Textiles, Crafts and Festivals of Tribal Gujarat Tour

Tribes in India – Gujarat

Our Gujarat tour visits tribal villages of the state of Gujarat, located in the far western region of India. In fact, Gujarat is India’s westernmost state. It has a diverse terrain and several sacred sites.

Gujarat villages are rich with detailed textiles still produced by traditional methods. The interaction of peoples: invaders, indigenous tribes, traders and explorers – has led to the creation of designs legendary for their vitality, color and intricacy.

Enjoy and appreciate the amazing textiles! See demonstrations of both traditional and sophisticated weaving methods as well as hand-embroidery. The women and children wear these intricate and colorful textiles as their everyday clothes.

Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles. Its’ collection of Indian textiles is considered by many to be the finest and most comprehensive in the world.

In addition, spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s base from 1917 to 1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, in Ahmedabad, where his house is kept on display.

Diverse Tribal Groups

Experience a diversity of tribal groups in the villages of Gujarat on this tour.

Meet and interact with textile families and observe their traditional techniques and way of life. The November tour includes a tribal festival.

Although we are traveling in a tribal region, hotels are nice, the drives are not long and the travel is relatively easy. In fact, of all our tours into tribal regions of India, our Gujarat tour is the most comfortable experience.

This is truly a slice-of-life experience. Anyone interested in indigenous culture, textiles and crafts and immersion into traditional village life will appreciate this authentic experience in Gujarat.

  • Visit tribal settlements to see traditional weaving and block printing techniques
  • View exquisite tribal embroidery
  • Meet the Salvi family, master weavers of colorful Potala silk and the ancient art of double ikat
  • Explore Bhuj, an old walled city featuring intricately carved palaces and brightly decorative Hindu temples
  • Enjoy Traditional Festivals in remote villages-Fall tour only
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Banni woman embroidering in her village near Bhuj

  • 1
    Day 1: Meet in Bombay

    Arrival in Bombay transfer to hotel near airport.

  • 2
    Day 2-3: Jambughoda

    En-route to Jambughoda, we visit the World Heritage Site of Champaner.

    Full day exploration of the tribal villages surrounding Jambughoda.

  • 3
    Day 4-5:Palitana

    Drive to Palitana via Lothal, to visit the excavations of a Harappan site dating back to 2400 -1600 BC.

    Visit the Palitana temples.

  • 4
    6-8: Ahmedabad

    Visit Sabarmati Ashram, founded in 1918 by Mahatma Gandhi, who revitalized the textile industry here. It became the headquarters during the struggle for Indian Independence.

    Attend Shamlaji and Vautha Tribal Fairs-Fall Tour Only.

    Visit the excellent Calico Museum of Textiles and the Adalaj Step Well, built in 1499 by Queen Rudaba. See Mr.Manubhai's rare and magnificent collection of embroideries from all over Gujarat.

  • 5
    Days 9-10 Poshina

    Explore picturesque remote villages; observe crafts-people at work; enjoy colorful markets.

  • 6
    Day 11-12 Patan - Zainabad (Rann of Kutch)

    Visit the superb Sun Temple in Modhera. Visit the Salvi family, master weavers of the colorful Potala silk.

    We continue to Bajana Village in Little Raan of Kutch. Excursion to the 'Rann of Kutch' to visit the pastoral settlements and villages of the Kutchhi Tribes

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    Day 13-14: Bhuj

    En-route to Bhuj, visit Dhamaeka, the block printing village and Bhujodi village to meet the nomadic Rabari who weave camel wool on pit looms into blankets and shawls. Also see Chandaben Shroff's Shrujan organization which exhibits 16 different styles of embroidery, produced by a variety of communities and tribal groups.

    Visit the old walled city of Bhuj and surrounding tribal villages.

  • 8
    Day 15: Bombay - Depart

    Fly to Mumbai & Depart

  • Trip Length

    15-day trip begins in Bombay and ends in Bombay

  • Dates

    November 7-22, 2024
    February 5-20, 2025

  • Land Cost

    Nov 2024 Price $4075 based on minimum 4 people. Single room Supplement: $990
    Feb 2025 Price $4325 based on minimum 4 people. Single room Supplement: $1045

  • Accommodations

    4 star, 5-star and heritage hotels

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading
    Article - India's Textiles

  • Extend Your Trip

    Ellora and Ajanta Caves
    3 days, post tour

Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Jambughoda, Gujarat, India

Palitana, Gujarat, India

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Poshina, Gujarat, India

Patan, Gujarat, India

Bhuj, Gujarat, India

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