Textiles and Artisans of Northern India

Textile and Craft Tour Rajasthan & Gujarat
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The Northern States of Gujarat and Rajasthan are home to remote villages where tribal communities have been living and practising ancient craft traditions such as weaving and block-printing, embroidery and Bandhani for many generations. On this tour, you will visit several communities to see first-hand how artisans produce the intricate and delicate textiles for which they are famous.

  • This tour is escorted by an ECT Tour Manager and a Local Guide
  • All flights from Heathrow with British Airlines and internal flights are included in the tour cost
  • Accommodation is in a selection of Heritage and 4* hotels, on a half-board basis

We have arranged a full day workshop with local author and architectural expert, Renu  Bhagwat

Currently we are working on a programme for November 2022 - if you are interested and like to know more, please get in touch.  


India Textile Tour November 2019


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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan and gateway to one of India's most iconic states. You will enjoy a full day sightseeing here, visiting the 17th century Amber Fort with its fortified battlements, the ornate City Palace, home to the last ruling Royal Family, the Royal Observatory of Astronomy and the pink sandstone Hawa Mahal. Otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds, it boasts 356 intricately-carved windows though which the queens of the court once watched life in the city go by. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Hindu Birla Temple to witness the Aarti prayer ceremony.

Jodhpur, home to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort (Citadel of the Sun) and the pillared marble memorial, Jaswant Thada

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Jain Temples of Ranakpur. Located in the Aravalli Valley, these form one of five major pilgrimages of the Jains. The 1,444 spectacularly decorated pillars were originally designed by the priests themselves and have subsequently been maintained by generations of their descendants. 

Udaipur. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew up in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State, it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace. Built in 1725, the walls of this magnificent granite and marble Palace - one of the largest palace complexes in the world - stretch for over a mile on the eastern side of Lake Pichola. You will have the chance to explore the richly decorated interior, before moving on to the Jadgish Temple and Saheliyon-ki-Badi garden with its many fountains. We have also arranged for you to take a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola, stopping at bathing ghats to witness evening ritual ceremonies. 

Udaipur boat ride

Lake Pichola

Patan is an ancient fortified town founded in AD745. It is home to the Rani-ki-Vav, an ancient, subterranean step-well decorated with finely chiseled sculptures of maidens and Hindu deities, religious motifs and geometric patterns.

The Sun Temple of Modhera, one of the world's finest examples of Indian architecture. Standing high on a plinth overlooking a deep, stone-steeped tank, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Sun God Surya, to whom it is dedicated. Every centimeter of the temple, both inside and out, is carved with images of gods and goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers.

Ahmedabad. Founded in AD1411 on the banks of the River Sabarmati, this is Western India's leading textile city. The old city is dotted with tiny, labyrinthine lanes called 'polls' and the exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are the equal of their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. While based in Ahmedabad, you will visit Sabarmati Ashram, where Ghandi and his wife lived for 12 years and the famous Sidi Saiyyed and Rani Sipri Mosques.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Bhuji, the major town of Kutch, is an old walled city made up of a maze of intricate streets and alleyways. With its crenelated gateways, old palaces and strikingly-decorated Hindu temples, it provides a taste of India as it was before tourists arrived. 

Mumbai takes its name from the Mother Goddess Mumbai who was worshipped by the earliest inhabitants of the city, the Kolis. Your Indian adventure ends in this vibrant metropolis and we have arranged a full day of sightseeing to ensure you leave on a high. Our Heritage Drive is a chance to see the architectural masterpieces that punctuate the city's skyline from the High Court, Sessions Court and Gateway of India to Mumbai University, Watson Hotel, Kenneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Kala Ghoda District and the Victoria Terminus Railway Station.

This is followed by a panoramic Mumbai Mania city tour to Marine Drive, popularly known as the 'Queen's Necklace', where you will drive past the Art Deco Building before stopping at Ghandi's house, Mani Bhavan. You will also have a chance to see the beautifully preserved, Colonial-ear reservoir at Malabar Hill. The final stop is India's biggest open-air laundry, Dhobi Ghat. Consisting of row upon row of open-air, concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone, this is where most of the city's washing is done. As you watch the Dhobhis (laundrymen) at work, tirelessly flogging and beating the clothes to remove dirt and stains, you will understand why they have become known as the 'washing machines of Mumbai.'

Dhobi Ghat

Dhobi Ghat


Full day workshop with Renu Bhagwat

Renu Bhagwat

Renu is an architect, town planner and founder of clothing brand, Firroza. Based in Jaipur, she has a deep knowledge of the historic elements of its sites and buildings. She also creates designs for a series of Jaipur pattern books inspired by the intricate floral and geometric forms of the city.  Renu will lead a day-long pattern workshop on your second day in Jaipur, using photographic research material gathered on your first sightseeing day in the city. (She will meet you before the sightseeing tour begins to outline all the details of this research project.) The workshop will cover:

. Presentation and actual drawing on drawing board

. Discussion of your photographic research and pattern making

. Identification of patterns seen in your photographs

. Discussion about the interpretation of pattern

. Drawing pattern to scale/not to scale

. Creating repeats from identified pattern

. Colouring and presentation

. Colouring in different mediums

. Talk about how this activity can be inspired by our daily life

 Anokhi Museum of Hand-Printing

This interesting museum in a restored haveli documents the art of hand-block printing, from old traditions to contemporary design. You will be able to watch masters carve extraordinarily intricate wooden printing blocks and then try your hand at printing your own scarf or T-shirt.

Bagru Village

Bagru has been associated with block printing for over three centuries, when the Chipa community arrived to create textiles for Jaipur's Royal Family. Today, some 250 families are still engaged in the trade. They work mostly with natural colours (chiefly indigo), but in recent times have begun to use eco-friendly chemicals in response to their client's demand for more colourful textiles. We have arranged for you to meet an artisan from Bagru Textiles, a company founded by Vijendra Chhipa a fifth generation dyer and Master Printer, which now employs 16 families and  sells fabrics, clothes and homewares to clients all over the world. You will also have the chance to work with a mentor to create your own piece of hand block-printed artwork to take home as a memento of your trip.


Tie & Dye

Rajasthan and Gujarat have long been associated with the ancient art of tie and die, or Bandhani as it is known, and even today there are between 700 and 800 Muslim families practising Bandhani on a daily basis in Jodhpur.  We will take you to Ek Minar Masjid, inside the Old City, to meet one of these families and learn about the traditional techniques they have been using for the last 400 years. 


Sadhna, Empowering Rural Women

Launched in 1988, Sadhna is an NGO working to train women to produce traditional applique work on clothes, fashion accessories and homewares as a way of generating income for women in the urban slum belts and rural areas of Udaipur. On your visit here you will learn how the programme has grown into a self-sufficient and independent organisation with a membership of 639. 


This ancient fortified town is famous for its Patola cloth, the handmade silk used for preparing Saris. You will meet some of the Patanis still weaving this highly prized, double Ikat cloth using processes that have remained unchanged for around 1,000 years. 

Patola cloth

You will also see some examples of Mashru weaving. This combination of silk and cotton, with the cotton fabric forming the inside layer and the silk fabric forming the outer layer, was woven for Muslim communities who believed that silk shouldn't touch a person's skin. (The name comes from the word 'Mashroo' meaning 'this is allowed'.) 


Calico Museum of Textiles

Founded in 1949 by the industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gita Sarabhai, the museum is home to a remarkable collection of Indian fabrics representing the country's textile craft across five centuries. (Please note, permission to visit the museum is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.)

Vaghari Artisan

The Vaghari community make the holy cloth, called Mata Ni Pachedi or Kalamkari, which is used as an offering to Mother Goddess. We have arranged for you to meet one of the artisans to see how this special cloth is made.

Mata Ni Pacheri

Banni Villages

You will spend a day visiting the Banni villages of Nirona, Dhordo, Hodko and Bhirnadiyara to see the many different forms of craft work created by resident artisans. 

Nirona Village: Here you will see examples of Rogan art, a traditional textile art form involving painting on fabric, The art of Rogan originated in Syria and is practiced through Peshawar, Lahore, Sindh and Kutch. The colour making process itself is time consuming and takes great skill.

Dhordo Village: Here you will visit the Mutwa community, famous for Mutwa embroidery, one of the most intricate and meticulous forms of textile embellishment. The varied collection of motifs featured in Mutwa embroidery compliments the diverse stitches used in this art form.

Hodko Village: The area is famous for its leather craft and every hamlet in this village has its own distinguishing designs and patterns. Hodko village consists of traditional mud houses and the residents decorate them using dung and natural dyes found in the earth.

Bhirnadiyara Village: You will visit the local Meghwal community known for its fine embroidery and colourful mud bungas. The leather work produced here is interesting too.



Mangaldas Cloth Market & Mulji Jetha Market

We have arranged for a young designer to take you on a textile tour through these bustling wholesale textile markets trading cloth imported from areas such as Surat in Gujarat.

Jaipur - Shahpura House

Dating back to the days of the Maharaja, this Heritage hotel has been carefully restored to its original magnificence and is now managed by descendants of the Royal Family of Shahpura. Each of the 65 bedrooms is unique, and many are decorated with frescoes and carved marble pillars in true Rajput style. Located in a residential area four kilometres from the city centre and boasting all mod cons, Shahpura House is also a luxurious refuge from the bustle of central Jaipur.

Shahpura House

Jodhpur - Ranbanka Palace

Built at the turn of the last century for Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh ji, this magnificent Heritage hotel captures the colonial influences of its time. Owned and operated by direct descendants of Jodhpur's founder, it combines this history with contemporary comforts, including a swimming pool, spa and wellness centre, free WiFi and on-site shops. 

Ranbanka Hotel

Udaipur - Trident Hotel

Set on the banks of Lake Pichola, this 5* hotel is close to all the key sites of Udaipur. The contemporary bedrooms are inspired by the cultural heritage of the city and the main restaurant serves authentic dishes from the Kingdom of Mewar. There is also a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

Trident Hotel Udaipur

Ahmedabad - House of MG

Set in one of the oldest buildings in the city, this Heritage hotel has been sensitively restored to preserve the original colonial architecture. All the fixtures and furniture have been designed by, or sourced from, local artisans. There is also a gallery showcasing traditional Indian textiles from the Mangaldas family collection. Other amenities include two restaurants, serving both local and international food, an indoor swimming pool, spa and Tribal Heirlooms boutique.

House of MG

Bhuj - Regenta Resort

This 4* resort hotel is the ideal base for visiting the Banni villages. It is also a perfect place to unwind, offering comfortable contemporary bedrooms, a swimming pool, spa and lots of open green space.

Regenta Resort

Mumbai - Trident Nariman Point

This modern 5* hotel offers panoramic views of the ocean, Marine Drive and the city's spectacular skyline. Facilities include two restaurants and a spa. 

Trident Mumbai

Please note this outline itinerary may change in content and timings

Day 1

2050h - Depart London Heathrow for Delhi on British Airways flight

Day 2 

1115h - Arrive Delhi and transfer to Jaipur on internal flight, deaprting 1425

1625h - Arrive Jaipur 

Dinner at the hotel

Day 3 

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a 45 minute discussion with Renu Bhagwat about the research project for tomorrow's workshop

Full day sightseeing in Jaipur, lunch included

Dinner at the hotel

Day 4 

Breakfast at the hotel 

Full day workshop with Renu Bhagwat, lunch included

Dinner at the hotel

Day 5 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Jodhpur, stopping at Bagru Village en route to see the block printing workshops

Lunch at a restaurant en route

Dinner at the hotel

Day 6 

Breakfast at the hotel

Full day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, lunch included

Day 7 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Udaipur, stopping at Ranakpur Jain Temples en route

Lunch at a restaurant included

Dinner at the hotel

Day 8 

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, lunch included

Afternoon visit to NGO Sadhna, Empowering Rural Women

Boat ride of Lake Pichola

Dinner at the hotel

Day 9 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Ahmedabad, visiting Patan and Modhera en-route

Dinner at the hotel

Day 10 

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning visit to Sabarmati Ashram and Calico Museum of Textiles (subject to availability)

Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon visit to Sidi Saiyyed and Rani Sipri Mosques

Dinner at the hotel

Day 11 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Bhuj and day at leisure

Dinner at the hotel

Day 12 

Breakfast at the hotel

Day exploring the textile crafts of Banni villages, lunch included

Dinner at the hotel

Day 13 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Mumbai on internal flight

Full day sightseeing tour of Mumbai

Dinner at the hotel

Day 14 

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport for return flight to the UK on British Airways flight, departing 1315h








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Additional information:

  • This tour requires a minimum of 10 passenger refer to point 7 in our booking conditions

  • Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking

  • Please ensure you have a valid passport (at least six months from the date of travel) and visa 

  • Travel insurance is required 

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TOUR PRICE : £3659pp*

Single Room Supplement for whole tour: £600*

Flights with British Airways from Heathrow


LAND ONLY PRICE*: £2909pp*

*(without flights from UK, but with internal flights)

* These are guide prices, please check for changes to tour cost and programme for 2022


Tour Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • All internal flights
  • 12 nights accommodation - half board
  • Breakfast and dinners
  • 11 lunches
  • All transfers
  • Jaipur textile talk and workshop
  • Visit to Bagru Village to visit the block printing factories
  • Meeting with an artisan at Bagru Village
  • Meet the family in Jodhpur practising the art of tie and dye for almost 400 years
  • Visit to a Sadhna NGO in Udaipur
  • Visit to Modhera and Patan en route to Ahmedabad
  • Meet Patanis, famous for weaving Patola cloth
  • Visit to different villages of Bhuj in Gujrat
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the airports / hotels
  • All entrance fees
  • All Government taxes
  • Services of an ECT Tour Manager
  • Services of a local guide
Optional Extras
  • Flight upgrades on request