In the Footsteps of Mother Teresa & Mahatma Gandhi
In the Footsteps of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi
We travel by trains, planes and auto-rickshaws across the country from West to East, exploring locations central to Gandhi’s life and mission; his coastal hometown of Porbandar, his ashram at Nagpur, and many other sites significant to his philosophy and campaigns. We finish off the trip in Calcutta, the former colonial capital in which Mother Teresa experienced her calling and began her mission: “I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith.”
Led by experienced tour leader and educationalist Pamela Draycott, this engaging and varied tour allows you to experience a different side of India through the lens of two of its most remarkable figureheads.
In the Footsteps of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi
Mumbai – Porbandar – Ahmedabad – Wardha – Nagpur – Kolkata – Delhi
Depart from your home country for Mumbai. Overnight on flight
On arrival in Mumbai we check in to the Hotel Marine Plaza, a seafront hotel situated on the city’s iconic coastal promenade, Marine Drive. After resting and refreshing, we venture out in the afternoon for our first exploration of this captivating city. Our first stop is the 1718 Cathedral of St. Thomas, the oldest Anglican Church in Mumbai. We then move on to the Church of St. John the Evangelist, better known as the “Afghan Church” as it was built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War.
Later on we have our first contact with Mahatma Gandhi as we visit Mani Bhawan, the house from which he launched his movement of non-corporation with British rule. We also stop by the Asha Dham Mother Teresa’s Ashram. Overnight in Marine Plaza, Mumbai
Today we head north to the historic and fashionable suburb of Bandra, where we stop at the famous Basilica of our Lady of the Mount and wander around the old houses. We will visit some more historic churches in Bandra and Parel before heading for a tour of Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia and a city in its own right. It’s an interesting visit and an opportunity to buy goods from local artisans. Overnight in Marine Plaza, Mumbai
Today we transfer to Mumbai airport and fly to Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the state of Gujarat. We check into the Indraprastha Hotel and head out to explore the city and enjoy a uniquely Indian sunset over the ocean.
Overnight at Indraprastha Hotel, Porbandar
Today we head out to explore the atmospheric city of Porbandar and really get a feeling for Mahatma Gandhi’s hometown, including a visit to the traditional haveli home in which he grew up. Next door to this is the Kirti Mandir, a memorial temple built in Gandhi’s honour in 1950, containing an intriguing exhibition on his life. In the evening we transfer to the railway station for the overnight train (“Saurashtra Express”) to Ahmedabad, departing Porbandar at 20:25 and arriving in Ahmedabad the following morning at 06:00 (1st AC sleeper class). Overnight on train
On arrival in Ahmedabad, we transfer and check into the Silver Cloud Hotel. After a quick freshen up we head out to visit the Sabarmati Ashram on the banks of the River Sabarmati, where Gandhi was based from 1917 to 1930. Founded in 1917, it is also known as Gandhi Ashram or the Harijan Ashram. It was from here on 12th March 1930 that Gandhi spearheaded the important Salt March, a 24-day march to the coast to make salt at Dandi, in defiant protest against British salt taxation. Overnight at Silver Cloud hotel, Ahmedabad
Today we set off to take in some of the architectural delights of Ahmedabad, starting with a morning excursion to the Hutheesing Jain Temple with its unique stone tower, and then on to the Jama Mosque built in 1424, the largest mosque in India in its day. Take the afternoon at your own pace, before we transfer in the evening for the overnight train to Wardha (“ADI Puri Exp”), departing Ahmedabad at 18:00 and arriving at Wardha the following morning at 09:35 (2-tier AC class). Overnight on train
Sevagram Ashram was Gandhi’s headquarters from 1933 to 1947 where he and his followers lived out their ideals of village economics, and this is our base for the next few peaceful days. Please note that accommodation at the ashram, in keeping with Gandhi’s own philosophy of life, is extremely simple and on a triple share basis. Overnight at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha
Today is another full day experiencing the peace and simplicity of life in Gandhi’s ashram, and it’s the perfect environment to relax, breathe and rejuvenate after the past week’s busy schedule. Overnight at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha
Today we will visit the nearby ashram of Vinoba Bhave, an advocate on non-violence who is often considered the spiritual successor to Mahatma Gandhi. We then drive 60km to Nagpur to catch the onward flight to Kolkata, where we check into the charismatic Fairlawn Hotel. Overnight at Fairlawn Hotel, Kolkata
Wake up in the magnificent historic city of Kolkata, former colonial capital of the British Raj and intellectual capital of modern India. It is said that what Kolkata thinks today, the rest of India thinks tomorrow. We kick the day off with a fascinating heritage walk to St. Johns Church, the Indian Museum and the spectacular St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is here in the city that Mother Teresa made her home, that we shift our attention to her life and work with an afternoon visit to the Mother House where we are able to find out more about her ministry to the poor and visit her tomb. Overnight at Fairlawn Hotel, Kolkata
Today we set off on a day trip to the interesting nearby historic towns of Serampore and Chandannagar, former Danish and French colonies respectively. Overnight at Fairlawn Hotel, Kolkata
This morning we check out the hotel and fly to Delhi. On arrival we check in at the Royal Plaza for a two night stay. Relax and spend the afternoon at your leisure, or venture out to explore New Delhi and nearby Connaught Place. Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel, Delhi
Today we venture out for a tour of Delhi, India’s capital where Gandhi was tragically assassinated in 1948. We have a full day city tour including visits to the fascinating Gandhi Museum, and Raj Ghat, the resting place of Gandhi’s ashes.
Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel, Delhi
Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for onwards international flights.
- Internal Flight in economy class from Mumbai to Porbandar, Nagpur to Kolkata, and Kolkata to New Delhi.
- Daily breakfast and dinner at all hotels
- Accommodation in a sharing twin or double room with en-suite facilities (Check-in is 1400 hrs and checkout 12 noon. Early check-in late checkouts are subject to availability) apart from the Sevagram Ashram which is on a triple share basis.
- All arrival/departure transfers, long drives and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned car or coach.
- Services of a local English-speaking representative for all arrival and departure transfers to assist you at the airports and railway station.
- Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
- Train reservations as shown in the itinerary.
- Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.
- International Flight
- India visa fee (£41 per person).
- Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.
- Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
- Travel Insurance: It is essential to have adequate travel insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover
- It provides cover for your whole trip
- It covers you for all activities
- It covers all your pre-existing medical conditions
- Keep your Policy Number and Insurer’s 24-hour Emergency Number handy with you
A non-refundable deposit of £400.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Credit card payment will be charge at 2% extra. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: 020 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm