The Indian Mutiny
12 days from £3300 per person
The Indian Mutiny of 1857 was the bloodiest insurrection in the history of the British Empire when, for a time, the very fate of British India hung in the balance. This unique journey covers the three main centres of resistance - Old Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur as well as Agra where the British were besieged for three months, Gwalior where the last major battle was fought, and Jhansi, the home of the celebrated Rani who died in battle and is still revered in India today. Please note that this is a private journey using local guides rather than an expert-led military tour.
Experience the majesty of the Taj Mahal. An essential destination for the romantically inclined. This ancient monument clad in translucent marble never fails to impress at any time of day
Historic Gwalior city and colourfully tiled fort have been ruled over by many Indian kingdoms and was the site of a major rebellion against the British in 1857.
Lucknow is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. In 1857 the British East India Company took over the wealthy city from the local Nawabs, but suffered in the subsequent Indian Mutiny.
Day 1 Depart the UK
Today depart the UK on the Virgin Atlantic flight to Delhi. (N)
Day 2 Delhi
Arrive into Delhi and stay for two nights at the Maidens Hotel which was built in 1907 and is located in the Civil Lines area on the northern edge of Old Delhi. Delhi is India's capital and a city of two halves. Old Delhi is an historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts and crumbling monuments. In contrast New Delhi, with its large buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and pretty white-washed bungalows was built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. (N)
Day 3 Delhi
This morning take a specialist heritage walking tour of Old Delhi, focusing on events and landmarks important to the uprising of 1857. Visit the British cemetery named after Nicholson, Kashmiri gate which was the turning point in the revolt in favour of the British and St James Church the oldest church in Delhi. After lunch take a further heritage walk along the Northern Ridge and visit the Vice Regal Lodge, where Lord Mountbatten proposed to Edwina, the Flagstaff Tower and the Mutiny Memorial. (B)
Day 4 Delhi to Agra – by train
Take the early morning train to Agra and stay for two nights at the ITC Mughal Hotel. This historic city is dominated by three magnificent buildings—Agra Fort, the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula and the beautiful Taj Mahal. Later drive outside of the city to visit the battlefield area of Sasia where the British suffered one of their most humiliating defeats of the whole mutiny campaign before continuing to nearby Fatehpur Sikri which was once the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. (B)
Day 5 Agra
Today visit the imposing Agra Fort, established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and where over a thousand British took refuge for four months in 1857 before crossing the Yamuna River to the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. No stay in Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is a building world renowned for its beauty and the craftsmanship is outstanding. (B)
Day 6 Agra to Gwalior – 120kms
Leaving Agra, drive south to Gwalior and stay for two nights at the Usha Kiran Palace. Gwalior is best known for its vast fort which towers above the city and the grand Jai Vilas Palace which remains the ancestral home of Scindia royal family. Later, visit the spectacular fort. Passed through a succession of Muslim, Rajput, Mughal and Afghan hands after the 1857 mutiny the fort was taken into British control. The fort houses a number of interesting temples as well as the impressive is the Man Mandir Palace. (B)
Day 7 Gwalior
This morning visit the lively town of Datia which is located to the north of Jhansi and is well off the tourist track. The town is home to the forgotten Govind Mandir Palace, an imposing 17th century building that perfectly blends both Rajput and Mughal styles. From here continue to Jhansi and visit the wonderfully preserved fort. See the great cannon Karhak Bijli, or 'hard lightning', and the battlements from which the Rani jumped her horse to escape from the British. In the afternoon return to Gwalior. (B)
Day 8 Gwalior to Lucknow – by train
Take the day train to Lucknow which arrives in the evening and stay for three nights at the Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar Hotel. Rich in Indian culture and British colonial history, Lucknow is best known as a centre of India's independence struggle and for the events surrounding the 1857 mutiny. Capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow lines the banks of the River Gomti and is home to a wealth of extraordinary Muslim monuments and grand European architecture. (B)
Day 9 Lucknow
Today explore Lucknow with your guide starting at the ruins of the Residency, site of the dramatic siege and subsequent battles that took place during the uprising of 1857. Visit the cemetery where Sir Henry Lawrence is buried, Wingfield Park, Christchurch and, if time, the Kaisarbagh Palace. Later continue to Chowk Market to experience Muslim Lucknow, where highlights include the Bara Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and spectacular Hussainabad Imambara with its golden dome and impressively elaborate calligraphy. (B)
Day 10 Lucknow – visit Kanpur
This morning drive to Kanpur passing through the small towns and villages which Havelock and his men had to fight their way, against great odds in July and August 1857, to relieve the Residency. In Kanpur visit the All Saints Memorial Church, see the remains of Wheelers Entrenchment site, the Massacre, or Satichaura, Ghat and Nana Rao Park—the site of the Bibigurh and the well into which two hundred British women and children were thrown. Return to Lucknow in the afternoon. (B)
Day 11 Lucknow to Delhi – by air
Today leave your hotel and transfer to Lucknow Airport in good time to catch the flight to Delhi where you will stay overnight at the Claridges Hotel. (B)
Day 12 Delhi to London Heathrow
Depart Delhi on the Virgin Atlantic flight non-stop to London Heathrow. (B)
KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
- International flights from the UK
- Domestic flights
- Train travel as specified
- Private car with English speaking driver
- Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
- Hotel accommodation and taxes
What's not included
- Cost of visas
- Travel Insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
Guide to Price
The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request
We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combing these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.
18 days starting from £3790 per person
Kerala is rightly one of India's most popular destinations. A region of staggering scenic beauty encompassing jungle and beach, tea hills and historic towns, this journey encapsulates the best of Kerala using small and unique hotels. Commencing in the coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil, travel...
Classical India - A Journey from Mumbai to Agra
18 days starting from £3980 per person
As one of the world's great nations, India has an unrivalled historic tradition with this itinerary exploring the ages of Indian history through religion, architecture and people. Leaving the Victorian grandeur of Mumbai, journey to central India, home to the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora,...
The Golden Triangle and Beyond
15 days starting from £3320 per person
Home to some of India's most recognisable sights, northern India is a region defined by splendid architecture, pulsating cities, grand scenery and traditional rural life. Start your journey in Delhi, where there will be ample time to explore the city. From Delhi, travel by rail south to Agra,...
Foothills of the Himalayas - A Journey from Amritsar to Shimla
15 days starting from £3320 per person
From the magnificent Golden Temple of Amritsar, heart of the Sikh religion, to the quintessentially British hill station of Shimla, this tour incorporates the best of India's beautiful and the evocative Himalayan foothills. Stop en-route in the colourful Tibetan enclave of Dharamsala, home of the...
The Vale of Kashmir
10 days starting from £2515 per person
The enchanting Kashmir valley is the perfect summer retreat. Soft mountain air, pine forest, serene lakes and spectacular Himalayan mountain scenery offer a direct contrast to the sapping heat of the north Indian plains. Dividing the visit into two parts, this itinerary begins with three nights...
Crossing the Zanskar - An Overland Journey from Delhi to Ladakh
15 days starting from £3350 per person
One of the great journeys of the subcontinent, this tour is centred on the spectacular Manali to Leh road - one of the highest in the world and a route only briefly open for travel from July to September each year. Starting with three nights in the charming British hill station of Shimla, travel...
Images of India - From the Himalayas to the Taj Mahal
17 days starting from £3395 per person
Squeezed between Tibet, Nepal and the lowland plains of India the state of Uttarakhand sits in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas. Travelling by train to Haridwar, time is spent in this holy pilgrimage city and neighbouring Rishikesh before continuing to fabulous Corbett National Park, India's...
Land of Discovery - Ladakh and Kashmir
14 days starting from £3540 per person
Jammu and Kashmir is India's most northerly state. It is also a region characterised by its strong diversity - geological, cultural and religious. This itinerary joins Ladakh with the Kashmir valley and, in doing so, creates one of the finest journeys of the Indian subcontinent. Starting in...
The Indian Mutiny
12 days starting from £3300 per person
The Indian Mutiny of 1857 was the bloodiest insurrection in the history of the British Empire when, for a time, the very fate of British India hung in the balance. This unique journey covers the three main centres of resistance - Old Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur as well as Agra where the British...
16 days starting from £0 per person
The Himalayan landscape becomes more exotic the further east you travel and this unusual tour provides the opportunity to explore this rich diversity. Journey through jungle-covered foothills up into rhododendron forest and within sight of some of the world's highest peaks. Himalayan cultures...
Highlights of Gujarat
18 days starting from £3595 per person
India's westernmost state, Gujarat is a time-honoured desert land of historic cities and indigenous cultures with a fauna unique to the region. Starting in Ahmedabad, drive to Dasada, via the magnificent sun-temple of Modhera, then bird-watch in the Little Rann of Kutch. Travel on to Bhuj and...
20 days starting from £3920 per person
Exploring the diversity and heritage of India's most iconic state, this itinerary is a comprehensive itinerary covering the region's key cities. A land of immense forts and breathtaking palaces, the journey begins in Delhi before heading to Nagaur and the remote desert cities of Bikaner and...
Rajasthan - Land of Kings
19 days starting from £4980 per person
Covering some of the most significant sites of northern India, this itinerary encompasses the main highlights of this colourful and historic region. Based, where possible, around luxurious heritage hotels, begin your journey in the historic city of Delhi before travelling south to Agra, home of...
North India - A Journey to the River Ganges
18 days starting from £3970 per person
No journey to northern India is complete without a visit to Varanasi – India's holiest city. An itinerary offering a cross–section of Indian society, the first half of this journey starts in Delhi, visits elegant Udaipur and Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur. Watch sunrise over the Taj Mahal...
18 days starting from £3940 per person
A unique opportunity to experience the rural towns and villages of princely Rajasthan, this itinerary focuses on the many ancestral homes for which this state is famous. From palaces to colonial bungalows, forts to hunting lodges, this is a leisurely journey through traditional India. From Delhi...
A Trek through the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan
14 days starting from £2520 per person
Stretching over 350 miles from Gujarat to Delhi, in southern Rajasthan the beautiful Aravalli Range is heavily forested and is the source of several important rivers. This journey, perfect for keen walkers, explores the region around the Aravalli Hills and includes a unique three day trek from...
Spices and Sandalwood - A Journey from Mysore to Kochi
17 days starting from £3990 per person
Traversing arguably one of the most beautiful and historic regions of India, this itinerary is a memorable journey from princely Mysore, home to a grand City Palace and monumental Nandi Bull, to the fascinating spice town of Kochi. Time is spent in Nagarhole National Park - arguably the finest in...
Hidden Treasures of the Deccan Plateau
16 days starting from £3340 per person
Standing separate from the regular tourist-trail, the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are at the centre of a staggeringly diverse region few visit. A heady mix of culture and history, this novel itinerary represents a journey of rediscovery with visits to Mysore, spectacular Hampi and the...
Karnataka's Hidden Treasures
16 days starting from £3265 per person
Karnataka is India for the aficionado - a land of endless tree-lined roads leading to spectacular historical remains. A microcosm of Indian history, the state is blessed with a mix of influences which this journey aims to capture. Starting in Mysore undertake a specialist heritage walk in the...
Undiscovered Karnataka and Kerala
14 days starting from £3030 per person
Despite the region's popularity, certain parts of both Karnataka and Kerala remain relatively underexplored. This journey combines culture, scenery and relaxation to highlight the best of southern Karnataka and northern Kerala. Starting in Mysore visit the city, nearby Somnathpur and...
A Journey through South India
23 days starting from £3985 per person
Distinct to the north, exotic South India is a melting pot of cultures and religion. Starting in historic Kochi, join the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Ooty then on to the wonderful coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil. Visit the sandalwood city of Mysore then fly to Tamil Nadu - a land of dusty...
Rural Images of Kerala
15 days starting from £3100 per person
This tropical state is, for many, the essence of south India. A land of swaying palms and rustic wooden villages, famous trading cities and the idyllic backwaters, this is a relaxed itinerary exploring the rural heart of Kerala. Begin your journey in two homestays, the first at Olavipe, a century...
Sacred Places and Natural Beauty of Madhya Pradesh
15 days starting from £3795 per person
Despite being one of India's most rural states, Madhya Pradesh is the cradle of Indian civilisation with a strong Hindu-Buddhist culture, abundance of historical sites and plethora of wildlife unrivalled throughout the subcontinent. After an exploration of Delhi, fly to Bhopal and visit the...
Tigers, Temples and Distant Palaces of Central India
20 days starting from £4680 per person
Visiting India's central states is a hugely rewarding experience. Rich culture, spectacular scenery, exceptional wildlife and a strong tribal heritage combine to make travel worthwhile to parts of an India few ever get to see. After admiring Kolkata's architecture, travel by air to Raipur in the...
Return to Darjeeling and Sikkim
18 days starting from £3540 per person
A relaxed and scenic journey, this itinerary represents an excellent introduction to the eastern Himalayan region. Starting in Kolkata, the cultural heart of India, continue on to the old Raj hill station of Darjeeling before travelling further north to explore some of the many monasteries of...
Land of the Buddha
17 days starting from £3235 per person
The Buddha's life and history play an important role in Indian society and form an integral part of the country's religious tapestry. This itinerary covers some of the Indian subcontinent's key Buddhist centres and incorporates the four places pivotal to the life of the Buddha - Lumbini in Nepal,...
Journey through Assam
18 days starting from £4690 per person
Assam is defined by the mighty Brahmaputra River, boasts two out of India’s five UNESCO environmental World Heritage sites and remains one of India’s main tea producing regions. Combining these strands, this itinerary includes visits to both Manas and Kaziranga National Park, a short Assam...
The Enchanted Frontiers - India and Bangladesh
18 days starting from £4760 per person
The neighbouring countries of India and Bangladesh have a shared history and many similar cultural traditions and this itinerary combines both with a unique journey through North East India and rural Bangladesh. Flying to Dibrugarh, visits are made to Dibru Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks...
Arunachal Pradesh and the Reh Festival
16 days starting from £4175 per person
Arunachal Pradesh is not only North East India's largest and most remote state but is also one of the least densely populated. Stretching from the foothills of the eastern Himalayas to the mountainous peaks of the north, the state has a truly rich tribal heritage with strong links to neighbouring...
Nagaland and the Hornbill Festival
14 days starting from £3780 per person
One of India's last remaining frontiers, travel to the eastern tribal state of Nagaland is challenging but hugely rewarding. A land of spectacular beauty and timeless history indelibly linked to the colourful indigenous tribal groups which form such an important part of the region, this itinerary...
The Defence of Kohima and Imphal
16 days starting from £3970 per person
For many the North East of India is synonymous with World War II and the battles of Kohima and Imphal which turned the tide of war in Asia. Combining both locations this itinerary begin in Kolkata, former capital of the Raj, before flying to Kohima where visits will be made to the Kohima War...
Land of the Tiger - A Journey through the Wildlife Parks of India
16 days starting from £4225 per person
India is renowned throughout the world for its exceptional wildlife and this itinerary covers four of the country’s finest nature reserves. The national parks of Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna are home to a staggering and diverse array of animal and birdlife including leopard, jackal,...
Call of the Jungle - The Wildlife of Northern India
16 days starting from £3810 per person
India is synonymous with wildlife and the country is blessed with numerous excellent reserves. This itinerary combines three of the best with a break en-route in Agra to visit the wonderful Taj Mahal. Starting in Delhi, travel by road to Corbett National Park which is named after the legendary...
Taj and Tigers - From Ranthambore to Corbett
14 days starting from £3435 per person
The Indian subcontinent is home to a number of excellent wildlife reserves but the national parks of Corbett and Ranthambore remain two of the best and most popular. This itinerary combines both, whilst also incorporating comprehensive visits to Old and New Delhi, Agra for the Taj Mahal and two...
The Wildlife of Southern India
14 days starting from £3035 per person
Southern Karnataka and northern Kerala form part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest protected area in southern India. Within this reserve are Nagarhole and Bandipur national parks – arguably the region’s finest reserves which support a range...
The National Parks of North East India
16 days starting from £4110 per person
Wild and remote, India’s north east is a wildlife lover’s paradise. From the spectacular Dibru-Saikhowa National Park close to Arunachal Pradesh and isolated Nameri National Park to world-famous Kaziranga National Park, home of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, this journey highlights the...