India v England Cricket Tour 2011

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India is without doubt one of our favourite countries to travel to, and following the recent highly-successful Cricket World Cup on Asian soil, England are back, this time to try and regain some pride against the World Cup winners. Join the Howzat Travel team for this five-ODI and one-T20 tour, which includes the highly-anticipated fixtures at the newly-refurbished Eden Gardens:
Fri 14th October: 1st ODI (D/N), Hyderabad (RGI Stadium, Uppal) Mon 17th October: 2nd ODI (D/N), Delhi (Ferozeshah Kotla) Thu 20th October: 3rd ODI (D/N), Mohali (PCA Stadium) Sun 23rd October: 4th ODI (D/N), Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) Tues 25th October: 5th ODI (D/N), Kolkata (Eden Gardens) Sat 29th October: T20 (D/N), Kolkata (Eden Gardens)


Our 19-night set tour to India takes in all of the matches in the series and includes international flights with Emirates, three domestic flights with Jet Airways, bed and breakfast accommodation throughout, plus airport and match transfers aboard an air-conditioned coach. The tour features optional sightseeing, so outside of the cricket you can choose to be as busy or relaxed as you like. Our tour to India will be hosted by Howzat Travel tour leader, Mr Des Newton (

Guaranteed match tickets can be added to your package tour, and you will be charged the same price that we source them for (read more).
Tour package includes: 17 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis – in Hyderabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai & Kolkata.  One-stop return international flights with Emirates – with regional departures from London Heathrow or Manchester.  All domestic flights with Jet Airways.  Air-conditioned coach transfers – between airports and hotels, and between hotels and match venues. Full services of Howzat Travel tour leader. Complimentary tour polo shirt. Welcome drinks in Hyderabad and farewell dinner in Kolkata.  Boat trip to Elephanta Caves.
Additional Costs

Guaranteed match tickets.

Optional suggested city sightseeing.


International Flights with Emirates
London Heathrow Option
Outbound: Flights EK2 & EK526
Depart Heathrow: Wed 12th October 1415
Arrives Dubai: Thu 13th October 0005
Departs Dubai: Thu 13th October 0345
Arrives Hyderabad: Thu 13th October 0855

Inbound: Flights EK573 & EK7
Departs Kolkata: Sun 30th October 2030
Arrives Dubai: Mon 31st October 0020
Departs Dubai: Mon 31st October 0310
Arrives Heathrow: Mon 31st October 0705

Manchester Option Outbound: Flights EK18 & EK526
Departs Manchester: Wed 12th October 1410
Arrives Dubai: Thu 13th October 0015
Departs Dubai: Thu 13th October 0345
Arrives Hyderabad: Thu 13th October 0855
Inbound: Flights EK573 & EK21
Departs Kolkata: Sun 30th October 2030
Arrives Dubai: Mon 31st October 0020
Departs Dubai: Mon 31st October 0250
Arrives Manchester: Mon 31st October 0705

Hyderabad 13th – 15th October – 5* Marriott Hotel
Delhi 15th – 18th October – 5* Lalit New Delhi 
Chandigarh 18th – 21st October – 5* Hotel Mountview
Mumbai 21st – 24th October – 5 * Taj President
Kolkata 24th – 30th October – 5* Swissotel


Inclusive Tour Itinerary
Thursday 13th October – Hyderabad
Arrive into Hyderabad at 0855, and after clearing the customs and immigration formalities, move towards the arrival hall of the airport, where you will be met by our Indian associates and accorded a traditional Indian garland welcome. We will then transfer to the Marriott Hotel for a two-night stay. Rest of day at leisure or optional suggested sightseeing.
Surrounded by huge pre-historic rocks and built around a lake, is Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, a curious blend of the fairytale and the earthy, a pot-pourri of the old and the new. Today, together with its twin-city Secunderabad, it is one of the largest cities in India. Medieval Indian, Saracenic, Mughal and colonial architecture create an exuberance and richness, rarely found in other parts of the country.
In the afternoon, we suggest a visit to the Mecca Masjid – the few bricks from Mecca which are embedded in the walls of this impressive mosque, give it its name. Originally started by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutab Shah, it was completed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb in the 17th century. It is the largest mosque in the twin cities and can accommodate upto 10,000 worshippers at prayer.
Friday 14th October – Hyderabad
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the RGI Stadium, Uppal to witness the 1st ODI between India and England (day/night match).
Saturday 15th October – Hyderabad/Delhi
We have a morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.
Internal Flight: Hyderabad to Delhi on Jet Airways 2258 (0910 /1125).
On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the Lalit Hotel for a three-night stay. Rest of day at leisure or optional suggested sightseeing.
Drive to Old Delhi to the atmospheric medieval settlement still referred to as Shahjahanabad. Its predominant feature is the Jumma Masjid mosque. Old Delhi lies in the adjacent 350 year old Chandni Chowk market, veined by narrow lanes, perpetually overcrowded and characterised by a massive jumble of shops selling merchandise of every description.
Later, drive for Huyamun’s Tomb passing through the landmark architecture of British New Delhi, manifest in the India Gate war memorial, the North & South Block secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace) and Parliament.
Continue to the mid 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, this magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.
Sunday 16th October 2011 – Delhi or Agra
Day at leisure or optional day tour to Agra.
Early morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Agra.
Depart Delhi at 0615 on the Shatabdi Express. Arrive into Agra at 0812. Breakfast will be served on board.
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the railway station and proceed on an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone, by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Fatehpur Sikri is the exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques, and abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons.
Return to Agra and visit Agra Fort. Built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.
Later proceed to the Taj Mahal – the inimitable poem in white marble and see its glory in the Sunset. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. Stay at the monument till the Sunset.
Evening, transfer to the station to board the train for Delhi.
Depart Agra at 2030 on the Shatabdi Express. Arrive into Delhi at 2230. Dinner will be served on board.
On arrival in Delhi, transfer back to the hotel.
Monday 17th October – Delhi
After a morning at leisure, transfer to Ferozeshah Kotla to witness the 2nd ODI between India and England (day/night match).
Tuesday 18th October – Delhi/Chandigarh
After breakfast, a mid morning coach drive to Chandigarh. On arrival in Chandigarh, transfer to the Mountview Hotel for a three-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.
Wednesday 19th October – Chandigarh
A day at leisure or optional suggested sightseeing.
Chandigarh is on the edge of the Shivalik Hills, the outermost edge of the Himalayan range. Constructed to plan by the French architect, Le Corbusier, it is divided into 47 numbered sectors, separated by broad avenues.

Suggested sightseeing…
Go to the Dr. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. This is the largest Rose Garden in Asia with over a 1600 varieties of roses that bloom from November to February. Zakir Rose Garden was created in 1967, under the expert guidance of Dr M.S. Randhawa, Chandigarh’s first Chief Commissioner and is named after India’s President, Dr Zakir Hussain. It is spread over an area of 30 acres and has 50,000 rose-bushes and 1600 different species of roses. Its collection includes not only natural varieties but also many of the hybrid varieties developed through tissue culture. Some of the varieties are considered very rare.
Also visit the amazing Rock Garden, a creation of an untutored genius called Nek Chand Saini, laid out with unique sculptures of man, bird and beast created from rock formations, broken glass bangles, bottle tops, old and broken chinaware, coal, human hair, discarded sinks and sanitary ware, cowrie shells and all kinds of junk. Definitely worth a visit.
Chandigarh also has on offer the Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts displaying Mughal, Kangra and Rajasthan miniatures and Gandhara sculptures and paintings.
Thursday 20th October – Chandigarh 
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the PCA Stadium, Mohali to witness the 3rd ODI between India and England (day/night match).
Friday 21st October – Chandigarh/Mumbai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai.
Internal Flight: Chandigarh to Mumbai on Jet Airways 320 (1225/1435).
On arrival in Mumbai, transfer to the Taj President Hotel for a three-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.
Mumbai is the vibrant and pulsating capital of Maharashtra. For over a century, Mumbai has been a commercial and industrial centre of India with a magnificent harbour, imposing multi-storied buildings, crowded thoroughfares, busy markets, shopping centres and beautiful tourist spots. The British acquired Mumbai from the Portuguese in 1665 and handed it over to the East India Company in 1671 for a handsome annual rent of 10 sterling pounds in gold! Later, these seven islands were joined together by causeways and bridges in 1862.
Saturday 22nd October – Mumbai
After breakfast, we will all head off on a visit to the Elephanta Caves.
The Elephanta Caves are 22km off the coast of Mumbai and an hour’s ride by motor launch from the Gateway of India. The cave temples of Elephanta date back to the 7th century. Four rows of massive columns cut into solid rock form three magnificent avenues, leading to the outstanding three-headed sculpture representing `Brahma the Creator’, `Vishnu the Preserver’ and `Shiva the Destroyer’. Dedicated to Shiva, the beauty and power of these phenomenal sculptures, depicting the various manifestations of Shiva, is overpowering.
Return to the mainland and drive past the Victorian Gothic style buildings of the Fort area and Ballard estate. The Ballard Estate was developed between 1908 and 1914 under the strict guidelines of George Wittet, the architect of Gateway of India. The most impressive buildings in this area are Customs House, Port Trust War Memorial, Grand hotel, Mackinnon & Mackenzie Building and Darabshaw House. Reach the Victoria Terminus Railway Station (presently known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), another architectural brilliance of the British Era. The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888. It took ten years to complete and was named “Victoria Terminus” in honour of the Queen and Empress Victoria.
Also visit the 19th century Jain Temple, the Kamala Nehru Park and the Ferozshah Mehta Gardens known as the Hanging Gardens of Bombay and the Towers of Silence where the Parsis dispose their dead.
Later return back to hotel.
Sunday 23rd October – Mumbai
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the Wankhede Stadium to witness the 4th ODI between India and England (day/night match).
Monday 24th October – Mumbai/Kolkata
After breakfast, a mid-morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata.
Internal Flight: Mumbai to Kolkata on Jet Airways 7052 (1310 / 1545).
On arrival in Kolkata, transfer to the Swissotel Kolkata for a five-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.
Kolkata was the capital of India during the British Raj. Today, it is referred to as the intellectual capital of the country. Some of the best-built buildings in India are the colonial buildings in Kolkata. This makes Kolkata, unlike any other city of India, a unique hub of culture and heritage. There are many monuments dating back to the period of British Raj that are landmarks of Kolkata today and also give the city its pride. From a mere village in the 17th century, Kolkata has become a throbbing metropolis, but unlike Delhi, it is not an ancient city. Like Mumbai and Chennai, it originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, particularly the British Raj.
Tuesday 25th October – Kolkata
After a morning at leisure, transfer to Eden Gardens for the 5th ODI between India and England (day/night match).
Wednesday 26th October – Kolkata
Day at leisure or optional suggested sightseeing.
Early morning, visit the Flower Market and then take a boat ride down the Hooghly River. Visit Job Charnock’s Tomb and St. John’s Church. Later, visit Kumartuli (the potters village).The village Kumartuli is the home of the kumars or potters who all year round make life size deities that are worshipped throughout the year at festivals and pujas. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Afternoon visit the Victoria Memorial. Built by Lord Curzon to commemorate the Queen, it houses the memorabilia of the early days of the British Raj with its excellent chronology of the settlement and development of second city of empire.
Later visit the temple dedicated to Kali – the demonic attribute of Parvathi at Kalighat. Drive past Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writer’s Building. Also visit the Missionaries of Charity, the home of the Late Mother Teresa.
Thursday 27th October – Kolkata
Day at leisure or optional suggested sightseeing.
Late morning, start on a walk on the footsteps of the Raj – the Dalhousie Square. The British had sought to build the `second city’ of the Empire right here and it is this ‘building’ that we’ll show you in the course of our walk through the ‘European’ areas of what was once the capital of the British Empire in India. There are major plans on to beautify and restore this heritage site with its rich and varied architectural styles.
Friday 28th October – Kolkata
Day at leisure or optional suggested sightseeing.
A second chance to catch the sights of Kolkata. Morning visit the National Museum. Drive past Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writer’s Building. Visit the Missionaries of Charity, the home of Late Mother Teresa.
Afternoon at leisure for independent activities.
Saturday 29th October – Kolkata
After a morning at leisure, transfer to Eden Gardens for the Twenty20 match between India and England (day/night match).
Sunday 30th October – Kolkata/Home
A day at leisure or optional tram ride.
Morning, experience an Old Tram ride of Kolkata in one of its ancient vehicles.
Down memory lane, when the tram made its maiden journey, it left everyone spell bound. In the course of time, the Kolkata tram has gone through vast modernization but still rolls down the tracks like a vestige of the past. The tram has seen the era of Governor Generals and Maharajas in the past and is a part of the city’s heritage.
Check out by 1pm. Later, transfer by coach to the airport to connect to your flight back to the UK.

Tour Price & Details
Just £3,699 per person, based on two people sharing.Single supplement available for £1,100.

Additional Costs
Guaranteed match tickets – provided at cost. Howzat Travel acquires official match tickets through our established contacts in India. We try and pick the best seats possible for our clients to enhance your experience. Howzat Travel does not make a profit on ticket sales to this event. Tickets are sold to you at the same price for which we purchase them. If you decide to obtain your match tickets through Howzat Travel, you will be invoiced separately for them.
It is not compulsory to buy your tickets through Howzat Travel, however we strongly recommend you do to guarantee entry to the event and save you trying to obtain tickets when out in India.
Optional suggested city sightseeing. Price per person by city: Delhi £35 | Agra day tour £100 | Mumbai £40 | Kolkata £40

Not included:
Charges for suggested, optional sightseeing for all cities, including guide charges. Tram ride in Kolkata. Any meals except those specified in the itinerary.  Expenses of personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times.  Charges for movie and video cameras at the monuments and cricket venues (if necessary). Any government taxes, unprecedented hike in hotel rates, fuel price that may be applicable in the future.  Individual’s travel insurance (we recommend for all your travel-related arrangements).

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