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This tour is for those who are looking for their family history in India. Due to the presence of the British there were many mix marriages and a new community called Eurasians, came up. Many British had arrived India in 18th and 19th century and decided to stay here. Unfortunately, later, in 1947, due to the Indian independence their descendants had to leave this country and and leave their houses, their ancestors in the cemeteries and leave everything, to Great Britain. And now there are people who want to know more about their family association with India. Come and join us, if you want to be a part of this interesting research cum holiday.

See the details of the itinerary section.

Family Research Tour in the India Himalayan Foothills

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  • The British arrived India in 1612 and remained here till the Indian Independence that was in 1947. That means for nearly 10 to 12 generations this was their country where many of them were born, brought up, lived here, throughout their life and died here. For most of them this was their country where they worked and left many legacies. They remain buried in various cemeteries. Cemetery in Dagshai

    It was nearly ten years ago when we began a research on the Cemeteries in Shimla – the former Summer Capital of British India. The European population in Shimla at that time was nearly 15000 to 18000 people. Every year they moved up to Shimla to escape the heat of the Indian plains. Many lived here permanently and when they died, were buried here. Apart from Shimla there are British Cemeteries in Amritsar, Cemeteries in Dharamsala, Cemeteries in Dalhousie, Cemeteries in Meerut, Cemeteries in Mussoorie, Cemeteries in Lucknow, Cemeteries in Kanpur and Cemeteries in Kolkata. If you had some of your ancestors in India and you know where they lived then come and join us on a Family History Research Tour and we will help you finding your roots.

    Kindly Let us Know, before you start – If

    • You have a name of the family member who died here.
    • You know the date of his/her death
    • You know the date of his/her birth

    • You know the name of the house he/she lived in
    • You know where he / she worked
    • You know the name of the school he / she went to

    If you let us know these details beforehand, we shall try our best to find out the record before your arrival.

    Trip Category

    Family History Tour

    Number of Participants

    Minimum Two and Maximum twenty

    Trip Duration

    Sixteen Days and Fifteen Night


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  • DAY ONE

    Arrival Amritsar

    Overnight Stay : Hotel Hayat / Radisson Blu. Welcome to India! You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your Hotel to check in.

    Evening, after dinner visit to Golden Temple to see the closing ceremony of Holy Book.

    Meal Plan : Dinner

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    DAY TWO

    Amritsar

    Overnight Stay : Hotel Hayat / Radisson Blu.
    Amritsar is one of the largest cities of Punjab with the population of over a million people living here. Amritsar hold an important place in the British Indian history a and also for Sikh religion as this is the most important places religious places for Sikhs. Morning after breakfast we proceed to visit the Putli Ghar Cemetery. This is the most important Cemetery of Amritsar .

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY THREE

    Amrisar – Pragpur

    Distance: 175 Kms
    Driving Time : Five Hours
    Overnight Stay : Hotel Judges Court.
    Today we drive through the countryside, the plains of Punjab and gradually enter the hills. Pragpur is India’s first Heritage Village.

    On arrival checck in and after lunch and then walk through the villages Pragpur and Garli. These village are known for the architectural sites of nearly 200 – 300 years old mansions built by Sood community. Most of the mansions are abandoned now but worth seeing from outside.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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    DAY FOUR

    Paragpur

    Today is the day to visit the nearby villages Dadasiba and then to Masroor rock cut temple. Dadasiba is a sleepy village to the west of Pragpur and is known for Kangra paintings on the walls of its age old temple.

    Later we drive to visit another visual delight of this region, Masroor rock cut temple built in 8th century. Masroor temple is a group of 15 temple built out of one single rock. Commonly know as Himalayan pyramid this is a World Heritage Site now.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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    DAY FIVE

    Paragpur – Dharamsala

    Distance: 75 Kms / Driving Time : 2.5 Hours Overnight Stay : Hotel Grace Cottage Dharamsala once settled by the British, today is the seat of Dalai Lama and his government in exile. One the way we shall visit to Kangra Fort. Built by Pandawas the age old fort was annexed by many rulers including, Mughals, Sikhs, Gurkha and finally by the British. The view of Dhauladhar range of Himalaya from the fort are eye catching. Arrive Dharamsala by lunch time and check into the hotel.

    Later in the afternoon we visit the Dalai Lama Monastery and Tibetan Museum.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY SIX

    Dharamsala

    Today is a day to visit MacLeodganj Cemetery and St. John’s Church in the Wilderness. The Church was built in 1853 by Lady Elgin, wife of Lord Elgin. Around the Church there is ad age old Cemetery where a large number of British are buried.

    After lunch we drive to visit the Narbulinga Institute where the Tibetan students learn how to make Thangka paintings, wood craft, metal sculptures and embroidery. A sales center to sell all this material is also established here. Later we visit a Nunnery and a Tibetan education center.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY SEVEN

    Dharamsala

    Overnight Stay : Hotel Grace Cottage Today is a day to have a real introduction to nature. So we drive to village Naddi but before that we shall visit to the Tibetan Children’s Village. This is a school run by Dalai Lama’s government, for orphans from Tibets. There are nearly 1500 children in the school.

    Later we drive to Naddi for a kilometer and we start our walk through a forest. The initial stretch is through the village and then we enter the forest. The view keeps changing and we walk around the hill that gradually takes us to a tea shop at Dharamkot, in two hours. Here the vehicle waits for us to drive us to the hotel.

    Afternoon we shall visit to Bhagsunag, a small village now occupied by many modern structures.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY EIGHT

    Dharamsala – Shimla

    Distance: 225 Kms / Driving Time : Eight Hours Overnight Stay : Hotel Cecil / Radisson
    Shimla came into existence after the Gurkha British wars in 1816. From then till 1947 the British used it at a holiday resort and then as their Summer Capital. Completely developed by the British Officers Shimla takes you back to the bygone era as the town is a Victorian and post Victorian architecture. Large number of buildings built by the Imperial government remain scattered and the climate of the town has a clear resemblance to Europe.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY NINE

    Shimla

    Overnight Stay : Hotel Cecil / Radisson Morning after breakfast a presentation on Shimla. Later if you want to see the town of Shimla there is no better way other than, on foot. We walk through the Heritage zone of the old town and have an experience of by gone era. The walk includes visit to some British time buildings, such as Viceregal lodge, Railway Board building, Gaiety Theatre and Christ Church.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY TEN

    Shimla – Cemetery Lanes

    Shimla has been the Summer Capital of British India and during the Raj the European population of Shimla was nearly 18000 people living here. The Cemeteries in Shimla was the most important Cemeteries from the Raj. So, first we visit the Sanjauli Cemetery that is still in use. Then we go to Nun’s Graveyard and that is followed by a visit to Kanlog Cemetery, which is the most important Cemetery of Shimla.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

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    DAY ELEVEN

    Shimla – Mussoorie

    Distance: 260 Kms / Driving Time : Eight Hours

    Mussoorie came into existence in 1825 when the British moved up to the hills, same like to Shimla. The name is drive from a shrub Mansoor that is indigenous to the area. This British time Hill Station was popular among the British soldiers during summer who were based at Dehradoon and other Indian plains.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY TWELVE

    Mussoorie

    Overnight Stay: Fortune Hotels / JayPee Residency Today we shall visit the Camel’s Back Cemetery and the Landour Cemetery which is the most important Cemetery in Mussoorie. A meeting with Rusking Bond – the famous author shall be organized – which is entirely subject to his availability.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    DAY THIRTEEN

    Mussoorie – Delhi

    Morning after breakfast we drive to Delhi. Stay overnight at the hotel. Kindly let us know your flight details for departure so that the arrangements can be made accordingly.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

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    In addition to this tour if you wish your visit to Taj Mahal or The Golden Triangle can be arranged on request.

  • The Family History Tour is available round the year, so it depends when do you want to travel to India. Remember summer months in India are very humid and hot so kindly decide your travel accordingly.

    The price of Tour is available ON REQUEST

    Kindly Let us Know, before you start – If

    • You have a name of the family member who died here.
    • You know the date of his/her death
    • You know the date of his/her birth

    • You know the name of the house he/she lived in
    • You know where he / she worked
    • You know the name of the school he / she went to

    If you let us know these details beforehand, we shall try our best to find out the record before your arrival.

    Trip Category

    Family History Tour

    Number of Participants

    Minimum Two and Maximum twelve

    Trip Duration

    Sixteen Days and Fifteen Night


  • This tour is for those who are looking for their family history in India. Due to the presence of the British there were many mix marriages and a new community called Eurasians, came up. Many British had arrived India in 18th and 19th century and decided to stay here. Unfortunately, later, in 1947, due to the Indian independence their descendants had to leave this country and and leave their houses, their ancestors in the cemeteries and leave everything, to Great Britain. And now there are people who want to know more about their family association with India. Come and join us, if you wand to be a part of this interesting research cum holiday.

    This Family Research Tour is for one

    1. Had someone in India during the war.
    2. Had someone buried in one of the Cemeteries in India.
    3. Whose ancestor were one of the important people who made a massive development in India.
    4. Who wants to help his friends / relatives to find their roots here.
    5. Who wants to complete his / her family tree that is still laying incomplete.

    Health

    1. Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses.
    2. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
    3. Please stick to sealed bottled water. It is cheap and easily available throughout. In car we are going to keep enough water for you.
    4. You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The drives are not very long except on the day 3. Most of the drive are 3 – 4 hours drive. No early morning get up except on the day you travel from Delhi to Chandigarh by train.

    Safety and Security

    1. Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information.
    2. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other valuable items.
    3. Leave your valuable jewellery at home as you won’t need it while travelling.
    4. Keep your baggage under lock and key.

    Physical Rating

    1. The participant to this Family History Tour should have a certain level of fitness. There are few places where walking is essential, but not much
    2. If required a wheel chair can be organised, on prior notice.

    Check List

    1. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
    2. Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travellers’ cheques, Money pouch.
    3. Your personal First-Aid kit including dehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
    4. Wide brim hat or umbrella
    5. Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
    6. Walking Boots – light weighted.
    7. Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
    8. Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
    9. Walking pants.
    10. Rain Pants. (If you are traveling in Monsoon – July – September)

    Season for this trip

    1. This tour is open round the year.
    2. Depending upon your schedule, kindly let us know and we shall make the arrangements. Remember, May to August are the summer months in India and it can be very humid and hot in the plains.
    3. From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to visit India go for this Walking Tour in these months you might have long rainy days in the hills.

    Weather Conditions

    1. July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
    2. Check out at www.accuweather.com for the latest news on the weather forecast in India.

    Dressing

    1. It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
    2. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
    3. At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition otherwise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
    4. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
    5. Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.

    Photography and Interaction with Local

    1. During our tours there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures.
    2. Children in the villages or in certain area might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen.
    3. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them.
    4. People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.

    Cultural Shock

    • India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. And Specially when you in the interiors of the Himalayan Foothills it might be very different from other areas you have traveled to. In most of the villages here simplicity and poverty can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge.

  • Your Guide

    • You’ll be escorted by our guides who are having a very good English speaking skills and with excellent knowledge of the area and it’s history.
    • Our Guide will receive you in India and will escort you during your stay in the capital.

    Travel Information

    • This tour begins from Amritsar Airport in Amritsar. We meet you there and drive to your Hotel.
    • All your luggage shall be put on the top of the car or in the Boot.

    Accommodation and Meals

    • We are using top category hotels for this tour. Not costing is being given here so kindly let us know your requirement of the category of hotel and we shall do the costing accordingly.
    • The electricity supply is 220-240V AC @ 50 Hz. You will require an adapter of the 2 round pin variety.
    • Alcohol is available at all the three units we are using so you may order separately for it.
    • Except Pragpur the entire tour is on Half Board basis. At Pragpur you do not have to pay for your lunches.