India’s Glorious History – The Essential Highlights
11 – 24 October 2020 Alumni

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India’s Glorious History – The Essential Highlights
11 – 24 October 2020 Alumni

This tour is Led by Dr Rima Hooja consultant director at MSMSII Museum City Palace Jaipur. Delve into the fabulous and fascinating history of India. Explore the culture of the Mughals with their superb architecture and intriguing personal histories! Learn about the Sikh religion and feel the very heart of Amritsar visiting the outstanding Golden Temple. In Delhi probe deep into the glory of the Mughal rulers, whilst in Agra, admire the sensitivity of the architecture of the Taj Mahal and the strength and dominance of Agra Fort. The sheer genius of the Astronomical Observatory in Jaipur is incredible, but well matched by the magnificence of Amber Fort and the delight of the Palace of Winds. Finally take a day trip to Tilonia Barefoot College and interact with the students as they participate in their vocational studies.

Dr. Rima Hooja

Tour scholar Dr. Rima Hooja lives and works in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She studied for her PhD at the University of Cambridge, writing her thesis on early agricultural and Mesolithic sites in southeastern Rajasthan. The author of more than a dozen books and recipient of the Publishers Recognition Award (2008), Dr. Hooja has also published nearly 100 academic papers and newspaper articles.

For two years, Dr. Hooja was Faculty Director at New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India (NYSICCSI). She was also Director of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID), India; an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Kota Open University; Senior Fellow at the Institute of Rajasthan Studies in Jaipur; a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society; and a consultant at the Getty Foundation. She has excavated a number of archaeological sites in India and the UK.

14 days from £3,485.00 per person
London - Delhi - Amritsar - Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - via Mumbai to London

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Day 1: To Delhi

Sunday 11 October

Fly from London on BA to Delhi. D

Day 2: To Amritsar

Monday 12 October

Arrive Delhi then internal flight to Amritsar, once a small village chosen to be the location of the most Holy Shrine of the Sikh religion in the late 16th C. Close to midnight join the faithful in the moving spiritual ceremony of Sukh Assan – when the Holy Book is laid to rest for the night. Three nights Hyatt Regency or Taj. B, D

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Amritsar

Day 3: Amritsar

Tuesday 13 October

Amritsar sightseeing: Explore the fascinating Sri Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism. Next make a poignant visit to Jallianwala Bagh and visit the site, with bullet scars still visible, where there occurred a moment of immense tragedy. Then visit the Partition Museum filled with the documents pertaining to the events of the post partition riots etc. finally visit a local Punjabi village. Later drive to Wagha Border to watch the carefully choreographed Indo-Pakistan changing of the Guard Ceremony. The precision and flamboyance is quite fascinating to watch. B, D

Day 4: Amritsar

Wednesday 14 October

This morning drive to Tarn Taran Sahib founded by Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Sikh Guru. Visit the Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib, the Sarovar (the sacred waters close or built around a Temple) name has a wonderful meaning - 'a boat that takes one across the ocean of existence.' The beautiful building was built in a Mughal style. Afternoon at leisure. B, D

Day 5: To Delhi

Thursday 15 October

Time to continue personal exploration of the city – perhaps revisiting the Golden Temple or exploring the markets. The Guru Bazaar is famed for its jewellery and the oldest the Hall Bazaar filled with goods of every description. Late afternoon departure on the Swarna Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Two nights at the Shangri La Eros. B, D

Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Eros

Day 6: Delhi

Friday 16 October

A morning tour to explore the highlights of Old Delhi. Wherever you look, history is around every corner with superb vignettes of the past still clearly visible. Listen to an insight into the history of Delhi by an INTACH scholar, before taking an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid. The lovely marble and sandstone ‘Friday Mosque’ was the pinnacle of Shah Jahan’s architectural masterpieces. It was built between 1644 and 1658. The cycle drive is an experience in itself winding through the bustling back streets of Chandni Chowk, once, the Mughal city centre of Shah Jehanabad. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s emotional cremation site. Remainder of the day at leisure. B, D

Day 7: Delhi

Saturday 17 October

Morning sightseeing of dynamic New Delhi including the UNESCO World heritage site of the impressive Humayun’s Tomb. India’s first ‘garden tomb’ and the first ever building to be constructed in red sandstone on such a huge scale. It’s also said to have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Next visit the Qutab Minar, a soaring 73 metre high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193, commissioned to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. Finally drive to India Gate, India’s national monument dedicated to fallen soldiers. Afternoon at leisure. B, D

Day 8: To Agra

Sunday 18 October

Drive to Agra. After lunch a Mughal Heritage walk, discovering the hidden gems off the main beaten tourist tracks. Visits include the Gyarah Siddi, Mehtab Bagh and Humayun’s Mosque. Also visit a craft workshop to see how the beautiful inlaid Agra work is created. Whilst walking catch tantalising glimpses of the fabled Taj Mahal. Two nights ITC Mughal. B, D

Accommodation: ITC Mughal

Day 9: Agra

Monday 19 October

Unforgettable sunrise visit to see the sun caress the white marble stone of the fabled Taj Mahal. Spend time exploring the superb building and walking in the grounds of this sadly romantic creation of love. On the opposite side of the Yamuna wander the Mughul Mehtab Bagh garden – thought to be built by the Emperor Babur. It was on this spot Shah Jahan had wanted to build the ‘Black Mahal’, but was thwarted when imprisoned by his son. Next explore the intriguing Agra Fort seeing the different styles of architecture as each successive ruler gave it his own personal stamp. Finally visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Afternoon at leisure. B, D

Day 10: To Jaipur

Tuesday 20 October

Drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. Explore this deserted city built by the Emperor Akbar. Here small things are intriguing as well as the outstanding dominance of the city’s architecture… for example look out for the ‘air conditioning’ system. Pause by the graceful marble Tomb (Mazar) of Salim Chisti in the middle of the Emperor’s courtyard. Here generations of women have come to pray for a male heir. The next stop is the extraordinary Abhaneri Stepwell constructed around AD 800. There are 3,500 narrow steps descending down 13 stories to roughly 30m in depth. Four nights at Alsisar Haveli. B, D

Accommodation: Alsisar Haveli – Jaipur

Day 11: Jaipur

Wednesday 21 October

Drive to the stunning Amber Fort by jeep. The forbidding and austere exterior of the fort belies a magnificent interior filled with winding corridors leading to rooms filled with a delight of murals, frescoes, paintings, wonderful intricate carvings and complex mirror work. The views are magnificent stretching to the distant hills dotted with watch towers.

After lunch visit the City Palace complex with its fascinating museum. The Astronomical Observatory is quite simply superb and breath-taking in its complexity. The delightful Palace of Winds shows the whimsical side to Mughal architecture. B, D

Day 12: Jaipur (Day visit Tilonia barefoot college)

Thursday 22 October

Day visit to Tilonia Barefoot College. Established in 1972 the collage aims to encourage people to gain practical knowledge and skills, by running courses for peoples ‘real needs’. Courses include education, housing, health and income generation. Funding comes from national and local governments grants and international donors. B, D

Day 13: Jaipur to Mumbai

Friday 23 October

Morning visit to one of the colourful – and noisy – vegetable markets.
Afternoon transfer to airport, Fly to Mumbai by Indigo airlines 6E394 at 17:20.
Arrive at 19:15. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 14: Mumbai To London

Saturday 24 October

Transfer to Mumbai Airport for your flight to London.

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Dates & Prices

Dates Price per person (Double/Twin share) Single room supplement
11-24 Oct 2020 £3,485.00 £865.00
Cost includes:
  • International flights with Scheduled British airways flights in economy class. World Traveller Plus and Business Class supplements are available on request.
  • Internal flights in economy class inclusive all taxes.
  • Train reservations in first class airconditioned carraige.
  • Air-conditioned accommodation with private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Daily breakfast and dinner.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides during sightseeing.
  • Services of Dr Rima Hooja as trip scholar.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by an airconditioned coach.
  • Entry fee to all monuments and places of interest.
  • 100% protection of your payment with our ATOL & ABTA licenses.
  • Complimentary mineral water while driving and on sightseeing.
  • Tips & Gratuities.
Cost does not include:
  • Visa Fee. E-tourist visa is now available for nationalities of most countries. On booking we will send you a step by step guide how to apply for E-tourist visa.
  • Travel Insurance: Foreign office advises all overseas travellers to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place before departure.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

What our clients say

Finally got around to writing to thank you for the most amazing trip. Everything, and I mean everything, was spot on. The hotels, flights and transportation was just right. Everyone was were they were supposed to be, on time and very welcoming. All the guides were knowledgeable and made sure we were able to cross the road when required, which in India is not easy.…

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