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INCREDIBLE INDIAN TOURS The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

INCREDIBLE INDIAN TOURS The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

Dossier Validity: 2018 Welcome to the India of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Join us and experience some of the India and sights portrayed in the two very successful films. Ride auto & cycle rickshaws through Jaipur, visit Madge’s exclusive ‘Viceroy’s Club’ and see where Sonny woos Sunaina at the Stepwell. Have a gin & tonic on the terrace overlooking the lake in Udaipur and you’ll even get to stay at the Marigold Hotel itself. In addition there are amazing Moghul sights in Delhi, the truly incredible Taj Mahal in Agra, and the wonders of Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Kings’. Included in this tour are the must do’s and we have allowed plenty of free time for another of the wonders of India - Shopping.

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be part of the organized chaos and excitement of India’s capital city Delhi be left breathless by the unsurpassed Taj Mahal visit the film sets of the movie in Jaipur & Udaipur stay in the actual Marigold Hotel and the Viceroy Club enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the beautiful lake city of Udaipur shop till you drop in the markets & bazaars of Rajasthan

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(10 nights/11 days)

Itinerary Day 1 Delhi Delhi is an exciting, busy and often chaotic city and one of the most interesting. With a past that stretches far back into the mists of time, it is rich with the splendour and vitality of an eternal city. Divided into an ancient and a modern part, 1000 years of history greet the visitor at every step. Mosques, monuments and forts from many different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars lie scattered across its sprawling expanse. There is more to see and do than we can possibly fit in during our short time here. If you arrive earlier than day 1, there is an opportunity to make more discoveries - the ruins of Qutb Minar and Purana Qila, Indira Gandhi Museum and Rajghat are all recommended. We meet up at 12pm midday for a short tour briefing before heading out for an afternoon of sightseeing Old Delhi. We will head to Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk, where you can explore the Spice market and enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride through the narrow laneways and markets. Hotel: The Visaya Humayans Tomb - Delhi

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Itinerary Day 2 Agra Travel time: 4 hours Agra, today a busy industrial town was once the glorious capital of the Moghul Dynasty. Abounding with Forts & Palaces, Mosques and Mausoleums, the Moghuls built a truly splendid city worthy of the World Heritage Status now conferred on several of the monuments in the city. A morning drive on Day 2 gets us to Agra allowing us plenty of time to explore the incredible Moghal sights of this city. The icon of India, probably the most famous and beautiful building in the world, the majestic Taj Mahal surpasses all expectations and it truly is a wonder of the world, if not the greatest ever testimony to love. There are opportunities to visit it at different times of the day to see how its colour changes with the light. We also visit Agra’s Red Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and the Itimud-u-Dualah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj’, the first Moghul building in Agra made from Marble. Hotel: The Retreat or similar

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Itinerary Day 3 Kanota Travel time: 5 hours After a dawn visit to the exquisite and ethereal Taj Mahal, we head west to Rajasthan via the deserted Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri. We stop for the night at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroys Club in the movie. Hotel: Castle Kanota

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Itinerary Days 4-5 Jaipur Travel time: 1 hour Crowning the crest of a hill, the fort palace at Amber was the former capital of the Jaipur state, before Maharajah Jai Singh II built the new capital of Jaipur, founded in 1727. We visit the Palace at Amber before exploring the new ‘Old City’ of Jaipur - a modern Indian market town known as the ‘Pink City’. Whilst in Jaipur, we walk the streets and markets of this colourful and busy capital of Rajasthan, with its palaces and temples, and its bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts. We visit Jaipurs famous landmark building, the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’ and the exquisite Jal Mahal - water palace. Jaipur was also the setting for both ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ movies and we explore some of the movie’s film sets, including the ‘Stepwell’ where Sonny wooed Sunaina, and the Fort & ‘Chatris’ where Douglas tries his hand as a tour guide. Stepwell - Jaipur

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Hotel: Diggi Palace or similar

INCREDIBLE INDIAN TOURS The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

Itinerary Days 6-7 Khempur Travel time: 6 hours The Village of Khempur is a small cluster of typical rural dwellings and shops, and shaded squares where the villagers sit around drinking chai and discuss the affairs of the world or share the local gossip. Rawla Khempur is the local chieftains ‘Castle’, these days a small Heritage Hotel that is famous originally for its Marwari and Kathiawari Horses and more recently as being the film set for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. On the morning of Day 6, we drive to Khempur and have two nights to relax and enjoy the ambience and peace of this small Heritage Hotel and the surrounding village and countryside. You may like to take a horseride through the village and countryside, a bullock cart ride to the local lake or just sit and read a book in the garden. Khempur is a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of India. Hotel: Ravla Khempur Stepwell - Jaipur

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Itinerary Days 8-9 Udaipur Travel time: 2 hours Without question Udaipur lives up to its reputation as India’s most romantic city. Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes combine to give Udaipur a very special appeal. It’s a centre for artists, dancers and musicians and the shopping is superb. Whilst here in Udaipur, we visit the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India, full of unbelievable treasures and take a walk through the old city. We see a traditional Rajasthani dance show, visit an artist’s school and why not try your hand at creating a miniature painting. In the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the gang travelled to Udaipur and we stay in the hotel who’s rooftop was the setting for Evelyn’s (Judy Dench) Gin & Tonic episode.

Hotel: Udaigarh

Lake Palace Hotel - Udaipur

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Itinerary Day 10 Delhi We take a morning flight to Delhi and this afternoon we take a drive down Janpath, the ceremonial avenue lined with impressive and imposing government buildings to view the President’s residence, and we visit Humayans Tomb, the spectacular mausoleum of the 2nd Moghul Emperor. We finish off the day with a splendid last night dinner to celebrate the end of our Incredible journey. Hotel: The Visaya Day 11 Departure Day There are no organized activities today. depart at any time.

Lake Palace Hotel - Udaipur

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general tour information group size minimum 4, maximum 10 Days 11 days / 10 nights

transport Flight, private minibus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw. We will be taking private vehicles and will use ‘Auto Rickshaws - (‘Tuk Tuk’s) and Cycle Rickshaws in and around towns.

starts and finishes in Delhi Cost USD2590 per person twin share

activities included The following is a list of included activities on this trip. Other activities are optional and will be at your own expense.

price includes Arrival and departure transfers All accommodation as specified All transportation between overnight stops and to and from included sightseeing Entrance fees for all sites listed as part of the itinerary Meals as specified All gratuities for hotels, guides and drivers

Humayans Tomb, Raj Path, Old Delhi, Spice markets, Cycle Rickshaw ride (Delhi) Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Baby Taj, Fatehpur Sikri (Agra) Amber Palace, City walk, Step Well, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal (Jaipur) City Palace, Heritage Walk, Lake cruise (Udaipur)

price does not include Visa costs Meals other than those listed Drinks, meal tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature International flights accommodation Hotels (10 nights), We stay in 4 star or Heritage Hotels. Rooms are twin share with private bathrooms with western style toilets. single supplement If you are a single traveller, you are not required to pay a single supplement as we will match you up with other travelers. However if you do not wish to share accommodation, but would like to guarantee your own room throughout the tour a single supplement of USD385 will be payable.

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meal inclusions 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners meals Traveling with Incredible Indian Tours we ensure that you will experience a vast array of the gustatory treats available in India. Some meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options. This allows you to choose where, and what to eat. More often than not however we eat together as a group. Your leader will offer suggestions for favourite restaurants throughout the trip. money exchange As at April 2018 AUD1 = 50 INR CAD1 = 50 INR EUR1 = 80 INR GBP1 = 93 INR NZD1 = 48 INR USD1 = 65 INR There are many ATM machines (which accept both Cirrus/ Maestro debit cards and Visa and MasterCard) throughout India. This is a safe and convenient way to access money in India, however we suggest that you bring a small amount of

INCREDIBLE INDIAN TOURS The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

general tour information money in cash in case there are times that ATMs are not available. The major currencies, including AUD and CAD are no problem in general to exchange. Visa & MasterCard credit cards are accepted in major shops and restaurants in the bigger cities. spending money Although entrance fees to specified sites are included in the tour price, there are additional sights that you may like to visit. Many sites levy camera fees. Spending money requirements will differ from one person to the next. You will need to take into consideration your spending habits when allowing for drinks, shopping, and optional activities. You will need to allow enough money for the following: Meals – USD200 (or equivalent) Optional Activities – USD50 (or equivalent) Money for drinks, shopping and incidentals. Tipping is an integral part of Indian life and is essential to a smooth trip. To make things easier, we cover tips for hotel porters, local guides and for drivers of private transport we use. We do NOT cover restaurant tips. You will need to allow approximately 10-15% on top of your restaurant bill. physical rating There will be plenty of walking around towns or sites, which due to the warm to hot weather in India at this time of year will make general sightseeing a little more strenuous. culture shock rating Conditions in India are not always as comfortable as in

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other countries. You may need to occasionally deal with a squat toilet, cold showers or power failure. travel insurance Travel Insurance is highly recommended whilst traveling to India and is compulsory for any group tour with Incredible Indian Tours. visas All foreign nationals require a visa to enter India. Most nationalities can apply for an e-Tourist visa. The Indian Government is in the process of extending this e-Tourist facility to more countries so check this website to find out the latest eligibility details. For the e-Tourist visa, you need to apply within 120 days of travel 60 days validity. The visa is issued online and takes up to 3 days. Regular tourist visas (issued by the Indian Embassy or Consulate) for those nationalities who do not yet have availability of the e-Tourist facility, or for those who require a visa longer than 60 days, are usually issued for 6 or 12 months and are either Single, Double or Multiple Entry. As the validity begins from date of issue, be sure you do not apply for your visa too early. For information, or assistance with obtaining a visa, check out the following websites. Australia visa_services/index.html New Zealand USA UK Canada health We recommend that you consult your doctor for current

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general tour information medical travel information about before departure. Your leader will be carrying a basic first aid kit, but we suggest you bring along your own as well as any personal medical requirements . The following websites have up-to-date information about health requirements. Australia New Zealand USA UK Canada

learning a few basic cultural do’s and don’ts), being mindful of the environment, and leaving a positive image behind. Remember we are ambassadors for our country. Bringing a few photos of your family and home with you is a great way to interact with the locals by giving them a glimpse of your world whilst you visit theirs.

communications Most of our hotels have Wifi, but do not rely on it always being available. You can also purchase a local prepaid sim card (for unlocked cell phones) and data sticks (for mobile internet on your laptop) easily and inexpensively in India. Recommended are Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance. You will need extra passport photos for this as well as photocopies of your photo and visa page from your passport.

transfer/joining instructions Your airport transfer pickup will await you holding a sign with your name when you exit the baggage claim area of the arrivals hall. There may be large crowds here so please look carefully for your transfer.

your tour manager Your tour manager is there to organise and streamline your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Whilst they are not a guide per se, they will share their local knowledge, give you suggestions for your free time and manage the day to day running of the tour. They will introduce you to their local friends and recommend great local restaurants and experiences. They will have a broad general knowledge of India, so do feel free to tap into their wisdom. At some sites, local guides may be hired where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting. responsible travel We believe strongly in responsible travel. This includes being respectful to the local culture (ie dressing appropriately, and

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joining hotel The Visaya N-82 Panchshil Park New Delhi 110017 Ph: +91 11 4319 0000

early arrival information If you are arriving earlier than day 1, extra accommodation in Delhi is available at USD105/115 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room. Please notify us as early as possible if you require extra accommodation as our hotel in Delhi books up well in advance. staying on If you are staying on in Delhi after the tour, extra accommodation is available at USD105/115 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room. what to take We will be on the move a lot, so try to pack as lightly as possible. The smaller your bag in India the better, as our transports have limited storage space. Do however ensure you have enough room for shopping, so a bag with extra room, or perhaps a 2nd small bag that can be folded up or kept inside your large bag initially could work well.

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general tour information India is very conservative and we ask that you dress accordingly. As a guideline, shoulders and knees should always be covered. The wearing of shorts is looked upon by locals as akin to wearing your underwear and will limit your entry into mosques, temples and other places of worship. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool. Singlets, tank tops and shorts are not suitable attire for India. Note that Indian domestic airlines have recently reduced their check-in baggage allowance to 15kg. If you have heavier luggage, you will need to pay the excess at the airport for your internal flights. Excess luggage charges range from around Rs300 (USD5) per kilo. laundry Inexpensive laundry facilities are offered by most hotels we use. weather The weather during our journey should be great. Daytime temperatures will be warm to hot, in the range 25-35oc. Night time temperatures will be comfortable. Rain is not so likely at this time of year, but sun is, so sunblock and a hat are essentials. checklist Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance (don’t forget your emergency insurance contact details), air tickets. Photocopy of above documents

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Day pack Health vaccinations/medication First aid kit Money: ATM card (widely available and easy to access); credit cards (widely accepted in big cities); cash (for emergencies) Money pouch Alarm clock and torch/flashlight Mosquito repellent Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper Lock for your suitcase or bag We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt to store your passport, air tickets, credit cards and cash. Avoid bringing valuable jewellery with you. Some hotels we use have safety deposit boxes.

Updated on: 13th April 2018

Marigold Hotel Tour Dossier  

Full tour dossier for our Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tour 2017

Marigold Hotel Tour Dossier  

Full tour dossier for our Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tour 2017