Textiles and Handicrafts of Gujarat

Arrive in Ahmedabad. You will be met by our representative who will escort you to your hotel. Later our guide will escort you on a half-day tour around the city. Take in the sights and sounds of the city as you visit Manek Chowk Bazaar – a notable city square of old part of Ahmedabad city, surrounded by various historical structures. Continue the tour with a visit to Juma Masjid, one of India’s most beautiful mosques built by Ahmed Shah in 1423 and Hussain Doshi Ki Gufa, an underground art gallery designed by the architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi that exhibits works of the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain. After dinner, you may visit the Law Garden night markets, an evening market packed with stalls selling glittering wares from different parts of Gujarat. (D)

Calico Museum currently allows only 20 pax in morning and entry is strictly based on prior confirmation taken from the museum. It remains closed on Wednesdays & Public Holidays. No handbags/baggage, cameras or mobile phones are allowed in the premises. Photography/videography is not permitted in the premises.

This morning’s tour takes you to Calico Museum of Textiles; a museum that contains one of the world’s finest collections of handmade antique and modern Indian textiles and Gandhi Ashram also known as Sabarmati Ashram, home to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from 1917 until 1930 and one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle. In the evening, you will visit Vechaar Utensil Museum, only museum of its kind in the world, displaying utensils from thousand years old to present times that have evolved over different periods of history as a result of our changing needs and environment. Later, enjoy a traditional Gujarati meal with local dances and a music performance. (B, D)

Vechaar Utensil Museum remains closed on Mondays and can be visited only in the evening from 19.00 hours. Timing subject to change.

Traditional Guajarati meal will be all vegetarian and no alcoholic drinks will be served.

After breakfast, you will visit Shreyas Folk Art Museum that displays the traditional folk art of Gujarat and Kalpana Mangaldas Children's Museum (Performing Arts Museum) located within the same premises which houses a collection of puppets, dance and drama costumes, coins and a repository of recorded music from traditional shows from all over the world. One of the highlights of this museum is a complete elephant skeleton (3.19m high). You will also visit The Sanskar Kendra built by none other than the renowned Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris. It currently houses two museums Ahmedabad City Museum which covers Ahmedabad’s history, craft, art, architecture and literature and The Kite Museum, which features a collection of 100 colourful kites, along with the history of kite-flying.

The afternoon is at leisure. However, a car and guide will be at your disposal should you like to explore the city. You may like to visit the Institute of Indology, a museum with miniature painting, folk art collections and collection of sculptures and Jain art and visit various temples, mosques and historical monuments. (B)

Shreyas Folk Art Museum remains closed on Mondays & Public holidays. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday: 3:00 to 5:30 pm and on Sunday: 10.30 am to 1:30 pm, 3:00 to 5:30 pm. Sanskar Kendra & Institute of Indology museum remains closed on Mondays & Public holidays.

This morning’s drive takes you to Poshina (6 hours excluding stops), land of the tribals. En route visit Adalaj Step-Well, the intricately carved five storeys deep octagonal well that is a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic design and architecture. You will also visit a local village to see how wooden block printing is done by the Gujjar community. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. In the evening you will pay a visit to some local artisans. (B, L, D)

This morning, soak in the sights and sounds of the neighboring villages and its people. A number of artisans inhabit these villages. In the afternoon, you may relax in the gardens or stroll around the neighbourhood. The local bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewellery, ornate sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. (B, L, D)

A countryside drive takes you to Bajana (6 hours excluding stops). En route you will visit Patan, home of the famous Patola Silk Saris - one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced today is a specialty of Patan. Drive on to Modhera to visit The Sun Temple, dedicated to the Sun God and one of the finest examples of Indian architecture. From here you will proceed to Dasada and visit the neighbouring villages and homes of local embroideries and weavers. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. (B, D)

After breakfast, you will drive to Hodka (7 hours excluding stops). On the way you will visit Sumrasar village where a famous embroidery museum with a superb variety of tribal and contemporary collection of textiles. Here, you will participate in an embroidery workshop with skilled master craftswomen. Later, continue your drive to Hodka, famous for its craft like decorative mirrors, lamps; hand fans, letter boxes; metal & mud work especially the exquisite silver jewellery. On arrival, check-in to hotel. (B, D)

After breakfast, you will take an excursion to Banni Village, the last village on the on the India-Pakistan border. Here, you will witness master craftsmen working their magic on textiles and creating true masterpieces of art. The traditional embroidery that these craftsmen work on known as Banni Embroidery is known for its bright red, saffron and yellow colors along with mirror work using beads. (B, L, D)

After a scrumptious breakfast, you will soak in the sights and sounds of the neighboring villages and interact with its people. In the afternoon you will drive to Bhuj (2 hours excluding stops), a city that connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. (B)

The day’s tour takes you to Prag Mahal - a palace commissioned by King Pragmalji and designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in Gothic style in the 1860s and Aina Mahal, one of the finest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in India. The afternoon is at leisure. You may explore the local market in the evening. (B)

Aaina Mahal Museum remains closed on Thursdays & Public Holidays

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Rajkot (5 hours excluding stops). En route you will visit Bhujodi, famous for Piltoom weaving and traditional Rabari Embroidery. You will stop to admire the stunning Rabari textile collection and also visit a local crafts centre. You will also visit Ajrakhpur, famous for its Ajrakh – block printed cotton cloth with natural dies traditionally by local herdsmen. Continue your countryside drive to Rajkot.

On arrival, check-in to your hotel. If time permits, you will visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Mahatma Gandhi's primary family home in India until 1915 and visit the Ranjit Vilas Palace, built up by Maharaja of Wankaner H.H. Amarsinhji in the 20th century and Watson Museum- named in honor of the British Political Agent in Kathiwad, who initiated the documentation of historical artifacts with due patronage of the royal families in the region. (B)

Ranjit Vilas Palace / Wakaner visit requires prior permission. If permission is granted, a visit can be arranged. Rajkot sightseeing is on time permitting.

Kaba Gandhi no Delo and Watson Museum remains closed on Wednesdays, 2nd & 4th Saturdays & Public Holidays.

Take an excursion to Gondal, famous for its cottage, jewelry, beadwork and brassware industries and Jetpur (5 hours excluding stops), a centre for block printing and dyeing. Here, you will witness artisans’ screen block printing and visit a yarn-dyeing centre using natural colours. If time permits, you will visit the Bhuvaneswari Ayurveda Pharmacy, manufacturer of ayurvedic medicines founded in 1910 by Gondal’s royal physician. (B)

Bhuvaneshwari Ayurveda remains closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public holidays.

After breakfast, you will visit Rashtriya Shala, an education society started by Mahatma Gandhi during the British rule. Continue to drive to Ahmedabad en-route visiting Wadhwan, well known for its palace and being a centre for bandhani tie-and-dye, weaving and metal crafts and Muli, famous for textile patola weaving and handicrafts of Kathiawar. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. (B)

Drive to Jodhpur You will depart Ahmedabad today. In the morning, you will be escorted to the airport in time to board your flight to your Onward Destination. (B)