If you would prefer to travel to India in a group with likeminded individuals, then you may wish to consider joining one of our escorted trips. With over a decade worth of first-hand India travel planning experience, Siân curates and escorts small groups on carefully designed journeys across different regions of the country. Each group journey has been curated with a real focus on authentic experiences and with a chance to encounter insightful experts and hosts along the way.
All of our groups are small with no more than 6-8 people and our chosen accommodation includes the best small boutiques and independent owner run hotels.
Delhi & Rajasthan
EXPLORING TEXTILES & TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
17th - 27th October 2022
From £1,850 per person
2nd - 12th March 2023
From £1,980 per person
13th - 23th March 2023
From £1,980 per person
Textiles and Traditional Crafts
Explore the traditional crafts and textiles of Rajasthan on this small curated group where we will journey through Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur and the rural countryside. We will have the chance to meet with expert artisans, including block printers, silver smiths, potters and dhurrie weavers. Learn about traditional textiles with visits to museums and creative houses as well as trying your hand at some traditional crafts yourself.
During the journey, we will get to stay in small intimate properties that are owner run. This will enable you to really get under the skin of the area, with opportunities to interact with the hosts and experience true authentic Indian hospitality. One of the highlights includes a stay in a 300 year old fort in the middle of the beautiful rural countryside, surrounded by local villages.
We have designed the trip to show you India away from the generic tourist excursions so that you can enjoy a true authentic journey . Some of the immersive experiences include enjoying a homecooked meal with an family of artisans, a walk through hidden corners of Jaipur to find local craft traders, an e-rickshaw tour with a woman-led NGO and a chance to have your horoscope read by an expert astrologer.
Mumbai & Gujarat
TEXTILES, CRAFTS AND THE COMMUNITIES OF KUTCH
16th - 28th October 2023
*Booking open - 2 spaces left*
From £2,690 per person
Rural Communities and Textiles
Travel off the beaten path on this small curated group where we will journey through the mega city of Mumbai and into the villages and salt tinted landscapes of Gujarat. You will have the opportunity to meet with artisan communities where some of India's finest textiles are produced. From embroidery, tie dye and block printing, to weaving and fabric painting - we will help you to unravel the textile treasures from this corner of India.
During the tour, you will get to stay in a variety of accommodation, including a bustling city hotel with panoramic views of the ocean, a former ancestral palace and one of India's premier boutique heritage hotel's. Each property brings a new perspective on our journey, with charming staff, quirky interiors, comfortable rooms and a chance to sample some of the delicious local cuisine.
We always believe in designing our tours to show guests unique corners of the country which are not always on the main tourist trail. Some of the immersive experiences include seeing where cotton is grown, before it is then hand weaved by a local community, a visit to a Mumbai bazaar to rummage for antiques, meet with a family who has a history of fabric painting for hundreds of years and a chance to witness some of Gujarat's most ancient monuments.
Sarah Eastabrook - 2022
A really fabulous holiday, every last detail carefully considered, beautifully planned and perfectly executed. Sian and Tuhina were the perfect combination of knowledgeable but fun guides. They knew the locations and our itinerary so well and we were welcomed anthusiastically whereever we stayed,
Sophie Larner - 2022
Sian created such an amazing tour with a lovely group of fellow travellers. Tuhina was an excellent fellow escort and everyday was carefully considered and planned. It was so much fun I would happily go again on the same tour.
Lulu Hampson - 2022
This is without doubt the best organised and enjoyable tour I've been on. Sian's attention to detail and research meant we visited places and met artisans off the usual tourist routes... I can't recommend South Asia Uncovered more highlighly.