Lucknow of 1857-58

This tour is recommended by : lonely-planet

Lucknow on the west of river Gomti, 42 miles east of Cawnpore and 610 miles from Calcutta, was the capital of the province of Oudh, that was annexed, in 1856, and this very fact became the root cause of the mutiny here. If the British rule were flexible and if at all it respected the local sentiments, the course of history would have been quite different.

Oudh had been the nursery of the company’s infantry. Its population was armed, militarized and it provided soldiers for more than just British. Nawab’s extensive court and his army had been disbanded. Some 200,000 men plus all the supporting services, the armourers alone numbering 12,000, as well as dispossession of many of landowners and the talukdars of their rights and powers happened to be the worst mistake of the British. This threw still more armed men out of employment, but skilled to fight against the Raj. While the arrival of Sir Henry Lawrence as the Chief Commissioner of Oudh in time would have been a game changer and made the people of Oudh fall in line with the British, but this happened late and by this time the air in Oudh was all charged up to face the all out siege.

On this very exclusive curated tour – ‘Revisiting Lucknow of 1857-58’, we take you through the routes followed by Havelock, Outarm and Colin Campbell. We visit the areas that were in focus during the siege of Lucknow, we try and understand how this bloodiest siege progressed to a conclusive end, but not without sacrifices from both the warring fronts.

TARIFF….  INR 8500 Per Guest 

(this is an exclusive independent tour and operates every day. Ideal time of starting would be 0800 hrs, while we return to our hotel by 1800 hrs)

Tour Includes…
Drive on a same routes that were taken by Havelock, Outram & Campbell on a day trip in an exclusive break-car
Services of an exclusive Mutiny Specialist English Speaking Guide and entrances
In Lucknow we visit Alambagh, Dilkusha, La Martiniere, Sikanderbagh, Shahnajaf, Moti Mahal, Residency, Musa Bagh & Old British Cantonment Mutiny related reference material shown during the drive (hand-outs, maps and pictures)
Lunch at a local restaurant
A book on Indian Mutiny as giveaway
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