At a Glance:

The traditions of Indian textile crafts are some of the oldest and diverse in the world. They represent a unique and continuous ethos and aesthetic sensibility right through thousands of years – that has seen a remarkable ability to assimilate, remake, re-shape the incoming styles, ideas, artists and techniques and yet retain the core essence. Indian textiles are a riot of color, textures and motifs, materials and mediums that changes with each region, village and community having its own distinct style and history. The history, weather, geography and economic condition also have a great effect on the types of textile art & technique. Normally the techniques and skills are passed down families, fathers to sons, mothers to daughters or within communities or schools. Traditionally there have always been guilds – in the past, one’s caste decided the crafts and arts one could practice.

About the Artist

Amanda Duke will be hosting this holiday accompanied by our guide to show you the very best of what Rajasthan has to offer. Amanda’s has lifelong teaching experience that has helped bring structure to her own artist studio practice and her good communication skills continue to benefit others in workshops and talks.An interest in travel influences her work and her prizewinning textile ‘Faraway Jaipur’ was recently shown at the Festival Of Quilts in 2021. She’s looking forward to leading this visit and is keen to encourageand support those who are inclined to keep journals and sketchbooks and for others to simply discuss their interests throughout the tour. Our local guide will also be on hand to share their in-depth knowledge of this incredible area for the duration of your trip.

To find out more about Amanda please see her website here instagram here

Highlight of the trip

• Enjoy the ethnic variety of local markets.

• Crafts Museum.

• Indian village experiences and learn Pattu weaving, pottery, mirror work,
Carpet weaving, shawl weaving and puppet making.

• 1 Indigo block printing workshop.

• 1 Tie-Dye workshop.

• Visit to Spice shop and enjoy tea tasting session.

• Sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

• Travel on local transport - rickshaw ride, auto-rickshaw,
camel or camel cart ride.

• Boat cruise at Lake Pichola.

• Dabbawala tour and sightseeing tour of Mumbai.

Textile Tour of Rajasthan with Amanda Duke

  • Day 1: 20th Feb 2024 [TUE]

    Depart London

  • Day 2: 21th Feb 2024 [WED] Arrive Delhi

    Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel.

    Afternoon visit to Crafts Museum followed by Lunch.

  • Day 3: 22th Feb 2024 [THU] DELHI

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Morning, enjoy half day visit to Old Delhi’s cloth and embellishment market.

    In the afternoon, visit Dilli Haat.

  • Day 4: 23th Feb 2024 [FRI] Delhi - Bikaner

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Train Delhi-Bikaner [Bikaner Intercity: 0840-1640 Hrs].

    Packed lunch will be served onboard.

    On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

  • Day 5: 24th Feb 2024 [STU] Bikaner

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast check-out and visit to village to see shawl weaving followed by carpet weaving factory.

    Participate in Miniature painting workshop

  • Day 6: 25th Feb 2024 [SUN] Bikaner - Jaisalmer

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer [335 Kms: 6 Hrs]

    Lunch will be on direct payment at local restaurant

    Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in at your hotel.

  • Day 7: 26th Feb 2024 [MON] Jaisalmer

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast visit to Jaisalmer Fort and Havelis.

    Lunch will be at local restaurant on direct payment basis.

    Afternoon witness mirror work done by ladies followed by puppet making in Jaisalmer.

  • Day 8: 27th Feb 2024 [TUE] Jaisalmer - Pokaran

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast drive to Pokaran [110 Kms: 3 Hrs]

    After Lunch, witness Pattu weaving at Pokaran Fort and later drive to weaver’s village [11 Kms one way] and witness Pattu weaving in every home on traditional looms. Later visit to Potter’s colony to see pottery making.

  • Day 9: 28th Feb 2024 [WED] Pokaran-Jodhpur

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Drive Pokaran-Jodhpur [175 Kms: 3.5 Hrs]

    Afternoon, enjoy the Mehrangarh Fort & visit clock tower market

  • Day 10: 29th Feb 2024 [THU] Jodhpur

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast, day excursion to nearby village [60 Kms: 2 Hrs one way] and participate in Block printing workshop on silk fabric

    Indian Snacks will be served at Spice shop with a cup of tea.

  • Day 11: 01th Mar 2024 [FRI] Jodhpur

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Enjoy workshop on Bandhej work [Tie & Dye] and visit Spice shop to get brief discussions on different Indian Spices & Tea.

    Visit to nearby village to see Durrie weaving

  • Day 12: 02 thMar 2024 [STU] Jodhpur - Udaipur

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Later drive Jodhpur-Udaipur [250 Kms: 5.5 Hrs

  • Day 13: 03th Mar 2024 [SUN] Udaipur

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Half day city tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jagdish Temple and weaving centre.

    Evening boat ride at Lake Pichola

  • Day 14: 04th Mar 2024 [MON] Udaipur

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Morning visit to NGO to learn the work of rural village community.

  • Day 15: 05th Mar 2024 [TUE] Udaipur - Mumbai

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Flight to Mumbai.

    On arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Day 16: 06th Mar 2024 [WED] Mumbai

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast we shall arrange your visit of The Elephanta Caves.

    Return to main land of Mumbai & enjoy the lunch at any restaurant on direct payment basis.

    Later on proceed to visit the Gateway of India. Also proceed to visit the Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive which runs along the shoreline, starting at Nariman Point & up to Malabar Hill; Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhawan &Dhobi Ghat, the open air laundry

  • Day 17: 07th Mar 2024 [THU] Mumbai

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    After breakfast we shall arrange the Dabbawala Tour, a special program representing the busy work life of Mumbai. The Dabbawala, (who carries the lunch box) delivers freshly made food from customer’s home in a lunch box (Dabba) to offices; (this tour isn’t possible on weekends &holidays).

    Thereafter we shall arrange the visit of local family in Mumbai whereat you would witness the Cooking Demonstration of the local traditional Indian & Marathi cuisines followed by the lunch you have cooked.

  • Day 18: 08th Mar 2024 [FRI] DEPART Mumbai

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Mumbai International airport to connect with your flight back home.

Tour Cost

Amanda Duke Textile & Crafts Tour of Rajasthan
DATE OF TRAVEL 21 February 2024
08 March 2024
Based on stay in a twin share Room GBP 3590 per person
Based on stay in a Single Private Room GBP 4571 per single

*International flights are not included in the above cost.