India: Gujarat - Touched by the Gods

26th Feb 2017
Photo of India: Gujarat - Touched by the Gods 1/1 by Ralph Ledergerber

26 February to 19 March 2017

The spirit of India has fascinated the world with its very mystique. There is no place on earth which enjoys such a profusion of creative energies for the production of the arts as India. One such area, Gujarat, the special focus of this tour, has long been famous for the cultivation of cotton and indigo, and its influence on textile design and production techniques has been keenly felt. It has fostered a staggering volume of exports to the Arabian Gulf, Africa, Egypt, to the Greek and Roman Empires, to Europe and Sri Lanka, China and Indonesia. The tour will embrace not only the antiquity but also the continuity of textiles, pottery, sculpture, metal work, music and dance and much more. We have included significant places of cultural heritage, the rare and fabulous wildlife, the great Jain temples of Palitana, the famous Rann of Kutch, 3 days to explore Bhuj, then Gir National Park, (perhaps glimpsing Asiatic Lions or Leopard), tribal markets loaded with rare textiles, and Queen Udaymati’s famous step-well. Other highlights include Ahmedabad’s Calico Museum, visiting the workshops of famed textile artists, encountering tribal peoples and their textiles, bronze ware, wood carving and especially the great Kavant Tribal Fair which will be abuzz with magnificently dressed tribal peoples with their finest crafts for sale.

'Touched by the Gods' will be led from Australia by Ruth Flaherty, an experienced Arts educator and currently an Academic Tutor, Flinders University’s Faculty of Education. Ruth specialised in textiles and design at the SA School of Art. Her thesis explored ‘Three Dimensional textiles’ and she has taught textile art at TAFE SA and in schools. Her textile work has been exhibited in many exhibitions including RSASA, SALA and the exclusive fibre and textiles exhibition 'Stranded'. Ruth also holds a M.ed (Studies of Asia) and has been a tour manager for many Asian and European tours. In Gujarat you will also have a local guide throughout, and in many places we have invited a village leader to accompany you into remote tribal areas. For educators, this tour may be tax deductible, but it is open to anyone desiring to embrace ‘Amazing India’.

Departure date: 26 February 2017

Duration: 21 Nights

Hotel Standards: 3 - 4 star standard

Indicative price per person twin share. Land only AUD 4381.00

Airfare with Singapore Airlines from Adelaide from AUD 1220.00

Single Supplement AUD 1662.00

Please note: Prices for hotels and airfares are subject to variation without notice due to changes or new local or international government regulations.

Final payment due and close of booking: Tuesday, 20 Dec. 2016

Costs have been based on prices prevailing at the time of the finalization of the tour program and are subject to change based on currency exchange fluctuations, or changes or new local or international government regulations. Please visit or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government travel advice for India.

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and variations to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.

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