Thai Air News from Issue 35 dated 17 January 2005

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This month's issue is devoted to India. Thai Airways International flies to Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bungalore.
For cheap flights: our cheap flights section. For excellent hotels at discount prices: Agoda.

Contents of this issue

The McRae Family Adventure

A 5 week trip to India with two kids, travelling on a limited budget, may not be what would spring to mind when planning your next holiday. The McRae family did just that, and here is their own web site with a well written travelogue and photos.

The travelogue is amusing, informative and detailed. It includes also some glimpses into family life which will strika a chord with parents everywhere. For example:
"On a side note, Liam, our youngest, seems to have adapted well to the subculture of the Indian tourist. Feeling a little too civilized in this World of free-spirited backpackers, he has dyed his hair fluorescent red, using one of our valuable packages of drink crystals. I think it was cranberry. Having done this he is keeping close tabs on his baseball cap. Back at home this type of behavior would be met by mother's displeasure; but who am I to interfere with his method of submerging himself in a different culture when Mom?s walking around in a sarong!"
To get a really good idea of what travelling in India is like without the 5 star hotels and luxury tour bus, you must read:

Pictures of India

And not just pictures. The India Travel Forum is one of the best sources of real information and comment from actual travellers, rather than tourist office publicity and travel agent hype. The photos of Indian landscapes are stunning and there are links to the forum if you want to read the comments of travellers.
Highly recommended. If you are interested in India you must take a look at:

India Heritage

The India Image site is vast, a portal to all the various government information available. However, I have picked out the heritage section as being of most interest to the intending visitor.

Here you will find photos of 32 monuments, 8 dance forms, 9 types of folk dance plus a festival and folk art form. Each photo is a link to a short but thorough description of the item. An excellent way to get a good feel for the richness of Indian culture without having to wade through a guide book or encyclopedia.
You can get to all of the India Image site via links from the Heritage page, which can be found on:

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Tour India

India is incredibly diverse, both in its topography and in its culture. In the north are the world's highest mountains and in the south are palm fringed beaches, deserts and tropical forests. The cultural diversity stems from both the environmental differences of the regions and from the variety of religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Zoroashtrianism, Christianity and Islam.

If there is a web site encompassing it all it must be Tour India which presents an introduction to all of the above, in an easy to navigate form with clickable maps and clear menus.
Highly recommended for an overview of this fascinating sub-continent, you can find it via the following link:

Recommended travel books

For useful books on travel in India, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from on:

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in India is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Agoda can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability below.
Agoda is our favourite hotel booking agent. They are based in Thailand and have an excellent reputation for great bargains and excellent customer service.

Index to back issues

Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
The countries covered in other issues are:

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2005 Graham G Hawker