10 Days |
Gujarat is one of the best states in India if you want to visit to explore the textiles and handicrafts. It has a large flourishing textile and handicrafts industry which contributes to the arts and crafts of India and here you will find many museums which are preserving the local handicrafts and textiles of the different tribal community and play an important role to promote the textiles/handicrafts industries. This 10 days tour itinerary includes the visit of some of the major textile and handicraft designs of Gujarat include Zari, pottery, Patola, Bandhani, beadwork, woodwork, block-printing, and silver jewelry. During the tour you will be visiting various crafts villages, museum, where you will be able to meet with local people and craftsmen, can Learn creative heritage textile techniques from indigenous artisans.
Heritage walks tour of Ahmedabad.
Calico Textile Museum and Shreyas Folk Museum in Ahmedabad.
Visit of Pethapur The craftsmen village.
Traditional Gujrati food at Vishalla
Rani ki vav ( Patan) and Modhera sun Temple.
Safari at Little Rann of Kutch.
Meet with Rabaris communities’ village in Little Rann Kutch.
Visit of Tangalia Weaving Village.
Visit of craft village Ajrakhpur& Bhujodi.
The Royal Garages and The Naulakha Palace in Gondal.
Sanskar Kendra (City Museum), Kite Museum & L.D. Museum in Ahmedabad.
Upon your arrival at Ahmedabad airport, you will meet our airport representative. He will assist you from Airport to your pre-booked hotel and also brief you about your tour program.
Rest of the day free at hotel.
Overnight at Ahmedabad.
Post breakfast you will follow the heritage walk tour of Ahmedabad.
Today morning we go for a heritage walk of the old quarter of Ahmedabad. It is a heritage walk guided tour and the duration of the tour would be two and a half hours.
The walk commences from the picturesque Swaminarayan Mandir in Kalupur and ends in the most glorious architectural legacies the Jumma Masjid. During the tour, you will be passing through the numerous pols, Havelis, ornamental facades, workplaces of artisans and a number of magnificent Hindu and Jain temples. Then proceeded from Kavi Dalpatram Chowk - which housed the great 19th century Gujarati poet - in Lambeshwarni Pole, to the classic reminisces of the city's textile era.
Thereafter we proceed to visit the Calico Textile Museum, this museum closed on Wednesdays & Public holidays. This museum was founded by the industrialist Gautam Sarabhai in 1924. Here you will find textiles used by the Mughal and provincial rulers between 15th to 19th Centuries including regional embroideries, tie-dyed textiles and religious textiles. You will see the display of ritual art and sculpture, temple hangings, miniature paintings, South Indian bronzes, Jain art and sculpture, and furniture and crafts. This museum offers many courses on textile designing and has given an important role to promote the textile industry in Gujarat.
Afternoon you will be visiting Gandhi Ashrm, Hutheesingh Jain Temple, Shreyas Folk & Art Museum & the beautiful handicraft market at Law Garden. Sabarmati Ashram – it is situated at the bank of river Sabarmati and Mahatama Gandhiji is stayed at this Ashram from 1915 to 1933 during the independence movement.
Hathee Singh’s Jain Temple was built in 1850 in white marble by a rich merchant Seth Huthising Kesarising. The temple known for its intricate carvings and architectural designs is dedicated to 15th Jain Tirthankara Dharmnath Shreyas Folk Museum was established in l 1977 to preserve the collection of traditional folk of the country. It is owned and managed by the private trust Shreyas Foundation, which is devoted to the art of the local artisans. Here you will find four sectors in this museum namely Lokayatan Folk Museum, Kalpana Mangaldas Balayatan Museum, Kathani and Sangeet Vadyakhand. These museums display artifacts of different tribal communities of Gujrat. You will be amazed to see rich collections of embroidery work, beadwork, woodcarving, metalwork, and leatherwork. You will also see traditional jewelry, footwear, old carts, tie-dyed quilts, dowry boxes, camel, and horse ornaments.
Later in the evening, you will be visiting the Law garden Market. This market is packed with different kinds of stalls of the Gujrat region especially from Kutch and Saurashtra. You can buy traditional Gujarati dress (Sari Blouses) and jewelry and eat local food.
Overnight at Ahmedabad.
Post breakfast and you will an excursion to Pethapur, which is just located 40kms north of Ahmedabad city. This is a village is known as the "The craftsmen village" and it has a 300-year-old legacy of block-making for the textile business. Block printing is one of the oldest surface textile craft forms in the world and it has played an important role in the development of the state.
Block making is a delightfully intricate explosion, taking into consideration the requirements of the printer while giving vent to the creative impulse of the carver. Block carving is a specialized craft form; right from the selection of the wood which is either sesame or teak, the block maker’s personal touch is evident at every step. The craftsmen work for a variety of clients and therefore his design repertoire is immeasurably vast and evolving for continuous adaptation.
The woodworking tools used by the artisans are mostly designed by them. Once the block of wood is polished smooth and ready for engraving the craftsman begins his creation of deep relief work. The negative spaces have to be precise and sensitively planned as it is the block that creates the magic of the finished fabric. Blocks are made in a series according to the number of colors, the final print will contain. This is a highly skilled and meticulous process were registration points of the main block have to match with the relative blocks so that together as a group they make a whole image. Trellises, floral patterns, lehariyas, flora and fauna, geometrical abstractions and even modern indentation are dexterously etched in by the craftsmen.
Kalamkari (Kalam means pen, Kari means work) is an ancient craft of fabric dyeing and printing. In this age of product homogeneity, each Kalamkari piece is exclusive and a visual delight for a fashion designer. A few connoisseurs of art keep the craft alive in the city. The artist dips his kalam (a pen-like an instrument, made of bamboo or palm bark, sharpened on one end and tied with a bundle of fine hair that serves as a brush) in vegetable colours and his steady hand covers the cloth with designs; every line is a firm stroke. From over his shoulder, you see a perfect piece of art emerge. The yellow bulb over his head shudders as the warm afternoon breeze wafts in and a weak ripple passes underneath the cloth. The beauty in that space and time completely captures you. The exquisite ancient craft of Kalamkari can do odd things to your senses. This art may be on its last breath in the city but it still exists even though it may not make much economy’s sense. In this age of mass production, Kalamkari churns out one-off pieces and offers exclusivity with each craftsman patronizing his own motifs. Techniques of craftsmanship in Kalamkari have been passed down over the years through generations of families.Apart from Ahmedabad, Kalamkari is also thriving in Andhra Pradesh’s Masulipatnam and Srikalahasti villages. These painting are found only in parts of India and Iran.
A lot of labour goes into this craft. The fabric requires extensive treatment before and after painting. The colour on the cloth takes different shades depending on its treatment, or the quality of the mordant. Given the environmental concerns of today, this technique of textile dyeing and printing is very environment friendly. Absolutely no chemicals are used in Kalamkari. The artists rely only on natural dyes extracted from bark, flower and root to create each one of his exclusive masterpieces.
Dinner at Vishalla : Vishalla is a restaurant with traditional Gujarati food in village surroundings. It has Vichar Utensil Museum worth visiting. The museum houses a unique collection of utensils. Museum remains closed on Mondays.
Evening return to the hotel.
Overnight at Ahmedabad.
Post breakfast you will drive by road to Dasada known is the little rann of kutch via visiting Modhera and Patan.
PATAN - Rani ki Vav (Stepwell). It was built by Queen Udaymati the wife of Bhimdev during the 11-12th Century. It is the most magnificent and spectacular stepwell and the best example of such architecture for water wells. The Vav measuring about 64 mts. The stepwell has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four pillars. The Pillars which support the roof have a squire base decorated with Ghat Pallavas. It was one of the largest and most sumptuous structures of its type.
Later visit Patan Patola of weaving, Patan is Famous for patola weaving, Salvi family is one of them who has continued this traditional art and has preserved it even today. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silk. The special technique of the handmade silk patola uses the same special technique for weaving from raw silk to the completion of the patola fabric. The weaver makes the special patola loom and coloring from indigenous natural materials. Patola from the area of Patan in the north Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage with its unique gem-like qualities, gorgeous colors, designing & durability Different colour and pattern matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. . The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves handkerchief.
Modhera Sun Temple, Modhera Sun Temple dates back to early 11th century CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple at Modhera is the most important of all sun temples built in the whole of Gujarat which is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is magnificent and the finest example of the Hindus architecture in Gujarat. Later continue drive to Dasada and check-in your hotel.
Overnight at Dasada.
Early morning desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh, looking for wild ass and water birds. The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.
Afternoon tour of villages along the Rann of Kutch, renowned for their embroideries.
LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH: In the region of North Gujarat, especially in the region of Kutch one of the most interesting ethnic communities is Rabaris. Once this community was known as nomadic people, which used to follows an interesting lifestyle and customs. Today, most of the Rabaris are settled, though some still continue to be semi-nomadic, raising cattle, camels, and goats in the arid deserts of Kutch and western India. Those settled live in small hamlets either in villages or in small towns, sometimes jointly with other ethnic communities and sometimes as a single ethnic unit. These communities can be easily noticed and identified by looking at their womenfolk clothes, who are usually clad with long black head scrapes, distinctive heavy brass earrings which hang low, stretching the earlobes. These pieces of jewelry are modest in comparison to other tribal communities in Gujrat. They have an interesting myth about their black wearing.
Tangalia Weaving : Gujarat, one of the famous states in India, known for its historical importance and culture, has made its own mark on the textile industry in India. Its legacy in the textile industry dates back to three thousand years with the climate and geographical conditions making a better impact. The finest quality of textiles and versatility of designs has made the state a favorite around the world. The versatility and variety in the raw materials, availability of different types of yarns combined with the effective use of traditional methods in weaving, printing and dyeing makes the state the first among others in the textile industries. Most of the artisans are the villagers here and they follow the age-old traditional techniques combined with the latest methods making their work one of the finest in the world. The caste, community, tribes, and regions of the state have a wide impact on the textile industry of Gujarat.
Overnight at Little Rann of Kutch.
Post breakfast drive to Bhuj, capital of the captivating Kutch region. En route, visit Ajrakhpur& Bhujodi.
Ajarakhpur : Ajrakhpur is a new village established by the traditional Muslim Khatri hand block printers after the earthquake that struck in 2001. This is a craft village where you will find artisans practicing traditional hand block printing in the resist technique on cotton/silk fabrics using the age-old Ajrakh prints as well as new design motifs. Visit Ismail Khatri, a master artisan who has been awarded an honorary PhD. Degree by De Montfort University for his knowledge of natural dye practices. You can also visit a number of block printing units like that of Abdul Rahim, Abdul Gani Hasam, Abdul Raheman Buddha, and Adam.
Bhujodi: A small town just 8 km southeast of Bhuj, Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. During the tour, you will get an opportunity to meet with local weavers, tie-dye artists, and block printers, most of the people belong to the Vankar community. Many will let you watch them work and you can just ask around.
Overnight at Bhuj.
Post breakfast you will have a full day village tour. During the tour, you will be taken to different villages that are known for their unique arts and crafts. These are the last villages on the border of Indo-Pak Border. Here will meet the master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our masterpieces every day. Looking at their unique traditional ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as that you have stepped into a lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.
These textiles and needlework are preserved by almost every community and caste of Saurashtra and Kutch. Nirona – Nirona village is known for six different types of crafts. Here you will meet with the local artists. Here you will get the knowledge about the Rogan arts, Castor-oil painting, copper -bell arts, lacquer arts, and embroidery work.
Hodka is a cultural village located in the Banni Grassland, near to the edge of the Great salt desert – The Rann of Kutch. This village is very famous for its different types of crafts likes Hand Fans, Letter Boxes, Wall Hanging, Lather, Clay, Wood, Metal, decorative mirrors mud work on silver jewelry. You can buy their product directly from the huts and work palaces.
Bhirandiyara – it is a famous tea stop for locals and visitors during their visit to local villages. This village has specialties of local delicious sweet called fresh Maavo and it is milk-based sweet and has to eat hot. You can fresh Maavo from roadside shops. Meghawal local community is known for its embroideries works and they are very skillful in embroidery, colorful mud Bhungas ( Traditional mud hut), and leatherwork.
Overnight at Bhuj.
Post breakfast you will drive by road to Gondal. On arrival you will check-in your hotel and later visit Gondal.
The Royal Garages: Gondal is known for wide collections of classic and vintage cars, these cars belong to the period between 1910 - 1960. These collection includes Delage and Daimler, Mercedes, Packard two-door convertible, 1941 Cadillac, limousine, sports cars Mercedes 300 SL, Jaguar XK 150 and Chevrolet Camaro, numerous imposing American cars of the 1940s and 1950s, a fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles from the World War II and post-war period.
The Riverside palace built by Maharaj Bhagwat Singhji in 1875 and this palace is located in the garden near to Gondali river, which gives a spectacular view over garden and river.
The Naulakha Palace is the old palace in the Gondal region and built-in 17th century by Bhakumbhaj, which was the founder of Gondal. It has a magnificent architecture that will leave you spellbound and the antique furniture, chandelier-lit courtyard, and spiral stairways take you ancient royal period. This palace is a private museum which has the collection of silver caskets which carried messages and gifts for Maharajah Bhagwat Singh Ji on his silver jubilee as a ruler of Gondal. You can also visit the Orchard palace and Huzoor palace.
Overnight at hotel.
Post breakfast you will drive by road to Ahmedabad and on arrival, you will check-in your hotel and later you will be visiting Sanskar Kendra (City Museum), Kite Museum & L.D. Museum.
Sanskar Kendra and City Museum: This museum was designed by a French architect, which depicts the history, art, fine arts and architecture of Ahmedabad. Here you will see the world’s longest incense stick at 4.5 m. Kite Museum: It is one the unique museum in Ahmedabad, which has an extraordinary collection of rare kites built over 50 years kites that have been crafted from 400 unique colors. This kite museum was built by Bhanubhai shah.
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum: This museum compose the collections of Indian sculptures, paintings, and coins. It is collecting and preserving rares manuscripts and artifacts of various kinds. These collections credits go to Muni Shri Punyavijayji, an erudite monk scholar, and Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai.
Overnight at Ahmedabad.
Post breakfast you will be transfer to Ahmedabad airport in time for your flight to onwards destination.