Welcome to India - Tour leader Julia Raath has extensive experience traveling and teaching textile design in India and Australia and collaborated with Incentive Destinations to bring to you this fabulous 15-day tour of Kolkata and West Bengal. You will experience delicious food and learn to cook some Bengali dishes, have an opportunity to try out your textile skills and we will visit numerous artisans and craftspeople.
Below you will find the itinerary.
For further information and details contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61410698962
Arrive Kolkata - Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport.
4th January Thursday
You will be met at the airport arrival lounge & transferred to our hotel.
Temple site of Kalighat, Jain temples, Dalhhousie Square, St. Pauls Cathedral and St John Church. The Mother Teresa Charity, Flower marke, and Dakshineswar Temple
Kolkata Textile Workshop
Textile workshop where you will experience a hands on workshop in tie, dye, block printing, weaving at the production unit. View textiles of the world and be treated to Lunch and afternoon tea.
Kolkata Vegetable Market Tour & Bengali cooking class
Introduction to the different kinds of vegetables and spices used for Bengali cooking and learn to cook selected dishes.
Kolkata – Berhampore 170 Kms / 4 Hrs
Explore the rich textile and craft heritage of West Bengal and visit skilled weavers from Bangladesh settled in villages around Berhampore. Shantipur, Phulia and Beldanga famous for the production of silk and cotton hand woven saris, jacquards, dhotis, and jamdani (muslin) of superfine texture.
9th January Tuesday
ISilk thread production and the extraction of silk from cocoons and spun into fine thread for weaving.
Shola pith (Indian cork) carving. Artisans create beautiful decorative objects and bridal headwear from this unique, lightweight material
Berhampore – Shantiniketan 150 Kms / 4 Hrs
10th January Wednesday
Shantiniketan- founded in 1921 by Rabindrinath Tagore, a revered poet, writer, musician and playwright in 1913. We will explore textile villages around Shantiniketan and learn about batik work and tussar silk weaving and watch women doing conventional Kantha stitching on quilts, clothing and on other household items.
11th January Thursday
Uttarayan Complex at Shantiniketan, where Tagore lived and worked. View outdoor artwork by contemporary masters such as Nandalal Bose, Ram Kinkar Baij and Binod Bihari Mukherjee. Vichitra Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts from Tagore's life, including his many sketches and paintings.
Afternoon visit to a Community workshop for embossed leather goods and a studio workshop and retail outlet of a local jeweler who utilizes only organic plant material in his designs. If we have time we will drop in the ladies of Amar Kutir busy stitching Kantha.
12th January Friday
Free day to explore the town or simply relax.
Shantiniketan – Bishnupur 150 Kms / 4 Hrs
Bikna village to witness the making of metal sculpture using the dhokra technique, a form of lost-wax casting. Arrival check-in at hotel. Later we will tour Bishnupur, known for its jewel-box terracotta temples. The Shyama Raya temple was built in 1643 and is completely covered with terracotta friezes depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the life of Lord Krishna.
14th January Sunday
Panchmura Potter’s village, a half an hour drive from Bishnupur.
Potters here make the area’s celebrated internationally Bankura horse votives out of red earthenware . We will the visit to neighborhood Baluchari sari weavers, whose great silk-on-silk weaved materials and garments are looked for after by ladies all over India. Also meet several artisans that carve intricate blowing shells and bracelets out of conch shell. The bracelets, which are often inlaid with red lac or gold, symbolize in West Bengal that the wearer is married.
Bishnupur – Kolkata 150 Kms / 5 Hrs
15th January Monday
Drive to Kolkata and enroute visit Midnapur - a centre for maslond grass mat weaving. These mats highlight unpretentious Kolkata designs made utilizing the natural colours of the grass and can be as delicate & soft as woven cotton.
16th January Tuesday
After breakfast, European colonies tour visiting Jafargazi’s tomb at Tribeni, Hanseswari temple & Vasudev temple at Banshberia. Followed by the visit of Bandel - a Portuguese Colony and Chinchura, an old Dutch Colony & Chandannagar an old French Colony.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Sreerampore, Rev. Cerey Memorial Museum,
In the morning we will visit Sasha and a local Contemporary Fashion Designer.
Boat cruises on River Hoogly to witness the life along the river.
Hooghly River Cruise 2hrs jetty to jetty.
18th January Thursday
Depart to Sydney, Melbourne, Other.
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