10 Days
From £1,780
In association with Wild Frontiers

India is a mesmerising country full of contrasts, colour and chaos. An assault on the senses in every way, it boasts unmissable sights, and people who make it one of the most life-affirming nations in the world. It's this mix that inspired Deborah Moggach to write the novel that would become the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and our unique tour follows in the footsteps of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith's endearing characters.
As well as visiting some of India's most spectacular monuments - including the Taj Mahal and Chittorgarh Fort, a World Heritage Site - you'll spend the night in the Ravla Khempur in Rajasthan, the real-life Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Your trip also includes the chance to meet Deborah for an exclusive talk, as well as taking in Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur, the 'Venice of the East'.

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The author and scriptwriter Deborah Moggach
Credit: Urszula Soltys
Deborah Moggach
Exotic Marigold writer

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

Price includes

  • 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


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  1. Day
    Welcome to Delhi
    Delhi, India
    Before 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.
    A view of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, which is a Bahai House of worship

    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

    Accommodation - The Claridges (subject to availability)
    Meals - Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day
    Delhi to Agra
    Agra, India
    A view over the water to the Taj Mahal in Agra at sunset

    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.

    Accommodation - Double Tree by Hilton (subject to availability)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Agra to Jaipur
    Jaipur, India
    Sun beats down on the colourful Hawa Mahal also knows as the Palace of Winds in Jaipur, Rajasthan

    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.

    Accommodation - Narain Niwas Palace Hotel (subject to availability)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Jaipur, India
    Two women in colourful saris walk in to the Amber Fort in Jaipur

    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.

    Accommodation - Narain Niwas Palace Hotel (subject to availability)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day
    Jaipur to Bijaipur
    Bijaipur, India
    A view over the pool at the heritage hotel Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan

    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.

    Accommodation - Castle Bijaipur
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Bijaipur, India
    View of the heritage hotel Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan and countryside beyond

    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

    Accommodation - Castle Bijaipur
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    Bijaipur to Khempur
    Ravla Khempur, India
    Judi Dench and Celia Imrie pull up outside The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in a scene from the film

    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

    Accommodation - Ravla Khempur
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Khempur to Udaipur
    Ravla Khempur, India
    A great view of Lake Pichola in Udaipur

    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.

    Accommodation - Karohi Haveli (subject to availability)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    Udaipur, India
    The beautiful view over Lake Pichola from Ambrai restaurant at sunset

    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.

    Accommodation - Karohi Haveli (subject to availability)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    A fond farewell
    Udaipur, India
    The sun sets of the Taj Mahal with an orange glow

    Your unique woman&home tour of India ends with breakfast in Udaipur - it's the last of ten days that you'll never forget.

    Meals - Breakfast


A view of fountains and gardens surrounding the five-star hotel, The Claridges, in New Delhi

The Claridges

New Delhi, India

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

One of the spacious rooms in the Doubletree by Hilton in Agra with views of the Taj Mahal

Double Tree by Hilton

Agra, India

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

a view of the exterior of the heritage Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in Jaipur

Narain Niwas Palace Hotel

Jaipur, India

This opulent heritage palace is one of the finest hotels in Jaipur - its striking architecture is filled with history and adorned with frescoes

A view over the pool at the heritage hotel Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan

Castle Bijaipur

Bijapur, India

This 16-century heritage hotel, set in the Vindhyanchal Hills, will transport you to a bygone era

Ravla Khempur

Chittorgarh, India

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

Karohi Haveli

Udaipur, India

Each of the spacious rooms in this traditional Rajasthani hotel boasts wonderful views of the beautiful lake

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