Posted January 20th, 2018, 04:23 PM
I did the tour in 2016 from QE when we docked at Cochin. It was superb in every way. The flights were well organized, the guides were excellent and the hotels spectacular. The Taj itself is overwhelming in its beauty and technical intricacies; one’s respect for the ancient artisans and builders rises sharply. One sees a great deal of a much more vast country on the bus trips -some of it dismaying but nevertheless fascinating. India is so very complex and diverse that this organized tour is well worth it. There was a pre-tour gathering on the ship where the entire tour was described (refreshments and champagne are served) and any concerns raised and answered. We we taken to a firm where young men are being taught in the same astonishing artistic techniques used by the Persian artisans who were brought in by Shah Jihan to decorate the Taj. Of course they will sell you decorated items ranging from small boxes to very large tables -I have a beautiful table top from them.
I realized before her refit that QM2 had a magnificent long panel of the same inlay technique in the King’s Court-it’s gone and I hope it’s been preserved somewhere. ENJOY YOUR TOUR!