- Visit the breath-taking carvings of Sanchi and architecture at Orchha
- See the exquisite work of the hand-weavers in the picturesque old town of Chanderi
- See weaving, metal-casting and other crafts in rarely-visited locations
- Stay at the colonial and elegant Jehan Numa Palace in Bhopal
Hidden in the central heartland of India lies a thriving textiles industry, alongside some of the most fascinating historical sites. This memorable 10 day journey takes you to see some of these truly splendid and enduring traditions as well as experiencing some breath-taking Islamic and Hindu architecture.
Escorted by the V&A’s Fabric of India exhibition curator Rosemary Crill, you travel from Delhi to the central heart of India. Discover the fascinating textiles of this region and learn more about its influences on India’s history and architecture. The history of India's remarkable textile traditions date back at least six thousand years to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Fragments of woven cotton have been found, and some traces of dye, which speak of a highly developed cotton industry, while recent discoveries suggest that the cultivation of wild silk was also well understood in ancient India. Throughout India today, skilled textile artists continue to contribute to producing textiles that not only reflect the past but also cater to modern tastes and global markets today.
Where does this group tour visit?
This journey begins in Delhi, the ‘shop floor’ of the textiles industry, to see the full, rich array of the textiles produced in India and how modernity has affected them. Understand the evolution of styles and designs with visits to a few of the top studios and galleries in the city.
From Delhi, travel into the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh visiting some extraordinary historical sites at Gwalior, Datia and Orchha. Once the capital of the region, Orchha is now a simple and serene village, nestled within a complex of some extraordinary palaces and temples. The landscape is scattered with these well-preserved, impressive, ornate monuments. Within this region, also is Chanderi which, has some of the most stunningly beautiful monuments as well as being known for its exquisite silk weaving. Visit the local weaving projects where investment is being made to keep this dying skill alive. A visit to Bhopal is a must to experience the famous Zardozi embroidery and beadwork here. The visit is combined with a walking tour of the old part of Bhopal.
Why travel with Rosemary Crill?
Rosemary Crill is the internationally respected former senior curator for South and Southeast Asian textiles and dress, Middle Eastern Carpets, and South Asian painting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She curated ‘The Fabric of India’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This tour will give a privileged insight into her in-depth understanding of Indian textiles. She has published many books and articles on these subjects and has travelled widely in India. Rosemary will join the group as a tour expert, she will work with a local tour guide throughout, allowing privileged access into certain sites and museums as well as giving an insight through organised talks. Please note Rosemary is not a tour lecturer or tour leader, however, her experience and knowledge of the Fabrics of India make an incredible addition to this tour.
Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
Do I need a visa for India?
All visitors need a visa for India. There is provision for an online e-visa for citizens of certain countries, including the UK. The visa has to be obtained before arrival in all circumstances. Tourist visas issued in the UK have six months’ validity from date of issue.
What is the accommodation like in India?
During this tour, you will stay in a carefully selected range of hotels. All hotels are at least a three-star standard and all offer restaurants on site, some offer pools and leisure facilities. These hotels have been chosen for their vantage points and good access to city sightseeing. Standards of some of the hotels in Central India are generally lower than other more visited areas of India and availability and choice are limited. We believe we have confirmed the best available in each location.
What will the weather be like in India in November?
Warm sunny days with cooler nights. November is the end of the monsoon rains. The average temperatures sit around 30 degrees, dropping to 12 – 15 degrees at night.
How fit should I be to enjoy this tour?
General overall fitness is required. There is a lot of walking, however, at a leisurely pace with some stairs. We would suggest that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, that are easy to take on and off as you will be required to remove your shoes when visiting mosques and temples.
Can I extend my stay in India?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.
From Bhopal, you can fly back to Delhi to continue into Rajasthan or fly to Mumbai from where the southern regions of Goa and Kerala can easily be reached.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.