Textile Lifestyle Tour Of North India

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Delhi
Today, upon arrival in India’s bustling capital-New Delhi, you will be met by our airport representative and escorted to your hotel.

Dinner & Overnight in Delhi hotel.
Day 2 Delhi
Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!

In the Morning half, you will drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings - the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi. Take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch - the India Gate. Visit the Qutab Minar- a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret.

Later in the day, visit the majestic Red Fort spread over an area of 2 km, visit India’s largest mosque - Jama Masjid, travel through the bustling market and take a cycle rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk. Then, visit Raj Ghat - Mahatma Gandhi's cremation site memorial.

Dinner in Chor Bazaar Restaurant.
Overnight in Delhi hotel.
Day 3 Delhi – Lucknow by LJN SWRAN SHATABDI Dep 06:10 Hrs / Arr 12:40 Hrs.
Guests have to Check-out and wait at lobby prior to pick-up for transfer to the railways station to board Shatabdi Express for Lucknow

Seats pre-blocked in Chair Car class with breakfast on board.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your booked Hotel and visit the architectural marvel of age, La Martiniere School which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin as a palatial home. Even to this day, Claude martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow. We will first witness the Traditional Assembly of students and then visit the school and in afternoon proceed for Heritage Walk of Chowk. 'Chowk' is the oldest market place of Lucknow to shop for the unique crafts of this Nawabi City. We walk in the by-lane of Chowk called ‘Gol Darwaza’- a place that was once a seat of numerous ‘Kothas’ (a small entertainment studios where nautch girls performed in the evenings) now is a market place that is known to house the best of handicrafts and Chikan work. A heritage walk here will showcase the culture of this fabled city and take you into the bygone era.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Lucknow hotel.
Day 4 Lucknow
Today, after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing and drive past Sadat Ali & Begum Tombs and the ‘Chatar Manzil’ (Outside view only), we reach the world’s most unique architecture, 'Asifi Imambara'. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula'. This is the world’s biggest hall that is devoid of any pillar support, wood, iron beams or concrete walls. Salute the “Nawab” (Prince) lying in peace inside and proceed to see his noble work. Also, see the 'Rumi Darwaza' or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque.

Later, visit the Husainabad Complex- The Clock Tower is the highest Clock Tower in Asia and in some ways superior to its counterpart, 'Big Ben'. Today the clock stands motionless but has witnessed all times, the good, the bad and the ugly. Now enter the Babylon of East, The Husainabad Imambara - known for its beauty and pieces of décor. This was built in 1840 by Mohammad Ali Shah and is still considered to be a sacred address by the natives. The beautiful chandeliers, silver seat, sandalwood décor and calligraphy on the walls all are so creative. Admire each one and bow down to the Nawab and his Mother sleeping inside. Later we will visit the Husainabad Picture Gallery that houses life-size hand painted portraits of Nawabs of Awadh each with a distinct and a unique history. Paintings here are quite lively as if each would speak to tell you the tales of the Awadh that was. Also see the Satkhanda that stands as Lucknow’s incomplete leaning tower of Pisa.

In afternoon, proceed to visit Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). To be welcomed by none other than Runa Banerjee (Subject to her availability in the city). SEWA - It is an autonomous organization of Chikan artisans. Impetus for setting up SEWA-Lucknow came from a UNICEF sponsored study conducted in 1979 seeing the pitiable condition of Chikan artisans in Lucknow. In 1984, Thirty-One women came together to register an organization of women artisans under the 1860 Society’s Registration Act for “CHIKAN KARI.” “Self Employed Women’s Association” (SEWA – Lucknow) was thus formed with a major agenda of doing away with the middleman and the organization to act as a platform from where the artisans would address the market directly. SEWA - Lucknow produces 184 different types of Ladies Garments, 22 types of Gents Garments which include children garments and 24 types of Home Furnishings. All these variety are available to customers whenever one visits any SEWA- Lucknow exhibition or shop. Apart from the product’s finish and quality, this by itself speaks about the fine craftsmanship of SEWA-Lucknow’s artisans.

Later visit a Zardozi workshop and understand this art form and ace designer couple Masood & Almas (Almasood Label) will today show case their work in a trunk-show and show us the current work that their craftsmen would be doing. We will enjoy our tea here and Masood will deliver a talk on how this craft nurtured in the city and the plight of the craftsmen associated with this kind of embroidery.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Lucknow hotel.
Day 5 Lucknow – Varanasi by LKO BSB INTERCITY Dep 07:00 Hrs / Arr 13:30 Hrs.
Guests have to Check-out and wait at lobby prior to pick-up for departure transfer to the railways station to board train for Varanasi

Seat pre-blocked in Chair Car class with breakfast on board.

Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be transferred to your booked Hotel and in the afternoon, you’ll walk through bazaar of Varanasi-a haven for the rich merchant wholesale markets for Brocade and Benarasi Sari.

In the evening, witness “Aarti Ceremony” at the “Ghats”. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the “Aarti” of the river.

Dinner & Overnight in Varanasi hotel.
Day 6 In Varanasi
In the early morning, enjoy a boat ride on River Ganges to see the sunrise and short sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing and visit Sarnath-the Buddhist city. In the afternoon, visit brocading centre where you can see the weavers at work weaving pure gold and silver thread into silk textile.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Varanasi hotel.
Day 7 Varanasi – Agra
After breakfast, in time, you’ll be transferred to Varanasi airport to board your flight for Agra. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your booked hotel.

Later in the afternoon, visit the splendid Agra Fort - built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience, and beautiful gardens.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Varanasi hotel
Day 8 AGRA – JAIPUR (245 Kms / 05 Hrs Approximately) Via Fatehpur Sikri
Today, early morning, proceed to visit the world famous Taj Mahal at sunrise (Taj Mahal is closed for visit on Fridays). Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1560.

Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed on your drive for Jaipur. (Pink City) En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, once a glittering capital, later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Marvel at the well-preserved buildings and red sandstone palaces.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Jaipur hotel.
Day 9 Jaipur
Post early Breakfast, visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort - built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represents royal splendor and luxury of the Rajput era to ascend up the fort, by Elephant / Jeep.

Post lunch, visit Sanganer, a small township situated little away from Jaipur. If you love the Rajasthani art, if you want to know the intricate process of how the carvings are done, if you want to know something about textile block printing, if you like shopping more than anything else then Sanganer is a must visit place for you. Sanganer is a shopper's paradise in true sense. Sanganer is famed for textile block printing, papermaking and Jaipur blue pottery. Besides shopping, there are several temples and an old Palace to spend a memorable time.

Later in the afternoon, visit Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums. The iconic Hawa Mahal, also called the Palace of the winds, is the meeting-point at which this walk begins. During this tour, you will also get the opportunity to visit local bazaar to see the colorful textiles “Bandhani” and “Leheria.”

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Jaipur hotel.
Day 10 Jaipur – Deogarh (275 Kms / 05 Hrs Approximately) Via Bagru
After Breakfast, proceed on your drive to Deogarh. En route, visit Bagru, a small township situated a little away from Jaipur and see the villagers and their fascinating art-work of Tie and Dye, Bandhani, Block printing with wooden blocks, and the art of hand-made papers.

Later, continue your drive for Deogarh and upon arrival, check in Deogarh Mahal.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Deogarh Mahal.
Day 11 Deogarh – Udaipur (145 Kms / 03Hrs Approximately) Via Nathdwara
After Breakfast, proceed on your drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. En Route, visit Nathdwara known for its pigment printing textiles depicting Lord Krishna.

Upon arrival, check-in at your Hotel.

Rest of the day is free for independent activities

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Udaipur hotel
Day 12 Udaipur
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the 16 th -century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums, and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today; Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains. Early evening boat ride at Lake Pichola where you can visit the Jag Mandir.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Udaipur hotel
Day 13 Udaipur – Ahmedabad (260 Kms / 05 ½ Hrs Approximately)
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed on your drive to Ahmedabad, upon arrival you will be transferred to your booked hotel.

In the afternoon, visit Shreyas Folk Museum (Closed on Monday’s and Bank Holidays), which displays the art forms ranging from varied communities such as the Kathi, Rabari, Ahir, Mer, Charan, Bharvad, Kanbi, Koli, Bhansali, Rajput, Brahmin, Vania, Meghaval, Khoja Bohra, Meman, Miana and several others. Also on exhibit are colorful works of embroidery, wood carving, metal work, bead work and utensils, leather work, costumes, paintings and animal decorations, objects of household usage. One can appreciate the care and discernment with which these objects have been collected. Photographic panels accompanied by textual description add value to the viewers experience and understanding of this wide collection. Kalpana Mangaldas Children's Museum (Performing Arts Museum) within the same premises houses a collection of puppets, dance and drama costumes, coins and a repository of recorded music from traditional shows from all over the world. One of the highlights at this museum is a complete elephant skeleton (3.19m high).

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Ahmedabad hotel
Day 14 In Ahmedabad
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed on your sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad including the visit to Calico Textile Museum (Closed on Wednesday & Bank holiday) - A fascinating collection of antique textiles, which provides the history of textiles in India and also visit National Institute of Design.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Ahmedabad hotel
Day 15 Ahmedabad – Mumbai by 6E 3834 Dep 07:40 Hrs / 09:05 Hrs
In Time, you’ll be transferred to airport to board your flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be transferred to you booked hotel.

This afternoon, take a city tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India; Prince of Wales Museum, built in early 20th century in Indo-Saracenic style architecture, housing a priceless collection of art, sculptures, china and other antiques; Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s home during his stay in Mumbai, which shows glimpses of Gandhi’s life and houses a library of books written by or about Gandhi.

While driving in Mumbai, you get an opportunity to observe and take photo stops at some famous landmark sites such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST – previously called ‘Victoria Terminus’), Mumbai’s most famous railway station, a brilliant specimen of Victorian Gothic style architecture in India; Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette, Nariman Point and Marine Drive Queens Necklace view.

Dinner & Overnight Stay in Mumbai hotel
Day 16 Mumbai – Departure.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
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