- Escorted by textiles expert, Rosemary Crill, co-curator of the V&A's Fabric of India exhibition
- Guided tour of the Calico Museum of Textiles - world renowned, a treasure trove of textiles
- Special permits for access to Banni villages where the mirror work is unparalleled
- Stay at India's most ornate hotel - the royal Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad
Travel from India's north-west region of Gujarat to Hyderabad. Discover the fascinating textiles of these regions and learn more about its influences on the V&A Fabric of India exhibition through the eyes of the exhibition curator Rosemary Crill.
The history of India's remarkable textile traditions date back at least six thousand years to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Fragments of woven cotton have been found, and some traces of dye, which speak of a highly developed cotton industry, while recent discoveries suggest that the cultivation of wild silk was also well understood in ancient India.
Throughout India today, skilled textile artists continue to contribute to these truly splendid and enduring traditions, producing textiles that not only reflect the past but also cater for modern tastes and global markets today.
WHERE DOES THIS GROUP TOUR VISIT?
Travel through the semi-arid regions of Gujarat in India's north- west, meet the people of Bhuj with their instinctive eye for colour and design. These artisans have produced some of India's most creative folk embroidery and gorgeous bandhini or tie dye work.
Visit Dasada to learn the origins of Ajrakh prints, among the oldest textiles in the world, dating back to the Indus Valley civilisation; travel to Ahmedabad and discover the intricate techniques used to produce Patola cloth, used to make the finest hand woven saris in the world; and take a guided tour of the Calico Museum - a pilgrimage site for textile lovers.
The tour finishes in Hyderabad with a stay at the former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad - Falaknuma Palace, now leased by the hotel group Taj. One of India's most ornate and exquisite hotels, Falaknuma is more a museum than a hotel and is a fitting end to this exceptional tour.
WHY TRAVEL WITH ROSEMARY CRILL?
Rosemary Crill is the internationally respected former senior curator for South and Southeast Asian textiles and dress, Middle Eastern Carpets, and South Asian painting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She curated ‘The Fabric of India’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This tour will give a privileged insight into her in-depth understanding of Indian textiles.
She has published many books and articles on these subjects and has travelled widely in India.
Rosemary will join the group as a tour expert, she will work with a local tour guide throughout, allowing priveledged access into certain sites and museums as well as giving an insight through organised talks. Please note Rosemary is not a tour lecturer or tour leader, however her experience and knowledge of the Fabrics of India make an incredible addition to this tour.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
DO I NEED A VISA FOR INDIA?
All visitors need a visa for India. There is now provision for an online e-visa for citizens of certain countries, including the UK. The visa has to be obtained before arrival in all circumstances. Tourist visas issued in the UK have six months’ validity from date of issue.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN INDIA?
During this tour you will stay in a carefully selected range of small hotels in Gujarat and world leading five-star properties in Hyderabad and Mumbai. All hotels are at least a three-star standard and all offer restaurants on site, some offer pools and leisure facilities. These hotels have been chosen for their vantage points, and good access to city sightseeing.
Gujarat hotel standards are generally lower than other more visited areas of India and availability and choice are limited. We believe we have confirmed the best available in each location.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN GUJARAT AND HYDERABAD?
Both regions have distinctive cuisine.
Gujarat cuisine offers a wide selection of vegetarian dishes, and more often than not served on a lovely silver platter. A combination of different spices is used in cooking and this is what makes Gujarati food truly exotic with sweet notes dominating many dishes such as Gujarati Kadhi (curry). Another traditional dish is the Gujarati thali, consisting of roti, dal, rice and shaak (a dish made up of several different combinations of vegetable and spices).
Hyderabad is famous for its ridiculously good Biryani, a traditional celebration of lamb and rice. Do not leave the city without a tasting.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN INDIA IN NOVEMBER?
Warm sunny days with cooler nights. November is the end of the monsoon rains. The average temperatures sit around 30 degrees, dropping to 17 – 18 degrees at night.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
General overall fitness is required. There is a lot of walking however, at a leisurely pace with some stairs. We would suggest that you bring a comfortable pair if walking shoes, that are easy to take on and off as you will be required to remove your shoes when visiting mosques and temples.
CAN I EXTEND MY STAY IN INDIA?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.
We have arranged an extention at the Falaknuma Palace for those feeling they would like an extra night stay independant of the group. The price starts from £400 per person including private airport transfers.
From Mumbai you can easily reach the beaches of South India. If Rajasthan is on the wishlist then there is daily connectivity by air, easily enabling a short extension to visit the Taj Mahal and Jaipur.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.