Living Arts of India Tour

06 - 22 October 2020

Jasmine Trails is thrilled to partner with Australian artist David Rossiter for a 16-day tour through north India. With a special focus on the living artistic heritage of the country, this is a tour for anyone who is passionate about traveling and art in any form. Meet the talented artists who keep their trade alive in the face of modernity and see some incredible places! We also have an exciting hands-on block-printing workshop for you, Indian food to die for, awe-inspiring architecture and cultural immersion—don’t think too long, limited seats!

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Why you'll love this tour

  • Tour led by Australian artist David Rossiter and Jasmine Trails’ owner Bindu Lall who is an experienced tour leader and guide.
  • 16 nights easy paced tour with time to explore and enjoy.
  • Experience the Rajput splendor of Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan, vibrant Delhi including the spice market of the old city, the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra, the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges and the temple town of Khajuraho with its stunning and erotic carvings.
  • Hear from our local experts at all major sites.
  • Visit talented craftspeople at work and participate in a private block printing workshop under the guidance of master artisans.
  • Opportunity to experience the culture and interact with local people.
  • Meet elephants in a gentle, natural environment.

    …the list is endless.

Tour Price

AUD 4,980.00 per person twin sharing
AUD 1,560.00 Single Room Supplement

Khajuraho Sculptures

What the tour looks like

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Dhurrie Weaving Jodhpur in Rajasthan
Part of the Amer Fort ramparts in Amer Jaipur
Street scene Orchha

Excluding your day of arrival, we have two full days in this modern but historically significant city.

We explore iconic sites like the 12th Century Qutub Minar, the resting place of the second Mughal emperor Humayun and also enjoy an exciting cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling markets of old Delhi. The whole-sale spice market with its fragrant and pungent smells and hectic activity is a not-to-be-missed experience.

We spend an afternoon at a museum and art centre engaged in preserving and promoting traditional Indian artistic heritage and culture. Designed using traditional ‘village’ architecture in a peaceful, green environment, this experience is an ideal starting point to understand Indian artistic traditions.

The power centre of the Mughal rulers, Agra has incredible architecture and culture on offer. Topping the list of to-dos here is ofcourse, Taj Mahal which is best viewed at sunrise. But this is not the only time we see it! Drive across the river Yamuna to visit the ‘Moonlight Gardens’ from where we get a splendid view of the monument to love.

The mighty Agra fort and its royal palaces also never fails to impress the visitor.

Agra is home to a unique style of stone inlay called Parchinkari and we have the opportunity to meet with artisans who specialize in this to see them at work. That’s not all, a specially curated walk through Agra’s old town and a private devotional music performance is lined up for you.

Heading into central India, we make an overnight halt at this small, quaint village on river Betwa, where we explore its fabulous palaces and royal memorials.

We visit two temple complexes in Khajuraho. Humans, celestial beings, animals and gods and goddesses can be seen in the sculptures adorning the breathtaking Hindu temples and Jain temples.

The sophisticated detailing, spiritual background and the erotic nature of some of the carvings are something to marvel at indeed.

Located at the holy river Ganges, Varanasi has attracted pilgrims and travelers alike for time immemorial but never fails to make a deep impact on the visitor. We experience and explore the deep, but complex, spiritual nature of Hinduism and this city in particular. Witness the grand prayer ceremony in the evening on the banks of the river, observe the morning rituals and bathing at sunrise as you float by on a boat, learn about rebirth and salvation.

Not far is Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon and is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India. The archaeological excavation site houses the remains of Buddhist cloisters and monasteries.

We can’t leave Varanasi without meeting the silk weavers who create the rich brocade silk sarees that the city is known for. While power looms have taken over the production some artisan continue to work on the traditional looms which are fascinating to watch.

The state of Rajasthan where we now arrive is quintessential India. Forts, palaces, Maharajas, stories of valour and romance, colourful markets and exotic handicrafts! Jaipur has it all.

Over these two and a half days we visit the main attractions- the picturesque Amer Fort, the erstwhile residence of the royal family which is now the City Palace museum and the adjoining open-air astronomical observatory from the 18th century. A photo stop at the iconic palace of the winds Hawa Mahal is also on the programme.

A most memorable experience is our visit to a private estate to interact with rescued elephants. Instead of riding them we go for a stroll with the gentle giants.

Enroute to Pushkar we stop at a village engaged entirely in traditional handblock printing of textiles. Watch all the complex and labour intensive processes and finally enjoy a workshop with an expert artisan to print your own scarf.

We make an overnight halt at Pushkar, a small city famous for the one and only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.

Take a tour of the awe-inspiring Mehrangarh fort and explore the old market at the clock tower, full of colour and busy commerce.

We take you to some villages outside the city to get a taste of rural India. Lots of interaction with the locals, different professions and a special ‘opium ceremony’ await you.

Here we also meet a family of weavers engaged in the creation of flat weave rugs called dhurries. This humble village craft has successfully made its way into city homes.

We will take you to a women’s cooperative that works to skill and empower disadvantaged women. An especially enriching experience for both them and us.

Fly back to Delhi and get ready for your flight home the next morning. Farewell dinner for the group tonight.

Departure transfer to the airport will be provided tomorrow morning.

I have very few words to describe our amazing art tour of India. It was sensational! Far beyond my expectations!
Along the way, we were taken to famous landmarks and tourist towns, stayed in first class accommodation, tried many and various Indian cuisines, met some excellent artists and artisans, and even visited wonderful elephant shelter. I would recommend Bindu and Jasmine Tours to any traveller who wanted to have a super special and interesting tour of India.

Vicki McKay

Living Arts of India Tour, October 2019

My recent trip with Jasmine Trails and Bindu – Living Arts of India with David Rossiter- exceeded my expectations in every way. Our visits to artisans were fabulous and the local guides organized by Jasmine Trails were excellent. I was particularly happy that we ‘got amongst it’, really experiencing the places we visited. Wherever we were, Bindu created a safe and comfortable space for us, the hotels were lovely, and did I mention how much FUN we had! Thanks, Bindu

Sally Fitts

Living Arts of India Tour, October 2019

Tour cost

AUD 4,980.00 per person twin sharing
AUD 1,560.00 Single Room Supplement

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On this page, by Cathryn Evans Vraspir: Flute player in pink turban, holy man and cow.