|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||TARA stone & marble workshops and the Taj Mahal||B L|
|6||Agra to Moradabad||Afternoon free to discover Moradabad||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 to Sarnath||Visit to Ashoka's pillar and Dharmek Stupa||B|
|10||Varanasi||Tour of Vananasi the holiest city in India. Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges.||B|
|11||Varanasi to Kolkata||Internal flight to Kolkata||B|
|12||Kolkata||Visit to Sasha. Guided tour of Kolkata. Sunset boat ride on the Ganges||B|
|13||Kolkata to Koipukur||Visit Shanthi Handicrafts. Free afternoon in Kolkata||B L|
|14||Kolkata||Walking tour of Kolkata. Farewell evening meal||B D|
|15||Depart||Flights back to the UK|
Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
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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 some of Traidcraft's oldest and newest suppliers - 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. 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 Traidcraft 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.
“There was a very good balance between the Traidcraft/Fairtrade aspect and visits to tourist places. Well organised and stimulating. Every day brought surprises.”
“It has broadened my ideas and knowledge about fair trade, to see that it goes beyond fair wages but is more about helping the whole person. I was impressed with the health care and education programmes and empowerment of women.”
“Each visit to a producer group was a privilege. Each one allowed us to meet people we respected and admired and whose lives were changed by fair trade”
“I gained so much from each of the visits to producer groups and found the welcomes we received quite humbling and emotional”
“Ranjith worked tirelessly to ensure we had the best trip possible”
“I am not sure that my comments have done justice to what was a truly awesome holiday”
“The producers were all remarkable and I was overwhelmed at times by them taking so much time and care to show what they were doing. We were privileged to be there. Their pride was palpable and rightly so – it was such a pleasure to talk to them all”
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All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
40% meals provided
1 internal flight
2 boat trips
2 train journeys including 1 daytime sleeper
1 long road transfer
6 producer visits including 4 Traidcraft suppliers
1 Traidcraft Exchange Visit
9 tourist visits
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