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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.

Route: Delhi – Agra – Gwalior – Lucknow – Kanpur – Delhi

Itinerary Highlights

Understand the effect events of 1857 had on Delhi with a walking tour of the old city which includes Kashmiri Gate, the British Cemetery, St James Church and the Viceregal Lodge.

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.

The city of Kanpur is indelibly linked to the uprising and its worst tragedies. Here visit All Saints Memorial Church, Wheeler’s Entrenchment site, Massacre Ghat and Nana Rao Park.

Itinerary: The Indian Mutiny

Today depart the UK on the Jet Airways flight to Delhi. (N)
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)
Accommodation in Delhi: The Maidens Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Imperial Hotel (or similar)
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)
Accommodation in Delhi: The Maidens Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: The Imperial Hotel (or similar)
Take the early morning train to Agra, 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)
Accommodation in Agra: ITC Mughal Hotel (or similar)
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)
Accommodation in Agra: ITC Mughal Hotel (or similar)
Leaving Agra, drive south to Gwalior. 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)
Accommodation in Gwalior: Usha Kiran Palace (or similar)
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)
Accommodation in Gwalior: Usha Kiran Palace (or similar)
Take the day train to Lucknow which arrives in the evening. 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)
Accommodation in Lucknow: Lebua Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar Hotel (or similar)
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)
Accommodation in Lucknow: Lebua Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar Hotel (or similar)
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)
Accommodation in Lucknow: Lebua Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar Hotel (or similar)
Today leave your hotel and transfer to Lucknow Airport in good time to catch the flight to Delhi where you will stay overnight. (B)
Accommodation in Delhi: Maidens Hotel (or similar)
Depart Delhi on the Jet Airways flight non-stop to London Heathrow. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • 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 above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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