India – Gujarat and Kutch Textiles and Heritage Tour

10th Jan - 24th Jan 2013



 
 














 





 
Rural craftswomen in the the Tribal villages of  Kutch.
earning a dignified livelihood from doing hand embroidery .
Kachcchi embroidery is famed around the world and forms the 
     
 warp & weft of Contemporary India        
         


       
THE Queens Steps at Pathan - a 1500 year old
UNESCO World Heritage Site - a true living wonder 
       
         
 

A  typical Katchii village scene in Banni. Banni is renowned for its "designer architecture
perfected by the local communities over centuries. Notice the round Bhunga or " mud Huts "
under a thatch roof which are specifically built to keep the insides cool in the sweltering heat
of the Indian summers  & warm in the winters.

       
         





 

   
 Ahmedabad's  beautiful Heritage Hotels & Palaces        
         
The Sun Temple, Modhera, at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya.
It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the
Solanki dynasty. This temple depicts the essence of ancient times.
The sculptures and architecture present in this temple are still magnificent after all these years. In the present times,
prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India.
 

 
  The Sun temple of Modhera     
   

   
   
   




 
   

 
   
 

Every year, Gujarat celebrates more than 2,000 festivals. The International Kite Festival (Uttarayan) is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated.
[1]Months before the festival, homes in Gujarat begin to manufacture kites for the festival.

The festival of Uttarayan marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Hindu calendar.
It is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that harvest season is approaching which is called Makar Sankranti
This day is considered to be one of the most important harvest day in India. 

Many cities in Gujarat organize kite competition between their citizens where the people all compete with each other. 
In this region of Gujarat and many other states, Uttarayan is such a huge celebration that it has become a public holiday in India for two days. 
Days before the festival, the market is filled with participants buying their supplies.

 
   
   
   
 

 

 
   

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Cooking with the Maharajas

March 16th - March 30th 2013


 

 

Dynamic Mumbai 

 
                 India Gate                                                         The Iconic Taj Mahal Hotel  

 

The Vibrant Matunga Market

 
   






     Gandhi Museum, Mumbai

 
   

 

Ajantha and Ellora Caves , Aurangabad - 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites




 


 

The Four Beautiful States of Delhi, Agra







     Jaipur 



Cooking in the  majestic grounds of Udaipur Palace





 

 

   
Playing Holi in Udaipur  
   
   
 







 

Ahilya Fort A Forgetten Getaway