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Textiles And Handicrafts Of Gujarat

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DAY-1: AHMEDABAD
Arrive at Ahmedabad and visit the Calico Museum of Textiles and other museums exhibiting textiles and handicrafts. Ahmedabad is also a major centre for textiles and handiwork and has interesting markets and bazaars.

Accommodations: House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel, or Hotel Cama, one of Ahmedabad's first star-rated hotels. Both are conveniently located for visiting the museums and textile workshops of Ahmedabad.

DAY-2: AHMEDABAD - PALACES OF GONDAL (Five hrs)
Drive to Sayla for lunch at a heritage hotel and visit nearby villages to watch weavers at work and to see local beadwork. Continue to Gondal, known for its beadwork, silver jewelry and brassware. Visit cottage industries of Gondal to watch spinners, weavers and other artisans at work, and the Naulakha Palace with beautiful beadwork, brass utensils, silverware and hand-painted wooden toys from the princely collection.

Accommodations: Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace, both heritage hotels decorated with pieces from the private textile collection of the Maharani of Gondal.

DAY-3: GONDAL - JETPUR - JUNAGADH - GIR (Three hour driving time + sightseeing trips)
Drive to Gir via Jetpur is known for its screen-printing factories, block-printing and textile units. Junagadh has museums exhibiting textiles of the erstwhile Nawab including beautiful carpets.

Accommodations: Gir Birding Lodge.

DAY-4: GIR - JAMNAGAR (Four hours)
Crocodile in Gir National ParkMorning drive in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. Proceed to Jamnagar is known for its bandhini (tie-and-dye).
Accommodations: Hotel President.

DAY-5: JAMNAGAR - SHARMA RESORTS, KUTCH (Four hours)
Anjar is a centre for textile and metal handicrafts.
Accommodations: Sharma Resorts, the only four-star in Kutch District. Nearby Gandhidam has an excellent textile market.
DAY-6: EXPLORE KUTCH
Drive to Bhuj calling in on the way at villages known for their ajrakh block printing, Ahir embroidery, Rabari embroidery and master weavers. Spend the rest of the day at the markets, monuments and
Accommodations: Sharma Resorts, the only four-star in Kutch District.

DAY-7: FULL DAY VILLAGE TOUR
Visit the villages of Sodha Rajputs, Muslim pastoral groups like the Jaths and Muthwas and their sub-groups, Hindu pastoral groups like the Rabaris, Meghwal Harijans and other communities known for their exquisite embroidery.

Accommodations: Sharma Resorts, the only four-star in Kutch District.

DAY-8: SHARMA RESORTS, KUTCH - RANN RIDERS SAFARI RESORT, DASADA Four hours
Dasada is known for its Vadiara Rabari and Bharwad embroidery. Also, visit weavers and other artisans.
Accommodations: Rann Riders at Dasada, a resort imaginatively designed using local materials and handicrafts.

DAY-9: DASADA - PATAN - DASADA
Patan is known for Patola Silk Weaving, a rare double-ikat weaving technique.
Accommodations: Rann Riders at Dasada, a resort imaginatively designed using local materials and handicrafts.

DAY-10: DASADA - AHMEDABAD/MT ABU/UDAIPUR

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