Kavant Festival Activities, Gujarat, India

India: Gujarat - Touched by the Gods

15 February to 8 March 2018

The spirit of India has fascinated the world with its very mystique. There is no place on earth which enjoys such a profusion of creative energies for the production of the arts as India. One such area, Gujarat, the special focus of this tour, has long been famous for the cultivation of cotton and indigo, and its influence on textile design and production techniques has been keenly felt. It has fostered a staggering volume of exports to the Arabian Gulf, Africa, Egypt, to the Greek and Roman Empires, to Europe and Sri Lanka, China and Indonesia. The tour will embrace not only the antiquity but also the continuity of textiles, pottery, sculpture, metal work, music and dance and much more. We have included significant places of cultural heritage, the rare and fabulous wildlife, the great Jain temples of Palitana, the famous Rann of Kutch, 3 days to explore Bhuj, then Gir National Park, (perhaps glimpsing Asiatic Lions or Leopard), tribal markets loaded with rare textiles, and Queen Udaymati’s famous step-well. Other highlights include Ahmedabad’s Calico Museum, visiting the workshops of famed textile artists, encountering tribal peoples and their textiles, bronze ware, wood carving and especially the great Kavant Tribal Fair which will be abuzz with magnificently dressed tribal peoples performing traditional music and dance; all mixed up with the holi Festival of Colours.

'Touched by the Gods' will be led from Australia by Ruth Flaherty, an experienced Arts educator and currently an Academic Tutor, Flinders University’s Faculty of Education. Ruth specialised in textiles and design at the SA School of Art. Her thesis explored ‘Three Dimensional textiles’ and she has taught textile art at TAFE SA and in schools. Her textile work has been exhibited in many exhibitions including RSASA, SALA and the exclusive fibre and textiles exhibition 'Stranded'. Ruth also holds a M.Ed. (Studies of Asia) and has been a tour manager for many Asian and European tours. In Gujarat you will also have a local guide throughout, and in many places we have invited a village leader to accompany you into remote tribal areas. For educators, this tour may be tax deductible, but it is open to anyone desiring to embrace ‘Amazing India’.

What are they saying about Zen Oriental Journeys to India?

This is seriously a brilliant trip. Every day is packed full of extraordinary visits. We just go from one amazing experience to another. I am in heaven and so thankful I came. The word is spreading on facebook. So many asking who we are touring with. We have a minor problem. How will we get our gear on the plane? We have all purchased the most beautiful pieces but it is meeting with the people that is just sooo special. Loving every second. Wish you could be here. Thanks for all your hard work. (Touched by the Gods: The Gujarati Legacy, March/April 2017)

Firstly a formal thank you to Lee for organizing the holiday of a lifetime. I have been lucky enough to experience some amazing holidays/journeys in my life, but I think the Rajasthan tour tops all. (Rajasthan Journey, January 2017)

We would also like to send a huge thank you to Lee whose superb knowledge, communication and meticulous attention to detail allowed us all to experience such an amazing trip in a multifaceted and fascinating country. We have learnt so much about India! (Rajasthan Journey, January 2017)

You will see by the itinerary that these are no ordinary tours. Lee has a culture and arts focus and looks for the roads less travelled. He likes to keep his tours small so there is space for everyone. I liken it to Business Class Travel…once you have experienced it there is no going back! We absolutely loved our tour of Gujarat with Lee and put it up there as one of the best adventures we have been on. It will be Zen Oriental Tours for our Asia trips from now on.

Please visit Zen Gujarat 2017 on Facebook and see how amazing this journey was and yours likely will be.

Departure date: 15 February 2018
Duration: 21 Nights
Hotel Standards: 3 - 4 star standard


Indicative price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 4656.00
Airfare with Singapore Airlines from Adelaide approx. AUD 1220.00 ‘Economy Saver’ (no refund on cancellation) or approx. AUD 1260.00 Economy ‘Flexi Saver’ (cancellation fee applies). Other capitals by arrangement.
Single Supplement: AUD 1645.00

Please note: This tour has attracted significant interest and requests. You are advised to book your place as soon as possible as numbers will be limited.


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Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking

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