Textile Tour to India
A Colourful Look at India
October 3rd - October 17th, 2021
3320 USD Single
The story of Indian craft is woven into the heritage of the country and the skills behind these crafts have been passed down through the generations. Our journey will take us into Rajasthan and
Gujarat to explore these ancient cultural practices. Come and join us as we discover the Land of Wonders.
Meet the crafters, explore their craft, listen to their stories....
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi by international flight
Accommodation reserved for very early morning arrivals
Day 2 - Delhi
On arrival at Delhi International airport after clearing immigration
formalities, you will meet our representative in the arrival hall. He will
further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities.
(Standard check-in time is 1200 hours)
After freshening up and breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing will start
After lunch we will visit New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi, beautifully
designed by “Sir Edwin Lutyens”, drive past India Gate,
Rashtrapati Bhavvan, and Connaught Place. Later continue sightseeing. Humayun Tomb, the tomb was built in 1570 and was the first garden-tomb made by Humayun’s son Akbar. It is a Unesco world heritage site. Conclude sightseeing with a visit to “Qutub Minar”, the stunning red stone tower is 72.5 m high with 2.75m in diameter. It is also a UNESCO site.
The evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities. Overnight Delhi.
Day 3 Delhi - Agra
(approx.. 203 Kms / 4 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel Post breakfast drive to Agra. The land of the Taj is not only famous for the biggest allure “Taj Mahal” but also the legacy of Mughals which they had left behind. Their legacy can be seen in mausoleums, tombs, and magnificent fort.
On arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon rest at the hotel. Evening visit beautiful Taj Mahal. (Closed on Friday)
The evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities. Overnight Agra.
Day 4 - Agra
Early morning at the Taj Mahal
Breakfast at the hotel
Post breakfast visit Agra Fort. Red Fort, is a UNESCO heritage site. It is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. The fort is built in red stone to make it the main residence of Mughals. Later enjoy walking tour and discovering Oriental Agra program conducted by Eco-friendly battery operated rickshaws. In this tour, guests get to see Dara Shikoh's library, Mirza Ghalib's birthplace, the headquarters of the Radhasoami faith, the ancient Manka Meshwar temple, the Jama Masjid and churches of different Christian sects, St. Patrick's Junior College - Asia's oldest convent and the Akbar Church. On the way, they will see the early morning bustle at the shoe mandi in Johri Bazar, the only street of Ayurvedic doctors, the paan and the petha mandi and the food street of Seth Gali. This tour is a very interactive and includes both walk and ride. Visit to Red Fort.
Also, visit Mehtab Bagh located on the left bank of the Yamuna opposite the Taj Mahal. The garden complex is approximately 300 square meters and is in straight alignment with the Taj Mahal. The excavation has revealed a huge octagonal tank on the southern periphery; Baradaris or pavilion on the East and West; a small octagonal tank at the center and a gateway at the Northern wall.
The evening will be at leisure. Overnight Agra.
Day 5 - Agra – Jaipur
(approx. 260 Kms / 5-6 hours)
Early morning visit beautiful Taj Mahal, during sunrise the sun rays have a magical effect with the marble surface. It changes its colour which creates eternal beauty (Closed on Friday). After visiting Taj Mahal return to hotel for breakfast. (OPTIONAL
GUESTS NEED TO PAY SUPPLEMENT TO VISIT TAJ MAHAL AGAIN)
Post breakfast drive to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri..
The short-lived capital of Mughal emperor Akbar “Fatehpur Sikri “is 40 km away from Agra. Sufi Saint Salim Chisti from Sikri village predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. Akbar then built this beautiful monument which blends of Mughal and Persian art.
Continue the drive to Jaipur, en-route visit Abhaneri Stepwell. It is one of the largest step wells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. Located in the eastern part of the province of Rajasthan, it was built by King Chanda somewhere in the 9th century. The Chand Baori is not an easy landmark to find, thus it is one of the hidden secrets of India. Chand Baori was built during the 8th and 9th centuries and has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, which descend 20m to the bottom of the well.
Centuries ago, the step wells were built in the arid zones of Rajasthan to provide water all year through. Today, the construction is not used as a well anymore, but its exquisite geometry attracts local and international visitors.
After visiting the step well continue drive to Jaipur. Jaipur is also known as the pink city because of its wall colour which is
exclusively painted pink. This colourful city has chaotic streets, busy auto-rickshaws and a lively culture. It is the gateway to Rajasthan where you can still see royal life, forts, and Palaces reflecting a glorious past. On arrival check-in at the hotel. The evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 6 - Jaipur
After early breakfast proceed to visit Amber Fort en route stop at Hawa Mahal to take some pictures. It is a stunning 5 story building. It was built to enable royal ladies in Purdah (faces covered) to see the daily lives of the city, functions or processions.
Later visit Anokhi museum. A trip to the Amber Fort is a popular destination when touring Jaipur, but visitors are increasingly adding what critics have called ‘a little gem of a museum’ on to their list as well. In the Fort’s shadow and a mere ten minute walk through the cobbled streets of Amber, the historic capital of Rajasthan, lies the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing (AMHP). Located in a magnificently restored haveli or mansion, the museum displays a varied selection of
block printed textiles alongside images, tools and related objects – all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition. Afternoon visit City Palace (Royal residence) & observatory (Jantar Mantar).
Later visit making of Lac Bangles. Bangles are known by many different names across the country. There is a high demand for lac bangles mostly during festivals and occasions in India. Even foreign people has started adorning these Lac bangles and are even exporting these bangles to foreign countries. Many tourists from foreign countries comes to India in search of Lac Bangles, stays in India for few months practicing this craft and after learning goes back to their countries to produce lac bangles. Jaipur is recognized as a chief centre of art and crafts in India.
The evening you will visit bustling yet colourful market showcasing beautiful handicraft, Rajasthan jewelry and shoes. You can get your hand painted with traditional Indian design of henna. It looks really awesome. Dinner will be at a local restaurant with tradtional Rajasthani dancing. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7 - Jaipur
Early morning at 06:30 hrs yoga at your respective hotel.
In SUNRISE YOGA class, we have included an introduction to YOGA, followed by a warm-up, stretching, poses, pranayama and a short lesson on meditation YOGA. (07:30 to 08:30 hrs)
Later freshen up and breakfast. Post breakfast drive to Bagru Village. Bagru village is about 30 km from Jaipur. Early morning
you will be picked up from your Jaipur Hotel and there will be driven to Bagru village. Earlier block painting was famous in large parts of Rajasthan, but due to modern printing technology and demand the work is limited and done at some places only. Bagru village is one of those places where still traditional Hand block painting work is done. Get in touch with your creative side, or develop your skills, while learning side by side our skilled craftsperson. Be fascinated by the prints made with small wooden blocks and colors extracted from nature.
The program leader will take you around the factory, showing you samples of printed textiles, as well as the wooden blocks and
vegetable dye used in the printing process. Then, time to make your own prints!
Your workshop doesn’t end with the prints! Listen carefully as you are taught the indispensable techniques in post-printing handlings such as boiling, dyeing, colour fixing, and washing. After passing through the post-printing processes, your scarf is ready!
You may take it home with you at the end of the workshop.
Lunch at a local restaurant to enjoy traditional vegetarian Thali of Rajasthan. Later proceed for Sanganer.
Sanganer is a small township situated approximately 16 kms away from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Known for its famous handmade paper industry and the textile printing industry, Sanganer is very famous for Jain pilgrimage services. The handmade paper industry is famous all over the country and is known to manufacture supreme quality handmade paper. Floral and block prints are also a specialty with the Sanganer block printers and artisans. The idea behind the handmade paper industry was initiated by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728. Apart from the flourishing industries, Sanganer is also known for its medieval ruins and primeval temples that are deeply rooted in the culture and heritage of the settlement.
On arrival visit this small township, see people making beautiful fabrics using natural colours. Also, visit hand made paper workshop
or factory. Have an interactive session with local craftsmen and local people.
Later in the afternoon return to Jaipur. On arrival visit Blue Pottery.. Blue Pottery is one of the well-known crafts of Jaipur. It was once a native craft of Persia that was brought to India by Mughals and later got patronized by Indian rulers (mostly Rajput). This blue pottery technique is an imported one. It is a mix of Chinese glazing technology with Persian decorative arts. Blue pottery caught the local people’s interest and many started learning this craft soon, most of the Kumbhar (pottery) families also shifted from working on red clay to blue pottery later, on a larger scale. Eventually, blue pottery craft flourished in and around Jaipur. Blue pottery has made its mark among a few other crafts in Jaipur. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8 Jaipur – Ahmedabad
Flight 6E-238 Departure 07:55 / 09:25 hrs
Early morning pick up with packed breakfast and transfer to the airport to board the flight for Ahmedabad.
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport and directly proceed for city sightseeing visiting Mahatama Gandhi Ashram, Jumma Masjid, Mosque of Siddi Saiyed. Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Harijan Ashram) was home to Mohandas Gandhii from 1917 until 1930 and served as one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle. Originally called the Satyagraha Ashram, reflecting the movement toward passive resistance launched by the Mahatma, the Ashram became home to the ideology that set India free. Sabarmati Ashram named for the river on which it sits River Sabarmati.
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is one of the most well-known mosques of Ahmedabad, and it's famous ‘‘Tree of Life Jali’’ or latticework
done on the semi-circular arch-windows has come to symbolize the city and its grandeur known for its architecture.
Post Lunch Visit demo of Kalamkarri work done by the Vaghri community.
The evening will be at leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9 - Ahmedabad - Little Rann Of Kutch
(approx. 110 km –05 1/2 hrs drive)
Breakfast and drive to Little Rann of Kutch.
Patan: was an ancient Hindu capital before Mahmud of Ghazni sacked it in 1024. Pattan is famous for its beautifully designed patola
silk saris, you can visit the Museum of National award winner Salvi family to see the weaving of Patola sarees. There is also the
renovated Rani-ki-Vav, a stepwell that boasts of some of Gujarat’s finest carvings and is also a World Heritage Site.
Modhera: The beautiful and partially ruined sun temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some
resemblance to the later, far better known, Sun Temple of Karnak, Orissa. It was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of sun God at the time of the equinoxes.
Overnight stay at LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH
Day 10 - Little Rann of Kutch - Bhuj
(approx. 250 Kms 5.5 hrs drive)
Morning Safari:- Visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary at Little Rann of Kutch.. The Sanctuary is known for Wild Ass which are found only in the
region in India, it is also known for the marshy area where you will see a variety of birds such as flamingo pink, duck, crane, etc.
After breakfast drive to the Bhuj. On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Post Lunch visit to Bhuj for local sightseeing of Palaces. museum and market area.
Aina Mahal is an 18th-century palace that was built during the
flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji. The layout, design, and decorations of
the Aina Mahal were highly influenced by a royal dream that had
eventually been converted into reality by an extremely deft craftsman
Ramsinh Malam. Prag Mahal which may at first seem out of place at the far western edge of India looking more appropriate in France. This is a palace commissioned by King Pragmalji in the 1860s designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style and built next to the Aina Mahal.
Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 11 - Bhuj - Banni Village
Breakfast at the hotel
The full-day shall be spent on visiting villages for Workshops/Demo Programs. Villages like Sumarasar Village which has Kalla Raksha a famous Textile NGO with a focus on different artwork with the use of embroidery. The emphasis has been on empowering women in the region by developing their skills with a focus on textile handicrafts.
Post Lunch visit Nirona Village to see Rogan Artwork which is done in only this one Village in India also experience Bell Making and Lacquer Work done in the Village. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 12 - Bhuj - Banni Village
Breakfast at Hotel
Post breakfast visits to Northern Banni Villages like Bhirindiyara, Hodka, Dhordo Northern Banni Villages like Bhirindiyara, Hodka, Dhordo each displaying skills of their artisans that make beautiful embroideries, colorful, inlaid mirrors and leatherwork. The different villages have people belonging to Rabari, abari, Meghwal, Harijans, Mutwa Community Meghwal, Harijans, Mutwa Community.
Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 13 - Bhuj – Ajrakpur – Bhujodi – Bhuj
(approx. 70 Kms 1.5 hrs drive)
Breakfast at Hotel
Visit Ajrakpur to see Ajrak work, Ajrak is a block-printed textile that is resist-dyed using natural dyes including indigo and madder. It is made by the Khatris community in Kutch, Gujarat and is distinguished by its color - blue with red - and its complex geometric & floral patterns.
LLDC Museum - Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a
pioneering new effort of the Shrujan Trust to preserve, revitalize
and promote the glorious craft heritage of Kutch. Dedicated to
the craftspeople of Kutch, LLDC aims to train, educate and
support crafts persons to practice their traditional crafts for
contemporary markets so that they can earn a dignified and
Bhujodi Village to meet National Award-winning weavers known for their Shawls and weaving. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 14 - Bhuj - Ahmedabad
(approx. 330 Kms/ 06-07 hrs drive)
Breakfast at the hotel
Post breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 15 - Ahmedabad – Delhi
Flight 6E- 246 Dep 14:35 / Arr 16:05
Breakfast at the hotel
Post breakfast we proceed to visit Jumma Masjid. The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad was probably the largest mosque in the Subcontinent built in this period. Designed as part of a major plan desired by the Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah. Later visit the Calico Museum Museum in Morning, experience one of India’s best Textile Museum. The collection of fabrics spanning varied and remote regions of India and exemplifies handicrafts spread across five centuries. The textile was collected with a vision to conserve, build awareness and empower the vast and deep textile heritage of India There are some astoundingly beautiful pieces, displaying incredible virtuosity and extravagance. You’ll see Kashmiri shawls that took three years to make, and double ikat cloths whose 100,000 threads were each individually dyed before weaving.
After museum visit, transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi airport board the flight for onward destination.
Accommodation for 14 nights
Meals: All breakfast basis except at Rann of Kutch & Bhuj where meal plan would be on full board basis (Breakfast, lunch & dinner on a buffet basis at respective hotel’s coffee shop).
1 traditional Thali lunch in Jaipur.
1 dinner at a local restaurant in Jaipur with traditional dance.
1 dinner with wash & change room at the airport hotel.
All transportation i.e. airport transfers, sightseeing, and interstate drives will be done using the following vehicles: 04-06 pax- using tempo traveler (minivan); 7- 12 pax Mini coach. (18 seater)
English speaking local guide for Delhi, Agra & Jaipur.
For Gujarat, we have included the services of English speaking accompanied guide.
1-time entrance fee as per the itinerary.
Bottled water and wet tissue throughout the vehicle
Internal flights airfare: Jaipur - Ahmedabad, and Ahmedabad - Delhi
All currently applicable taxes.(5% Goods & Service Tax)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Domestic airfare or Internal flights
Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, tips.
Any expenses of personal nature
Any meals not specified in the itinerary.
Any item not specified under ‘cost includes’
Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
What our guests say:
"Mich is a passionate adventurer who LOVES travel - this is clearly not just a job for her! For her, it is important to have had personal experience of the country before she sends her clients there. Her heart is totally in what she does and she loves to share experiences with others." Linda Rosenbaum