The Best Exotic Marigold New Years Adventure

The Best Exotic Marigold New Years Adventure 2017-10-18T13:40:28+00:00


“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 Ms Tammie 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 2017!

For the Elderly and Beautiful


xMarigold-hotel-map-182581341238658_crop_341_341_gif_pagespeed_ic_DmlEfAHGSuThe 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 is 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.



  • Airport transfers

  • All transport by private vehicles (pickup and drop off at Delhi, Udaipur airports).

  • Domestic Flight – Delhi to Udaipur

  • 8 nights’ accommodation

  • All Breakfast & 5 Dinners

  • Entrance fees to sights – e.g. Taj Mahal, Lake Palace

  • Walking tour, boat ride and dance Performance Udaipur

  • Visit the Viceroy club from the movie which has wonderful small museum of local history and have Chai on the lawn and the stepwell also from the movie

  • Visit to the Amber fort (optional elephant ride), palace of the winds and the Jaipur markets for some intense shopping (warning Tuk tuks may be involved!)

  • Take an early morning trip the amazing Taj Mahal and perhaps if time permits the red fort of Agra

  • Dine in some Delhi’s iconic restaurants and visit he Janpath markets at night

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • 8 hour train ride from Udaipur to Jaipur

  • Services of an English speaking guide throughout the Tour and local guides plus Tammie from Vibrant Women will also be present.


  • Airfares to and from India

  • Indian visas

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

  • Lunches and 3 dinners (Indian food can be heavy 2 meals a day is often enough)

  • Elephant ride Amber Fort (approx $25), morning tea Viceroy club (approx $5), Tuk tuk rides throughout trip (approx $10)

  • Tipping and personal expenses. We have a $10 a day tipping suggestion. $40 of this is required to give to Vikas our tour guide (approx 2,000 Rupees) for tipping for our drivers, porters and tour guides. The remaining 2,000 Rupees will be for Vikas’s service if you feel this is appropriate. All other tipping ie restaurants etc is at your own discretion. 

  • Bottled water and other beverages not included with meals

Price $AUD: Twin – $2490 Single $2990

 sun cartoonBetween the months of December through March, Rajasthan enjoys a cool climate with January being the coolest month of the year. In the state, however, there are temperature variations in the cities. The temperature during this season ranges from 7 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius. During our 2015/2016 trip the weather was quite warm and we did not use many of our cooler weather clothes. I cannot guarantee it will be the same in 2016/2017. 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 and places where they have many brickwork’s which use large fired kilns. 

Tour Organiser & Local Leader

Tammie Day  
is an Australian counsellor, yoga and Nia dance teacher, group facilitator and founder of Vibrant Women. She runs retreats and workshops worldwide and has a particular interest in Buddhism, Yoga, the positive psychology movement and cultivating mindfulness.

Vikas Kumar
is a local guide who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village above Dharamsala. He is passionate about the area and the Himalayas and has worked as a trekking guide since leaving school. In that time he has introduced many international visitors to the wonders of the India and the Himalayas. Vikas now leads women’s and mixed groups around the Rajasthan areas as well to other parts of India and beyond.




29 Dec 17 – Day 1:

You will be met at the International Airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Delhi. Please ensure that you arrive at the hotel by 2pm for introductions. Allow one hour to get from the airport to the hotel. If you need to come a day early the hotel is $150 per night per room. We will organise an early bird half day tour for people arriving early there will be a small fee for this if you wish to participate, (price TBA)

Please ensure you arrive by 2pm to the hotel for introductions and departure for sightseeing tour of New Delhi, India Gate, Huymans tomb and Laxmi Temple.

7pm – Opening night dinner at a local South Indian Restaurant, Sarvan House in Connaught Place, for Masala Dosa (included).

Meals – Dinner


30 Dec 17 – Day 2:

Depart hotel at 5am. Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Udaipur (1.5 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel in the Old City, overlooking Lake Pichola, have lunch and then head out on a walking tour. The afternoon sees us taking a boat ride on this beautiful lake. 

Udaipur is referred to as the “Venice of the East,” the “Most Romantic City of India” and the “Kashmir of Rajasthan” Tourists flock to this enchanting city in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, which has three interconnected lakes: Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. With its forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with stalls in the medieval historic centre, Udaipur is a living memory of a heroic past with valour and chivalry.

6.30pm depart for Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat in the heart of the old city to see a one hour local dance performance. After the dance performance head back to the lane ways for some late night shopping and exploring or have dinner on one of the many rooftop terrace restaurants. 

Meals – Breakfast

 “Evelyn Greenslade: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected. Muriel Donnelly: Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.”

31 Dec 17 – Day 3:

Indulge in a sleep in and leisurely breakfast spend the morning further exploring this beautiful lakeside town before leaving after lunch for our next destination – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! The hotel is located in a small town called Khempur, where the film was shot. Check in and get ready for some dancing, Bollywood style, it’s time to party and enjoy our New Year’s Eve celebrations!!

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner


1 Jan 18 – Day 4:

Sleep in and have a rest day. Today we will quietly potter around the local village and hotel. Get a henna tattoo, great photo opportunities await, your friends will not believe you actually stayed at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! 

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner


2 Jan 18 – Day 5:

Early departure at 6am. Hopefully we will catch the train to Jaipur approximately 6.5 hours away. In the afternoon have a stretch in the garden at the Diggi Palace with a  gentle yoga class or have a massage in the hotel spa.

Enjoy sundowners and an evening meal at the Verandah Cafe at the Rambagh Palace Jaipur.

Meals – Breakfast

Douglas Ainslie: Would you like some of this? I believe it’s called aloo ka paratha. Muriel Donnelly: No, if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to eat it.”


3 Jan 18 – Day 6:

Early morning take an (optional) elephant up to the magnificent Amber Fort as a group. Located high on a hill, Amber fort was built in 1592 and its’ name is said to derive from the many jewels that are used for decoration inside.

After visiting the fort, you’ll have an opportunity to visit a textile and block printing factory as well as the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, do some shopping at its famous Bazaar (only for the fearless!) Relax in the evening and enjoy some traditional Rajasthani cuisine. 

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

 4 Jan 18 – Day 7:

After breakfast leave for Agra. Though Agra is obviously best known for the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to an impressive, 94-acre fort that’s often overshadowed but definitely worth a visit.

On the way have morning tea at the Viceroy Club so well known on the movie now the “Second Best Marigold Hotel” (locally known as the Narain Niwas Palace). We will also stop at the Chand Baori Step Well in Abhaneri Village, also featured in the movie. 

Meals – Breakfast

5 Jan 18 – Day 8:

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is India’s most-photographed monument, and today you’ll see why. Built between 1632 and 1653 in memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife, the Taj Mahal is world-renowned. After the Taj Mahal visit the famous red fort before driving back to Delhi. 

Last night out, market shopping along the Janpath and farewell dinner Delhi!

Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

6 Jan 18 – Day 9:

Finish your last day with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before being taken to the airport or travelling on to your next destination. Trip concludes at 9am.

Meals – Breakfast

Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end!” – Sonny Kapoor

Price $AUD: Twin – $2490 Single $2990

Deposits & Payment Plans

You have two payment options for this retreat. To pay a $500 deposit and the remainder two months prior to the start of the retreat or to organise a payment plan. Once you have completed your reservation form deposit details will be forwarded to you. Once you have paid your deposit trip notes will be sent to you with all the details you need to plan your great adventure.

Payment Plans are divided into even monthly payments and calculated in AUD. Payment plans are programmed to complete two months prior to the start of the retreat. Incurs a $50 admin fee calculated into the price.

Cancellation Policy

An initial $500 non-refundable deposit is applicable for this retreat up to 60 days out from the commencement of the retreat, then full payment less your deposit will be due. For bookings less than 60 days full payment will be due at the time of booking.

For cancellations between 60-30 days $900 per person twin share, and $1150 per single (includes your deposit) will be retained.

For between 30 days and the commencement day and in the case of no shows $1800 for a twin share and $2300 per single room (includes your deposit) will be retained. If we are able to refill your spot on short notice less than 60 days only the $500 non-refundable deposit will be retained.

As this is peak season in India we need to book your domestic flights and accommodation well in advance. Cancellation penalties are high this time of year. This is also why travel insurance is compulsory to protect you against any loss in the event that you need to cancel your retreat. 

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We look forward to taking this magical journey with you, Tammie and Vikas.

In recognition of the plight of vulnerable children in India for each booking for our Marigold Trip in 2017/2018 Vibrant Women will donate $25AUD per booking to either the Magic Bus or Childline 1098. We want you to know you are making a difference through your booking, so Thank You!


View the video from our 2015/2016 Trip