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History meets modernity in India

Trains, boats, planes, tuktuks, jeeps and tricycle rickshaws – India is many things, writes MARGARET FREEBAIRN, who has travelled to India more than 30 times and is preparing for her next tour.

History, architecture and the engineering of early Mughal buildings – with the crowning achievement of the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra – are just some on the list of wonders of India.

There is the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri; the remnant architecture from the Raj; and the opportunity to experience village life in rural India, with the farmers, the durrie weavers and the potters.

The back streets of Old Delhi with tricycle rickshaws contrast with the fashions of the young designers of New Delhi.

Then there are the country’s textiles – cotton, wool and silk carpet weaving, exquisite silks of Varanasi, and the antiques and soft furnishing of Jodhpur.

From block printing from the pink city of Jaipur, to jewellery and marble by the artisans of Agra or taking a Jeep into the countryside, there are many aspects to India.

Local guides have an in-depth knowledge of their cities and monuments but are also willing to share their personal stories of their life and love.
Game drivers know where to find the elusive tiger at Ranthambore tiger sanctuary and the migratory birds at the World Heritage Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

You can also lunch on the location of the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie and tour the City Palace in Udaipur. And don’t forget the food – sumptuous breakfasts, Indian specialties or international cuisine for dinner.

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