Colorful India: Textiles, Crafts and Beyond! (2021 Travel Tribe)
One of the most chaotic, vibrant countries on the planet, this private Travel Tribe tour promises to be a feast for the senses. A constant learning experience for travelers who are eager to explore India’s wide-ranging textile traditions and many other unique crafts. We’ll travel to large cities, small towns and dusty villages for hands-on workshops, demonstrations, authentic cultural exchanges with local women and interaction with a wide range of superbly talented artisans in their communities.
Join us as we travel via first-class bullet train, meander through craft markets, bazaars and fabric shops, enjoy amazing local cuisine, check out religious sites, mind-boggling stepwells, ancient forts and palaces and visit incredible non-profit organizations and schools.
India is a land of staggering diversity and we’ll sample some of the best it has to offer including an open air tiger safari, Lake Pichola, the amazing Rann of Kutch and the Thar Desert, a vast flat expanse of white salt crystals dividing India and Pakistan and Gujarati villages so remote, they’d be impossible to find without our wonderful local guide.
*BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable until 6 months prior to the trip start date.
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Guide for: India, Istanbul, Romania, Mexico, Morocco
In 1999 I began living, traveling and working around the world. I’ve taught English in Thailand, worked as a Tour Manager on board cruise ships and I've run a popular travel blog, WanderingEarl.com, for the past 9 years. In 2012, I started Wandering Earl Tours, and I've been organizing and leading tours in over a dozen countries ever since.
When asked why I travel, my answer is always the same. People. I'm addicted to meeting new people that I would never have met if I wasn't traveling. Through these interactions I am able to gain a first-hand education like no other and that education alone is exactly what keeps me on the road for so long. As a result, organizing and leading super-fun trips has been the perfect match for me!
Physical Level: Medium
The physical demands are moderate. While the activities on our tour itinerary are not very strenuous, please note that this trip can involve the following: Somewhat long days, walking tours in crowded, chaotic cities and dusty villages, a local cuisine that may not be suited to restrictive dietary requirements, potentially warm, sticky weather and early morning wake-ups. Due to the remote and widespread destinations on our itinerary, there are a few long drives, a train ride and a domestic flight included on this trip offering you the chance to enjoy the diverse scenery and become better acquainted with each other. Although we travel comfortably in large vehicles with wonderful drivers to cover most of our overland travel, we will likely use a variety of transport to get around that may include rickshaws and trains. Packing light is recommended and will simplify moving from place to place! Of Special Note: It’s especially important that you consider any pre-existing health conditions you may have to determine if India is an appropriate destination for you personally. In small group travel, it’s important to remember one individual's health and well-being while on the road, has the power to impact us all.
- Small group (maximum 12 participants)
- Wandering Earl Tours group leader throughout
- Local guides in each destination
- All accommodation (16 nights – 3* hotels, heritage properties, traditional bungalows)
- Breakfast every day, 7 lunches and 13 dinners
- Transportation in India (vans, train, internal flight)
- All activities, workshops, lessons mentioned and all entrance fees
- Gratuities at hotels/included meals
- Bottled water throughout the trip
- All airport transfers
- Flights to/from India
- Passport/visa fees
- Meals and activities not mentioned
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
On this trip, we’ll stay in a combination of 3* hotels, heritage properties (boutique hotels inside of historical buildings) and traditional bungalows. All rooms offer a comfortable stay with a private bathroom. Whenever possible, we stay in small locally owned establishments which means the amount of available single rooms may be limited. For this particular trip, there is a maximum of 6 single rooms available. These rooms will be offered on a first come-first served basis. The remainder of the rooms will be shared. Solo travelers will be paired together, two travelers per room in two single beds.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE – All itineraries and activities listed are subject to change. Final itineraries will always be provided prior to the trip.