Walk To Explore The Real India
There’s no better way to explore a new destination than at ground level—and walking speed. The best walking tours go exactly at your own pace, one foot in front of the other, to the precise places you want to go. Many travellers interested in walking tours choose routes that wind through populated or historic areas, sometimes even on storied roads for more personal experience.
The word tour often conjures images of buses crammed with tourists and drone-like guides rattling off perfunctory details about sights seen through a window. But a walking tour is something completely different. Walking slows us down and heightens our senses, allowing us to explore our surroundings intimately, thereby sweetening natural and cultural experiences — and isn’t that the whole point of travel?
Walking tours are a popular part of the tourism industry. They tend to be the most popular travel experience in larger cities as travellers from all over the world are often looking for a way to get to know the ins and outs of a new city.
Through this tour we will follow the trail of British Raj across Indian cities from Beginning to End.
|Taj Bengal Kolkata Hotel||Kolkata||2 nights||B&B|
|The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower||Mumbai||2 nights||B&B|
|Taj Palace New Delhi||New Delhi||2 nights||B&B|
B&B:Bed and Breakfast
DAY 1 : KOLKATA
Today your journey starts with the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
You will arrive at Kolkata International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in (check-in time 1400 hrs/ early check-in is subject to availability).
Overnight in Kolkata
DAY 2 : KOLKATA
Breakfast at hotel
0800 – 1300 hrs. walking tour in the footsteps of the Raj followed by visiting Victoria memorial, the Taj of the Raj The British had sought to build ‘the second city of the Empire’ right here and it is this ‘building’ that we’ll show you in the course of our walk through the ‘European’ areas of what was once the capital of the British Empire in India. There are major plans on to beautify and restore this heritage site with its rich and varied architectural styles. One of our most popular walks this serves as the perfect introduction to British Calcutta and gives you a sneak peek into what went into the making of the Colonial Capital of India. So prepare to whet your appetite for all things Raj.
Afternoon at leisure for independent activities (No transportation)
Evening Cook as the locals (Timing from 1800 – 2100 hrs).
Bengal is a foodie’s paradise and more so Calcutta, where various adventurers have left their gastronomical imprints. We take you through an experience not easy to forget…especially because of the satiating burps afterwards. A walk through the market will familiarize you with the ingredients that go into the making of some of authentic Bengali food and we follow that up with cooking demonstration by either a regular housewife or by the owners of the finest restaurants of the city. Always followed by authentic Bengali sweets – a good enough reason to be on this tour.
Overnight in Kolkata
DAY 3 : MUMBAI
Breakfast at hotel.
Get transferred to the airport to board flight to Mumbai.
Upon arrival, met by our welcome ambassador at the exit gate and get transferred to your hotel. You will be assisted on check in formalities and will be briefed about your program.
Afternoon visit Elephant caves (Remains closed Monday & during Monsoon)
The island of Elephanta is an hour away from Mumbai by motor launch. The cave temples here were excavated between the 5th and 8th centuries AD are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels. The best known is the one that depicts the Maheshmurti – a three – headed image of Lord Shiva, which signifies the creator, preserver and destroyer of this universe as per Hindu mythology. The Portuguese named this island after a large stone elephant that was found near the landing. The elephant now stands at the Victoria and Albert Museum on the mainland.
Dinner & Overnight in Mumbai
DAY 4 : MUMBAI
Early this morning enjoy Mumbai by dawn tour
At the start of this tour you will find yourself at the clamorous and chaotic docks, where amidst understanding the life and times of the Koli fisher-folk (the original inhabitants of Mumbai), you will see the arrival and grading of 25 tonnes of fish. You will also witness a one of its kind fish auction of the famous Bombay Duck.
You will be right in the centre of all the action when thousands of illiterate vendors will sort out newspapers of 7 different language, that too in the middle of the road.
You will understand the logistics of the food distribution in the city as 100 tonnes of meat, fruits and vegetables enter the various markets. These markets are not only a great introduction to the people of Mumbai, but also a photographer’s dream come true.
Milkmen driving past with milk canisters; delivery of freshly baked bread and the melee of colour and fragrance at the flower market - all these bazaars add to the frenzy of Mumbai.
Another highlight is the ‘all herb mandi’ spread across a popular bridge. Possibly the only market of its kind in the world, this green market has thousand vendors sitting atop a bridge selling various leafy vegetables. What’s interesting is that when you walk the same lanes a few hours later, you wouldn’t find any evidence of the morning’s flurry.
We end this tour with a walk across a cricket ground and learn about the game that has captured the hearts of a billion.
All in all, we assure you, this cavalcade of life in the morning will show you the real spirit of Mumbai. Needless to say, it comes at a price – Waking up at 5.15 for one.
Return to your hotel. Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure for independent activities (No transportation)
Evening enjoy a architecture tour of Mumbai The Jews from Baghdad, the colonial entourage from England, traders from Holland and merchants from Portugal - all of them entered the shores for business but eventually embraced this mercurial city as their home.A part of their culture that still stands tall for all to see, is the beautiful architecture that dots the skyline of the city. The architects and artisans not only brought with them architecture designs from back home; but also, creatively infused local design palates in their creation, thereby pioneering various architecture forms.
The Gateway of India, or the arc de triomphe of Mumbai, will be your first stop. Here, you will see Geroge Wittet’s construction genius and explore the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture. Amidst conversation about the architecture of Royal India Yatch Club, Taj Hotel and NGMA you will find yourself in the cultural and architectural precinct of Mumbai – Kala Ghoda.
You will see the first iron cast structure in India – the Watson Hotel, Neo –Gothic synagogues, renaissance revival buildings and British Colonial Architecture. All of these marvels within a kilometre of each other.
After driving past the colonial structures of the High court and the University, you will reach Marine Drive – The Mecca of Art Deco structures in Mumbai. First constructed in the mid 1900s, art deco structures gained immense popularity among the rich and the famous. Today, Mumbai boasts of having the second most number of art deco buildings after Miami.
Our final stop is the magnificent Victoria Terminus Building. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria terminus is arguably the most beautiful heritage building in the city. Built by architect F W Stevens, this site took ten years for completion and today, stands as a shining example of the Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture.
Return to your hotel following walking tour.
Overnight in Mumbai
DAY 5 : NEW DELHI
Breakfast at hotel.
Get transferred to the airport to board flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, met by our welcome ambassador at the exit gate and get transferred to your hotel. You will be assisted on check in formalities and will be briefed about your program.
Later take a city tour of New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. It was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1200 AD
Return to your hotel following sightseeing tour.
Dinner & overnight at hotel
DAY 6 : NEW DELHI
DAY 7 : END OF ITINERARY
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning at leisure & check out from your hotel by 12 noon.
Get transferred to the airport to board flight to onward destination.