Vibrant Heritage Textiles Tour of India

Are you looking for an extraordinary experience that will enable you to discover the diverse handcrafted heritage of textiles and crafts in India?

Come and join a small group of no more than 10 individuals who share your interests on our meticulously designed 25-day tour. This tour is designed & led by Joji Jacob, a self-taught handloom enthusiast based in New Zealand with strong ties to India.

This tour covers everything about India, its people, culture, regional specialities, stunning architecture, cuisine & traditions. Explore the dynamic world of Indian textiles, where art, culture, and community intersect. This is an unforgettable opportunity that you wouldn’t want to miss!

Traversing multiple regions of India

Our 24-day journey takes us through four magnificent states in India, where you will discover this amazing country’s rich and varied textile heritage.

From the arid and colourful Gujarat, where you will admire the intricate embroidery & other crafts of the tribes of the Kutch region, to the elegant and royal Lucknow, where you will admire the delicate Chikankari and Zardozi work of the Mughal era, you will be amazed by the diversity and beauty of each region’s textile traditions. Experience the local culture firsthand as you marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and vibrant colours that make each region unique.

You will also visit historic Delhi, where you will explore the famous Chandini Chowk market, Mughal monuments and the National Handicrafts Museum, and colonial Kolkata, where you will witness the legacy of the British Raj and the Bengal Renaissance in the textile industry, including the masterful art of Jamdhani from a national award-winning weaver.

India textiles tour route map for 24-days with ATI Travel NZ
India textiles tour stay at Chambal Safari Lodge with bonfire

Hand-picked Boutique Accommodations

We’ve carefully selected boutique accommodations that embody comfort, style, and elegance. Experience the warm hospitality and architectural splendour of India’s heritage properties, where history intertwines with modern amenities. Rest and rejuvenate in luxurious countryside settings, creating the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation.

During a textiles tour with ATI Travel NZ, Indian artists specialising in Zardosi create stunning pieces in Lucknow.

Meet Artisans in their Workshops

One of the highlights of this tour is the opportunity to meet the master artisans themselves. Joji Jacob will facilitate conversations, bridging the cultural divide and allowing you to connect with these skilled craftsmen on a deeper level.

You’ll witness firsthand their time-honoured techniques passed down through generations and even have the chance to join them in exclusive short workshops. Additionally, you can purchase products directly from the artisans, supporting the preservation of these valuable crafts.

India textiles tour Chandini Chowk

A Shopper’s Paradise

No textile tour of India would be complete without indulging in the joy of shopping. From bustling local markets to exclusive boutiques, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours and intricate designs. Joji Jacob will guide you to hidden treasures and help you navigate through the maze of choices, ensuring you bring home unique pieces that carry the stories and craftsmanship of the artisans who created them.

Indian textiles and culinary journey with ATI Travel NZ

Culinary Delights and Cultural Celebrations

India’s culinary traditions are as diverse and vibrant as its textiles. Throughout the tour, indulge in a culinary journey that will introduce you to India’s authentic tastes and aromas. From regional specialities to traditional delicacies, every meal will be a feast for your taste buds.

Prepare to be enchanted by the rhythmic beats and graceful movements of Indian music and dance. Joji Jacob will introduce you to captivating performances by local artists, where you’ll witness the cultural expressions, and stories conveyed through these art forms.

Indian textiles and architecture tour in Lucknow at Bara Imambara

Architectural Marvels & Wildlife Safaris

As we traverse this incredible nation, we’ll encounter architectural marvels that tell stories of India’s glorious past. Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, explore hidden gems and witness the grandeur of palaces and temples that reflect India’s rich history and architectural prowess.

In addition, we’ll embark on an unforgettable wildlife safari, where you’ll have the opportunity to connect with nature and explore India’s breathtaking landscapes.

India wildlife safari with ATI Travel NZ

Supporting Local Artisans and Communities

By joining this tour, you immerse yourself in India’s vibrant textile culture and positively impact local artisans’ livelihood and their communities. With 40% of the tour’s profits being directed towards various social initiatives supported by Joji and his partner, Shani, you can be confident that your participation is helping to empower these artisans and preserve their craft for generations to come.

Rajasthani lady in yellow sari at Jaipur Palace

This was my fifth visit to India, and I would have to say it surpassed all my expectations. I came upon ATI Travel by pure chance while searching the internet for small group textile tours.

I knew immediately upon reading the itinerary that it had all the ingredients for an amazing tour e.g. maximum group size 10, a focus interest in textiles along with numerous other handicrafts, architecture, and nature, using all modes of transport on offer in India and with accommodation varying from the mud hut eco-resorts, safari lodge, historic properties and the top Taj hotels…. (read full testimonial)

Bronwyn & Ian Hay
NSW, Australia

Testimonials from Delighted Guests

Don’t just take our word for it! Hear from our delighted guests who have embarked on this textile adventure before. Their testimonials reflect the incredible experiences, cultural connections, and lifelong memories they made during the tour.

Join the ranks of those who have fallen in love with India’s textiles and crafts.

India textiles tour private coach

Embarking on our 25-day textiles tour of India promises to be an immersive and enriching experience. Led by the knowledgeable and multilingual Joji Jacob, you’ll explore this incredible nation’s artistic heritage, cultural diversity, and breathtaking landscapes.

By joining this tour, you gain a deeper understanding of India, its culture, tradition, cuisine, architecture, arts & crafts and textiles and support the livelihood of local artisans and their communities. So, pack your bags and prepare for a rich & colourful celebration of heritage textiles & lifestyles of India.

Your Indian textile adventure awaits. Book your seat now!

Children in India with beaming smiles

I had been stalking the ATI website for a couple of years after alighting on the words “Threads of India Tour” in the travel advertisements and decided it was finally the right time to go.

The support provided by Joji and Shani to prepare for this trip was extraordinary. It involved invitations to hear them talk about textiles to different groups, lunch at their home to meet other travellers, assistance with applying for a visa, suggested reading and very timely and efficient communications. I was looking forward to seeing India through Joji’s eyes…

Lynne Birch

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