Gujarat Textiles & Handicrafts Tour
The state of Gujarat is blessed with rich and vibrant tradition of the creation of textiles and handicrafts. This tradition has been inherited by the current generation from their ancestors. These handicrafts differ in terms of patterns, proportions and materials used. These arts and crafts are a unique mix of aesthetic appeal and intricate detailing. Some arts and crafts that you will get to know about during ‘10 Nights and 11 Days Gujarat Textiles and Handicrafts Tour’ include Bandhani, beadwork, Patola, silver jewelry, woodwork, pottery and Zari.
- Guided excursion to the local village nearby Sayla, famous for its local weaving and beadwork
- Visit the Naulakha Palace, known for its collection of brass utensils, beadwork, silverware and hand-painted wooden toys
- Game safari in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
- Guided tour of Anjar City, famous as the center of textile and metal handicraft industry
- Guided tour of Patan to understand the art of double-ikat weaving technique
Day 1:Ahmedabad (Arrival)
Upon arrival in Ahmedabad, get greeted by the IHPL representative who’ll assist you in smooth transfer to the hotel. Following the hotel check-in, go out for a sightseeing of the Calico Museum of Textiles and various others displaying handicraft items. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 2:Ahmedabad – Palaces Of Gondal (Five hrs)
Start your day with a road trip to Sayla. Upon arrival in Sayla, have lunch at a textile hotel followed by a visit to the nearby village to see local weaving and beadwork. Later, drive to Gondal, famous for its cottage, jewelry, beadwork and Brassware industries. Thereafter, visit the Naulakha Palace, famous for its exquisite collection of brass utensils, beadwork, silverware and hand-painted wooden toys.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Gondal.
Day 3:Gondal – Jetpur – Junagadh – Gir
Start your day with a road trip to Gir via Jetpur, known for its block & screen printing and textile units. En route, visit the famous Junagadh museum famous for its Nawabi textiles and beautiful carpets.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Gir.
Day 4:Gir – Jamnagar (Four hours)
Today, leave by road for Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is famous as the final abode of the Asiatic Lions.
Following the game drive in this national park, continue your journey towards Jamnagar, famous for its Bandhini work.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Jamnagar.
Day 5:Jamnagar – Kutch (Five to 06 Hrs. hours) o/n Bhuj
Start your day a delicious breakfast and complete your check-out formalities. Head towards Bhuj and take a halt in Anjar city, which is the centre of the textile and metal handicraft industry in the Kutch district. The city offers an exciting range of metal handicrafts. En-route visit Anjar and Ajrakhpur Village.
These are the villages where artisans block painting. The art is called ‘Ajrakh’. Here, you can witness the process of block printing and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones.
Later, head towards Bhuj. On arrival, you will have an assisted check-in at the hotel. The rest of the time is at your leisure.
Have a delightful dinner at the hotel and have a restful overnight stay.
Day 6:Explore Kutch: Excursion to nearby tribal villages and the White Rann area.
Wake up early in the morning and savour delicious breakfast. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of the Kutch. En route, visit some tribal villages of the region, which are famous for Ahir embroidery and Rabari embroidery. The other handicraft villages are inhabited by Hindu (Rabaris and Meghawal Harijans) and Muslims (Jaths and Muthwas) pastoral groups.
After your sightseeing tour, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 7:Full Day Village Tour
Arise to a scrumptious breakfast and start your local sightseeing tour of Bhuj. Also, visit the Mandvi which was once the summer retreat for the king of the Kutch. Explore the popular attractions of Mandvi and visit the beautiful beach and palace.
After an eventful day, return to the hotel for a refreshing sleep.
Day 8:Kutch – Little Rann of Kutch
Greet the day with the delicious breakfast and complete your check out formalities. Have an assisted transfer to Little Rann of Kutch. On the way, visit Dasada which is renowned for its Bharwad embroidery and Vadiara Rabari. Here, you can explore the work of local artisans and weavers.
Later head towards Little Rann of Kutch and have an assisted check-in at the hotel. In the evening, you can visit the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary which is home to some of the exotic species of wildlife such as the Indian Wild Ass, Nilgai, wolf, desert fox, and many more. The sanctuary also houses migratory birds such as Sarus Crane, Ducks, Dalmatian Pelican, and flamingoes.
After this exciting trip, return to the hotel and hop on to your cozy beds for a relaxing sleep.
Day 9:Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Patan and then drive to Little Rann of kutch.
Begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast and then embark on the sightseeing tour of Patan. En-route visit Modhera which is renowned for the Sun Temple of the Chalukya era. Then head towards Patan, which is famous for the double-ikat weaving technique, also known as Patola Silk Weaving. Patola Sarees is one of the finest hand-woven Sarees produced today. You can buy the Sarees as a souvenir for your loved ones.
After an eventful day, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 10:Little Rann of Kutch – Ahmedabad
Greet the day with the lip-smacking breakfast and complete your check out formalities. You will get an assisted transfer to Ahmedabad. On arrival, complete the check-in formalities. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can explore the local markets or spend your day in the resort.
Have a mouth-watering dinner and enjoy an overnight stay
On the 11th day, bid goodbye to the ‘Textiles and Handicrafts of Gujarat’ journey and get transferred to the airport to board flight for onward destin