This arts and crafts tour is an apt introduction to the unrivaled craftsmanship of North India. We take you to rural India where arts and crafts exist in their original form and offer you interactive sessions with the artists, artisans, craftsmen, and weavers. They will share their stories, skills and offer you unprecedented insight into rural Indian life. We also take you to explore the vibrant and colorful bazaars brimming with local crafts.
The artisans are versatile and varied. There is diversity found in the skills that an artisan has been carrying old traditions to various arts and crafts. Retaining the indigenousness of the skills, the artists have successfully refined them at the same time. Thus, the artisans are praised for presenting the fusing of trend and tradition, with the amalgamation of legacy and developing art forms.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive New Delhi “Namaste” Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Delhi- Delhi as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era to stand there. These icons are a testimony to the grandeur of the past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true color when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. Delhi-- a window to the kaleidoscope that is India. From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic destination offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities. Tourism in Delhi has undergone a sea change in recent times as the city is in the process of a steady makeover. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
having a panoramic view of Red Fort and then visit Jama Masjid which is considered the biggest in India, Chandni Chowk - a typical Bazaar with narrow lanes and traditional traders Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting - the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, and government buildings. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 03: Delhi
Today, the morning after breakfast you will visit the Crafts Museum. The crafts museum holds over 35,000 rare and distinctive pieces reflecting the continuing tradition of Indian craftsmen through painting, embroidery, textiles, various crafts of clay, stone, and wood. Various galleries within the museum include the Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture, etc.
Tour of Delhi Haat - An artisans marketplace
You will be taken to Delhi Haat, a unique bazaar that displays the richness of Indian culture and brings rural life and folk art closer to an urban clientele. It is here that the artisans find an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic skills to thousands of people every day. Here you will get to see textiles, silver jewelry, arts and crafts from all over the country.
Day 04: New Delhi – Agra (210 Kms/04 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out and get driven to Agra. Reach Agra and check in the hotel. Later, visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. In the evening witness the magnificent beauty of the Taj Mahal during the sunset.
Visit the marbling workshop and learn about the craft. From mausoleums to smaller fine artifices, marble has left a deep impression on the city of Agra. This craft is hereditary in nature and has passed from generations to generations since the days of Mughals. The most popular item of the marble is the replica of Taj Mahal besides which vases, trays, ornamental boxes, decorative pieces, and statues of Indian Gods and Goddesses are also popular.
In this marble craft, various semi-precious stones are embedded in marble to create pleasing geometric or floral patterns, similar to those seen in the Taj Mahal.
Day 05: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (258 Kms/06 hrs.)
After breakfast, check out and get driven to Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the “Ghost City”. Its gate, Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world is the main attraction of the town. Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.
Continue to drive to Jaipur, upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 06: Jaipur
Morning visits the fabled Amber Palace. It is situated at the top of the hill overlooking the city. The Palace is laid out at different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. We also see the most beautiful and largest Sheesh-Mahal built inside. A ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace is a thrilling experience for every visitor.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, and the impressive Palace of Winds with the intricate façade carved out of pink sandstone.
Blue Pottery workshop in Jaipur
Jaipur has known the world over for its blue pottery which after facing near extinction has been revived to become a growing industry today. The Persian art of blue pottery came to Jaipur from Persia and Afghanistan via Mughal Courts. Blue Pottery is made from quartz, raw glaze, sodium sulfate and Multani mitti (fuller's earth). The biggest advantage of blue pottery is that it does not develop any cracks and it is also impervious, hygienic, and suitable for daily use.
Day 07: Jaipur
This morning after breakfast visit Block printing workshop in Bagru/Sanganer located just on the outskirts of Jaipur, the villages of Bagru and Sanganer are world renowned for their textile production. Today, you will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop with local artisans to learn how to block print. This craft dates back over 350 years and has helped the region to develop a thriving souvenirs business. Almost everyone in the villages is involved in some part of the production process - dyeing, printing, washing and drying the fabrics.
Your class will be led by a local expert and your guide will be there to translate. You will then have the chance to explore the villages in more detail and will get to take your creations home with you.
You would be at leisure for the rest of the day or you may explore on your own. You may want to visit the bustling markets of Jaipur.
Day 08: Jaipur - Jodhpur (335km/06 hrs)
This morning drive to Jodhpur, where you'll check into your hotel. In the evening you'll be free to relax after your travels or explore some more on your own.
Day 09: Jodhpur
The morning after a breakfast sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Visit Jaswant Thada, Jaswant Thada: Built-in 1899 AD, this cluster of white marble royal cenotaphs acts as a giant memoir of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The proud portraits of various rulers are there can be found on the main cenotaph that boasts of the bravery of Jodhpur's Rajput rulers. The Mehrangarh Fort is Jodhpur's most impressive and majestic structure - this in a city not lacking in the impressive or majestic. This huge fort stretches over 5 km atop a 125-meter high hill. With its four gigantic gates, the fort encloses magnificent palaces with intricately carved panels, latticed windows and names reminding one of Jodhpur's storied history of Jodhpur. The Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are the other grand structures within the fort. These palaces have an exclusive collection of palanquins, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, elephant howdahs, costumes, and furniture.
Finally, you will explore the bustling market area around the old Clock Tower. This is an ideal way to get a feel for the city and the people that call it home. The 18th-century clock tower is surrounded by a busy market that spills out into the narrow lanes of the Old City. With no pavements, the Sardar market provides a certain medieval hustle and bustle. Here you can find a fine variety of spices to take home, such as Mathaniya’s red chili. You can also find handicrafts, authentic jewelry, teas, hand-embroidered fabrics, and antiques.
Visit a Durry (carpet) weaving unit. The weavers continue to follow the traditional methods of durry weaving, adapted to modern usages, and each Durry is handcrafted to perfection. Each durry is woven on a loom using cotton or silk yarn, or goat or camel hair. The warp and weft are cotton yarn, and it is the interlocked weave that makes them reversible. Color-fast natural dyed yarns are used which make them completely washable.
Day 10: Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Udaipur by surface (260 kms/07 hrs)
Morning drive to Udaipur en route visiting Ranakpur, famous for Jain Temples, which is three and a half hours drive in the lovely Aravalli range northwest of Udaipur. It has a serene location, grand structure, and beautiful sculptures. The intricate carvings on its 200 marble pillars are wonders of art and craftsmanship and no two pillars are alike. On arrival in Udaipur, transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 11: Udaipur
Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur. This city was founded in 1567 AD by Maharana Udai Singh and was also called the ‘Lake City” of Rajasthan. It includes Moti Magri or Pear Hill, Jagdish Temple, Statue of the great Veer Maharana Pratap, Saheliyon-ki-Bari- the garden made for queens and maids. Then we proceed for City Palace, with its intricate countryside, patios, and balconies and is considered to be the largest Palace in Rajasthan.
Afternoon transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Delhi. Where you will board your flight to back home.
Day 12: Udaipur - Delhi by Flight
This morning transfer to Udaipur airport to board your flight to Delhi where you will board your international flight to back home with sweet and lifetime memories.