By Dr. Vishnu Bisram
On the evening of Friday March 8, 2019 at Royal Palace in Richmond Hill, Kali Travel and Tours hosted an evening send-off and farewell reception (familiarity session) for its group of travelers leaving for India, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (Dubai).
The group departed for a tour of India on Saturday March 16. There are also extensions or separate itinerary for some travelers to UAE and or Sri Lanka totaling the group to 48 passengers. The main feature of the India trip would be the Holi (Phagwah) celebration in Jaipur (Pink City). Off course, tourists will also explore much of India visiting monuments, religious sites, and having an opportunity for a holy dip.
Kali Travel and Tours (KT&T) has been organizing trips to India for over thirty-five years along with two of its most popular tours – one in the Spring (to coincide with Holi) and one in the Fall (for Diwali). The travel operator structures an itinerary appropriate to specific needs and interests, and he has been organizing several of these specialized packages over the last three decades. Kali’s tour features some of India’s leading places. Tourists get to learn about India’s fascinating history and experience the hustle and bustle of iconic cities.
Kali Travel and Tours, founded by the late Ramesh D. Kalicharran (Kali) of Essequibo Coast, Guyana, explores a vast knowledge of travel in general and of India in particular. Those who went on its tours say they had wonderful experience and fun time. The tours offer a journey to roots of Indo-Caribbean people and a insight of India’s legendary mysticisms. Ramesh D. Kalicharran (Kali) passed away just over a year ago. But the experience and excellent service remains. The tour is put together by the skills of his charming wife, Judy and is ably assisted by sons, Jagdesh and Nadesh and daughter Romanee as well as tour leader Seeta Panday who made several journeys to India and Amjed, Tour Consultant who helped to organize dozens of tours to India with dedicated service and efficiency in obtaining visas and liaising with India operators.
The tour to India, Shri Lanka and Dubai departed JFK on March 16 and will return to New York on April 3 with Seeta Panday as leader. The group lands in Delhi and is entertained with a welcome reception and taken to four and five-star hotels. The tourists engage in sightseeing of Delhi (including the majestic Akshardam Temple) and then head for Haridwar and Rishikeshi, Agra (Taj Mahal) Jaipur (Pink City), Amber Fort, Fetehpur Sikri, Gandhinagar, and Mumbai. Some members of the group will visit South India including Chennai, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sri Lanka.
At the evening send-off and farewell reception (familiarity session), were several prominent individuals from the American and Indian diaspora including Miss India New York 2017, Shivangi Maini, TV and radio emcee, program host, Imran Ahmad of QPTV, Kal Ke Baat , ITV and Guyana Tunes Radio, Farouk Rahaman, community activist, Pandit Narotam Narine and Devi Narine of Shree Maa Gourie Ganesh Bhavan, Deacon Charles and Annette Jordan of First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, Pujari Anil Mangal of Shri Maha Kali Devi Mandir, Inc., and Seeta Panday a popular singer of Indian songs, who is also their tour leader. Also present were the family of Kali including: his widow, Judy, daughter Romanee (director and dance artist), son Nadesh, sisters Shobna Tomescu and Juliet Tajeshwar, and brother Prem Kalicharan, and sister-in-law, Ackey Kalicharan.
Kali Travel and Tours is recognized by the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism as the pioneer of “Kali Bharat Yatra”(Journey to India) and has expanded to tours worldwide including Guyana, Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, as well as customized tours and more. For more tour information call 718-291-9292 or 917-407-9090. www.kalitravelandtours.com. When it comes to travel go with confidence and experience the expertise of Kali Travel and Tours.