British Raj, Temples & Nizams

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KOLKATA – BHUBANESHWAR – PURI – HYDERABAD – MUMBAI 

Looking for more exciting locations to explore in India, then this is as unique as they come. Visit Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) founded by the East India Company, known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals. Odisha on the Bay of Bengal is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. Hyderabad with a history of wealthy Nizams and historic sites like Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading centre, then Mumbai India’s largest city with the Iconic Gateway of India built by the British Raj in 1924.

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Kolkata with its many British influences is the most strategic point to kick-start this tour with a day at this unique city; it gears you up for the memorable times ahead. Next stop is the little-explored state of Odisha (Orissa). Experience some of the 500 temples in Bhubaneshwar, visit tribal villages, walk what seems like the never-ending beach at Puri, a boat ride on Chilka Lake, a great spot for birdlife, you may even see some dolphins. You will never be bored in Orissa.

Then it is on to the capital of India’s newest state Telangana, to Hyderabad once home to wealthy and powerful Nizams. Explore sights including the iconic Charminar, the Salar Jung Museum, and the vibrant Laad Bazaar. Also, visit the impressive Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi tombs on the outskirts of Hyderabad. After a variety of adventure, history, and culture it is time for the final stop on this Indian journey at Mumbai.

You will see the main sights of the city, but the one thing that seems to stay in people’s memories are the internationally-acclaimed Mumbai ‘tiffinmen’ the Dabbawallas. The renowned magazine ‘Forbes’ gave a Six Sigma performance rating to the dabbawalas, which means the chances of missing a day’s lunch is just one in 6,000.

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International flights included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your trip with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Sightseeing of Kolkata
  • Sightseeing in Bhubaneshwar
  • Visit Artisan Villages in Puri
  • Visit Puri & the Konark Sun Temple
  • Boat ride on Chilka Lake
  • Sightseeing of Hyderabad
  • City tour in Mumbai
  • A day in the life of a Dabbawalla, Mumbai

Our tour features the following locations

KOLKATA: Kolkata is often seen as a poor and chaotic place to be in, thought to be undeserving of its status as one of India’s top four metros, and that may have something to do with the fewer number of travellers visiting the city. It certainly looks that way, until you realise that its true charms lie in its deep-rooted culture, its unique way of life and its quintessential East meets West attitude. The city is surrounded by fascinating natural beauty, ranging from the iconic Sunderbans and their man-eating tigers to the serene hills of Darjeeling. Popularly called the intellectual and cultural capital of the country, Kolkata is also one of those few destinations where traditional gentlemen’s clubs, an ancient way of life, historic customs and that ‘friendly vibe’ still exists. Don’t miss out on the colonial architecture, never ignore that mouth-wateringly delicious Bengali food and just have a blast talking to the locals. The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Puja, a celebration that engulfs the entire city in festival lights, street carnivals, beautiful fairs and spectacular displays of its rich cultural and artistic heritage.

BHUBANESHWAR: Narrating a historical legacy dating back to the 3rd century BC, those 50-odd temples of are oddly fascinating, rightly giving Bhubaneshwar its nickname, the Temple City. The birth of Buddhism and the subsequent revival of Hinduism have been stunningly portrayed in Lingaraj Temple, Sri Sri Krishnan Temple and Dhauli Hill, the very site where Emperor Ashoka gave up on war and accepted the principles of Buddhism. Apart from these archaeological gems, you’ll also come across a number of prehistoric monuments, the largest collection of cactuses in Asia, ancient caves, and museums.

PURI: International tourists and pilgrims all find a reason to go to Puri, one of the hot beach destinations of Eastern India. Religious life in Puri revolves around the Jagannath Mandir, and its Rath Yatra festival is famous all over the world. Puri is also one of the top beach destinations of the country, a great place to sunbathe and enjoy the fresh air. The city was once a major player in the hippie scene gripping the country in the seventies, but modern-day Puri is all about rest and relaxation, an itinerary with nothing to do and a luxury resort full of amenities and activities. And if you must do some sightseeing while here then do check out the Chilka Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake.

KONARK: The magnificent Konark Sun Temple is one of the greatest landmarks of India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was created in the 13th century and dedicated to the sun god. The temple has been designed to resemble a mammoth chariot with seven galloping horses and 12 pairs of stone-carved wheels. There is a magnificent statue in the shrine that has been carved with green chlorite stone, and it is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Indian architecture. Architectural brilliance is easy to see in most parts of the country, but this particular temple is a standing symbol of the profusion and intricacy of the country’s sculptural work. The surfaces are covered with exquisite sculptures that cover a variety of subjects, from floral patterns, animals and aquatic monsters to deities, voluptuous women and erotic scenes from the Kama Sutra. As one of the most recognisable landmarks of the ancient Ganga dynasty, this temple is definitely a must-see when exploring Orissa.

HYDERABAD: If you ever fancy living in beautiful palaces like a royal, discovering India’s high-tech boom and exploring an ancient culture, Hyderabad’s the place for you! This living museum presents a striking heritage, mesmerising mosques, lavish architecture and India’s newfound prosperity at its beautiful best, seamlessly combining the country’s rich past to its chaotic present. With culinary secrets dating back to the Nizams, you’re sure to have a blast trying out all those Mughlai, Arabic, Turkish and Indian dishes while the fragrant chicken biryani with aromatic basmati melts your heart away. Old Hyderabad is a traveller’s dream – surrounded by narrow lanes, old-world alleys, chaotic scenes and beautiful architecture. Cyberabad, the city’s younger, more innovated self, presents a glimpse into modern India through glitzy malls, fashionable restaurants, exclusive nightclubs, and multiplexes. The traffic here is crazy and the heat unbearable, but who cares about such minor inconveniences when every alley is full of hidden wonders, secrets that deserve to be uncovered.

MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

What our clients say

Hi Sharon – Now that we are home and have had a chance to make the transition from exotic India to wintry England, I wanted to say thank you so much, Sharon, for arranging our Indian adventure. We all had such an amazing time, and this was very largely due to the arrangements made by you to ensure that we were always looked after and pampered. We met a lot of lovely people on the way, and our guides and drivers were always enthusiastic and helpful. We made some good friends for sure. And we saw England win a match against India at Eden Gardens! What an experience (and a rarity, unfortunately!!). I shall never forget the experience. The colour, noise, chaos, fun, friendliness of the Indians and the sheer joy of entering a completely strange culture and loving every minute. Thank you so much.

Milla Toner, Essex (Party of 4)

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Film about Chilika Lake

DAY 01 – FLY TO KOLKATA
Fly to Kolkata with Emirates Airlines via Dubai, other flights are available, check with us for other options

DAY 02 – ARRIVE KOLKATA
Arrive, meet & greet then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – KOLKATA (B)
After breakfast, you will meet your private guide for a tour of the city, start early this morning with a visit to Howrah flower market. Later visit The Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial, St Pauls Cathedral and Marble Palace. Then later you will also see Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site. To be honest, there is much more to see in Kolkata, so why not consider adding another day to your tour

DAY 04 – KOLKATA TO BHUBANESHWAR
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bhubaneshwar, transfer to your hotel then later take a tour of the temple town. Visit the three main groups Lingaraja, Mukteswara, and Rajarani.

DAY 05 – BHUBANESHWAR
Today you will visit the caves at Udayagiri, Ratnagiri, and Lalitgiri, etched out of coarse-grained sandstone hills, which rise 40 meters above the surrounding plain, they are amongst the earliest in India, dating from the Jain and Buddhist occupation of the region.

DAY 06 – BHUBANESHWAR TO PURI
This morning head to the coast, with a stop en route at the villages of Pipli and Raghurajpur. Pipli is famous for its beautiful applique craftwork that is displayed in every house and shop along the road, giving out a burst of color. On arrival later, then at leisure to relax or take a walk along the beach.

DAY 07 – KONARK SUN TEMPLE
After breakfast, you are then at leisure to relax beachside. Late afternoon you will travel to the impressive Konark Sun Temple built in the 13th century and one of many protected UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. Stay for sunset, then return to your hotel.

DAY 08 – PURI & CHILIKA LAKE
This morning drive to Chilika Lake, a large brackish body of water where one million or more migratory birds, including osprey, grey-legged geese, cranes and flamingos that flock here in winter (Nov to Jan) from as far as Siberia and Iran. Stay as long as you like for bird watching if this is a hobby of yours (advice at time of booking so we can arrange a private boat & bird guide), or after a leisurely cruise return to Puri to relax.

DAY 09 – BHUBANESHWAR TO HYDERABAD
Transfer to Bhubaneshwar airport for your flight to Hyderabad, on arrival transfer to your hotel then after check in, you are at leisure to relax or take a walk out into town on your own.

DAY 10 – HYDERABAD
After breakfast, you will proceed for a sightseeing of the city, visit sights including the iconic Charminar, the Salar Jung Museum, and the vibrant Laad Bazaar. Explore the impressive Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi tombs on the outskirts of Hyderabad

DAY 11 HYDERABAD
Today is a leisure day, we all like to have a free day to just do what you want, go back to that place you really liked yesterday, or perhaps some shopping in the local markets, or just relax at your hotel. What a hotel to relax at, the best in town… so just explore Falaknuma Palace and soak up its history.

DAY 12 – HYDERABAD TO MUMBAI
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel then at leisure.

DAY 13 – MUMBAI
Today you are taken on a private guided tour of Mumbai city, depending on how much you want to see here is a list of the major sites.

The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat open air laundry, Victoria Terminus train station, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, The Regal Circle, Bombay University, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Mani Bhavan the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai, The Town Hall, The Municipal Building.

 

Day 14 – MUMBAI
Today is a leisure day for you to explore on your own.

We can also arrange a walking tour of the slums, Dharavi made famous in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or you may like to see how the famous dabbawalas deliver up to 200,000 lunch boxes each day. Or a trip out to see how Bollywood operates and watch some live filming

DAY 15 – MUMBAI HOMEBOUND
India bids you farewell until next time, transfer to the international airport for your homebound flight

Konark Sun Temple & Nizams

Film about Chilika Lake

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Konark Sun Temple & Nizams

Film about Chilika Lake

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


Mumbai, fly down to Goa for a longer beach stay to end your tour. Former Portuguese enclave of Goa, one of India’s gems, has been popular with tourists for many years with its magnificent palm-fringed beaches

Konark Sun Temple & Nizams

Film about Chilika Lake

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