To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the nationwide cinema release of Viceroy’s House on 3rd March, we’re inviting you to follow in the footsteps of the last viceroy to India, Lord Mountbatten. You’ll visit some of the historic sites associated with British rule which ended in 1947 with the partition of India. You’ll also get to experience some of the incredible film locations that feature in Viceroy’s House. Directed by Gurinder Chadha and starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the end of an empire and the birth of two nations. Explore Viceroy’s House, now the President’s Palace, where Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi converged to determine the future of an independent India. Discover India’s colonial-era history in Delhi, before heading to Jodhpur to see some of the main film locations.
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Fly from the UK to Delhi. (N)
On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the Oberoi Maidens, one of Delhi's oldest hotels, for a 3-night stay. Relax at the hotel before taking afternoon tea at the Imperial Hotel and a private guided tour of the hotel's impressive art collection. (N)
Morning visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan, now the official residence of the President of India and from 1911-1947, the viceroy's house. Take a guided tour, witness the pomp and ceremony of the changing of the guard ceremony and wander through the Mughal gardens. A highlight is Durbar Hall, where Nehru took the oath of office of Prime Minister of Independent India from Lord Mountbatten in 1947. Finish your tour with a visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC]. In the afternoon, discover the area known as Lutyen's Delhi including the India Gate memorial arch, Raj Ghat, a simple yet moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and the Persian- influenced Humayun's Tomb. (B)
Discover the fascinating colonial-era history of the Civil Lines district of Old Delhi. It was here that British civilians established their homes when Delhi became the capital of the British Raj. Visit the immaculately kept St James' church, with its memorials to families slaughtered by the 1857 Mutineers; haunting Nicholson cemetery; Flagstaff Tower where British women and children took harbour from the mutiny and the Mutiny memorial which commemorates those who lost their lives in 1857.
Afternoon at leisure or discover Gandhi's Delhi. Your local guide will show you the areas associated with the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi and explain more of his ethos of truth, non-violence, and peace. (B)
After breakfast, drive to Agra. In the afternoon, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra fort. Stay overnight at the Gateway Hotel Fatehbad Road in a guestroom with a view of the Taj Mahal. (B)
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, arriving in time for sunrise. After breakfast, drive to the pink city of Jaipur via the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Spend 2 nights at the Alsisar Haveli.
Alternatively, upgrade to a stay at the Rambagh Palace. Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has endured gracefully through many royal transitions and also played host to Lord Louis Mountbatten. (B)
See the sights of Jaipur from the comfort and style of a vintage car. When the first motorcars began arriving in India, Rajasthan's princes and aristocracy were among the first to order them.
In the afternoon, visit the City Palace and the colourful backstreets of Janta Bazaar.
In the evening, relax at the lounge of the Hotel Narain Niwas, setting of the colonial-style Viceroy Club. (B)
Drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur, known as the 'Blue City' because of its Brahmin blue-washed houses. Spend 2 nights at one of the filming locations, the Balsamand Lake Palace. (B)
Spend today exploring Viceroy's House film locations. Begin at the 12th-century Nagaur fort complex with its palaces, carved stone jaalies, wall paintings and mirror work. Continue to Chopasani School, established in 1857, before viewing Ship House and the exterior of Raoti Palace.
Afternoon at leisure or explore the magnificent Mehrangarh fort, set high on a hill overlooking the city. Alternatively, explore the bazaars which sell locally made specialities including tie-dye fabrics, puppets and lacquered jewellery.
This evening, dine in Risala restaurant at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the main Viceroy's House filming locations (payable locally). (B)
Take an early afternoon flight to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport. (B)
Fly from Delhi to the UK. Same day arrival in London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Alsisar Haveli lies tucked away in the heart of the pink city of Jaipur. It brings back to life the grandeur of the Raj days when the Haveli was founded by the sub-clan known as the Shekhawat. Now owned by this branch of the Kachhawa clan of Rajputs, their old mansion has been refurbished into a modern day Heritage Hotel. The rooms are very much like the ones that were used by the Thakurs of Alsisar, having antique furniture and medieval Rajasthani-style fabrics which charmingly enhance the Rajasthani...
Balsamand Palace is a Welcome heritage hotel located approximately 5 kilometres north of the city, overlooking magnificent Balsamand Lake. It is a fine example of Rajput architecture in red sandstone surrounded by wide expanses of lush green gardens. It was built on 13th century artificial lake, and the palace has been a setting for royal leisure and...
The Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport is particularly convenient for transit travellers. Standard rooms are spacious and all have modern features including free wireless internet access, large flat-screen television and triple-glazed windows for a quiet night's sleep. Facilities include a 24-hour gym, spa and swimming pool. There are three separate dining options as well as 24-hour room...
The Rambagh Palace was once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and is a fine example of grand and ornate Rajput palace architecture. Situated close to Jaipur city centre, the palace is spread over 47 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. There are 106 bedrooms, and the public areas of the property have retained their traditional theme and palace atmosphere. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, two restaurants and the famous Polo...
The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra (previously the Taj View) has 100 rooms, some of which have views of the Taj Mahal, which is located only 1 kilometre from the hotel. Facilities include 2 restaurants serving a range of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine, and a swimming pool and...
An elegantly styled hotel for the discerning traveller, The Oberoi, New Delhi is located within easy access of the city’s main sights of interest and is home to some of its finest restaurants. It offers guests a range of health and leisure facilities and is adjacent to they city’s best golf...
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Extend your journey by visiting Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj and Amritsar, most famous for the spectacular Golden Temple.
Take the early afternoon flight to Amritsar via Delhi for a 2-night stay at the heritage Ranjit Svaasa.
In the evening, visit the Golden temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, to see the Palki Sahib ceremony. A blend of Hindu and Muslim styles, the temple is topped with a golden dome, said to be gilded with 100 kg of pure gold. (B)
Today, go behind the scenes of one of the largest volunteer kitchens in the world at the Golden temple. Jallianwala Bagh, the park which commemorates the 2,000 Indians who were killed or wounded here by the British in the 1919 massacre, is also a 5-minute walk away.
In the afternoon, watch the Wagah border closing ceremony led by the border guards of India and Pakistan. (B)
Make your way by road to the hill station in Shimla, which sits at over 7,000 feet above sea level and was formerly the summer capital of the Raj. Spend 2 nights at the heritage Oberoi Cecil. (B)
Visit the Viceregal Lodge, once the residence of the British viceroy Lord Dufferin and the summer seat of British government in India until the 1940s.The most impressive of the lodge's exhibits is the table at which Nehru, Jinnah and Mountbatten carved up the subcontinent. There will also be a visit to the tiny Gaiety Theatre, where Kipling once trod the boards.
Later in the day, there is free time to stroll along the Mall, where you will find rows of colonial half-timbered buildings and curiosity shops, and the Ridge, the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. (B)
Make your way from Shimla to Solan by rail this morning aboard the Unesco-listed toy train for a scenic journey down the mountains. Continue by road for lunch in Chandigarh and take the early evening train to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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VCY2017: 9 Nights
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was
founded in 1727. Popularly known as the...
At the entrance to the Thar desert stands
the bustling city of Jodhpur, which owes...