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    Textile Tour of India 8 Nights

    Uncover the secrets behind the craft of fine fabrics

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      0000167

    • Destinations

      3

      MumbaiAhmedabadBhuj
    • Duration

      8 Nights

    • Attractions

      16

      Elephanta Island MaharashtraGateway of IndiaNariman PointHathee Singh Jain TempleMahudi Jain TempleModheraShankheshwar Jain TempleSidi Saiyyed MosqueSun Temple ModheraSwaminarayan MuseumHutheesing Jain TempleSabarmati AshramCalico Museum of TextilesFashion StreetMangaldas MarketRann Riders
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    One of the first industries to grow in India, textiles has come a long way. Discover the lives of the people behind these garments and the textile production process, which have fascinated European societies for centuries.

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    DAY 1
    Arrive Mumbai
    • Upon arrival in Mumbai International Airport, You will be welcomed by your India host and chauffeured to the hotel.
    • Mumbai: Dating back 300 years these nests of seven islands were originally inhabited by Koli fisherman. Mumbadevi or Mumbai, from which we get Bombay, was a part of the dowry of Catherine Braganza when she married Charles II in 1661. Bombay remained isolated till the Suez Canal was opened. After which trade Bombay overtook Calcutta as the main port due to the proximity to the European countries.
    • Today, Bombay is a beautiful harbour studded with hilly islands and a palm-fringed shore, rising gradually to the peaks of the mountain ranges – truly worthy of being the ‘Gateway of India’. Besides being a major port of India, Bombay is also a thriving industrial centre.
    • A cosmopolitan city, it owes its prosperity to the industry and enterprise of its population of about eight million. It is the commercial capital of India.
    • Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
    DAY 2
    Mumbai
    • This morning you will be met by your guide and will be driven from your Hotel to the Gateway of India and board the ferry, for an hour’s ride across Bombay Harbour brings you to the green and lovely Elephanta Island.
    • This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here visit some of the huge and intricately carved cave temples that date back to the 8th century, dedicated to the Hindu Sun God - Shiva. Once you get off at the island, you can either walk a short distance or take a Toy Train, to the steps leading up to the sculptures.
    • Afternoon proceed on a tour of local market and also visit a famous designer studio:
    • Mumbai's heart lies not in its monuments but in its bazaars (markets).
    • Fashion Street: Just as the name suggests, Fashion Street is a bustling street filled with the latest fashion merchandise. This street has about 150 stalls selling a wide range of items including shoes, bags, western clothes, accessories and so much more. Fashion Street attracts people of all ages, but the area is always crowded with teenagers and college students.
    • Mangaldas Market (cotton/silk market): This market is every fabric lover’s heaven, once here you are bound to fall in love with the colours and vast variety of styles available in Indian wear.
    • Later visit Sabyasachi store in Mumbai. Sabyasachi need no introduction, he is one of the world renowned fashion designer. By visiting the store of Sabyasachi, you will understand why attention to detail is Sabyasachi Mukherjee's most deadly creative weapon.
    DAY 3
    Mumbai to Ahmedabad
    • This morning departure transfer to the Mumbai airport for your flight to Ahmedabad.
    • Ahmedabad: Founded in the 15th century, Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujrat. The city is a vibrant business district and rising centre of education, information technology and scientific industries. Divided in two - the old city and the new city. City enjoys a thriving cultural tradition, being the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and diverse traditions of different ethnic and religious communities.
    • Upon arrival at Ahmedabad Airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel.
    • Afternoon proceed on a visit to the following sites
    • Sidi Sayed Mosque: The mosque of Sidi Sayed is one of the most prominent mosques in the Ahmedabad city. Constructed in the year 1573, the mosque was established by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah.
    • This skillfully carved mosque is truly the one of its kinds in the whole world. The Jali screen windows represent the Indo-Saracenic styling, which is admired by people all over the world. Consisting of delicately carved windows, the mosque is known for its stone tracery.
    • Swaminarayan Temple: Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple boasts of its exquisite wooden carvings.The structural design of the Ahmedabad Swaminarayan temple is mesmerizing. The interiors and exteriors of the temple have been adorned with the typical Gujarati designs that depict different aspects of the Gujarati culture and lifestyle. The architectural style of the temple is commendable and truly has an unbeatable charm. Standing royally behind the huge gates across the Relief road, the Swaminarayan temple of Ahmedabad has beautifully decorated domes and galleries.
    • Evening proceed on a heritage walking tour of Ahmedabad:
    • Ahmedabadis also an architectural mecca of sorts, with buildings designed by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. These buildings are a symbol of how seamlessly the city has embraced the present while being rooted in its heritage. It has some of the finest examples of Islamic monuments, Jain temples and vernacular wooden architecture and a thriving ‘Walled City Culture’.
    • The historic ‘Old City’, on the eastern side of the river, is a site to behold – a tightly condensed humanity going about daily chores as if time had stood still, with chaotic bazaars, crisscrossing narrow streets (called ‘pols’) punctuated by beautifully carved bird feeders, roaming cattle, crumbling but stunning examples of vernaculararchitecture and artisan workshops.
    • Accommodation is in a Grand Deluxe Room with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
    DAY 4
    Ahmedabad
    • Morning visit Calico Museum. The Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad is the premier textile museum of India. For its distinguished and comprehensive collection of Indian textiles, it is one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world. Entry Permitting.
    • Note: Maximum number of visitors per tour is restricted to 20. It is closed on Wednesday
    • Afternoon visit Sabarmati Ashram: Gandhi’s home for many years and significant site in India’s struggle for independence. In Gandhi’s small cottage, you can still see his spinning wheel, which became the symbol of his swadeshi movement. The swadeshi movement sought to promote the creation and consumption of hand-spun textiles and other local products over British imports among Indians of all castes and social classes. Entry permitting, we will also visit Kalam Khush, a handmade paper factory established by the Gandhi ashram in 1956.
    • Afternoon visit to Ahmedabad famous kite makers and one of the few families that still practice Mata-ni-Pachedi, or ritual cloth painting.
    DAY 5
    Ahmedabad to Dasada
    • Morning drive to Dasada
    • Stop enroute at the sleepy town of Patan to see the increasingly rare craft of double ikat weaving and also visit the Rani ki Vav stepwell later explore the striking 11th century Modhera Sun Temple.
    • Post visit continue your drive to Dasada. On arrival check-in at Rann Riders, Dasada
    • Rann Riders :Rann Riders is an ethnically designed eco-resort, set among wetlands and agricultural fields. The resort has imaginatively designed cottages that blend with the rural countryside in which it is situated.
    • Accommodation is in a Cottage with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Full Board Basis.
    DAY 6
    Dasada to Bhuj
    • Morning drive to Bhuj (276 Kms / 5 ½ Hours)
    • Bhuj: Bhuj connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappans), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India and tombs, palaces and other buildings from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. Over the 4000-year in-habitation of Kutch it developed trading and migratory relationships with ancient civilizations as far abroad as Zanzibar, the Middle East and Greece, fostering a unique ethnic mix of peoples and traditions in the region.
    • Accommodation is in a Jafri Room with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis. 
    DAY 7
    Bhuj
    • Morning proceed on a day visit to Banni Villages :-
    • Hodka: Visit Basar Bura, a charming guy who has rather banal local embroidery, and Ramji Devraj, who makes quilts and has been to the Santa Fe international Folk Art market many times. There is also leather done in Hodka.
    • Today Lunch will be organized at Rann Visramo , Bhasar Bhura’s Hotel has a charming restaurant, much more authentic.
    • Nirona: is home to about six different Crafts. Meet Mr. Abdul Gafur Khatri, (subject to permission / confirmation) who, together with his five brothers, belongs to the last family of Rogan Painters. Rogan Art involves using a Metal Stick and Castor-Oil based color to create a work of genius. Viewing a demonstration of the craft is sure to leave you in awe.
    DAY 8
    Bhuj
    • Morning visit Bhujodi Village, located just 8 kilometers from Bhuj where you will visit VankaKana, who has good embroideries and some other weavers with great new designs.
    • Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch with more than 1000 inhabitants involved in textile handicrafts production.
    • Kutchi embroidery is some of the finest that India produces. Intricate stitches, often incorporating small mirrors are typical of most styles, although each style is uniquely representative of different tribal communities: Rabari, Ahir, Mutwa and Jat are examples. Sumrasar and Dhordo are famous embroidery villages, but embroidery is found all over Kutch.
    • Today a Thali Lunch will be organized at Hotel.
    • Later we will visit Ajrakhpur Village to see the ajrakh printing / natural dye in Ajrakhpur.
    • Ajrakhpur is known worldwide for the art of block painting, uses color derived from nature, such as indigo, henna, turmeric, pomegranate, iron and mud. In some cases, the fabrics are washed up to 20 times. The printing blocks are hand-carved.
    • End your tour with the visit to Ludiya Village, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful village in kutch and famous for its decorative furniture.
    • The Houses of the village have typical structure called bhunga with intricate decorations both inside and outside. While outside is decorated with vibrant motifs, the inside has clay design with mirror work. These house are architecture marvel.
    DAY 9
    Bhuj to Mumbai
    • Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Bhuj Airport for flight to Mumbai.
    • Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport stay in transit for your flight to destination onwards.
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    Uncover the secrets behind the craft of fine fabrics

    Top Attractions

    Uncover the secrets behind the craft of fine fabrics

    Elephanta Island Maharashtra

    Elephanta Island is one of a number of islands in Mumbai Harbour east of Mumbai India.

    Gateway of India

    The Gateway of India is an arch-monument built in the early twentieth century in the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was erected to commemorate the landing in December 1911 at Apollo Bunder Mumbai of King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary the first British monarch to visit India. At the time of the royal visit the gateway was not yet built and a card

    Nariman Point

    Nariman Point is a business district in Downtown Mumbai. Formerly the prominent business district on Indias west coast Nariman Point yielded that status to Mumbais Bandra-Kurla Complex in 2010. Prior to Nariman Points development Mumbais business centre was at Ballard Estate which like Nariman Point also was built on land reclaimed from the sea.

    Mahudi Jain Temple

    Mahudi Jain Temple is situated in Mahudi town in Mansa taluka of Gandhinagar district Gujarat. It is a pilgrimage centre of Jains and other communities visiting temple of Jain deity Ghantakarna Mahavir and Padmaprabhu Jain Temple. It was known as Madhupuri historically.

    Modhera

    Modhera is a town in Mehsana district of Gujarat India. The town is well known for the Sun Temple of Chaulukya era. The town is located on the bank of river Pushpavati.

    Shankheshwar Jain Temple

    The Shankheshwar Jain Temple is located in the center of Shankheshwar town of Patan district Gujarat India. The temple is dedicated to Parshwanath and is an important place of pilgrimage for the followers of Jainism.

    Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

    The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque popularly known as Sidi Saiyyid ni Jali locally built in 1572-73 AD is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad a city in the state of Gujarat India.

    Sun Temple Modhera

    The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district Gujarat India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati. It was built after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. No worship is offered now and is protected monument maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The temple complex has thre

    Swaminarayan Museum

    The Shree Swaminarayan Museum is a museum in Ahmedabad Gujarat India. It houses of three thousand personal objects of Swaminarayan who is believed to be a manifestation of god in Swaminarayan Hinduism. It is a project undertaken to protect God Swaminarayans objects of Prasadi which can be viewed by all people for darshan.

    Hutheesing Jain Temple

    Hutheesing Temple is the best known Jain temple in Ahmedabad in Gujarat India. It was constructed in 1848.

    Sabarmati Ashram

    Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad Gujarat adjoining the Ashram Road on the banks of the River Sabarmati 4.0 miles from the town hall. This was one of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati and Sevagram when he was not travelling across India or in prison. He lived in Sabarmati or Wardha for a total of twelve years with his

    Calico Museum of Textiles

    The Calico Museum of Textiles is located in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat in western India. The museum is managed by the Sarabhai Foundation.

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