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Visit India with Us

Temples, textiles and tigers; a journey of discovery

visit-rightFollowing our successful inaugural Expertise tour to Mexico earlier this year, we are pleased to announce our 2019 tour of India, on March 3 to 16.

We will spend 14 days (13 nights) seeing some of the amazing and historical sights in India’s famous “Golden Triangle”, all for $5,200 including airfares. Our tour will take us to New Dehli, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Pushkar and Varanasi. We will visit, and in some cases participate, in local workshops specialising in techniques such as bandhani tie and dye, indigo dyeing, block printing and embroidery.

On behalf of the Australasian Quilt Convention and Expertise, we invite you to join our 2019 tour of India.

Judy Newman and Gary Fitz-Roy


An introduction

India is not a country but a continent and travelling through it is an experience like none other. Overwhelming in its chaos at first, it gradually unfolds unique delights. You may find it in its majestic forts, monuments and temples; in exquisite crafts; in traditional and contemporary arts; in the bustle of its colourful bazaars; landscapes and nature reserves; in diverse cuisines; or in the unexpected beauty that filters through the chaos. Legendary cities, opulent palaces, majestic forts, teeming jungles, barren deserts, bustling temples and a myriad of ruins form the state of Rajasthan.

Never more than two minutes away are the flashes of brilliant colour of the ladies saris and men’s carefully twisted turbans which punctuate the landscape. Witness life in the countryside which has changed little through the centuries, stubbornly refusing to give in to modernisation, where village markets surround the crumbling cupolas of long forgotten monuments, selling local produce in spectacular displays. Our tour has been designed to showcase some popular iconic destinations along with some smaller destinations where the experience is more authentic.




City of Djinns

Agra – One of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra – the home of the Taj Mahal commemorates the love of Mugal Emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Around 20,000 workers laboured for almost 22 years to complete this vision in 1653. Agra was the imperial capital of the Mughal Court in the 16th century and offers other architectural marvels including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.




Formally known as
Agrabana Paradise

Agra – One of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra – the home of the Taj Mahal commemorates the love of Mugal Emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Around 20,000 workers laboured for almost 22 years to complete this vision in 1653. Agra was the imperial capital of the Mughal Court in the 16th century and offers other architectural marvels including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.




Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating back to the 11th century B.C.

Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrams who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites.

Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple”, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.




Extravagant palaces and forts

The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the King of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1758. The city took 4 years to complete; huge ramparts were built pierced by 7 fortified gates. During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in 1876. Many of the avenues remained painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the epithet Pink City.

Attractions include: The City Palace, Amer Fort, Palace of the Winds, Jantar Mantar.



Sacred Hindu Site

Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan.

It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.



National Park

Ranthambore is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in northern India, having an area of 392 sq km. The park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in their natural habitat. Pictorial ruins also dot the wildlife park and a visit to this unique place is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover.

The best way to enjoy Ranthambore is on an early morning game safari by jeep.



Day 1

Arrive in Delhi. No activities are planned for this day. Overnight in New Delhi.

Day 2

This morning after breakfast we start exploring the city. We will be met by our tour expert who will be accompanying us through this entire trip. We begin with exploring Shajahanabad, which includes a rickshaw ride through the old city, a visit to Jama Masjid and hear about the Red Fort whilst driving past this grand monument. A stop at café Lota in the Crafts Museum for lunch before a tour of the Museum. Overnight in New Delhi.

Day 3

An early check-out this morning as we board the Gatiman Express train to Agra where we will be met at the railway station and transferred to our hotel. After lunch we will explore Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. Tonight dinner is included at our hotel. Overnight in Agra.

Day 4

This morning after an early breakfast we explore Fatehpur Sikri – a city built by Mughal Emperor Akhbar. From here we travel to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (5.5hrs) stopping enroute for lunch. Balance of day is at leisure. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 5

Indian parks allow two safaris in a day – one in the morning (6am10am) and one in the afternoon (3pm – 6pm). The timing of the same may vary depending on sunrise and sunset time. Today there are two safaris organised for us to explore the park and search for the elusive Bengal Tiger. Please note safari will take place in a canter. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 6

This morning we take our final safari into Ranthambore. Returning to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast travel to Jaipur City. Remainder of the day is at leisure in Jaipur. Dinner is included tonight. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 7

An early start for those who would like to take a walking tour of the flower market before breakfast. After breakfast we visit Amer Fort. Please note we will use jeeps to transfer up to the fort as the elephant

rides are considered unethical. Lunch today has been organised at Samode Haveli. In the afternoon explore the city palace and the Jantar Mantar observatory. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 8

This morning we visit the Anokhi Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 9

Today a full day workshop on block printing is organised at Bagru. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 10

After breakfast transfer by road to Pushkar. Lunch will be at our hotel in Pushkar. After lunch we visit the temples and ghats in Pushkar. Enjoy a camel cart ride in the evening before returning to our hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight in Pushkar.

Day 11

Today we have organised a workshop for the group with The Stitching Project on Tie & Dye. You will have some time at leisure to unwind later in the day Overnight in Pushkar.

Day 12

This morning after breakfast we transfer from Pushkar to Jaipur Airport and catch a flight to Varanasi via Delhi. We arrive in Varanasi late afternoon. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 13

A very early start to your day as we take a boat ride on the river Ganges and watch the city wake up. People of Varanasi offer prayers to the rising sun each morning as they begin their day. Explore the Akaras (open gyms) where traditional wrestlers begin their daily regimes. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we visit Sarnath – a place where Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon and learn about the origin of the Buddhist religion. A visit to various stupas and temples in Sarnath before returning to our hotel for lunch.

The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening once again visit the ghats on the river Ganges for the evening Ganga Aarti before our farewell dinner. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 14

After breakfast, we are transferred to Varanasi airport to catch our flight back to Delhi from where we catch connecting flights back home.

For bookings – please complete the registration form and email or if you need any more information
contact us on 02 9418 0011
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