Textile Tour of India 8 Nights
Package Id | 0000167
Duration : 8 Nights 9 Days
Textile Group

Highlights Of The Itinerary:

  • The Metropolitan City – Mumbai
  • Artisans of Gujarat

Specially Created For:

  • Active Vacationers
  • Cultural enthusiasts

Welcome to India

India is the world’s largest democracy and covers an area of 3,287,263sq km, stretching from the high Himalayas in the North, to the southern tropical rain forests and flanked by the Arabian Sea in West and The Indian Ocean in the East.   In the shape of a triangle, India's topography is greatly varied in that there are deserts and rain forests, much of its land is comprised of fertile river plains and high plateaus.  A vast subcontinent of over 1.2 billion people ,  and contains more different languages ,religions ,races and cultures than any other country in the world. India offers the traveler a multitude of unique experiences ensuring an unforgettable visit. From the vibrant and bustling markets and extravagant festivals to the serenity of a mountain retreat, India is a destination that will touch your soul.
Custom-Designed Itinerary

Day 01

  • Meet and Greet at Mumbai International Airport
  • Transfer from Mumbai airport to the Hotel
  • 2 Overnight in Trident, Mumbai

Day 02

  • Morning visit Elephanta Caves. Afternoon proceed on a tour of local market and also visit a famous designer studio: 

Day 03 

  • Morning transfer to Mumbai Airport for flight to Ahmedabad (9W 314::Dep 0800/ Arr 0915 Hrs; Jet Airways; economy class)
  • On arrival, meet and greet at Ahmedabad Airport and transfer to Hotel
  • Later proceed on a city tour of Ahmedabad.
  • Evening, take a walking tour of the Old City to see the elaborately carved merchants’ houses, Jain and Hindu temples among them.
  • 02 Overnights at House of Mangaldas, Ahmedabad

Day 04

  • Morning visit to The Calico Museum, which houses an outstanding collection of rare textile and cloth painting.
  • Afternoon visit Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and famous kite makers 

Day 05

  • Morning drive to Dasada (210 Kms / 4 Hours) 
  • Stop enroute at the sleepy town of Patan to see the increasingly rare craft of double ikat weaving and also visit the Rani ki Vav stepwell. Explore the striking 11th century Modhera Sun Temple.
  • Post continue your drive to Dasada and check-in at resort 
  • 01 Overnights at Rann Riders, Dasada

Day 06

  • Morning drive to Bhuj (276 Kms / 5 ½ Hours) 
  • On arrival check-in at your Hotel
  • This evening, absorb the local flavour at the Shroff Bazaar. Milling with local shoppers the narrow lanes are packed with tiny shops selling a variety of textiles – quilts, embroidered fabric, items for religious use and clothes.
  • 03 Overnights at Bhuj House

Day 07

  • Today proceed on a day excursion to Banni villages to see the various types Kutchi embroidery, Rabari embroidery, Ahir embroidery, Aari embroidery, and Soof embroidery.

Day 08

  • Morning visit Bhujodi Village, Ajrarakhpurand ludiya villages 

Day 09

  • Morning at leisure, afternoon drive to Bhuj Airport for your flight to Mumbai (9W 309::Dep 1620/ Arr 1745 Hrs; Jet Airways; economy class)
  • On arrival at Mumbai Airport stay in transit for your flight to destination onwards.
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: - Arrive Mumbai

  • Upon arrival in Mumbai International Airport, You will be welcomed by your India host and chauffeured to the hotel.
  • Mumbai: Dating back 300 years these nests of seven islands were originally inhabited by Koli fisherman. Mumbadevi or Mumbai, from which we get Bombay, was a part of the dowry of Catherine Braganza when she married Charles II in 1661. Bombay remained isolated till the Suez Canal was opened. After which trade Bombay overtook Calcutta as the main port due to the proximity to the European countries. 
  • Today, Bombay is a beautiful harbour studded with hilly islands and a palm-fringed shore, rising gradually to the peaks of the mountain ranges – truly worthy of being the ‘Gateway of India’. Besides being a major port of India, Bombay is also a thriving industrial centre. 
  • A cosmopolitan city, it owes its prosperity to the industry and enterprise of its population of about eight million. It is the commercial capital of India.
  • Trident Nariman Point: - The best view of Mumbai – The Marine Drive, a 3-kms-long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the Trident. Part of the famous Mumbai skyline, the hotel is located in the heart of the financial and business district with access to major corporate houses, entertainment, recreation and shopping centres
  • Spend Two NightsatTrident Nariman Point.Accommodation is in a Premier Ocean View Room with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.

Day 02: Mumbai

  • This morning you will be met by your guide and will be driven from your Hotel to the Gateway of India and board the ferry, for an hour’s ride across Bombay Harbour brings you to the green and lovely Elephanta Island. 
  • This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here visit some of the huge and intricately carved cave temples that date back to the 8th century, dedicated to the Hindu Sun God - Shiva. Once you get off at the island, you can either walk a short distance or take a Toy Train, to the steps leading up to the sculptures. 
  • Afternoon proceed on a tour of local market and also visit a famous designer studio: 
  • Mumbai's heart lies not in its monuments but in its bazaars (markets). 
  • Fashion Street:  Just as the name suggests, Fashion Street is a bustling street filled with the latest fashion merchandise. This street has about 150 stalls selling a wide range of items including shoes, bags, western clothes, accessories and so much more. Fashion Street attracts people of all ages, but the area is always crowded with teenagers and college students.
  • Mangaldas Market (cotton/silk market): This market is every fabric lover’s heaven, once here you are bound to fall in love with the colours and vast variety of styles available in Indian wear.
  • Later visit Sabyasachi store in Mumbai. Sabyasachi need no introduction, he is one of the world renowned fashion designer. By visiting the store of Sabyasachi, you will understand why attention to detail is SabyasachiMukherjee's most deadly creative weapon.

Day 03– Mumbai –Ahmedabad

  • This morning departure transfer to the Mumbai airport for your flight to Ahmedabad.
  • Ahmedabad:Founded in the 15th century, Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujrat. The city is a vibrant business district and rising centre of education, information technology and scientific industries. Divided in two - the old city and the new city. City enjoys a thriving cultural tradition, being the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and diverse traditions of different ethnic and religious communities.
  • Upon arrival at Ahmedabad Airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel.
  • The House of Mangaldas:The House of MG’ is a boutique heritage hotel in Ahmedabad. This stately property, built in 1924 as a home for a wealthy textile magnate, has been tastefully restored with all its furniture and fixtures designed and sourced from local artisans to retain its old-world charm 
  • Afternoon proceed on a visit to the following sites 
  • Sidi Sayed Mosque:The mosque of Sidi Sayed is one of the most prominent mosques in the Ahmedabad city. Constructed in the year 1573, the mosque was established by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. 
  • This skillfully carved mosque is truly the one of its kinds in the whole world. The Jali screen windows represent the Indo-Saracenic styling, which is admired by people all over the world. Consisting of delicately carved windows, the mosque is known for its stone tracery. 
  • Swaminarayan Temple: Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple boasts of its exquisite wooden carvings.The structural design of the Ahmedabad Swaminarayan temple is mesmerizing. The interiors and exteriors of the temple have been adorned with the typical Gujarati designs that depict different aspects of the Gujarati culture and lifestyle. The architectural style of the temple is commendable and truly has an unbeatable charm. Standing royally behind the huge gates across the Relief road, the Swaminarayan temple of Ahmedabad has beautifully decorated domes and galleries.
  • Evening proceed on a heritage walking tour of Ahmedabad:
  • Ahmedabadis also an architectural mecca of sorts, with buildings designed by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. These buildings are a symbol of how seamlessly the city has embraced the present while being rooted in its heritage. It has some of the finest examples of Islamic monuments, Jain temples and vernacular wooden architecture and a thriving ‘Walled City Culture’.
  • The historic ‘Old City’, on the eastern side of the river, is a site to behold – a tightly condensed humanity going about daily chores as if time had stood still, with chaotic bazaars, crisscrossing narrow streets (called ‘pols’) punctuated by beautifully carved bird feeders, roaming cattle, crumbling but stunning examples of vernaculararchitecture and artisan workshops.
  • SpendTwo NightsatThe House of MG.Accommodation is in a Grand Deluxe Room with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
 
Day 04: Ahmedabad

  • Morning visit Calico Museum. The Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad is the premier textile museum of India.  For its distinguished and comprehensive collection of Indian textiles, it is one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world. Entry Permitting.
Note: Maximum number of visitors per tour is restricted to 20. It is closed on Wednesday 

  • Afternoon visit Sabarmati Ashram: Gandhi’s home for many years and significant site in India’s struggle for independence. In Gandhi’s small cottage, you can still see his spinning wheel, which became the symbol of his swadeshi movement. The swadeshi movement sought to promote the creation and consumption of hand-spun textiles and other local products over British imports among Indians of all castes and social classes.  Entry permitting, we will also visit Kalam Khush, a handmade paper factory established by the Gandhi ashram in 1956. 
  • Afternoon visit to Ahmedabad famous kite makers and one of the few families that still practice Mata-ni-Pachedi, or ritual cloth painting. 

Day 05: Ahmedabad –Dasada

  • Morning drive to Dasada
  • Stop enroute at the sleepy town of Patan to see the increasingly rare craft of double ikat weaving and also visit the Rani ki Vav stepwell later explore the striking 11th century Modhera Sun Temple.
  • Post visit continue your drive to Dasada.  On arrival check-in at Rann Riders, Dasada
  • Rann Riders :Rann Riders is an ethnically designed eco-resort, set among wetlands and agricultural fields. The resort has imaginatively designed cottages that blend with the rural countryside in which it is situated. 
  • Spend One Night at Rann Riders, Dasada.Accommodation is in a Cottage with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Full Board Basis.

Day 06: Dasada – Bhuj

  • Morning drive to Bhuj (276 Kms / 5 ½ Hours)
  • Bhuj: Bhuj connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappans), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India and tombs, palaces and other buildings from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. Over the 4000-year inhabitation of Kutch it developed trading and migratory relationships with ancient civilizations as far abroad as Zanzibar, the Middle East and Greece, fostering a unique ethnic mix of peoples and traditions in the region.
  • Upon arrival at Bhuj, check in at Bhuj House.
  • Bhuj House:The Bhuj House is the ancestral home of the Bhujwala family, the only remaining Parsi family of Bhuj. It was built by my great-great grandfather in the 1860s. The property has housed six generations and withstood two devastating earthquakes!The Bhuj House reflects a very specific era in Kutch’s history, a time when the Parsi community was prominent here – historically, they were close aides to the Rao court, and entertained the British garrisons of Kutch. European styles have always appealed to the Parsi community, so the house retains a colonial air.
  • Spend Three Nights at Bhuj Houses.Accommodation is in a Jafri Room with ensuite facilities.Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.

Day 07: Bhuj

  • Morning proceed on a day visit to Banni Villages :-
  • Hodka:Visit Basar Bura, a charming guy who has rather banal local embroidery, and Ramji Devraj, who makes quilts and has been to the Santa Fe international Folk Art market many times.  There is also leather done in Hodka.
  • Today Lunch will be organized at Rann Visramo , Bhasar Bhura’s Hotel has a charming restaurant, much more authentic.
  • Nirona:  is home to about six different Crafts. Meet Mr. Abdul Gafur Khatri, (subject to permission / confirmation) who, together with his five brothers, belongs to the last family of Rogan Painters. Rogan Art involves using a Metal Stick and Castor-Oil based color to create a work of genius. Viewing a demonstration of the craft is sure to leave you in awe.

Day 08: Bhuj

  • Morning visit Bhujodi Village, located just 8 kilometers from Bhuj where you will visit VankaKana, who has good embroideries and some other weavers with great new designs. 
  • Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch with more than 1000 inhabitants involved in textile handicrafts production. 
Embroidery:

  • Kutchi embroidery is some of the finest that India produces. Intricate stitches, often incorporating small mirrors are typical of most styles, although each style is uniquely representative of different tribal communities: Rabari, Ahir, Mutwa and Jat are examples. Sumrasar and Dhordo are famous embroidery villages, but embroidery is found all over Kutch.
  • Today a Thali Lunch will be organized at Hotel.
  • Later we will visit Ajrakhpur Village to see the ajrakh printing / natural dye in Ajrakhpur.
  • Ajrakhpur is known worldwide for the art of block painting, uses color derived from nature, such as indigo, henna, turmeric, pomegranate, iron and mud.  In some cases, the fabrics are washed up to 20 times. The printing blocks are hand-carved. 
  • End your tour with the visit to Ludiya Village, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful village in kutch and famous for its decorative furniture. 
  • The Houses of the village have typical structure called bhunga with intricate decorations both inside and outside. While outside is decorated with vibrant motifs, the inside has clay design with mirror work. These house are architecture marvel. 

Day 09: Bhuj – Mumbai – Out

  • Morning  at leisure. Afternoon drive to Bhuj Airport for flight to Mumbai.
  • Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport stay in transit for your flight to destination onwards.
Inclusion

  • Accommodation all hotels as per the meal plan mentioned above
  • All transfers, sightseeing and overland tripby 01 Air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • Service of English Speaking accompanying guide for Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bhuj
  • Entrance fee to all monuments in Mumbai, Internal flight in economy classMumbai-Ahmedabad and Bhuj-Mumbai Sector. Baggage Allowance 15 Kgs per passenger. We can pre – purchase excess luggage in advance depending the luggage  requirement.
  • Mineral water during sightseeing and overland trip
  • All current taxes as on date.

Exclusion 

  • Tipping to guides and drivers.
  • Any Insurance and rescue of any form.
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events Dook our control.
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
  • Any international air fare/airport taxes not mentioned above.
  • Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in published tariff.
  • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  • Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit
  • Any other item not explicitly mentioned under price includes.
  • Any airfare for domestic flights other than the quoted details.
  • Any cost of the meals other than the one indicated in room meal plan.
  • Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified.
Important Remarks

  • Hotel Check-In 1400 hours, Check-out time 1200 Noon
  • Prices are subject to change as per change in Government / Hotel / Airline policy without prior notice.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
  • Please note, the names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance. However in the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
  • In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly. The due increase or Dayrease will be communicated accordingly.

Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are subject to change as per change in Government / Hotel / Airline policy without prior notice.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary. 
  • Please note, the names of hotels mentioned in our proposal only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance. However in the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
  • Hotel Check-In 1400 hours, Check-out time 1200 NOON
  • In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly. The due increase or Dayrease will be communicated accordingly.
  • Until such time as confirmation of services is received from Dook Travels this is a Quotation only and is subject to availability as no reservations have been made.
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning, should there be any increases in Park Fees, Fuel, Sales Tax or VAT, third party services, or any other circumstances Dook Travels our control in the regions featured in this quote/booking.
  • All guests must take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation and curtailment.
  • In order to comply with international insurance requirements all airline tickets must clearly show the passenger’s title, surname, name and initial (as indicated in their passport).  As this applies to both scheduled and charter flights we would be grateful if you could provide us with this information at thetime of confirmation. Your internal flights have been organized by us. While we take the maximum care to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for you Dook Travels is not responsible for the fitness of the carriers or the safety standards of the carrier company.
  • In order to comply with International Insurance requirements Dook Travels can only reserve seats, be it on a provisional or confirmed basis, on both domestic/scheduled or charter flights.
  • Please note that airfares may increase between time of booking, time of payment and the ticket being issued. Any costs incurred due to amendments will not be borne by Dook Travel.
  • Dook Travels  cannot be held responsible should airlines discontinue flights on certain routings or change scheduled timetables, resulting in missed connections etc. Should an amendment in a routing or itinerary be necessary we will re-quote you accordingly
  • Dietary Requirements: All dietary requirements can be catered for. When making your reservation, please advice us of any specific dietary requirements that you may have and these will be communicated through to the respective establishment.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is at your discretion. However management of the establishment will be able to assist with guidelines.

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1. 25% Non-refundable advance payment to be remitted within 15 days on receiving confirmation for the hotels booked.

2. 75% of the balance payment to be remitted 60 days prior to arrival into India except for the periods of Pushkar/Christmas & New Year & February where 75% advance is required 100 days prior to arrival into India.

Booking made more than 45 days prior to arrival - 25% payment at the time of booking (within 7 days ) and balance 75%, 60 to 100 days prior to arrival
Cancellation 60 days or more prior to arrival - No cancellation/ retention charge, except for cancellation fee on air tickets/ train tickets or deposits made for Game drives in National Parks.
Cancellation within 45 days of arrival - Retention of full deposit levied as cancellation charge

Dook Travels reserves the right to cancel all services booked should full payment not be received 60 days prior to arrival date.

Should it be a last minute booking, Dook Travels will allow for 3 days from time of confirmation until payment (100%) reaches us before Dook Travels will cancel any services booked. The amount is NON – REFUNDABLE.
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  • As for all international travel, the visitor to India is required to be in possession of a valid passport and visa. Travellers from all countries need a visa. Enquire about this from the Indian diplomatic Representatives abroad
  • Boarding or immigration can be denied if there is a mismatch of passport details mentioned on the visa letter issued by the Government of India and the passport presented at these checks.
  • The passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months AFTER the departure date from India and atleast 2 (two) clear pages available in the passport for immigration stamping.
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