Shopping, Culinary and The Marigold Hotel – India - Harvey World ...

Shopping, Culinary and The Marigold Hotel – India - Harvey World ...

Shopping, Culinary and The Marigold Hotel India

(12 Days / 11 Nights)

This tour is specially designed and is a great mix of culture or Rajasthan, some culinary experience in Jaipur and

shopping through out the tour. To coincide with the release of British movie, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TOTAL

HOLIDAY OPTIONS has put together this new and exciting small group 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 fact Rawla 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.

27 Oct: Day 1: Arrive Delhi by flight (TBA)

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our Tour Manager at the airport arrival lounge with a TOTAL HOLIDAY

OPTIONS signboard. You will then be transferred to your designated hotel where you will be welcomed in a

traditional way with a Garland and Tilak while your hotel formalities are being completed. Overnight at the Hotel.

28 Oct: Day 2: Delhi

After a morning briefing with our Tour Manager, we commence our

sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, including the Qutab Minar, the 234-

step tower dating to 1193; and the India Gate, honouring the death of

90,000 Indian soldiers of World War I. Visit Gandhi Memorial, the simple

black marble slab honouring Mahatma Gandhi. Next, we visit the two

renowned 17th-century landmarks: the Lal Qila, the Red Fort which we will

drive past; we will visit the Jama Masjid literally meaning the Friday

Mosque, India’s principal and biggest mosque. Visit Chandni Chowk,

Shahjahanabad’s Main Street in 1650, facing the majestic Red Fort. It

originally had a central canal running down its full length, and when moonlight reflected off the water it got the

name Chandni Chowk or ‘Avenue of Moonlight’. The canals have long since gone and it is now a chaotically bustling

area, typical of real India, containing a mix of stalls, shops, food outlets and temples. Between the mosque and

Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most

photogenic journey of the tour. The locals go shopping here like nowhere else. Called Gali Paranthe Wali or Paranthe

wali Gali, literally meaning ‘bread-makers alleyway’, it once had 12 bread-makers. At last count it has just three, all

established in the 1860s. They sell 20 to 30 varieties of paranthas, the layered, unleavened fried whole meal flour

(aata) cooked on large tavas in pure butter oil. Spend the afternoon shopping in Connaught Place or Khan Market.

Evening we enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel before we finish our day. Overnight at Hotel. (B,D)

29 Oct: Day 3: Delhi Agra by surface (Approx. distance 210 kms; 05 hrs drive)

Arrive an early morning breakfast we check out of the hotel and travel to Agra which is one of the most visited city in

the world. Reaching Agra we check into our hotel and after a quick change

prepare yourself for your half day city sightseeing tour comprising of Agra

Fort; this great monument of red sandstone was constructed by Mughal

emperor Akbar in the 16 th century and Itimad-Ud-Daulah Tomb also known

as the mini Taj Mahal; It is a tomb built with white marble in typical Islamic

style architecture, by the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her

father Itimad-Ud-Daulah. Also 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 tradition and some of its best examples are manifested in the Taj

Mahal, using white Makrana Marble using precious and semi-precious stones. Later we return back to our hotel. The

most memorable part will be a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal build by Emperor ShahJahan for his beloved wife

Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years, 32 million rupees and hard toil of more than 20,000 workers to construct the Taj

Mahal. In all 28 kinds of rare, semi precious and precious stones were used for the inlay work. It as the manifestation

of Empire Shahajahan’s unfathomable and unshakable desire for the woman he loved who proved her loyalty and

everlasting friendship to him till her last breath, a woman of great physical and inner beauty, substance and

strength. Taj Mahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides

being the pride of India. The evening is kept free for you to relax or explore the vibrant bazaars of Agra and shop for

some souvenirs. Stay overnight in Agra. (B, D)

30 Oct: Day 04: Agra Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur (Approx. Distance 240 kms; 05 Hours drive)

After breakfast travel to towards Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri another

world heritage site, the deserted splendid capital of Emperor Akbar built in

the 16th Century The construction of the complex was started in 1571 but

this city was abandoned in 1884 due to scarcity of water. The entire

complex is built with red sandstone and marble which is also used in the

more elegant structures inside the complex. The architecture is an

interesting mix of Hindu and Jain traditions interspersed with Islamic

features. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be

described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent

edifices by seeing them. Upon arrival in Jaipur and check in at the Hotel.

Afternoon we explore world famous jewellery bazaar which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal Jewellery

to enamelled gold to modern diamond jewellery. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enamelling. Colourful

bangles made of lace and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. Return to the hotel for an

overnight stay. (B)

31 Oct: Day 05: Jaipur (City Sightseeing)

This morning city tour of Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Rajasthan and the majestic palace complex to witness a

unique system of air-conditioning of 17 th century. The most enthralling experience of Amber Fort is the gaily

decorated elephant ride. A beautiful complex of Palaces, halls, pavilions, garden and temples built by Raja Mansingh,

Mirza Raja Jaisingh and Sawai Jaisingh over a period of about two centuries, it still stands in magnificent state. The

red sandstone and white Marble palace has some very interesting apartments- Diwan-I-Am, Ganesh Pol, Sheesh

Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir, Man Singh Palace and Shila Devi Temple. City Palace Museum; boasts to have some

of the priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings, preserved painted

ceilings and the elephant saddles (haudas), and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records to contain the biggest

silver objects in the world, Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace); built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh at a time when

women of the royal family had to observe strict purdah, it is believed that this palace was built for them to take

pleasure in the processions and various activities taking place on the streets below without showing themselves and

thus enjoying a sense of freedom, Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh is a

complex of astronomical instruments, chiselled out of stone which provides fairly accurate information to this day.

The historic pink-painted sandstone architecture, earned the city the affectionate nickname of the 'Pink City'. The

buildings within the Old City district of Jaipur were first painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales, and

this tradition has remained ever since. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B)

1 Nov: Day 6: Jaipur (Shopping and culinary experience)

This morning you'll be taken on 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.

Cooking and dinner with local Rajput Family Home.

Afternoon we visit local Rajput Family home and learn to make some local dishes. Try your hand at making a

sumptuous Indian meal and enjoy home cooked dinner. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. (B,D)

2 Nov: Day 7: Jaipur Pushkar (Pushkar Fair) by surface (Approx. distance 150 kms; 03 hrs drive)

This morning you will travel to the mystical town of Pushkar, a journey of

approximately 3 hours. 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. Today

your accommodation will be deluxe camp. Afternoon we explore the camel

fair and witness real rural experience of Rajasthan where thousands of local

farmer bring their camel and cattle for trade. Enjoy the world famous Camel

fair and stay overnight in Pushkar. (B,L,D)

3 Nov: Day 8: Pushkar Khempur by surface (Approx. Distance 270 kms; 05½ 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 10

comfortable rooms, each of which are en suite and carry an equine theme

horse head coat hooks and the like 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, Rawla Khempur it has offered accommodation

to such stars as Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy… so why not you? Stay two nights at hotel. (B,D)

4 Nov: Day 9: Khempur

After breakfast take a tour of the horses/stables and enjoy horse ride

around the village. Later explore 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 centres. 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. Special dinner organised on the terrace with fireworks. (B,D)

5 Nov: Day 10: Khempur Udaipur [28Kms/1 hrs drive]

This morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur, founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his

unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittogarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. The

Kingdom of Mewar was considered the most respectable amony the princely

states in Rajasthan and is still remembered for the courage to protect the

Kingdom. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant

water and natural protection afforded by surrounding forests and Aravalli

mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes and also knows as the “ City of

Lakes and Palaces.” On arrival meet and greet and the arrival lounge and

later on city tour visit the City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings

contributed by various Maharajas after Udai Singh. The magnificent Palace

starts right from its entrance in the northern Tripolia Gate that brings you to

the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies

and ornate cupola topped towers. Sahelion ki bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by

Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the Ladies of the Queen’s court. He built the garden with several

fountains, pools and decorated with chiselled pavilions and elephants.

Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples,

bathing ghats and embankments. The Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in

the lake and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, D)

6 Nov: Day 11: Udaipur

After breakfast day is kept free to explore and shopping or relaxing at the hotel. (B,D)

7 Nov: Day 12: Udaipur Delhi (afternoon flight) Delhi Departure

Enjoy leisurely and transfer to the Udaipur airport where you board your flight to Delhi/ Mumbai and connect your

return flight back home. Tour finishes with transfer in Udaipur. (B)

Tour Ends

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