Day 1-2: Meet in Delhi
The program is to be announced once we have become familiar with the past experiences of the participants so that we can offer a unique afternoon, not the usual sightseeing that you have already done on past trips.
Day 3: Fly Patna:
Visit the Folk Art Museum, Gurudwara Patna Sahib, Patna Museum.
drive to Darbhanga (3.5 hrs). Visit Chandradhari Museum, on the eastern bank of Mansarovar Lake, popular for its 11 wonderful halls.
Full day excursion to Madhuvani to see the Madhubani paintings.
Day 6-7: Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya
Visit Nalanda, a great Buddhist center for more than 1000 years; Rajgir and Vulture Peak where the Buddha spent many years of his life and gave important teachings on the Prajnaparamita (known as the Heart Sutra) and Bodhgaya, one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centers in the world.
Day 8-9: Hazaribagh
Today we enter Jharkhand state.
Visit The Urban Haat which displays and sells works created by the native artisans of Hazaribagh and surrounding areas of Jharkhand. Figures made of terracotta, Sohari paintings, products of leather, handloom garments, furniture and much more are sold at this Haat.
Day 10-12: Ranchi
January tour attend Saraswati puja; October tour attend Sohrai festival. Visit the Tribal Research Institute and Museum and nearby villages.
A day excursion to Naisarai - Tasar Textile Tour.
Day 13-14 Jamshedpur
On the way we stop at Dasam Fall where Kanchi River falls from a height of 144 feet); we tour Surya Mandir and Tribal villages Tamara and Ulihatu.
On the third day, a tour of Ghatshila area including Buridih Lake, Daragiri Falls, Maobhandar, Bibhuti Bihar Complex and Fuldungri; and a visit to Amadubi, a recreated village of the Chitrakars who painted on scrolls made from leaves and barks of trees. The art is known as PYATKAR art.
Day 15: Saraikela-Kharsava
Seraikela is a small town and sleepy hamlet on the bank of the river Kharkai. The district commands fame in the country and abroad for its’ unique art, the Chhau Dance. We visit the Chhau Dance Centre Seraikela. We may have an opportunity to meet the Royal family during lunch followed by CHHAU dance. (Royal family visit will be subject to availability, to be confirmed closer to the dates).
Day 16-17: Bishupur
en-route visit craft village Bagmukhi, where the local people make paper mache masks' tour of Bishnupur, known for its jewel-box terracotta temples.We visit local Baluchari sari weavers, whose magnificent silk-on-silk
embroidered textiles and garments are sought after by women all over India. We will meet several artisans that carve intricate blowing shells and bracelets out of conch shell. The bracelets are often inlaid with red lac or gold.
Day 18: Calcutta - Depart
Drive to Calcutta and connect to your international flight home.