Camilla visits Indian craft fair

13th Nov 2013

There is certainly no shortage of activities to take part in or places to see in India - as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are finding out.

The Royal couple have already visited the holy Hindu city of Rishikesh and attended a gala dinner in Mumbai on their nine-day tour of the country.

Most recently Camilla sampled some of India's craft fairs in Kerala, where she came face-to-face with herself and her husband in miniature form.

A picture of their wedding day was captured inside a glass bottle while there was also a vase decorated with a photograph taken earlier in the tour, showing them standing in front of a magnificent Hindu temple in Delhi.

The unique items were among dozens on display made by women encouraged to start up cottage industries by a state-wide initiative aimed at helping them out of poverty.

A pair of earrings caught the eye of the Duchess, while she also expressed an interest in a range of musical instruments, wooden animals and paintings.

The crafts fair, based at Aluva Palace - once the summer home of the Travancore royal family and now a state-run guest house - proved to be extremely popular.

Aluva, near Kochi, in the state of Kerala, is also famous for the Sivarathri festival celebrated annually at the sandbanks of the River Periyar.

Camilla received a number of gifts from the locals, including the colourful pair of earrings and a neatly woven handbag.

Numerous craft fairs are held across India each month, showcasing the vast range of diverse cultures in the country. Such events provide the perfect place for holidaymakers to experience the local way of life, whether they're on a honeymoon or a family trip.

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