Guided Tour of India - Jewel in Crown ULIN10

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Personal Highlights: A private tour of the Indian Museum in Calcutta Reliving the Indian Mutiny at The Residency in Lucknow The views of the Taj Mahal from your private terrace Walking “ The Mall” in the foothills of the Himalayas Visiting the Elephanta Caves in Bombay A private farewell
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Delhi (India), Maharashtra (India), New Delhi (India), Mumbai (India), India, Kolkata (India), West Bengal (India), Agra (India), Uttar Pradesh (India)
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 15 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • A private tour of the Indian Museum in Calcutta
  • Reliving the Indian Mutiny at The Residency in Lucknow
  • The views of the Taj Mahal from your private terrace
  • Walking “ The Mall” in the foothills of the Himalayas
  • Visiting the Elephanta Caves in Bombay
  • A private farewell dinner at “ The Spice Route” voted one of the ten best restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveler
Day 1 Depart USA

This evening you board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Kolkata, formerly and better known as Calcutta, India's second most populous city with a population in excess of 15 million people.

Day 2 Welcome to Calcutta, Welcome to India

You arrive later in the evening of day two and are met by your guide who escorts you to your hotel and facilitates check-in. Then you have a chance to get a good night's rest ready for the adventure ahead.

Day 3 A Former Capital of the British Raj

When the British East India Company established a base here in 1690 it was to consolidate their trade business in Bengal. Later it served  as the center of the Company's opium trade in the 18th and 19th Century; locally produced opium was sold at auction in Calcutta and then exported to China. The city was named the capital of British India in 1772 although, starting in 1864, the capital moved to Shimla during the hot summer months. After a late breakfast you will be met by your guide who will take you on a private tour of this complex city. Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Oriental and Indo-Islamic motifs. Several major buildings of the Colonial period are well maintained and have been declared " Heritage Structures", while others are in various stages of decay. During your tour you will inspect the Victoria Memorial, the Botanical Garden, the Kalighat Temple and the Indian Museum, one of the oldest museums in Asia.

Day 4 Journey to Lucknow

You have the morning at leisure before your guide picks you up for the flight to Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India's most polular state and a pivotal city in the British rule in India. the very name of Lucknow is evocative of a lifestyle long gone by, only its vestiges are stll to be found in the city's mannerisms and habits. at one time, Lucknow was the abode of the Nawabs of Avadh and their lifestyle was similar to that of the un King at Versailles. In later times it was the center of freedom fighters in 1857 before falling sway under British influence. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and escorted to your hotel.

Day 5 The Siege of Lucknow 1857

In 1857 the British issued new rifles to the sepoys or Indian troops which required biting the cartridge before firing it. Since the cartridge was protected by beef and pork fat it was repellent to both the Hindu and Muslim troops and created a mutiny across much of India. The mutiny was particularly strong in Cawnpore and the nearby city of Lucknow where 1,700 british and loyal Indian troops, along with over 600 women and children took refuge in a complex of buildings called The Residency. Despite the presence of 6,000 rebellious troops, the British were able to hold out for 87 days before relief arrived but at a cost of over 700 trrops. The Residency, a blackened ruin, pockmarked with bullets, its walls with gaping holes made by cannon balls, still stands as an eloquent witness to a desperate battle. The visible evidence of violence notwithstanding, The Resideny, today, is a peaceful garden retreat for the people of Lucknow, its beautifully kept lawns edged with flowers are a favorite meeting place for picnickers, young people and, particularly, students from the University. After a visit and lunch you are taken to visit other key sites of an earlier period in Lucknow including the Great Imambara which has an elaborate labyrinth that you can explore but only with a knowlegeable local guide. After your tour you return to the hotel where dinner awaits.

Day 6 The Gomti Express to Tundla

This morning you have an early morning departure from the hotel to catch the Gomti Express to Tundla. 1st Class seats have been reserved so you will enjoy the trip in comfort. Upon arrival in Tundla you will be met by your guide who will escort you to your car for the ride to agra and your hotel located in close proximity to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is described as " A tear on the face of Eternity" by the poet Tagore and is an enduring monument to love. the edifice built of glistening marble and decorated with semi precious stones changes its mood with the time of the day. As you have lunch overlooking the monument the sun will makes it glitter majestically white. In the afternoon you have free time to go shopping in Agra. A pleasant town with a languid pace of life, Agra is renowned for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. this evening eanjoy dinner with an illumiinatedTaj Mahal as backdrop.

Day 7 Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri

Rising early, you meet your guide who will take you the short distance to the Taj Mahal to see it at sunrise. After your visit you return to the hotel for breakfast before continuing your private tour. You drive out of the city to visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in red sandstone in a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture, the city was built by Emperor Akbar to be a sister capital to Agra but was abandoned fourteen years after its creation supposedly because of a lack of water. Today it is a ghost city but its architecture is in perfect condition. In the evening you will return once again to the Taj Mahal where dusk turns it a soft pearly grey. If you are fortunate enough (or plan well enough ahead) and are there during a full moon, the silver light makes it float away against the star spangled sky.

Day 8 Inside the Agra Fort and the Drive to Delhi

This morning you have a chance to view the Taj Mahal as you enjoy your breakfast before joining your guide in the lobby for a private tour of the Agra Fort. Designed and built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar (who also built Fatehpur Sikri), the fort is surrounded by a 70 foot high red sandstone wall with four large gates and a radius of over a mile. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-I-khas and the Moti Masjid. One of the most significant is the Jahangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his wife, jodha Bai. The mahal is reached through an impressive gateway and its inner courtyard consists beautiful halls, impressive carvings on stone, exquisitely carved heavy brackets and cross beams. After a tour of the Mahal and other buildings along the waterfront built by Shah Jahan, you return to the hotel for lunch before meeting up with your driver for the trip to Delhi, the current capital of India. You will be returning to Delhi but this evening will spend the night at a luxury hotel close to the airport.

Day 9 Shimla, the "Summer Capital' of the Raj

You have an early morning departure for the flight to Shimla but fortunately you are close to the airport. Your guide checks you in and in mid-morning you are at 6,500 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas. As mentioned previously, while Calcutta was the capital, starting in 1864 the high levels of the Raj moved to Shimla to escape the oppressive heat and this continued when the capital was moved to Delhi. Although it is in the shadow of towering mountains the architecture is all British including the lamposts. You check into your hotel which was the former home of Lord Kitchener, commander of the British army. Your room has magnificent picture window views of the mountains  but you can also get similar views from the Jacuzzi, the heated outdoor pool or the glass enclosed pool at the spa. A chance to relax and take in the mountain air. A cocktail at the Cavalry Bar might be a good precursor to dinner in The Restaurant.

Day 10 A Walking Tour of The Mall and The Viceregal Lodge

Shimla sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge 7,000 feet above sea level and, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron and oak is known for its tudor style and neo-gothic architecture reminscent of the colonial era. Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy built the first British summer home in 1822 and soon British soldiers, merchants and civil servants followed his lead. The Kalka-Shimla railway line constructed in 1906 was touted as an engineering feat and dubbed the "British Jewel of the Orient". This increased accesibility and the popularity of the area. Your private tour will start with a walk along the Mall lined with stately looking English-looking houses, fancy shops and the odd pub or two. At the beginning of the 20th Century it was considered the match of any street in London, Paris or St. Petersburg. The main landmark is the Viceregal Lodge, an imposing mansion with manicured English gardens surrounding the mansion on three sides while the fourth side is a place to relax and watch the sun dip below the Himalayan foothills.

Day 11 From Shimla to Bombay

You have a good part of the day set aside for your own activities whether that be shopping, sightseeing or enjoying the hotel's amenities.It's worth exploring the narrow streets which fall steeply away from the Mall to the colorful local bazaars. In the afternoon you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival you are transferred to your landmark hotel located overlooking the Gateway to India and the Mumbai Harbor.

Day 12 The Elephanta Caves and British Bombay

Located on an island off Mumbai's eastern shore, lies the 6th century Elephanta cave temples, chiselled into a rocky cliff and dedicated to Shive. Today, with your guide, this will be the first visit of the day. The caves contain some masterpieces of Indian sculpture. With the origins of the cave temples lost in obscurity, they probably represent the late period of Brahmanical revival after Buddhism began to decline. Regardless of its origin it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth the visit. You return to the mainland and are taken on a private visit to some of they sights of the city dating back to the British period. The most famous landmark is the Gateway to India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It was the first sight to greet travelers to the Indian shores during the heyday of the British Raj. The most impressive example of Victorian Gothic architecture in India is the Victoria Terminus railway station. A richly ornamented extravaganza of domes, spires and arches, it was named to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Your last visit will be to the Prince of Wales Museum, renowned for its superb sculptures and miniature paintings.

Day 13 From Mumbai to Delhi

In the morning you are taken to the airport for the flight to  Delhi After lunch, your guide will pick you up for a personalized introduction to Delhi. You will visit Humayun's Tomb, the first major example of Mughal architecture in India and an inspiration for the Taj Mahal. You will also visit the site of the cremation of Gandhi, the non-violent leader of Indian independence. This evening we will take you to one of Delhi's well known restaurants.

Day 14 Highlights of Imperial Delhi

After breakfast you will be taken on a guided tour of Jama Masjid followed by a thrilling Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of heritage bazaar the " chandni Chawk" known as silver street.You will see the old fort built in 900 BC with walls close to a mile in length. you will also see the famous red fort named for the red stone from which it was built.You then explore the highlights of New Delhi noted for its wide avenues and mix of classical Mughal architecture and the design of the British Raj, particularly those buildings designed by Sir Edwin Luytens, the chief architect of Imperial India. During our trip we will view India Gate, Luytens' memorial to the over 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in World War I and also home to the eternal flame honoring Indian soldiers who died during the 1971 war with Pakistan. We will also see Rathtrapati Bhavan which was built in 1929 as the home of the British Viceroy. At its peak, it took 2,000 people to maintain it. After lunch you have free time for shopping and your driver is at your disposal.Tonight enjoy an intimate farewell dinner at the hotel's famed restaurant " The Spice Route" considered as one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. after dinner your guide will be waiting to escort you to the airport for your early morning departure.

Day 15 Arrive in the USA


You have an early morning departure bound for the US where you arrive later the same day.


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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Kolkata (Calcutta), Lucknow, Agra, Gurgaon, Delhi, Shimla, Mumbai (Bombay)


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