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Rajasthan: A Tactile Textile Tour

5-24 October 2019

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Group leaders- Fiona Wright and Praveen Nayak

This is the tour our company started with, an adventure through the dramatic desert state of Rajasthan. Small groups allow us to explore off the beaten track and get into people’s studios for hands on workshops.

Lots of hands-on activities are planned– a goldwork embroidery workshop, bandhani [tie and dye], natural indigo dyeing , ideas for a travel journal, a day in our own workshop– block printing your own scarf,  and a cooking class so you can later share some of the wonderful flavours of India with you friend’s back home.

We  include a visit to a wonderful old fort in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan where our host’s family have been the rulers of the area for the past eight generations. Wandering through the local market we can visit the Gold Shop and old ballroom and just make ourselves comfortable in this charming home-stay.

A sunset camel [or camel cart] safari before dinner and gypsy dancing, mighty forts and palaces, serene temples, bustling market places; the list of new experiences seems endless.

As they say- “In India, madam/sir anything is possible!”

Ohh and we are going looking for tigers, tigerstigers! at Ranthambore, who has one of the country’s best success stories with breeding up numbers.

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 to 14 people.

Twin share- US$ 4390

single supplement US$1100

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Rajasthan: A Tactile Textile Tour

5-24 October 2019

Group size 8 to 14 people.

Twin share- US$ 4390

single supplement US$1100

Please send booking form and we will confirm availability and send payment link.

Day 1-Sat 5 Oct 2019 Home/New Delhi

Arrivals and airport pickups at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Day 2-Sun 6 Oct 2019                                           Delhi

Sightseeing Delhi and gently easing our way into India. Lakshmi Narayan Temple- you always visit the Gods before a new undertaking and this temple, built by the Industrialist Birla in the 1930’s has a lovely feel. To the left of the main temple is a small description of the significance of the sacred swastika, it is an important Hindu symbol which is good to grasp at the outset as you see it everywhere and it can be a shock for Westerners (and the true depth of perversion of the Nazi’s use of it can be understood).

Raj Ghat- to pay our respects at the cremation site of Gandhi, the beloved hero of India. [Knowing the nation’s greatest hero is a man of vision and peace and their most recognised building is a monument to love tells you a lot about this place]

Akshardhan- [www.akshardham.com] a modern temple complex [ opened Nov, 2005]- a superb example of stone and marble carving- I am sure a new wonder of the world in its workmanship. 300,000,000 man hours went into the carving and construction over 5 years- breathtaking! Great lunches here as well

Craft Museum- a wonderful display of textiles and many other craft items in a traditional style building. As the displays tend to be a bit dark, but are displayed in such a way that you can almost put your nose on them I would suggest a magnifying glass (some of the handwork is so fine you can hardly see the stitches!). [inc- breakfast, dinner]

Day 3 -Mon 7 Oct, 2019                                   Delhi/ Mehansar, Raj

Early start for the Old Castle at Mehansar, founded in 1768 it is like stepping into the past where you are the very welcome guest to this sleepy little village. This is a home stay at The Singh’s Castle. There is the Gold shop, an old ballroom and the castle itself to explore and quite spots to sit and relax. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]

Day 4 -Tues 8 Oct 2019                                  Fatehpur

We are in the heart of the Shekawati region of Rajasthan, long famed for its beautiful painted Haveli. A Haveli is a rich man’s palace, built with double walls and an internal courtyard it was all about trying to stay cool and private in a very hot environment. One way of showing status was to paint them very intricately, today many are neglected but some jewels still exist, some are old and crumbling, some lovingly restored, all quite magic. One will be our home tonight [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]

Day 5 -Wed 9 Oct 2019                                  Mehansar/ Khimsar

Poking around the area this morning and then onto Khimsar Castle for a little relaxing.

Khimsar is home to Nila Moti, a women’s work project…danger alert their work is sooo desirable. Our home tonight has a lovely pool, so the evening is free to sit and have a cocktail and swim, take a massage or dinner as you choose. [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 6 -Thurs 10 Oct 2019          Khimsar/ Pushkar                      

Off early to Meherangarh, the mighty Fort of Jodhpur is our awe-inspiring start to the day. This fort is all you have ever dreamed of as a castle on the mountain top from fairy tales.

On the road to Pushkar via the dhurry rug weavers, who will kindly make us lunch. [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 7 -Fri 11 Oct 2019                                 Pushkar

Workshop day… your wooden blocks will be ready [notes about design and instructions sent out when you book in, you send us your design and we will have them carved, oiled and waiting for you to use]. Raid the sari scrap or khadi for a stitch project, we have a number of ideas to explore.

We will welcome you to our workshop and introduce you around, lots to do, in the afternoon take a camel [or camel cart] to our place for dinner and gypsy dancers performance. Dinner is a cooking class, and we will supply recipes for you to take home and recreate some of the flavours of India later. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]

Day 8 -Sat 12 Oct 2019                                   Pushkar

Indigo morning, in our natural dye unit. We can share our recipe for a natural indigo vat and show some other plant colours. You’ll have a scarf to dip, which we can start folding and tying the previous day.

Pushkar itself is also a lovely little bazaar to wander, so the afternoon is free, stay at the workshop and continue this morning’s projects or go into Pushkar and enjoy the marketplace [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 9 -Sun 13 Oct 2019                                   Pushkar/Udaipur

Early start, off to Udaipur, sometimes called the Venice of the East…. No canals but lovely lakes, our hotel perched on the top of the hill has great views.

We’ll pile into tuk-tuks and visit the Old Town, get you orientated and have a free afternoon to explore. [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 10 -Mon 14 Oct 2019                                   Udaipur

City Palace, this morning, early before it is too busy, then a wander down through the market to Sadhna Women’s Co-operative, further along to look for turbans if you are interested. Free afternoon [inc- breakfast, dinner]

Day 11 -Tues 15 Oct 2019                                    Udaipur

Bandhani day- Tie and dye that is, then an afternoon visit up, up into the clouds to the Monsoon Palace and let’s put on a bit of Glitz for dinner the Garden Restaurant in the old palace that was once home to the Dowager Queens.

Day 12 -Wed 16 Oct 2019                                    Udaipur/Bundi

Akola village is not far off the highway along a busy country lane, famous for it’s indigo work and making the wax resist blue and red country women’s’ skirts- great to poke around and then onto Bundi.

Bundi in the afternoon, a pleasant stroll through the bazaar to check out the step well, dinner by the lake beneath the Castle. [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 13 -Thurs 17 Oct 2019                                   Bundi/Ranthambore

Driving across country we will visit Rathmore National Park this afternoon and hope to see tigers. [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 14 -Fri 3 18 Oct 2019                                    Ranthambore

Early start to the day- out at sunrise looking for tigers, we will return to our hotel to have breakfast and then visit Ranthambore Dastkar, take a tour and spend the rest of the day on the veranda stitching patchwork with the women [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]

Day 15– Sat 19 Oct 2019                                    Ranthambore/ Jaipur

There are some great galleries in Jaipur these days, if anything looks good we could visit this after, otherwise we will drop into The Museum of Legacies and then palace for the next few nights, we might visit some of the fabulous shops at Naryan Niwas…top end designers and Indian handwork and take a pre-dinner drink at Bar Palladio before moving onto dinner and retiring for the night. [inc- breakfast, lunch, dinner]

Day 16– Sun 20 Oct 2019                                    Jaipur

Anokhi Blockprint Museum this morning, and a look around Amber Old Town, then an unstructured day- you might want to relax at our hotel… or we have the bus and can poke around at places like a vintage textile merchants and other treats found in Jaipur.  [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 17– Mon 21 Oct 2019                                    Jaipur/Agra

Off early to Agra, lunch on the way and a Goldwork embroidery workshop in the afternoon, followed by a visit to a Goldwork museum and jewellery display [inc- breakfast, lunch]

Day 18– Tues 22 Oct 2019                                    Delhi

Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, watch as the colours change and the dome starts to glow as the sun lights it up and the colourful crowds of people start to arrive, across the river to the Little Taj or Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah

Then off to Delhi {inc- breakfast

Day 19- Wed 23 Oct 2019                                    Delhi

Last day we will start at the serene Lodhi Gardens for a stroll, then out and about to the chaos of Delhi.

We will drop into upmarket Khan Market for a little last-minute research into top end textiles and garments…. OK- retail therapy and lunch

In the evening let’s put on all our sparkle for our Farewell Dinner. [inc- breakfast, dinner]

Day 20– Thurs 24 Oct 2019   

Flying out of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

We’ll drop you to the airport. [inc- breakfast]

                            

 

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  • accommodation on twin share basis [or choose single supplement]
  • group transport during trip
  • all sightseeing and workshops listed in itinerary
  • breakfast and meals mentioned in itinerary

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