discover other UNESCO-listed forts and palaces
  • Uncover the secrets of Jaipur’s colourful backstreets and bazaars
  • Spend the night at the stunning heritage property of Castle Kanota - the venue of the film’s Viceroy Club
  • Experience the charm and character of The Real Exotic Marigold hotel aka Ravla Khempur
  • Get off the beaten track in rural Rajasthan as you visit villages and meet with local communities
  • Watch the City Palace glow at sunset as you take a boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur – also known as the ‘Venice of the East’

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (typically coaster minibuses)
  • 10 nights' accommodation (2 nights in 5* hotels in Delhi & Agra, 8 nights in heritage hotels including 2 nights at Ravla Khempur aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Please note that itineraries may vary slightly depending on departure dates. Please refer to the detailed itineraries for more information.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 6

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.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

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.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 2

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.

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

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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