India tour, the real Exotic Marigold Hotel

“Stay in a historic star-dusted hotel as part of an ideal first-timer India trip mixing major sites with less well-known gems.”


Delhi | Fatephur Sikri | Agra | Jaipur | Pushkar | Khempur | Udaipur

Description of India tour, the real Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel provides a cinematic peg for this perfect ‘first timers’ trip to India, taking in some of the locations enjoyed by Judi Dench and others in the hit British film – along with some of the most colourful rural villages and wonderful sites of the Golden Triangle.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in fact Ravla Khempur – a charming and supremely comfortable historic rural palace hotel dating from the early 17th century. Once famed for its retinue of fine Marwari horses, an equine theme runs through each of the hotel's 12 en-suite bedrooms, complemented by wonderful nooks including a delightful rooftop terrace overlooking the surrounding picturesque village.

As well as staying in this iconic location, this trip takes you to high-profile sites like the Taj Mahal, the gorgeous 'Pink City' of Jaipur, historic Delhi plus the stunning lake city of Udaipur – nicknamed 'Venice of the East'. But you'll also get to see some wonderful off-the-beaten track spots like the ghost town of Fatephur Sikri and the peaceful Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar, home of India's only temple dedicated to the god of creation, Brahma.

All in all, this is a wonderful trip that will let you experience India's star qualities for yourself.

Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, mineral water, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
Throughout most of the trip we will be travelling in minibuses. Travelling as a group in a small bus contributes less pollution than a multitude of vehicles. This is to not only soak up the amazing sights at a slower pace, but to reduce our environmental impact and footprint along our journey.

The Impacts of this Trip

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.
*Please note the opening hours & days of operation do vary, so a visit here in your free time cannot always be guaranteed.
On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.


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