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The doyen of TV travellers chose TransIndus for his recent trip to India - but it wasn't just a holiday, he tells Amrit Singh.
"I’ve enjoyed writing my travel books enormously, but I feel it’s time to give the imagination a bit of exercise.” So said Michael Palin – TV traveller, Royal Geographical Society President, national treasure – when news emerged in 2009 that he was working on his second novel (his first, Hemingway’s Chair, appeared in 1995). This time around, Palin’s famous, Python-esque imagination has taken him to India.
India’s far west is home to eerie saltpans, vibrant tribes – and few tourists. TransIndus’ clients Michael and Jean Thomas explore off-beat Gujarat.
"India is addictive. We have visited many parts, but always return wanting to explore further.” So say Michael and Jean Thomas, which is why, in 2010, they found themselves on their fourth trip: to the little-known region of Kutch.
Neil Sealy, International Sales Director at TransIndus, takes a trip to Hyderabad.
British Airways have a daily afternoon service from Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport to Hyderabad, and this proved to be a convenient way of getting to the capital of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
An early morning arrival brought us into Hyderabad’s very modern and efficient Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (rated as one of the five best airports in the world), and a speedy trip through immigration and baggage reclaim had us outside the terminal building within about half an hour of landing.