Itinerary: The 24-day tour itinerary covers the southern Indian agricultural States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Pondicherry and in India’s north Delhi and Agra. Today, India ranks second worldwide in farm output with over 750 million Indians engaged in agriculture, the diversity is amazing. As the tour includes many on-farm and technical visits it may well qualify as a tax deductible expense. Your tour leader will maintain a detailed daily diary for you to submit with your income tax return. However, it is not all work and no play as the tour includes leisure time for shopping and bargain hunting in India’s renowned bazaars; the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World; Ooty, known as the “Queen of Hill Stations”; overnight on a House Boat in the backwaters and a jungle trek and cruise in the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary for elephant and tiger plus much, much more.
India: India is ranked as the seventh largest country in the world and is bounded to the southwest by the Arabian Sea, to the southeast by the Bay of Bengal and to the south by the Indian Ocean while Sri Lanka is separated by the Palk Strait. Southern India is very different from the north, providing stark contrasts between spices, food, cultures and climate. The northern frontiers of India are defined largely by the Himalayan mountain range, where the boundaries with China, Bhutan and Nepal lie. India is the world’s second most populous nation after China and is a land of great cultural diversity, as is evidenced by the enormous number of different languages spoken throughout the country. There is no national language. Hindi is spoken in the north and English is the language of politics and commerce. Officially, more than 1,500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 1.35 billion people, the world’s largest democracy. The main four languages of southern India are Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Teluga. About 80% of the population is Hindu known as the Religion of Freedom, 14% Muslim and other significant religions include Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists. With its long and rich history, India retains many outstanding archaeological landmarks such as the Red Fort of Delhi, Mahabalipuram well-known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed temples and carvings and of course the Taj Mahal one of the Seven Wonders of the World. India is home to the Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Lion, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Rhinoceros, Golden Jackal, several species of deer and antelope and the wildlife of India was made famous in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Although India has the world’s largest cattle population as high as 70% is owned by 67% of small and marginal farmers and by the land less. 60% of livestock farming labour is provided by women and more than 90% of work related to care of animals is rendered by womenfolk of the family. India has 53% of world buffalo population and 15% of world cattle population and in terms of sheep population ranks fifth after Australia. India is the world’s 6th largest coffee producer; second only to China in rice production; 3rd largest producer of tobacco, sorghum and rapeseed; 2nd largest producer of wheat, sugarcane, tea, cashews, fresh vegetables, silk, inland fish and the largest producer of millets, pulses, spices, chillies & peppers, lemons, limes, cows, goats and buffalo milk. Cricket is the most popular sport in India by far and is played almost everywhere. English author Sir John Mandeville wrote “India remains a land of many diverse countries.”
Tour Leader: Dale Price runs a stud property, Majardah at Glencoe, just west of Mount Gambier where he breeds Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams and operates a separate 2,500 commercial sheep enterprise while Angus cattle are used for pasture management. This will now be his forth tour of India as he first toured northern & central India extensively with Australian Farmers in 2012. Dale and his wife Ruth were also tour members of Australian Farmers Tours to South America in 2011, Eastern Europe in 2013 and Japan in 2014. In 2015 and again in 2017 they led two highly successful northern India Farming Tours and in 2018 the 38-day Great Britain & Ireland Farming Tour as well as the inaugural 18-day Sri Lanka Farming tour in 2019. You are invited to join Ruth & Dale on this exciting 2021 tour of exotic India, a geographically diverse country, offering a unique blend of cultures and customs which you will find to be a truly unforgettable experience. However, be warned to expect the unexpected and be prepared to be amazed by what you will see on this fascinating tour.
Tour Cost: The tour cost flying economy class with Singapore Airlines to India from either Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth is $6,780 a person based on sharing a twin room with private facilities in mostly 4 star hotels, all meals, spectacular sightseeing in a toilet equipped air-conditioned Volvo coach with on-farm and technical visits. The single room supplement is $1,700. The tour cost also includes carrier imposed charges, airport taxes and fees and plus tipping.
About Us: Australian Farmers Travel, registered in Victoria and owned and operated by Andrew Curry is Australia’s leading agricultural tour operator. It commenced in 1973 as a service to primary producers and shareholders of the then major rural co-operatives Victorian Producers’ (now Elders), Westralian Farmers (now AWB Landmark), Primaries (now Elders), Gippsland and Northern, Bennetts Farmers and Farmers & Graziers. Our tours offer the chance to see how farming is practised worldwide and also provide a sense of fellowship and a chance to meet other farm families from all over Australia. Friendships formed on an Australian Farmers Tour often last a lifetime. We value the loyalty of our past tour members and appreciate the fact that many of them continue to book with us year after year. We feel this is a mark of the quality of our tours and tour leaders and we continue to strive to attain the high standards that we set ourselves.