I'm so thrilled to be part of this trip. Seeing my characters come to life in India was the most magical experience - and I can guarantee this will be pretty magical too. Before you fly out to India I hope you'll join me in a cup of tea, so I can tell you how the film came about, what it was like visiting the locations, and answer your questions. Do come along!Deborah Moggach
The Real Marigold Hotel Tour
It's impossible to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its endearing cast of characters made famous by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith without whispering to yourself, "I really must go to India and experience it for myself." Well here's your chance.
Not only does woman&home's exclusive 10-day tour take in some unmissable sights - including the Taj Mahal, the "Pink City" of Jaipur, and Udaipur, the "Venice of the East" - you'll also meet the famous author and screenwriter Deborah Moggach, who'll give an exclusive talk about how she wrote the book that inspired the hit film.
Plus you will get to stay in some wonderful hotels - from the lavish Narwain Palace to stunning heritage properties like Castle Bijaipur - and even enjoy a night in the real Best Exotic Marigold hotel itself.
Six reasons to book your Exotic Marigold experience
1 Experience the Taj Mahal at sunset
2 Stay at the real Exotic Marigold hotel
3 Visit the Pink City of Jaipur
4 Visit famous filming locations
5 See the lakes and palaces of Udaipur
6 Meet writer Deborah Moggach
Your expert guide
- All accommodation
- All domestic transport. We will be using mini-coach minibuses, which are comfortable, have panoramaic windows and are fully air-conditioned
- Most meals, with the majority being taken in our experts' favourite local restaurants. Drinking water is provided as required
- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader working alongside local guides and drivers
- All entrance fees
- Free time to relax and explore at your own pace
Day1Welcome to DelhiDelhi, IndiaBefore you jet off to India from Heathrow, meet the famous writer Deborah Moggach for a pre-tour talk and Q&A about how she created These Foolish Things, the book that inspired the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Your Indian adventure starts at our joining hotel before you take an afternoon tour of some of Delhi's iconic sights, including Humayun's Tomb, Lodi Gardens and India Gate.
Don't miss the chance to meet author Deborah Moggach who will set the scene for your India adventure
Day2Delhi to AgraAgra, India
After breakfast, we drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. In Agra, you will explore the mighty Agra Fort, a vast riverside complex of exquisite palaces and mosques. Then witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunset.
Day3Agra to JaipurJaipur, India
Today we journey to Jaipur, known as the "Pink City" and where The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was filmed.
On the way, you will visit the magnificent fortified ghost city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great Mughal Akbar, and abandoned in 1585 due to a shortage of water, the well-preserved historical site remains a fascinating place to visit.
Just outside of Jaipur, take high tea at Castle Kanota - the venue for the Viceroy Club in the movie. It's one of Rajasthan's finest heritage properties.
Your chance to discover the lovely city of Jaipur. Explore the Amber Fort, City Palace and Palace of the Winds in the "Pink City" of Jaipur. Amber Fort is the Rajput masterpiece overlooking the city, known for its artistic style and ramparts, gates and cobbled paths. You'll also be able to admire the City Palace and the Palace of the Winds - a high screen-wall built so that the women of the royal household could watch street festivals without themselves being seen.
Then enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Khatu Haveli in Jaipur, as seen in the new BBC Two celebrity documentary series. It has three courtyards and a number of magnificent arches, verandas, galleries and terraces, providing a charming backdrop for your lunch.
Late afternoon and evening are free to enjoy at your leisure: explore the old town's markets and bazaars or simply stroll the lively streets at your own pace.
Dinner this evening will also be at your own choice.
Day5Jaipur to BijaipurBijaipur, India
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll wave goodbye to this delightful city and take a six-hour journey to the village of Bijaipur.
W&H EXPERIENCE Relax at the charming and historic Castle Bijaipur. Dating back 360 years, it's run by the local ruling family. The rest of this afternoon you will be free to enjoy Castle Bijaipur and its facilities, including walking swimming, cycling and horse riding.
Optional activities include yoga, a dawn walk to spot local birds; a bike ride through the countryside; or even saddle up one of the Marwari horses for a ride in the hills and forests, passing through unspoilt villages. Or you may want to unwind by the pool or take a stroll through Bijaipur.
In the evening, we'll go for a Jeep-drive visiting local villages - and enjoy a sundowner!
Today offers free time to relax at this magnificent hotel or explore the Indian countryside at your own pace
Day7Bijaipur to KhempurRavla Khempur, India
Saying goodbye to Bijaipur, we drive to Khempur. En route, you will visit the town of Chittorgarh and its colossal fort, one of the largest in India and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But the highlight is the chance to stay at the real Best Exotic Marigold hotel in Khempur. Otherwise known as Ravla Khempur, and made famous by the film, it will draw you in to the infectiously quirky world portrayed in the film. Once a famous stud farm, the palace is still home to some fine Marwari horses. This afternoon is free to relax in the courtyards of the hotel or stroll around the village.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE This evening enjoy a private bullock cart ride through the wonderful Indian countryside. We'll stop in a picturesque spot for a sundowner. After dinner, it's movie night with a chance to watch The Real Exotic Marigold Hotel at the hotel itself.
This is your chance to stay in the property that Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith made famous in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Day8Khempur to UdaipurRavla Khempur, India
After leaving Ravla Khempur, we'll take the short journey to Udaipur, the "White City" that overlooks a pair of stunning lakes. After checking in to our hotel, you're free to explore this charming place for yourself.
In the evening, you'll enjoy a short boat ride on Lake Pichola.
This morning explore the lakes, gardens and palaces of Udaipur, known as the "Venice of the East". We'll take a guided tour including the City Palace, the Jagdish Temple and the exotic gardens at Saheliyonki-Bari.
This afternoon will be free for you to explore the alleys and narrow streets or relax by the lake.
Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner at Ambrai, a garden restaurant with incredible views of the Lake Palace.
Day10A fond farewellUdaipur, India
Your unique woman&home tour of India ends with breakfast in Udaipur - it's the last of ten days that you'll never forget.
Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels with beautiful gardens, great dining options and spacious, well-appointed rooms
Double Tree by Hilton
Located minutes from the Taj Mahal, the elegant Double Tree by Hilton Agra is among a select group of Agra hotels that offer direct views of this legendary monument
Narain Niwas Palace Hotel
This opulent heritage palace is one of the finest hotels in Jaipur - its striking architecture is filled with history and adorned with frescoes
This 16-century heritage hotel, set in the Vindhyanchal Hills, will transport you to a bygone era
The Ravla Khempur in Rajasthan has all the eccentricity and charm that you would expect from the non-speaking star of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film
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