Anywhere Travel has announced details of an exclusive 14-day Battles of the Raj tour which will take travellers on a fascinating journey to India’s famous sites and into battlefields, cantonments and cemeteries to explore the drama of the Raj in its days of greatest danger and decades of its short-lived triumphs.

Leading this exclusive tour will be Professor Peter Stanley from UNSW Canberra, one of Australia’s most active military social historians and an expert in the military history of British India.

Professor Stanley has, in many stages of the tour, sought to combine elements of the long-gone British Raj amid the monuments of ancient India in the cities of the modern nation which is clearly illustrated with the cantonment of Agra – a wonderful preserved example of what the Raj created – located virtually beside the magnificent Taj Mahal and within an hour’s drive of the Mughal city of Fatepur Sikri.

The 14-day journey unfolds as follows;

Day 1 – 27 October – Kolkata
Welcome to Kolkata and India! After your private transfer to Hotel Taj Bengal for two nights, you will have the evening at leisure.

Day 2 – 28 October – Kolkata
This morning you will visit St John’s Church, which is the third oldest church in Kolkata and Black Hole of Calcutta Memorial in the church grounds, then explore the Lascar War Memorial, Park Street Cemetery, Victoria Memorial and gothic St Paul’s Cathedral.

Day 3 – 29 October – Kolkata – Barrackpur – Lucknow
You will head off to Barrackpur to see the Semaphore Tower, Government House which is now a hospital, Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House, before flying onto Lucknow and Hotel Vivanta by Taj for two nights.

Day 4 – 30 October – Lucknow
Your day in Lucknow will include stops at La Martiniere School, Ruins of Dilkusha Palace, ruins of Sikander Bag and Lucknow Residency followed by lunch, then to Moti Mahal and the Old British cantonment of Mardiaon.

Day 5 – 31 October – Lucknow – Kanpur – Agra
First stop this morning is Kanpur and the fort of the Wheeler’s Entrenchment and All Soul’s Memorial Church, then a 4-hour journey allowing for an early evening arrival in Agra and ITC Mughal Hotel for two nights.

Day 6 – 1 November – Agra
A very special morning with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, then onto Agra Fort – both UNESCO World Heritage sites – and return for sunset at the Taj Mahal.

Day 7 – 2 November – Agra – Delhi
You will travel onto Fatehpur, before continuing to Delhi and Taj Mahal Hotel for three nights.

Day 8 – 3 November – Delhi
Your day of touring in Delhi will take in the Red Fort, Kasmiri Gate, Telegraph Memorial, St James Church, Mutiny Memorial, Nicholson Cemetery, the President’s House, India Gate (War Memorial) and Delhi War Cemetery.

Day 9 – 4 November – Delhi – Meerut – Delhi
This morning you are heading out on a full-day tour to Meerut, including St John’s Church and cemetery and a drive through the Indian and British Cantonments – look out for the Parade Ground in Lehka Nagar where sepoys were court-martialled triggering the mutiny.

Day 10 – 5 November – Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla
All aboard the Kalka Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh with a stop in Dagshai before continuing onto Shimla and Oberoi Clarks for two nights.

Day 11 – 6 November – Shimla
Today’s highlights include Viceregal Lodge, Jakhu Temple and Rothney Castle and a visit to the Army Heritage Museum at Annadale.

Day 12 – 7 November – Shimla – Chandigarh – Mumbai
A leisurely start to the day before flying out from Chandigarh to Mumbai and Taj Mahal Hotel for two nights.

Day 13 – 8 November – Mumbai
After breakfast, a ‘Colonial Walk’ throughout Mumbai will take in the Gateway of India, Royal Mumbai Yacht Club and City Museum, then your next stop, the architectural masterpiece – Victoria Terminus Railway Station.

Day 14 – 9 November – Depart Mumbai
Today marks the conclusion of your 14-day journey through India and it is time to head home or to your next destination.

The 14-day Battles of The Raj is priced from $5799 per person twin share including:

5-star hotel twin share or single accommodation
Daily breakfast
Services of Professor Peter Stanley throughout tour
Co-hosting by Anywhere Travel Managing Director, Barbara Whitten and Ray Whitten
Services of local English-speaking guides and experts in Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur and Mumbai
Services of a local expert in Delhi and on day trip to Meerut
Services of Raj Bhasin for sightseeing in Shimla
Private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned deluxe coach for all transfers and excursions
A fleet of Toyota Innovas for transfers and sightseeing in Shimla (3 in each car)
Monument entrances and still camera fees
Bottled water and soft beverages in all vehicles

For bookings, please contact Anywhere Travel on 1300 130 464 or sales@anywheretravel.com.au

Source: Anywhere Travel