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17 Day Cultural Journey to India's westernmost state of Gujarat

 

Travel to India's westernmost state of Gujarat, along roads less traveled, to a mystical desert land filled with art and history, fascinating indigenous cultures and a unique fauna intrinsic to the region.

 

 

Asian Pacific Adventures is offering a seventeen day tour to Gujarat, November 10 – 26, 2018 (8-day pre-tour Brahmaputra River Cruise available, 7-day post-tour Deluxe Nepal Adventure available). This is an exploratory journey to the remote realms of Gujarat – a hidden gem, unspoiled Assam and ever popular Nepal. Hand-painted mud huts, beautiful tribal women, designer sought after hand embroidery and leather works, heritage jungle palaces, colorful festival, medieval temples, world class textile museum, luxury riverboat, jaw dropping scenery and a thrilling Everest flight - are a few of the highlights on this great adventure.

 

Travel to India's westernmost state of Gujarat along roads less traveled, to a mystical desert land filled with art and history, fascinating indigenous cultures and a unique fauna intrinsic to the region. Visit the cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad to journey to tribal Banni villages, to photograph the magnificent sun-temple of Modhera, to bird watch in the Little Rann of Kutch and to Bhuj and the colorful tribal villages north of the city and explore the amazing archaeological remains at Champaner.

 

Experience a cornucopia of ancient civilizations, tribal villages, unique crafts, temple art, architecture and religion in less visited Gujarat. Socialize with the Bhil and Garasia at their tribal fair amidst markets filled with a mélange of crafts. Stay at Maharaja’s palaces turned to boutique hotels. View the restored walled city of Bhuj with its teeming bazaars and admire the Kutchi tribes dressed in dazzling, embroidered costumes. Stroll through Banni villages – meet the gorgeous tribal women and the pastoral goat herders. Meet the only remaining family that still weaves the exquisite Patola (double ikat) silk. View Ahmedabad’s ancient filigreed balconies and Louis Kahn’s visionary architecture. Be amazed by the artistry of the 6th century step wells dug deep into the earth, and visit India’s best textile museum.

 

 

 

In November celebrate the Shamlaji Fair:

This two-week long festival is celebrated in Shamlaji, a historical town on the Ahmedabad-Delhi road. It is held in an 11th century temple and attended by over 200,000 devotees including the Garasia and Bhil tribes who come to pray to Shamlaji – the dark divinity. Photograph the lines of pilgrims arrive on foot and by camel cart. They sing devotional songs, carry banners and bathe in a sacred river. Join in the fun at this fair – an important place to trade. Observe the local people barter and bargain for silver ornaments, clothing and household goods. Visit the Shamlaji Temple on the banks of the Meshwo River that meanders into a beautiful natural lake surrounded by wooded hills. This is a huge social event, as all such events are in India. People travel from afar to visit friends and family in their flowing multi-colored skirts, bedecked in chunky tribal jewelry – a photographer’s delight.

 

In January view the colorful Kite Festival:

This uniquely Gujarati celebration happens around a Hindu festival when winter gives way to summer. The skies are filled with kites of every color shape and size from dawn and into the night. Skilled fliers send up their kites with brightly lit lanterns trailing into the starry night sky. It is an amazing event when everything stops and the local people take to the rooftops to bring down their neighbor’s kites! We will visit Patang (kite) Bazaar to photograph the frenzy of kites and families and friends partying on rooftops.

 

Tribal Harvest / Matrimonial Festival:

Most festivals in India are mainly a social gatherings of the local people to celebrate life and recreate the joy of existence. People gather to discuss matrimonial prospects and barter goods. Dance and music plays an important role during festivals. As you travel to the village, the festival venue look-out for groups of tribal people heading to the festival traveling by bullock cart, walking or using various modes of transportation. Women wearing colorful costumes and men in their striking turbans. Marvel at the festivities and see how the local people celebrate with wild abandon. Their dancing blends with the forest rhythm and their frolicking mimics the animals. Listen to the flutes and feet stomping to the drum beat. These are the Rathva tribes. Men wear belts with pebbled gourds and a string of brass bells and dance in groups. View men carrying sugar canes and wearing conical hats with photos of local deities. Notice the body painting with rice paste and ash, adorned with peacock feathers. They gyrate their hips to music, form human pyramids and perform ritualistic dances. Listen to the lingering sound of the brass bells and revel at the rainbow of color and movement of the various outfits on display – a photographer’s dream! Festivals offer great opportunities to celebrate with the local people.

 

Included: Deluxe hotel (double room) with hotel and government taxes and service charges and meals as specified. Price also includes all private transfers, ground transportation and internal airfare, all sightseeing and entrance fees with a private car, driver, and local English speaking guide, and all services as per the itinerary.

Not Included: Visa fees, meals not mentioned, trip insurance, tips, all personal expenses and any rerouting charges that maybe necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.

 

REMOTE GUJARAT: Tribes & Festivals
17 Days November 10 – 26, 2018
(Tour Code: RGF)
8-Day pre-tour Brahmaputra River Cruise available
7-Day post-tour Deluxe Nepal Adventure available
Book early as space is limited in remote jungle palaces.

 

TRIBAL & LOCAL FESTIVALS: We pioneered ethnic minority festival and study trips in Asia for UCLA Extension back in the 1980s. Festivals have always been our signature feature in most of our tours and are perfect for avid photographers and adventurers alike.

 

CUSTOMIZING A GROUP TOUR: We can customize group tours to accommodate your dates, interests and budget. We are happy to include special features some of which are listed below, upgrade to deluxe and / or upscale boutique hotels to enhance your trip experience.

 

To reserve space call 800-825-1680. www.asianpacificadventures.com 

 

      

 

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About:

Asian Pacific Adventures was founded in 1986 by photographer, art educator and sinologist Tovya Wager, whose fluency in Mandarin and fascination for China's minority cultures gave birth to the company. Hima Singh, the owner, was born in educated in India, Europe and the United States, and belongs to the royal families of both India and Nepal. Asian Pacific Adventures is known as a pioneer of cultural travel in Asia. We take our clients on exploratory trips to the remote corners of Asia where you can exchange views with an Iranian scholar, relax in the home studio of a Balinese artist, enjoy a fascinating photo and festival safari through Japan and stay in private homes in India and Japan. Our clients gain invaluable insights into ancient, complex cultures often unknown and inaccessible to westerners. Whether on a group departure or a customized individual tour, our clients experience Asia in a way that is both enlightening and enriching.

 

ASIAN PACIFIC ADVENTURES
6065 Calvin Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356

www.asianpacificadventures.com

 

Media Contact: Hima Singh

Email: hima@asianpacificadventures.com  

Phone: 8187308245