Art and Crafts of Rajasthan: The Definitive Heritage
Art and Crafts of Rajasthan – The Definitive Heritage traverses through the heart of Rajasthan for exploration of Craft Villages, markets, Old Cities and rural NGOs promoting Craft.
Here you stay in heart of a Craft Village of Shahpura, explore renowned traditional art and crafts of Rajasthan destinations of Jaipur / Jodhpur / Udaipur and get an insight into wide-ranging craft form such as Bangle making, Shoemaking, Jewellery, Silverware, Tie and Dye, Pottery, Terracotta, Embroidery, Block Printing, Handmade paper, etc.
Art and Crafts of Rajasthan Highlights
- A walk to the Shahpura village market to witness the making of Bangles, Mojris, and Silverware
- Explore Amer Fort and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside
- Visit markets of Jaipur to explore specialties of Jaipur such as Kundan Jewellery and Blue Pottery
- Excursion to Sanganer to visit Kagzi Mohallah renowned for exotic handmade paper
- Stopover at Pipar City to visit block printers who use hand-carved wooden printing blocks
- Explore imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the most visited monument of Jodhpur
- Village Safari around Jodhpur to visit Rugs & Carpet makers and Potters
- Stopover at Molela Village, renowned for their Terracotta Craft
- Explore City Palace and enjoy stunning views of the Lake Pichola
- Engage with Sadhna, an NGO using embroidery techniques for rural upliftment
- Accommodation in a double / twin room with Breakfast
- Guided Old city walks in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur
- Half Day Village Safari in Jodhpur
- Services of a knowledgeable guide at Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur
- AC Toyota Innova with an experienced driver on disposal for 8 days – From Delhi to Udaipur
- AC Car for Airport Pickup at Delhi
- Packaged water in the car
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any airfare or train fare
- Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’
- Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, etc
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Expert Travel Opinion
Jaipur has sit down restaurants where one can get authentic vegetarian Rajasthani cuisine comprising Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki Kadi, etc. It is very popular for travellers to head for one of these restaurants in the evening for a bit of ethnic cuisine and a bit of cultural entertainment that gets offered alongwith. Jaipur is also renowned for sweets such as Ghevar, Feerni, Gajak, Moong Thal, etc. These are easily available in city centre areas. Select hotels offer Rajput delicacies most notably being the Laal Maans (Literally means “red meat”).
Mirchi Vada (Chilli Cutlet) is the renowned street food item of Jodhpur and is good for a quick bite. Mirchi Vadas are available in the Old city and other market areas. Gypsy Restaurant in Sardarpura area is renowned for its Thali (Set meal) featuring ethnic delicacies and is a popular lunch option.
The Raas Haveli in the heart of the Old City offers a stunning location for dining in Jodhpur. The Step Well Café (adjoining The Raas) is unique for being set on three steps of an ancient step well. Here, you can spend an afternoon watching how life flows through the step well and the old city area around. Darikhana in Raas Haveli is another interesting dining option. It is perched on the first floor offering clear views of the Mehrangarh Fort. Evening meals at Darikhana overlooking lit up Mehrangarh fort capture the romance and character of Jodhpur old city.
Udaipur’s dining experience is most certainly centered around the Lake Pichola where the idea is to capture the lakeside character and its romance with one of the lakeside dining options here. It is popular to dine at one of the these restaurants for a quiet dinner.
Day 01 - Delhi
Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at Delhi, capital of India and a popular arrival point for International travelers. Here you are met by our representative and introduced to your driver who will accompany you till the airport drop at Udaipur.
Most International arrivals are late evening leaving little time for exploration, so arrive at the hotel in New Delhi for an overnight stay.
Day 02 - Shahpura
Travel to Shahpura. Afternoon Walk to the market
Today you drive to Shahpura (200 kms - 3 hours), a village at 65 kms short of Jaipur and renowned for its craft heritage. You arrive at the Shahpura Haveli, a heritage haveli and splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture. In the afternoon you walk to the Shahpura market where you will see the making of lac ki chudiyan (Bangles), traditional Mojris (hand crafted shoe) and traditional Silverware.
There is a separate market known as Jutiyon ka market (Shoe Market) where one gets wide range of Mojris and traditional Rajasthani style leather shoes. Thereafter you visit local manufacturing centres for earthen pots & handmade cane baskets. You return to Haveli by evening. Rest of the evening for you to explore the heritage character of Shahpura Haveli.
- Shahpura offers a wide range of experiences such as a Camel Safari, Jeep Safari, walk to step well and visit ancient temples. You may opt for these, time permitting.
Day 03 - Jaipur
Morning Walk through the village and then Travel to Jaipur. Old City Walk in the afternoon
Today early in the morning you take a short walk around the Shahpura Village. You walk to the nearby Step well (locally known as a Bawri), do some bird watching and observe villages go about their morning chores. You return to Shahpura Haveli for breakfast and then depart for Jaipur (65 kms - 1.5 hours).
Jaipur (also known as the "Pink City") is the capital city of Rajasthan and a major hub for crafts in India. In the afternoon you proceed to visit the Old city where you visit renowned monuments of Jaipur such as City Palace (Royal Residence), Hawa Mahal (Royal Gallery) and Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory).
The Old city is home to a number of craft centres and artisans (Silversmiths and Banglemakers) making exquisite items using age-old traditional techniques. You may undertake a short walk to interact with artisans, understand cultural heritage of Jaipur and sample some of the renowned street food items.
You may also explore some shops near the Hawa Mahal that sell the Jaipuri Quilt (a heavily hand-crafted item with extensive use of embroidery that is unique to Jaipur) and antiques. Rest of the evening for you to explore Jaipur on own.
- Jaipur is renowned for its ethnic Rajasthani dining options. Here you can enjoy traditional dances of Rajasthan alongwith a traditional sit-down Rajasthani dinner.
Day 04 - Jaipur
Morning heritage walk. Afternoon visit to Amer Fort.
Today morning you explore different markets of Jaipur starting with Johri Bazaar where you will find exquisite Silver Jewellery and Kundan (Gemstone Jewellery, typically used in Necklaces). Thereafter you visit other prominent markets of Jaipur such as Bapu Bazar, Tripolia Bazar and Nehru Bazar for speciality crafts of Jaipur such as Batik paintings, Bandhej (Tie and Dye), block prints and Mojri (Hand crafted Shoe). You will be assisted by a guide who will explain the process of craft making and assist in any purchase you may want to make.
In the afternoon you proceed to Amer Fort (12 kms), the most prominent and visited monument of Jaipur. Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) is a 16th century fort, spread over several levels and requires a couple of hours to fully explore it. You spend some time at the Fort and after that return to Jaipur via Jal Mahal (or Water Palace), a fine heritage monument set in middle of a lake. Rest of the evening for you to explore Jaipur on own.
- Instead of Amer Fort visit in afternoon, you may proceed for an excursion of Sanganer (16 kms from Jaipur), renowned for textile printing and handmade paper industry. Here you visit bylanes such as Kagzi mohallah renowned for skilled artisans who create exotic handmade paper alongwith a number of showrooms and factories of hand block printing and blue pottery.
Day 05 - Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur via Pushkar and Pipar City
Today you depart early to travel to Jodhpur (340 kms - 6 hours), the gateway to desert circuit of Rajasthan and one that is renowned for textile crafts, block printing and antiques. The first stopover enroute is at Pushkar (150 kms - 2 hours via expressway), a holy lakeside town renowned for its Brahma temple and spirituality character.
After spending some time here you proceed towards Jodhpur (190 kms - 4 hours) via Pipar City where you may visit the block printers who use hand-carved wooden printing blocks to produce colourful designs. You reach Jodhpur by evening. Rest of the evening for you to explore Jodhpur on own.
Day 06 - Jodhpur
Half Day Village Safari around Jodhpur followed by a visit to Mehrangarh Fort
Today you undertake half day village safari around Jodhpur visiting Salawas (22 kms - Weavers village - renowned for their Dhurries (Rugs and Carpets - locally Known as Panja dhurries), Kakani (12 kms - Potter's and block printers village) and Gudha village (11 kms) to interact with local Bishnoi families engaged in craft making for many generations).
You return to Jodhpur by afternoon to visit Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing 15th-century fort at the center of Jodhpur Old City. The fort is home to the erstwhile Royal residence, museum, galleries and a temple where royal family traditionally offer their prayers.
After the Mehrangarh Fort visit, you have an option to undertake a heritage walk in the old city of Jodhpur. On this walk, you will witness tie & dye textile process, visit local jewellery and leather shops and capture the character of the old city.
On the walk, you sample some of the local food delicacies like Misri Mawa and Lassi. The Walk offers an opportunity to meet colourfully dressed locals and experience their warm hospitality and ever smiling ways.
- Mehrangarh Fort is open from 9 AM to 5 PM
- You may enjoy a Dinner in the evening at one of the restaurants in the old city that overlook a lit up Mehrangarh Fort
- Instead of a Mehrangarh Fort visit in the evening, you may visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, a landmark monument in Jodhpur, home to a Royal Museum
- Instead of a Mehrangarh Fort visit in the evening, you may take an excursion to Osiyan (60 kms) for a Desert experience (Sand Dunes, Camel ride over sunset, dinner over traditional entertainment)
Day 07 - Udaipur
Travel to Udaipur via Molela
Today you drive to Udaipur (280 kms - 5 hours), a renowned lakeside heritage destination. Udaipur is visited for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Udaipur area is home to some renowned craft villages and craft centres. Before arriving at Udaipur, you stopover enroute at Molela (220 kms from Jodhpur), a renowned centre of Terracotta Art.
Molela Terracotta adorns walls of Udaipur and Ajmer Railway stations and has been featured in many international exhibitions. Here you interact with artisans and given demonstration to understand the entire process of making exquisite Terracotta art items. After spending some time at Molela you proceed to Udaipur (60 kms - 1.5 hours) and reach by evening. Rest of the evening for you to explore Udaipur on own.
- Udaipur has many charming restaurants around Lake Pichola area offering views of the Lake and the Lake Palace and you may look to spend your evening here at one of these.
Day 08 - Udaipur
Explore Udaipur Craft Centres and Heritage Monuments
Today you visit Craft centers in and around Udaipur. First you start with Sadhna, an NGO near Delwara (25 kms from Udaipur), focussed on teaching local women Patchwork, Appliqué and Tanka embroidery skills to earn a secure living. Here artisans create exquisite kurtas, sarees, home furnishings and accessories.
Sadhna has a Handicraft walk that takes you through the entire process of training and development of local women into an expert craftswomen. Thereafter you return to Udaipur.
In the afternoon you visit prominent monuments of Udaipur such as City Palace museum overlooking the Lake Pichola followed by a boat ride in Lake Pichola, a popular activity that beautifully captures the character of Udaipur. Thereafter you visit Vintage Car Museum and Shilpgram. Shilpgram is a craft center where you visit the crafts museum, interact with artisans. Rest of the evening you spend at leisure exploring Udaipur.
- Time permitting, you may also visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal (exhibits collection of folk articles from Rajasthan such as rural-dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings)
- You may visit "Bagore Ki Haveli", an evening show that features some local dances, puppet shows, etc.
- You may visit Sajjangarh fort or Monsoon Palace (11 kms), atop a hill nearby offering stunning views of the Udaipur city and best visited around sunset time
Day 08 - Udaipur
Morning heritage walk in Old city of Udaipur before departure from Udaipur
Today morning one explores we take a heritage walk in the old city and Lake Pichola area to capture the spirit and character of the Udaipur town. We pass through Udaipur's most beautiful streets and sites, meet locals and different artisans engaged in making jewelery, pottery and bamboo craft. You return to the hotel for the flight back to Delhi for international departure or onwards destination.
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