Women's Journey to the State of Rajasthan and Gujerat
“The Tribes in the Deep Rural India”
Itinerary from 14 to 28 of November 2019
This is a trip that fascinates the senses. We travel to remote villages in India, towards the Cradle of Crafts in Mother India, where women continue to tell their stories through weaving. For the first time we head towards the wonderful state of Gujarat, towards where little tourism arrives. This is not the typical tourist trip, we will be visiting villages, rural areas, tribes and nomads ... We will dedicate this trip to know and learn the ancient methods of craftsmanship, which in this region are preserved to this day. Together with the local women, we will learn the art of the different artisan works; fabrics, various types of embroidery, prints, painting, wood sculpture, ceramics, leather work and ancient agriculture ... This is an opportunity that life has given you now, take it with both hands.
DAY Nº. 1 – 14 NOV – DESTINATION INDIA
Those of us who will leave from Barcelona will find ourselves - undoubtedly all excited - for the departure towards our adventure through India. We will leave Barcelona at noon, and travel via Istanbul to the city of New Delhi. For all women arriving from different destinations in the world: have a good flight, and see you in Delhi ...!
DAY Nº 2 – 15 NOV – DELHI
It is planned that we land in Delhi at dawn; We will pass the passport control and will be received by our colleagues from India. We will open our first morning with the songs of India in a temple ... We will begin our visit directly in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, to witness and feel the ceremony of the Sikh believers in the early morning. After a good breakfast and a good rest we will go out to discover the city of Delhi. To know the Old Delhi, by means of a trip in Rickshaw by the streets of Chandni Chowk, the old and colorful market. In New Delhi we will see the India Gate, the Parliament, Raj Ghat (memorial in memory of Gandhi), the house of Gandhi, and some other surprise ... In the afternoon we will have time to walk through the markets of Delhi. We will spend the night in the neighborhood of Paharagansh. There is the railway station; This is where backpackers from all over the world cross in their trips to India. We will rest tonight in a hotel with a lot of charm, and will then take the train in the morning toward our next destination.
DAY Nº 3 – 16 NOV – DELHI / AJMER / PUSHKAR
Early in the morning, we will take our first train to Ajmer, Pushkar. This is an experience that must be lived ... Today we arrive at one of the most charming corners of our trip, the sacred city of Pushkar. And I say one of the corners, since this trip offers a variety of corners ... Because it is an important site for Hinduism, Pushkar comes a crowd of pilgrims and Sadhus followers of the god Brahma, from all over India. The Hindus believe that a good Hindu should visit Pushkar at least once in his life. Pushkar is located next to a sacred lake: according to legend, it was created when the god Brahma threw a lotus petal from the sky. We will know the narrow streets of the city with its colorful bazaars. Pushkar is a quiet and very cozy town, when one leaves, always wants to return. There reigns a sacred atmosphere, its bazaars are endless, with varied, colorful and abundant offers ...
In the evening, a magic night awaits us, Gala night, in the desert ... Towards evening we will go out riding on camels and floats for a special night in the Thar desert. We will contemplate the beautiful sunset, we will take a typical Chai, with many species, and we will enjoy a typical Rajasthani dinner under the stars of the desert ...
DAY Nº 4 – 17 NOV – PUSHKAR
In the first light of the day we will ascend to the Savitri temple. The path to the temple will bring us a beautiful encounter with parrots and monkeys. The silence of the new day and the spectacular view of the lake and its surroundings will envelop us in an atmosphere of tranquility. The temple is dedicated to the first woman of Brahma. Legend has it that Brahma wanted to do puja (religious ceremony) and in Hindu religion one has to face his wife. Savitri, his wife, was out of town at the time and could not get there. Then Brahma married another woman to carry out the puja. And since then Savitri refused to return and continues to control Brahma from the mountain ... We will make a special Puja for us. We will also do the traditional walk, around the lake of Pushkar, through the houses of the city and the hundreds of temples.
In the Pushkar bazaar it is very pleasant to walk; Each corner and each alley involve exciting scenes, great wonder and charm. In our free time, we can observe the pilgrims who go to the temple or watch the backpackers. Stroll among the large number of shops and stalls, enveloped by aromas, incense, rose petals, and perfume ... Every day at dusk, Pushkar people and travelers meet on the stairs leading to the lake to see the magic of sunset. Towards evening we will witness the prayer that is performed every night in the temple of Brahma. The creator of the world, according to Hindu tradition. It is one of the few temples that exist in the world dedicated to this god. We will participate in the ceremony of the "Arti" a ritual with fire and songs ... Impregnated by the chanting of mantras and the bells that play at all times around the lake. We will take advantage of the last hours in this place of health to savor everything ...
DAY Nº 5 – 18 NOV – PUSHKAR/LUNI
We will open the day with a yoga class, with a Guru (teacher). We experience these teachings next to the sunrise behind the desert mountains. In our charming English colonial style hotel we can enjoy a hearty breakfast. The time has come to continue on our way, towards another charming corner. On our way towards Luni. On the beautiful road we walk, we admire the nature of Rajasthan. We will go towards the plains of Rajasthan, by dirt roads and narrow roads through small villages and colorful markets. We will enjoy the existing atmosphere in the Rajasthani tribal villages; maybe we will meet the nomadic tribes raising cattle and camels. In the afternoon we will arrive at a small town called Luni: we will stay in a hotel built more than 250 years ago as a palace and fortress of the local royal family. It is a magnificent example of the typical Rajputa style; It was renovated to suit the conditions of the hotel. Relaxed, under the stars, with live music, we inhale the charm of this richness offered ...
DAY Nº 6 – 19 NOV – LUNI
We will walk through the town of Luni and experience first hand how to start a new day in the countryside. India remains a predominantly rural country, in which most farmers cultivate the land as their ancestors did. We will visit the market, rest with a good Chai, in which all the flavors of India are mixed ... During the time spent in our hotel, we can enjoy a good massage, a swim in the pool, a walk in its gardens or resting on your terrace .... Those who wish may enjoy a trip to the city of Jodhpur, to enjoy its fascinating fort, Mehrangarh.
DAY Nº 7 – 20 NOV – LUNI / MONT ABU
Looking for places in India away from the aggressive tourism, we arrive at Mount Abu. Its mountainous landscape, pleasant temperatures, is an important spiritual pole with visits and stories of the most interesting and its character is calm and pleasant. Mount Abu is situated at the highest point of the Aravalli Mountains. It is considered an oasis in the desert, because due to its height you can find rivers, lakes, waterfalls and green forests. The road to Mount Abu is one of the most beautiful we will follow, although traveling on Indian roads is always an odyssey. Soon we begin to climb and leave around us some breathtaking views. The environment will be different from what we had lived until now ... On the way, beyond the different vegetation, we shall see monkeys on the road.
The village of Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, is located at about 1,220 meters of altitude. In the charming little city you feel you can unwind on your own. And that is something that is appreciated in India. It is easy to stand and walk the streets of the market on several occasions, looking at the number of stores there are, especially clothes and good products, sewing shops that attract a lot of attention or food stalls. In a small walk we will also reach Lake Nakki, which can be surrounded by a pleasant walkway dotted with benches and green areas. We will finish the walk, towards the sunset, contemplating the fall of the sun from the point called, Sunset Point. Soon you will notice the large number of people who gather to watch the view at this time of the day.
"The more dust, the more gold." This is how the craftsmen destined to shape and polish the marble of the five Jain temples that make up Dilwara in Mount Abu were exploited . The result was a success: a spectacular level of detail to decorate some of the most special and beautiful temples in India. They were built between the XXI and XIII centuries, being today a sacred place and a very important pilgrimage center for the Jain faith. It is worth getting carried away and observe the almost architectural perfection of the place. It is also believed that there are the traces of Vishnu on the top of the mountain.
DAY Nº 8 – 21 NOV – MOUNT ABU / DASADA
Today we change state, we leave behind the state of Rajasthan, to enter the state of Gujarat. Both states are from the largest states of India. In the state of Gujarat, we will focus on the province of Kuch, the largest province in all of India. This word has a great significance for the inhabitants of this area. That will be the narrative thread of our visit to these lands. Kuch means zone that is dry part of the year and wet another part of the year. To speak of Kuch, is to know the special nature that has been created in this area, by the different natural phenomena.
We will start this part, with the visit to Patan, to learn about Patola art. It is an ancient technique for weaving double ikat sari, usually made of silk. These saris are very expensive, once used only by royalty and aristocracy. From there we move to see another phenomenon, the Rani Kaa Adlaj water pond. This wonder worth seeing, was built in the luxurious times of the Maharajas ... is a piece of art, excavated and decorated in the same stone. It is incredible to see the work of artisans, where a water tank becomes a work of art
Last visit, before arriving at our place of stay, for the next two nights will be the Modhera temple, dedicated to the god Suria, the sun god. That has been in ancient times, very important and Today there are very few temples dedicated to the sun god in India, although it is still an important and venerated god. When we arrive at our accommodation, everything will be authentic, this hotel is an true representation of this area. The Bunga (word of which comes the word bungalows), is made of clay, decorated with local craft work, with natural and recyclable material, Such as mud, dry leaves, colors, mirrors ... An oasis in the middle ... Each bungalow is decorated on the outside and inside.
DAY Nº 9 – 22 NOV – DASADA
This morning we will begin to explore the phenomenon of the Little Wilderness of Little Rann of Kutch. Desert women, mounted in jeeps, first thing in the morning, with the wind in their foreheads ... We will go out to a safari morning, through the plains and the vegetation, that create this fascinating and different landscape ... Knowing the inhabitants of this area; flamingos, birds, antelopes and the donkey Ass. We will close the morning with a picnic breakfast, next to the salt preparation, where they will serve us a very sweet tea, which we can take directly from the plate ... You will see ... They will also explain and show us the complete process of the preparation of the Salt.
On the way we will see the women who come down to wash the clothes in the river, the shepherds walking their cattle ... And the local life ... In this area of the great India, the possibility of knowing the authentic rural and tribal life is impressive , it leaves you with your mouth open. We will witness it, that's when our life is woven with the life of another being, completely different than me, and at the same time, equal ... Each one with the life to which he was born, in the same land ...
Now it's time to rest. To India you come to learn, travel, visit and live different experiences. One of them is to dedicate some time to you, away from your home, from your comfort zone. For this, we take time to observe our life, our habits from another perspective, which offers us a before and an after. In addition, in the desert we have to acquire the habits of its inhabitants, and adapt to the climate ... That is why it is taking time to rest. In our hotel we will have time to rest and eat.
Por la tarde saldremos a conocer un poco más las mujeres de esta zona. Empezando con las mujeres de la tribu que ha llegado a estas tierras hace más de cuarenta años, desde Rajasthan. Siguen viviendo en tiendas, sin un colegio y luz. Las mujeres colaboran con la economía de la familia, con los trabajos de artesanía que crean. Con diferentes clases y colores de cuentas, crean bisutería, pulseras, collares y más... De allí tomaremos camino a conocer el pequeño pueblo local de Dasada. Estamos invitadas a una visita familiar, para conocer y encontrarnos con una mujer muy especial. Es madre de siete hijos, y más allá de criar a sus hijos, todos ya mayores y casados, y al trabajo doméstico. Ha dedicado el poco tiempo libre que tiene, a tejer y conservar el arte del bordado ancestral, de su tribu, residente en esta zona rural de India. Nos invitara a su casa, nos sentaremos todas juntas en su pequeña y decorada cocina y tomamos un chai juntas. Es entonces cuando nos explicara un poco sobre este arte llamado y nos sacará sus trabajos para apreciar este trabajo local. Podremos comprar sus bordados, colaborando en la economía familiar.
DAY Nº 10 – 23 NOV – DASADA / BHUJ
India being such a big country, when visiting it, we have to adapt to its way of being, to really know it from an open point of view and non-judgment. Today is a typical travel day, as in any trip through India, the road is an integral part of the trip. Since to get from one point to another, we have to take the way, as in life itself ... And as in life itself, it's worth it, as this ensures a reward ... This I assure you, is to reach a treasure that exists in our world, within our reach. We arrive at a wealth that will awaken all our senses ...
In this area we will spend the next four days. In this rural area, far from the great tourism. Where the tribes, crafts, rural life, clothing, customs and much more is still alive and pounding. Looking for ways to preserve art, which tells the history and customs of each tribe. Finding a balance between the modern and the way of preserving the custom, the voice of the ancestors, in harmony. The aesthetic here is, impressive. The way of coexisting with the local ecology in many ways is in symbiosis with what the earth and nature offer. As for example the building of the houses, they use the natural materials of the area. They build mud houses and then they melt it and return it to earth. On the way we will visit the temple of Taranga, a Jain temple, which represents the temples of this area, since Gujarat is one of the parts of India, where a lot of people of the Jain religion live. Such as Mahatma Gandhi or the current president of India, Narendra Modi. We will stop to eat and savour the great food of this region, which is different, particular and tasty.
Already along the way, we begin to experience the universe of craftsmanship that this area of Gujarat offers. With the work of the Tye and Dye, that is, of tying and dyeing. Our arrival in Bhuj, we will open with a visit to the LLDC museum where we can begin to understand this art in a deep and professional way. Now, the time has come to reach our charming hotel ... where we will spend the next three nights. Far away from the city, in the great nature, in Bonga (round house), with an incredible view, towards the horizon. With the dawn appearing in front of our eyes, like a painting. And the song of the birds, to wake up a new day. Pure privilege, that gives us life. A moment of relaxation and enjoyment.
DAY Nº 11 – 24 NOV – BHUJ
Today a fascinating day awaits us ... Fairy dream, I would say. Since we will have the possibility to know first hand, an art that is kept alive. We will meet women and we will have a workshop with them, to learn the wisdom of their weaving, they will teach us the points, the colors, the patterns and their meanings ... Together we will weave, through the life of each one and we will share. We will go out to know the Banni villages, known for their handicrafts, dedicated to the production of embroidery, patches, bows, dyeing and leather brocades. We will visit the villages of Bhujodi, Dhamadka, Knirona, Dhordo, Ludiya and Khavda. There we will know the varied works, that each artisan offers. From Sofia, a beautiful woman who sews, although her family is against. Since she wants to ensure that her daughters can go to university. Not like her who could not. This will be a very special day, we will close it in the desert of Sal, the second largest in the world. What a phenomenon.
DAY Nº 12 – 25 NOV – BHUJ
In this rural area, far from the great tourism. Where the tribes, crafts, rural life,
clothing, customs and much more is still alive palpando. The new organizations
established especially to find ways to care for and keep alive. They dedicate time
to find ways to preserve art and crafts, which tells the story and the customs of each tribe. Finding a balance between the modern and the way of preserving
the custom, the voice of the ancestors, in harmony. The aesthetic here is, impressive. The way to live with the local ecology in many ways, it is in symbiosis with what the earth and the nature offer. As for example the building of houses, they use natural materials of the area. They build the mud house and then when it is no longer useful, they spill the mud and everything go back to earth Today we will eat the best Thali in all of India. The most delicious I've tasted me, in all India. A huge tray, with different flavors, from the spicy, the sweet, with a wealth of colors. Where the palate goes out to dance with so many aromas and sensations ... From the white of the yogurt, the rose of the fresh rose petals, the golden of the fried sweet ... Yami ...
This afternoon we will dedicate it to know the old city of Bhuj and its market. Recognizing the terrible earthquake that has suffered this city at the beginning of the year 2000. Still today, the remains of the earthquake, are part of the city, since little has been rebuilt. Back in our hotel of charm, a moment before dinner, we will dedicate it to meet together in the circle, to live the feminine magic ...
DAY Nº 13 – 26 NOV – BHUJ / Ahmedabad
Today we say goodbye to Bhuj, but a moment before, we will know a little more the city of Bhuj. According to legend, the name Bhuj comes from the serpent god and the temple that was built to venerate. We will visit local markets and the Aina Mahal museum, known for its camera of mirrors. Afterwards, we will head towards the great city of Ahmedabad, to be able to take our flight to Delhi the next day and start our return home ... On the way we will taste a typical food of this region. And when we get to the city, our first stop will be in a very local place that sells cookies, of all times, as well as a great variety of snacks, spicy and not ... that we can take back home for our dear ones, to get them something of the flavors we have known in this region. We will close the day with a night market, for women, very colorful, with lots to walk and shop. We will take part of this environment to feel part of this city.
DAY Nº 14 – 27 NOV – DELHI
Today our return begins. We will live this process, creating with love in us the bridge that will enable us to move from one reality to another. We will enjoy a good breakfast, a quiet morning. We will transfer to the airport of Ahmedabad, and we will take our flight to New Delhi. We will arrive in Delhi at noon. We will dedicate a few hours to know some corner of this immense city, and to make the last shopping in different local markets, making sure that we bring gifts to the whole family.
We will also visit a Hindu house, for a cocktail; we will learn the art of the Sari, we will be taught how to put it on and we will be able to enjoy a tasting of typical Hindu starters. We will close the night with a quiet dinner, all together, in a different restaurant. The last hours will be dedicated to rest before the trip home.
DAY Nº 15 – 28 NOV – Home
In the early hours of the morning we will go to the International airport to take a trip home, via Istanbul. We will arrive in Barcelona in the afternoon and, without doubt, this trip will continue to vibrate within each one of us for a long time.
NUMBER OF WOMEN IN THE GROUP: minimum 10; maximum 22
THE PRICE OF THE TRIP INCLUDES:
- Internal flight - Delhi
- Good and first category hotels
- Medium board (breakfast and dinner)
- Some food (as shown on the program)
- Bus and / or 4 * 4, with air conditioning for all visits and transfers
- Travel in Richshaw, train, jeep, etc. .
- Travel by train Delhi - Ajmer (Pushkar)
- Entrance to the sites such as museums, temples and excursions according to the program
- Mango Shape companion guide from Spain and local companion
- Spanish / English speaking guide
- Tips for the different services
- 3 individual water bottles per Day
- Workshops, activities and special meetings prepared for Mango Shape in India:
- Yoga class
- Cooking class
- Walking in nature, numerology, Henna and more surprises ...
- Group meetings: relaxation sessions, rituals, the word of the day, history, customs and much more ...
- Puja (ceremony)
- Meeting with Guru (teacher)
- Trip in Richshaw in Delhi
- Visit to different local towns and villages
- Visit to a Hindu house Meetings with women and local people, organizations and families, as it appears in the itinerary
- Two meetings in Spain before the trip
- Travel Notebook: Each participant will receive a wide range of preparation material before and during the trip: A folder that also includes: hotels, map, Hindu words, must-carry, currency exchange, myths and legends, Indian history, tradition and much more ...
The program is complete without options
The price includes all the mentioned services and you will not be asked for any additional payment for the services already included.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Air way ticket (international ticket)
Visa (the passports have to be with at least 7 month of vigour on the time of the trip)
Drinks, personal expenses and personal trips
For more information
Tali Reshef Yehudai
Tel : + 34 649 495 273
India, as we all know, is a very special country. A part of its beauty comes from the difference to the conception of time, and the rhythm of all activities. Something that without doubt, is very different to what we know in our culture and in our day to day lives. Because of this, we warmly recommended that you come prepared to deal with all kinds of changes with patience and an understanding that changes can happen on our trip, that are not always within our possibility to influence. You can be sure; that from our side we will do all that is possible to continue with the original program and to give you all a passionate experience.
La salida del viaje depende de la participación de un mínimo de 10 mujeres