Have you wanted to know how traditional textiles are woven, dyed and printed by hand?
What processes are involved in traditional hand embroidery and mirror work?
Who are the artisans behind the world’s most colourful and diverse fabrics?
The artisan, the art and the traditions and culture, the architecture, the surroundings and their creations are seamlessly integrated.
Come and experience these artisans creating with age old techniques and tools handed down from generation to generation.
Unified World tours in collaboration with Maavalan Travels invites you to immerse yourself in the world famous artisanal realms of Rajasthan, India. This is the land of Royalty, where the Kings of India lived in splendour, surrounded by beautifully carved temples, forts and palaces.
We have created specialised luxury tours for you to experience this majesty, with the central focus being the work of the artisanal jewellery makers and textile producers of Rajasthan. Stay in the best luxury hotels, the Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur. Experience the world’s warmest and most gracious hospitality, fine living and haute cuisine, interspersed with knowledge of the ancient crafts.
Join us on a beautiful journey in India, an unforgettable journey…..
Arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to The Imperial Hotel.
Evening introductory Group Dinner with Delhi’s well known art patrons and jewellery experts.
Arrival in India at Indira Gandhi International airport, and transfer to Imperial Hotel, New Delhi with a Maavalan representative. Delhi is a place where the old and the new function alongside each other.
Old Delhi retains the influences of its Mughal past with the old city’s tangle of snaking lanes and teeming bazaars. New Delhi is a unique combination of India’s exotic heritage along with modern architecture with influences of dated British colonialism.
• Breakfast at the Imperial Hotel with a renowned art professor sharing a brief on the history of Delhi and her monuments.
• Morning visit of Old Delhi.
• Afternoon lunch at one of Delhi’s signature restaurants.
• Tour of Delhi’s diplomatic neighborhood, ending with a visit to an exclusive boutique with a prestige collection of silver jewellery, kashmir shawls, stoles, scarves etc.
After breakfast, a tour of Old Delhi, previously known as Shahjahanabad, and a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk.
Chandni Chowk is one of the busiest markets of Old Delhi.
Tour stops include Sisganj Gurudwara, an elegant and welcoming Sikh temple; Khari Baoli, Asia’s biggest spice market, Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque and emperor Shah Jahan’s final architectural contribu-tion to the city.
Drive in Rajpath and India Gate, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War 1. Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan, at the top of Raisina hill is Lutyen’s 20th century architectural masterpiece, built for the viceroy during British stay, and is now the President’s residence.
Visit to Humayun’s Tomb, an example of ornate Mughal style architecture built in 1565 by a Persian arc-hitect.
Dinner at the “ Spice Route” restaurant at the Imperial Hotel.
Overnight stay at The Imperial hotel, Delhi
• Transfer to Delhi airport for a domestic flight to Udaipur – the city of Lakes.
• Afternoon exclusive boat ride on Lake Pichola.
• Tea and snacks with art patrons and artisanal silk painters at Jag Mandir.
• Dinner at Lake Palace, Udaipur
Breakfast at the Imperial hotel. Departure for Udaipur in the royal state of Rajasthan. Udaipur is the capital of the former princely state of Mewar, often referred to as the “Venice of the East” and the “Most Romantic City of India”. Many films have been shot on location here, including James Bond’s “Octopussy.”
The forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with stalls, provide the magnificent history of a past of heroic valour and chivalry.
Transfer to the Taj Lake Palace hotel, Udaipur.
• Morning visit to the exquisite palace Garden – Sahelion Ki Bari and the City Palace
• Afternoon visit to miniature painting shop. Interaction with local artisans.
• Dinner at the Lake Palace, Udaipur
Breakfast at the Taj Lake Palace. Visit to the City Palace followed by a visit to Sahelion Ki Bari garden.
Visit to the traditional miniature painting boutique with a demonstration of the processes involved in creating silk paintings. Interaction and visit with the artisans to understand their art.
Evening boat ride on Lake Pinchola.
Watch the sunset beyond the Aravali mountains with a drink or evening tea on the island at Jag Mandir Palace.
• Morning drive to Narlai, with a visit to the magnificent Ranakpur Jain Temples.
• After Lunch check in at Rawla Narlai
• Evening walk in the magical village of Narlai
• Novel and unique food experiences
After breakfast, proceed towards Narlai, with a picturesque drive through the undulating Aravali Hills.
Nestled in a small corner of the mountains, hidden from main view are a group of temples with intricately carved marble sculptures. These glorious designs reflect a truly rich and unique bygone era. Narlai village is an authentically meditative experience with the welcoming greetings of doves and birdsong. Check in at Rawla Narlai.
Narlai is in the Pali district of Rajasthan, with several Hindu and Jain temples. The temples of Adinatha and Lord Shiva are famous for their muralled fine ceilings.
Evening walk in enchanting Narlai village.
• Morning drive to Jodhpur .
• Visit with Artisans village before entering Jodhpur
• Overnight stay at Raas Haveli hotel, Jodhpur
After breakfast, journey to Jodhpur.
En route to Jodhpur we visit the village where specialized traditional Jodhpuri carpets and tapesteries are hand woven. A professional guide, expert in the field of weaving will introduce the weaving community and demonstrations of the weaving process, as well as individual interaction with artisans and their traditional heritage.
Drive around the city of Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, as most of the houses in the old city are painted in different shades of blue.
This old and historic city is filled with many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
• Morning visit of Mehrangarh Fort.
• Afternoon visit to the spice market
• Dinner at the Majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace.
After breakfast, visit to magnificent Mehrangarh fort followed by a visit of the old city of Jodhpur
Mehrangarh fortress, set in red sandstone, seemingly growing from a rocky outcrop above the blue city is a reminder of the warring Rajput clans renowned for their honour and valour and the protection of these ideals.
This unique fortress is home to one of the best kept museums displaying princely possessions, gifts, ac-quisitions and war trophies.
Dinner at the Majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace.
• Morning drive to Jaipur.
• Overnight stay at Jaimahal Palace, Jaipur
After breakfast, journey to Jaipur.
Jaipur, Capital of Rajasthan (India) is also known as the Pink City because of its pink colored buildings in the walled city.
Jaipur city is a monument of royalty and tradition, famous for its gardens, historical monuments, beautiful jewellery, fabrics and its unique handmade shoes, known as mojari.
• Morning Elephant ride to Amer Fort.
• Group lunch with discussions by a local artist.
• Afternoon visit of boutique specializing in textiles
• Overnight stay at Jaimahal Palace hotel, Jaipur
After breakfast, guided day tour of the city of Jaipur. Visit with Amer Fort and elephant ride.
Afternoon visit with City Palace, Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
Return to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at Jaimahal hotel, Jaipur.
• Morning drive to visit Artist Village around Jaipur.
• Visit of Blue ceramics pottery, Textiles and Jewellery making workshops /shops accompanied by local artisans.
After breakfast, visit to textile printing, blue ceramics pottery and jewelry making workshops.
Visit to the block printing factory, around 35 Kms from Jaipur, with a trip to their workshop where some of the finest block printing is done in India.
Demonstrations of the saw blocks being carved as well as the printing that continues the tradition of Mughal style motifs mixed with other influences.
Gopal and Mohan guide the visit with introductions to fellow artisans showcasing their craft. Visit to the shop and showroom for buyers.
Visit to Gopal and Mohan’s village with an introduction to their family and friends. An insight into the artisan’s traditional way of life.
Visit to the Blue Pottery ceramics factory in the adjacent village. Demonstrations and insights with the famous blue pottery ceramics artisans.
Jewellery making in India is an ancient and sacred art form which has sustained and flourished for centuries. These artisanal techniques are handed down through ancestral lines, from one family member to another. Visit with an ancestral artisanal family in Jaipur, with a demonstration of the intricacies of this art form.
These artisanal visits are special and unique, allowing the visitor to experience once in a lifetime moments and insights into the dedication, patience, techniques and determined love the artisans have for creating their art, through time.
• Morning drive to Agra with a visit of the Unesco World Heritage site at Fatehpur Sikri.
• Visit to the Taj Mahal
• Dinner with renowned artisans and a presentation of the history of Gems in India
Visit to Agra, the city of Love – with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri.
Located on the banks of the Yamuna river, Agra is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Idmad-ud Daulah.
It is the haven of Mughal art, culture and architecture.
Arrival in Agra, check into the Trident Hotel.
Visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset.
Dinner at The Amar Vilas.
Overnight stay at the Trident Hotel, Agra.
• Morning Visit to Agra Fort
• Visit to marble inlay working factory
• Visit to Kohinoor showroom – house of exquisite Gem stones
• Afternoon departure for Delhi
• Farewell Dinner in Delhi
• Transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport
Tour Finale with demonstrations from the artisans at the marble inlay working factory in Agra.
Departure for Delhi in the afternoon. Debriefing with a Maavalan representative and farewell India dinner!
Transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport. You’ll leave India far richer than you arrived, with ex-periences and memories to share with your family and friends, with gratitude.
Once in a Lifetime!
Tour Cost: $ 10000/- per person, plus single supplement $2686/-, if applicable. Trip includes – Hotel accommodation, all transportation in India, eleven breakfast and eleven dinners.
PAYMENTS FOR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: One third deposit + $ 25 handling fees ($ 3358) per person, in-cluding fee due upon trip registration by 15th October 2018 balance of ($6642) per person, including fee ) due by 01st November 2018.
PAYMENTS FOR SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: One third deposit + $ 25 handling fees ($780) per person, including fee due upon trip registration by 15th October 2015 balance of ($1560) per person, including fee ) due by 01st November 2018
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: There will be no refunds after trip confirmation on 01st November 2018.
** ITINERARY: Specific day to day activities subject to change.
LAND ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE: Transportation by luxury car, van or coach to itinerary as listed below.
AIR ARRANGEMENT INCLUDES: Domestic economy flights from New Delhi to Udaipur with associated airport transfers.
ACCOMMODATION: 5- Star luxury hotels in each city except Narlai. Delhi – The Imperial; Udaipur – Taj Lake Palace; Narlai – Rawla Narlai – a charming hotel; Jodhpur – Rass Haveli; Jaipur – Jaimahal Palace and Agra – The Trident.
SERVICES, CHARGES AND TAXES- All service charges are included for meals and hotels, as well as tips for handing of baggage in and out of hotels and airports while on tour. All taxes imposed by state and local governments are also included.
LUGGAGE: The tour price includes the handing of two average size suitcases per person… For domestic travel in India 15 KG for check in and 07 KG allowed as cabin baggage.
SIGHTSEEING: A complete sightseeing program throughout the tour including admission to all points of interest listed in the program.
TRANSFERS: VIP meet and greet services at Delhi international airport.
PERSONNEL: Accompanying the tour escort / guide throughout the tour as per program.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: For majority of the countries, a valid passport plus an e- tv or Electronic Tourist Visa which needs to be obtained online before travel to India. Web link for application of e-tv: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. For confirmation please check with consular in the country of your residence.
MEDICAL ISSUES: It is responsibility of every traveller to meet with his or her doctor at least 8 weeks prior to travel to obtain any necessary vaccines or medications. Maavalan travels strongly recommends that you check with the Centres for Disease Control and prevention for up-to-date, destination specific information related to food and water safety infectious diseases and other concerns.
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