TEXTILE TOUR OF NORTH EAST INDIA

Lead by Gabriella Verstraeten, textile designer and teacher,

with the assistance of experienced tour escort, InterAsia’s Rosita Fernandes. Departs Australia on 23 September, 2017.

Depart Australia this morning on your Singapore Airlines flight to Kolkata via Singapore. Stay three nights at the Peerless Inn in Kolkata.

Sun 24 Sep Kolkata (B,D)

Begin today’s sightseeing – Victoria Memorial Hall
Next is a visit to the Gurusaday Museum
In the afternoon, visit SHE and its outlet called Mallika’s Kantha Collection.
SHE (Self Help Enterprise) is a not-for-profit organization focused on women’s
welfare in rural parts of India, providing women with the training and support to
produce exquisite Kantha pieces for people the world-over. Kantha is a centuries
old practice of sewing together several layers of old cotton fabrics such as old
handloom saris or dhotis to make quilts. Women created their own patterns
inspired by the environment and the epics, and sewed these on to the wads, using
their inherent artistry.
Mallika’s Kantha Collection houses exclusive Kantha products and fabrics by
Shamlu Dudeja. All proceeds from the sale of these items are used for the welfare of the women and their families who create the exquisite pieces.

Mon 25 Sep Kolkata (B,D)

Spend the day at the Kasba Weaver’s Studio to learn and experience the art of hand block printing and fabric dyeing.
Arrive at the factory by 9.30am for a brief factory tour and tea.
From 10:00 – 12:30 hrs participate in a block printing workshop.

At 12:45 hrs, break for lunch.
At 13:30 hrs, visit the Ballygunge Weavers Studio, a store for viewing and purchasing the ready-made products.

After breakfast, visit the Flower Market, enjoy a short walk on the Howrah Bridge, followed by a short drive around Dalhousie Square with a brief stop at St. John’s Church.

Sat 23 Sep Australia – Kolkata

Tue 26 Sep Kolkata – Bhubaneshwar (B,L)

After lunch, you will be transferred to Kolkata railway station to board a train to Bhubaneshwar in the state of Orissa. On arrival at Bhubaneshwar railway station, you will be met by a Representative who will assist and transfer you to your hotel. Train: Shatabdi Express Depart Howrah Junction Railway Station: 1425

Arrive Bhubaneshwar: 2025 Stay three nights at the Mayfair Lagoon Hotel in Bhubaneshwar.

Wed 27 Sep Bhubaneshwar

This morning take a half day sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar.
Begin with the visit to Raja Rani Temple. The temple is known for its sculptural excellence, profusion of ornaments, architectural features and multiple scroll work. Next, you will visit Brahmeshwar Temple, a fine example of the Orissan style of temple building.
Finish with a visit to the Museum of Tribal Art which showcases a wide variety of indigenous tools, weapons, baskets, pottery, textiles, ornaments and ritual objects.
In the afternoon, visit two handloom weaving centres – the Weaver’s Service Centre, a government supported organization, and Boyanika, a name synonymous with the rich weaving heritage of Odisha.

Today includes a full day excursion to weaving village of Nuapatna and the Dhokra craft village of Sadeiberni.

(B,D)

Thu 28 Sep Bhubaneshwar – Nuapatna – Sadeiberni –

Bhubaneshwar (B,D)

Travel by road to Nuapatna village. (95kms : 2.5hrs)

Nuapatna is famous for silk sarees, especially Khandua silk and Ikat saris. The

weavers use tie and dye patterns, popularly known as IKAT. Seventy per cent of the village is involved in weaving. Take a walk through the village to observe the various weaving processes in the local homes and interact with

the craftsmen.

After lunch, drive on to Sadeiberni. (40kms : 1hr)

In Sadeiberni, the villagers create Dhokra metal casting and brass work through a lost wax process. Once again, most of the village is involved with the craft. Wander the village to see the various processes and chat with the

local craftsmen.

Return to Bhubaneshwar in the late afternoon. (90kms : 2.5hrs)

Fri 29 Sep Bhubaneshwar – Pipli – Konark – Puri

After breakfast, drive to Pipli (25kms : 1hr),

ge old traditional painting, dance forms and handicraft items including patta paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone carvings, papier mache toys and masks, wood carvings, wooden toys, cowdung toys and tussar paintings – a unique

(B,D)

a small village famous for its

applique work. Spend time watching the crafts people. The experience will be

an authentic one.

Drive on to Raghurajpur (35kms : 1.5hrs), a small village which has nurtured a

assemblage of arts and crafts to explore!
Drive on to Konark (55kms : 2hrs) where you will visit the World Heritage Sun
Temple. The 13th century temple is dedicated to Lord Surya and displays the
glory of ancient Orian architecture dating back to the year 1250 AD, in the reign
of King Narashimhadeva-I.Puri, the most sacred pilgrim centre for Hindus in India is the next destination. (45kms : 1.5hrs) Arrive late afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Stay one night at the Mayfair Heritage Hotel in Puri.

Sat 30 Sep Puri – Kolkata (B,D)

Early morning, you will be transferred to Puri railway station to board the train to Kolkata. Train: Shatabdi Express Depart Puri: 0600

Arrive Kolkata: 1345
On arrival at Kolkata railway station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Stay one night at the Peerless Inn in Kolkata.
Sun 01 Oct Kolkata – Aizawl (B,D)

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Aizawl in the state of Mizoram. Flight: Jet Airways 9W 2769 Depart Kolkata: 1015

Arrive Aizawl: 1150 Transfer to your hotel then the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Stay three nights at the Hotel Regency in Aizawl.

One of the traditional textiles of the state is the Puan. Puans are like lungis or sarongs and are usually about 45 inches to 48 inches in width and about 36 inches in length. They are traditionally worn by the women and are noted for their beautiful designs and intricate embroidery, which is invariably worked along with the weave. The Mizos have a wealth of motifs and the traditional designs are now being combined in new styles and other items such as shawls and bags. These gaily woven products can be seen at local markets.In the evening you will visit some local fashion designers.

Tue 03 Oct Thenzawl excursion (B,D)

Take a full day excursion to Thenzawl (90kms : 3 hrs one way) to visit the handloom weavers. The nzawl was initially an area of dense forest with lots of wild animals before it was cultivated and inhabited in 1961. The Tropic of Cancer runs through this picturesque village. It is an important center of traditional Mizo handloom industry. The looms produce rich and colorful varieties of cloth. You can observe the indigenous weaving techniques of the Mizos here and obtain Mizo handlooms at bargain prices.

Transfer to the airport for the flight north to Imphal in the state of Manipur.
The city of Imphal is situated in a landscape of hills, valleys, forests and several rivers. Visit Ima Keithel, which means “Women’s market”, one of the largest markets run by women in the country. The main items found here are handloom and handicraft products like earthen pots, knives, shawls and puppets plus all kinds of dried fish and vegetables.
Stay three nights at the Classic Grand Hotel in Imphal.

Thu 05 Oct Nambol and Loktak Lake excursion (B,D)

Today’s excursion includes visits to Nambol (20kms : 1hr one way), Moirang Village and Loktak Lake (35kms : 1hr one way). Nambol is a city in the Bishnupur district of the state of Manipur. Visit a cluster of handloom operators.
Drive on to Moirang village and Loktak Lake. The lake is known for its floating
islands known as phumdis. The phumdis are a mass of vegetation, soil, and organic

matter at various stages of decomposition, resembling miniature islands.
Covering an area of 300 square kilometres, the lake is a lifeline for many people. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation, and a source of income for many fishermen, some of whom have built huts on the phumdis.

Fri 06 Oct Imphal (B,D)

In the morning drive the short distance to Wangkhei (6kms) to witness the weaving
of Wangkhei Phee, a delicate sheer cotton with woven decoration.
Also see Innaphi Phanek, wraparound skirts and shawls. After lunch, visit the Thoubal district which is famous for hand embroidery, wood carving, cane and bamboo products.
Travel on to Kakching to visit the hillside gardens. (40kms : 2hrs one way)

Sat 07 Oct Depart India (B)

Mon 02 Oct Aizawl (B,D) Weaving is an integral part of Mizo culture and the women learn how to weave at an early age. They

work at the loom in their leisure time and during the lean agricultural months. Like in other northeastern states the women use the loin-loom to weave cloth.

Later on visit Vantawng Waterfall, the Thenzawl Deer Park and Chawngchilhi Cave before returning to Aizawl.

Wed 04 Oct Aizawl – Imphal

(B,D)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guwahati, connecting on to Kolkata, then

to your Singapore Airlines flight home.

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 238

Sun 08 Oct Arrive Australia

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 207

TOUR PRICE:

Depart Kolkata: 2350

Arrive Singapore: 0640 Depart Singapore: 0745

Arrive Melbourne: 1810

Per person, twin share, ex Australia: $8,770 Per person, twin share, land only: $7,660 Single supplement: $1,070

Price Includes:

  •   International air travel with Singapore Airlines ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
  •   14 nights hotel accommodation as listed, or similar
  •   14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners
  •   Flights Kokalta/Aizawl/Guwahati/Imphal/Guwahati/Kolkata and domestic air taxes and fuel surcharges.
  •   Train travel, air conditioned chair car, Kolkata/Bhubaneshwar and Puri/Kolkata
  •   Transfers, internal transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees
  •   Tips for guides, drivers and hotel porters.
  •   Escorted from Melbourne

    Price Excludes:

  •   International air taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $300 and subject to change – actual amount at time of ticket issue will apply.
  •   Visa fees. An e-visa for India is obtainable online up to 30 days prior to departure. Details will be provided by Rosita.
  •   Travel insurance

    To reserve your place on this tour, contact Rosita on rosita@interasia.com.au or call 1300 133 001.
    A deposit of $660 is required within 7 days of registration and no later than 15 March 2017. Balance of tour payment is due 90 days before departure.

    BOOKING CONDITIONS

    General Price Conditions

    Tour prices and inclusions are based on a minimum of 10 passengers. All prices quoted are subject to change before final payment is made and are subject to confirmation of availability when booking.
    Air taxes and fuel surcharges will be invoiced at current rate at time of booking and revised at time of ticket issuance, and as such, revised invoices may be applied. Prices are based on cash or cheque payment only. Payment by credit card will incur a fee.

    Making a Booking

    To secure a booking, a non-refundable deposit of $660 per person and a completed InterAsia Booking Form is due within 7 days of registration.

    Final Payment

    Final payment is due 90 days before departure. If bookings are made inside 90 days, full payment is due immediately arrangements are confirmed.

    Cancellations and Amendments

    Amendments to confirmed bookings will be subject to a fee of $50 per change. Within 60 days of departure and once documentation has been issued, amendments may also be subject to cancellation fees.

    Should you need to cancel a booking, notification in writing must be made to InterAsia.

    InterAsia – Travel Exotic Asia With Us

    4/33 Heatherdale Road, Ringwood VIC 3134 Australia

    T: 1300 133 001 or 03 9873 7466 F: 03 9873 8470 E: info@interasia.com.au
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