India Tour 2018 SOLD OUT


2018

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 infosurfaced@gmail.com or phone +61410698962

Day 01

Arrive Kolkata - Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport.

4th January Thursday

You will be met at the airport arrival lounge & transferred to our hotel.

Day 02

Kolkata                                                                                                   

5th January

Friday

Temple site of Kalighat, Jain temples, Dalhhousie Square, St. Pauls Cathedral and St John Church. The Mother Teresa   Charity,  Flower marke, and Dakshineswar Temple

Day 03

Kolkata   Textile  Workshop

6th January

Saturday

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.   

Day 04

Kolkata Vegetable Market Tour & Bengali cooking class

7th January

Sunday    

Introduction to the different kinds of vegetables and spices used for Bengali cooking and learn to cook selected dishes.

Day 05

Kolkata – Berhampore       170 Kms / 4 Hrs

8th January

Monday

 

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.

Day 06

Berhampore

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

Day 07

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.

Day 08

Shantiniketan  

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.

Day 09

Shantiniketan    

12th January   Friday

Free day to explore the town or simply relax.

Day 10

Shantiniketan – Bishnupur           150 Kms / 4 Hrs

13th January

Saturday

 

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.

Day 11

Bishnupur      

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.

Day 12

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.

Day 13

Kolkata

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,

Day 14:

Kolkata

17th January  

Wednesday  

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.

Farewell dinner

Day 15

Kolkata  

18th January Thursday

Depart to Sydney, Melbourne, Other.     

 

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