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Rajasthan: Community, Culture and Craftsmanship

Five years in the making, The ANJELMS Project is delighted to finally offer you the trip of a lifetime. A 15 day tour of Rajasthan: Community, Culture & Craftsmanship.

In collaboration with Fiona and Praveen of Creative Arts Safaris, a specialist textile and craft tourism operator, we will explore India through arts, architecture and textile culture - you know us, Fair Trade of course!

You will know them as our production people of The Stitching Project in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Creative Arts Safaris have been running for 14 years, then 11 years ago Fiona and Praveen settled near Pushkar, Rajasthan and started The Stitching Project as a social enterprise to create work rural people, especially women through training and opportunity.

The ANJELMS Project has worked with them for the past 5 years to produce our khadi, naturally dyed, block printed and hand stitched garments.

Along with Creative Arts Safaris, who are experienced tour guides in India, we will introduce you to this region, the wealth of its cultural history and architecture from the Pink City of Jaipur to the Blue City of Jodhpur, the city lake  of Udaipur, hopefully tiger sightings and finally the jewel of India, the Taj Mahal.

We will stroll through the colourful markets of their vibrant communities and visit artisans’ villages and social enterprises to discover their traditional craftsmanship skills.

This journey will include a 3 days stay at The Stitching Project in Pushkar, to meet the team who makes our garments, and learn about the ethical and sustainable practices used in the processes. You can treat the workshop like your home, using your inspiration gathered throughout this journey to create your own block printed or hand dyed piece to take home.

Fiona, Praveen and I hope that through this adventure you will be able to truly connect with the people and culture of the India and as we have through our work, simply learn to love it. 

Throughout these 15 days, we wish to share with you our commitment to sustainable and fair practices while showing you the positive changes our choices can make in the everyday lives of local communities and our environment and build connections built on respect, appreciation and a great deal of fun!

Itinerary

Day & Date Location Activities Meals Included
Day 1 Friday 30.10.20 Delhi Upon your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, we will organise pick up at the airport at any time day or night and dropped off at your hotel for a good night's rest.
Day 2 Saturday 31.10.20 Delhi This morning is about gently easing our way into India with sightseeing of Delhi. One always visit the Gods before a new undertaking and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, built by the Industrialist Birla in the 1930’s has a lovely feel. Visit the back alleys of Old Delhi during a city walk with The Salaam Balak Trust which is led by kids who used to live in the streets of Delhi and will give you a unique and personal experience of the city. The walks have empowered many children, helping them to join mainstream life. Then off to the Raj Ghat to pay our respects at the cremation site of Gandhi, the beloved hero of India. Knowing the nation’s greatest hero is a man of vision and peace and their most recognised building is a monument to love tells you a lot about this place. Finish the day on rickshaws through the little crazy, crowded byways of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. To celebrate the colourful first day exploring Delhi, we will gather for our welcome dinner. B, D
Day 3 Sunday 1.11.20 Jaipur Morning pick up on private bus heading to Jaipur. Along the way we will visit Amber, the old capital of the Maharajas of Jaipur, with a photo opportunity at a fabulous step well and a visit of the Anokhi Museum of Blockprint. Our next stop is the Pink City of Jaipur, India’s first planned city built in 1727 where our home for the night will be Palace Hotel with a welcoming swimming pool in the garden. Spend the afternoon chilling out or exploring all the upmarket designer boutiques in the old Retainers’ Quarters before dinner at a great local tandoori restaurant. B, L, D
Day 4 Monday 2.11.20 Sanganer Our first stop will be at a handmade papermill in Sanganer, on the outskirts of Jaipur, which uses cotton waste from the textile industry to produce paper. Block printing workshops, and the handmade paper industry began with the idea of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728. The duty of a good Maharaja was to create wealth and business for his people. These traditional crafts continue, stressed by modern competition but still going strong. We will also get a chance to see traditional block carvers at work. B, L, D
Pushkar Welcome to Pushkar, our home base for the next few days. The Stitching Project, founded by Fiona and Praveen, will be your workshop away from home to get creative in - or sit and sip chai and watch all that is happening. Todays introduction to the project will cover its history, mission and the work they do, including their collaboration with The Anjelms Project. You will meet all the team and get familiar with your surroundings before heading on a camel safari to The Farmhouse for a cooking class, gypsy dancers and traditional entertainment in the evening.
Day 5 Tuesday 3.11.20 Pushkar Workshop day. You have the opportunity to work in the blockprint studio and use our large collection of blocks to print a scarf or fabric length. Anyone wanting to design their own block can email us the designs 3 months before trip and we can have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive- extra fee. Fine hand-woven muslin will be supplied to get knotty- tie and then dye- we can dip it into our Indigo vat and watch the magic of the blue reveal itself. Lots of ideas and talent around to help you sit and stitch a little traditional dowry bag, if you choose. Lunch with the gang at the workshop. B, L
Day 6 Wednesday 4.11.20 Pushkar Workshop continues. Supported by the staff you can continue your creative endeavors or take time out to wander the bazaar of Pushkar or stroll by the lake to learn its spiritual significance in India. Lunch with the gang at the workshop. B, L
Day 7 Thursday 5.11.20 Jodhpur Off early to Meherangarh, the mighty Fort of Jodhpur, known as the Blue City, is our awe-inspiring start to the day. This fort is all you have ever dreamed of as a castle on the mountain top from fairy tales. In the afternoon we will wander up to the Clock Tower Market B, D
Day 8 Friday 6.11.20 Udaipur Along the way we will visit a family of dhurrie rug weavers, then off to Udaipur, sometimes called the Venice of the East. There aren't any canals but there are lovely lakes, and our hotel is perched on the top of the hill which has great views. We’ll pile into tuk-tuks and visit the Old Town, getting you orientated and you will have a free afternoon to explore. B, L
Day 9 Saturday 7.11.20 Udaipur Early visit to the City Palace before it is too busy, then a wander down through the market to Sadhna Women’s Co-operative. It was started in 1988, with the aim of providing an alternative means of livelihood to the women of rural, tribal and urban slum areas in southern Rajasthan. Starting with just a small group of 15 women, now it has grown to a large family of 714 women artisans. The ownership of the organization lies in the hands of these artisans and the entire surplus earned goes to these only. Dinner at The Garden Restaurant Thali set in the Maharana’s Old Estate B, D
Day 10 Sunday 8.11.20 Bundi Akola Village, is not far off the highway along a busy country lane. A artisan craft village famous for its indigo work and making the wax resist blue and red country womens skirts in small family units. Lunch on the way at a Dhaba, which is a traditional Indian roadside diner. Then onto Bundi in the afternoon, with a pleasant stroll through the bazaar to check out the step well. Dinner by the lake beneath the Castle. B, L, D
Day 11 Monday 9.11.20 Ranthambore Driving across the country, with a Dhaba lunch on the way, before visiting Ranthambore National Park in the afternoon with the hope to see some tigers. Buffet dinner at hotel. B, L, D
Day 12 Tuesday 10.11.20 Ranthambore Early start to look for tigers. Breakfast and a visit to Dastkar Ranthambore, which is a trust that was set up to support livelihood for the farmers and forest dwellers displaced by the formation of the Tiger Reserve, before heading back to Jaipur. B, L
Jaipur Visit of Jaipur Rugs Foundation in the afternoon.
Day 13 Wednesday 11.11.20 Agra Vist to Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s fabled abandoned city. Dhaba lunch on the way. Afternoon visit to a Goldwork museum and jewellery display which is a family business for five generations and Bling Central. B, L
Day 14 Thursday 12.11.20 Delhi Early morning visit to the pride of India, the Taj Mahal. Watch as the colours change and the dome starts to glow as the sun lights it up and the colourful crowds of people start to arrive. Cross the river to the Little Taj or Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, before heading back to Delhi. Farewell group dinner. B, D
Day 15 Friday 13.11.20 Dehli Departures at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. Your airport drop off will be arranged at time day or night. B

Cost

$4950 AUD - Twin share room

Supplement $850 AUD for single room

Included

- Transport- pick up and drop to airport, bus, driver accommodation, fuel, road taxes, tuk tuk where mentioned

- Accommodation, breakfast, and cooking class dinner as well as specified meals indicated in intinerary

- Sightseeing, workshop mentioned

- Group leaders Fiona and Praveen to escort you, with the support of Gaelle

- We have a bus throughout so can use it as a group to go out for dinner, it is not available for individuals to use

- We supply informative destination notes about places we visit, "getting ready to travel" notes and a list of reading etc that might interest

- We usually run an email group in lead up to tour to field questions that come up.

Not Included

- Airfares

- Visa

- Travel insurance

- Other meals, and personal expenses like laundry, water etc

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