If travelling to India with an organised group is your kind of trip then read on! We are offering a unique and fantastic series of very special First Time India tours that will provide a fascinating local introduction to the region, with a focus on hand block printed textiles and Indian painting.

NY Times Style MagazineOne of the great thrills of visiting India is realizing how much is still made by hand and on the spot, from jewelry to rugs to furniture. But if merely watching an artisan create a made-to-order shawl isn’t enough, one company offers travelers the chance to do it themselves. India Beat, owned by Bertie and Victoria Dyer, a husband-and-wife team of trip-planners, facilitates half-day workshops in hand-block-printing in Bagru, a village outside Jaipur. The couple works with a single family of artisans who have been practicing their craft for generations and who help guests choose a design (whether traditional or newfangled) and color scheme (brick reds and deep indigos are popular picks). After practicing on a cotton prototype, the printmakers-in-training stamp their final designs onto a piece of cotton-silk cloth using custom-carved wooden blocks. The hope is that, in addition to a unique souvenir, people leave with a deeper connection to the country’s material culture. For all its glorious chaos, Victoria says, “India remains a place where intimate moments are still the most special.” By HANYA YANAGIHARA for the New York Times Style Magazine.

Our tour starts in India’s capital city, Delhi before going to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal. From Agra we will then drive to Jaipur where we will spend two wonderful mornings hand block printing. We will also explore the bazaars and fabulous boutique shopping alongside visiting the City Palace and Amber Fort. Following our time in Jaipur we will fly to Udaipur which is the beautiful Lake City of Rajasthan. Here we will introduce you to one of our favourite artists who will lead our Indian painting masterclass. Sunset will be by private boat for the best views of the city. Our finale will be with a local friend who will teach us how to cook some of the best Indian food there is! From Udaipur we fly back to Delhi where the trip will end.

This trip is for 10 nights with dates and costs as follows:

14 – 24 February 2018: USD 3,860 per person.
14 – 24 March 2018: USD 3,860 per person.
28 November – 08 December 2018: USD 4,324 per person.

These costs anticipate 2 people sharing a double room. The package includes accommodation, most meals, in-country transport, our hand block printing workshop, our Indian painting class, a sunset boatride in Udaipur, our Indian cooking class and all guided tours.

If you are interested in booking a place and would like more information, please contact us.

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