A craft & cultural journey of golden triangle

At a Glance:

The traditions of Indian textile crafts are some of the oldest and most diverse in the world. They represent a unique and continuous aesthetic across thousands of years. This tour will take in textile and cultural highlights of the famous golden triangle region, allowing you to see artisans at work, provide you with the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops and get a feel for real India. As well as travelling by private air conditioned coach.

On this tour, we will explore the textiles and crafts of Jaipur, known around the globe for its fine and superior work. Traditionally there have always been guilds – in the past, one’s caste decided the crafts and arts one could practice. Techniques and skills are passed down through families, fathers to sons, mothers to daughters or within communities or schools. Weather, geography and economic conditions also have a great effect on the types of textile art & technique unique to the region.

Famous textile products of Jaipur are bandhani, kurtas, safas, skirts, sarees and and array of colourful dress material. Products are known for their intricate patterns, prints and colourful designs. Bandhej, also known as tie and dye is an art form used to dye mainly silk and cotton textiles. The towns of Bagru and Sanganer are famous for exclusive hand block printing. Natural and organic dyes are used.

Zardozi work and hand embroidery are also a renowned in the area. Batik, Lehariya, Shikari, Ekdali, Mothra, Cheent techniques are also employed by artisans in the area.

On this tour we will experience a wide range of textile arts, see artisans at work and have the opportunity to participate in workshops. You will also experience a magical sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal

About the Artist

Maria Maidment is the founder and designer of the company “ Old Maid New” which was established in 2020 after graduating as a fully qualified textile conservator from University of Lincoln. Maria was awarded the Musgrave Award for the best practical conservation project, and best designer for innovation of products in the heritage industry ,which can be seen on her website www.oldmaidnew.com .

Maria is a regular face on Create and Craft TV, where she sells and demonstrates her skills in gold work embroidery. Using traditional methods and materials ,the products are specially created for all abilities who want to learn a new skill. You can see her exquisite creations on the Create and Craft website as a top selling brand with five-star ratings.

The company’s ethos is to teach and share heritage sewing skills from the historical past, as well as old methods used in stitch repair and cleaning historical textiles. Maria specialises in gold work, black work, and embroidery which is taught” with a modern-day twist” through her kits, stamps, and materials, which can be purchased on her website “ Old Maid New”.

Highlight of the trip

• Visit to Craft Museum

• Visit to Dilli Haat

• Visit Anokhi Museum

• Visit to Sanganer and participate in block printing workshop for an hour

• Visit hand-made paper factory and Blue. Pottery (Only Demonstrations)

• Visit to Bagru and participate in Dabu block printing

• Workshop on Lac Bangle making

• Learn the Significance of Rangoli (you may try your hands, if you wish)

• Visit & participate in Puppet making activity and learn how to make

• Puppets in Puppet making workshop for 02 hour;

• Visit Aaritari embroidery work shop and participate in learning the Gota work

Golden Triangle

  • Day 1: 14th OCT 2023 [SAT] DEPART UK

    Depart UK

  • Day 2: 15th OCT 2023 [SUN] ARRIVE DELHI

    On arrival in Delhi: Having cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting. Amongst them will be Aahilya Holidays representative who will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on

    He will assist you with your transfer to your hotel and assist you with check in.

    Standard check in time at all hotel is 1400 hrs.

    Lunch will be at local restaurant followed by visit to Craft Museum.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

  • Day 3: 16th OCT 2023 [MON] DELHI

    Today, you will be taken to experience the sights and culture of Delhi city, starting with visit to Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. Later visit Chandni Chowk, Asia's largest wholesale market, a massive area packed with shops, bazaars and people. Drive past the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 17th century.

    Proceed towards New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. You will then take to drive past India Gate, the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the President House. Later sightseeing tour of Dilli Haat.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 4: 17th OCT 2023 [TUE] DELHI

    Morning breakfast at your hotel.

    After breakfast visit Sankriti Museum.

    Later visit to Aahilya Creations residence and participate in Block printing workshop. It is a perfect place to buy wooden printing blocks and cotton fabric.

    Lunch & Tea will be served at their residence.

    Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.

  • Day 5: 18th OCT 2023 [WED] DELHI TO AGRA

    Early morning drive to Agra and enjoy packed lunch on the way to Agra

    Arrive Agra and you will be met with the Aahilya Holidays Personnel who will assist you and take you for the sightseeing of Agra Fort.

    Lunch will be arranged at the local restaurant.

    Later your will be taken to experience the marble inlay craft and after your visit you will be check in to your hotel. (Check in time is 1400 Hrs)

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 6: 19th OCT 2023 [THU] AGRA TO JAIPUR

    Early morning today, you will be taken for the sunrise tour of Taj Mahal. Return back to your Hotel for breakfast. Check out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri stepwells.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 7: 20th OCT 2023 [FRI] JAIPUR

    After breakfast at hotel, proceed for the Jaipur Sightseeing tour covering Amber Fort with a Jeep ride, You will also visit the Anokhi Museum and will Drive Past Hawa Mahal, Visit Anokhi Museum and later ''Explore mount road and visit the Satguru store, there you have an option to customize your clothing''.

    Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy independent activities.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 8: 21th OCT 2023 [SAT] JAIPUR

    After breakfast at hotel, excursion to Sanganer [approx. 45 mins] and participate in a block printing workshop with the artists or block printers to learn the traditional technique of block prints. Also visit Handmade paper factory and visit a place where blue pottery is made.

    Now drive back to Jaipur & visit Birla Temple and rest of the day will be at leisure.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 9: 22th OCT 2023 [SUN] JAIPUR

    After breakfast at hotel, excursion to Bagru [approx.01 hr drive] and participate in Bagru and Dabu block printing workshop.

    Also see the process of Indigo dyeing.

    Light snacks will be provided during workshop.

    Now drive back to Jaipur &come back to Hotel., An evening visit to the home of an Indian family to learn some traditional Indian & Rajasthani recipes. After cooking class, you will enjoy hot & freshly cooked dinner with the family

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 10: 23th OCT 2023 [MON] JAIPUR

    After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the Jaipur city palace and drive past Jantar Mantar. Later you will be taken to Maniaron ki gali to witness the making of Lac bangles and stroll at Bapu bazaar.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 11: 24th OCT 2023 [TUE] JAIPUR

    Breakfast at hotel.

    After breakfast, you will be taken for the Puppet Making workshop for approx. 02 hrs

    Followed by visit to narrow streets of Old market (approx. 400-500 meters of walking) to experience the Aari-Tari workshop and learn how the fine threads of silver are woven into saris. (Workshop will be for approx. 01 - 02 Hrs)

    Witness Rangoli making activity at hotel

    Rest of the day is free to explore on your own, Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 12: 25th OCT 2023 [WED] JAIPUR

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Leisure morning at the hotel and later drive to Dera Amer to spend time with the elephants followed by Lunch

    Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.

  • Day 13: 26th OCT 2023 [THU] JAIPUR TO DELHI

    Breakfast at your hotel and then drive back to Delhi (approx.5-6 hours’ drive), on arrival check-in at hotel.

  • Day 14: 27th OCT 2023 [FRI] DEPART DELHI

    After breakfast, at an appropriate time you will be met by Aahilya Holidays representative who will assist you with your transfer to Delhi airport to board flight to London.

Tour Cost

Maria Maidment A Craft & Cultural Journey of Golden Triangle
DATE OF TRAVEL 14 October 2023
27 October 2023
Based on stay in a twin share Room GBP 1890 per person
Based on stay in a Single Private Room GBP 2475 per single

*International flights are not included in the above cost.