Astronomy - India
A small group tour led by Dr Carolin Crawford
Friday 13 to Friday 27 September 2019
Dr Carolin Crawford
Dr Carolin Crawford is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, where she is in charge of the public outreach programme. She received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and spent the next two decades as an observational astronomer with a special interest in the largest galaxies in the Universe - those at the centre of clusters of galaxies, which also host the most massive black holes. This research was carried out alongside — and was later eclipsed by — a growing role in the public communication of science, and she now gives many talks every year enthusing about astronomy to as wide an audience as possible; she also makes regular appearances on national radio.
Her success has been recognized by a Woman of Outstanding Achievement award from the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology for “communication of SET with a contribution to society” in 2009, and her appointment as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College 2011– 2015. Carolin is a College Lecturer, Fellow, and Tutor at Emmanuel College where she teaches mathematics.
Delhi • Varanasi • Agra • Jaipur • Pune • Mumbai • London
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Friday, 13 September
Depart from London on the overnight British Airways flight to Delhi.
Saturday, 14 September
Arrive in Delhi, then in the afternoon discover the cultural highlights of Old and New Delhi on a sightseeing tour. Stay at Hotel Shangrila Eros for two nights.
Sunday, 15 September
Discover the astronomical heritage of Delhi on a visit to the Jantar Mantar observatory and the Nehru Planetarium. Subject to permission, visit the Nuclear Science Centre, which promotes internationally competitive research in nuclear physics, atomic physics, and material science.
Monday, 16 September
Fly to Varanasi, which is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Visit Sasumedh Ghat to witness the spectacular Aarti ceremony in the evening. Stay at Hotel Vivanta by Taj Gateway for two nights.
Tuesday, 17 September
Start the day with a boat ride along the Ganges to witness life and death rites along the ghats. Tour Man Mandir Ghat, the astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh II in 1710.
Wednesday, 18 September
Hop from Varanasi to Agra by air to see the Taj Mahal, a glorious monument to love. The nearby Red Fort and Tomb of Itima-du-daula also make for fascinating excursions. Stay at Hotel Taj Gateway Agra for three nights stay.
Thursday, 19 September
Sunrise visit of Taj Mahal. Rest of the day at leisure for another visit to Taj Mahal or explore the old city of Agra on a battery rickshaw.
Friday, 20 September
Drive from Agra to Jaipur. En route visit Korai tribal village and abandoned capital of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri, with its impressive carved audience halls. Continue on to Jaipur, which is the third corner of India’s famed Golden Triangle. Stay at Samode Haveli – a Heritage Hotel for the next three nights.
Saturday, 21 & Sunday, 22 September
Explore the wealth of fabulous sites within Jaipur’s Old City and the surrounding areas. Don’t miss the Jantar Mantar, the most extensive and well preserved of Maharaja Jai Singh II’s observatories. You must also see the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace, and the Amer Fort.
Monday, 23 September
After breakfast, fly to Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Learn about its history and see a variety of Pune’s architectural sites, including the Shinde Chhatri Memorial, Lal Mahal, and Shaniwarwada Fort. Stay at Hotel Vivanta by Taj Blue Diamond for three nights.
Tuesday, 24 & Wednesday, 25 September
Pune’s Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics is one of India’s foremost academic institutions. Tour the facilities, meet scientists, and learn about their research areas, which include cosmology, quantum gravity, radio astronomy, and solar system physics.
Take an excursion to the GMRT telescope. Operated by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics. It is used to detect radiation from active objects such as neutron stars and radio galaxies, as well as from hydrogen clouds tracing the formation of the earliest structures in the Universe.
Meet with the active Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Group in Pune on one evening of your stay.
Thursday, 26 September
Drive on the expressway to Mumbai. Explore the city in the afternoon, including the Gateway of India and the UNESCO listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Stay overnight at The Leela.
Friday, 27 September
Depart from Mumbai on the direct British Airways flight to London.
- How to Book this Tour
- Travel Insurance
- International flights on scheduled British Airways in economy class inclusive all taxes.
- Internal flights in economy class inclusive all taxes.
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Meal Plan: Half Board meals throughout
- All transfers and sightseeing arrangements by private coach/vehicles as per itinerary.
- Entry fee to museums and places of interest
- Services of a local English speaking guide.
- Services of Dr Carolin Crawford
- Full ATOL and ABTA bonding.
- Tips and Gratuities
Cost does not include:
- Tourist Visa fee for India.
Travel Insurance. You can obtain a competitive price for travel insurance from
Travel & General see link to Travel Insurance
Camera/video entrance fees if applicable
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
- It provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
- It covers you for all activities.
- Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.
- If you are making multiple trips we recommend that you take a yearly travel insurance policy.