Bob Sangha never realized how important his community hospital was until his family needed it the most.
When the Langley resident’s 91-year-old mother, Charan, fell ill last year, she was admitted to Langley Memorial Hospital for treatment.
“We almost lost her,” Sangha recalls. “The way the hospital staff – the doctors and nurses – rallied around her, it was amazing.”
When looking for ways to give back to the hospital, Sangha was inspired to combine his love for the Langley community with his passion for travel.
Several years ago, Sangha and his wife, Nimi, had taken part in a guided trip through northern India.
While Sangha – a native of Punjab who moved to Canada when he was nine years old – said the trip was well-organized and enjoyed by the nearly two dozen participants, he found himself taking the lead while out exploring the country.
“I speak the language quite well, and when we were there it felt very comfortable for me, it felt like I was leading the group,” Sangha said. “I thought to myself, why don’t I do my own trip?”
The Sanghas will be hosting a group of travellers through northern India this fall, on a 16-day tour of the country’s ‘Golden Triangle’ – a circuit that connects the capital Delhi with Agra and Jaipur. For each participant taking part in the tour – hosted in conjunction with Bestway Tours & Safaris – $500 will be donated back to the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Sangha told Indulge the tour will include the most awe-inspiring destinations that India has to offer.
Destinations include the Golden Temple in Amritsar – well-regarded as Sikhism’s holiest place of worship – and the Taj Mahal in Agra, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“All of the historic sights that you want to see will be on this trip,” Sangha said.
Additional highlights of the tour include stops in Udaipur, a popular destination known for history, culture and lakeside palaces; Ranakpur, a village nestled in the valley of the Arvallis, home to the majestic Chaturmukha Jain Temple; and Pushkar, a town that curls around a holy lake and is known for its tourism and religion.
Capping off the more than two-week adventure will be what Sangha describes as an “unforgettable” couple of days spent in Agra during Diwali, known as the festival of lights.
“It will be like nothing they’ve ever experienced,” he said of the Diwali celebrations. “It’s bigger than Christmas is here.”
Sangha said he already has several local friends who jumped at the chance to sign up for the tour but there are still spots available for those who want to explore the historic country without having to worry about the small details. The ticket price includes flights, train, bus and plane transfers within India, breakfast, excursions and many dinners over the duration of the tour.
“If somebody really wanted to see India in a very safe, comprehensive way, with an English-speaking guide, in an air-conditioned bus, this is the trip to go on,” he said. “It’s the trip of a lifetime for most people.”
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