SMALL GROUP TOUR
An Indian Design Journey – Delhi to Mumbai
Through Architecture, Interior Design & Textiles
18 days from NZ$10860 per person
27 Feb to 15 Mar 2024
Small Group: Min 8 – Max 11
An Indian Design Journey, hosted by Design Alchemy and boutique tour operator All Things Intriguing (ATI) Travel, is all prepared to dive deep into India’s most extraordinary architectural and cultural wonders.
Are you longing to immerse yourself in India’s rich and captivating culture but haven’t found the perfect opportunity to do so?
Look no further! This personally curated tour offers you a chance to witness the magic of India in ways you never thought possible. You will embark on a journey that will ignite your adventurous spirit and leave you awestruck. This tour includes visits to luxurious royal and private residences, artists’ studios and workshops, as well as carefully selected design institutions, museums, boutique showrooms, and local markets.
You will travel comfortably with a small group of like-minded individuals, indulging in regional culinary delights across five states. After the high energy and buzz of the cities, the authenticity of Artisans in the villages kick back and soak in the quietude of the wilderness during the wildlife safaris. Let us turn your long-held dream of experiencing India into a reality.
I undertook a tour with Design Alchemy to India in March 2023. It was an incredible experience with a group of women that, at the start of the journey, I didn’t know and now have shared lifelong experiences with. The tour itinerary was very well organised and also flexible, as travel can be unpredictable at times.
I would call it a bespoke tour as we had the opportunity to truly integrate with Indian families in their own homes and environments, which is certainly not something the average tourist to India gets to do. Every day was an exciting new adventure, and I loved every minute!
If you get an opportunity to join one of these tours, do not hesitate…. You will be in for a trip of a lifetime!
You are warmly invited to join Design Alchemy’s third Journey to India, a unique partnership between the designers and ATI Travel, which takes place from February 27 until March 15, 2024, and it promises the experience of a lifetime.
Read more about the designers and the tour leader
Each of these designers has a strong connection with India in their own way.
Anna’s passion for India started while working in fabric houses in London in the late 90’s. She fell in love with the textiles, embroideries and exquisite workmanship. “Nothing rivals the jewel-like tones or the vivid patterns that tell time-honoured stories.” She has travelled extensively, hosting design tours through Asia, including Kerala in the south of India. Never shy of street food or walking off the beaten track, Anna has an incredible knack for finding those hidden gems.
Amanda began her relationship with India in 1988. Travelling on her honeymoon, she ventured as far as the remote northern area of Ladakh, meeting the Dalai Lama, and spending time with the Monks. Fast forward to 2012, and she married again in a western / Hindu ceremony in Kerala, the Venice of the East. The allure of exotic India has continued to draw Amanda back numerous times over the decades. She loves the intensity of all things India, the design, the colours, the people and the variety of traditions and cultures. When she steps off the plane into the country, feels like she has come home.
Donna has always travelled under the philosophy of seeing a lot of a little. Her love of India started in her mid-twenties when she and her husband arrived in Old Delhi to commence an incredible trip through northern India. They took in all of the vivid cultures and design experiences from Delhi to Agra & Varanasi. This was a trip of a lifetime that intoxicated all her senses.
She has even trekked to Mt Everest Base Camp in Nepal and met Tenzing Norgay & Sir Edmund Hillary while they were filming a National Geographic documentary. Those encounters created memories still cherished today. Donna has returned to India on multiple occasions, and the draw to visit again is still as strong as ever.
It was an easy decision for these 3 designers to partner with Joji Jacob from ATI Travel. Joji has created bespoke tours for our previous tours, and his clients include Coco Chanel. Together, they have created “An Indian Design Journey”, which will take you on a breath-taking and experiential tour of the amazing Architecture, Interior Design and Textiles of India.
This tour will take you behind the scenes into real India, and you will experience a journey that will fill you with a lifetime of memories and leave you hanging for more. If you have ever dreamt of travelling in India but have never had the confidence or the like-minded people to travel with, now is your golden opportunity.
This was a comprehensive and fascinating tour exploring the northwest corridor of India. Tour leaders, with excellent support from the ATI leader (and his team), provided accessible and informative service throughout while ensuring that we, as a group, had really good fun!
I will never forget this trip; I learned lots of stories and lots of new learning about textiles and design. Importantly, so enjoyable to interact with, and learn from, so many friendly people I met in India. Namaste.
Day 1, 2 & 3 – Delhi - Arrival
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at Delhi International Airport, we will warmly welcome you and escort you to your hotel. Delhi boasts incredible architectural wonders, and we will have the opportunity to discover the charm of the old city on a cycle rickshaw. As Delhi has a rich Mughlai heritage, we cannot miss the chance to indulge in its delectable cuisine.
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Accommodation: Golden Haveli
Day 4 & 5 Chambal
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Accommodation: Chambal Safari Lodge
Day 6 – Agra
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Accommodation: Grand Imperial
Day 7, 8 & 9 – Jaipur
Our journey takes us to vibrant Rajasthan, where we reach Jaipur, the Pink city that greets us with its splendid architecture and culture. We marvel at the grandeur of this regal city, visiting its impressive palaces, forts, showrooms and markets that showcase its rich history and skill in various fields such as textiles, jewellery, pottery and painting. We also get a chance to mingle with a hospitable Rajasthani family, learn their culinary secrets, and taste their delicious homemade food that reflects their customs and tastes. We enjoy their warm hospitality and learn about their lifestyle and values. We meet renowned designers and get special access to their studios, where we witness their creativity and innovation. We see indigo dyeing in the countryside, where we learn about the natural process and the history of this ancient art. We see block printmakers in action, and we admire their intricate designs and patterns. We buy textiles from the craftsmen directly, where we appreciate their quality and authenticity.
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Accommodation: Ikaki Niwas
Day 10, 11 & 12 – Udaipur
Udaipur is a charming city that exudes elegance and beauty, often referred to as “the City of Lakes”. It is undeniably one of India’s most romantic destinations, nestled amidst the serene waters of its renowned lakes such as Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, and the historic Aravalli Hills. The city offers a chance to discover traditional craft revival and sustainability initiatives, providing an excellent opportunity to purchase unique items while also supporting local artisans and empowering women in less affluent areas of the country.
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Accommodation: Karohi Haveli
Day 13, 14 & 15 – Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is also known as the Heritage City of India, as it was founded in the 15th century by King Ahmad Shah I and has a rich history and culture. The city is divided into two parts: the old city and the new city. The old city is home to many historical monuments, such as the Gandhi Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived and worked for many years, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, famous for its intricate stone latticework, and the Adalaj Step-well, a five-storey.
Meals: B | – | –
Accommodation: The House of MG
Day 16, 17 & 18 – Mumbai - Departure
As we conclude our tour, we arrive at Mumbai, which is often referred to as ‘The City of Spices’ due to its vibrant and colourful atmosphere. This bustling city has a rich history and culture that is celebrated with enthusiasm, and it is also the largest city in India and the centre of the famous Bollywood film industry.
This itinerary will help you discover the best of Mumbai and experience its unique charm and energy. You will come to appreciate why Mumbai is such a special place in India, with its diverse attractions and activities.
Mumbai is an incredible destination for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in a different world. You can explore busy markets, savour delicious cuisine, visit galleries, and indulge in endless shopping. All these experiences await you in this lively and vibrant city.
Meals: B | – | –
Accommodation: Taj Mahal Tower
Tour Price & Other Info
Prices are per person, based on twin-share
Package Price for 18 days: NZ$10860 per person on a twin share basis
A mandatory tipping fee applies for a group of 9 or less: NZ$200 per person
Single Supplement: NZ$2925 Per Person
- Airport meet and greet with private transfers
- Private air-conditioned coach
- Handpicked boutique accommodations
- Meals as per trip note
- Cooking class & dining with the family
- Entrance fees, as required
- River safari & bird watching
- English-speaking local guides
- Train journey in A/C Chair Car from Ahmedabad to Mumbai
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance
- Medical Tests & other medical expenses
- Personal expenses
- Tips for restaurant staff
What destinations are covered in the small group tours to India?
This carefully curated small group tour of India encompasses a vast array of destinations, encompassing legendary cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai, as well as culturally significant regions such as Agra, Udaipur, and Ahmedabad. You’ll have the opportunity to explore awe-inspiring historical sites like the Taj Mahal, ancient temples, vibrant markets, peaceful wildlife, and more. Each itinerary is carefully crafted to showcase India’s rich diversity of landscapes, traditions, architecture, cuisine, music, and people.
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What is included in the tour packages?
Are the tours suitable for solo travellers?
When should I purchase comprehensive travel insurance?
What is comprehensive travel insurance?
Comprehensive travel insurance is a type of insurance that covers a wide range of risks and expenses that may arise during your trip. It typically includes coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellation, baggage loss or damage, personal liability, and legal assistance. Travel insurance provided by Credit card providers might have some limitations, so please check the small prints.
What are the supporting documents I need to submit for the tour?
To successfully book your trip, please ensure that you have
1. a completed and signed copy of the booking form
2. a copy of the passport, valid for six months from the last day of travel
3. a copy of the comprehensive travel insurance
4. a copy of the International Air Ticket with arrival & departure information *
* Please DO NOT purchase your air ticket until the minimum tour numbers are reached.
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Something for everyone
Whether you are a first-timer or experienced traveller, our tours meet the expectations, needs and interests of each individual on the tour. Our guests continuously tell us that it surpasses all their expectations.
This tour is suitable for guests who do not mind travelling that extra mile in search of those unique experiences. If you are interested in culture, cuisine, architecture, people interaction and textiles, you will love this tour.
Travel in comfort
We provide airport to airport service, for your comfort and safety. Your private vehicle and the English speaking driver will accompany you throughout the journey. Check out the feedback we have received from our guests.