Cawnpore of 1857

This tour is recommended by : lonely-planet

Believed to have been settled by an ancient Hindu king and referred to as Kanhpur, the area was of little significance till 1765. By the treaty of Faizabad, in 1775, the East India Company engaged to supply a brigade for the defense of the frontier of Oudh, and Cawnpore was selected as the station for the forces: a subsidy being paid by the protected country (Oude) for the maintenance of the troops. Subsequently, in 1801, Lord Wellesley commuted this payment for the surrender of the district to the company’s territory, and thus gained an important barrier against the threatened invasion of the south, from Kabul and Afghanistan. Cawnpore immediately rose into one of the most important of the company’s garrisons.

Cawnpore Cantonment, that was quite distinct from the native city, was spread over an extent of six miles, in a semicircular form, along the banks of the river Ganges. Hundreds of colonial bungalows, residences of British officers, standing midst of well laid gardens, interspersed with forest trees, the barracks of the troops, with a separate bazaar for each regiment were a treat to ones eyes. The breadth of Ganges at Cawnpore, in the dry season, is about five hundred yards, but when the rains filled it up its bed stretched more than a mile.

On this very exclusive curated tour – ‘Revisiting Cawnpore of 1857’, we take you through the areas that were the focus of the siege, we try and understand how this bloodiest siege progressed to a conclusive end, when General Havelock freed Cawnpore of the shadows of the rebels. .

TARIFF…. INR 8500 Per Guest (Min 2 Guests) 
(this is an exclusive independent tour and operates every day. Ideal time of leaving Lucknow would be 0800 hrs, while we return by 1800 hrs)
Tour Includes…
Drive on a same day return trip from Lucknow to Kanpur in an exclusive break car
Services of an exclusive Mutiny Specialist English Speaking Guide and entrances
In Kanpur we visit Wheelers’ Entrenchment, Massacre Ghat and the Bibighur.
Mutiny related reference material shown during the drive (hand-outs, maps and pictures)
Lunch at an old Colonial Bungalow in Kanpur (subject to appointment) or a local restaurant
Post lunch a leisure trip to Old British Cemetery – pre 1857 (if guests are interested)
On the way back to Lucknow from Kanpur, we break for tea at Nawabganj Birds’ Sanctuary
A book on Indian Mutiny as giveaway
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