Living Arts of India Tour 06 - 22 October 2020
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Jasmine Trails is thrilled to partner with Australian artist David Rossiter for a 16-day tour through north India. With a special focus on the living artistic heritage of the country, this is a tour for anyone who is passionate about traveling and art in any form. Meet the talented artists who keep their trade alive in the face of modernity and see some incredible places! We also have an exciting hands-on block-printing workshop for you, Indian food to die for, awe-inspiring architecture and cultural immersion—don’t think too long, limited seats!
AUD 4,980.00 per person on twin sharing
AUD 1,560.00 Single Room Supplement
Day 01: Tue, 06 Oct
Arrive in Delhi
Check in and turn in for the night.
Day 02: Wed, 07 Oct
Visit the Qutub Minar, an iconic minaret, built in the 12th Century. Also visit a museum of living arts set in a beautiful green expanse.
Day 03: Thu, 8 Oct
The day starts with a visit to Old Delhi to explore the grand mosque Jama Masjid, take cycle rickshaws through the lanes of the busy market and walk through the spice market. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb, a brilliant piece of Mughal architecture.
Day 04: Fri, 09 Oct
Delhi to Agra by road
Afternoon visit Agra Fort which was the royal residence and center of power of the Mughals. Also drive across the Yamuna River to Mehtab Bagh, the “moonlight gardens” which lie right across the Taj Mahal.
Day 5: Sat, 10 Oct
Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed structure in the world.In the afternoon we will showcase a unique art of Agra called Parchinkari, which can be translated as inlay work.
Curated walk through the old town of Agra and end the day with a private qawwali music performance. Qawwali is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music and poetry.
Day 6: Sun,11 Oct
Agra to Orchha by train and road
Early morning train to Orchha. After lunch explore the market and the fabulous palace, Jehangir Mahal. Also visit the cenotaph memorials of the kings.
Day 7: Mon, 12 Oct
Orchha to Khajuraho by road
Visit the famous temples profusely decorated with detailed sculptures from the Kama Sutra.
Day 8: Tue, 13 Oct
Khajuraho to Varanasi by flight
Evening boat ride on the Ganges to witness the grand Ganga Aarti ceremony.
Day 9: Wed, 14 Oct
Morning excursion to Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon. Visit the exaction site from the 3rd C BC. In the afternoon a visit to the silk weavers who still use traditional looms to produce the famous Varanasi brocade sarees.
Day 10: Thu, 15 Oct
Varanasi to Jaipur by flight
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges. Midday flight to Jaipur.
Day 11: Fri, 16 Oct
Visit to Amer Fort located magnificently on a hill top. Afterwards spend time at an elephant shelter. Interact with the resident elephants and enjoy a home style meal there. Relaxed afternoon, option of activities and shopping.
Day 12: Sat, 17 Oct
Visit City Palace museum with its amazing collection of costumes, textiles, paintings and armaments. Also visit the massive open-air astronomical observatory called Jantar Mantar. Meet master artists at the City Palace atelier to learn all about miniature paintings. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds. In the evening walk through the old city markets Jaipur and some time for shopping.
Day 13: Sun, 18 Oct
Jaipur to Pushkar by road
Drive to Pushkar stopping for a half-day block printing workshop on the way. Learn all about this traditional art. Print your own stoles, bags, t-shirts etc using wooden blocks with the help of the artisans. After lunch leave for Pushkar, known for the one and only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.
Day 14: Mon, 19 Oct
Pushkar to Jodhpur by road
Morning drive to Jodhpur. In the afternoon get to visit the awe inspiring Mehrangarh fort. In the evening explore the old market and the clock tower.
Day 15: Tue, 20 Oct
Morning excursion to the near by villages. Visit potters, farmers and other village folk. Visit a Brahmin home where you will participate in an “opium ceremony”. Spot antelope and black buck freely roaming near the villages as they are protected by the Bishnois, one of the world's earliest environmentalists. Also visit the village home of a dhurrie weaver to see how these flat woven rugs are made.
Evening visit a women’s cooperative run by an NGO. See how these women have been able to become financially independent through vocational training.
Day 16: Wed, 21 Oct
Jodhpur to Delhi by flight
This morning we visit truck painters who are the artists behind the brilliantly painted trucks that you see in India. Evening to relax and enjoy our farewell dinner.
Day 17: Thu, 22 Oct
Departure transfer to the international airport for your flight home.