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Highlights of Northern India

Holiday Highlights

  • Varanasi, ‘the city of Shiva’ and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world
  • Visiting Tara and Sasha, two of the biggest and most established fair trade craft organisations in India
  • Kolkata, friendly, vibrant, with few tourists but a rich history and culture
  • Travelling through time from the last British capital (Delhi) to the first (Kolkata)
  • The Taj Mahal, India’s jewel of Mughal art and architecture

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Depart UK Overnight flights to Delhi  
2 Arrival day Arrival into Delhi and transfer to hotel  
3 Delhi Visit to TARA Projects headquarters and Manjeen, jewellery producer B  
4 Delhi Guided walking tour of Old Delhi B D  
5 Delhi to Agra Train journey to Agra and visit to TARA stone & marble workshops and Taj Mahal B L  
6 Agra to Moradabad Travel to Moradabad and afternoon free to explore B  
7 Moradabad Visit to Noah's Ark offices and meet artisans B  
8 Moradabad to Varanasi Travel to Varanasi enjoying the wonders of India's rural scenery B  
9 Varanasi Visit to Ashoka's pillar and Dharmek Stupa B  
10 Varanasi Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Tour of Vananasi the holiest city in India. B  
11 Varanasi to Kolkata Visit Varanasi Weavers and Artisans Society (VWAS). Internal flight to Kolkata. B  
12 Kolkata Full day tour of Kolkata. B  
13 Kolkata Visit to Sasha. Sunset boat ride on the Ganges. B D  
14 Kolkata Visit one of Sasha's producer groups. Free afternoon in Kolkata. B L  
15 Depart Flights back to the UK  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

Travelling from Delhi to Kolkata, via the holy city of Varanasi, the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort at Agra, this is a trip which immerses you in the richness of India's vibrant culture and its often complex but nevertheless fascinating history.
On the way you'll meet stone carvers, jewellers and craftworkers who, thanks to fair trade, are keeping skill and tradition alive and creating new opportunities for themselves and their families. At Noah's Ark in Moradabad we meet the artisans behind the popular hand-painted colourful metal kitchenware and gain an insight into the wider benefits such as education and access to medical treatment that a fair deal provides for them. In Varanasi we meet weavers who have been supported by Traidcraft Exchange and we hear how the charity's pioneering work is giving families new hope. 
Ranjith Henry is one of our most accomplished tour guides and together with his wife Rani, has been welcoming groups to India for more than 20 years. Happy to discuss and debate any and all subjects and prompting with the questions you didn't even know you wanted to ask, Ranjith helps us to challenge preconceptions of India making every trip with him a truly memorable and enjoyable holiday.

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Holiday Details

All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities

40% meals provided

2 internal flights (not included)

2 boat trips

2 train journeys

1 long road transfer

6 producer visits

1 Traidcraft Exchange Visit

9 tourist visits

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