Threads of Tradition
Textiles themed tour of Northern India
What makes this trip extraordinary?
- An intimate group of maximum 10 guests.
- Business owners lead the tour, this enables us to fine-tune the itinerary to meet the travel needs of the all the guests on an almost daily basis.
- Have private meetings with artists and craftspeople.
- Explore lively markets and visit selected galleries and shops
- Stay in hand-picked boutique accommodation, such as beach cottage, four & five-star hotels & heritage properties.
- Explore the richly varied world of Indian cuisine
- We go behind the scene to learn Ajrak printing, indigo dyeing and embroidery techniques.
- Visit architectural marvels, such as Taj Mahal, medieval step-wells.
- Optional activities, such as power paragliding, river safari and camel ride are available on request.
- Birdwatching & cycling through the village are the other highlights of the tour.
Threads of Tradition
8th Oct – 29th Oct 2019
Personally Escorted by Joji Jacob
Group discounts available. Contact us for details.
Day 1 – Welcome to your Threads of Tradition tour!We will receive you personally at the Ahmedabad International Airport and take you to your hotel.
Day 2 – Ahmedabad (Commercial centre of Gujarat)The best time to travel in India is in the mornings, so after a hearty breakfast, we will head off for sightseeing in Ahmedabad. Key highlights include visits to the famous Calico Museum; National Institute of Design and a commercial scale organic dyeing & printing business.
Day 3 – Ahmedabad to PatanOn our way to Patan, we will drive through scenic Gujarat and along the way we will visit an organic cotton farm; visit the Modhera Sun Temple (an ancient & beautiful architectural marvel built in 1026AD); watch artisans carving wooden blocks for block printing. On reaching Patan, we visit weavers undertaking the complex double IKAT weaving.
Day 4 – Patan to BhujOn our way to Bhuj, we will visit a 11th-century step well, a UNESCO world heritage site and a must see for its engineering and architectural brilliance. Monuments, temples, havelis, forts and palaces are all key sources for artisans to draw inspiration for developing their own floral or geometric designs. We stay the night in Bhuj – the heart of textiles and embroidery in Gujarat.
Day 5 – Bhuj (South)We will visit communities and NGOs located in the south of Bhuj. Here we get to feast our eyes on ‘Ajarakh’ (resist dye) printing; ‘Bandhani’ – the tie and dye process; block printing and ‘Bhujodi’ pit-loom weaving.
Day 6 – Bhuj (West)This day we get to enjoy various types of embroideries such as Ahir & Soof (very fine and detailed designs), leather embroidery and Rogan art (hand painted textiles) being undertaken in the villages.
Day 7 – Rann of KutchRann of Kutch, north of Bhuj, is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar desert. On a full moon night, the salt marsh apparently looks like the moon. The Rann Utsav arts and crafts festival (3 month long) will be in full swing. We get to meet artisans and enjoy local culture, textiles, arts and crafts and cuisine. Being in a desert, we will stay in glamourous tents to really enjoy the ambience.
Day 8 – Mandvi BeachWe head off south to Mandvi Beach – a pristine beach along the Gulf of Kutch. Staying in a deluxe camp with handcrafted tents, provides the opportunity to just relax, soak up the sunshine and rejuvenate.
Day 9 – Mandvi to AhmedabadWe head back to Ahmedabad through scenic central Gujarat. Time to just rest and relax or just explore.
Day 10 – Ahmedabad to DelhiWe take a morning flight to Delhi. This is a fabulous opportunity to check Dili Hart, an open air food and crafts market in the city centre. Here you can meet artisans from many parts of India selling regional handicrafts and textiles. A fantastic place to get a taste of the amazing regional cuisines and to buy gifts for friends and family.
Day 11 – DelhiOn this day we get to see the old and new faces of Delhi. A cycle rickshaw ride through the congested streets of Old Delhi is an amazing experience. On reaching the bazaars, we will walk along streets filled with tiny but specialists shops – bridal wear, festive clothing; costume jewellery, Indian delicacies and much much more. The riots of colour, the crowd and the sights and sounds are a visual and sensory treat. We will visit the Qutub Minar – a very important historical landmark. We will drive through New Delhi, the garden city, enjoy the colonial architecture, parks and gardens and visit State Emporiums.
Day 12 – Delhi – Taj Mahal – ChambalWe bid Delhi farewell and head towards one of the wonders of the world – Taj Mahal. You get to enjoy this breathtaking symbol of love for a couple of hours before we head off to our accommodation in the heart of Chambal Valley. Located in a sprawling reclaimed woodland, you get to immerse yourself in its tranquil green surroundings.
Day 13 – ChambalA quiet day to explore the village, meet and mingle with the villagers, enjoy bird watching, cycling around or just relax under the shade of beautiful mature trees.
Day 14 – Chambal – LucknowToday, we get to experience Indian Railway’s hospitality as we embark on a three-hour train ride to princely Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs of Oudh. In the evening, we will go on a culinary walk through areas where the locals go to eat. We get to stay in a beautifully restored heritage haveli.
Day 15 – LucknowWe will wander around narrow streets in the old part of Lucknow to view artisans undertaking different types of embroideries (Chikan, Zardozi and Aari); block printing; metal crafts, perfumeries (using local rose petals) and costume jewellery making. Walking around, we will stop as the fancy takes us to taste the local delicacies.
Day 16 – Lucknow – KolkataWith the flight to Kolkata not until in the early evening, there is time to further explore Lucknow or just enjoy the lap of luxury that the haveli has to offer.
Day 17 – Kolkata – Kalna – ItachunaAfter breakfast, we check out and head out to Itachuna. Enjoy the scenic drive towards rural Bengal where we will visit a master jamdani weaver’s workhop. Once again we get to stay in a beautifully restored heritage mansion.
Day 18 – Itachuna – Phulia – ItachunaWe venture to rural Phulia where we will visit a cotton weaver’s home and the cooperative societies.
Day 19 – Itachuna – KolkataWe drive back to Kolkata and after some rest and refreshments, we will visit modern Indian designer showrooms promoting fashion shaped from traditional designs, fabrics and styles. Before retiring for the evening, we will visit Mother Theresa’s home – ‘Mother House’.
Day 20 – KolkataAfter breakfast, we visit an artists’ colony where they create clay idols for festivals. We get to enjoy a home-cooked lunch before we visit Kolkata’s ‘Tant’ textile showroom where traditional Bengali sarees are displayed. Enjoy a relaxing evening in very luxurious accomodation.
Day 21 – DepartureSadly, this is the day to bid our farewells and head our separate ways. It has been our pleasure to show you the textiles traditions of old and new India.
‘Threads of Tradition’ Route MapFollow this link to view an interactive map.
Package cost includes:
- 3 Domestic airfares, land transport in private air-conditioned van
- All breakfast, 2 lunch & 6 dinner
- All entrance fees
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