I just found some information about the locations of the movie,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which Jane Boursaw reviewed for us recently. As I suspected, the hotel itself, which is not quite as run down as the movie depicts it, also is not situated in a busy town (Jaipur in the movie) but in a more rural setting. (Ravla Khempur, near Udaipur).
This London Mail newspaper article covers the subject quite well.
And if all this tempts you to travel to the locations of the movie, Geringer Global Travel has a detailed route mapped out. I am a bit surprised that they don’t make more of the fact that the Ravla Khempur Hotel is the actual Marigold Hotel–the place is mentioned on a day trip, but I had to read the description three times to figure out that was the stand in for the Marigold Hotel that they were talking about. Note that the cost of $2230 for the 13-day tour (4 * accommodations) does not include international airfare.
Wild Frontiers Travel , a British company, is another one of several that offer special Marigold Hotel tours. however, their 11- day itinerary for a small group (5-12) actually includes a two night stay in the very hotel used for the movie. The price of £1495 ($2340) does not include international flights.
Note: neither of these travel companies is paying A Traveler’s Library to feature them. I just thought you would be interested. However, come to think of it, if they’re interested in becoming a sponsor, I’m always willing to talk.