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Crafts and Palaces of Western India

Holiday Highlights

  • Meeting the inspiring women at St Mary’s, Ahmedabad
  • The palaces and grand buildings of Jaipur
  • Seeing Traidcraft Exchange’s work in Rajasthan
  • Learning about traditional embroidery in Kutch with a hands on experience
  • Sunset at the Red Fort – followed by sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • Experiencing the vibrancy of Mumbai and an insight into Dharavi

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Depart UK Overnight flights to Mumbai  
2 Mumbai Arrival into Mumbai and transfer to hotel  
3 Mumbai Tour of Mumbai and visit to Dharavi Slums B  
4 Mumbai Visit to Creative Handicrafts B D  
5 Mumbai to Bhuj Internal flight to Bhuj B  
6 Bhuj Visit to Shrujan's embroidery & blockprinting groups B L  
8 Bhuj to Ahmedabad Visit the crafts organisation Qasab. Daytime sleeper train to Ahmedabad B  
9 Ahmedabad Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad B  
10 Ahmedabad Visit to St Mary's women's group B L  
11 Ahmedabad to Jaipur Optional Calico Museum visit. Internal flight to Jaipur B  
12 Jaipur Visit to Aravali and the Sustainable Blockprinting project B  
13 Jaipur Tour of Jaipur: Amber and Palace of the Winds B  
14 Jaipur to Agra Shatabdi Express to Agra. Visit to TARA's stone carvers. Agra Fort at sunset B  
15 Agra to Delhi Taj Mahal at sunrise. Farewell dinner B D  
16 Depart Flights back to the UK B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

Famous for its textiles, crafts, and the richness of its society and culture, our Western India tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience this diverse and fascinating country. Led by our experienced Indian tour facilitator, Ranjith Henry, this tour takes us through the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat and has a strong textile flavour. 
We begin in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, home to some of Asia's largest slums and where we will see both sides of this complex city. From Mumbai we move on to Kutch to learn more about embroidery and block printing with Shrujan.
In Ahmedabad we visit St Mary's, the inspiring women's group set up by Dominican nuns in the 1950s to support textile producers, and in Jaipur we see the impact of Traidcraft Exchange's work with artisans to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry whilst maximising the benefits to workers and communities. 
Along our journey through western India we visit various sites of historic and cultural interest and our tour will finish with a visit to Agra to see the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal.

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Holiday Details

All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities

45% meals included

2 internal flights (not included)

2 train journeys

1 long road transfer

6 producer visits

1 project visits including 1 Traidcraft Exchange project

7 tourist visits

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Last Updated: 29/06/2016

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