INDIA: Boutique VIP Gujarat Textile & Arts Tour - 14 Days
27th October - 9th November 2017 - Early Bird Discount Available
Destinations: India - Ahmedabad | Poshina | Patan | Modhera | Dasada | Bajana | Bhuj | Banni Village | Rajkot | Gondal | Jetpur | Ahmedabad
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Ahmedabad
Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager, professional textile specialist guide
Tour Concludes In: Ahmedabad
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 14: Lunches; 3: Dinners; 7:
Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Join Boutique Tours & Travel luxury small group Gujarat Textile & Arts Tour with your embroidery needles, pencil and drawing pad; the designs, shapes, colours and so much more will leave you spellbound.
Gujarat is the western-most state of India, a part of it juts out into the Arabian Sea and for centuries its ports have engaged in trade with the rest of the world. The Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, Mughals and British have al arrived on its shore sand left their mark, as have the parisis fleeing their native Iran. Here they established trading posts with the local rulers, dealing, among other things, in printed cotton and embroideries.
Gujarat is famous for textiles and its arts and crafts. Its rich architectural heritage includes superb Jarin, Hindu and Islamic structures (palaces and temples) as well as ‘stepwells’ and the richly decorated mansions (havelis) of the trading and manufacturing communities. It is one of the most important craft centres in the world, famous for its weaving embroidery and mirror work, appliqué, silver work, block making and block printing, leather work and metal embossing.
This wonderful small group tour takes us into one of the most remote areas of India, where embroidery and textiles are a way of life. As we travel across the state of Gujarat we meet local artisans, and learn & observe their techniques and participate in embroidery and block printing workshops from masters. We experience local traditions surrounding their textiles and crafts and ife in villages and the cities of Ahmadabad and Bhju. Share this amazing experience either as a solo traveller or with friends, we look forward to hearing from you.
• Travel to the most western state of India Gujarat, known as “Jewel of the Western India” with an unbelievable of 5000 years of history
• Guided tour with professional textile guide of one of the worlds best textile museums in Ahmedabad
• Enjoy a peaceful moment Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram.
• Meet a ‘Prince’ and explore his local ‘principality’
• Mingle the silk weavers in Patan, known for Ikat weaving
• Meet the pastoral communities of the Bharwads and Vadiara Rabaris
• Interact with the locals of Bhuj, making Ajrakh block printing, Rabari embroidery and Ahir embroidery
• Explore the city of Bhuj
• Guided tour of Gondal
• Halt at Jetpur to shop for its amazing textiles
• Night stay in heritage properties at various destinations
• Fantastic photography opportunities
- Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- 5, 4 & 3 star modern & boutique accommodation as per your choice - twin sharing / single supplement basis
- Chauffeur driven luxury / deluxe air- conditioned private vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner: SD=Special Dinner
- Australian Tour Manager & Professional textile specialist guides
- Admission fees to all activities, tours, excursions and entrance fees as per the program
- 1 Litre Bottled water during overland transportation.
- Day 1: Friday 27th October 2017: Ahmedabad:
- Day 2: Saturday 28th October 2017: Ahmedabad:
- Day 3: Sunday 29th October 2017: Ahmedabad:
- Day 4: Monday 30th October 2017: Ahmedabad – Poshina:
- Day 5: Tuesday 31st October 2017: Poshina
- Day 6: Wednesday 1st November 2017: Poshina – Patan – Modhera – Dasada – Bajana:
- Day 7: Thursday 2nd November 2017: Bajana – Bhuj:
- Day 8: Friday 3rd November 2017: Bhuj – Banni Village – Hodka:
- Day 9: Saturday 4th November 2017: Hodka – Bhuj:
- Day 10: Sunday 5th November 2017: Bhuj:
- Day 11: Monday 6th November 2017: Bhuj – Rajkot:
- Day 12: Tuesday 7th November 2017: Rajkot – Gondal – Jetpur – Rajkot:
- Day 13: Wednesday 8th November 2017: Rajkot – Muli - Wadhwan – Ahmedabad:
- Day 14: Thursday 9th November 2017: Depart Ahmedabad:
3 day Mumbai Tour avaliable
All our hotels are excellent 5 and 4/3 star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or two twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
The climate in India is warm to hot all year around. The rainy season is June till October. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATM’s are not generally available.
The electrical current in India is 250 volts AC. 50Hz. A variety of power outlets are used in India, but most plugs have two or three round pins.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.
Hindi is the official language. French is also spoken but English is fast becoming the language of the younger generation.
Our hotel offers a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in India are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter India you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required for most guests and will be organised prior to departure.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed. Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at many hotels for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please request when booking.
Despite the size of the country, the standard time throughout India is GMT +5.30.
A tip from you to the guides and drivers is required.
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
Most of our road journeys between major cities are longer than 3 hours so we include modern Luxury sedan cars and minibuses for this tour. They are spacious and comfortable so we can all enjoy the journey.
Water & Beverages:
our hotels offer bottled water in your roo, and soft drinks and bottled water are provided when travelling in our transport. Most teas are available with most meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ’welcome cocktails’ on the second evening.
Day 1: Friday 27th October 2017: Ahmedabad: (D)
1) Fly from Mumbai with others from the pre tour of Mumbai Group (this is an extra cost )
2) Meet in the Foyer of the Hotel at 5pm
Welcome to Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat. You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later we tour the city centre that includes Manek Chowk bazaar and within a traditional textile stand, visit the Juma masjid and stop for lunch along the way. This evening we have a pre dinner tour of a special underground art gallery. Following dinner this evening there is an option to visit the Law Garden night markets, where you can choose from a wide array of the textiles and clothing for which Gujarat is famous including mirror and bead work and displays beautiful textile handicrafts of Gujarat.
Day 2: Saturday 28th October 2017: Ahmedabad: (B/D)
Today after breakfast we visit the superb Calico Museum of Textiles, inaugurated in 1949, and today housing one of the world’s finest collections of Indian antique and modern textiles. It is India's premier textile museum. Its outstanding collection of Indian Fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts increasing numbers of Indians and international research scholars. Most significantly, it has become a major reference area for our surviving handicraftsmen and also for the India machine-textile industry. We visit Gandhi Ashram, also known as Sabarmati Ashram. It is situated along the bank of the Sabarmati River, about 5 miles from the centre of the city. Gandhi lived here for 12 years. It was from here that he undertook the salt march, a 241-mile, 24 day march to the sea to protest the British tax on Indian salt. It is a truly inspirational centre. This evening before dinner, we visit Vechaar Utensil Museum, a place that savours the past life of kitchens in Gujarat. This evening enjoy a traditional Gujarati Dinner with local dances and music performance.
Day 3: Sunday 29th October 2017: Ahmedabad: (B/D)
Later this morning we visit Shreyas Folk Art Museum. It is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat. As the name suggests, the exhibits at the museum include art, craft, textile and clothing, coins, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets and musical instruments. If you enjoy architecture, then you are in for a visual treat in this city. The Sanskar Kendra was built by none other than the renowned architect Le Corbusier himself in 1954 as a cultural centre of Ahmedabad. Within it is the famous Kite Exhibition. This afternoon is free. You may wish to stay on board the bus and visit some craft shops or perhaps tour the Institute of indiaology, a Museum with miniature painting, folk art collections and collection of sculptures and Jain art and visit various temples, mosques and historical monuments.
Day 4: Monday 30th October 2017: Ahmedabad - Poshina: (B/D)
After breakfast we drive to Poshina - the tribal land of the Aravalis. En route we visit the amazing Adalaj Step-Well that is set in the quaint village of Adalaj. This step-well is a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic design and architecture and is one of the finest in Gujarat. It was built in 1499 by queen Rudabai, wife of a local ruler; it was to store water and provide a pleasant place for travellers as well as meeting place for locals. We also stop at a local village to see how wooden block printing is made by the Gujjar community of block makers. We continue our drive to Poshina. Poshina is home to the numbers of artisans. The tribal arrow crafters, silversmiths, potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewellery, ornate sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around Poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, known for their colourful attires and artistic ornaments. This evening we will visit some of the local artisans.
Day 5: Tuesday 31st October 2017: Poshina – (B/L/D)
This morning there is an early morning safari to view the wild life an the life in the surrounding small villages. This afternoon join in a cooking lesson or wonder the local neighbourhood or relax in the gardens.
Day 6: Wednesday 1st November 2017: Poshina – Patan – Modhera – Dasada – Bajana: (B/D)
This morning we drive to Patan, home of the famous patola silk saris. Patan is a beautiful old town with carved wooden house and Jain temples, home of the famous patola silk Saris, one of the richest silk textiles in the world, woven using the rare double ikat technique. there is a wonderful small musuem dispaying photos and textiles form numerous contries. Unfortunatly there is now only one family in the area that continues the double ikat weaving. Here, if you wish, you are able to particiapte in a paper cutting class with a master. We then drive to Modhera and visit The Sun Temple, it is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. The temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya, and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. The Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates this by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mohamed of Ghazni. We continue our drive Dasada and visit neighbouring villages and the homes of local embroideries and weavers. We continue driving onto Bajana.
Day 7: Thursday 2nd November 2017: Bajana – Hodka Bhuj: (B)
Later this morning we drive to Hodka. On our way we also visit Sumraser to visit a famous embroidery museum with a superb variety of tribal and contempory collection of textiles. The area produces some of the most exquisitely hand embroidered and patch worked products made in Kutch. Using only natural fibres and wherever possible natural dyes. Here you will particiapate in an embroidery workshoped with an amazing skilled master carftswomen. The Trust offers a wide range of garments, accessories and home furnishings for sale. We continue to Hodka, and over the next couple of days visit villages in the district. I am sure that you too will find this area another highlight of our journey.
Day 8: Friday 3rd November 2017: Hodka - Banni Village – Hodka: (B)
After breakfast we drive to the Banni Region. Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning out master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. The grasslands of Banni are scattered with villages of pastoral groups. As the women of these groups do embroidery for their personal use and a supplementary income, this is one of the highest concentration areas of craftswomen in the world. After breakfast we drive to the Banni Region. Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning out master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Banni Embroidery of Kutch. This needle work derived its name from the semi-desert areas called Banni in the Kutch district. It is a long tract of 2,144 Sq. Km. where 44 villages form hamlets (Vandhs) People in this area are engaged in tertiary occupations like embroidery, leather work, dairy and other cottage industries. Banni embroidery is locally known as "Kutch Bharat" Khambira, Kharek, Kodi, Kacho Bharat Fako, Bharat etc are main stitches used in this area. The work is known for minute designs gorgeous colours embroidered articles are closely associated with their day to day needs. The grasslands of Banni are scattered with villages of pastoral groups. As the women of these groups do embroidery for their personal use and a supplementary income, this is one of the highest concentration areas of craftswomen in the world
DAY 9: Saturday 4th November 2017: Hodka – Bhuj: (B)
We continue explore the local villages, mingling with the locals and participatng in embroidery workshops in the area. Later we return to Bhuj.
Day 10: Sunday 5th November 2017: Bhuj: (B)
Following breakfast we visit the Prag Mahal - Rao Pragmalji II (1838 - 76 AD. The Italian Gothic Style Prag Mahal took 10 years to build at the cost of 20 Lakhs Rupees, having a large Durbar Hall, Big Rooms, wide Verandahs and a 45 m. high lofty Bell Tower. The Palace was built using the various type of Indian Craftsmanship combined with European Architectural design. We continue our tour with a visit to Aina Mahal – it was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji (1707 – 1761 AD), who was a great patron of Art, Architecture, Music and Literature. Aina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian Palace built in the mid 18TH Century AD with European influence.
Bhuj suffered considerable damage in the major earthquake of 2001 with many of its buildings being damaged or destroyed and a large number of residence died. However it's two main attractions, the Darbangarty Palace Complex including the Aina Mahal and the Folk Arts Museum have re opened after restoration. It lost its top storey in an earthquake, but the lower floor is open, with a fantastic 15.2m scroll showing a Kutch state procession. The 18th-century elaborately mirrored interior is a demonstration of the fascination with all things European – an inverted mirror of European Orientals – with blue-and-white Delphi-style tiling and the Hogarth lithograph series The Rake’s Progress. In the bedroom is a bed with solid gold legs (the king apparently auctioned his bed annually!) This afternoon there is free time to explore the local market in Bhuj.
Day 11: Monday 6th November 2017: Bhuj – Rajkot: (B)
After an early breakfast in the morning drive to Rajkot, en route visit the village of Bhujodi famous for Piltoom weaving and traditional Rabari Embroidery. We stop for a moment to view Rabarri textile collection and then onto visit local crafts centre. We travel via Ajrakhpur which is famous for its Ajrakh – Block Printed cotton cloth with natural dies and used traditionally by local herdsmen. Its geometrical and nonfigurative motifs often mirror those appearing in Islamic - influenced Indian architecture. here we will participate in a block print workshop to test your skills.
We continue our drive to Rajkot. if time permits, we visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo at Rajkot and visit the Ranjit Vilas Palace and Watson Museum.
Day 12: Tuesday 7th November 2017: Rajkot – Gondal – Jetpur – Rajkot: (B)
After breakfast, our excursion to Gondal & Jetpur will include visits to artisans for a screen block printing and yarn-dyeing centre using natural colours,. Jetpur is a pleasure for textile enthusiasts. if time permits we may also visit the Bhuvaneswari Ayurveda Pharmacy.
Later we return to Rajkot.
Day 13: Wednesday 8th November 2017: Rajkot – Wadhwan – Muli – Ahmedabad: (B)
After breakfast we visit to Rashtriya Shala, an education system and society started by Mahatma Gandhi during the British rule. We continue our drive to Ahmedabad en route visiting Wadhwan and Muli famous for embroidery mirrors. Wadhwan is well known for its Palace and being a centre for bandhani tie-and-dye, weaving and metalcrafts. Wadhwan's walled town has historic buildings and a living heritage of metalwork crafts. Muli is famous for textile patola weaving and handicrafts of Kathiawar. We continue drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Thursday 9th November 2017: Depart Ahmedabad: (B)
After breakfast we visit the fabulous Shreyas Folk Art Museum. It is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat. As the name suggests, the exhibits at the museum include art, craft, textile and clothing, coins, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets and musical instruments.
Our small group tour concludes after this tour.
For most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and India. Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute shopping. We are able to organise our private guide to accompany you if you would like. Our tour director can assist as required.
If you wish to depart via Mumbai or Delhi, please contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements. (The cost of the flights to / from Mumbai or Delhi are not included in the cost of the tour)
A 3 day Culture & Shopping Tour of Mumbai is also available prior or Post to this tour. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Please contact us ASAP if you are interested in this pre tour.
Day 1:– Thursday 9th November 2017: Arrive Mumbai: Visit Dabbawallas & Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya
Day 2: – Friday 10th November 2017: Morning Excursion to Elephanta + Afternoon Bazaar walk at Carwford Market.
Day 3: – Saturday 11th November 2017: Morning city sightseeing; including Dhobi Ghat & free afternoon for shopping
Day 4:– Sunday 12th November 2017: Mumbai Departure
Accommodation in double / Twin rooms at The Fariyas Hotel for 3 nights on breakfast basis
All transfers with assistance
Transport by air conditioned Minivan
Services of English speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrances to the monuments tourist interests as per the itinerary
All presently applicable taxes
AUD $620.00 per person twin sharing
SS AUD $235.00
|Ahmedabad:||Sarovar Portico Hotel|
|Poshina:||Darbargadh Heritage Guest House|
|Bajana:||Royal Safari Camp|
|Bhuj:||The Prince Hotel|
|Hodka:||Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort|
|Rajkot:||The Fern Residency|
If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.
Boutique Tours & Travel offers comprehensive travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included.
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