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20th OCT TO 7th NOV 2018

The Idea for this fascinating Indian journey was inspired by world famous photographer Steve McCurry and travel writer Paul Theroux’s book The Imperial Way, first published in 1985. Coincidentally the year Classic Journeys was born!

In the book McCurry and Theroux travel by rail from Peshawar near the Khyber Pass in Pakistan, into India to Amritsar, home of the superb Golden Temple and Shimla, the Himalayan foothill town of Kipling’s stories. Their journey continued through New Delhi to Agra and the Taj Mahal, on to Varanasi, the holiest city in the world for Hindus before arriving in Calcutta and into Bangladesh to finish at Chittagong.

TOUR DATES: 20 Oct to 7 Nov 2018
TOUR COST: £4250.00 

TOUR LEADER: Simon Watkinson



Our incredible Indian journey will follow much of McCurry and Theroux’s journey through India. Travelling mostly by train we will mix with local families and travellers and really get under the skin of this beautiful country. For the traveller and photographer this will be a journey full of adventure and incredible experiences. At times we will be tired, dusty and challenged. At other times we will be enlightened, informed and our spirits uplifted in a way that only real travel and photography can.

Our journey will start in India’s capital city Delhi, before travelling to Kalka and then the narrow gauge toy train to Shimla, the once cool summer retreat of the British. We will stop in Chandigarh, the best planned city in India before moving on to Amritsar, Sikkhism’s holiest city in the heart of the Punjab, famed for its dazzling Golden Temple. We will also visit Wagah, the border with Pakistan to witness and photograph the spectacularly bizarre evening border closing ceremony.

Other iconic stops include Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and then Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi attracts large numbers of pilgrims who bathe in the River Ganges’ sacred waters. Lucknow is a beautiful city that still retains its old world charm and is often described as the 'City of Nawabs'. Liberally sprinkled with British Raj–era buildings, including the famous Residency and boasting two superb mausoleums, Lucknow plays a somewhat unwarranted third fiddle to Agra and Varanasi, but is as fascinating.

Our final destination is Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Kolkata is one of the most "under-rated" and "under-visited" cities in India. Here we will begin to discover the hidden treasures and unique history it has to offer. This is a fabulous city to end our amazing Indian journey.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemmingway