Overflowing with colours, textures and designs, India’s textile/handicraft heritage makes for a fascinating travel experience. Such is the diversity – the splendid silks of North India, the colourful mirror work, block printing and tie-and-dye work of Rajasthan and Gujarat, the magnificent embroidery chikankari of Lucknow, traditional motifs and fragile pastel colours of Chanderi Saress to name a few – that you can spend almost a month just exploring India’s textile heritage.
|2||Ahmedabad||Jami Masjid, Bhadra Fort, Teen Darwaja, Tomb of Ahmed Shah, Rani Rupmati’s Mosque, Sabarmati Ashram|
|4||Gondal||Naulakha Palace, Swaminarayan Temple, Vintage and Classic car Museum|
|8||Chanderi||Chanderi Fort, Chanderi Silk factory|
|10||Kota||City Palace & M useum|
|12||Jaipur||Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace|
|15||Delhi||Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar|
|17||Varanasi||Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Aarti ceremony at Ganges Ghats|
|19||Lucknow||Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza|
|21||Agra||Taj Mahal, Agra Fort|
When To Go
Day 1 Arrive Mumbai
Upon arrival traditional welcome & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Mumbai – Ahmedabad (By Flight)
After breakfast transfer to Airport to board flight 9W 7003 (Dep: 0910 Arr: 1025 hrs) to Ahmedabad; upon arrival check into hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour, visiting Jami Masjid which has two shaking Mineraets, Bhadra Fort & Teen Darwaja, Bhadra Fort now houses Government offices. Visit the Tomb of Ahmed Shah and his Queens, visit Sidi Saiyad’s Mosque, Rani Rupmati’s Mosque and shaking Minarets. Visit Sabarmati Ashram & Adalaji Ki Baolis (stepwell). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad city is called the “Manchester of India” for its textile mills. Ahmedabad has India’s largest textiles museum. Calico Museum The extensive collection of historic textiles includes good examples of ikkat and double ikkat weaving, textiles made in Gujarat for The East India Company(before independence) and the Portuguese Colonial market, tie -and-dye- block prints, cloth paintings, cloth manuscripts , temple hangings, royal wardrobes, embroidered tents etc. Other museums too have good examples of Gujarat’s textile traditions. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 Ahmedabad-Gondal (265 kms/ 5 hrs.)
After breakfast drive to Gondal, upon arrival check in at the hotel. Later visit the impressive 1748 AD Naulakha Palace; housing beadwork, brassware and silver handicrafts from the princely collection, cottage industries, emporium, and the bazaar. Other highlights of Gondal are the Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic and herbal medicine pharmacy, Swaminarayan Temple and the Vintage and Classic car Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Gondal – Junagadh – Gondal (70 kms / 2 hrs)
After breakfast proceed for a day excursion to Jetpur famous for the workshops of block and screen printings and a centre of yarn-dyeing. Proceed further to Junagadh to visit the carpets of gem-encrusted, the Nawab’s tapestry in the museum and wardrobes. Historical Junagadh is known for its 03rd of century (BC) Buddhist ruins, medieval palace, complexes of tomb and the forts. Back to Gondal for Overnight stay.
Day 6 Gondal – Rajkot (39 kms / 1 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the Hotel and drive to Rajkot. Upon arrival check into hotel. Later visiting Watson Museum at Rajkot, to see the skills of the craftsmanship in Gujarat and Rashtriya Shala. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 Rajkot –Bhopal via Mumbai (By Flight)
After breakfast transfer to Airport to board flight 9W 7002 (Dep: 1150 Dep: 1305 hrs.) to Mumbai & then 9W 317 (Dep: 1345 Arr: 1510 hrs.) Bhopal via Mumbai. Upon arrival check into hotel. Evening is free to explore the lake of city of Bhopal. Overnight at hotel.
Day8 Bhopal – Chanderi (200kms/ 4 hrs.)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to Chanderi. Chanderi is renowned for its most exquisite product: the gossamer thin Chanderi sari that has been woven here for centuries. The greater part of the town’s population is part of the weaver community and work at producing the Chanderi fabric known for its traditional motifs and fragile pastel colours. Upon arrival in Chanderi check into your hotel. Later visit Chanderi Fort and also visit the Chanderi Silk factory. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day9 Chanderi – Shivpuri (142 kms/ 3 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Shivpuri, once the summer capital of the Scindia rulers. Shivpuri is famous for its exquisite palaces and hunting lodges and graceful, intricately carved marble chhatris (cenotaphs) erected by the Scindia princes. Upon arrival transfer to hotel & rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day10 Shivpuri – Kota (223 kms/ 5 hrs.)
After breakfast drive to Kota. Kota is famous for its industries as well as natural beauty. It is situated on the bank of the river Chambal in the southeast Rajasthan. Later visit city palace & museum. Rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight at hotel..
Day11 Kota – Jaipur (250 kms/ 6 hrs)
After breakfast visit Kaithoon village where you will be able to see the local cottage industries where Kota doria, famous handmade Saree are manufactured. Later in the afternoon drive to Jaipur – the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as ‘The Pink City’ for the colour of the buildings in its wonderful old city. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Jaipur is always the centre of attraction. From centuries, this royal land has been flourished with precious stones and jewelry. Jaipur is renowned for its exclusive designs and splendid jewelry. Jewelry is a form of embellishment sported almost on all body parts. Depending on the culture and times Jewelry may be appreciated as a status symbol, for its material properties, its patterns, or for meaningful symbols. Jewelry may be made from a wide range of materials, but gemstones, precious metals, beads and shells have been widely used which are available in various designs and styles. You can get a great combination of cultures like Mughal, British, Muslims and many others, in Jaipur jewelry whether it is silver, gold, diamond or any other with natural stones and precious & semi-precious gemstones. Overnight at hotel..
After Breakfast visit Amer Fort & enjoy ride on a caparisoned elephant up to the Amber Fort established in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh of the Kachwaha dynasty. Within the Amber Fort are ornate palaces, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions & palaces & drive past the stunning artistry of the five-story façade of the Hawa Mahal. Afternoon visit the City Palace, the museum houses textiles, arms, carpets, paintings and manuscripts and other artistic paraphernalia & Astronomical observatory, built by Maharaja Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur, also visit Observatory & pass through Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Later proceed to Sanganer which is about 18 kms from Jaipur, the capital and largest city Rajasthan. It is known for its famous handmade paper industry and the textile printing industry, The handmade paper industry, Floral and block prints are also a specialty with the Sanganer block printers and artisans. The idea behind the handmade paper industry was initiated by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728. Overnight at hotel.
Day13 Jaipur – Nawalgarh(138 kms/ 3 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Nawalgarh. Upon arrival in Nawalgarh check into Apni Dhani. Later you may choose to select the various work-shops from Bangle making, woodcarving and Tie & Dye. The idea behind these workshops to offer you in-depth discovery of culture and to meet & interact with local community. Overnight at hotel.
Day14 Nawalgarh – Delhi (265 kms/ 6 hrs.)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later visit the Painted Havelis of Nawalgarh and other nearby towns Mukundgarh and Mandawa. Later drive to Delhi; upon arrival check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later start sightseeing of Delhi and start from Old Delhi visiting Red Fort (from outside), Jama Masjid and also enjoy the rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk. Later visit the New Delhi and drive past the India Gate, President House and other Parliament. Later visit the Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day16 Delhi – Varanasi (By Flight)
After breakfast transfer to Airport to board flight 9W 2423 (Dep: 1045 Arr: 1210 hrs.) to Varanasi; upon arrival check in to hotel. Later proceed for an excursion tour to visit Sarnath – where Buddha preached his first Sermon. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning Boat ride on river Ganges. Return back to hotel for breakfast. Later proceed for half day city tour to visit Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple & Tulsi Manas Temple. Varanasi is famous for fine silk weaving and brocades. Banarasi silk sarees are popular for rustle of silk, the sheen of pure gold, the magical weave. Later visit to a Silk sarees-manufacturing unit where you can observe the production of fine silk sarees & also interact with local artisans. In the evening proceed to witness the Aarti ceremony at Ganges Ghats. Overnight at hotel.
Day18 Varanasi – Lucknow (315 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to Lucknow. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later visit Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza. Lucknow is known for embroidery work Chikankari, Zari, Zardozi. Chicnkari, 400 year old art, is famous all over India. Later visit the embroidery workshop to get the first hand knowledge about the art. Later in the evening you may choose to tantalize your taste buds with Nawabi style cuisine such as Biryani, Kebab and breads. Overnight at hotel.
Day20 Lucknow – Agra (Day train)
After breakfast time free at leisure. Later transfer to Railway station to board train LJN Swarn Shatabdi (Dep: 1535 Arr: 1918 hrs.) to Agra (Tundla). Upon arrival check into hotel. Agra is famous as being home to one of the “seven wonders of the world – The Taj Mahal”. This city was once the capital of the Mughal empire and it has several monuments which display the splendour of Mughal architecture. Besides the monuments, Agra is worth a visit for the masterpieces of craftsmen recreating the glory of the Mughal period and for the Mughlai cuisine, the aroma of which fills the narrow lanes of Agra. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast you will proceed to visit Agra City. Visit world famous Taj Mahal- (closed on Fridays) built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaj & Agra Fort. Later visit to renowned carpet manufacturing unit. Agra has amongst the oldest tradition of carpet and durrie making in India and exhibits the finest representation of what is available in India. Silk carpets with gold threadwork are forte of Agra. We will also observe marble and soft stone inlay work which is another specialty of Agra. Overnight at hotel.
Day22 Agra – Delhi – (160 kms) – Departure
After breakfast time free at leisure. In time transfer to Airport to board flight to onward destination. [Depart].