India's Marigold Adventure


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has inspired many travel adventures. Visit the locations from the movie throughout Rajasthan and become immersed in this colourful world.

Places Visited

Delhi (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (3N)

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
Tour Old and New Delhi; in Old Delhi, you will find a maze of alleyways lined with bazaars where the goods spill out onto the pavements. New Delhi is characterised by the grandeur of 19th-century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Pass by the Red Fort and visit Jama Masjid. Experience the hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk Bazaar from a rickshaw, then wander through the Qutab Minar complex. You will find a number of historically significant monuments and buildings here. (B)
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur with its pink old city. In the afternoon, tour the ornate City Palace, located in the heart of the pink city. The Maharaja reigned from City Palace and you will have stunning views of the old city from its ramparts. Take a rickshaw ride through the Marigold Market and in the evening, dine at Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, which you would have seen in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie. (B,D)
Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur
Day 4: Jaipur
Explore Amer Fort, an immense complex full of beautiful staterooms with semi-precious jewels inlaid within the walls. Enjoy lunch at Kanota Castle, which is the setting for the Viceroy Club in the movie. (B,L)
Day 4: Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur to Jodhpur
This morning, commence your journey through the vast Rajasthani countryside to Jodhpur, popularly known as the ‘blue city’. Stop en route at Roopangarh Fort. Within its nine turreted fortifications, you will be able to explore the large audience halls, secret passages and stepwells. (B,L)
Day 5: Jaipur to Jodhpur
Day 6: Jodhpur
Jodhpur is located on the edge of the Thar Desert. Discover the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, which stands commandingly over the city. Later, marvel at the white marble royal cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada. The afternoon is at your leisure for independent exploration. (B)
Day 6: Jodhpur
Day 7: Jodhpur to Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur, visiting the magnificent Jain temples of Ranakpur en route. Built in the 15th century, these magnificent temples are situated in the lovely Aravalli valley. (B)
Day 7: Jodhpur to Udaipur
Day 8: Udaipur
See the sights of Udaipur, a beautiful city of lakes and palaces. Visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Made up of 11 separate palaces, City Palace has various towers, domes and arches, and is positioned on the banks of Lake Pichola. Wander through the courtyards, pavilions, terraces and gardens. You will also explore the extravagant Crystal Gallery and Jagdish Temple. This evening, enjoy a scenic boat trip on Lake Pichola, and visit the lake palace of Jag Niwas, made famous in James Bond’s Octopussy. (B)
Day 8: Udaipur
Day 9: Udaipur
Travel to the outskirts of Udaipur to see the Hotel Ravla Khempur, which was the main setting for the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in the film. Along with being a heritage hotel, Ravla Khempur is home to high pedigree Marwari and Kathiawari horses. Wander through the nearby village of Khempur for an encounter with authentic rural life. (B,L)
Day 9: Udaipur
Day 10: Depart Udaipur
After check-out this morning, you will be transferred to Udaipur airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visa's at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in India and you will find high quality coverage. India has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

Breakfast is served in the hotels and includes a combination of western and local dishes.

If lunch or dinner is included in your short stay package we aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. We use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big.

Drinks will be at your own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.


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