Though set in Bangalore, the John Madden-directed film was in fact shot in Udaipur and, predominantly, Jaipur. The all-star cast will ensure it does big business at the box office, and the exotic Indian scenery should tempt many a cinema-goer into booking a break to the subcontinent. Here are some options to visit the film’s fictional and actual settings from Real Holidays:
The action supposedly takes place in Bangalore. Once an uninspiring IT centre, the city has become a hip, happening metropolis. Many young Indians have flocked to work there, tempted by the excellent nightlife, culture and restaurants, while an accent on horticulture has earned it the nickname of India’s ‘Garden City’. A seven-night itinerary combining Bangalore with the temples, palaces and markets of Mysore costs from £1,041 pp including flights (one overnight), transfers and sightseeing tours.
Jaipur & Udaipur
In the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, scenes were shot outside the City Palace, in the airport and railway stations, in the World Trade Park and at Tripolia Bazaar. The Marigold Hotel was created in the existing Revla Khempur, located around 40 miles outside Udaipur. Visit the Revla Khempur, and admire the Rajput-era palaces and various lakes of Udaipur, and Jaipur’s Amber Fort and jewellery markets, on a seven-night Rajasthan itinerary. Prices start from £1,250 pp including flights (one overnight), transfers, two nights in Jaipur, an overnight train to Udaipur, three nights in Udaipur, and sightseeing tours.
Book both packages via Real Holidays (020 7359 3938, www.realholidays.co.uk)
Real Holidays is a tailor-making specialist operator providing high-quality trips to India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Come to them not just for the staples – Rajasthan, Kerala, etc. – but for much more unusual destinations, itineraries and accommodation.
Ends – 31 January 2012
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