Whether travelling up the Himalayas by ‘toy train’ or cruising through Bengal by river, Martin Randall Travel shares four journeys that will leave you inspired by India. From the BBC’s current Great Indian Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo, to the beginning of the Statue of Unity (set to be the tallest in the world), India is in the tourism spotlight.
Kingdoms of the Deccan
Art & architecture, sixth to eighteenth centuries
10–22 November 2018
Explore a region few tourists ever get to – the dramatic and rocky Deccan plateau. Here, some of India’s greatest dynasties flourished, with Hindu kingdoms eventually giving way to Muslim sultanates. Their architectural legacy is magnificent and little known in the west. Visit fortresses, mosques and intricately-carved cave temples, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vijayanagara – once a city of half a million inhabitants. Led by historian and lecturer, Asoka Pugal.
Prices from £4,870 per person (two sharing) includes domestic flights (Hubli to Bangalore), accommodation, travel by private coach, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/kingdoms-of-the-deccan
Hindu temples, Rajput palaces & Mughal tombs
23 February–8 March 2019
The fertile plains of northern India have long been both a highway, and a seedbed; a corridor into the subcontinent and a place where their civilisations have flourished. This carefully paced 14-day tour gives time to consider many of their finest achievements, with plenty of free time for rest and independent exploration. En route, search for hidden shrines in the sacred city of Varanasi, examine the sensuous carvings at Khajuraho, and marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Led by historian and lecturer, Asoka Pugal.
Prices from £5,780 per person (two sharing) includes domestic flights (Delhi to Varanasi & Varanasi to Khajuraho), one train journey (Jhansi to Gwalior), travel by private coach, accommodation, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/essential-india
Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Shimla
5–16 March 2019
In the foothills of the Himalayas, board the famous mountain ‘toy train’ to Shimla, the grandest hill station which forms one of the focal points of this 12-day tour. Examining the last days of the British Raj through some of its grandest monuments and most troubling moments; explore the dazzling imperial expanse of New Delhi, remember the Amritsar massacre, and glimpse Le Corbusier’s vision for ‘a new city of free India’ at Chandigarh. Historian and journalist Raaja Bhasin lives in Shimla and is an authority on the area.
Prices from £5,360 per person (two sharing) includes domestic flights (Delhi to Amritsar & Chandigarh to Delhi), one train journey (Kalka to Kandaghat), travel by private coach, accommodation, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/indian-summer
Bengal by River
Calcutta & a week’s cruise along the Hooghly
10–22 November 2019
Steeped in history, this thirteen-day tour adds a new dimension by travelling in Bengal by river. Setting out from Calcutta, board a private charter for a week cruising the ‘Lower Ganges’ on the Hooghly River, before making the return journey from Farakka by train. Amongst the banks of lush mango groves and mustard crops, visit the Mughal Khushbagh pleasure-garden, the 18th-century home of rich Jain merchants, terracotta temples and bustling bazaars. Led by Dr Anna-Maria Misra, Associate Professor of Modern History at Oxford and Fellow of Keble College, whose areas of research focus on the history of India and the British Empire.
Prices from £5,260 per person (two sharing) includes one train journey (Farakka to Calcutta), travel by private coach, hotel and river cruiser accommodation, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/bengal-by-river
For further information please contact Liz Brown or Lucy Stickling on 020 3948 9743.
Notes to editors:
Martin Randall Travel is the leading specialist in cultural tours, organising a unique series of all-inclusive music festivals and around 300 small-group tours every year in the UK, continental Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, the Americas and Australasia.
All aspects of our cultural tours have been carefully researched, tried and arranged by members of MRT staff, including the most authentic restaurants and comfortable hotels. There are no hidden extras. The price covers nearly everything, including wine with meals and all tips. We do not levy surcharges for fuel or for any other reason.