India – Gujarat and Kutch Textiles and Heritage Tour Jan 2013

Hi all- as per my note a few months ago about Culinary Capers organising travel to overseas destinations here is our first trip _ to India !!!
               

In this trip we are collaborating with EYHO Tours ( Shila Desai ) & Arti Chandaria ( i-arts ) who are both Indians who have

an intimate knowledge of India but who actually live in Canada. So this this going to be a trip where we are also aiming

to bring women of different nationalities & different ethnic backgrounds together. I can assure you that we will

have loads of fun .If you are interested to come please let me know immediately as there is limited space  

Only for our side All relevant Details have been given but if you have any queries

whatsoever pls call me directly at 6012 2186656 as I have to revert back to 

 Canada quite quickly on the numbers.  

Deposit is US $500 to reserve a spot. Look forward to hear from you!!


Cheers

Geeta

               
               

India – Gujarat and Kutch Textiles and Heritage Tour Jan 2013  

Explore the essence of Indian colour and texture in the 5000 yr-old culture of Gujarat and Kutch with

EYHO Tours and Arti Chandaria – i arts Project and Culinary Capers

       
             

Exquisite Textiles ۞ Monuments and Palaces ۞ Culinary Experiences

Uttarayan Kite Festival ۞ Modhera Dance Festival 

GUJARAT & KUTCH TEXTILES AND HERITAGE TOUR

14 days – January 10 – 23, 2013

Optional add-on 3 nights GOA January 23-25  

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Think you know India? Think again.

In Gujarat & Kutch’s textiles and embroideries

monuments and landscapes

cuisine and  festivals lies the undiscovered gem of travel to India

       
       

 

 

 

 

Immerse yourself in desert tribal villages and vibrant cities that form the warp

and weft of contemporary India.

Explore millennia-old textile arts. Catch kite-fever in Ahmedabad as the skies

erupt with the exuberance of a million kites.

 

Experience the incomparable hospitality of heritage hotels and palaces.

Engage in lively discussions with local artists. Marvel at breathtaking

monuments such as the UNESCO World Heritage designated 1500-yr old

Queen’s Step Well and the Sun Temple of Modhera. Partake in culinary

demos in palace kitchens and share rustic meals in desert abodes.

         
               
                     

 

Travel with insiders Arti Chandaria,  Shila Desai & Geeta Jayabalan in a small group.

Live the gentle, ancient, and vibrant culture that encompasses Mahatma Gandhi’s

philosophy and forms the petri dish of India’s fastest growing economic region.

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

     

About EYHO Tours (Eat Your Heart Out Tours)

From the springboard of a wildly successful 2010 North India Cooking with

Maharajas tour organized for her writing group,

 

Shila Desai has led EYHO-ers on exotic journeys with a difference.

Anyone can sightsee. 

But travel with an insider to where a country’s people live and aspire,

and a tourist becomes a traveller, touched forever.  

Through extensive local connections, each trip is meticulously researched

to capture the most imaginative itineraries.

 

 

Groups are small. Accommodations are unique. Experiences range from meals

with peasant families, arts workshops,

 

discovering hidden villages, sipping cocktails with royals, celebrating festivals…

the list goes on.

 

EYHO Tours — anything BUT banal! Read about EYHO adventures on

 

     
       
     
       

EYHO Tours — anything BUT banal!  

Read about EYHO adventures on  

http://eyhotours.com/

     

 

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About Arti Chandaria- iarts Project

 

Arti is a passionate art enthusiast. Her first job was with her family’s

hand-woven textile business.

In her spare time she scoured the tiny shops of Mumbai’s busy streets for art.

Among her many talents,

Arti is a qualified interior designer trained at the Taj Group of Hotels’ interior

design department.

One of her assignments was the Maharaja of Udaipur’s Shivnivas Palace, featured

in the James Bond film Octopussy.

In Canada, Arti has been a patron, advocate and volunteer on the South Asian

cultural scene for twenty-five years.

Instrumental in groundbreaking initiatives such as the permanent presence of

South Asia galleries at

The Royal Ontario Museum,she has worked on the Boards of various cultural institutions.

She was also the force behind the South Asia exhibit at the Textile Museum Canada in 2008.

For her tireless efforts she received international

recognition and awards,including the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

She publishes artsNOW,an e-newsletter on art events. Her recent initiative, iarts

Project, brings contemporary art from India to the forefront. Her goal is to

build a community of art lovers and collectors.

     
       
Arti Chandaria – iarts Project …your access to art from India      
       

On this tour, allow Arti’s expert eye and sensibilities to introduce you to:

  • a printing workshop with celebrated designer Indira Broker using ancient block 
           printing techniques for your own handloom silk.

 

  • the ancient tradition of double-ikat weaving, now in the hands of only 3 families

 

  • Chandaben Shroff, who, through a 3,500-strong women’s co-operative in Kutch, 
           revived sixteen tribal embroidery styles and founded the iconic textile boutique, Shrujan.

 

  • off the beaten track tribal communities that continue the legacy of Mashru, Ahir, Mutwa, 
           and Bandhini embroidery, dyeing,and weaving techniques.

 

  • the ultimate in textiles and handicrafts shopping – the best India has to offer.
     
       


Geeta Jayabalan of Culinary Capers is not a professionally trained chef but her

competence in teaching comes from her love  for cooking & travelling  which is

known by all who  work with her. Her skill in teaching so many different types

of cuisines is the result of her extensive travels to many parts of the world where

she unabashedly goes into the kitchens of renowned chefs and confers with them

to find out exactly what goes into each recipe.

 

     
       
     

 Itinerary

 

ARRIVAL IN MUMBAI. MEET & GREET UPON ARRIVAL. TRANSFER TO HOTEL SUN N SAND,

A MUMBAI BOLLYWOOD FAVOURITE
http://www.sunnsandhotel.com/

     

OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO BANDRA FOR (HYGENICALLY PREPARED) STREET FOOD
     

DAY 2 – JAN 11
     


MUMBAI-VADODARA 9.35 – 10.35AM FLIGHT TRANSFER TO HOTEL. LUNCH.  

AFTERNOON: PRINTING WORKSHOP WITH DESIGNER INDIRA BROKER.
Using ancient block print techniques, design your own tussar silk stole; followed by shopping

in Vadodara’s vibrant bazaars $
http://www.thehindubusinessline.in/2003/02/26/stories/2003022600401800.htm

     

The Gateway Hotel (Taj) at Akota Gardens
     


MORNING DRIVE 1.5 HR TO AHMEDABAD.  

One of India’s most vibrant cities, Ahmedabad is the heartland of India’s textile culture.

Its Mughal past left a fascinating legacy in the form of walled cities called pols.

Mahatma Gandhi launched his ahimsa (non-violence) movement from Ahmedabad.

     
       

 
VISIT GANDHI ASHRAM

 

     
       
 

VISIT HUSSAIN GUFA. A whimsical and engaging piece of modern architecture,

this subterranean art gallery is the combined genius of world-renowned painter M.F. Husain

and architect B.V.Doshi



NIGHT HERITAGE WALK. Guided walk past monuments and havelis in the walled old city to the bustling

food court of Manek Chowk. Drummers herald the closing of the village gates in a 600-yr old tradition.

 

OVERNIGHT AT HERITAGE HOUSE OF MANGALDAS GIRDHARDAS  

DAY 4 – JAN 13                       


(B)DAY IN AHMEDABAD.

 

EARLY MORNING HERITAGE WALK. Old City tour of the fascinating architecture of pols and havelis


MORNING VISIT TO CALICO MUSEUM. One of the world’s most renowned textile museums, it boasts

artefacts spanning a period of 3-4 centuries from all over India and neighbouring regions in Asia.

 

EVENING: UTTARAYAN (KITE FESTIVAL) EVE. Catch the excitement of a city gone kite-mad at the Patang

(Kite) Bazaar in preparation for tomorrow’s festivities. In Hindu mythology, Uttarayan marks a major

change in wind direction and celebrates the awakening of slumbering gods.  

OVERNIGHT AT HERITAGE HOUSE OF MANGALDAS GIRDHARDAS

 

DAY 5 – JAN 14  (B)  

AHMEDABAD. CELEBRATE UTTARAYAN. Grab your kite and head to the rooftops. The sky turns into a

rainbow-hued battleground as a million kites float upward in a joyous festival of rivalry and revelry.

Sample traditional delicacies. At night, lit boxed kites illuminate the sky and welcome the dawn.  

Watch A Battle of One Million Kites by Prashant Bhargav, director of Patang


OVERNIGHT AT HERITAGE HOUSE OF MANGALDAS GIRDHARDAS

 

DAY 6 – JAN 15                       

(B, D) DRIVE 7 HR TO HODKA, KUTCH.

 

An experience steeped in tribal dance, architecture, food, and music, Hodko Village is the endogenous

award-winning project of rural communities that preserves the heritage of Kutch.

 

OVERNIGHT AT SHAM-E-SHARHAD ECO RESORT

 

DAY 7 – JAN 16                       

(B, L, D)SUNRISE DRIVE TO DHORDO SALT DESERT

 

 

A monsoonal wetland, this saline expanse dries up into a desolate and surreal desert, interspersed with

small islands that support flamingos and other wildlife.  

VISIT DHORDO VILLAGE FOR MUTWA EMBROIDERY BY THE HOSPITABLE BANNI.  

RETURN TO HODKO VILLAGE. Enjoy traditional music, arts, and handicrafts.  

OVERNIGHT AT SHAM-E-SHARHAD ECO RESORT

     
       
 

DAY 8 – JAN 17                        (B, L)

 

DRIVE 2 HR TO MANDVI VIA BHUJ

 

Mandvi is famous for its clean beaches and 400yr-old ship building industry.  

Watch Mandvi and ship building

 

 

VISIT VIJAY VILAS PALACE. LUNCH AT MANDVI BEACH RESORT.

 

 

VISIT MUNDRA TO SEE TRADITIONAL TIE-AND-DYE, OR BANDHNI, BEING CRAFTED.  

RETURN TO BHUJ – DRIVE 1 HR.

 

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL MANGALAM 

 

DAY 9 – JAN 18                        (B)

 

VISIT TO SHRUJAN www.shrujan.org/about,shrujan

 

Following a serious drought in 1968, Shrujan, a non-profit co-operative was established to help

3,500 rural women supplement their income through embroidery skills. The beautiful campus is

traditionally built on an environmentally conscious design.

 

OPTIONAL EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP OR CULINARY DEMO $. LUNCH $



VISIT BHUJODI FOR TRADITIONAL HANDLOOM WEAVING. Glimpse Rabari mud artwork

of tribal homes.  SHOPPING AT ASHAPURA CRAFT PARK.



TRADITIONAL DINNER WITH TRIBAL WEAVING FAMILY $

 

OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL MANGALAM

 

DAY 10 – JAN 19                     (B,D)

 

EARLY MORNING DRIVE 5HR TO DHANETI. LUNCH AND AHIR TRIBAL EMBROIDERY  

Watch Video of Ahir embroidery at Dhaneti

     
       
       
 

AJRAKPUR FOR AJRAK PRINTING Using traditional dyes, Ajrakpur master artisans practise traditional hand

block printing in the resist technique and have been awarded honorary Ph.Ds. from major western

universities.Read “The Universe in a Textile”


  

TRANSFER TO DASADA. DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT RAAN RIDERS


  

DAY 11 – JAN 20                     (B, L, D)


  

WILD ASS SANCTUARY SAFARI. The Wild Ass Sanctuary covers 5,000sq km

and protects approximately 4,000 endangered wild ass which are similar to the

wild horse. The sanctuary wetlands also host migratory birds

in the winter months.


  

EVENING: MODHERA SUN TEMPLE AND DANCE FESTIVAL. Built in 1026AD

during the Solanki reign, this stunning temple of 108 shrines allows the sun

to penetrate its innermost sanctum. During the pre-eminent Dance Festival,

the temple transforms into a living museum-amphitheatre, showcasing

Indian classical dance against its original backdrop.



RETURN TO DASADA. OVERNIGHT AT RAAN RIDERS



DAY 12 – JAN 21                      (B, L, D)




MORNING DRIVE 2.15 HR TO PATAN. The ancient city of Patan founded in 746AD is a quaint,

charismatic town famous for its patola saris.



VISIT PATOLA WEAVING FAMILY.  One of the world’s only three families that uphold

the tradition of double-Ikkat 
silk weaving, which produces the world’s richest silk.


     
Rare Double-ikkat Silk Weaving
     
 

LUNCH AT JAIN COMMUNITY HALL

 

VISIT RANI NI VAV. Built in 1063AD, this UNESCO World Heritage-designated step-well

is a subterranean treasure of over 800 elaborately sculpted sandstone images.  

MASHRU WEAVING.


DRIVE 2.5 HR TO POSHINA. OVERNIGHT AT DARBARGARH PALACE HOTEL


DAY 13 – JAN 22                      (B, L, D)


DRIVE 2.5 HR TO LUNAWADA PALACE



CULINARY DEMO AND LUNCH as guests of His Highness Siddharasinh Solanki whose 
grandfather Maharaja Digvijaya Singh was an acclaimed gourmand and author of 
Cooking Delights of the Maharajas


DRIVE 2.5HR TO AHMEDABAD. TRANSFER TO HOTEL.


FAREWELL DINNER AT VISHALA. A traditional Indian dining experience in a village-like setting, 
food is served on leaf plates and accompanied by folkdance, music, and puppetry.


OVERNIGHT AT THE GATEWAY HOTEL UNMED AT AHMEDABAD AIRPORT


DAY 14 – JAN 23              (B)

RETURN FLIGHT MUMBAI FOR ONWARD INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION


Or FLIGHT MUMBAI-GOA


Add-on           OPTION: GOA 3 nights JAN 23-26


A solitary Portuguese outpost for 500 years, Goa is a treasure of colonial architecture, 
bucolic buffalo-paddies, and delectable cuisine. Swaying palms, white sands, and sparkling 
waters make up a glorious slice of India for the ultimate wrap-up to a fantastic trip.  

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COST: excluding international flights – 14 days fully escorted tour


Contracted through Tourism Board of India Member


USD 1975=00 Per Person

     
       

 

Life’s Good

 

     
 

Single Supplement: USD 820=00. Max 20

The above quote is per person in US Dollars. Included:


# Complete road transport which includes all transfers, tours and excursions

   using 01 A/Con Mini Bus/Large Coach as applicable


# Flight Mumbai – Ahmedabad – Mumbai


# Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per meal plan indicated B, L, D


# Services of an accompanying English speaking guide


# All entrance fees at monuments.


# Dinner at Vishala at Ahmedabad.


# 01 Jeep Safari to Rann of Kutch



Any services other than those above are not included. Nominal extra charges ($)

will apply to cover costs of  certain workshops and meals other than indicated above. 

While we will make every effort to stay with this itinerary, occasionally we may need

to substitute with equally good or better options.



OPTION: 3 NIGHTS GOA      including flight Ahmedabad-Goa-Mumbai/transfers



www.parkhyatt-goa.com(Or similar/better grade) B, D                  USD 824=00pp