India is the quintessential land of textiles, from simple hand woven fabrics to elaborately embroidered cloth, the range of textiles and craftsmanship found in the country is unparalleled. To help you discover some of the textile beauty for yourself, we have designed the following private journeys. Alongside expert guides, you can witness the richness of India's textile heritage and meet the skilled artisans whose techniques go back for generations. We have also combined each trip with an array of vibrant sightseeing experiences so you can further unravel the intoxicating colour and history of each location.
North India Textile Trail
Delhi - Lucknow - Varanasi - Jaipur
11 Days from £2,200 (based on 2 people sharing)
The textiles & makers
A visit to the craft museum in Delhi for a textile introduction.
Learn all about Chikan, the traditional embroidery style found in Lucknow. Visit workshops of skilled artisans as well as taking time to try your hand at the craft yourself.
In Varanasi dive deep into the world of weaving, where you can meet master weavers who create heavenly silk and brocade textiles.
Finish in the Pink City of Jaipur, home to the mesmerising craft of textile block printing. You will get to visit one of the most respected workshops in Sanganer, before learning the secrets from the printers themselves.
Explore the dazzling and chaotic bazaars of Old Delhi and Lucknow where you can get lost in colourful fabrics, handmade jewellery, and delicious spices.
In Varanasi, you will get to witness the spiritual aarti ceremony on the Ganges as well as the mesmerising sunrise as the day breaks above the city's temples.
When you're in Jaipur, you will get to see skilled craftsmen at work, as they tinker on metal and create custom sized bangles from lac.