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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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Arrive at Delhi’s international airport. Our executive will be meeting you on arrival (after clearing passport and customs formalities) and 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 to Delhi (in 1911), New Delhi became the Capital of India.
Breakfast at the hotel, today we begin with the morning tour of New Delhi which starts with visiting; Lotus Temple followed by Qutub Minar an 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 m.
Later proceed to Lutyen’s Delhi, which has India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Directly opposite is Rashtrapati Bhawan, 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.
Further continue your tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past Red fort. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the silver street of Chandni chowk.
Afternoon visit Akshardham Temple (Closed on Monday)
The magnificent Akshardham Temple in Delhi has been constructed under the patronage of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and was inaugurated on November 7, 2005. Tour the massive mega Akshardham Temple Complex in Delhi, India and explore an amazing world of Indian culture ornate with 20, 000 statues, floral motifs, arches and exquisitely carved pillars.
Musical Fountain - Circle of Life (Evenings at Sunset - 15 Minutes) @ AKSHARDHAM
We end our visit with a spectacular musical fountain show that depicts the cycle of birth, life, and death as described in Indian philosophy.
Morning departure transfer to the airport to board your flight for Varanasi. On arrival, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Varanasi Located on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Varanasi has been the religious capital of the Hindu faith since the dawn of history. Varanasi has been the religious capital of Hinduism since times immemorial. Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention its existence as long as 3,000 years ago. It is probably the oldest living city in India, and one of the world’s most ancient. As a place of devotion and worship, Varanasi attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Many Hindus in the later part of their lives wish to spend their retirement here.
Afternoon excursion of Sarnath, Sarnath is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India. Singhpur, a village one km away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism, and a temple dedicated to him, is an important pilgrimage site.
In the Evening, Heritage Walk will be start between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Each exploration takes about 2.5 – 3 hours of relaxed walking and some negotiation of staircases/steps. Guests can interact with the local shopkeeper /Ashrams/Pheriwals etc with the help of the local guide. After Heritage walk, a CYCLE-RICKSHAW RIDE to the banks of the Ganges, to witness the Evening Aarti, where the river is worshipped as a goddess. Return back to the hotel for
Rise early to embark on a dawn boat ride on the Ganges. Watch the city waking up along the banks of the river, where local men stand lathering themselves with soap, women scrub their brightly coloured saris and hundreds of pilgrims immerse themselves in the water in ancient ritual.
Return back to Hotel & Relax.
Afternoon move out for City tour, it includes visit to temples mainly Kashi Vishwnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bharat Mata Mandir dedicated to Mother India, Alamgir Mosque and Beni Madhav ka Darera, a mix of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture.
Evening return back to hotel
Morning departure transfer to airport for your flight to Agra. On arrival, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and set out for City tour: Visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience.
Agra is the city of 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 never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations..
Later return back to hotel for check in.
This morning you witness the Taj Mahal at sunrise (TAJ MAHAL CLOSED ON EVERY FRIDAY), as we visit the fabled memorial to love and witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. At sunrise, when it is bathed in the pinkish glow of the rising sun, the Taj Mahal holds your gaze. It is also a great time to take some unforgettable pictures. The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex of the Taj Mahal. The large white marble structure standing on a square plinth and consists of a symmetrical building with an iwan (an arch-shaped doorway) topped by a large dome and finial. Like most Mughal tombs, the basic elements are Persian in origin. You return to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur.
Along the way, make a brief stop at the Abhaneri Step Well. Abhaneri is known for its 'Baori' or step well which was invented by the natives to harvest rain water. The Baori was used as a cool place of retreat and as a water source/reservoir during parched times of the year. Chand Baori remains one of India's deepest and largest stepwells. The Baori consists of three flight of stairs descending into the earth with a subterranean palace on one side. All around the courtyard there are covered areas housing intricately carved sandstone artifacts/idols dating as far back as 10th century.
We stop at MARIGOLD Hotel “Castle Kanota” for Tea Break & explore the Castle where one of best HOLLYWOOD movie were shot.
Jaipur has been same since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built and In 1876 A.D. Jaipur dressed itself in pink to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria and earned the epitaph ‘PINK CITY', it is also a home of excellent handicrafts especially known for the exquisite gold jewellery enameled or inlaid with precious stones, blue pottery, carving on wood, stone & ivory, block print, tie & dye textiles, handmade paper, miniature painting etc.
Early morning you’ll [Walk Jaipur’s busy streets as seen in the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.] head to the markets with your guide to experience the flurry of activity here as the Pink City wakes up. Stops would include the fragrant flower market, the wholesale milk market, the vegetable market, and the Govind Dev Ji temple, finished off with a delicious cup of chai (Indian Tea)
Later 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.
Evening enjoys Dinner at Hotel Narain Niwas (This hotel too featured in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
After leisurely breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Of all Rajasthan's royal settlements, Jodhpur is perhaps the most distinctive. Dubbed "the Blue City" thanks to the colour of its old town houses, the town is nestled on the eastern border of the Thar desert, watched over by the mighty Meherangarh Fort, which looms dramatically above the streets of the Old City from its colossal sandstone plinth. This five hundred year old settlement was once the headquarters of the Rajput Rathores clan, and went by the nickname Mawar or "Land of Death".
Today, its crowded streets bustle with Muslim tie-dyers, puppet makers and street traders selling everything from fragrant spices to handmade jewellery at bargain prices.
Embark on a tour of Jodhpur, paying a visit to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort that towers over the city. Standing on a range of sandstone hills around 125 metres above the surrounding plains, the fort's sheer walls are adorned with exquisitely intricate panels and lattice windows carved from red sandstone.
Pass through the seven gates that lead into the heart of the fortress, and explore the Coronation Courtyard where emperors were crowned on a special marble throne, gaze in awe at the jewel coloured stained glass windows and gold filigree ceiling of the Phool Mahal and discover the regal beauty of the Jhanki Mahal (Queen's Palace). The Jaswant Thada cenotaph, built to commemorate the bravery and generosity of Jodhpur's 33rd ruler Maharaja Jaswant Singh, epitomizes Rajputana architecture with its intricate lattice work, carved gazebos and gleaming white marble domes and pillars that glow in the sun.
In the evening, enjoy free time. Jodhpur is home to a number of excellent restaurants specializing in the fantastic local North Indian cuisine, ask your guide for recommendations.
After leisurely breakfast 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.
Rawla Khempur (AKA the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is a charming heritage hotel situated in the countryside about an hour north of Udaipur. Although not as posh as some of its nearby competitors it is a place with real charm and character and represents either a great rural stop
Original famed for its stud of fine Marwari horses, the palace is still home to a number of dancing stallions, a feat performed (if requested) outside the stables in front of the main palace every evening, to the delight of the owner and equine enthusiast, Rao Hemant Singh.
Made famous by the British film, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Rawla Khempur it has offered accommodation to such stars as Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy… so why not you
Breakfast at hotel.
Ravla Khempur exudes historical ambience and is graced with breathtaking surroundings. The lofty terraces, open courtyards, sprawling gardens, domes, arches and canopied balconies transport one back in time. Khempur village developed over the centuries to one side of the Ravla. It comprises a small, random and attractive cluster of typical rural dwellings and shops, and shaded squares where the villagers discuss the affairs of the world or share the local gossip. For the visitor, this is a side of India that has its own fascination; the cheerful welcome and natural hospitality of the village folk who ask nothing more than to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea.
Beyond the village is an expanse of verdant farmland stretching off towards distant mountains: not a single blot on the landscape to spoil this serenely beautiful panorama.
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.
After early breakfast drive to Udaipur & immediately, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Drive around Fatehsagar Lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1754 AD.
Visit Jagdish Temple, the largest and the most venerated temple of Udaipur. Further on, continue to Garden of Maidens – ‘Sahelion-Ki-Bari’, consisting of an ornamental pool with delicately carved ‘chhatries’ (umbrellas) of black and white marble and soft stone. Also, tour the Maharana's City Palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble.
Afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Meet upon arrival & transfer to Hotel.
(OPTIONAL) Embark on a morning tour of the Elephanta Caves by boat (sharing) – [Monday closed]. Situated on a small island in Mumbai Harbour, this ancient cluster of elaborately carved caves bear a unique testimony to an ancient civilisation founded on art, mysticism and religion. The collection of astonishing rock art here was constructed in the 6th century in honour of Shiva. Take time to admire the huge sculptures depicting manifestations of Shiva in the main cave and soak up the surprising tranquillity of this scenic world heritage site that lies just 10km east of the chaos of Mumbai.
After check-out in noon (1200 Hr) , we set out for Guide city tour of Mumbai. In Mumbai, perched right at the waters edge overlooking the harbour, stands one of the city's greatest landmarks - the towering Gateway of India. This magnificent, yellow basalt stone archway was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Standing 26 metres high, it is crowned with four regal looking turrets and adorned with intricate latticework.
Just a short stroll away, the Prince of Wales Museum is a striking and unique structure crowned by clusters of Gothic inspired pinnacles and a sparkling white dome. The building houses a fascinating collection of ancient Indus Valley artefacts dating back to 2000 BC, as well as a selection of Tibetan bronzes and Nepali Art and more than 2000 miniature paintings representing the various art schools of India.
Pay a visit to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (from outside), one of India's busiest railway stations, to admire its magnificent Italian Gothic arches and turrets, before exploring the lively alleys of Crawford market.
Later in the evening enjoy farewell Dinner in INDIAN Restaurant before transfer to the airport for your flight to onward destination.
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"Get about Asia exceeded my expectations in India. I am planning to join Vietnam and Cambodia later this year. The Hotels which you used were fantastic. Mahendra, Mr Rose (driver) were very attentive and kind to our needs. Thank you very much, for giving me the opportunity to really ENJOY INDIA ! " — Mrs Cutts, Adelaide, April 2019
"I wish to put on record that Andrew has far exceeded our expectations in providing ticketing, an information session and more to our travellers. There have been several within our group who have either never travelled or had limited travel experience. They have inundated Andrew with questions even though I did recommend to them that I would be the central point to clarify any issues. Andrew has responded to these numerous request with the utmost professionalism. If I was asked to give a rating to Andrew's performance it would be without a doubt 10/10! " — Mr Tuckfield, Adelaide, March 2019
"We loved Rajasthan, the incredible warmth of the people and the jaw dropping sites. We really enjoyed Jodphur - great ambiance. At the Marigold hotel- we were the only guests and so had the wondrous balcony area and a really lovely room. The manager and his staff were great and the stay turned into a real highlight of the trip. Udaipur was a highlight and the Palace Hotel a joy. We will always rave about our stay at The Exotic Hotel Marigold." — Veda and Lynda, Cairns and Auckland NZ, November 2018
"We had the most awesome time with some very memorable experiences. Especially at the Taj where Wayne surprised me with a marriage proposal. All very secretly set up with the assistance of our local guide. All our guides and driver were so flexible, helpful and accommodating. Our accommodation was lovely and everything ran so smoothly. It all made for a perfect holiday." — Kerri and party, Mackay, September 2018
"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