Tour Southern India with PHS

As we welcome back the PHS members who journeyed to Peru in search of orchids, we invite you to consider joining us for a fascinating exploration of southern India on our tour, “Sacred Stems: Teas, Spices, and the Power of Plants!”

Take a midwinter break next January 11 – 25, 2013, on a trip that will showcase the role of  gardens and plants in medicinal, religious, culinary, commercial, and leisure activities in India during the colonial era and after independence from Britain.

We will visit Mughal-style terrace gardens, British-inspired botanical gardens, and lively flower, vegetable, and spice markets. We will also visit colonial-era hill stations where tea, coffee, and spice plantations abound, and learn about current programs to help the thousands of small tea growers throughout India. At two botanical sanctuaries, we will explore current plant conservation and research activities.

Our comprehensive itinerary also includes some of South India’s most memorable sights, including the Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore, the serene backwaters of Kerala, and the Portuguese- and Dutch-influenced city of Kochi. Optional trip extensions to the Golden Triangle (Delhi/Agra/Jaipur) and to Kolkata will also be available.

Interest in this trip has already been piqued, and we don’t want anyone who wants to go to be put on a waiting list. Click here for the complete itinerary and registration information.

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