Immersive Textile Tour of Rajasthan + Delhi

February 28 to March 13, 2023

Have you dreamed of traveling to India and immersing yourself in its rich textile culture? Join LILA founder and Delhi native Anita Butail for a 14-day, hands-on exploration of cultural gems and textile workshops across Rajasthan with a small group of like-minded travelers. 

 

2023 Tour Overview

Beginning in Delhi, you’ll explore India’s capital city before embarking to the lakeside city of Udaipur to experience dabu printing. A quick drive to Jalore will allow us to stay in the home of a noble family and learn about Moti Bahrat––a unique textile art using beads on cloth. Then, the group will travel to Jodhpur, the Blue City, to observe textile workshops and Salawas, home to the famous durry rugmakers. 

 

After a stop at the block printing workshop at Bagru, you’ll spend three days in Jaipur––the Pink City. We’ll enjoy Holi, the festival of colors, and visit Sanganer print shops after a camel ride. To conclude our trip, we’ll continue to Agra, witness the majesty of the Taj Mahal, and spend two nights in Delhi to indulge in last minute textile shopping and city tours.

Per person pricing

Shared Room: $4,500 (we recommend traveling with a friend)

Single room: Add $1500

 

A $2,000 non-refundable deposit is due by October 15, 2022. 

This textile & sightseeing tour is limited to 12 people.

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Our Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi. Enjoy The Grand Hotel for 2 nights. 

Day 2: Explore the best markets and bazaars followed by an orientation tour of Edwin Lutyens’ Delhi.

Day 3: Fly to Udaipur and stay at Amet Haveli for 2 nights. Experience an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. 

Day 4: Spend a full day discovering traditional Lehriya print making in Udaipur and dabu block printing at nearby craft cluster, Akola. 

Day 5: Drive to Jalore and stay overnight at Rawla Bhainswara. Visit artisans at the Moti Bharat textile Day 6: Continue to Jodhpur––the Blue City. Spend 2 nights at the Indana Hotel. 

Day 7: Explore the historic Mehranagarh Fort in the morning, then visit textile workshops and venture to the rug-making village of Salawas in the afternoon. 

Day 8: Drive to Jaipur and visit the Bagru block-printing workshop en route. Stay at the Holiday Inn City Centre for 3 nights. 

Day 9: Celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, followed by a special lunch. 

Day 10: In the morning, tour Amber Fort and enjoy a camel ride nearby. Then, visit traditional block printing workshop at Sanganer. 

Day 11: Drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and spend a night at the Crystal Sarovar Premier. 

Day 12: Tour the Taj Mahal before driving to Delhi. Stay at the Taj Connaught Hotel for 2 nights.

Day 13: Explore Delhi, do some last-minute shopping, and visit some sites. 

Day 14: Fly home with amazing memories of Rajasthan and India. 

Ready to join us?

Contact us today to secure your place on the Tour.

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Meet Your Host

Your host for this journey will be textile designer Anita Butail. She will infuse your tour with her unique experience as both a native of New Delhi––who has lived in Seattle for over 40 years––and someone who has worked with Indian textile artisans for two decades. 

 

Anita will lead you on a two-week trip from Delhi, through Rajasthan, and to the Taj Mahal, going far beyond the typical itinerary and guided by local experts. You’ll visit workshops and meet textile creators thanks to Anita’s relationships with native artisans and local businesses. Anita will take the stress out of traveling through India as she navigates your group with ease, guided by her eye for design.

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"It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolour.” 

––Keith Bellows