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“Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” - Ibn Battuta

A very warm welcome to Canadian Globetrotters - a group geared for anyone who loves to travel.

This Group has been initiated for adventurers who love to explore. A forum to bring together intrepid Travellers who share a love for globetrotting & would like to share stories of past adventures, talk about future ones & make new friends. Basically, to interact socially & sit down for a fun evening, network, have a good time & talk about where we have been & where we dream of going tomorrow.

We will also plan to organise memorable journeys of our own to more exotic places in Africa, Asia, Europe & Americas. Think of mainstream Africa - the Rainbow Kingdom, Kenya, Tanzania and then off the beaten track to Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Bostwana, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda etc.

Talking about Asia, I am sure we would all love to discover India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and not so common Bhutan, Iran, Sri Lanka. Veering completely off the beaten path, we might talk about travelling along in the footsteps of Marco Polo on the ancient trade route between China & the Mediterranean. Imagine the camel caravans travelling slowly through exotic destinations on the Silk Route - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan & marvel at the history you will experience there.

Europe offers its own charms. We can enjoy River Cruising where we pack & unpack only once, experience the idyllic beauty of small scenic villages enroute - so steeped in imperial history & culture and then mooring right in the middle of beautiful cities to have a look at the offerings there. And it is ours to discover the unfathomable charms in the not so common places which used to be behind the Iron Curtain till a few years back & now entice us to come back again & again.

But enough about the far off lands. Let us have a good time in our own locale.

As much as we are looking to find other adventurous people to travel with, we love getting together with like minded social people from our community to visit local restaurants, grab a social drink together in one of the local bars or maybe even an interactive hike or a walk at a local park. Sitting with strangers is a great way to wind down after a hard week at work to catch up & avail the opportunity to mix & mingle and converse, interact, share.

So come join us & let us enjoy the talk about becoming intrepid explorers we have always wanted to be. We gather here to make friends, laugh, socialize & be silly together. Looking forward to seeing you & making a new friend.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

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Discover Enchanting Persia - 13 days: Oct 7 - Oct 19, 2022

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Exclusive trip to discover true Iran’s hospitality, ancient civilization & beauty of Islam! Commonly known until the mid-20th century as Persia, Iran is one of the world's oldest civilizations dating back to 7,000 BC.

Discover Shiraz * Yazd * Isfahan * Tehran (via London & Doha on the way there & Vienna on the way back).

  • SHIRAZ: One of the oldest cities of ancient Persia filled with the fragrance of orange tree blossoms, the city of poets Hafez & Saadi (whose poem is written on top of the main entrance of the United Nations in NY). Tour Karim Khan-e Zand Complex’s citadel, garden, bathhouse, mosque & bazaar, Iran’s most beautiful "Pink Mosque" Masjed-e Nasir Al Molk, 16th century Pars Museum, 11th-century Persian garden Bagh-e Eram (UNESCO) competing with Paradise. Enjoy sunset at Aramgah-e Hafez (Tomb of Hafez) over a bowl of ash (noodle soup) or faloodeh (a frozen sorbet with thin starch noodles & rose water).
  • Marvel at the ancient ruins of Persepolis, a great wonder of the ancient world conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, Pasargadae, the original capital of the multicultural Persian Empire & must-see Naqsh-e Rustam, the necropolis housing rock-cut Tombs of 4 Persian Kings.
  • YAZD (UNESCO): Meander through the labyrinth of winding narrow lanes (kuches) of sun-dried mudbrick houses dominated by Badgirs (wind towers). This 5,000+ years old city escaped the devastation of Mongols & modernization. Visit Masjed-e Jame (Friday Mosque) with a unique pishtaq built in the 1300s, active Zoroastrian Fire Temple Atashkadeh with sacred Flame & the Yazd Tower of Silence where Zoroastrians purified their dead. Unique Yazd Water Museum offers a glimpse into the world of waterways & the Irrigation System that has allowed life to flourish in the desert. See the Tower of Dolat Abad’s tallest windcatcher in Iran, impressive City Walls & the historic Bazaar that brought the town prosperity since the time of the Silk Route. Try traditional cakes & sweets baghlava, qottab, pashmak.
  • PERSIAN NIGHT: become a guest in a family’s home, listen to reciting of ancient poems from the “Book of Kings” & experience firsthand famous Iranian hospitality sharing a meal of authentic Persian cuisine followed by the famous Yazdi Cake & tea with citrus Aurantium flavour.
  • Stop at the stunning 16th century Zein-o-din Caravanserai on the ancient Silk Road and Na’in, a pre-Islamic town on the edge of the Central Desert: Jame Mosque one of the first 4 mosques built in Iran, Narenj Fortress, the Pirnia house, the Old Bazaar, Rigareh, a qanat-based watermill & a Zurkhaneh for traditional sport.
  • ISFAHAN, the center of a vast empire & Iran’s top tourist destination! 400 years ago it was larger than London, more cosmopolitan than Paris and grander than Istanbul, attracting powerful & famous to the glittering Persian court.
  • Start with the beautiful Chehel Sotuni Palace & walk to UNESCO Bagh-e Chehel Sotun, a classic Persian garden. Continue to Naqsh-e Jahan Square, “The image of the world” & former heart of the empire. Explore Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah & Shah (Imam) Mosque, & enter the bazaar through Qeisarie Gate. Walk to 8th-century Masjed-e Jameh & the picturesque Khaju Bridge built in 1650.
  • KASHAN is a delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir desert ('salty lowlands'). Admire the famous Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), grand mansions & bazaar.
  • Continue to Qom, the 2nd holiest city in the Middle East, a religious center for Shias worldwide where the Leaders of the Islamic Revolution reside & are buried.
  • TEHRAN: Iran’s capital and nation's most liberal city. Golestan Palace (UNESCO), Negar Khane art gallery, dazzling Talar-e Ayaheh (Hall of Mirrors) museum, the imposing Shams-Al Emarat & city’s symbol Azadi Tower. Walk the vibrant Bazaar & see the National Jewels Museum’s priceless collection of royal jewelry. Visit Tabiat “nature” bridge’s pathways & 3 floors of restaurants, cafes & sitting areas.

C$4,910/person in double 4*/5* hotel including full board meals. Single/triple upon request.

The price is for a minimum of 4 guests, valid through December 2022 & is land-only.

Iran requires an entry visa that cost US$270.

Airfare is ~C$1,300 - 1,500 roundtrip per traveller. All prices are subject to hotel availability, airfare & exchange rates fluctuation, so the actual fare is provided with your booking.

If interested, send me an email at [masked] or text [masked] for a detailed itinerary. As usual, a non-refundable C$300 deposit is required to go ahead with reservations with final payment shortly after.

Julia
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Discover India: Pushkar Camel Fair (17 days, Oct 31 - Nov 16 2022)

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“To know India & her people, one has to know the monsoon. one has to know the monsoon. It is not enough to read about it in books, or see it on the cinema screen, or hear someone talk about it. It has to be a personal experience because nothing short of living through it can fully convey all it means to a people for whom it is not only the source of life but also their most exciting impact with nature.” ~ Khushwant Singh

Extend your summer with an exciting opportunity to witness the colour & spectacle of Pushkar Camel Fair, one of the last great traditions in India’s Rajasthan! And this is just the icing on the cake! This trip combines the beauty of Agra’s Taj Mahal, the ‘pink’ city of Jaipur & Delhi old & new, elephants & tigers, boat & game rides, light & Bollywood shows, a traditional cooking lesson & astrologer session, mystique & charm of thousands of years old tradition!

LAND ONLY or LAND+AIR
Min 6 Max 16 People (friends & spouses are welcome!)
SAVE $100.00 if you deposit by July 31, 2022
Final Payment SEP 2022
Email [masked] for the full itinerary; (416)[masked] for questions.

Delhi - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi
Arrival in Delhi: 31st Oct - Departure 16 Nov

  • Days 1-3: DELHI Old & New: Jama Masjid, a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, Lotus Temple & Qutub Minar’s tallest brick minaret in the world (UNESCO). Enjoy Son et Lumiere Show at the Red Fort (UNESCO) & authentic dinner at “thief's market”.
  • Days 4-5: JAIPUR, the land of the Kings & Rajasthan’s capital. Let an astrologer foretell your future & catch Son et Lumiere Show at Amber Fort. Ride an elephant to the grandiose Amber Fort, check out City Palace’s courtyards & seven-storey Moon palace, marble Mubarak Mahal & the royal observatory Jantar Mantar.
  • Days 6-7: Interact with these gentle pachyderms at the ELEPHANT VILLAGE before getting to PUSHKAR on a holy lake surrounded by >500 whitewashed temples & 52 pilgrim’s ghats.
  • PUSHKAR FAIR: 30,000 Camels as far as the eyes can see - a fascinating & peculiar sight! They are dressed up, paraded, raced & traded with a great deal of bargaining + horse races, temple dancing, spiritual & heritage walks & bazaar. Watch pilgrims take a dip in the lake & a Deepdaan ceremony with hundreds of clay lamps set afloat on the sacred lake.
  • Days 8-9: JODHPUR, the "Blue City", with buildings reflecting the endless sky. Stroll the majestic 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort with its lavish palaces & temples. Learn to cook traditional Rajasthani family recipe dishes. Visit BISHNOI village, an ancient clan of eco-friendly Hindu sect.
  • Days 10-11: Famous 15th-century RANAKPUR Temple with intricate architectural style in exquisite white marble. Continue to KUMBHALGARH’s massive 1443 AD citadel 2nd only to the Great Wall of China. Palace of Cloud’s green, turquoise & white contrasting fort’s earthy colours; panoramic views of the town & mountains.
  • UDAIPUR, "Venice of the East": beautiful Lake Palace, one of the most romantic places on the globe! Ornamental garden, Jagdish temple dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, palace in the middle of Lake Pichola. BOAT RIDE, a famous Dharohar dance show & a gourmet dinner.
  • Day 12: 7th-century CHTTORGARTH Fort's history of heroism & sacrifice echoed in tales of Rajasthan’s bards. Find out why? Explore KOTA, the kingdom with a turbulent past.
  • Day 13: Highly regarded by R. Kipling, writer of The Jungle Book, BUNDI is renowned for its picturesque forts, steep water well reservoirs Baolis & Bundi School’s miniature paintings.
  • Day 14: RANTHAMBHORE NATIONAL PARKS’ TIGER RESERVE: Follow the ranger to see & photograph tigers; striped hyenas, antelopes, monkeys, sloths & birds + a 1000-year-old formidable Ranthambhore Fort with palace, temples & ponds harmoniously merged into the sprawling forest. School of Arts & ruler’s hunting lodge.
  • Day 15-16: Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the best BIRD SANCTUARIES in the world! See migratory & native water birds. Stroll the ancient village of Kachhpura for Mughal heritage & photo-worthy views of the Taj Mahal at sunset.
  • And finally AGRA & its’ eternal symbol of love, the majestic TAJ MAHAL at the sunrise, the massive AGRA FORT & the picture-perfect Pearl Mosque. Sumptuous traditional dinner on arrival in DELHI.
  • Day 17: Delhi is where this wonderful experience comes to an end… till our next adventure!

Cost: C$4,978/person in a double & C$6,501/person in single 4* accommodation. The prices are land-only for a min of 6 guests valid through Nov 2022. Airfare from Toronto to Delhi is ~C$1,500-1,800 roundtrip per traveller. Triple & 5* occupancy upon request. The actual fare will be provided with the booking. C$300 deposit per person to go ahead with reservation (fully refundable if we don’t get enough participants).

Julia
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