The 2002 marketing campaign, promoted by Amitabh Kant (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism) was certainly spot on. India is incredible. We spent a week on a whistle stop tour of the golden triangle, visiting Samode, Jaipur, Agra and Chambal.
The trip was a true assault on the senses and a fascinating discovery from start to finish. From the decadence of the heritage palace in Samode, the hustle and bustle of the streets of Jaipur, the astounding beauty of the Taj Mahal, the serenity of the river Ganges and not to mention the many smells and flavours – there was plenty to experience. Modes of transport and the utter chaos on the roads really do need to be seen to be believed!
Our guides went the extra mile to ensure we got a true sense of life and work in India – in particular focusing on traditional arts and crafts. In Jaipur we were introduced to the arts of block printing and carpet weaving. In Agra we received a demonstration of the intricate and highly decorative art of marble inlay (which can be seen in abundance at the Taj Mahal). In Bateshwar we were truly welcomed and taken to participate in an evening Hindu ceremony.
Our itinerary was perfectly put together by the team at Imagine India and was an ideal introduction and first experience of India – a good balance of guided sightseeing, an opportunity to get a sense for life in India and some rest and relaxation in Samode and Chambal.