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Gujarat: Traditional Crafts and Tribal Communities

11 Nov — 27 Nov 2017 | Tour Director: Annie Owen

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 2105 on Jet Airways.

Day

2

Arrive Mumbai 1125. Internal flight to Bhuj and transfer to Mandvi Resort for two nights. Evening stroll along the beach.

Day

3

Morning: Hindu temple and Mandvi town. Afternoon: Indo-Edwardian Vijay Vilas Palace. Optional camel ride along the beach.

Day

4

Transfer to the small tribal village of Hodka for three nights at desert hotel of Shaam e Sarahad, staying in comfortable tents or beautiful bhunga (mud huts).

Day

5

Morning: visit to Hodka (Hindu village of traditional quiltmakers). Afternoon: Dhordo (Muslim village where we will see detailed embroidery of Mutwa tribe). Sunset over White Desert.

Day

6

Explore other embroiderers’ villages in the Kutch area, driving through dramatic desert roads. Many species of birds live in this flat pale landscape.

Day

7

Transfer to Bhuj: Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal (19th century bell tower with an exhilarating view of the city), local museums, fascinating bazaars. Overnight stay at Hotel Prince. Optional evening visit to Swaminarayan temple.

Day

8

Long drive to city of Gondal for two nights at historic Riverside Palace Heritage Hotel, complete with vintage car collection.

Day

9

Visit to the 18th century Naulakha Palace and museum. Optional afternoon visit to the Maharaja’s vintage car collection.

Day

10

Transfer to Palitana for two nights at Vijay Vilas Palace Hotel. Free afternoon and evening.

Day

11

Early morning departure for climb up Shatrunjaya Hill to see the Jain temples. There are dholis (porters) with canvas hammocks or plastic chairs who can carry the more daunted pilgrims up 3,800 steps to the top.

Day

12

Transfer to Dasada via Lothal (4,000 year old Indus site with museum). Two nights in desert resort Rann Riders, in local styled bhunga (mud huts) decorated with mirrorwork, carpets, painted walls.

Day

13

Optional morning bird safari. Afternoon: endangered Asiatic wild ass sanctuary, excursion to village to see salt flats, wildlife, tribes people (we hope to see the Rabhari tribes people if their travels bring them near Dasada).

Day

14

Whole-day excursion to Sun Temple in Modhera, Patan to see Ran-ki-Vav (stepwell) and Patola weaving museum (double ikat fabrics which only one family now weaves) followed by Adalaj stepwell. Two nights at The House of MG, Ahmedabad.

Day

15

Morning: Calico Textile Museum. Free afternoon followed by farewell dinner.

Day

16

Morning ‘Heritage walk’ around the palls (alleys) and havelis (private mansions) of old Ahmedabad. Free time to explore bazaars. Depart Ahmedabad 2115 via Mumbai.

Day

17

Arrive Heathrow 0700.

Tour Dates

11 Nov — 27 Nov 2017

Days

17

Cost

£2965

Tour Code

GUJA-17

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Testimonial

The warmth of the Tour Director and her knowledge of and love for Gujarat and the people. This was strongly conveyed and made the trip for me.

ACE Customer 2016

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or doubled bedded room, full board with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £480.

 
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