20-day Craftours Textiles & Treasures Expedition in
INDIA
with master artisan and photographer Pam Holland!
November 5 - 24, 2019

Celebrity Educator:
Pam Holland
Pam Holland

Full Package Price:
$5,499.00 | Air from New York City

Land Only Price:
$4,099.00 | Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers


(per person, based on double occupancy)

DELHI & AGRA EXTENSION

November 2 - 6, 2019
Extend your tour by visiting Delhi and Agra! Learn more by visiting our extensions tab.

$789.00
(per person, based on double occupancy)

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.

“Our India trips have been just wonderful and each time we go we learn of more things to share with you. Last year I undertook a study of desert tribe textile art and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you this November.

For those who have the time and budget, we will begin our journey in Delhi and then travel to the magnificent Taj Mahal. From there we travel south to the "pink city" of Jaipurm where we "officially" begin our tour experience. Here you will have the opportunity to undertake classes in Kantha quilting and block printing, amongst other things.

We’ve also included the magnificence of the Pushkar Camel Fair. Held in the arid desert near the city of pushkar we will mingle with people from all over the world who have come to see the worlds largest gathering. Camels, cattle, and turbaned farmers it’s pure color as far as your eyes can see, it’s a photographers paradise.

On to Gujarat to see and share the art of textiles and fabric art with local villagers and brilliant artisans who have been weaving and embroidering the patterns handed down over centuries. Art knows no social barriers.

There is so much to see, to do and experience. Bring you husbands, you need to share this experience with them too.

At this time of the year it will be cooler than the summer months, so you may even need a sweater!!!! The weather will be just perfect.” - Pam Holland


DELUXE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip international airfare from New York City to Delhi, India.
  • All taxes and round-trip transfers to and from the hotel.
  • Internal flight from Delhi to Jaipur.
  • A professional local tour guide from India the entire time.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Jaipur, Udaipur, and Ahmedabad throughout the journey.
  • Overnight tented camp accommodations experience in Pushkar.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver the entire time.
  • The services of a professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • A great photo opportunity at the sensational Camel Fair in Pushkar.
  • Shopping in the bustling markets and specialty shops for fabric, textiles, wood carvings, jewelry, artwork and more.
  • A drive through the picturesque countryside of Rajasthan.
  • A panoramic tour of Udaipur, including a boat ride on Pichola Lake.
  • A tour of the Jagmandir Island Palace.
  • Visiting the Royal Palace of a Maharaja.
  • Tour of a “miniature painting school” and view exquisite Mughal Art.
  • Visiting a local textile collector to see extraordinary “gold thread” work.
  • Touring Mohandas K. Gandhi’s ashram and learning about his life and his idea of Khadi textiles.
  • A panoramic city tour of Ahmedabad, including the craft centers and monuments.
  • Visiting Chitraras master artisans who produce Kalamkari textiles.
  • A special encounter with an award-winning Ikat silk weaver in Sayla.
  • Participating in a hands-on workshop at a weaving center.
  • Seeing a demonstration on the unique “Tangaliya” weaving.
  • A tour of some local palaces in Gondal to see antiques and colonial period textiles.
  • Visiting Khadi Plaza in Gondal to see handloom weaving.
  • A tour of a very special screen-printing factory in Jetpur.
  • A tie-dyeing workshop demonstration at the Bandhani Centre Museum.
  • Touring the Banni Grasslands and Pastoral Villages, including a demonstration of embroidery by some of the local families.
  • Visiting the Kala Raksha Museum to see heirloom textiles.
  • Traveling to the town of Dasada to see Tangaliya weavers and local artisans.
  • A visit to Patan to see an intricate double Ikat weaving process by local artisans.
  • An internal flight from Dasada to Ahmedabad.
  • A demonstration of the exquisite Ajrakh block printing art in Ajrakhpur.
  • Breakfast daily, some lunches & dinners.
  • A drive to Sanganar Village to participate in a hands-on Kantha Stitches workshop.
  • A tour and photo opportunity of the amazing Amber Fort.
  • A tour of a local paper factory.
  • A gem-cutting demonstration with a local craftsman.
  • Visit and tour of a carpet weaving facility to see a demonstration on hand-knotting fine wool and silk carpets.
  • Walking tour of Jaipur, including the flower and spice markets.
  • Learning the art and value of “laughing yoga.”
  • A rickshaw ride through the streets of Jaipur.
  • An opportunity to have custom-made garments designed and created with master tailors.
  • Special hands-on workshops with Pam Holland.
  • An indigo dyeing demonstration in Bagru.
  • An evening stroll to see the colorful bazaars of Bagru and pilgrims ‘holy bath” site.
  • Participating in a “puja ceremony” in Ghats.
  • A camel cart ride through the Pushkar camel fair grounds.
  • An evening dinner with local folk dancing and music.
  • A demonstration of “Ralli Quilt Making” with local artisans.
  • Commemorative Craftours lanyard & luggage tag.


INDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Amber Palace Amber Palace play movie
The Amber Palace, also known as the Amer Fort is located near Jaipur, and is a popular tourist attraction. Situated high on a hill, the Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake, which is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.
Block Printing Wood Block Printing play movie
This hands-on workshop will take us to the home of a traditional craftsman, where we will learn about colors and the natural process of block printing.
The Pushkar Fair PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIRplay movie The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists. The Imperial Gazetteer of India, mentions an attendance of 100,000 pilgrims in early 1900s.
Sanganer Village SANGANER VILLAGE
Sanganer is a village situated 16 km south of Jaipur, the capital of Indian state of Rajasthan. It is famous for textile printing, handmade paper industry, and for Jain temples. Sanganer prints are one of its own kinds, for the reason that patterns in bright colors are always printed on white backgrounds. Sanganeri Hand block printing received the geographical indication tag in 2010.


4-DAY PRE-TOUR EXTENSION TO DELHI AND AGRA:

November 2 - 6, 2019

$789.00
(per person, based on double occupancy)

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • First-class hotel accommodations in Delhi and Agra.
  • A professional local tour guide from India the entire time.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • Visiting Qutab Minar, the oldest monument in Delhi.
  • A leisurely walking tour of the historic Red Fort in Agra.
  • Breakfast daily, some lunches & dinners.
  • Visiting the iconic and extraordinary Taj Mahal.
  • A panoramic city tour of New Delhi including seeing the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • A fun rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
  • A visit to the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum.
  • Visiting an art center in Agra to see masterful gold thread embroidery tapestries.
  • Touring the Sikh Temple in Delhi.
  • A Craftours professional tour escort throughout the experience.

Taj Mahal TAJ MAHAL play movie
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
The Red Fort THE RED FORT play movie
The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of Mughal government and the setting for events critically impacting the region.
Qutab Minar QUTAB MINAR play movie
Qutab Minar, is the 2nd tallest minar (73 metres) in India after Fateh Burj at Chappar Chiri at Anandpur Sahib. Qutab Minar originally an early Islamic Monument inscribed with Arabic inscriptions is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Delhi, the Qutab Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. Construction was started in 1192 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak and was carried on by his successor, Iltutmish. In 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as the Qutab complex.
India Gate INDIA GATE Play Movie
The India Gate, originally called the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ceremonial axis of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway. The names of some 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I and in the Third Afghan War are inscribed on the memorial arch.






PAM HOLLAND

Textile Artist, Photographer, Author, Illustrator, Wife and Mother to 13 bambinos.

After a career as a photographer, and fashion designer Pam has been working in the quilting industry for over 25 years. She now travels the world teaching Textile Art and Photography. Her experiences in teaching and travel have been the inspiration for most of her quilts and has given her the reputation of shaping something new from the already established.

Drawing, writing and filming while she travels form the basic plans that she uses to create quilts when she’s home in the studio. Winner of the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Quilt Teachers. She has been awarded Best of Show in Houston and many other Quilt Shows. She's also making her very own adaption of the amazing Bayeux Tapestry.



INDIA TESTIMONIALS:

Linda Groth Olsen, Cokato, MN- "I was on the Craftours Tour to India in 2010 with Jinny Beyer. I had a fabulous time. Every detail very organized and researched out, from the first class accommodations, the wonderful sites we visited, the great food, our very good tour guides. I would highly recommend traveling with Craftours and I hope to be able to do so again someday..."
Elaine McKenzie, Ridgeway, ON - "It was an experience! Neither words nor pictures tell the story. It had to be experienced."
Adrianne Perry, Waitara, NSW - "I found the content of the tour was excellent. The places we visited, the monuments we saw and the hotels we stayed at were all wonderful."
Kerry Glen, Northland, NZ - "India was everything and more than that I had dreamed of. Exotic colours and flavours for all of the senses. The tour was a wonderful experience with quality visits on every day that were relevant to the group. Govind certainly took us to all the places where we could experience the rich Textile side of Rajasthan. It was fun getting to know other like-minded souls from different countries."
Kathy Goodin, Laurel, MD - "This was a fantastic tour with Govind who had obviously researched and planned wonderful excursions and events relating the culture to our interests."
Christine Donelley, Chapel Hill, NC - "An experience of Indian history, its peoples, its crafts, and countryside"
Susan West, Giralang, ACT - "I had a wonderful trip, really enjoyed India. The group was made up of Australian, New Zealand and Americans, we all got on very well."
Paula Golden, Blacksburg, VA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! From first class accommodations, care for personal concerns, interesting tutorials, fabulous sites... I can't say enough good things about this tour."
Patti Donnelly, Chapel Hill, NC - "I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip. All I knew is that my mom and I wanted to come back to India again for a very special trip. I can't say enough about what we got from this trip from the quality and care for the affordable cost to the expertise and variety of experiences while we were there. Each day was different and planned in such a way that we had busy days buffered by days with travel to the next destination. Even our meals were carefully planned. Not only were we well fed, we had the experience of tasting meals related to the different castes in India. Some points of interest on the trip were to be expected like the Taj Mahal, but some were quite unexpected like dinner at Amber Palace! Most importantly, our guide, Govind, infused every moment with the colorful history that makes India so beautiful, colorful, and treasured. The hands on experiences with tie dye, pottery painting, or wood block printing, gave us a deeper appreciation for the craft. For me as a teacher, it also gave me an opportunity to bring the experience back for my students to try. I felt like our needs were carefully attended to as individuals and as a group. I have no question that I would take another trip with Jinny Beyer, or any of our new found friends from this adventure!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "This was my second trip with Craftours. I had a wonderful time and everything went very, very smoothly. I will be signing up soon to take another trip with him."
Jackie Nelson, Greensboro, NC - "This was my 4th trip with Craftours. I get to go to the places on my Bucket List with people with my same interests while feeling safe and secure every second. Each trip has been amazing! Trying to decide which one I'll go on next year!"
Kate Golden, Stillwater, OK - "It was a wonderful trip! We got to experience various aspects of Indian culture and witness the colors and vibrancy of the country."
Mary Ann Hardee, Fayetteville, NC - "This trip was more than I ever dreamed it would be. No time was wasted, though we had down time if we wanted it. Each day was packed with opportunities I could never have arranged on my own. The group was delightful. Jinny Beyer (celebrity quilter) and Govind Agarwald each contributed so much to our experiences. For me, this was a homecoming. I not only visited places I knew and loved as a child, but I was introduced to places, skills and spiritual experiences that were new to me. I have been forever blessed. I'd go again in a heartbeat!"
Les and Karen Mersiades, Brisbane, AU - "The tour to India was the best group tour we have ever experienced. The leaders, Jinny and Govind were excellent and went out of their way to ensure our journey was a memorable one. We experienced more activities than were promised and certainly spent adequate time visiting the highlights of the tour. All the accommodations were excellent, the meals delicious and the tour bus comfortable. What more could you want? We will certainly be traveling with this company again."
Leonie Hillier, Blacktown, NSW - "I loved every minute of it! Even when i was totally exhausted and overwhelmed I would not have missed anything. I would love to see some other areas of India!"
Linda Lasson - "There were many things we did and many places we saw that made this craft expedition a grand adventure of a lifetime. The weather was hot and so was the food but the Indian people were so welcoming and friendly. I very much enjoyed the group of crafters who shared this adventure with me."
Melissa Sobotka - "This India trip was an intimate way to experience a country and its people, and see how their religion, rituals, passions, philosophies and daily life are expressed through the arts."
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Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, CA - "This India trip was full of wonderful surprises, from the vibrant colors in clothing and markets to the welcoming smiles of native people. I was particularly impressed by the beauty and intricate texture of its historical buildings and with the range of interesting and colorful crafts we experienced. Craftours does a great job of organizing these trips and they don't skimp on accommodations, food, or transportation -- all first class!"
Louise Chiosso, Hemet, CA - "Tour was great!"
Susan Haftel, Gainesville, VA - "A well-planned and exceptional trip that included much exposure to the art of India."
Gwen Lafleur, South Jordan, UT - "The tour was well put together, as always, with great accommodations, and a nice selection of local crafts and tourist activities."
Suzanne Neilson, Toronto, ON - "I enjoyed learning about the wonderful arts and crafts of India, the accommodations were excellent. Our local guides, Govind Agrawal and Harshul Kothari were excellent, always helpful and knowledgeable about local customs and history."
Zoe Morning, Wausau, WI - "Very informative!"
Debbie McInnes, Niagra Falls, ON - "A great trip with lots of craft workshops and great excursions!"
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - "This tour exceeded my expectations. Everything was handled with perfection."
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - "The overall trip was amazing!"
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - "I enjoyed the opportunity to go to India for a very reasonable price."
Maura Hibbitts, Broadalbin, NY - "This was a trip of a lifetime for myself and my husband! I loved every moment. Craftours did an amazing job organizing and finding such unique places for us to experience. I really liked learning from the local crafts people, and having the opportunity to try many of these crafts myself. What a beautiful country, a land of contrasts and culture, and generous and friendly people, and our tour really focused on that."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "Great trip! Mary Ellen was very helpful and assertive when getting to where we needed to be. And especially in helping me during my first experience with heat exhaustion! She made sure I was safe & got me water & sugar while the rest of the tour was able to continue with Govind! And Govind answered all our questions and gave us the opportunity to experience local customs we otherwise would not have experienced! Thank you so much!"
Albert Cote, Niagara Falls, ON - "You will never be disappointed travelling with Craftours! Every detail is looked after. The best hotels and day trips are always on the schedule. Excellent tour guides and craft classes are second to none."
Karen Gregory, Toronto, Ontario - "Wonderful places. Delightful people. So many beautiful things to see."
Kathy Hetdorn , Willoughby, OH- "What amazing sights in India. We saw both the Taj Mahal and beautiful palaces, then contrasted those with the small rural villages and city slums. Both coexist in an amazing country."
Katherine Chevalier , Foothill Ranch, CA- "OMG! This is a once in a lifetime trip! I loved the small group size (11), made a small cozy group! I loved the sights, fabrics, smells!"
Maree Rogers , New Plymouth, New Zealand- "This tour was amazing- I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It was led by two expert people -Pam Holland and Govind Agrawal. They both had great knowledge and looked after us well. The tour was well tailored to suit the needs of the people on it- we all had an interest in textiles. This will remain in my memory as one of the best tours that I have done."
Nola Pearce , Rostrevor, Australia- "My Indian Experience far exceeded my expectations. Our Tour Leader, Pam Holland, was excellent and her textile knowledge was invaluable. The Indian Guide, Govind, was amazing. His knowledge and love of his country was inspiring and his network is vast. Our every need and all of our wants were attended to immediately. We had some down time most days so we could enjoy every aspect. The leaders interacted well and were very flexible with the programme. The coach driver and Govind’s helper were friendly, courteous and very helpful. Our small group of 4 nationalities integrated at our first meeting. We all looked out for each other. A wonderful, wonderful experience."
Linzi Upton , Brighton Farms Crathes, United Kingdom- "This trip was truly the experience of a lifetime with excellent guide/leader with so many different activities and places. Accommodation was first class and the small size of the group enabled everyone to get to know each other."
Meredith Smith , Mashpee, MA- "Best trip ever!"
Marcia Richardson, Jacksonville, FL - "The Craftours Textiles of India was awesome. For me, it combined the culture and the sights of India along with the textiles that are part of India. To experience the Taj Mahal was extraordinary----never did I think I would be there. Pam and Govind were excellent guides and so full of information which they shared with us. Being able to interact with the people of India was fun. Also to be able to see where and how the people live is one thing I wont forget. "
Margaret Winzeler, Harrodsburg, KY - "Our guide, Mr. Govind, was amazing. His history knowledge was incredible and he helped us immerse ourselves in the culture. The craftsmen we met truly love their art and were eager to share it with us."
Judy Valentino, Hales Corners, WI - "The tour was amazing, we had such fun. There seemed to be something to see or do every minute."
Helen Potts, Athelstone, South Australia, Australia - "The tours was great, Pam, Govind and our lovely bus driver Guru and his assistant were wonderful."