Prince Charles and Camilla to visit India and Sri Lanka

16th Oct 2013

Any tourists who have visited India and Sri Lanka know they boast attractions fit for royalty. Now the Prince of Wales is to savour their delights next month.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will see India for nine days from November 6-14 to promote robust UK-India partnerships in vital areas such as education, conservation and expanding business links.

Charles and Camilla are no stranger to India's charms.

They have made three official visits, the last in 2010 when the Prince opened the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

This time around they will travel to Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi, where they will meet India's leading political and business leaders.

Highlights of the visit include the Prince taking an off-road trip into an "elephant corridor" in Kerala, and the pair attending a Bollywood-style gala dinner in Mumbai.

Anyone inspired by the royal visit to take a holiday in India have plenty of attractions from which to choose.

Among the sights on offer are the Taj Mahal marble mausoleum, a must-see for tourists on city breaks to Agra, while Amritsar's Golden Temple and Hampi's Virupaksha Temple are also highly regarded.

India also boasts a myriad of tiger-led wildlife sanctuaries, such as Kanha National Park, which inspired Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

After the India visit the royal couple will go on to Sri Lanka, where they will represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm), Clarence House said.

While in Sri Lanka, the couple will also undertake a programme of official engagements including a trip to a mental health project, a hospital and a tea plantation.

Sri Lanka's stunning beach destinations, including Apa Villa Thalpe, Saman Villas and the Galle Fortress Resort, have long attracted holidaymakers.

The magical island also boasts eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, legendary temples and safari tours of its national parks featuring leopards, water buffalo and exotic birds.

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