To all you filmgoers out there – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has just been launched in cinemas.

It follows a group of British retirees who decide to outsource their retirement to the less expensive and seemingly exotic India. They take up residence in what they believe to be a newly restored grand hotel. Clearly not as luxurious as first advertised their adventure begins on arrival in Jaipur with some anxiety. However, slowly but surely they become enchanted by their surroundings and this remarkable country.

Anyone who has ever travelled to India will know that the best thing to expect is the unexpected, but if you travel with an open mind and an open heart India delivers a truly wonderful experience and no two trips, areas or indeed cuisine is the same.

India has become a bit of an obsession with me – so much so, that I lived there for a while, and have been lucky enough to travel the length and breadth of this amazing country. The colours, palaces and deserts of Rajasthan have all the scale and romance of an epic movie. The people, from the Royal Maharajah’s to the warrior caste Rajputs and the tribal villagers are all warm and welcoming and I defy you not to fall a little bit in love with this princely state.

This film showcases some beautiful parts of India, and we reckon its one to watch… if it inspires you to see India for yourself then take a look at our Rajasthan holiday ideas.

Thanks for reading

Justin Wateridge

Author: Justin Wateridge