A 16-day tour discovering the beauty of textiles and culture in India.Commencing from Mumbai in November and February each year, explore the villages of Kutch and see some of India’s best embroidery and fabric work. Take a guided tour of the historic cities of Bhuj, Ahmedabad and Delhi, enjoying ancient sights and beautiful textile displays. Visit the amazingly jewelled Taj Mahal and delight in the spectacular sights and handicrafts of Jaipur. The tour also takes you to Lucknow to discover some fascinating historical sights and to visit a local village, where you will see exquisite embroideries being worked by the local women. All along the way, you will enjoy wonderful shopping and delicious food.This wonderful tour takes you off the well-worn tourist path to discover the hidden gems and beautiful fabric treasures of India. It will enchant and delight you!
After a group meeting, we have a short flight to Bhuj in the centre of Kutch, an interesting historic city with wonderful bazaars and beautiful, partially ruined palaces.
Kutch is one of India’s richest areas for handicrafts, particularly famed for its beautiful and colourful embroidery work. It also specialises in weaving, appliqué, patchwork, tie-dye, block-printing and other crafts. Over the next few days, we visit some local villages and cooperatives to see the artisans at work. We will also visit some magnificent displays of their finished products. Later, we will go on a guided tour of Bhuj and see the local sights – with some free time for exploring and shopping. Another highlight is visiting the Great Rann of Kutch (reputedly, the largest salt desert in the world) at sunset.
Today we enjoy the rural scenery as we drive to Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city.
Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, which contains one of the world’s finest collections of antique and modern Indian textiles.
Visit Sabarmati Ashram (Gandhi’s headquarters between 1917-1930). After lunch we take a flight to historic Lucknow.
Today we’ll drive out to a local village to see different embroidery styles including the traditional chikan embroidery that Lucknow is famous for. After lunch, we visit the historically fascinating Bara Imbara, the colossal tomb dedicated to a Shiite holy man.
This morning we have a guided tour of The Residency and after lunch we board an express train to Delhi.
Drive to Jaipur to see some of the wonderful sights of the chaotic pink capital of Rajasthan, wander through the colourful bazaars seeing wonderful displays of block-printed fabric & rich embroidery. Take a guided tour of the city palace and other parts of the city.
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort & Anokhi Museum of Hand-printing for a hands-on demonstration and amazing fabric displays.
This morning there is free time for shopping. After lunch, we head to Bharatpur, stopping en route at an amazing ancient step well and temple.
After an early visit to the peaceful Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, enjoy a guided tour of Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent ghost city built in 1571 by the Moguls. Afternoon guided tour of the beautiful Taj Mahal, described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Drive to Delhi for overnight.
Today we visit some of the State Govt Emporiums, showcasing magnificent textile products from different states. In the afternoon, we have a cycle rickshaw ride around Old Delhi.
Enjoy more wonderful sights like Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Dargah and Gandhi’s memorial, and great shopping opportunities at Hauz Khas village. After dinner, we transfer to Delhi airport for flights home, concluding a magical journey.
Your 16-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, all accommodation, all internal flights, all tours, entrance fees, local guides, guide tips, some meals, local textile and village industry expert.
Price $3990 per person, twin share.
(Single Supplement $910)
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on altered circumstances.