The Indian Mutiny
12 days from £3200 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 Jet Airways 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 Lebua Hotel. Alternatively upgrade to 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 Maidens Hotel. (B)
Day 12 Delhi to London Heathrow
Depart Delhi on the Jet Airways 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
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