Imperial India: Find your ancestors!
A BACSA Group Tour
Let by Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE
Wednesday 17 October – Tuesday 30 October 2018
A 14-day tour in India which traces the history of the British Raj from its last capital in Delhi to its original capital in Kolkata. On the way between these two major cities we will visit Meerut, with its large army cantonment: Lucknow and Cawnpore with memories of the Mutiny of 1857; and a short river trip to see the old Danish settlement at Serampore and the one-time French colony at Chandernagore with its little graveyard
London • Delhi • Lucknow • Cawnpore & Bithur • Kolkata • Serampore & Chandernagore • Kolkata • London
14 Days - £3,885
An Odyssey of North India
This is a wonderful journey of discovery and exploration: experience the sights and sounds of never sleeping Delhi…. its history and its modern vibrancy. Feel the pulse of Sikhism in Amritsar, and the heart of Buddhism in India in Dharamshala. Step back into the peace and quiet of the British Raj in their summer capital up in the cool air of Shimla. Pause for a moment at the sadness of the Indian mutiny in Meerut, Lucknow and Kanpur before visiting one of the world’s most iconic monuments - the Taj Mahal. Explore Akbar’s ill-fated capital city of Fatehpur Sikri, and meander the twisting slops up to the stunning Amber Fort in Jaipur. An odyssey of a lifetime!
Delhi: Old & New Delhi Sightseeing • Meerut: The Mutiny • Amritsar: Golden Temple • Dharamshala: Little Tibet • Shimla: The Mall & Viceroy Lodge • Delhi - Lucknow: The Residency and La Martiniere • Kanpur and Bithur: The Mutiny • Agra: Taj Mahal • Fatehpur Sikri : Akbar’s capital City • Jaipur: Amber Fort & City Palace complex
23 Days - Prices available on request.
Splendours of South India
This is a magnificent tour of exploration visiting some of the most fascinating places linked to British History in the deep South of India. History will be brought alive with talks by local Historians and excursions to see the exact place where history was changed. Arrive in Bangalore visit Bangalore and Mysore closely associated with the wars waged against Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan. Leave the heat of the city behind and relax in the cool of delightful Ooty, one of the favourite British Hill Station. Learn how to make a perfect ‘cuppa’ and take a ride of the Toy Train to Coimbatore. Travel to Trichinopoly ( Trichi ) via Karur and Ariyalur to visit the Rock Fort Temple, British Cemetery and then on to Pondicherry with its decided French air! See the old Fort of St. David and the modern day experiment of Auroville. Next head up to the Vellore and see Fort Arcot before arriving in Chennai - home of the British East India Company to explore their legacy. Finally drive down for a day trip to the coast at Mahabalipuram to explore the delicate Shore Temple.
London • Bangalore • Mysore: Serirangapatna • Ooty: Toy Train to • Coimbatore • Delhi - Trichi: Rock Fort Temple • Pondicherry: Fort St David • Auroville • Vellore: Fort Arcot • Chennai: British East India Legacy • Mahabalipuram: Shore Temple • Chennai • London
20 Days - Prices available on request.
East India Heritage
This tour is a relaxed yet informative tour of East India with an emphasis on the British involvement in the area - don’t forget there were also other nations vying for power….so Danish and French enclaves will be visited at Serampore and Chandernagore with a short cruise on the Hoogly River whilst there. Before that the tour starts off in Kolkata - or Calcutta as it was known in the British times - here a Historian will talk on the City of the Raj…. which will be followed by a walking tour of the main historical sights the next day. Then fly to the cool climes of the mountains and visit Darjeeling the most beloved of British Hill stations - there take a trip on the iconic Toy Train to its highest station of Ghoom. Before returning to Kolkata stay in a wonderfully restored Tea Plantation Bungalow - now a Boutique Hotel and live the life of a Planter. Walk in the verdant tea fields, pluck the delicate tea buds… brew a real ‘cuppa’! Sit on the verandah exchanging notes on the day’s bird watching trek, relaxing with a traditional ‘English Afternoon Tea’. Or sip a cocktail as the sunsets over the magnificent mountain backdrop discussing the day’s fishing……and, the ‘one that got away’! It’s the perfect retreat.
London • Kolkata: Heritage Walk • Barrackpore • Serampore & Chandernagore exploration • Cruise on Hoogley • Darjeeling: Toy Train • Glenburn tea estate • Kolkata • London
14 Days - Prices available on request.
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Some Testimonials from the past tours
"Well what a trip and adventure we have had over the last three weeks on our heritage tour of India and Bangladesh, Yasin Zargar of Indus Experience has left no stone unturned in the planning and execution of this 22-day tour aided by Nicola Yeo of destination Lounge this has so far been (next to our honeymoon 30 years ago) our most memorable holiday.
I cannot ‘praise Yasin Zargar enough for the diligence and fine tuning of the holiday, right up to the last-minute changes were made to ensure that our trip went as smoothly as possible and was to our expectation, all our guides and drivers have been excellent especially as most of the sites we visited were not the usual holiday sightseeing.
Yasin was in constant touch with us when flights had been changed and to ensure we knew who to meet at the next stage of our holiday.
So, if you want just a relaxing holiday somewhere exotic or would like to plan a special tour then speak to Yasin Zargar of Indus Experience or if you are in the Southwest of England then I would strongly suggest that you make contact with Indus Experience through the Destination Lounge. It’s a holiday you will not regret but will be an experience of a lifetime" India and Bangaladesh - Norman and Gwendoline Fergusan Rider
"A recent Family History Tours trip to south India provided the perfect context for me to follow in the footsteps of my Anglo-Indian ancestors, not least to visit the churches where some of them were baptized or married, or to see their graves. The tour covered towns and cities that were familiar as names, but to see them first-hand under FHT's guidance, and with the added pleasure of meeting local guides and historians was illuminating, and welcome. There was ample time and flexibility in the programme to appreciate local cultural highlights as well. Local transport and accommodation arrangements were excellent". Andre
"Little did l know, when l started helping my Father many years ago on the quest of finding out our family tree at Somerset House in London, that one day l would be visiting his beloved India on a most wondrous trip.
I cannot praise Indus Experiences and Family History Tours enough - they made my whole experience so magical. No stone was unturned in helping me prepare for the journey of my dreams. Nothing was too much trouble for them, l appreciated that if at any time l had a query they were quick to respond. There was so much attention to detail. I loved the fact that each of our party had individual places of interest we wished to visit and they managed to fit them all in for us - our private guides and drivers were pretty amazing too. We were treated like royalty from dining at the Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata and enjoying the luxury of the special Oberoi Grand Hotel, to experiencing the good life on a beautiful tea plantation at Sourenee, staying at a bijou tea planters hotel in Darjeeling and not forgetting the sunrise experience at Tiger Hill to see the Himalayan mountains in all their glory.
I just can't wait to book another voyage of discovery - it was all totally fabulous." Greta
"We had a wonderful time and were pleased to have been part of the adventure." Janet