Saturday, 2 June 2012


FAR HORIZONS has a 22-day fully-escorted tour in March next year to Sri Lanka, the Andaman Islands and Bangladesh which truly takes inveterate travellers off the beaten track. Delving into the history and culture of these remarkable destinations, visits to historic royal palaces, ancient cities and even a former British penal outpost are highlights.

Sri Lanka's attractions are its ancient cities, abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery. In the 19th century the British Raj established a penal colony in the Andaman Islands, known as "the Siberia of British India", where supporters of Indian independence and the Indian Mutiny were incarcerated. In Bangladesh, long-hailed as the "crossroads of history and culture," there's a visit to the wetland forest home of some of the world's last remaining Royal Bengal tigers.

The price starts from $14.500 per person on share twin basis, including return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, 5-star or best-available accommodation (including historic mansions and a one-time governor's residence), all meals, sightseeing, entrance fees, local guides, taxes, gratuities and Far Horizons escort throughout. A single supplement is available at an additional $1900pp and Business Class air travel is available at additional cost.

For a detailed itinerary or copy of the brochure phone 1800 083 141 or visit

HIGHLIGHTS in Sri Lanka include Colombo's National and Dutch period museums; the ancient cities, royal palaces and temples of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa; Dambulla's 1st century BC cave temple with 2100 square metres of wall murals; the impressive Sigiriya rock fortress with the remains of its one-time summit palace and cliff-face frescoes; Kandy's Royal Botanic Gardens; and the tea plantations at Nuwara Eliya, a region known as "Little England" as it was a popular mountain retreat during the times of the British Raj.

In Port Blair, capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, there's a Sound & Light show at the infamous Cellular Jail; visits to rural villages including a farm dedicated to researching plants and spices; and a boat ride to Viper Island whose jail still contains the original gallows.

In Bangladesh, highlights include a boat ride on the Buriganga ("Old Ganges") River; the National Museum; colorful bazaars; the "Lost City" of Bagerhat; the UNESCO World Heritage listed "Sixty Pillar Mosque"; the 3rd Century Paharpur monastery, largest monastery south of the Himalayas; and a boat ride into the Ganges delta area known as the Sundarbans, habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger, deer, wild boar, otter and over 270 species of birds.


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