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Experience India’s Wonders

After last year’s highly successful tour to the Golden Triangle region of India, Trade Travel has arranged a fully escorted tour to Northern and Southern India in October this year.

Our 17-day tour includes all the best sightseeing, most meals, luxury accommodation and a few surprises.

We will travel from Delhi to Agra in “first class” on the Gatimann Express train. Agra is home to one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” the famous Taj Mahal which was built by Sha Jahan for his queen in 1630 and took 17 years to build.

Of all the well-known icons in the world, this truly took my breath away even for the second time! It is almost impossible to explain the magnificent marble design, architecture, its colours and beauty. Make sure you return at first light for another look at this magical place. One for the bucket list that’s for sure. The Agra Fort is also very impressive.

We visit Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City and the colourful capital of Rajasthan. This is one of the most important heritage cities of India founded in 1728. The city is a treasure trove for shoppers with a wide range of handicrafts, textiles, precious and semi-precious stones including diamonds and the local “Kundan” style jewellery not found anywhere else in the world. A day trip to a rural village and the 475-year-old Samode palace will be a huge contrast to the busy bustling cities.

However, this tour will visit Southern India (a first for Trade Travel) where we can reminisce in the English Colonial past and soak up the French and Portuguese influences from days gone by.

We fly to Cochin the principal port for southwestern India. This city has been a trading post for centuries and the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences remain evident. For a change of pace, we board a house boat at Alleppey before overnighting at the Coconut Lagoon Resort.

We will soak up the sights of Thekkady renowned for its rainforests, wildlife and spice plantations and enjoy a boat safari on the Periyar Lake. Heading to Chettinad we visit sights along the way. This historical town with a myriad of tourist pleasures is one of the prominent attractions of South India due to its delicious cuisine, unique architecture and rich art and cultural heritage. It is something of a world apart and a truly unique destination.

A drive to Pondicherry, a former French colony until 1956 and very much like a French town with patisseries and cobbled pathways is also included. En-route we engage in small activities like pottery making and stroll around the village. Other sights include the Botanical gardens, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pondicherry Museum and the French Institute of Ideology.

These are just some of the highlights of this once in a lifetime holiday to this special part of the world. Sue and I loved taking a group of Probians on last year’s tour. 21 of the 23 people on tour were women and the average age was just 82! And believe me they had a blast like no other and all of them would attest to that.

This North and South India adventure is full of inclusions and great value for money – so come and join us! For more details and a full itinerary on this wonderful tour departing 12 October – 28 October contact Trade Travel on 1800 034 439 or email groups@tradetravel.com.

Glen O’Brien
The Victorian Probian
February-March 2020 Edition 

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