Ancestral crafts – Throughout this trip, you will discover the rich artistic traditions of Rajasthan that have been passed on from one generation to another for centuries. This program offers you opportunities to meet with skilled artisans who will share their knowledge, and the secrets of an artist’s journey to create a masterpiece.
Days 1 & 2
Delhi, the capital of India, is an impressive concentration of diversity, between traditions and modernity. This dense and huge city has seen a variety of cultures influencing its development: Mughal, Hindu and Sikh heritages are still alive. You will get a first introduction to India with the visit of the main monuments and religious places, and meet a non-governmental organisation that works for children.
Agra is known all over the world for the jewel of India located there: the Taj Mahal. Symbol of love and pure beauty, this impressive construction attracts all the people visiting India. After this mesmerizing visit, you will take the way to Jaipur.
Days 4 to 6
The capital of Rajasthan, the Land of the Kings, is also known as the Pink City. Jaipur is one of the first planned cities, and one will admire its structuration. The traditions are still very present in Jaipur, both in the life style as well as in the crafts. The visit of the splendid forts and one heritage walk in the old city will show you the past glory of Rajasthan. Meeting craftsmen and a NGO working for disadvantaged communities will also open your eyes to the diversity of India. Finally, we offer you to get an initiation to yoga, the secular art of well-being.
Days 7 & 8
The Shekhawati is a rural region of Rajasthan, having kept all its traditions. You will discover the rural life, the traditional crafts and see the practice of organic farming. The city of Nawalgarh hosts incredible frescos that you will have the opportunity to admire.
Days 9 & 10
The Venice of the East is well known for its two lakes and the beauty of the piers surrounding them. City of the performing arts, Udaipur will please the amateurs of traditional dance and music, as well as the admirers of the precision of miniature painting. The luxuriant gardens also offer peaceful breaks and create a natural atmosphere. You will go for an excursion nearby Udaipur to visit a superb historical place where a NGO is working to support the local communities.
Jodhpur has two nicknames, the Blue City, referring to the walls of the old houses, and the Sun City, due to its incredible exposure to sunlight. The main attraction is the Fort with its history and impressive water management system. Jodhpur is also famous for wooden craft, from small items to splendid furniture.
Days 12 to 14
Located in the Thar Desert, in the Western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the Golden City, is entirely made of yellow stone. The façades of ancient palaces were carved by hand, adding to the beautiful colour of the walls. After having strolled in the Fort and admired the leather craft, you will go for a safari in the desert, discovering the life of communities in this arid area. You will discover their know-how for patchwork craft, and then spend a magic night under the stars.
Back to Delhi for the end of this tour!
Home-stay, Guest houses, Heritage Hotels
Visit of artist slums, visit of one NGO teaching various crafts to women, visit of one organization training villagers to rug weaving and hiring them
Jewellery, Rugs, Painting, Wooden craft, Leather craft, Block and screen printing, Blue Pottery, Hand-made paper, Marble craft, Metal craft, Lac jewellery, Patchwork
Rural life, Life in desert, Craftsmanship, Dance, Cooking