Textile Trip of India take you to centres of traditional craftsmanship across
the country. Cloth has traditionally been woven in India by skilled weavers,
on handlooms, and made into garments that are draped in the form of a sari by
women, and dhoti's by men. There are many craft traditions associated with textiles,
such as mirror work, block printing and bandhani tie-and-dye work in Rajasthan
Punjab is known for its traditional floral embroidery called Phulkari. Further
north Kashmir is known for fine embroidery in wool and silk, on woven woolen
shawls and garments, and Uttar Pradesh for white embroidery on pastel cotton
garments called Chikankari from Lucknow. In the east, Jharkhand, Bihar and
Bengal are known for their hand woven textiles. Bihar, for its golden tussar
silk weaving and Bengal for cotton Tangail, and silk Jamdani and Baluchari
The seven Northeastern states are known for a range of tribal crafts including
handloom shawls and clothing. In Orissa there are many different designs and
motifs woven in cotton and silk to create the distinctive saris of Orissa
- Bomkai, Teliarumaal,Sambalpuri which are cherished by women in India.
Handloom weaving is an established traditional industry in south India. Andhra
Pradesh has a rich weaving tradition, with Pochampalli and Venkatagiri being
among the best known. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are known for their rich Kanjeevaram
and Mysore silks and fine cotton saris and fabric in bright traditional colours.
Kerala is known for its traditional off white hand woven clothing, with gold
Further up on the west coast, Maharashtra is known for its Paithani and Poona
saris. Madhya Pradesh in the centre of India is known for its fine Chanderi
saris and Chattisgarh for its tribal weaves.
Overflowing with colour, texture and designs, India's textile heritage waits
to be discovered by you. Come experience the wonders of India's textile tradition,
with a Textile Trip of India.
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13 nights / 14 days
Day 01 : Arrival Mumbai
On arrival at the airport greeting and assistance by our company,s representative
and transfer to hotel. Afternoon half day city tour of Mumbai visiting The Gateway
to India, The Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hills, the Dhobi Ghat and Prince of
Day 02 : Mumbai - Bhavnagar (By Flight IC 635 - 0945 hrs / 1035 hrs )
Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to Bhavnagar. On arrival
meet n greet by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Late
morning visit the Palitana, 51 kms south west of Bhavnagar. A Jain pilgrim centre
located at the foot of the 600 mtrs Shetrunjaya hills. It has 863 Jain temples
built over 900 years, many of them of marble. Surprisingly, a Muslim shrine
is also located next to one of the major temples.Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 : Bhavnagar Gondal
On arrival at the airport meet n greet by our representative and
drive to Gondal ( By Road - 5 hours drive ) After breakfast, a (05 hours) drive
brings us to Gondal. Check in hotel and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Gondal Bhuj : ( By Road - 6 hours drive )
Morning after breakfast depart for Bhuj, a 06 hours drive. Check in to the Prince
Hotel. This beautiful old walled city leaps out from the pages of the Arabian
Nights. You can lose yourself for hours in maze of narrow streets and colorful
bazaars or admire the Kutchi people dressed in their heavily embroidered traditional
costumes. Afternoon, visit the richly decorated Swaminarayan Temple - which
has been widely featured in several travel magazines around the world. Later
in the afternoon visit the Bhuj bazaar and witness a tie and dye demonstration.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Bhuj
Morning after breakfast visit different Banni Tribal Villages . The dwellings
are made of round mud huts called `bhungas' with a single central support pole
and a thatched or tiled roof, all surrounding a large community courtyard. The
women tend to be shy with male visitors, but are hospitable and welcome guests
in their homes.
They have exquisite personal collections of embroidered quilts and garments.
Walls, shelves, grain containers and cupboards are fashioned in mud with decorative
designs washed with lime paste and embedded with mirrors which throw back
hundreds of shimmering reflections. You will also see a variety of handicrafts,
including textiles like tie and dye, vegetables color dye printing, `Rogan'
art, glass bead work, woollen shawls, leather articles and more.
We will also drive to Sumarsar village, famous for Scoof Embroidery done
by the Harijan Community. Nirona Village has `Rogan' art & bell making
by the Muslim Community. Lace is also produced by the Harijan Community. Later,
drive on to Mundra Village, to see the making of sheep wool, including wax
printing. Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
06 : Bhuj - Bhujodi Zainabad : ( By road - 7 hours drive )
Morning after breakfast visit the nomadic Rabari embroiders and weavers of woolen
blankets in Bhujodi Village. Later drive for 7 hours to Zainabad. On arrival
check-into a unique ethnic camp, the Desert Coursers Camp Zainabad - with huts
built like that of the colorful tribal villages in this area. This western part
of Gujarat state has unique barren salt flats known as the Rann of Kutch. During
the monsoons this area is flooded with seawater and once this water recedes,
this vast land is covered with salt as far as the eye can see. In the winter
months (November to February), this area forms a good breeding ground for flamingoes
and pelicans. The famous Indian Wild Ass live here in abundance and the isolation
from the outside world has helped the local Kutchhi people preserve their customs
and traditions more than any other part of the state.Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07 : Zainabad
Morning full day excursion, traveling deep into the Rann of Kutch, observing
the local Kutchhi tribes and wildlife which includes a thriving population of
Wild Asses, Indian foxes, jackals and birds like the houbara bustard, sandgrouse,
quails, eagles and falcons just to name a few. Desert Coursers. Overnight stay
at the hotel.
Day 08 : Zainabad - Chitra Vichitra - Mt. Abu : ( By Road - 6 hours drive
After breakfast, a drive of about 200 kms (4 hours brings us to Chitra Vichitra
Fair. We halt here for couple of hours and proceed for Mt Abu ( 50 km.). En
route we will also visit the Poshina Tribal area and see 'Patola Weaving' in
the Patan area. Patola is coloured silk thread weaving in double Ikat i.e. for
fabric where the warp and weft threads are woven into intricate multi-coloured
designs. In Mt. Abu, Check in hotel and overnight stay.
Chitra Vichitra Fair:
This fair takes place in the village of Gunbhakhari
in Sabarkantha district, very near the borders of Rajasthan. It is held a fortnight
after the Holi festival. The fair site is attractive, as the temple, which is
its focus, overlooks the river Sabarmati, Akul and Vyakul. It is one of the
largest purely adivasi fairs of the border region and attracts large numbers
of Bhils who come from all the surrounding districts using every imaginable
form of transport.
Day 09 : Mt. Abu - Ranakpur - Udaipur ( By Road - 4 hours drive )
After breakfast visit the beautiful Dilwara temples of Mt. Abu, and drive to
Ranakpur, the fabulous 500 year old Jain Temples. The temples are superbly preserved
in near perfect condition. The most distinctive feature are the 29 halls of
the main temple, some octagonal and many more than one story high, each dissected
by 1444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs, of which no two are the
exactly alike. The carvings are on the walls, while musicians and dancers have
been modeled out of brackets between the pillars and the ceiling.
After the sightseeing of Ranakpur drive to Udaipur. This lake city is perhaps
the most romantic of all the Indian centers. A fairytale collection of exotic
gardens, mirror-calm lakes and fantasy island palaces. In Udaipur, check in
to The Trident Hotel. Late afternoon, we have a boat ride around the fabulous
Lake Pichola, which will include a visit to another island palace called the
Jagmandir.Overnight stay at the hotel.
10 : Udaipur - Jaipur : ( By Flight CD 7492 - 1955 hrs / 2035 hrs )
After breakfast, followed by a half day city tour of Udaipur includes the City
Palace, Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden where women of the royal household would meet)
and the Jagdish Temple (Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo-Aryan
temple is the most beautiful temple of Udaipur). Evening transfer to the airport
for Jaipur, the beautiful pink city almost totally built in shimmering pink
sandstone, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 11 : Jaipur
Morning photo-stop at the honey-comb designed Hawa Mahal also known as the "
Palace of Wind " from where the royal ladies, who lived in seclusion, observed
life on the outside. Later visit the fairy tale like Amer Fort, as you ascend
the hill like a Maharaja on the back of an Elephant. This is followed by visits
to the City Palace of the Jaipur Maharaja and the amazingly accurate Jantar
Mantar, the medieval stone Observatory. Afternoon, visit a hand knotted carpet
weaving unit - where wool is colored in vegetable dyes, making each carpet only
one of a kind. We will also see a hand block printing on cotton fabric demonstration.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra ( By Road - 6 hours drive )
After early breakfast, a 06 hours drive through the vast farmlands of Uttar
Pradesh State. En route we will visit the Ghost Capital of the Mughal Emperor
Akbar Fatehpur Sikri, built entirely of red sandstone and now declared as a
World Heritage Monument. In Agra, check in hotel. Afternoon visit the fabulous
Taj Mahal : Symbol of eternal love and one of the "Wonder of the World"
and the Agra Fort, standing testimony in red sandstone to the story of the Great
Mughals . Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 : Agra - Sikandra - Delhi :( By Road - 5 hours drive )
Morning after breakfast depart for Delhi. En route visit Sikandra, 10 kms from
Agra, to see the Mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This building has an
excellent Muslim architecture, which is very visible in subsequent Mughal buildings,
including the Taj Mahal. In Delhi, Check in hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 : Delhi
Departure onward. After breakfast full day city tour of Old & New Delhi
which include Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial), the Jama Masjid (Universal
Mosque), Red Fort. Afternoon city tour of New Delhi which includes the Qutab
Minar, Emperor Humayun's Tomb, the Houses of Parliament and the Presidential
Palace. Also visit the National Museum, having a good collection of Indian bronzes
stone & wood sculptures dating back to the (2 nd and 3rd Century BC). This
museum also has a fine collection of tribal costumes. Back to hotel and transfer
to International airport to connect onward destination.
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