|1||Depart UK||Overnight flights to Mumbai|
|2||Mumbai||Arrival into Mumbai and transfer to hotel|
|3||Mumbai||Visit to Creative Handicrafts. Welcome meal.||B D|
|4||Mumbai||Tour of Mumbai. Walking tour of Dharavi Slum.||B|
|5||Mumbai to Bhuj||Internal flight to Bhuj||B|
|6||Bhuj||Visit to Shrujan's embroidery & blockprinting groups||B L|
|7||Bhuj||Visit to Agrocel and the Vivekananda Research & Training Institute||B L|
|8||Bhuj to Ahmedabad||Visit the crafts organisation Qasab. Daytime sleeper train to Ahmedabad.||B|
|9||Ahmedabad||Optional Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad||B|
|10||Ahmedabad||Visit to St Mary's women's group||B L|
|11||Ahmedabad to Jaipur||Calico Museum Visit. Internal flight to Jaipur||B|
|12||Jaipur||Visit to Aravali and the Sustainable Textiles 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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Western India is famous for its textiles, crafts, and cultural and social diversity. 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. Along the way we visit embroiderers, weavers and farmers, some of whom have been working with Traidcraft for over 25 years.
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 block printing with Shrujan and we visit small-holder farmers who are working with Agrocel. In Ahmedabad we visit St Mary's, the inspiring women's group set up by Dominican nuns in the 1950s to support textile producers in Ahmedabad. St Mary's has been working with Traidcraft since 1986 and the ladies here create their intricately embroidered Tree of Life wall hangings.
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.
“I greatly admire the energy and passion that Ranjith has for his country and countryman and goes all out to ensure his party are well cared for and get to experience many different and varied tastes, sights, sounds, transport and meet with inspirational people.”
“We could not possibly have organised this ourselves and the detail of the itinerary was reflected in the cost. Worth every penny.”
“An unbelievable life changing experience that was managed and arranged seamlessly. Perfection.”
“We felt extremely privileged to be invited into homes and meet people that general tourists would never get to see”
“Ranjith was the star of the show, he organised everything brilliantly and was amazingly informative, opinionated and entertaining. I can’t speak highly enough of him”
“Far beyond my expectations”
“The visits to producer workshops were definitely the high point.”
“Ranjith was an excellent guide, very helpful, unflappable”
“It was a great adventure. We fitted so much in and it was what we expected and more.”
“We were graciously welcomed and hospitality was so friendly everywhere”
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All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities.
45% meals included
2 internal flights
2 train journeys
1 long road transfer
7 producer visits including 4 Traidcraft suppliers
2 project visits including 1 Traidcraft Exchange project
7 tourist visits
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