Gujarat- full of fabulous ruins from forgotten kingdoms and vibrant modern textile artisans. Join us to sight-see and join workshops, to get our hand dirty and learn something new.
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Gujarat- Forgotten kingdoms, tribal embroidery and more…
Next visit Jan 2021
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- Starting in Ahmadabad, whose Old City has just been World Heritage Listed.
- we will explore an area rich with wonderful, colourful creative tribal embroidery- so many different types
- weaving of fine silks, khadi cotton, wool shawls to snuggle up in
- tie and dye
- quilt making
- Step wells – a feature of Gujarat, magical places to escape the heat of the hot summers [we will be there in a cooler season]
- fabulous old palaces, part of the silk road rich kingdoms have come and gone
- great food
….. more this is just to catch your eye !
All Creative Arts Safaris Tours are fully escorted, small group tours focusing on textiles, arts and culture and yummy local cuisine. We like to get our hands dirty doing things, taking workshops and exploring locations and culture, getting off the beaten track. Our friendly groups welcome women and men to join us and are good for solo travellers who do not want to go it alone.
Group size 8-14 people.
Next outing January 2021
Format will be very similar to 2019, so much to see in love in this offering
Day 1-Sat 9 Nov 2019 Home/Ahmedabad
Arrivals and airport pickups at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India airport.
The Old City of Ahmedabad was entered on the World Heritage list in 2017
Day 2-Sun 10 Nov 2019 Ahmedabad
This is tuktuk Sunday.
We will start our day in a family workshop that specialises in Mata ki Pichardi, painting. Hand painted with vegetable dyes cloth panels celebrating the Goddess.
Then out and about -Thali Lunch, stepwells, and a spin through the Old City and wander some of the narrow laneways before returning to our heritage hotel, an oasis in this bustling city. Ahmedabad was declared a World Heritage site in 2017
Evening visit to a Sparkle Market and dinner at a local favourite rounds out the day. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 3- Mon 11 Nov 2019 Ahmedabad
A new museum to Ahmedabad is the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum- their collection of Indian Art is exquisite
Inspiration with lunch at Gandhi Ashram and an afternoon visiting the wonderful work of Gramshree in the nearby slums. A Women’s Centre, a children’s learning centre and an inspiring women’s recycling project that is enhancing street sweepers income and social status. Can’t say inspiring enough with this visit, an uplifting experience
[inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 4- Tues 12 Nov 2019 Ahmedabad/Jambugodha
In the morning we will visit Champaner, a World Heritage listed abandoned city- beautiful architecture and pattern inspiration we are sure would translate well to textile.
Lunch at our Nature Resort and an afternoon in the village viewing Pithora paintings. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 5- Wed 13 Nov 2019 Jambugodha/Vadodara
We will make studio workshop visit this morning, our hosts will share their passion and experience of 30 years in a design and print workshop- they produce beautiful garments through sustainable methods.
Then the magnificent Laxmi Villas Palace. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 6- Thurs 14 Nov 2019 Vadodara/Sayla
Heading to the handloom hub of Sayla arriving around lunch time we will visit a family of weaver that practices Tangaliya, a time-consuming form where the warp is wrapped in cotton to create a subtle texture. We will relax this evening in the Guesthouse of the Sayla Princely State.
[inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 7- Fri 15 Nov 2019 Sayla/Bhuj
A slow start and a visit to the Darbagarh, home to the rulers of Sayla. It suffered damage in the earthquakes of 2001 and yet is full of charm.
In the afternoon we will make our way across country to Bhuj.
We should arrive in time to visit the Aina Mahal, the old palace, damaged by the 2001 earthquake and yet still full of charm
[inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 8- Sat 16 Nov 2019 Bhuj
Today we will spend the day at Qasab, an artisan cooperative organization fostering excellence with local artisans. We will be working with local women to learn some of their embroidery techniques. [inc- breakfast, lunch]
Day 9- Sun 17 Nov 2019 Bhuj
Out and about today, the White Desert salt flats- a memorable landscape- it will be brilliant white salt as far as the eye can see, returning via some local tribal villages and Kala Raksha. Heading into Bhuj there is a charming stepwell and the old memorials of past Maharajas to wander around. [inc- breakfast, lunch]
Day 10- Mon 18 Nov 2019 Bhuj
Bandhani- or tie and dye this morning and you’ll have a scarf to take with you, how fine can you tie your knots?
Later in the day we will visit the Ajrakh printers of Ajrakhpur, have their complicated and lengthy processes explained to us, look at their fantastic new water recycling plant and enjoy the hubbub of the busy workshops.
Lunch is a fabulous local thali [mixed plate meal] and fortified by that we are moving onto to visit Khamir an artisan support organization. [inc- breakfast, lunch]
Day 11- Tues 19 Nov 2019 Bhuj/ Mandvi
Heading to the coast we will drop into a Batik workshop along the way and end up at Mandvi, we’ll stop and explore the huge handmade wooden boats and arrive at the public beach, with food sellers, camel and horse rides and lots of fun.
We are staying the guesthouse of the local Palace, where we can wander in the afternoon. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 12- Wed 20 Nov 2019 Bhuj/Little Rann of Kutch
Time to move on, back across the flats of The Little Rann of Kutch to a peaceful eco-resort. An afternoon jeep safaris chasing Wild Ass is on the cards.[inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 13- Thurs 21 Nov 2019 Little Rann of Kutch/Poshina
Heading across country, it will slowly turn more green and productive, we will visit another impressive stepwell at Modhera Sun Temple on our way to the Salvi family masters of double ikat weaving. Both the warp and weft are coloured with natural dyes to make intricate woven saris. Evening sees us arrive at our home away from home a 15th century fort. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 14- Fri 22 Nov 2019 Poshina
Another day in the Zenana [women’s quarters of this old fort]
Much to do here– lots of relaxing, stitching, journals in the courtyard, jeeps to visit local villages, wander through the market to see the arrow makers [and yes, they are still used out there in the hills], potters and an ancient Hindu temple defaced by the last Mughal Aurangzeb hundreds of years ago. Feel like a king or queen and do nothing just relax…. Drinks of the terrace in the evening a must [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 16- sat 23 Nov 2019 Poshina/Ahmedabad
A slow morning at our fort, always hard to leave, then back to Ahmedabad, time for a little last-minute shopping and then a farewell dinner. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 17-sun 24 No, 2019 Ahmedabad/home
Departures from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India [inc- breakfast,]
- pick up from and dropping to airport ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT for the trip
- accommodation on twin share basis [or choose single supplement]
- transport during trip
- all sightseeing and workshops listed in itinerary
– meals not mentioned in itinerary
-drinks and bottled water