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India - Marigold Hotel Experience

16 days from £2095*
Departing: October 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 10 May 2019 from London Heathrow - LHR


Explore an India beyond the famous sights.

Join us on a Small Group Tour of India inspired by the movies and TV shows that have revealed the bustle and cacophony of everyday life in India. As well as seeing the great sights of Delhi, Rajasthan and Kerala, you'll meet local families, shop in colourful markets and enjoy the vibrant flavours of regional Indian food - all while staying in some delightful heritage and home-stay hotels.

India Small Group Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the company of like-minded travellers as you delve into the culture and lifestyle
  • Market visits, cooking experiences and meeting local families in Jaipur and Kochi
  • Tuk-tuk, cycle rickshaw and Jeep rides
  • Discover the sights of Old and New Delhi
  • Explore Jaipur's Amber Fort, City Palace and Observatory
  • A guided tour of Udaipur and the locations used in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
  • A cruise on Lake Pichola
  • Seeing Fort Cochin's Chinese fishing nets and a Kathakali dance ritual
  • Dinner at the 'Le Colonial' in Kochi
  • A day on the water aboard a thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat
  • Relaxing in an idyllic little Keralan beach resort

What does the price include?

  • 14 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Jaipur (4), Udaipur (3), Kochi (3) and Mararikulam (2)
  • Five lunches and 12 dinners
  • Return flights from the UK to India (overnight on the way out)
  • Internal flights from Udaipur to Mumbai, Mumbai to Kochi and Kochi to Mumbai
  • Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Fascinating fact: Local traditions says that the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama lived and died in the governor's residence that is now the Le Colonial hotel.

India Small Group Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to India

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two: Day at leisure

Your Tour Manager will be waiting to meet you when you arrive in Delhi this morning, before we head into the heart of New Delhi and our first family-run hotel. Freshen up, then join your fellow guests for lunch in a local restaurant. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in anticipation of the for the exciting days ahead, before dinner at the hotel.

Day Three: Included Old Delhi tour

Today begins with a visit to the Gandhi Smriti, the house in which Mahatma Gandhi spent his last days. From there we'll head to the National Railway Museum, which celebrates the history of India's favourite form of transport.

After an included lunch at the colourful Chor Bazar restaurant, we'll continue our tour of Old Delhi. See the historic Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat (Gandhi's cremation site close to the Yamuna River). Take an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, and round off your day with a pre-dinner guided walking tour of Chandni Chowk bazaars and food markets, learning about Old Delhi's food scene, before you retire to the hotel.

Day Four: Included New Delhi tour

This morning, we'll explore New Delhi. Built by the British Raj to reflect the glories of Empire, its highlights include the die-straight expanse of the Rajpath that sweeps from the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly Viceroy's House) to the India Gate war memorial.

After the tour, you'll leave Delhi and travel to the Pink City of Jaipur by comfortable mini-coach. You'll spend four nights here in a family-run, 'homestay' that will serve as your Jaipur base. Meet the family who will be your hosts and enjoy your first dinner at the hotel.

Day Five: Included Amber and Jaipur Jeep tour

Start your day with an optional yoga session, organised by your hosts. After breakfast, climb aboard a Jeep and head out to explore. Prepare to be amazed by the intricate decoration, and stupendous rampart views, at Amber Fort, before we head to a typical local restaurant for an included lunch.

After lunch, we'll continue to Jaipur to explore the ancient astronomical observatory (Jantar Mantar) and museums of the City Palace complex and the innumerable windows and screened balconies of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).

Later, you'll have an opportunity to learn about the colourful world of Bollywood dancing before your hosts explain the techniques behind the perfect cup of masala tea, share the secrets of their family cookbook and serve dinner at the hotel.

Day Six: Optional elephant conservation tour

Spend today travelling by tuk-tuk or cycle rickshaw to the local market with your hosts, and getting to know the local culture and cuisine. In the afternoon you'll also have the chance to visit Elefantastic, a conservation sanctuary, where you will have the chance to meet some of the rescued elephants that live there.

This evening, help the family preparing a meal from the morning's purchases and learn how to make lassi (India's national yoghurt-based drink).

Day Seven: Optional Agra and Taj Mahal tour

Today you'll have the chance to explore Agra and see the heartbreaking, enchanting Taj Mahal. You'll ride the early morning Shatabdi Express to Agra, meet your local guide and visit the Taj Mahal before enjoing an included lunch.

In the afternoon you'll visit the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of Agra Fort and tour Agra's elegant colonial quarter. Stop for tea at a local family's colonial home, before returning to Jaipur.

Those staying in Jaipur will be able to join an intimate tour of the city's heritage districts - location for some of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' filming - and witness a traditional Aarti ceremony at a local temple.

Day Eight: Coach travel from Jaipur to Udaipur

Today you'll journey across Rajasthan, its landscape studded with exotic temples and lavishly decorated mansions (havelis). Call at historic, fortified Chittorgarh on your way to the sublime City of Lakes, Udaipur. Here, against a background of rolling hills, the waters of Lake Pichola are home itself to two exquisite marble palaces, both overlooked by the majesty of the City Palace.

This evening, you'll have the chance to take a tuk-tuk ride around Udaipur's evening illuminations and enjoy a night at the movies with your guide at a Bollywood picture house.

Day Nine: Included Udaipur city tour

Early this morning you'll be able to join your guide for a cycle ride through Udaipur, pedalling through the awakening streets to see the 'real' city's market traders and local craftsmen at work.

After breakfast back at the hotel, we'll head out on a guided tour of Udaipur's main sights - the dome-turreted City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Saheliyon-ki-Bari - the beautiful Gardens of the Royal Ladies.

An afternoon tour, once again by tuk-tuk, takes in colourful local markets and temples, before your wonderful day draws to a close with an evening cruise on Lake Pichola and dinner overlooking the majestic City Palace.

Day 10: Included Best Exotic Marigold Hotel location tour

Today we head out of the city to the possibly familiar surroundings of the Ravla Khempur. This fortified mansion is now an equestrian hotel with a celebrated stables, and was the used as 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in both movies.

Enjoy lunch at the Ravla Khempur, then join a local resident for a walking tour of the village (another filming location) before returning to Udaipur. Why not mark your final night here with an evening of traditional dance, music and puppetry beside Lake Pichola in the grounds of the Bagore-ki-Haveli?

Day 11: Fly to Kochi

Say goodbye to your Udaipur hosts, and head to the airport to catch an early morning flight to Kochi via Mumbai.

Your hotel here lies in the heart of the historic Fort Cochin area of ancient trading seaport. Rest and relax there, then head out as evening falls to experience a traditional Kathakali performance, combining dance, costume, ancient literature, music and painting, and to enjoy dinner at the historic Le Colonial hotel, setting for The Real Marigold Hotel TV series.

Day 12: Included Kochi city tour

Today, once again travelling by tuk-tuk, you'll enjoy an included guided tour of Cochin (as Kochi is also called). See Mattancherry's Dutch Palace, the 16th-century Paradesi Synagogue and Fort Cochin's famous Chinese fishing nets - which have become are one of India's most photographed sights.

In the afternoon, we'll explore Fort Cochin's colourful fish market, joining a local family to purchase the fish and vegetables that will be prepared, cooked and served as your dinner this evening.

Day 13: Explore Keralan culture

Spend today getting to know the customs and culture of Keralan life. Meet local fishermen as they land their catch early this morning, see mat weavers and coconut yarn makers at work, and eat breakfast in a beautiful backwater farmhouse with your local family. Criss-cross the beautiful countryside by tuk-tuk and canoe, and this afternoon, join your guide to continue exploring on the same buses and ferries that the locals use.

Day 14: Included kettuvallam houseboat cruise

Today begins with a short journey to Alleppey, and a visit to a small temple. Join a local family, to prepare and eat a traditional lunch, then board a thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat to cruise lazily through a labyrinth of canals and waterways lined with coconut groves and rice fields, and dotted with tiny islands.

After the cruise we'll continue to your final hotel, in the relaxed beach resort at Marari.

Day 15: Day at leisure

Round off your wonderful tour of India with a relaxing day spent exploring the local village and school, enjoying the rejuvenating benefits of an Ayurvedic massage (at extra cost), or perhaps just lazing by the pool or on the beach. Later, join your travelling companions and new-found friends to relive your wonderful memories and unique experiences over dinner.

Day 16: Fly back to the UK

We'll have an early start, today, (a packed breakfast will be provided) as we transfer to Cochin International Airport to begin our journey home, flying first to Mumbai, and then on to the UK.

We'll arrive back in the UK this evening, at the end of a wonderful Indian holiday.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Edinburgh 05 October 2018 £2619
Edinburgh 02 November 2018 £2569
Edinburgh 16 November 2018 £2549
Edinburgh 25 January 2019 £2519
Edinburgh 15 February 2019 £2519
Edinburgh 22 February 2019 £2519
Edinburgh 15 March 2019 £2599
Edinburgh 03 May 2019 £2295
Edinburgh 10 May 2019 £2295
Edinburgh 20 September 2019 £2295
Edinburgh 04 October 2019 £2649
Edinburgh 01 November 2019 £2599
Edinburgh 08 November 2019 £2549
Glasgow 05 October 2018 £2619
Glasgow 02 November 2018 £2569
Glasgow 16 November 2018 £2549
Glasgow 25 January 2019 £2519
Glasgow 15 February 2019 £2519
Glasgow 22 February 2019 £2519
Glasgow 15 March 2019 £2599
Glasgow 03 May 2019 £2295
Glasgow 10 May 2019 £2295
Glasgow 20 September 2019 £2295
Glasgow 04 October 2019 £2649
Glasgow 01 November 2019 £2599
Glasgow 08 November 2019 £2549
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 October 2018 £2419
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 November 2018 £2369
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 November 2018 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 January 2019 £2319
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 February 2019 £2319
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 February 2019 £2319
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 March 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 May 2019 £2095
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 May 2019 £2095
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 September 2019 £2095
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 October 2019 £2449
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 November 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 November 2019 £2349
Manchester 05 October 2018 £2619
Manchester 02 November 2018 £2569
Manchester 16 November 2018 £2549
Manchester 25 January 2019 £2519
Manchester 15 February 2019 £2519
Manchester 22 February 2019 £2519
Manchester 15 March 2019 £2599
Manchester 03 May 2019 £2295
Manchester 10 May 2019 £2295
Manchester 20 September 2019 £2295
Manchester 04 October 2019 £2649
Manchester 01 November 2019 £2599
Manchester 08 November 2019 £2549
Newcastle 05 October 2018 £2619
Newcastle 02 November 2018 £2569
Newcastle 25 January 2019 £2519
Newcastle 15 February 2019 £2519
Newcastle 22 February 2019 £2519
Newcastle 15 March 2019 £2599
Newcastle 03 May 2019 £2295
Newcastle 10 May 2019 £2295
Newcastle 20 September 2019 £2295
Newcastle 04 October 2019 £2649
Newcastle 01 November 2019 £2599
Newcastle 08 November 2019 £2549

Don't want your holiday to end there? Lengthen your visit to India with one of these unforgettable tour extensions.

Goa Extension Itinerary

Day 16: Fly to Goa

Fly to Goa, meet your guide at the airport and transfer south along the coast to your hotel, for a three-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the expansive pool or enjoying an ayurvedic massage in the hotel’s tranquil spa.

Day 17: Enjoy your Goan surroundings

Choose to spend today soaking up the southern Indian sun, perhaps by the hotel’s pool, or venture further afield to explore the wide-open beaches situated just a moment’s walk from your hotel. Likewise, choose to dine in your hotel, or to visit one of a number of local eateries.

Day 18: Relax or explore in Goa

Once again, today you are free to simply let Goa’s relaxed southern feeling wash over you, perhaps with a long, lazy walk on the beach. Alternatively, choose to join us on an optional excursion to Aguada Fort and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Day 19: Fly home

Bid a fond farewell to Portuguese influenced Goa, as you transfer from your hotel to the airport and board your flight home.

From £559 per person


India's Marigold Hotel Experience Touring Hotels 

The properties we use for this programme are smaller, often family-run, hotels. Our aim is to really immerse you in life in India. In all cases we have seen the hotels and have carefully selected them for their warmth, charm and cleanliness. Most do not have a lift, although many will have ground floor rooms available. Dinner will usually be buffet style, and all bedrooms will be air-conditioned and have tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most will also have a safe and TV.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Diwali - India's Festival of Lights

Passengers travelling on the 2nd November 2018 departure will have the chance to celebrate Diwali, a major Hindu festival marked by family gatherings, and by decorative displays of candles and lamps shining from rooftops and doorsteps, in windows, and all around temple buildings.

Holi - India's Festival of Colours and Love

Passengers travelling on the 15th March 2019 departure will be able to join the joyful crowds throwing coloured powder into the air in celebration of Krishna and the beginning of spring.

Taj Mahal restoration work

The white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $75 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

**This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays to India made between 10th May and 12th June 2018 (inclusive). Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (FARAWAY) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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