STEPWELLS   TEXTILES   ARTS&CRAFTS

NORTHWEST INDIA

Gujarat - Kutch

January 16-30, 2022

Optional: Off-beaten-track Rajasthan
Jan 16-Feb 5, 2022

Our most loved tour is back...with a twist!

Says Jodie Watkins (Australia): 

"One of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Our leaders Shila and Nirav were a font of knowledge and bent over backwards to make sure our trip was as stress free and enjoyable -- words cannot do justice. We visited villages that tourists rarely go and were welcomed into homes. The sights I have seen, the experiences I was honoured to have undertaken, will stay with me forever. The quality of the work we saw was exceptional. You will not regret it. Thank you Shila and Nirav.”

Patsy Anderson (Toronto):

"An exceptional tour . . . I was the clear textile rookie in the group and I learned so much. Superb tour leaders."

Explore the essence of Indian craftsmanship in a 5,000-year old culture. 


What sets this tour apart? A double hit of unparalleled handmade textiles, arts and crafts AND stepwells: an architectural marvel unique to Gujarat-Rajasthan. Stepwells are ancient water-harvesting systems; elaborate feats of engineering and craftsmanship that echo the magnificence of Indian palaces . . . only they are underground. Read more here

Marvel at an India far beyond tourist trappings. Led by Canada-based Gujarati-speaking textile expert steeped in the lore of her ancestors, and our expert, much-loved local leader. 

 ** 15 wonder-filled days**/ Optional 8 days off-beaten track Rajasthan

USD 3995 pp double occupancy

USD 1650 pp single supplement

 

 

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TESTIMONIALS

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Artisanal Villages

Access remote desert villages for exceptional artisanship. Be welcomed into local dwellings and enjoy camaraderie with village women through hands on workshops. Learn about traditions passed from mother to daughter through the language of embroidery. 

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Stepwells

Explore a vanishing, little-known world under the ground. Masterpieces of early architecture and engineering in ancient societies' search for water, stepwells are guaranteed to deliver a profound experience.

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Intricate tie-dye - Bandhani

Workshops and demos with award-winning artisans in UNESCO World Heritage recognised craft of Bandhani.  Learn about the traditions behind a textile craft prized for millennia. 

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Block printing heaven

From the complex 16-step Ajrakh to hands-on workshops to engage your creative side, we cover every type of block printing. Learn about the block making process where artisans will carve you your own block while you wait. 

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Double-ikat Patan 

Textiles over which wars were fought: the famous double-ikat of Patan. Meet one of only two remaining families who carry on this fiendishly compex weaving of tie-dyed warp and weft, matched on the loom to produce a textile of unsurpassed beauty.

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Stunning ancient temples

Beginning with 11th CE Sun Temple Modhera where ingenious architecture captures an explosion of the sun right inside the innermost sanctum. Wander uncrowded undiscovered monuments and retrace history on your own terms. 

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Culinary Beats 

A given on every E.Y.H.O. tour -- we are huge foodies. We will introduce you to how locals eat, in a safe and hygienic way. Meals with local families and roadside eateries for a culinary immersion. Worried about getting sick in India? We have an enviable 10 year record of keeping our travellers healthy!

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Unforgettable vistas 

The surreal Salt Desert with stunning sunsets and the charm of rural Gujarat. Images that will stay on in your memory long after the return home. 

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Off the beaten track Rajasthan

Optional 8 days add-on.

You've done the  Golden Triangle. Now see the real Rajasthan. Village life, forts clinging to impossibly craggy cliffs, crumbling palaces, and another kind of stepwell suited to local geology. 

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