Rajasthan & Gujarat Textile

(14 Nights/15 Days)

Highlights of the tour

    • Visit of Bagru village (famous for block printing). Unique wooden printing techniques employ wooden blocks where the design is first engraved on the block which is further used to replicate the design on the preferred fabric.
    • Famous Blue Pottery shop visit.
    • Lac Bengal making in Jaipur.
    • Yoga in Jaipur.
    • Abhaneri Stepwell.
    • Rickshaw ride during market visit in Delhi and Jaipur.
    • Elephant ride in Jaipur. (Subject to availability).
    • Demo of Kalakamkari work Vaghari Community in Ahmedabad.
    • Demo of art work in Kutch.
    • Demo of art work in Bhuj.
    • Traditional thali (platter lunch) in Jaipur at local restaurant.
    • Dinner with dance in Jaipur at local restaurant with Rajasthani dance.
    • Shop like a local in the colorful market of Jaipur.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01- Arrive Delhi by international flight
(Accommodation being held from this day to hold the occupancy on immediate basis)

Day 02- Delhi

On arrival at Delhi International airport after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet our representative in arrival hall holding paging of your name. He will further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. (Standard check-in time is 1200 hours)

 After freshen up and breakfast at hotel sightseeing will start at 11:30. (As monument closed at 18: 00 hrs , we need to complete it on time. Moreover during winter days are shorter and sun sets early).

Post lunch visit New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi, beautifully designed by “Sir Edwin Lutyens”, drive pass India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Connaught Place. Later continue the sightseeing visiting, Humayun Tomb, the tomb was built in 1570 and was the first garden tomb made by Humayun’s son Akbar. It is Unesco world heritage site.

Conclude the sightseeing with the visit of “Qutub Minar”, the stunning red stone tower is 72.5 m high with 2.75m in diameter. It is also UNESCO site.

Evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03- Delhi - Agra (approx.. 203 Kms/ 4 hours)

Breakfast at hotel

Post breakfast drive to Agra. The land of the Taj is not only famous for the biggest allure “Taj Mahal” but also legacy of Mughals which they had left behind. Their legacy can be seen in mausoleums, tombs and magnificent fort.

On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon rest at hotel.

Evening enjoy walking tour discovering Oriental Agra program is conducted by using Eco friendly Battery operated Rickshaws. In this tour Tourists 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 tour and includes both walk and ride.

Evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities.

Overnight stay hotel.

Day 04- Agra

Early morning visit beautiful Taj Mahal, during sunrise the sunrays have a magical effect with marble surface. It changes its color which creates eternal beauty (Closed on Friday). After visiting Taj Mahal return to hotel for breakfast.

Later visit Agra Fort. Red Fort, it is an UNESCO heritage site. It is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. The fort is built in red stone to make it main residence of Mughals.

Also visit Mehtab Bagh. Mehtab Bagh is located on the left bank of Yamuna opposite 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.

Evening will be at leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 05- Agra – Jaipur (approx.. 260 Kms/ 5-6 hours)

Breakfast at hotel

Post breakfast drive to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The short lived capital of Mughal emperor Akbar “Fatehpur Sikri “is 40 kms away from Agra. Sufi Saint Salim Chisti from Sikri village predicted the birth of an heir to Mughal throne. Akbar then built this beautiful monument which blend of Mughal and Persian art.

Continue drive to Jaipur enroute 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 one 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 stepwells 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. About 64 feet deep, it is India’s largest and deepest stepwells with 13 floors and was built in the 9th century for water harvesting.

After visiting step well continue drive to Jaipur.  Jaipur also known as pink city because of its wall color which are exclusively painted in pink color. This colorful city has chaotic streets, colorful auto rickshaw and lively culture. It is the gateway to Rajasthan vacation, here you can still see royal life, forts and Palaces reflecting glorious past.

On arrival check in at hotel. Evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities.

Overnight stay hotel.

Day 06- Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel

After early breakfast proceed to visit Amber Fort enroute stop at Hawa Mahal for clicking some pictures.it is a stunning 5 story building. It was built to enable royal ladies see daily lives of the city or some function or procession as those days ladies had to cover their faces. At the entrance gate of Amber Fort, you will be provided with Elephant, climb as he will ascend and take you to the fort. You will return by foot or by jeep.

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 center of art and crafts in India.

Evening you will visit bustling yet colorful 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 local restaurant with traditional Rajasthani dance.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07- 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 kms from Jaipur. Early morning you will be picked up from your Jaipur Hotel and there will be drive 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 colours extracted from nature.

The program leader will take you around the factory, showing you samples of printed textile, 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 handling such as boiling, dyeing, color 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 local restaurant enjoy traditional vegetarian Thali of Rajasthan. Later proceed for Sanganer.

Sanganer : Sanganer is a small township situated approximately 16 kilometers 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 colors. Also visit hand made paper workshop or factory. Have a 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 ruler (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 few of other crafts in Jaipur.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08- Jaipur - Ahmedabad by flight 6E-238 Departure 07:55/09:25 hrs

Early morning pick up with packed breakfast and transfer to 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 Saiyyed.

Mahatma Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram:- Sabarmati Ashram (also known as  Harijan  Ashram) was home to Mohandas Gandhi 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.

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.

Mosque of Sidi  Saiyyed:-  Sidi  Saiyyed  Mosque  is  one  of  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 symbolise the city and its grandeur known for its architecture.

Evening will be at leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09- Ahmedabad – Little Rann Of Kutch (approx. 250 Kms/6 hrs drive)

Breakfast and drive to Little Rann of Kutch

Patan: Patan was an ancient Hind capital before Mahmud of Ghazni sacked it in 1024. Patan 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 step well which boasts of some of Gujarat’s finest carvings and is also a World Heritage Site.

Modhera : 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 Konark, 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 to 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 hotel.

Post Lunch visit Bhuj for local Sight Seeing of Palaces, Museum and Market Area.

Aina Mahal:- Aina Mahal is an 18th century palace that was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji. The layout, design and decorations of 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:- 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 1860’s 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

Full day shall spent on visiting villages for Workshop / Demo Programs.

Villages like Sumrasar Village which has Kala Raksha a famous Textile NGO with focus on different art work with use of embroidery. The emphasis has been on empowering women in the region by developing their skills with focus on textile handicrafts.

Post Lunch  visit Nirona Village to see Rogan Art work which is done in only this one Village in Inida also experience Bell Making and Lacquer Work done in the Village.

Overnight stay at Bhuj.

Day 12- Bhuj –Banni Village (approx. 140 KMS 3 hrs drive)

Breakfast at Hotel

Post breakfast visit Northern Banni Villages like Bhirindiyara, Hodka, Dhordo each displaying skills of their artisans that make beautiful embroideries, colorful, inlaid mirrors and leather work. The different villages have people belonging to Rabari, Meghwal, Harijans, Mutwa Community.

 Overnight stay at Bhuj.

Day 13 Bhuj– Ajrakpur – Bhujodi – Bhuj (approx. 70 Kms 1.5 hrs drive)

Breakfast at Hotel

Ajrakpur – 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 Khatris community in Kutch, Gujarat and is distinguished by its colour- 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 prosperous living.

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 hotel

Post breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15- Ahmedabad –Delhi 6E-162 Departure 17:40/19:25 hrs

Breakfast at hotel

Post breakfast Visit Calico Museum (CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND STRICLTY SUBJECT TO PERMISSON IN ADVANCE) 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 were collected with 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 doubleikat cloths whose 100,000 threads were each individually dyed before weaving.

Post Lunch Visit demo of Kalamkari work done by Vaghri community.

Later in time transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival at airport hotel for dinner, where we will provide you 01 or 02 wash & change room before dinner.

After dinner relax sometime in the lobby area. From where our representative will pick you up for international airport to board flight for your onward destination.

End of the tour