India is a land like no other in the richness and diversity of its people, its culture and its history. It is home to one of the world’s oldest religions and some of its most beautiful man made structures. It boasts spectacular landscapes and a vibrant society clinging to ancient traditions whilst embracing the modern world.
This tour explores the great heritage of India, following in the footsteps of the Mughals and the Raj. Visit the princely city of Hyderabad, the jungles of Pench (the setting for Kipling's Jungle Book) and the elegant city of Lucknow, renowned for its cuisine and for being the centre of the uprising against the British in 1857. Continue to Chandigarh, Le Corbusier's modernist city, to the summer retreat of Shimla. Finish in Delhi, the capital of the Raj after 1911 and a city with rich Mughal and colonial history as well as a vibrant contemporary culture. Tour leaders John and Susi Richardson will share their knowledge and personal family connections with India throughout the tour.
Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises.
Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.
Ground only: USD $4,336 per person sharing (excludes international flights and transfers)