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TEXTILES AND MONUMENTS OF GUJARAT
January 12th to January 23rd/24th 2020
On this special tour I am taking a small group to Kutch and the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat to share some of what I have learned about Indian textiles in the last ten years. Gujarat has historically been the source of many of India’s greatest fabrics, weavers and designers and so it remains today.
The Kutch peninsula lies to the north of Gujarat and is a desert area.
Here we will visit some of the great weavers, embroiderers and masters of tie-dye and block-printing for which India is famous. Many of them now work with designers in India and in the wider world.
We conclude our tour in a lovely hotel in Udaipur, four hours north of Ahmedabad.
Monday January 13th – we meet in Mumbai. The flight to Bhuj leaves very early (06.35 am) so it will be necessary to stay in Mumbai the night before and to arrive on Sunday January 12th. We have included a night in the Leela Hotel beforehand.
Tues, Wed and Thurs
January 14th, 15th, 16th.
We will spend three days in and around Bhuj.
We will visit the palace of the Maharajah, and walk round the streets of the town, which suffered considerably in the 2001 earthquake. During our stay in Bhuj we will go to see the wool weavers at Bhujodi, the master tie-dye workers at Mr Isha’s workshop and the beautiful new textile museum set up by Shrujan full of embroideries from all over Kutch. This is a remarkable achievement.
There are opportunities to buy vintage and antique textiles in Bhuj. We shall also visit the block printers at Ajrakpur. We shall visit the craftsmen’s village at Nirona and drive north to watch the sun set over the White Rann of Kutch at Dordo. If there is time we will drive south to visit the port of Mandvi, a centre of shipbuilding, where the Maharajah of Kutch has his summer residence, and a stopping off point on the Spice Route.
On the afternoon of January 17th we drive to the desert camp at Bajana.
where we spend one night. There will be a jeep safari out into the Little Rann of Kutch to see wild asses, bird life and what it an extraordinary desert landscape.
Saturday January 18th
This morning we drive towards Ahmedabad via Patan
This small town has one of the finest stepwells in India, the Rani ki Vav, which descends several floors and has beautiful sculptures. This is a World Heritage site. While we are in Patan we will also visit the Salvi Brothers, master double ikat silk weavers, a tradition dating back centuries. We arrive into Ahmedabad where we stay three nights at the House of MG, a fine mansion in the centre of town, with its own very fine textile museum.
January 19th and 20th – Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, founded by Shah Ahmed in 1411, is a city of fascination and contrasts and is now a World Heritage site. With its spectacular 15th century architecture, visitors can wander through the winding lanes of the old city. The ‘pols’ or self-contained communities include old havelis, many with finely carved wooden decoration. Several have been restored and can be visited. The Jami Masjid, with its tranquil interior, is one of the great mosques of India. The old city sits on one side of the Sabarmati river. On the other is a much more contemporary city, with numerous universities, fine modern architecture, wide and shaded streets. Both Le Courbusier and Louis Khan worked here.
We will walk through the old city, visit the Calico Museum, home to some of India’s finest antique textiles, visit the LC Mehta museum, with a fine collection of miniatures and sculpture and enjoy retail opportunities at Bandhej and Honeycomb Textiles. Gandhi was based in Ahmedabad for many years and his ashram, beside the river, can also be visited.
Tuesday January 21st
Today we drive to Udaipur (4 hours) where we spend two nights at the beautiful Bujera Fort. You can stay longer if you wish!
This is a newly built hotel owned by the well known designers Richard Hanlon and Trish MacFarlane. Each room is decorated with beautiful textiles and the food, all home-cooked is superb.
Wednesday January 22nd
We can visit the city of Udaipur for the day (half an hour away), where there is the city palace and museum and plenty of retail opps. Udaipur is the capital of the Mewari dynasty, who claim descent from the sun. Their great palace dominates one side of Lake Pichola. We will take a boat ride on the lake to visit Jagmandir Island.
Thursday January 23rd
In the afternoon fly to Mumbai and stay one night if needed before proceeding on your onward journey.
- We have included a Mini Coach for transport.
- All meals are included at each place (either at hotels or local restaurants) with soft drinks (non-alcoholic); except in Mumbai where only breakfast is included.
- On Mumbai/Bhuj flight checked in baggage allowance is only 15Kgs, so we have included 10Kgs extra baggage allowance. Another flight from Udaipur/Mumbai already includes 25Kgs Check in baggage allowance.
NETT PRICE FOR LAND & FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS:
- GBP 2800 per person on DOUBLE sharing arrangements
- GBP 3450 per person on SINGLE sharing arrangements
CONFIRMED ACCOMMODATION: 06 Rooms
12/13 Jan 2020 Leela/Mumbai Premier City View Room (Daily Breakfast)
13/17 Jan 2020 RegentaResort/Bhuj Executive Room
17/18 Jan 2020 The Royal Safari Camp/Bajana Deluxe Cottages
18/21 Jan 2020 House of MG/Ahmedabad Modern Heritage Classic Room
21/23 Jan 2020 Bujera Fort/Udaipur Standard Room
23/24 Jan 2020 The Leela/Mumbai Premier City View Room (Daily Breakfast)