Tapestry & Textile Special

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TRIP FOCUS

Gujarati Cuisine & Culture, Indian handicrafts & Community NGOs.

Grade

Gentle

Duration

17 days/16 nights

08 -10 Persons

PLACES TO VISIT: Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Diu, Sasan, Junagadh, Gondal, Rajkot, Bhuj, Patan.

Highlights: Home of Mahatma Gandhi, Asiatic Lions, Textile Hubs, Art & Artisans, Women Self Help Associations, Beaches & Temples, Largest Ship wreck yard,
 

OVERVIEW

This trip is an endeavor to explore the hidden treasures that lay in the western India. Gujarat epitomizes visible progress in its countryside with hundreds of skilled craftsmen engaged profitably in their trade. The state also has incredible landscape, beaches & temples. It is the home of Mahatma Gandhi, the Lions of Gir & the illustrious Rann of Kutch. It is an excursion into the heartland of hand-woven textiles. With countless unsung craftsmen weaving life into every yard & bringing cheer to millions who drape their fabric;. You shall also savor the most authentic Gujarati cuisine on this trail & meet with men & women who have incredible life stories to tell.

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Mail: info@banjaaray.com

MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAY 01 - ARRIVE IN DELHI

You arrive in the capital city on your own. Usual greetings at the airport, escort to the hotel. Check in & relax. Later you go on a panoramic tour of old Delhi, the essence of what India looks like. You experience rickshaw ride in the bustling Chandni chowk opposite the illustrious red fort. Walk to one of the largest spice wholesale markets of Asia winding your way through narrow lanes & by lanes. Savor the famous Paranthas in the illustrious food street. See hundreds of locals, walk alongside & greeting you with a smile.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: None

DAY 02 & 03 DELHI – AHMEDABAD (80 minutes flight)

You take the early morning flight to Ahmedabad. In Ahmedabad you walk around the Calico Textile Museum, one of the finest in the world. It contains a stunning collection of tribal embroidery, block prints and textiles from all over India. You also visit local craft communities before traveling to Sabarmati Ashram, for many years the home of Mahatma Gandhi.

Enjoy authentic Gujarati meal at a restaurant. Later visit the most prestigious design school, the National Institute of Design (NID), recognized for its course offerings in textile, apparel, and lifestyle design, among other fields. You can interact with the weaving experts & know from them on the art of weaving.

You shall also take a heritage walk in the Old city that encompasses in it Old Havelis & rani no Hajeero.the typical Amdavaadi market. On the anvil is a visit to SEWA, a craft & textile cooperative run by women. Here you see lots of women doing the patchwork on different types of fabrics. Take a walk to Chitaras, an association of artists who are involved in Pachedi making (Traditional Kalamkari Guajarati art), their style of work & design selection is very intriguing with imagination as varied as an epic, myth, legend or a picture of God/Goddess serving them the theme template. In fact the story goes that since Tribal did not have access to temples in olden times, they would make these clothing as if their personal shrines. Now a dying art, only handful of people still make these Pachedi.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 04 & 05 AHMEDABAD – BHAVNAGAR- ALANG (170 kms, 3-4 hrs)

Today you travel by a private coach to the busy market town of Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar is a coastal port and important trading center whose principal export is cotton. Here you stay in Nilambagh Palace, an old palace set in lovely vast gardens. After rest & relaxation, you visit the fascinating bazaar in the old city and use Bhavnagar as our base for an excursion to Shatrunjaya.

Shatrunjaya is India’s principal Jain pilgrimage site. The site contains almost nine hundred temples, many of which are made in marble. The temples date from the sixteenth century and are approached by climbing up the steps of the holy hill of Shatrunjaya — for those unable or unwilling to make the long climb, dolis/palanquins (seats on poles held by four bearers) are available. The view as you approach is wonderful and the temples need to be seen to be believed.

Alang is Asia‖s largest ship recycling yard where wreckage of old ships is docked. The longest ship ever built, Seawise Giant, was sailed to and beached here for demolition in December 2009. Large supertankers, car ferries, container ships, & a dwindling number of ocean liners are beached during high tide, and as the tide recedes, hundreds of manual laborers dismantle each ship, salvaging what they can and reducing the rest to scrap.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 06 & 07 BHAVNAGAR – DIU (200 KMS, 4 ½ HRS)

Your explorations take you further into Gujarat as you continue on to Diu. Diu is a peaceful island of cobbled streets, palm trees and beaches. It was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and even today its main industry is fishing. As well as relaxing on the beach, you visit the massive Portuguese fort, completed in 1541, and explore the cobbled peaceful streets of the town.

See the Gangeshwar temple, Diu Fort, Ghogla Beach, Nagoa Beach, Shell Museum, Naida Caves, St, Paul‖s Church among other things during your stay here.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 08 & 09 DIU- SASAN (75 kms, 1 ½ hrs) (Gir Lion Reserves, Jeep Safaris & Wild Life Special)

Your journey continues northward to the Sasan Gir reserve. You stay at a Forest lodge on the park outskirts. The park is home to the Asiatic lion as well as panther, hyena, fox, wild boar, deer and antelope. You may also see parrots, peacocks and monkeys. On arrival first up, you visit the Gir Interpretation Zone, which contains a cross section of the species. You take a jeep safari further in to the forest where there is a good chance of seeing wildlife. Repeat the exercise the second day of your stay too.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 10 & 11 SASAN – JETPUR – JUNAGADH- GONDAL (115, 2 ½ hrs) Textile Special tour

Today, you embark on a journey to Junagadh, En-route stop by Jetpur known for its screen and block printing workshops and a yam-dyeing centre. Visit one of the centers involved in such a trade to get firsthand experience of how block printing is done. Later continue your drive to Junagadh. Here you visit the manufacturing facilities of gem-encrusted carpets, wardrobes and tapestry of the Nawab at the museums. A historic city, Junagadh has 3rd century BC Buddhist relics, medieval fort, mausoleum complexes, palaces, etc. Drive further to Gondal for overnight stay at the Gondal Palace.

The various attractions in Gondal that you can treat yourselves to are the Riverside Palace, Orchard Palace, Royal Garages and Naulakha Palace.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12 GONDAL – RAJKOT-JAMNAGAR (120 KMS, 2 HRS) Tie & Dye Saris Special

You shall be driving to another landmark city of Jamnagar today. En-route you stop by Rajkot. Here you shall visit the Watson Museum which has very good examples of Gujarat’s craftsmanship skills on display. See the Rashtriya Shala working to revive hand-weaving. Continue driving to Jamnagar. In the evening, visit Vanzas who are known for their Bandhini (tie-and-dye) Saris. Overnight stay at the hotel

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 13, 14, & 15 JAMNAGAR – BHUJ (255 kms, 4-5 hrs) Tribal Villages Visit & Textile Special

Your journey continues on to Bhuj, a small and enchanting city deep in the Rann of Kutch. You take an orientation walk through the maze of winding streets that make up the old city. Here you will see camels plodding through the streets, vegetable markets and cloth stalls, all filled with the Kutch people dressed in their heavily embroidered traditional clothes. Bhuj serves as a good base for visiting a number of the outlying villages and you do just that. You observe the traditional

lifestyles of a number of tribes, exploring the villages and seeing the wide variety of crafts being made. You also take a day trip to the seaside town of Mandvi, home to thousands of migratory flamingos. The little market is filled with silver shops and the town is the last place in India where traditional ocean-going wooden dhows are hand built.

While in Bhuj region you have good amount of exposure to the Textile making world. Savor the following as a sample:

1) Ajrakh Making workshop

Ajrakh literally meant aaj ke din rakh, or ―keep it for today‖ because that is what the process is. At every stage of the tedious dying process, the fabric should dry for three to four days. Nature plays an important role in the making of Ajrakh. Craftsmen work in total harmony with their environment, where the sun, river, animals, trees and mud are all part of its making. A discussion on the Ajrak textiles at a workshop makes for engaging conversations over a reflective and relaxing cup of tea with the Khatris.

2) Bandhini technique

Meet an expert on this subject who shall talk you through the complex process of Bandhini making. You walk through a tie-dyeing technique, a laborious all hand done tie-dye printing process. Next on the cards is a collection dating back to the late 1800 and early 1900s, not just in the Rajbari embroidery styles but also the Most exquisite phulkaris and kanthas; Food for the soul truly;

3) On to Bhujodi

You also visit Bhujodi in the heart of Kutch where you engross into discussions on traditional pit looms and shuttle looms and hear from an expert family on what challenges are faced by the vankars known for their extra weft wool weaving. After your interactions over lunch with the vankars, you make your way toward the Rabari community known for their homes, here you see the indigenous mud homes decorated by women, with a royal color sensibility and embedded with mirrors for a touch of local glamour. Enjoy dinner at a local eatery in Bhuj before you drive back to your lodge/resort.

4) Shrujan (Craftswomen Special)
After breakfast on the 3rd day, you head to Shrujan, and meet craftswomen working on sustaining the traditional embroidery techniques unique to Gujarat. Since its inception, Shrujan has supported hundreds of villages and brought the region worldwide recognition for its beautiful embroidered textiles.

After lunch at a local home, you will have time to look at other crafts that Kutch is also home to -wood, leather, pottery, and metal crafts. Later this afternoon, you watch extraordinary fabrics coming to life as the upholders of the single Ikat patola tradition weave silk and cotton threads and then tie and dye them into works of art.

5) Last to kasab in Bhuj, another grassroots enterprise committed to preserving the traditional arts and craft of Kutch, including the most exquisite hand embroidered wall art, cushions and accessories.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 16 BHUJ- PATAN-AHMEDABAD (225 KMS, 4-5 HRS)

On the penultimate day of your tour, you leave for where you took off for this extraordinary tour, but before you have reached Ahmedabad, you disembark at Patan. Patan is the colony of Patola Silk Weavers, whose exquisite double Ikkat silk fabrics are of considerable commercial importance for textile studies. Patola is the one of the richest silk textiles in the world, woven using the rare double-Ikkat technique. You either stay at Ahmedabad for the night or depart for Delhi the same evening.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 17 Departure for home country

Your Tour comes to an end today. We hope you have enjoyed travelling with us. We wish you happy memories & a safe flight.

Extension Tours available:
Tour 1: 5 nights Rajasthan + Agra (2 nights Udaipur, 2 nights Mount Abu, 1 night Agra)

Tour 2: 6 nights Rajasthan + Agra (Taj Mahal) 2 nights each at Udaipur, Mount Abu & Agra

Prices are available on request.

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