India – In the footsteps of Sigerson

Feb 17 to March 2 2014

Come and see where Dr Watson landed in Bombay (now called Mumbai)! Relive the drama of the maharaja’s treasure arriving in Agra, being stolen and hidden, being found and taken to London! Speculate on where Holmes roamed during those lost years – did he visit the great Hindu mystics?

Following our outstandingly successful pilgrimages to Switzerland, France and the Baltic Cruise, the Society is planning its most ambitious overseas trip so far – a 14 day trip to India.

This promises to be an experience like no other, a blend of the best of India with three special ingredients: bringing to life the many Holmes references to India, enjoying privileged access to private homes and buildings that few people have, and travelling with fellow Holmesians. In addition, we hope to have the pleasure of meeting plenty of Indian Holmesians. It will be the journey of a life-time!

We start our adventure in Mumbai/Bombay, continue to Calcutta/Kolkata, Lucknow and Delhi, and end with two days in Agra to see the Taj Mahal and visit Agra Fort (and perhaps find more of that treasure?).

Our days will include all the essential sightseeing you would expect, often with a Holmes twist. Our evolving programme has high hopes to include a Victorian bathing party, a Holmes cricket match at a private cricket club, the screening of an Indian-made Sherlock Holmes film, possibly a day at the Calcutta or Mumbai races, and specially created Holmes and Watson cocktails at one of India’s legendary private clubs.

As on all our adventures abroad, we shall travel in character and Victorian costume will be required on some occasions (both day and evening), with careful consideration given to weather. Along the way, we hope to promote Holmes, Watson and the India-related personalities, and to engage Indian people in all aspects of the Homes stories – for instance, we hope to run a short story competition for students.

Our trip organiser is Louise Nicholson, known for her knowledge, experience and good connections in India, and author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to India. We shall stay in deluxe hotels starting with Mumbai’s legendary Taj Mahal hotel, travel in comfort and experience the great sights, good food (both Indian and European) and, of course, India’s colourful bazaars. Louise and her local manager will be with us throughout, handling all the practical arrangements and caring for each traveller’s needs.

If 14 days is too short for you, there will be an extension to visit Amritsar and Shimla, two important Holmes locations. And Louise can make your arrangements for additional pre and post-trip days.

Booking is now open to members and their guests and friends. Please email Louise Nicholson at indianicholson@nyc.rr.com or call her on 00 1 212 842 0213 for the full itinerary, price and booking form.

For seasoned and new visitors to India alike, this very special trip with fellow Holmesians is unmissable!

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