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The 17 Day Textile & Lifestyle Tour of North India takes you on a journey of North India to experience the location and historical textile traditions of North India and learn about the local handicrafts. You will visit Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, sacred Varanasi, Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Learn about the chikankari, a famous embroidery technique in Lucknow, experience traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony, learn about "zardozi," metal embroidery from the best and buy a Sari at the Varanasi bazaar. On this tour you will have the chanve to visit many famous destinations including the India Gate, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

02/09/2019 - $4380
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Day 01, 02 SEP: AUSTRALIA – DELHI  

In the morning, depart Australia for Delhi on Singapore Airlines via Singapore. Arrive in Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel in Delhi.

Accommodation: Justa Hotel (The Residency, GK-1)


Day 02, 03 SEP: DELHI (B.D)

After breakfast visit New Delhi including India Gate, Parliament House and President’s House. Also drive past the Qutab Minar. We also visit Old Delhi including the Red Fort (Closed on Monday), Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid. You are then taken on a fascinating rickshaw ride through the narrow streets and colourful alleys of Old Delhi's markets. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a Chor Bizarre Restaurant.

Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel in Delhi.

Accommodation: Justa Hotel (The Residency, GK-1)


Day 03, 04 SEP: DELHI – AGRA (B.D) (By Surface – 3 Hours)

After breakfast drive to Agra. Upon arrival check-into the hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort of Agra. Agra Fort is built on the site of earlier fortification on the right bank of the Yamuna River. Under Akbar (1564-1570s) of the Mughal dynasty it was rebuilt along the lines of its predecessor, which accounts for its irregular outer walls. Originally intended as a fortress, the site was partially converted into a palace during the reign of Shah Jahan, who lived in the fortress and died there - a prisoner of his own son. The outer walls, built during Akbar's time, are penetrated by two gates, called the Amar Singh and the Delhi Gate respectively. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at the hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Agra.

Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton


Day 04, 05 SEP: AGRA – LUCKNOW (B.D) (By Surface – 4 Hours)

In the early morning, visit Taj Mahal at sunrise. Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, no matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are, the Taj never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. It is a spectacular monument built for love. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in the pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable. After visit, return to hotel and have breakfast. Later drive to Lucknow and check-in at hotel. In the afternoon we will enjoy a Heritage Walk of Chowk. 'Chowk' is the oldest market place of Lucknow to shop for the unique crafts of this Nawabi City. We walk in the by-lane of Chowk called ‘Gol Darwaza’- a place that was once home to numerous ‘Kothas’ (small entertainment studios where girls would be Nautch dancing, a once popular dance style in North India) and now a market place that is known to house the best of handicrafts and Chikan work. Chikan or Chikankari is a traditional handmade embroidery style in India and Lucknow is reknown for it’s chikan embroidery. A heritage walk here will showcase the culture of this fabled city and take you to a bygone era. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Lucknow.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip


Day 05, 06 SEP: LUCKNOW (B.D) 

After breakfast proceed to visit the architectural marvel of age, La Martiniere Lucknow  which is one of several schools opened by Major-General Claude Martin. Even to this day, Claude Martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow. We will first witness the Traditional Assembly of students and then shall visit the school.

Driving past the Tombs of Sadat Ali & the Begum  and the ‘Chattar Manzil’ (Outside view only), we reach a building with the world’s most unique architecture, 'Bara Imambara'. It is said that it was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula. This is the world’s biggest hall that is devoid of any pillar support, wood, iron beams or concrete walls. Salute the “Nawab” (Prince) lying in peace inside and proceed to see his noble work. Also see the 'Rumi Darwaza' or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque.


Later, we reach the Husainabad Clock Tower. Today the clock stands motionless but has witnessed all times, the good, the bad and the ugly. Then we enter the Babylon of East, The Husainabad Imambara - known for its beauty and pieces of décor. This was built in 1838 by Mohammad Ali Shah and is still considered to be a sacred address by the natives. The beautiful chandeliers, silver seat, sandalwood décor and calligraphy on the walls all are so creative. Admire each one and bow down to the Nawab and his Mother sleeping inside. Later we will visit the Husainabad Picture Gallery that houses life-size hand painted portraits of Nawabs of Awadh each with a distinct and a unique history. Paintings here are quite lively as if each would speak to tell you the tales of Awadh that was. Also see the Satkhanda, a incomplete building built to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


In the afternoon we will proceed to visit Self-Employed Women’s Association - Lucknow . Depending on her availability you maybe welcomed by Runa Banerjee, co-founder of the organisation. SEWA is a Trade Union based in Ahmedabad, India that promotes the rights of low-income, independently-employed female workers. Impetus for setting up the Lucknow branch of SEWA, SEWA-Lucknow, came from a UNICEF sponsored study conducted in 1979 seeing the pitiable the condition of Chikan artisans in Lucknow.


In 1984, thirty-one women came together to register an organisation, under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860, to protect the rights of chikan workers - “Self Employed Women’s Association- Lucknow” (SEWA – Lucknow). The organisation was formed with a major agenda of doing away with the middleman and the organization to act as a platform from where the artisans would address the market directly.


SEWA - Lucknow produces 184 different types of Ladies Garments, 22 types of Gents Garments which include children garments and 24 types of Home Furnishings. All these variety are available to customers whenever one visits any SEWA-Lucknow exhibition or shop. Apart from the product’s finish and quality, which by itself speaks about the fine craftsmanship of SEWA-Lucknow’s artisans.


Later we will visit a Zardozi workshop, a form of metal embroidery popular in India, and understand this art form from ace designer couple Masood & Almas. Today they wil showcase their work in a trunk-show and show us the current work that their craftsmens are making. We will enjoy tea here and Masood will give deliver a talk on how this craft nurtured in the city and the plight of the craftsmen associated with this kind of embroidery. In the evening, enjoy the Dinner at hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Lucknow.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip


Day 06, 07 SEP: LUCKNOW – VARANASI (B.D) (By Train)

After early breakfast, we are transferred to station to board Intercity Exp-14204 (0700hrs-1330hrs) for Varanasi. With assistance on arrival, you are transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, walk through a Varanasi Bazaar where you will find brocades and Banarasi sari on sale.  

In the evening you will witness an “Aarti Ceremony” at the “Ghats”. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the “Aarti” . You will enjoy dinner at the hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Varanasi.

Accommodation: Hindustan International


Day 07, 08 SEP: VARANASI (B.D)

In the early morning, enjoy a boat ride on Ganges River to see the sunrise. This is followed by a short sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast proceed to visit Sarnath: the Buddhist city. Visit the Museum and Mahabodhi Temple. In the afternoon, visit brocading centre where you can see the weavers at work weaving pure gold and silver thread into silk textile.

In the evening, enjoy your dinner at hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Varanasi.

Accommodation: Hindustan International


Day 08, 09 SEP: VARANASI – JAIPUR (B.D)

SG-2986, 09 Sep. Varanasi – Jaipur 12:30/14:05

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport to board flight for Jaipur. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Jaipur.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip


Day 09, 10 SEP: JAIPUR (B.D)

Breakfast will be followed by a sightseeing tour of Jaipur  including visits to Amber Fort and Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar – a historical observatory built in 1734, and Hawa Mahal. Also walk in the local bazaar to see two examples of traditional local tie-die textiles- “Bandhani and Leheria”. After lunch visit the nearby villages of Sanganer and Baagru where we will see the villagers at work making bandhani textile, block printing with wooden blocks and handmaking paper.

In the evening, you will enjoy your dinner at your hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Jaipur.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip


Day 10, 11 SEP: JAIPUR – DEOGARH (B.D) (275km/05 ½ hours approx)              

After breakfast, drive to Deogarh and visit Bagru en route. After visit, continue your drive and upon arrival,check into your Castle hotel, Deogarh Mahal. The castle is situated on a hillock, which is encircled by the Deogarh town. Explore the surroundings by yourself. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at at Deogarh. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Deogarh.

Accommodation: Deogarh Mahal


Day 11, 12 SEP: DEOGARH – UDAIPUR (B.D) (145Kms/03 hours approx)               

After breakfast, you have the day at leisure.  In the afternoon, drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check into the hotel. You are then free to explore Udaipur by yourself. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Udaipur.

Accommodation: Rajputana Justa


Day 12, 13 SEP: UDAIPUR (B.D)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning excursion to Nathdwar,a known for its pigment printing textiles depicting Lord Krishna. Afterward, return to Udaipur. In the afternoon, we will take you on a historic Boat Ride on Lake Pichola until sunset. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at the hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Udaipur.

Accommodation: Rajputana Justa


Day 13, 14 SEP: UDAIPUR – AHMEDABAD (B.D) (260Kms/05 ½ hours)

After breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to visit Sharyas Folk Museum (Closed on Monday’s and Bank Holidays). In the evening, enjoy your Vegetarian dinner at a local Restaurant. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Udaipur.

Accommodation: Country Inn & Suites


Day 14, 15 SEP: AHMEDABAD (B.D)

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad including the visit to Calico Textile Museum (Closed on Wednesday & Bank holiday) - A fascinating collection of antique textiles, which provides the history of textiles in India. In the afternoon, proceed to visit National Institute of Design. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at hotel. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Ahmedabad.

Accommodation: Country Inn & Suites


Day 15, 16 SEP: AHMEDABAD – MUMBAI (B.D)

6E-214, 16 Sep. Ahmedabad – Mumbai 09:20/10:40

In the early morning, you are transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai. You will be assisted upon arrival and transferred to hotel. In the afternoon, proceed upon a sightseeing tour of Mumbai. In the evening, a enjoy the Farewell Dinner at Khyber Restaurant. Stay overnight at a 4 star hotel at Mumbai.

Accommodation: The Fariyas


Day 16, 17 SEP: MUMBAI – SINGAPORE – AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast you are free to explore Mumbai until your transfer to International Airport for your flight to back to Australia. Fly overnight.


Day 17, 18 SEP: AUSTRALIA

You arrive in Australia today. Your unforgettable India Textile and Lifestyle tour ends.

 

Tour price: $4,380 per person, twin share or double share

Single supplement: $920 


Tour price includes:

    1. Singapore Airlines return ticket to India;

    2. Airport tax, fuel surcharge and airline levy (currently $180, subject to change);

    3. Four star hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis inclusive of taxes for 15 nights.

    4. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary;

    5. Sightseeing, activities and experiences included as per the itinerary;

    6. English speaking guide as per the itinerary;

    7. Assistance at arrival and departure;

    8. Air-conditioned coach transport including sightseeing and all transfers as per the itinerary.

    9. Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;

    10. All currently India applicable taxes and the governmentt service taxes included;

    11. Train fare from Lucknow to Varanasi using Airconditioned Car;

    12. Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi;

    13. Boat ride on Ganges River in Varanasi;

    14. Evening arti ceremony in Varanasi;

    15. Boat cruise on Lake Pichola, Udaipur;

    16. Porterage at hotels, airports & railway station;

    17. Domestic flights and taxes: Varanasi – Jaipur and Ahmedabad – Mumbai.

 

Tour price does not include the following:

    1. Entrance charges for camera/video camera;

    2. Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, drinks, etc;

    3. Tips to driver and guide ($5USD per person per day);

    4. Any extra meals and or services not mentioned in the itinerary;

    5. Travel insurance;

    6. India visa fee (currently $230AUD, subject to change);

    7. Any beverage such as hard/soft drink, tea or coffee. 

   

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