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Exploring India 1857 & now

  1. 1. Exploring India – Series 1 1857 & Now
  2. 2. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>This tour is for the connoisseur tourist who wishes to explore </li></ul><ul><li>1857 events-Causes, Battles, Impact, Lessons and in addition, wants a whiff of </li></ul><ul><li>Raj India </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual India </li></ul><ul><li>Rural India </li></ul><ul><li>Economic India </li></ul><ul><li>Futuristic India </li></ul><ul><li>Target Market </li></ul><ul><li>The connoisseur tourist, descendants of VC winners of 1857, Researchers, Authors, Army Generals and Officers for the most innovative battle tactics ever and for the indomitable spirit, Corporate bigwigs for Strategy building, Documentary film Makers, Students (Scaled down version), Historians and the Genius (Tourist who) never treads the well trodden beaten path. </li></ul><ul><li>VICTORIA CROSSES </li></ul><ul><li>182 VC’s were awarded for the 1857 uprising. 42 from Delhi region, 64 from Lucknow. The maximum VC’s awarded in a single day, 24, so far, is also Lucknow, 16 th November, 1857. The eldest and youngest persons to be awarded the VC also come from this period Raynor aged 62 and Flinn aged 15 years and 3 months. (apart from Andrew Fitzgibbon who is also the same age.). Maximum VC’s awarded to civilians- 4 out of 5. We cover 50 VC valor sites with detailed explanations including citations. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Exploring India -1857 & Now The Uprising of 1857 may be termed as a watershed moment in the history of modern India. It is also termed as the First war for Independence in India. From the initial uprising in Meerut, the bloody battles in Delhi, the massacres of women and children in Kanpur, the indomitable defense of the Residency in Lucknow and the romantic life and death of the Rani of Jhansi. The tour ends in Calcutta, the first capital of the British Raj. The Devil’s wind blew across India during the summer months and both sides lost their heads in terms of atrocities to each other. Combined with the basic theme of 1857 this tour also makes you walk in the footstep of Thuggee Sir W.H.Sleeman as described in his Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official, meet with former Maharajas and Nawabs, taste Indian cuisine, enjoy classical Indian Music and Dance, a day in the lap of rural and spiritual India. In addition we interact with students and Professors of renowned Universities to learn of India’s Economic prowess in times to come and the aspirations and dreams of students. A tour which takes you through the heart of India and touches the bottom of the pyramid India with impeccable Guides and escorts.
  4. 4. Exploring India -1857 & Now British Tryst with India – How it started? During the 1500’s, Europeans began vying with Arab merchants for India’s sea routes. The Portuguese, Vasco-da-gama, was the first to reach India by sea from Europe in 1498. Nearly a hundred years later, it was the Dutch who controlled the spice trade in Europe. They raised the price of one pound of pepper by five shillings. Incensed at this, twenty-four merchants of London met in Leadenhall Street in September, 1599 to found a trading firm with an initial capital of 72,000 pounds subscribed to by 125 shareholders. The British East India Company was formed under a Charter from H.M. on 31st December, 1599. The Company had taken permission to trade in India from Jahangir, the Mughal Emperor. Taking advantage of the lack of central power in India during the 1700’s, the British East India Company manipulated conflicts between local rulers and acquired large areas where it became the supreme power. During the 1800’s, India was under many rulers including the East India Company alias John Company or Company Sarkar.
  5. 5. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Why the mutiny or the first war of Independence? </li></ul><ul><li>Coming events cast their shadow/ Not learnt from past mistakes. </li></ul><ul><li>Bullets/paper packaging smeared with fat of pigs and cows. </li></ul><ul><li>Battta – foreign allowance withdrawn after occupation. </li></ul><ul><li>Sepoy Postal facility withdrawn </li></ul><ul><li>Rumours 100 years of British domination since 1757 (Battle of Plassey) are over </li></ul><ul><li>Reforms fast pace-Sati, widow re-marriage, executing brahmins for capital offences </li></ul><ul><li>Missionaries zeal </li></ul><ul><li>Educational system/ Railways / Telegraph </li></ul><ul><li>Doctrine of Lapse-Oudh, Bithur, Jhansi </li></ul><ul><li>New regulation w.e.f. Sept. 1856 - serving abroad a precondition to employment for recruits. Agreement at time of recruitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Number of British Soldiers to Indian Soldiers 36000/ 257000. Crimea/ Persia. </li></ul><ul><li>Army officers cut off from soldiers. Age factor of officers. Complascent, Lackadaisical. Derogatory attitude ‘Niggers, Blacks’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Exploring India -1857 & Now Contact and Resource Person : Rajesh Rampal (Chartered Accountant and Author) rampalrajesh@hotmail.com Worked with premier Corporate sector companies DCM, GKN Driveline(GKN plc co), Insilco (Degussa AG co), Ranbaxy Laboratories, Cable Corporation East Africa, ICRIER. He is also an Author of The Divine Stranglers- A Story of Thugs and Thuggee Sleeman and The Siege and Assault of Delhi 1857-Management Lessons from Battlefield. (In process) Testimonials on Guiding 1857 Our entire holiday in India felt like a pilgrimage. It was brilliantly set up by you and we cannot thank you enough for your time and research. Your knowledge of your subject was most impressive. Nicky and Colonel Johnny Rogers (Kings Royal Hussars). Nicky is the GGG grand niece of John Nicholson. You did us proud with your tour of the 1857 sites and we were all impressed with your knowledge and enthusiasm. You certainly exceeded our expectations. Sir Gerald Warner*, Catherine, Sir Michael Shaw* and Elisabeth (*Formerly from Foreign and Commonwealth office. Sir Gerald Warner is former Ambassador to China and from Cabinet Office.)
  7. 7. Exploring India -1857 & Now We have been lucky to have had the expert support of Rajesh Rampal. He has undertaken valuable research for us and given us much advice. His understanding of the whole political and social context of all these events and of the current geographical layout of the sites of the military actions has been invaluable. Roy Trustram Eve O.B.E., D.L. (Publisher, Royal Green Jackets (Now The Rifles) Museum, Winchester) The best personal battlefield tour I’ve done. Loaded and such balanced perspectives Group Captain Ian Draper R.A.F., Naval and Air Defense Advisor, BHC, New Delhi Your encyclopedic knowledge is awesome and you are a great story teller. When we stood at the Kashmir Gate you brought history alive for us Brigadier Clive Elderton, Defense Advisor BHC, New Delhi You were a good guide and an amusing companion Hugh Purcell, Former Managing Editor BBC. (Writer and Film maker)
  8. 8. Exploring India -1857 & Now Lt General Sir Christopher Wallace (Former Director Royal Defense College) has acknowledged Rajesh Rampal in two of his books- Focus on Courage –The 59 Victoria Crosses of the Royal Green Jackets (Now the Rifles) and Rifles and Kukris- Delhi 1857. Lt General Richard Shirreff (GOC RAPID REACTION FORCE- EUROPE) has interviewed Rajesh Rampal in a Documentary titled ‘The Devils Wind’ on battle tactics of 1857.
  9. 9. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 1 - UK - INDIA - Depart London by air. </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2 – Arrive in Delhi - Tour the Raj capital of New Delhi and visit Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Humayun’s tomb. Afternoon tea at the Imperial Hotel. Walk around the Hotel Lobby and see the raj pictures. </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome dinner at Tiklibottom with the owners, a former Royal Navy Captain and his wife, Martin and Annie Howard, now residents of India. </li></ul><ul><li>Three nights at Delhi in a Hotel to be decided per terms. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>QUIZ on Delhi, 1857 </li></ul><ul><li>(To be answered on Day 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Name the Captain who later became a Field Marshall and who rode a donkey to Delhi where the action was. Picture on the right. </li></ul><ul><li>What did Duncan Home do after he blew up the Kashmir Gate. </li></ul><ul><li>How did the Sirmour battalion come to be the Gurkha Rifles and have red facings on their uniforms? </li></ul><ul><li>Harriet Tytler, an English lady gave birth to a boy in Delhi. What was he named? </li></ul><ul><li>What did the Adjutants like to eat? </li></ul><ul><li>Anybody who answers all 5 questions is entitled to a prize. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 3 – Delhi to Meerut and back (Early start everyday 7.30 AM ) </li></ul><ul><li>Drive to Meerut 60 Kms. Visit parade ground of the Cantonment where the uprising took place. Colonel Carmichael Smythe’s residence. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit St.John’s church, Ochterlony’s and Rollo Gillespie’s tomb inside the cemetery. Kali Paltan temple. Church at Sardhana on way back. </li></ul><ul><li>Return to Delhi via the battle site of Badli ki Serai (Top: HM 75 th making a frontal assault). Metcalfe House. Coronation Park. Jason Askew’s sketch on Artillery Fire into Delhi (Bottom Right) </li></ul><ul><li>Evening Lecture </li></ul>
  12. 12. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 4 - Full day tour. Ridge- Flag Staff Tower, Bell of Arms, Pathan Mosque, Hindu Rao’s House, Well, Observatory, Victory Memorial.. Vice regal Lodge and Museum. Najafgarh Canal. Rajpur Cemetery. </li></ul><ul><li>Assault -Kashmir Gate, In the footsteps of the 4 columns of Assault. Spot where Nicholson fell. Lahore Gate, Chandnee Chowk, British Magazine, First British Residency in Delhi, Church of St James, Water Bastion. Tracing the 5 Artillery positions of 1857. Bloody Gate. </li></ul><ul><li>Invite a Professor of Economics, Students of History/Political Science for a group discussion or this talk can take place inside the DU. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>Map drawn by Captain Crosse of the 52 nd Oxford shire Light Infantry for the Officer Commanding the 3 rd column, Colonel Campbell. Crosse was the first man to enter Delhi on 14 th September 1857 .
  13. 13. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 5 - Delhi - Agra - Coach to Agra. Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Tea Stop at the old British Governor’s House. </li></ul><ul><li>Agra Fort, other fine Moghul monuments and the Taj Mahal. Overnight stay. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered 200Kms </li></ul>
  14. 14. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 6 – Agra -Gwalior- Coach to Gwalior. </li></ul><ul><li>Stop at the Dholpur Fort on the Banks of the Chambal (Rambles….) </li></ul><ul><li>Tour the Gwalior Fort(Right -Lower) and Memorial of the Rani of Jhansi. (Right-Top), Visit the Museum –Chandeliers and the dinner table with the Rail. </li></ul><ul><li>Also visit Christchurch and graves at Morar-Brevet Major Francis Shirreff. Discovered by his descendants Lt General Richard Shirreff GOC In C RRF Europe and Alexander Shirreff(Sikander) </li></ul><ul><li>One night at Gwalior. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered app.100 Kms </li></ul>
  15. 15. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 7 – Gwalior-Jhansi </li></ul><ul><li>See Opium sale post for addicts (Just to watch and have some fun. Pray an addict turns up, while we are visiting the post.) </li></ul><ul><li>Tea at a picturesque Hotel at Datiya or Meet HRH Datiya in his palace.(Rt.Top) (Rambles…) Discuss Bundelkhand myths of the living ghost of Hardaul Lala. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore Jhansi Fort(1857). (Right) Relive the Rani of Jhansi’s heroic struggle agaisnt the British. John Latimer of the Central India Field Force- Her courage shines pre-eminent and can only be equaled but not eclipsed by that of Joan of Arc. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the British cemetery, Jokhun Bagh. Taragarh Fort, Kotwali. </li></ul><ul><li>Night at Orchha. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered 120Kms.app. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 8 – Orchha- Kanpur </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Palaces in Orchha (Rambles….), Betwa river- Mermaids, Lakshmi Temple. Drive down to Kanpur. Visit Kalpi Fort on banks of Jamuna and the Pahu Lal temple where Rani Jhansi stayed during her sojourn at Kalpi. At leisure in Kanpur. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered :250 Kms. To be covered in daytime –Safety reasons. SHE are of paramount importance. Safety, Health and Environment. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 9 – Kanpur-Lucknow- Visit Satichaura Ghat and the Bibigarh, Bithur, Wheeler’s entrenchment and the All Souls' Cathedral (Bottom) in memory of those killed. The marble gothic screen with the famous `mournful seraph’. Proceed to Lucknow. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered 100 Kms app. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 10 - Lucknow </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting Lucknow has become something of a pilgrimage, every British tourist in India would undertake as a matter of duty-Sophie Gordon (Photographic Historian) </li></ul><ul><li>Morning tour of 18th century Lucknow, Capital of the Kings of Awadh/Oudh. Kaiserbagh, Imambaras. Rumee Darwaza (Right) </li></ul><ul><li>Afternoon visit to Musabagh palace where General Outram routed 9,000 rebels. Havelock’s grave. Alum Bagh. Evening son et lumiere. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 11 - LUCKNOW - Tour the Residency(Below-Left), Shah Najaf, Sikanderbagh(Below-Right), Chattra Manzil etc. to relive the </li></ul><ul><li>siege and its eventual relief. La Martiniere College and Museum. Hodson’s grave – ‘here lies what could die of WSR Hodson.’ Controversial figure of 1857. The Royal Navy won 5 VC’s in Lucknow in 1857 under the command of Captain William Peel VC of HMS Shannon. Peel died of smallpox in Kanpur on 27 th April 1858 and is buried there in an unmarked grave. </li></ul><ul><li>Palace banquet by invitation of a Nawab of Lucknow. </li></ul><ul><li>Local Guide:Unni </li></ul>
  20. 20. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 12 - LUCKNOW – Allahabad-Sitamarhi </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the sacred confluence of the three rivers- Ganga , Jamuna and the mystical Saraswati. The place of holy bath and the largest congregation of mankind –Kumbh. Visit the Fort, Alfred Park, Chandra Shekhar Azad Memorial, State Assembly, Declaration of the proclamation on November 1 st 1858 site, Khusrau Bagh. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered 200 Kms app. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 13 – Sitamarhi </li></ul><ul><li>Place where Sita, wife of Lord Rama went back into the earth. Visit the temple and surrounding villages without any guides. Plenty of carpet weavers in the villages. Serene and calming place. Meet Industrialst and Philanthropist Satya Prakash Punj (Punj Lloyd Chairman) and wife Indu Punj. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 14– Sitamarhi- Varanasi </li></ul><ul><li>Chunar Fort (Bottom-Left). An hour at Chunar Fort and then by MotorBoat to Varanasi 4 Hours (Bottom-Right). Beach party, Visit a village on the banks. Talk to fishermen ….shsh...silence. </li></ul><ul><li>Bharat Mata Temple, Kashi Vishvnath temple (Top-Right), Aarti, burning ghats. </li></ul><ul><li>Afternoon visit Sarnath- to get the Buddhist touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Overnight train from Mughal Serai to Kolkotta. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance covered 100 Kms app. by road and Boat. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 15 – Varanasi- Kolkotta – (No flights. We take overnight train to Kolkotta) Arrive at Tollygunge Club for breakfast. Visit the Victoria Memorial for a chronology of the city’s evolution and art collections depicting East India Company and the Raj subjects. Visit the Cathedral and enjoy a boat ride along the Hughli riverfront. Three nights at the Tollygunge Club. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 16 - CALCUTTA -Visit the Flower Markets and Ghats with their backdrop of East India Company warehouses. Walk through the statue makers’ quarter, old Calcutta with its great Raj houses. Visit St. John’s Church, Zoffany’s famous painting and the oldest British grave in India. Finally visit the extraordinary memorials of South Park Cemetery. Kali Temple. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Exploring India -1857 & Now <ul><li>Day 17- CALCUTTA - Visit the Viceregal residence at Barrack pore. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner. </li></ul><ul><li>Day 18 - CALCUTTA - LONDON - Depart by air . </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul>