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After a long day of travelling, the only agenda on day 1 is to have a tasty dinner and a good night sleep in Delhi. The real fun starts on day 2. We will be visiting many of the old historical sites including Jama Masjid- the principle mosque of Delhi- dining at an open-aired food market Dilli Haat and wandering around Lutyen’s Delhi marveling at the cloth markets and the architecture. The next day takes us on a 4-hour bus ride to Mandawa where we will stay for 2 nights. Here we will go on a tour of the beautiful and lavishly painted havelies (mansion) around the town, such as the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, which is known for its painting illustrating Indra Dev on an elephant and Lord Shiva on his Nandi bull.
On day 5 we will travel from Mandawa to Bikaner, which is famous for, among other things, its sweets snacks known locally as namkeens. In the itinerary is a visit to the Jungarah fort – built by Raja Rai Singh between 1571 and 1612 and thought to be one of the most beautiful forts in Rajasthan – and to camel breeding farm. The next day is one of the most exciting – a tie dye workshop and a visit to a local market. We will be shown and then be able to make some of our own Bandhani. This ancient technique involves tightly tying thread at several points on a sheet of fabric when it is dyed, forming a varity of patterns
Most of the next day will be taken up by the journey from Bikaner to Jaisalmer. However on the eve of our arrival we shall visit Gadisar Lake, a magical place to watch the sunset. Jaisalmer is nicknamed ‘The Golden City’ because of the yellow sands and sandstone used in its architecture, giving the whole city a yellow-gold hue. Here is where we will visit the artisans who make beautiful Rajasthani puppets.
The next destination is Jodhpur – a busy and bustling metropolis built around centuries-old forts, palaces and temples. One of the most impressive is Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 and situated 400ft about the city. The Jaswant Thada is also very impressive. Maharaja Sardar Singh built this completely white marble building in 1899 as a memorial of his father. On the 10th day we will make a trip to see rug makers in the local villages.
Pushkar Camel Festival is an annual 5-day camel and livestock fair held in Pushkar. Thousands of people, tourists and locals alike, gather around the banks of the lake to witness the trade of more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle, and all the other surrounding activities such as moustache competitions, camel dancing and traditional rural sports. This is the last stop on our textile tour of Rajasthan before we return to Delhi via train.
All in all, this trip reveals some of Rajasthan’s most exciting secrets, from its unique architecture, to the ancient textile techniques. Colouricious are running this tour from 26th October to the 6th November. If you are not available on these dates, please look at our other textile tours to see if any of those take your fancy. If you are interested in this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us below, or to visit our website.