3 Days Ahmedabad - Patan - Bhuj - Textile - Craft
Ahmedabad – Patan – Bajana – Ajrakhpur – Bhujodi – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhuj
Operational from March to June (Summer)
Day 1 – Ahmedabad – Patan – Bajana
Arrive at Ahmedabad in the morning around 0900 Hrs by Flight/Train.
Upon arrival, meet ESG and join the guiding tour at Calico Museum from 10:00am. (Calico Museum: subject to availability of booking, Closed on Wednesday and Public Holidays) Procedure for booking of morning guided textile tour at Calico Museum has been changed to online through website. Guests will have to fill the form online and submit their details to obtain permission for visit of Calico Museum.
Veg. lunch at local restaurant.
Drive Bajana en-route visiting Patan: Visit Patola weaver family of the double Ikat. Salvi Family, one of them has continued this traditional art. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials.
Rani Ki Vav: Rani Ki Vav is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This Vav was constructed by Udaymati, the queen of Bhimdev and represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. Sahastralinga Talav, an artificial tank was built by the Siddhraj Jai Singh in Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion.
Continue drive to Bajana
O/N – Bajana
Day 2 – Bajana – Ajrakhpur – Bhujodi – Bhuj
Morning drive to Bhuj en-route visit Ajrakhpur Village to see Block Printing: Ajrakh Block printing by the use of natural Dyes. The Khatri community, whose ancestors have been printing with Ajrakh blocks for centuries, migrated to Dhamadka, Kachchh from Sindh. Also visit LLDC Museum (Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays).
Veg. lunch at local restaurant.
Later visit Shrujan, and also visit Bhujodi village to see Shawl Weaving: It is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Continue drive to Bhuj.
O/N – Bhuj
Day 3 – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhuj
Visit White Rann: The Rann of Kachchh is a salt marshy land in the Thar Desert in the Kachchh district of western Gujarat. It lies between Gujarat in India and the Sindh province in Pakistan. It comprises of around 30,000 sq. km of land which includes The Great Rann of Kachchh, The Little Rann of Kachchh and Banni grassland.
After lunch at Shaam-E-Sharhad, Visit Nirona village to see Rogan Painting: A traditional textile art form involving painting on fabric. The art of Rogan originated in Syria and is practiced through Peshawar, Lahore, Sindh and Kutch. The colour making process itself is time consuming and involves great skill. Zura Village to see Copper Bell Making: See the musical crescendo signals a phoenix like birth of a new bell emerging from mud and fire. Iron bells enameled in copper and bronze, so many shapes and size emitting melodies which are soft yet carry sonorously through the desert air. Bhirandiyara village to see Meghwal Embroidery: Meghwal people are known for their fine embroidery and colourful mud bhungas. In Nirona village Rogan painting will remain closed from 1230Hrs to 1330Hrs on weekdays and from 1230Hrs to 1430Hrs on Fridays for prayers.
At an appropriate time transfer to Bhuj Airport/Railway Station to board flight/train.