9 days, 8 nights
Duration

“Initially you’re overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it and you’ll swim out the other side.” – Evelyn Greenslade

As Evelyn Greenslade says, ‘…dive in…!’
If you wake up everyday feeling kind of ‘beige’, then maybe it’s time to let fate whisk you away.
Immerse yourself in the glorious colour and excitement of Mother India, as you paint your next life chapter…

On this exotic odyssey, we follow in the footsteps of Dame Judi Dench and Bill Nighy—the irresistible stars of the movie—through some of the most romantic locations in India.

This is an opportunity to plunge in—to rediscover the vibrancy of life that India offers and to reinvigorate your senses. And with Ms Tammie leading this inspirational journey in style and comfort, you’ll gently recover your sense of purpose and meaning among India’s timeless rhythms.

 

TOUR DATES 29 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018
TOUR COST A$2490 per person twin share
A$500 for single accommodation
DURATION 9 Days and 8 Nights

 

Rajasthan

The Best Exotic Marigold Tour 2016-17
The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. Consisting of the vast Thar Desert and one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Aravallis. The Rajput heritage is apparent in the forts, temples and palaces established by the Rajput Kings. On our adventure we discover the history of these massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs’ palaces. Rajasthan has been described as an open air museum. We will travel through the chaos of Delhi to the serenity of Udaipur, from the architectural wonder of Jaipur to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, with time to reflect on the light, colour and smiles of India with a stay at the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ itself. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan.

Tour Organiser & Local Leader

Tammie Day

Tammie Day is an Australian counsellor, yogalates teacher, group facilitator and founder of Vibrant Women. She runs retreats and workshops worldwide and has a particular interest in Buddhism, Yoga, the positive psychology movement and cultivating mindfulness.

photo-vikas

Vikas Kumar is a local guide who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village above Dharamsala. He is passionate about the area and the Himalayas and has worked as a trekking guide since leaving school. In that time he has introduced many international visitors to the wonders of the India and the Himalayas. Vikas now leads women’s and mixed groups around the Rajasthan areas as well to other parts of India and beyond.

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Groupsize20
Dates29 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018
Day 1

29 Dec 2017

You will be met at the International Airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Delhi. Please ensure that you arrive at the hotel by 2pm for introductions. Allow one hour to get from the airport to the hotel. If you need to come a day early the hotel is $150 per night per room. *NB: Tammie is arriving in New Delhi on the evening of the 27th at around 8pm. She will be available to meet up with others who arriving early for breakfast on the 28th of December at 8am. On the 28th of December there is an optional half day tour to Chandi Chowk departing at 10am.
29 December 2 – 3 pm Introductions and tea at your hotel
3pm a quick tour of some of the sites of Delhi, India Gate and Laxmi Temple.
7pm – Opening night dinner at a local South Indian Restaurant, Sarvan House in Connaught Place, for Masala Dosa (included).
Day 2

30 Dec 2017

Depart hotel at 9.30am. Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Udaipur (1.5 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel in the Old City, overlooking Lake Pichola.
Udaipur is referred to as the “Venice of the East,” the “Most Romantic City of India” and the “Kashmir of Rajasthan” Tourists flock to this enchanting city in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, which has three interconnected lakes: Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. With its forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with stalls in the medieval historic centre, Udaipur is a living memory of a heroic past with valour and chivalry.
Spend the day exploring the laneways of Udaipur and shopping.
For lunch treat yourself to some local cuisine before heading back to your room for a nap. Meet at 4.30pm at the old castle for a boat ride to one of the silands for afternoon beverages and to witness a beautiful sunset over the lake.
6.30pm depart for Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat in the heart of the old city to see a one hour local dance performance. After the dance performance head back to the lane ways for some late night shopping and exploring or have dinner on one of the many rooftop terrace restaurants.
“Evelyn Greenslade: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected. Muriel Donnelly: Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.”
Day 3

31 Dec 2017

Start the last day of 2016 with a morning meditation on our hotel rooftop overlooking Lake Pichola.
Then after indulging in a leisurely breakfast spend the morning furhter exploring this beautiful lakeside town before leaving at 2pm for our next destination – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! The hotel is located in a small town called Khempur, where the film was shot. Check in and get ready for some dancing, Bollywood style, it’s time to party and enjoy our New Year’s Eve celebrations!!
Day 4

1 Jan 2018

Sleep in and have a rest day. Today we will quietly potter around the local village and hotel. Get a henna tattoo, great photo opportunities await, your friends will not believe you actually stayed at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Optional horse riding.
Day 5

2 Jan 2018

Leave for Jaipur approximately 8 hours away, either by train or plane. Relax in the evening and enjoy some traditional Rajasthani cuisine at the Diggi Palace.
“Douglas Ainslie: Would you like some of this? I believe it’s called aloo ka paratha. Muriel Donnelly: No, if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to eat it.”
Day 6

3 Jan 2018

Early morning take an elephant up to the magnificent Amber Fort as a group. Located high on a hill, Amber fort was built in 1592 and its’ name is said to derive from the many jewels that are used for decoration inside.
After visiting the fort, you’ll have an opportunity to visit a textile and block printing factory as well as the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, do some shopping at its famous Bazaar (only for the fearless!) or return to the Diggi Palace for an afternoon yoga session on the lawn or book in for a massage. Free evening to do as you choose. A must see at this accommodation is the miniature paintings drawn by a local master.
Day 7

4 Jan 2018

After breakfast leave for Agra. Though Agra is obviously best known for the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to an impressive, 94-acre fort that’s often overshadowed but definitely worth a visit.
On the way have morning tea at the Viceroy Club so well known on the movie now the “Second Best Marigold Hotel” (locally known as the Narain Niwas Palace).
Day 8

5 Jan 2018

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is India’s most-photographed monument, and today you’ll see why. Built between 1632 and 1653 in memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife, the Taj Mahal is world-renowned. After the Taj Mahal visit the famous red fort before driving back to Delhi.
Last night out and farewell dinner Delhi!
Day 9

6 Jan 2018

Finish your last day with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before being taken to the airport or travelling on to your next destination. Retreat concludes at 9am.

“Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end!” – Sonny Kapoor

INCLUDES

Airport transfers
All transport by private vehicles (pickup and drop off at Delhi, Udaipur airports).
Domestic Flight – Delhi to Udaipur
8 nights’ accommodation
All Breakfast & 5 Dinners
All tours and Entrance fees to sights
Dance Performance Jaipur
New Year’s Eve Celebration Exotic Marigold Hotel
Services of an English speaking guide throughout the Tour and local guides

EXCLUDES

Airfares to and from India
Indian visas
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Lunches and 3 dinners
Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description
Tipping and personal expenses
Bottled water and other beverages not included with meals

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