Accommodation available till 12:00 noon. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight at the hotel in Mumbai.
Morning transfer to airport to board flight to Bhuj, assistance on arrival at Bhuj airport and transfer to the hotel.
After early breakfast: Today we’ll visit the Social Service Kala Raksha Center. Co-founded by Judy Frater, former associate curator of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., this trust supports local artisans and preserves traditional crafts in Kutch. We’ll learn about the center’s work in preserving the traditional hand-craft arts of this region through education, training and professional marketing guidance. Bring pictures or samples of your own handiwork to share with these women artisans and even learn a new stitch together. Also visit the nearby Banni villages to see the traditional handicrafts of Abyssinian settlers (left) who migrated to India from Abyssinia in the 10th century and continue to create exquisite glass works/metal bells and painted cloth etc. If the time permits you can also visit other surrounding villages.
After breakfast proceed to visit the block printing family production unit about 15kms from Bhuj at Dr. Ismail Mohammad Khatri Place for demonstration of limited products. Later visit “tie and dye” centers where the original “tie-die” designed fabric is produced, and made into clothes. Bandhni (tie and dye) was introduced in Jamnagar when the city was founded 400 years ago. This city has now become one of the principal centers of Bandhni, creating new patterns and experimenting with modern colors.
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad, on arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight at the hotel.
Ahmedabad became the capital of Gujarat in 1414, replacing Patan, and since then became the centre of architectural activity. Associated with Mahatma Gandhi, the Apostle of peace and nonviolence whose simple Ashram on the Bank of River Sabarmati is now a site of national Pilgrimage; renowned as a great textile & commercial centre and as the Manchester of India. The city of Ahmedabad has some of the best known educational institution and research center in all of India. One of the ultimate pedigrees for a management student is a post-graduation of fellowship from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is the second largest prosperous and thriving city in western India.
Morning visit to CALICO MUSEUM, which is housed in the Sarabhai family premises in Shaibaug, has one of the finest collections of Indian textiles belonging to different periods. It attracts a large number of tourists both India and foreign throughout the year. Later day at leisure, overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board flight for onward journey.