Penang “Indian Summers” - 7 Days

Spend 7 days in Penang, to explore the history and culture of this ‘food capital’ with exclusive visits to the locations used in “Indian Summers”.

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If you have been inspired by the locations in the Channel 4 / PBS / Fox drama “Indian Summers” (from the co-producers of “Downtown Abbey”) you must visit Penang and try our “Indian Summers” Tour.

Whilst this drama is set between the foothills of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, and tells the story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, after an extensive search for suitable locations, Penang was chosen for its beautifully preserved heritage sites and culture.

The main filming location in Penang is Crag Hotel and Woodside Bungalow in Penang Hill. Apart from that, other heritage buildings in and around George Town such as Armenian Street, Suffolk House, Town Hall, Botanical Gardens, and the Penang State Museum are also featured in the series.

  • Armenian Street – The Indian Quarter is  where the Indian residents of Simla live. It is also where the Delal family set up home during the summer months while Aafrin works for the Civil Service.
  • Suffolk House – Home to Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India, the Viceregal Lodge is an opulent building and a sign of British power in Simla.
  • Ivy Cottage – Home to Dougie and Sarah, with its white picket fence and a pretty English garden, is Sarah’s little piece of England in Simla.
  • Woodside Bungalow – Recently bought by Ralph, Chotipool is his and Alice’s childhood home.
  • Crag  Hotel – The social hub for British society in Simla, the club is presided over by Cynthia Coffin (Julie Walters)
    With a sign on the door proclaiming ‘No Dogs, No Indians’, it’s where the British go to dance and to forget.

Photo of Woodside Bungalow courtesy of Channel 4

Day 1
Arrive in Penang

Arrive at Penang International airport, meet and transfer to the hotel in Batu Ferringhi.

Check-in to hotel for 6 nights with breakfast ( 4 Star)

Day 2
Penang "Indian Summers Tour" (4 hours)

After breakfast you will be picked-up from your hotel and proceed for the 1st part of the Indian Summers tour;

• Botanical Gardens entrance is free – some parts of the garden scenes were shot here

• Suffolk House – Home to Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India, the Vice regal Lodge is an opulent building and a sign of British power in Shimla

• Armenian Street – The Indian Quarter is where the Indian residents of Shimla live. It is also where the Delal family set up home during the summer months while Aafrin works for the Civil Service.

• Protestant cemetery in Georgetown – the graveyard where the couple met during the night

Afternoon at leisure to explore George Town

Day 3
Penang "Indian Summers Tour" (6 hours)

Morning free to explore Penang. You will be picked up from your hotel at 14:00 for the 2nd part of the Indian Summers tour:

Drive to Penang Hill and take the Funicular train up to the top of Penang Hill

Once you are at the top of the hill, you will board a buggy and be driven up to Crag Hotel ( guide will check if caretaker is in to allow you to walk up to Crag Hotel)

Next with the buggy drive up to Woodside Bungalow ( again Guide will check if there is anyone to let you in to see the bungalow from the outside only)

Stop outside Ivy Cottage to take some pictures ( as this a private home)

You can stop at David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace for a break ( at your own expense) This is a quintessential British colonial restaurant.

Day 4
Free at leisure!

Relax by the pool in your hotel or explore more of Penang Island

Day 5
Free at leisure!

Relax by the pool in your hotel or explore more of Penang Island

Day 6
Free at leisure!

Relax by the pool in your hotel or explore more of Penang Island

Day 7
End of visit

Free till time until your transfer to the airport for your flight home!

Price Includes:

  • Private return airport transfers in Penang
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at a 4 Star hotel in Batu Ferringhi, including breakfast
  • Indian Summers tour on Day 2 & Day 3 as per itinerary
  • Funicular train ticket & buggy ride
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Service of an English speaking guide during the tour

Price Excludes:

  • Entrance ticket to Suffolk House to be paid locally
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary

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