*This trip starts and finishes in Delhi. Start time is 9am on the 7th of March 2023. Please ensure you arrive in time to commence this tour. This may require an extra nights accommodation, please choose flights accordingly.
“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 our host Nitin and Danielle leading this inspirational journey in style and comfort, you’ll gently recover your sense of adventure among India’s timeless rhythms…
Start packing—see you at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2023!
Elderly and Beautiful
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 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.
Holi – India’s most dazzling festival. Join us, and millions of people across the country, in this joyous spring celebration of color and the victory of good over evil and whilst staying at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, just amazing!
Celebrated by throwing magnificently coloured powders on family, friends, and for the mischievous at heart, strangers; Holi, the festival of colours, is one of India’s most adored festivals. During our Marigold Tour you will visit the small village of Kemphur, near Udaipur for the festivities. This is where the movie the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was filmed and you will enjoys the celebration’s there in the local village. Holi with its colour and smiles. This is truly the essence of India.
*NB – We suggest bringing some white pants and top to celebrate the the festivities. Cover yourself in coconut oil and if you are blond, think about some hair protection, a shower cap and turban works well
Your Host - Danielle and Nitin
Danielle Harvey – Host
Danielle is your lovely caretaker during this journey. She loves photography, nature, walking, exploring, travel, music, India and her children. She is also pretty fond of coffee, chocolate and wine. She is an extra pair of hands to support you and Nitin on this holiday.
Nitin Jangra – Tour Manager
Nitin is in charge of the logistics of your tour. He has arranged everything so you can have a seamless journey. From accommodation, to transport to guides, he has everything under control. Cool, calm and collected he hails from Chandigarh in Northern India and was previously the manager of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!
*FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED
This tour has a $500 deposit and the remainder is due 75 prior to departure.
If you book both India and the Nepal tours combined you receive a $200 discount. This discount has already been applied to the final price.
What is not included
This sightseeing tour has several walking tours and many stairs, you require a moderate level of fitness to attend. We can walk around 5km a day so you really need to be prepared. Please note you must wear practical and comfortable walking shoes or sandals for your own safety, road and paths are very uneven.
Pre-Arrival 6 March 2023
Please arrive a day early so you are ready to depart for our Delhi day tour tomorrow at 10am.
On arrival our driver will be waiting at the airport for you. Extra nights’ accommodation before the trip cost $250AUD. If you are staying longer than 1 night before the trip, or prefer to arrange your own accommodation please let us know your hotel details and we will collect you from your hotel the morning of the start day. At this stage we are staying at the Royal Plaza Hotel New Delhi but will confirm this closer to the time when we book. If you are arriving before 2pm or are leaving after 12pm on arrival or departure day, please consider what you will do with this time.
You might like to consider arranging an extra half day tour with Divya from www.thedelhiway.com please just check with us that you will not be visiting the same sights that we already visit.
*Airport transfers are included on the 6th, 7th (if early in the morning) and 15th of March 2022 only.
Meals – no meals
Accommodation – Royal Plaza Hotel Delhi
A. Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi.
Check www.skyscanner.com for your options. We like Air India to Australia as it has direct flights from Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne.
A. Please arrive on the 6th of March 2023 so you are ready for the first day on the 7th of March, unless you can arrive by 6am on the 7th into Delhi airport. We can arrange extra nights accommodation and airport transfers for $250AUD. If you are not continuing on the Colours of India Tour, please arrange to depart on the 15th of March at anytime, just know that checkout from the hotel is at 12pm.
You can add Nepal to your India trip on the booking form. By combining tours you save $200. the discount is already applied to the price on the booking form. You don’t require any extra nights accommodation to join the India and Nepal tours but you do no need to book an international flight. We suggest booking Air India AI215 Departing Delhi at 12:25pm arriving to Kathmandu at 14:25pm. The price for this flight is approx. $150AUD.
A. Our groups are usually between 12 and 18 participants. These are ideal numbers as they are small enough to be manageable and intimate but large enough for diversity and fun!
A. We have both single
and twinshare rooms available. The single room has the supplement included. If you choose twinshare and are not travelling with a friend we will do our best to find you a roommate however in the event no one else is seeking a twinshare roommate, then the single room rate will apply. We hope you understand.
*Please note that snorers, smokers or people who wear CPAP machines when sleeping must disclose this when booking as this could impact other peoples sleep and they need to be aware of this.
**Also please note we cannot guarantee compatibility of roommates, for example you may be of different ages or nationalities, have different habits, snore etc. however mostly when we do match people up they get on well and its only for a short period of time. Some people have even made lifelong friendships.
A. The food is Indian haha and I think most people know what this is like. Yes, its spicy but we can ask to tone it down. Keep in mind that when you ask, “Is this spicy?” and the waiter says, “No Maam” his taste buds are not like yours and it will be spicy. India is heaven for vegetarians, all that delicious dahl, spinach and paneer, mushrooms with tomatoes and cauliflower and fresh green peas, potatoes with cumin seeds, koftas and the list goes on, India is my favourite food destination.
A. Please wear culturally appropriate clothing ie cover shoulders and knees. You will also need a scarf for temples and religious ceremonies. In the Jain temples any leather products are prohibited but they do provide lockers for you to store your belongings. Please bring comfortable walking sandals or shoes. *Please do not bring any valuable items with you to India such as expensive jewellery.
A. Well, that depends on your shopping habits! You will need to allocate around $15/$20 per meal lunches and dinners and then add on extra for personal spending. Alcohol is always more expensive in countries where people don’t drink and is taxed highly. I tell people to bring around $500USD to change on arrival to India. Then bring a credit card for the other larger spending. You can also use ATM but they don’t always work.
A. Note above we do not suggest you come early or stay longer unless you have something specific in mind or another person with you. We would not recommend women travelling on their own venture out in large Indian cities unaccompanied. If you desire a longer stay in India we suggest contacting https://www.thedelhiway.com/.
A. The most convenient and cheapest way to get your visa is online e-Visa – To complete online choose E-Visa Application. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
The online application can only be completed between 4 and 120 days prior to travel. Make sure you don’t apply too early so that your visa is expired by the time you want to depart, 30 days in advance is enough, previously it has taken 1 week to receive the E-Visa. This cost is between $10 and $50USD, prices change all the time sorry but just to give you a guideline.
You will receive a document on how to complete your VISA application after we receive your booking and deposit. Its a step by step process with images
A $500 non-refundable non-transferable payment is required for this tour. Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $500 non-refundable deposit will be retained. For between 75 days and 45 days, 50% will be forfeited in addition to the non refundable deposit. For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us. Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you. This is why travel insurance is compulsory.
Our rates do not include any kind of travel insurance and each guest must make sure to arrange their own necessary insurance prior arrival to Thailand. We will do everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, all travel involves some degree of risk we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance for your adventure.
Your insurance protection should include cover for cancellation, medical, in particular Coronavirus and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive please check this before travelling. Or contact our preferred Travel Insurance provider CoverMore
The most convenient and cheapest way to get your visa is online e-Visa – To complete online choose E-Visa Application. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html a 30 day visa can only be applied for 30 days prior to travel unless you want a 12 month visa. Make sure you don’t apply too early so that your visa is expired by the time you want to depart, 30 days in advance is enough, previously it has taken 3 days to receive the E-Visa. This cost is between $10 and $50USD, prices change all the time sorry but just to give you a guideline. We will also provide you with an info sheet on how to compete your visa application, separate to your trip notes.
Some further details – India Mission is where your application will be lodged ie Canberra, Sydney etc the office closest to you. You can use these contact details for hotel and reference in India sections. Royal Plaza Hotel Delhi, Address: 19, Ashoka Rd, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India Phone: +91 11 4355 5555. Your reference in Australia is your emergency contact. It seems there is no other option but to request a 6-month visa and for 60 days even though you may only be travelling for 9 days. “Double Entry” means you can depart and re-enter India twice on this visa, you will not to use this option. When you receive your visa application confirmation email you will see this comment under the dot points section – Please confirm that your ETA status is shown as GRANTED on our official website (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html ) prior to commencement of your journey. If you go to this link you can print off your visa with a barcode and your photo attached, otherwise the email visa works fine too. Good Luck and welcome to Indian Bureaucracy!
You can view an example of a completed form on the link here, keep in mind this is a 2020 visa application so you will need to adjust dates and this is Tammie’s application so please complete your own person details.
Airport transfers on the 6th, 7th and 15th of March are included. Airport transfer before the 6th of March or after the 15th of March will be $60AUD each way per person and can be arranged for you however please note there will be no tour guides available before the 6th of March or after 10am on the 15th of March to assist you, so please take this into consideration when booking your flights.
Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400hrs and check out is at 1200 noon.
*Due to internal flights on day 2 of the itinerary you must bring only 15 kilos with you.
All travellers are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 15kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg as well as your handbag.
It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that Indian authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage maybe confiscated.
Domestic airlines within India have recently reviewed their checked luggage limits, as such all airlines have now implemented a maximum checked luggage limit of 15kg. Please keep this in mind when packing for your upcoming trip. Any excess luggage charges incurred will be at the expense of the passenger.
NB* Please make sure when you pass through security that all of your hand luggage has a tag and security stamp including your handbag, otherwise when boarding the plane, you will be asked to return to the scanning section to have your tag stamped.
Tourists should consult your Family GP or Travel Health Clinic at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.
Most people have their own individual preferences for what they like to travel with, so our list won’t be comprehensive for everyone. It’s intended to be a handy reference point from which you can build. (Passport, Visa, Prescriptions, Doctor Letters, Emergency Information, $USD, Credit/Debit Cards, photocopies of important documents, business cards).
The official Indian currency is the Indian Rupee. The Indian currency is called the Indian Rupee (INR) and the coins are called paise. One Rupee consists of 100 paise. The symbol of the Indian Rupee is ₹ . The design resembles both the Devanagari letter “₹” (ra) and the Latin capital letter “R”, with a double horizontal line at the top
March marks the ending of winter season and starting of summer one. Rajasthan climate is slightly hot but not humid at day time and cool at night in Feb/March. Its day temperature can reach up to 32ºC maximum and 10ºC minimum at night. Tourists are recommend to wear suitable clothes according to weather and stay hydrated during travelling. you will need some warm and some cool weather clothing. Also note that this part of India can have air pollution which means we may experience smog for parts of this trip, especially in Delhi, also perhaps in Jaipur and Agra.
Please remember to take enough prescribed medication for duration of the tour. Chemists are very easy to access and things such as anti-biotics are generally available over the counter.