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TEXTILE & TRIBAL COMMUNITIES TOUR TO GUJARAT

Accompanied trip: 29 February - 15 March 2020

29 February to 15 March 2020

EMMA HORNE TRAVEL TEXTILE & TRIBAL COMMUNITIES TOUR TO GUJARAT

Having successfully operated Textile Tours in Gujarat for several years we have realised that the State of Gujarat has so much more to offer. The tribal communities residing in the north and east of the state retain their unique and fascinating culture, so we have expanded our textile itinerary to allow more time to appreciate all that that is on offer in this amazing state.   This is a journey which will take you into the heart of rural India. 
The dates of the tour have been chosen to coincide with the festival in the town of Kavant, a gathering of the Rathva community, and Holi, the colourful Indian Spring Festival.
This year’s inaugural tour was an incredible experience much enjoyed by our enthusiastic group of travellers so we are repeating the journey in 2020.
Although the tour has been expanded there will still be an emphasis on the handicrafts of the region and we will be meeting artisans to gain a more indepth knowledge of textiles, especially weaving (including mashru), embroidery, ikat, bandhani and block printing.  The trip will also cover other aspects of Gujarati & Kutch culture; the stunning architecture, amazing fauna and flora and the delicious & varied cuisine.  Combined with the vibrant festivals the trip will offer something for everyone and will, of course, allow for plenty of retail opportunities.  I have to say we have always had quite a few heavily laden bags on the journey home from our previous trips! If the trip is too long it does neatly divide into 3 sections so you could join us for part of the journey, although I think all participants on the last trip were happy with the length of the tour, with each day providing a different and enthralling experience.   
Emma will accompany the tour and be assisted by expert local guides.

Outline Itinerary

29 February, Saturday
ARRIVE BHUJ

Arrive Bhuj by flight from Delhi or Mumbai.
Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon walk in the old city of Bhuj.
Overnight The Prince Hotel - a comfortable 4 star property centrally located

01-03, March  
BHUJ

The next 3 days will be spent exploring in and around Bhuj with particular emphasis on the elaborate crafts still worked in this area, and the history of textiles in Kutch.  The exact itinerary will be a bit flexible depending on local artisans and the particular interest of the group.
Overnight The Prince Hotel.

4 March, Wednesday  
BHUJ/ BAJANA

Drive to Bajana (approximately 4 hours’ drive), on the edge of the Little Rann.
Overnight Royal Safari Camp – an attractive, rustic resort on the edge of the Little Rann

5 March,Thursday
BAJANA

Visit the Little Rann of Kutch and surrounding villages.
Overnight Royal Safari Camp.

6 March, Friday  
BAJANA/ DANTA

Drive from Bajana to Danta with sightseeing on route, including the Sun Temple at Modhera and Patan, and the town of Sidhpur if time allows.
Overnight Bhavani Villa – a heritage, home where we will be guests of the owners.

7 March, Saturday
DANTA/ POSHINA

Sightseeing in Danta prior to drive to Poshina.
Overnight Darbargarh Palace – a heritage, home where we will be guests of the owners.

8 March, Sunday
POSHINA

Today many of the local tribes will be gathering for festival shopping at the begining of Holi.
Overnight Darbargarh Palace

9 March, Monday
POSHINA

Today we will attend the Holi ceremony in Poshina village.
Overnight Darbargarh Palace

10 March, Tuesday
POSHINA / AHMEDABAD

Drive to Ahmedabad with sightseeing on route. Today is Holi Dhuleti when you play with colour and water, this is traditionally more active in towns than rural area.
Overnight House of MG – centrally located heritage hotel

11 March, Wednesday
AHMEDABAD

Sightseeing in Ahmedabad to include a visit to the Calico Museum.
Overnight House of MG

12 March, Thursday
AHMEDABAD/JAMBUGHODA
Depart Ahmedabad on drive to Jambughoda with sightseeing in Vadodara (Baroda) and Champener on route.
Overnight at Jambughoda Palace – a heritage, home where we will be guests of the owners

13 March, Friday
JAMBUGHODA

Full day excursion to the town of Kavant for their annual Festival. It is the gathering arena for a tribal group, Rathva community to extemporously recreate the joy of existence and life.
Overnight at Jambughoda Palace

14 March, Saturday
JAMBUGHODA

Full day excursion in and around Jambughoda including visit to Chota Udaipur, a tribal dominated district to visit the Tribal Museum.
Overnight Jambughoda Palace

15 March, Sunday
JAMBUGHODA/VADODARA/DEPARTURE FLIGHT

Depart Jambughoda for the drive to Vadodara, for the onward flight to Delhi or Mumbai.

End of arrangements.

Price:
INR192,000 per person
based on sharing a double occupancy room with a minimum group of 6 people travelling
 
Single room supplement: INR52,000 per person

Price Includes:
All arrangements, transfers and transport as per itinerary
Full board accommodation, starting with dinner day 01 and ending with breakfast on day 16
Transport in AC vehicle with chauffeur
Services of accompanying English-speaking guide
Monument entry fees
Visits to artisan’s workshops & demonstrations
Jeep ride at Bajana & in Poshina
Local government taxes per current rate (subject to change)

Price Excludes:
International flights
Domestic flights - to be quoted separately
Any surcharge due to less thatn 6 people travelling
Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, personal gratuities, insurance, visa fees, camera fees.
Extra costs incurred due to change of itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ACTUAL ORDER AND CONTENT OF THE ITINERARY MAY NEED TO CHANGE SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF THE ARTISANS.



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