Forts and Colonial Splendour
Days 1 – 5 (4 nights)
Arrival into Indore – transfer to Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar (approx 2 hour drive)
Ahilya Fort is an experience straight out of the 18th century. Situated high above the banks of the sacred Narmada River, Ahilya Fort was the capital of one of India’s celebrated women rulers – Ahily Bai Holkar. Her Wada palace is simple and elegant, built in 1766; it is a typical example of the Maratha architecture of the period. Your host at Ahilya Fort is Prince Shivaji Rao Hokar, son of the last Maharajah of Indore and reputed chef/author of gourmet recipe books. The fort and its many temples is the perfect place to explore when you take a break from painting. The Baneshwar Temple situated in the middle of the Narmada River is only a short boat trip away.
Local Sightseeing: Explore the holy town of Maheshwar, home to one of India’s finest handloom fabric traditions including the Maheshwar saris. 130 weavers today produce over 100,000 metres of fine fabrics a year.
For those interested there are cooking classes using the delicious recipes compiled by our host (Prince) Richard Holkar.
4 nights accommodation including all meals, Indian beverages, soft drinks, tea & coffee, massage, laundry, boating on the river & local sightseeing.
Days 5 – 8 (3 nights)
Depart Maheshwar for Kolkata
Transfer to Tollygunge Club
The Tollygunge Club was founded by a Scottish banker, William Dixon Cruickshank to provide facilities for games, sports and pastimes in the neighbourhood of Calcutta, and to afford to its members all the usual privileges, advantages, conveniences and accommodation of a residential and Gymkhana Club. The Clubhouse and surrounding areas carry a rich store of legends, anecdotes and memories and the Club has inherited a tradition of sports from its inception in 1895. Cruickshank partially leased and partially bought some of the property surrounding an 18th century Palladian garden house once used by its owner, Richard Johnson an employee of the East India Company and subsequently by Prince Gholam Mohammed Shah, the 11th son of the Ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.
On a leisurely walking tour of Historic and colonial Kolkata take in the architecture and history of the city’s many unique and spectacular buildings with an expert accompanying you. The morning Dalhousie Square Walk winds its way from the soon-to-be-reopened Great Eastern Hotel to, among others, the magnificent Governor’s House; to the almost forgotten Charnock Mausoleum; to the site of the terrible ‘Black Hole’…ending up at the famous Writer’s Building, the former HQ of the infamous East India Company. The North Kolkata Walk in the afternoon, when the busy shopping alleys become cool and shady, includes a visit to the Marble Palace with its surprising treasures which includes a Rubens
Days 8 – 12
After breakfast transfer to airport for your onward destination or continue onto Darjeeling
Depart Kolkata – Arrive Bagdogra
Transfer to Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling West Bengal (approx 2 ½ hour drive)- are you still in India?
This heavenly little plantation retreat lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, deep in the Himalaya and is overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga. Home to generations of tea planters, it was originally established in 1860 and remains today a working tea estate. It is has been beautifully restored with much love and care, whilst retaining the style of a colonial planter’s bungalow, and is a wonderfully peaceful place to stay. The bedrooms have been charmingly decorated, with each following a different theme and being very comfortable and spacious, yet warm and cosy. Sitting on the lovely, flower filled verandah, gazing across the garden to Kanchenjunga, will quickly transport you back in time. There is plenty to do by way of private tours of the tea estate and nearby towns as well as an abundance of mountain activities – where else can you walk all day in the mountains and return to such luxury at night! Perhaps the highlight of Glenburn, however, is the incredibly friendly team of staff, your charming hostess, and some of the most delicious, fresh food to be found in India – a perfect balance of Indian, Oriental and Western. Don’t miss the chicken sandwiches and the chocolate brownies!
For those who are interested our hosts at Glenburn have offered to provide cooking lessons and demonstrations.
After the hectic pace of Calcutta this beautiful tranquil setting is an amazing contrast and the ideal place to relax.
4 nights accommodation including all meals, picnics and refreshments throughout the day, Chauffeur-driven car at guest disposal, complementary tea, coffee, mineral water, fresh juice and soft drinks, house wine (Sula) with dinner and all laundry services
Please contact us for price and more details
- Meet and assist at the airport -All arrival/departure transfers from airport to hotels and vice versa; all visits and excursions; all surface transportation as per itinerary in air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- All interstate taxes, toll taxes
- Economy class airfares and taxes
- Hotel accommodation on twin share basis including breakfast
- In Meheshwar – accommodation, all meals, Indian beverages, tea & coffee, soft drinks, laundry, massage, boating on river and local sightseeing
- Services of a local English speaking guide for all visits and excursions
- Entrance fees to monuments as per itinerary
Extension – Glenburn Tea Estate
- Rates include
- Chauffeur-driven transfer to and from Glenburn Tea Estate, and at guest disposal throughout stay
- All meals – including picnics/barbeques, refreshments throughout the day
- Complimentary tea, coffee, mineral water, fresh juice and soft drinks
- House wine with dinner (Indian Sula red and white
- All laundry service
- Personal tours of the tea estate and factory, and a tea tasting session
- Airfares and taxes Kolkata/Bagdogra/Delhi(or Kolkata)