This new tour takes in the incredible locations where the film ‘Viceroy’s House’ starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson was shot. On this journey, you’ll also visit some of the historic sites associated with the British Raj. Explore Viceroy’s House, now the President’s Palace (Rashtrapathi Bhawan), where Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi converged to determine the future of an independent India. Discover Amritsar, the border city that was worst hit by the partition, colonial Delhi, Moghul Agra with its Taj Mahal and pink city of Jaipur, before heading to Jodhpur to see some of the main film locations.
Fly to Amritsar.
Arrive Amritsar (via Delhi). On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Partition of British India into India and Pakistan had a most profound effect on the demographics, politics and social structures of this border city. First of two nights in Amritsar
Morning visit to the shimmering Golden Temple. After lunch, optional visit to Wagha border to witness the lowering of the flags ceremony.
Morning board your train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the Oberoi Maidens, one of the oldest hotels in Delhi. First of two nights here.
Optional: Book an afternoon tea at the Imperial Hotel and a private guided tour of the hotel’s impressive art collection.
Morning explore Lutyen’s Delhi, an area in New Delhi where design of most buildings was developed by British architect Edwin Lutyen. Visit Rashtrapati Bhavan, former Viceroy’s house (from 1911-1947) and now the home of the president of India. Witness the changing of the guard ceremony here and visit the 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, comprising the Clock Tower, the Stables and the Garages showcasing past as well as current presidencies and the regal ceremonies. Later visit the India Gate memorial arch and the Humayun’s Tomb, one of the most magnificent tombs built in Delhi. (B)
Afternoon visit Kashmere Gate and St James’ Church, one of the oldest churches in Delhi built by Colonel James Skinner from East India Company. A walking tour of Old Delhi takes you to landmarks associated the 1857 mutiny. Later visit to the majestic Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal Emperors until 1857.
Today morning, visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial. Later drive to Agra. First of two nights in Agra.
Today sunrise visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal. Visit the imposing Agra Fort, where a thousand British troop took refuge for four months in 1857 before crossing across the Yamuna river to the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, here thousands.
Drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the city founded in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar and now a UNESCO heritage site.
Morning guided visit to Amer Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar. Afternoon, explore the local markets.
Drive to the blue city of Jodhpur enroute visiting the 12-the century Nagaur Fort. Jodhpur was one of the principal locations where the film was shot for eight weeks. First of two nights at Balsamand Lake Palace.
Explore the city with a guided tour of the magnificent Mehrangarh fort and Jawant Thanda. Later visit Chopasani School, established in 1857. Afternoon visit to Umaid Bhawan Museum and time to explore the local bazaars, famous for silverware, lacquered jewellery and tie-dye fabrics.
In the evening, optional dining experience at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the main Viceroy’s House filming locations.
Fly back to Delhi. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay here.
Fly back home.
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