A Grand Heritage Tour of India

4 - 18 Mar 2018
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

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. 

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, John and Susi Richardson

John and Susi Richardson

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.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 4 Mar (Sun) Hyderabad: Arrive and transfer to the hotel.  Optional film in the evening: “Love and Betrayal” - the story of a British resident in Hyderabad
  • 5 Mar (Mon) Hyderabad:  Visit Golconda Fort, take a tour of Paigah Tombs and visit Chowmahalla Palace. In the afternoon visit the Charminar district. Evening talk: “Thackerays and Shakespears, my family in India” – Susi Richardson
  • 6 Mar (Tues) Hyderabad: Visit the Salar Jung Museum. Visit the British Residency and the Mah Laqa Bai's Tombs
  • 7 Mar (Wed) Hyderabad / Pench: Fly to Nagpur via Mumbai. Arrive and transfer to Pench National Park and check in at the Mahua Resort
  • 8 Mar (Thurs) Pench: Early morning jeep safari in Pench National Park. Return for breakfast at the hotel and hear talks: “Sir William Sleeman and the suppression of Thugee” and “Wolf Boys”. Late afternoon game drive
  • 9 Mar (Fri) Pench:  Early morning jeep safari in Pench National Park. Return for breakfast at the hotel. Talk: "Tiger Henry Shakespear – author of 'The Wild Sports of India 1860'”. Late afternoon game drive
  • 10 Mar (Sat) Pench / Nagpur / Lucknow: Drive to Nagpur airport for flight to Lucknow via Delhi. Arrive Lucknow and transfer to the hotel
  • 11 Mar (Sun) Lucknow: Visit the Bara Imanbara and the Rumi Darwaza. Driven by tongas (horse drawn carriages) to Hussainbad Complex. Visit the Memorial Park and the Rav Advani Bookshop in the afternoon and hear a talk: "The Great Uprising, and the Siege of Lucknow and Edward Thackeray VC". Evening culinary and cultural tour of Lucknow markets
  • 12 Mar (Mon) Lucknow: Visit Alambagh, Dilkusha Palace and its park, the La Martinière School and Sikandar Bagh. Drive past Shah Najaf, Moti Mahal, Chater Manzil, and Farhad Buksh Palace and the river bank to view the bridges on the way to lunch.  Visit the Lucknow Residency with on-site talk “1835 Home of Augusta Shakespear”
  • 13 Mar (Tues) Lucknow / Shimla: Fly to Chandigarh via Delhi. Explore Chandigarh, “the best-planned city in India”, including the rock garden and rose garden
  • 14 Mar (Wed) Chandigarh / Shimla: Visit the Chandigarh Museum and art gallery. Take the Himalayan Queen toy train to Shimla. Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • 15 Mar (Thurs) Shimla:  Full day to explore Shimla, including the Vice Regal Lodge and the Gaiety Theatre. Vegetarian thali lunch. Visit Christ Church and Bishop Cotton School in the afternoon  
  • 16 March (Fri) Shimla / Delhi:  Drive to Chandigarh and fly to Delhi. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. In the evening hear a talk byJohn Richardson: "Edward Thackeray and Siege and Assault of Delhi 1857”
  • 17 March (Sat) Delhi: Visit the Flagstaff Tower, the Mutiny Memorial, Kashmir Gate, Skinners Church, and the Red Fort. In ther afternoon visit Jana Mashid Mosque and explore the old winding lanes of the Chandi Chowk Bazaar by rickshaw
  • 18 March (Sun) Delhi: Depart Delhi

Tour cost

Ground only: USD $4,336 per person sharing (excludes international flights and transfers)

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