Thursday, July 17, 2014

AGL Session X: India

India Map
Wow oh wow! For our tenth and final session for Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry, 15 of us including our director Dr. Rochelle Sapp, assistant director Kristi Farner, and Dr. Robert Beckstead from UGA poultry science department left Atlanta on Sunday, June 29.
Back row: Amanda Tedrow, Duane Myers, Rebecca Thomas, Mark Risse, Brandon Ashley, Brent Allen, Jesse Johnson, Derick Wooten, Steve Gipson. Front row: Tate O’Rouke, me, Rochelle Sapp, Kristi Farner, Jutt Howard. (Robert Beckstead not pictured.)
There is so much that can be said about our trip. I was in awe of the entire country. Everyone warned us that sensory overload was immediate as soon as you took your first step out of the airport terminal. They weren’t lying. The humidity overtook me immediately even though it was 12:30 in the morning. The smells are completely different, although not what I was expecting. We made it to our hotel and settled in for a few hours before setting off on the journey of a lifetime for the next 14 days. I feel like there is so much to cover that I am splitting it up into a ton of posts. Because I write this blog as my online scrapbook, I don’t want to miss out on any details. Here is a quick take of our agenda for the time we were there:
Sunday, June 29/Monday June 30
Travel from Atlanta, Georgia to Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany to Delhi, India
Tuesday, July 1
Arrive in India, hotel at Jaypee Siddharth, New Delhi
Sightseeing in New Delhi
Agritourism Farm Dinner at Banni Khera Farm
Wednesday, July 2
Habitat for Humanity India
Community visit to Bawana JJ Colony, North West
Carpet demonstration
Thursday, July 3
Meet with officials of Sugar Federation
Meet with officials of Indian Dairy Association
Dinner and cultural show at Surjivan Farm
Friday, July 4
Flight to Varanasi, hotel at Ramada Plaza
Baranas Hindu University visit
Saturday, July 5
Ganges River boat tour
Flight to Khajuraho, hotel at Ramada
Khajuraho temple tours
Sunday, July 6
Bullock cart tour of village
Lunch at local king’s former home
Sound and light show at western group of temples
Monday, July 7
Travel to Jhansi visiting Orchha
Tour Jehangir Mahal
Bundelkhand University visit
Overnight at University Guest House
Tuesday, July 8
Morning seminar: Food Processing Industry
Train ride to Agra in the evening
Hotel at Jaypee Palace, Agra
Wednesday, July 9
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Marble Inlay Demonstration and Jewelry Store
Fabric Block Printing Demonstration
Thursday, July 10
Depart for Jaipur
Fatehpur Sikri fort and palace
Milk collection centre visit
Hotel at Royal Orchid in Jaipur
Friday, July 11
Elephant ride to Amber Fort
Jeep ride down the mountain
Jaipur observatory
Shopping in the market
Skipper Farm farewell dinner
Saturday, July 12
Depart for Delhi
Amul Diary plant visit
Hotel at Vasant Continental, Dehli
Saturday, July 12/Sunday, July 13
Return trip
Flight from Delhi to Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany to Atlanta

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