Tracing colonial pathways in India, travelling from the heart of the Raj to the soul of India and to the lesser visited ancient cities of the eastern states, finishing in the evocative ancient quarters of Hyderabad
Flight - 1 night
Mumbai - 2 nights
Lucknow - 2 nights
Allahabad - 2 nights
Varanasi - 1 night
Kolkata - 3 nights
Bhubaneshwar - 2 nights
Hyderabad - 2 nights
In Jules Verne’s novel, Phileas Fogg’s bet was inspired by a Telegraph article on the opening of a train line allowing, for the first time, a passage across India from Bombay to Calcutta via Allahabad. This plus the recently opened Suez Canal and America’s Transcontinental train meant that his extraordinary journey around the world in 80 days was ‘achievable’.
However, the Telegraph had ‘jumped the gun’, 50 miles of track was incomplete, so he hired an elephant, rescued a young widow from sacrifice and continued by train from Allahabad to Calcutta. This itinerary follows, in spirit, the journey of Phileas Fogg, with a taste of the railways combined with air and road travel! Commence in Bombay at the Taj Palace overlooking the ‘Gateway to India’, and pass through India’s spiritual heartland to stay at the iconic Oberoi in colonial Calcutta and visit remote Bhubaneshwar & princely Hyderabad.
Cultural & Countryside
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 2 – 18
Day 1 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Mumbai.
Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Taj Mahal Palace also known as Hotel India for two nights staying in a sea view room in the Tower Wing. Afternoon tour of Mumbai includes the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus and a walk around the Kala Ghoda area. Welcome drink and appetisers.
Day 3 Experience Mumbai by dawn watching the daily lives of bread boys, milkmen and life in the markets. Later, visit the Prince of Wales Museum and see the Dabbawalla lunch carriers and laundries of Dhobi Ghat. Enjoy a local train experience. (B)
Day 4 Fly to Lucknow for two nights at the 5-star Taj Mahal. Visit La Martiniere College. Dinner at Khajurgaon Palace. (B, D)
Day 5 Visit Bada Imambada, Chota Imambada and the Residency. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to Kanpur and visit the mutiny sights of Massacre Ghat and All Soul memorial church. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Allahabad (3 hrs) for two nights at Hotel Placid. (B, L)
Day 7 Visit the Mughal gardens of Khusrau Bagh, the fort, Hanuman Temple, the Gothic style All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad Museum and Anand Bhawan, the former Nehru family home. Enjoy a boat ride from the ghats to the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. (B)
Day 8 Travel to Varanasi (3 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Taj Ganges. Evening Aarti ceremony at the ghats. (B)
Day 9 Early boat ride on the Ganges to see cremation sites and bathing ghats. Breakfast at Brijrama Palace overlooking the ghats. Visit Sarnath where Buddha preached. Fly to Kolkata for a three-night stay at the 5-star Oberoi Grand. (B)
Day 10 Visit Dalhousie Square, the flower market, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial and Jain temples. Train from Bagh bazaar to Prinsep Ghat and Memorial. (B)
Day 11 Visit Mother House, South Park Street Cemetery and India Museum, the oldest and largest in India. Sunset Hoogly cruise . (B)
Day 12 Fly to Bhubaneshwar. Two nights at the 5-star Trident Hotel. Visit the 7thcentury Parsurameshwar Temple, the ornate Mukteshwar Temple, the Brahmeshwar Temple, Raj Rani temple with its niches and decorated pillars and Lingraj Temple. (B)
Day 13 At Konark, visit the 13th-century Sun Temple, the most striking example of Kalinga architecture. Travel to Puri’s 12th-century Jaganath Temple, one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in India dedicated to “The Lord of the Universe”. (B, D)
Day 14 Fly to Hyderabad for two nights at the 5-star ITC Kakatiya. Visit Charminar, Mecca Mosque, Salar Jung Museum and Chowmahalla Palace. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 15 Visit the Fort of Golconda and Nizam museum. Drive past Hussain Sagar and the High Court buildings. High Tea and a heritage tour at Falaknuma Palace. (B)
Day 16 Return flight to London. (B)
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2 guests - £1295 per person
3-4 guests - £595 per person
5-9 guests - £345 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge
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Departure transfer add £22
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