Land only price$2,016
Duration11 Days

Optional Single Supplement$570

Deposit$640

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India: Real Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Tour Starts in Delhi

The tour starts around midday in Delhi. After lunch we will take a drive through New Delhi – visiting Rajpath and India Gate as well as Humayun’s tomb, one of the best preserved Mughal monuments, commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar and designed by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiya. This evening we will head to Connaught Place for dinner.

  • The Claridges or similar
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Delhi - Agra

After breakfast we will journey south to Agra. Given that today is a Friday and the Taj Mahal will be closed we will visit the mighty Agra Fort on arrival, a vast riverside complex comprised of exquisite palaces and mosques, before finding a spot to view the Taj Mahal at sunset. As the sun goes down the colours begin to change as the marble takes on gold and pink hues, so this is a wonderful and atmospheric time of the day to see this stunning mausoleum.

  • Trident or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Agra - Castle Kanota

This morning we will rise early and do our best to beat the crowds into the grounds of the Taj Mahal. Sunrise is a wonderful time to visit and after a couple of hours at this iconic site we’ll drive to visit the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great Mughal Akbar, and abandoned in 1585 due to water shortages, the well-preserved remains make for a fascinating stop. We then begin our journey towards Jaipur. The ‘Pink City’ is where most of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film was shot and we will arrive in the late afternoon to stay at Castle Kanota, a short distance just outside of the city. This stunning building was used as the Viceroy Club in the film, offering a charming backdrop to spend a relaxing evening.

  • Castle Kanota or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Jaipur

Moving on to Jaipur we will visit the imposing Amber Fort, the Rajput masterpiece perched on a hillside overlooking the city. This colossal fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in the 16th century, and is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements with its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths. After exploring the fort and palace, we return to Jaipur and visit Jantar Mantar, the UNESCO listed Royal Observatory. After lunch we’ll stop at the fascinating and beautifully ornate City Palace Museum, built by the founder and namesake of the modern city Jai Singh II, after which the rest of the afternoon will be free to visit the local bazaar or relax at the hotel before dinner.

  • Khandela Haveli or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Jaipur

This morning we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the bazaars of Old Jaipur. From its creation in 1727 the royal families and nobles of the city patronised the craftsman and artisans of the city and the traditions continue to this day, making Jaipur the crafts capital of India. Here we are able to observe the artisans at work and perhaps visit a private haveli beautifully decorated with paintings, rich tapestries, carpets and other artefacts. After the walking tour we will have time to wander at leisure. Dinner this evening will be at your own expense.

  • Khandela Haveli or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Jaipur - Pushkar

After breakfast we’ll drive west to Pushkar, the charming and peaceful Hindu pilgrimage centre and home to the only temple in India dedicated to the god of creation, Lord Brahma. Here we will take a walk through the bazaar and if we are lucky receive a blessing by the lake.

  • Pushkar Palace or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Pushkar - Khempur

Today we depart for Khempur, a journey of around 6-7 hours, where on arrival we’ll check into the Real Exotic Marigold Hotel AKA Ravla Khempur. Don't worry, although not super luxurious this charming converted palace hotel is a wonderfully quirky property that takes you into the world portrayed in the film. Once a famous stud farm, the palace is still home to some fine Marwari horses and the village and surrounding landscape show India at its most sublime and colourful.

  • Ravla Khempur
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: In Khempur

Today is a free day to enjoy all that this charming property has to offer. You may wish to take a walk around the village or visit a local school. Of course, you may choose to simply kick back and relax in this charming setting.

  • Ravla Khempur
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Khempur - Udaipur

Departing Ravla Khempur we’ll travel the short distance to Udaipur, the lake-front ‘White City’. After checking in to our hotel we’ll enjoy a short orientation tour to acquaint ourselves with the charm and relaxed environment of this beautiful place. The rest of today will be free for you to explore at your own leisure. This evening we’ll enjoy a cultural dance performance at Baogore ki haveli before having dinner at a good local restaurant.

  • Karohi Haveli or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: In Udaipur

This morning we’ll take a guided tour of some of the key sites in Udaipur such as the City Palace, the Jagdish temple and the beautiful gardens at Saheliyon-ki-Bari. To allow for greater flexibility lunch will be at your own expense today, and this afternoon will be free to wander through the alleys and narrow streets, to take a cooking lesson or a miniature painting class. We’ll meet later in the day to take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, before heading out for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant favoured by Wild Frontiers clients.

  • Karohi Haveli or similar
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Tour Ends in Udaipur

The tour ends this morning in Udaipur. Anyone travelling on the suggested group flight will transfer to the airport in time for their afternoon flight.

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. 

In Rajasthan you can generally experience some of the finest accommodation the subcontinent has to offer. From wonderful converted palaces to ancient castles and forts – you will not be disappointed.  Indeed the accommodation that one uses in Rajasthan is one of the main joys of visiting the land of Kings. On this particular tour we will stay at 5 star hotels in both Delhi and Agra. At other locations we’ll be in converted heritage palace hotels, as well as the quirky Ravla Khempur, AKA the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel itself.

Please note that this is India and heritage properties are old buildings, and although possessing great character, certain facilities are sometimes not quite up to Western standards and therefore patience is occasionally required. This is especially true at the ‘quirky’ Ravla Khempur, where the electricity supply can sometimes be sporadic and the plumbing a little erratic. During your stay you may well find certain elements of the film still ring true!

Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.
 

Transport

On this tour we will use coaster minibuses.

Climate

Between October and March the temperature should be very pleasant, with a day time average of around 15-25oC dropping in the evening to around 5-10oC. At other times the temperature is likely to be much hotter, with high levels of humidity and a day time average of around 35oC dropping in the evening to around 25-30oC. Even in the summer it still may be cooler in the early mornings so it is always worth bringing an extra warmer layer of clothing with you.

Is this trip for me?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. Please therefore take time to read the itinerary carefully. All our tours are graded to give an overall picture of the trip but these are only guidelines and you should check the daily itinerary. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office. 

Key aspects to consider

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional.

Please be advised that on this trip vegetarians can be catered for but the selection and variety may be limited.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements. 

Kerala or Goa

Head south to Kerala or Goa for a few days of culture (but more rest and relaxation!) by the beach. Allow 3 - 7 days

Tigers

If your visit allows, why not visit one of the nearby Tiger Parks such as Ranthambore. Most parks are closed for some of the year (typically mid-June - early-October) so please check your options with us. Allow 2-3 days.

Mumbai

Why not spend a few days in Mumbai to see some of the historical sites and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture for which the city is so famed. Allow 2 - 3 days.

Aurangabad

A short flight from Mumbai allows access to Aurangabad to visit the UNESCO listed Ellora and Ajanta caves, both stunning artistic and architectural achievements in their own right. Allow 2-3 days.

Responsible travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. 

Women's Co-operative

In Udaipur you will have the opportunity to visit the Women’s Co-operative ‘Sadhna’. Sadhna provides women from the tribal, rural and urban slums of Udaipur, with a support network and the oportunity to earn a secure living. Jointly owned by 700 local women artisans, Sadhna provides handcraft training, teaching methods such as embroidery and patchwork. These women subsequently produce quality fair trade clothing and home furnishings. During your stay in Udaipur you shold have the chance to shop at Sadhna*, learn about the craft processes and understand how Sadhna empowers women in the community of Udaipur. www.sadhna.org

*Please note the opening hours & days of operation do vary, so a visit here in your free time can not always be guaranteed.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour, UK passport holders currently require a visa for India.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Key information

Tour price

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour. For the latest prices, please refer to our website or contact the office.

Deposit

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

Travelling Solo & single supplement

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

Insurance

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

What's Included

Transport

All transport as required for the tour

Guides

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

Accomodation

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

Meals

Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable

Airport transfers

Complimentary airport transfers are included for anyone arriving/departing on the suggested group flights (see GETTING THERE for details)

Carbon contribution

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act (if booking international flights through us)

What's Not Included

Visas & Travel Insurance

Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory

Tips

Always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking

International Flights

Please feel free to ask us for an obligation-free quote

Beverages & any costs of a personal nature

This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Additional information

Protection for your money

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

Responsible Travel

For more information, please refer to our responsible travel page

British foreign & Commonwealth office

As advocates of the FCO's Travel Aware campaign, we highly recommend checking out their website for lots of useful information. Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective government.

Wild Frontiers Community

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website?

Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events.

Why Wild Frontiers?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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