Saris And Safaris – Tour of India and Sri Lanka
New Zealand 41ers and a few friends departed for India and Sri Lanka in early April for a seven week tour of both India and Sri Lanka. During that time, the group experienced a great deal of the best that the Sub Continent had to offer including:
- the thrill of a sailing high above castle battlements by zip lining at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
- a camel ride on the sand dunes of the the Thar Desert followed by dinner under the stars at Jaisalmer.
- a clear view of the majestic Himalayan Mountains in Dharamshala, the home in exile of the Dalai Lama.
- the evening India and Pakistan border closing ceremony at Wagah.
- sightings of wild tigers and other wildlife in Ranthambore National Park.
- a visit to Taj Mahal on the evening of the full moon.
- a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges River at Varanasi accompanied by live sittar and tabla drumming
- operating a Chinese fishing net at Kochi
- a walk amongst the villages and rice paddies in the Kerala Backwaters.
- a walk to the top of Sigiriya (Lion Rock) in Sri Lanka
- a visit to the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, home to around 85 elephants
During the tour, the group were hosted by Indian 41ers in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Madurai and were hosted by Sri Lanka 41ers in Colombo.
The group at Taj Mahal
A blog of the full tour can be found at http://chris-white.travellerspoint.com/1/ which includes a commentary and many photographs of the tour.
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