If you are open to the joy of light, space, colour and smiles, and are prepared to slow down and open your mind to a different way of life, The Marigold Hotel Rajasthan 12 days tour is sure to charm you.
Few things inspire travel like a good movie. After watching The Lord Of The Rings, hordes flocked to New Zealand, while The Beach, set in exotic Thailand, gave rise to a million backpacker adventures. I was so captivated by Eric Valli's Himalaya that I went to see a remote region of Nepal. So will The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel entice cinema-goers to India? quite probably.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is actually in Ravla Khempur, a charming rural palace hotel in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, about an hour outside the spectacular lakeside city of Udaipur. It is Rural India that really seduces the modern tourist. This is Kipling's India, a land of bullock carts and bicycles, of elegant, sari-clad women carrying water urns from the wells, of turbaned men working in the fields - the India of our childhood imagination, not the superfast India of the 21st Century.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and into one of the most fascinating, diverse, historically rich, romantic and, above all, beautiful places on Earth.
To coincide with the release of new British movie, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS had put together this new and exciting private journey that not only takes in some of the sites of this much-talked about film, but also has you staying at locations where the movie was shot based on the availability of the hotels. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in Ravla Khempur, a charming rural palace hotel situated about an hour to the north of Udaipur. Combining this with more famous sites in Delhi, Agra – including the Taj Mahal – Jaipur and Udaipur will give you a great blend of both the mainstream and the offbeat, in one of India’s most colourful locations.
About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS
The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TCF, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.
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The Marigold Hotel - 12 Days/11 Nights (Private Car Tour)
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay at Delhi. (No Meals)
Day 02: Delhi
Enjoy breakfast and start full day sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi, Visit Qutub Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk with rickshaw ride. Stay overnight at Delhi. (B,D)
(Jama Masjid is closed on every Friday)
Day 03: Delhi - Agra
Travel to Agra later visit Agra Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal during sunset. Stay overnight at Agra. (B,D)
Day 04: Agra - Jaipur
Depart Agra enroute stop at the magnificent Fatehpur Sikri. Later continue to Jaipur where most of the movie was filmed. Stay three nights at Jaipur. (B,D)
Day 05: Jaipur
This morning enjoy a walking tour of the Bazaars of old Jaipur later visit the Marigold flower market and the Kanota Fort which was used as the Viceroy club in the film. (B,D)
Day 06: Jaipur
Today morning visit great palace at Amber fort and enjoy elephant ride, later continue to city palace , Observatory and Hawa Mahal. (B,D)
Day 07: Jaipur - Pushkar
Travel to the mystical town of Pushkar made famous for its Camel fair. Afternoon is free to explore this important pilgrimage site for Hindu faith. Stay overnight at Pushkar. (B,D)
Day 08: Pushkar - Khempur
Depart for Khempur and check into the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, AKA Ravla Khempur. Stay two nights at hotel. (B,D)
Day 09: Khempur
Today after breakfast enjoy half day horse safari, later explore the local rural town. (B,D)
Day 10: Khempur - Udaipur
Today travel to Udaipur, famous for its lake and known to be most beautiful city of Rajasthan. Rest of the is free to relax or explore town. Stay two nights at Udaipur. (B,D)
Day 11: Udaipur
After breakfast start your day with sightseeing tour of Udaipur and visit the City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari and Jag Mandir. (B,D)
Day 12: Udaipur Departure
After breakfast tour finish with transfer to Udaipur airport to board the flight Delhi or Mumbai.
Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Add-On (Short Tour packages)
Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way. Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions. With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Private Car Tours
Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travel at your own pace and leisure in your own private car with a driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour, and when you want to explore the town on your own; you are absolutely free to do so.
Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to put together your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.
“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”
What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.
A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together, a dream come true and an experience that will be passed down from generations.
This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.
What Makes Us Different?
Being your Local Travel Wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.
Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.
All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.
You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases.
100% Protected Holiday
We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.
No Hidden Cost
We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. For more details please refer to the tour inclusions.
Value for Money
Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar.
Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off
Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.
Multi Trip Discount 5% Off
If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.
BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family
The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is not only keen to visit a destination but would also like to do things differently. Is there a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?
Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.
(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)
24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices
Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.
The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights. We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency. Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.
Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.
Type of Accommodation
As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few.
Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.
Deluxe: 4 Star hotels, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.
Luxury: 5 star hotels, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.
The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.
It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.
Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.
In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.
Selecting Your Holiday Type
Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;
Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.
Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.
Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.
Travelling In India
The key to travelling in India is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence. With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.
Our Small Group and Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city. From Private car, deluxe charter coaches, to domestic airline and air-conditioned trains, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world with over 60,000 kms of tract and 7,000 stations. Travelling by train in India can be an experience in itself and a wonderful way to get in touch with the locals.
Passport & Visas
India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals.
Apply online for a Pre-Approval at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html .The online application should be submitted a minimum of 4 days in advance and a maximum of 30days of the proposed date of travel. TVOA links may also be found in websites of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Incredible India etc.
As of 27 Nov 2014 nationals and passport holder of 34 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar to name a few, can avail a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fees along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact High Commission of India for updated information.
Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.
Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.
Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.
Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.
Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc
Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.
HOW TO BOOK
You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travelers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel. By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.
Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS representative will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check in at the hotel with overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Experience one of the oldest living cities in the world with Delhi's 20,000 ruins. Delhi is history, and the monuments are tablets on which the history is written. Every conqueror did his best to possess Delhi and make it his capital. It is not a single city but a combination of eight cities that have been established here from as early as 900 BC to 1930 when the British completed the construction of New Delhi as the capital of imperial India. It is therefore not surprising that the monuments of Delhi successfully mirror the development of the architectural styles in the country. During the sightseeing we will visit Qutub Minar; this victory tower is an excellent example of Afghan Architecture and is 73mts high; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Shah Jahan in 1656 and travel through the India Gate, Red Fort, the Parliament and President House. This metropolitan city is dotted with remnants of its rich and varied past. Conclude your day with a welcome dinner at Moti Mahal Restaurant where the world famous Butter Chicken was innovated. Overnight stay in Delhi. (B,D)
Day 3: Delhi – Agra by surface (Approx. distance 210 kms; 05 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast travel to Agra. On reaching transfer to hotel and quickly freshen up. Later start your day with visit to the famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal; it is the most perfect marble built architectural monument in the world. It lies on the banks of the river Yamuna and is constructed completely of white makrana marble embedded with several precious gems like jade, crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphire, coral and diamonds. It is symbolic of the purest kind of love that transcends all differences and keeps people together. The breathtaking beautiful landscape around the Taj Mahal adds to the magic of Mughal architecture. Later visit Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar, its construction commenced in 1565 and was completed in 1571. It is built with red sandstone and is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture.
Afternoon visit a marble inlay workshop to witness same inlay work as done in Taj Mahal been carried out by the descendants of the makers of the Taj Mahal. Also known as Pietra Dura, marble inlay is a 350-year-old Agra tradition some of its best examples at the Taj Mahal, using white Makrana Marble and semi-precious stones. Stay overnight at Agra. (B,D)
Day 4: Agra – Jaipur by surface (Approx. distance 240 kms; 05 ½ hrs drive)
Morning drive to Jaipur enroute visits Fatehpur Sikri on the way an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1571 Akbar constructed Fatehpur (Victory) Sikri city exactly as we see it today, as the new capital of the Mughal Empire, replacing the perfectly viable Agra, just 37 km away, which was left almost deserted. But after only fifteen years, Fatehpur itself was abandoned and left as an evocative ghost-town, they say, because of lack of water! The perfectly preserved red sandstone buildings consist of palaces, courtyards, a life-size chess board, tombs and mosques. We visit the Diwan-e-Khas (Private Audience Hall) with its remarkable central pillar. Also unmissable is Panch Mahal, the five storied structure, used as the viewing station for the hareem. On reaching Jaipur we check-into the hotel, rest of the evening at your leisure or for own activity. Stay two nights in Jaipur. (B,D)
Day 5: Jaipur
Start your sightseeing tour after breakfast with excursion to Amber Fort, located atop a hill 11 km north of Jaipur. Amber (pronounced Ambair) was the Rajput capital from 1037 until Jaipur was built. You will climb up the long ramp on the back of one of the resident elephants. Once through the enormous gate, you will disembark from your elephant in the courtyard before progressing up through the intricate chambers, hallways, maze of passages and courtyards until you reach the highest point, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Later visit Jantar Mantar open air astronomical observatory built in the same era. We make a stop at the Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of the Winds’ facade for photo stop. Behind the façade the ladies of the court could watch the busy activities in the street below without being seen. Jaipur’s main focus is the huge City Palace complex, home to the Maharaja, where you’ll see the numerous rooms, formal gardens and the fascinating Maharaja’s Museum containing his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and Jewellery.
Evening we explore world famous jewellery bazaar which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal Jewellery to enamelled gold to modern diamond jewellery. In Rajasthan, men and women can be seen sporting necklaces, armlets, anklets, earrings and rings. Silver is more commonly worn by the rural women and is certainly more affordable for a shopper. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enamelling. Colourful bangles and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. (B,D)
Day 6: Jaipur
In the morning take a walking tour of the bazaars of Old Jaipur. From its creation in 1727 the royal families and nobles of Jaipur patronised the craftsman and artisans of the city and the traditions continue to this day making Jaipur the crafts capital of India. You'll be able to observe the artisans at work and visit a local resident in his private haveli, which is beautifully decorated with gold paintings, rich tapestries, carpets and artefacts. After the walking tour with your guide you will then be taken to visit the Marigold flower market and the Kanota Fort, which was used as the Viceroy Club in the film. (B,D)
Day 7: Jaipur – Pushkar by surface (Approx. distance 150 kms; 03 ½ hrs drive)
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Jaipur and transferred to the mystical town of Pushkar. Made famous by its Camel fair, which takes place for a week in October/November, Pushkar is a beautiful lake-side town and, as it is home to India’s only Brahma temple, an important pilgrimage site. (B,D)
Day 8: Pushkar – Khempur by surface (Approx. Distance 270 kms; 06 ½ hrs drive)
After breakfast you’ll depart for Khempur, where you will check into the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, AKA Ravla Khempur. And don’t worry although not super luxurious this charming converted palace hotel is a lot more comfortable than the film depicts. Once a famous stud, the palace is still home to some fine Marwari horses and the village and landscape around about offer India at its most sublime and colourful. The hotel consists of 12 comfortable rooms, each of which are en suite and carry an unique theme – horse head coat hooks and the likes – it has a number of quiet nooks and crannies and a lovely rooftop terrace. Made famous by the British film, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ravla Khempur it has offered accommodation to stars such as Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy… so why not you? Stay two nights at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 9: Khempur
After breakfast take a walk out of Ravla Khempur and at once you'll witness the life most Indians lead devotees worshipping at the local Krishna temple; indolent buffalo driving machines that squeeze juice from sugar cane; old men in colourful turbans taking that juice, boiling it up and making jagri, a rich sugar syrup.
You'll see women irrigating the fields while their husbands work the land. You'll see and smell smoke from the cooking fires. You'll see children pushing old wheel rims and dogs sleeping in the shade of trees. With most of the 'must-see' sites located in towns, much of India's tourism takes place in her urban centers. Rural India that really seduces the modern tourist. This is Kipling's India, a land of bullock carts and bicycles, of elegant, sari-clad women carrying water urns from the wells, of turbaned men working in the fields - the India of our childhood imagination, not the superfast India of the 21st Century. The day is at leisure to explore the country side of Khempur. Day is free to explore this small rural town. (B,D)
Day 10: Khempur – Udaipur by surface (Approx. Distance 58 kms; 01 ½ hrs drive)
You’ll be picked up from Ravla Khempur and transferred the short distance to Udaipur, the Lake City, where you will have the rest of the day to enjoy this beautiful lakeside town. (B,D)
Day 11: Udaipur
Proceed for guided sightseeing tour after breakfast and visit City Palace. The City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. City Palace is a marvellous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble. Also visit The City Palace Museum,a jewel in the crown of the Udaipur City Palace Complex. Here you can immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and really get a feel for their culture and how royalty lived. Construction on the City Palace started in 1559, making it the oldest part of the City Palace Complex. The various Maharanas continued the work over four and a half centuries, in a number of phases, giving rise to the Mughal and British influences in the palace architecture. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighbourhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Rest of the evening explore on your own visiting the numerous shops that dot the narrow windings streets of Udaipur for souvenirs to take back home. Overnight stay at Udaipur. (B,D)
Day 12: Udaipur Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Udaipur airport to board the flight for Delhi or Mumbai to connect your flight back home. (B)
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Himalayan Queen Train registered in The Guinness Book as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India. It passes through the breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and more than 20...Read More»
Haridwar is the place where Holy River Ganges leaves the Himalayan Hill and enters the plains of North India. The centre of Indian culture and Yoga, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places of Hindus...Read More»
After breakfast you will travel to Chunar a great historical town where your sailing boat will be ready with the sailor. After a safety briefing, board and sail towards Varanasi covering approx 30km distance. Kolkata (also known as Calcutta) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port as well as its sole major riverine port. Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages, combined with growing nationalism in Bengal, led to a shift of the capital to New Delhi....Read More»
Experience staying in a Kerala home stay where one gets an authentic taste of how families live in this fascinating south Indian state. At a short distance from Thekkaday, Pepper County is home stay set......Read More»
Have you ever wondered how the wine in your glass was made and got its taste?? You are just going to explore the origin, making and then tasting of the wine......Read More»
On this tour, visitors will see why Dharavi is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia', but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty......Read More»
Arrive the oldest spiritual living city in the world, Varanasi. Named after the two tributaries of Ganges that flows through the city named Varuna and Assi rivers, Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi......Read More»
SALAAM BAALAK TRUST runs five 24-hour full care shelters for children, one being devoted to girl children. These shelters provide the children security, a sense of home......Read More»
The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands consisting of about 293 islands is situated in the Bay of Bengal. The topography of the islands is hilly & they abound in evergreen forests. The white sandy beaches have a back drop of luxuriant greenery & in the clear blue waters of the lagoons enclosed by coral reefs......Read More»
Learn authentic Indian Cooking in an Indian family home. Have you wondered why cooking from recipes book does not taste the same......Read More»
Ayurveda is synonymous with Kerala. It is an ancient system of healing which is very popular in this state. Originated in India around 5000 years ago, Ayurveda occupies a prized place in Kerala. The state is blessed with rich flora consisting of rare herbs and natural oils. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul...Read More»
Grade: Easy Paced
Accommodation in hotel with private facility
Private air-condition vehicle with Chauffeur
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
Private English speaking guide during sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra , Udaipur.
Entry fee/Monument charges
Rickshaw ride in Delhi
Bottle of water while travelling
Elephant Ride in Jaipur.
Sharing Boat ride at Udaipur on seat basis. (provided boats are available and is subject to water level and weather conditions)
Walking tour of Bazaars of Old Jaipur including marigold flower market
Assistance and transfers
All current applicable taxes
Any international or domestic airfares
Train fares other than specified in the what's included section
Airport taxes, visa & passport fees
Extra baggage charges
Early check in or late check out
Meals other than specified in the what's included section
Tips & gratuities
Travel & medical insurance
Camera & video permits
Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay
Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc
Any optional excursion or tour
Entry charges at monuments/forts etc
Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section
“We are back from our Marigold Tour to India and want to let you know that the trip was fantastic. From the magnificent Taj Mahal to the tiny village of Khempur it was a new experience every day. The cities and monuments we visited, the hotels, the guides and the food were all exceptional. We would particularly like to commend our driver, Mr. Dharma, who was such a gentleman, always cheerful and informative and the most skillful driver we have ever seen!
Once again, many thanks for arranging such an amazing holiday.” – Patricia Robinson & Shaughn Forbes, Australia
Country Visited: India (Capital: New Delhi)
Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver
Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements
Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions
Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin),
Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours
Ask for pre and post accommodation