An Indian Art Affair

Highlights

  Bollywood experience
  Varanasi
  Fall in love with Taj Mahal   
  The India Art Fair
  Explore Delhi

Date: 23 January to 3 February 2020

Price: please get in touch

Max Group Size: 24 guests

Indian art consists of an immense variety of forms, as diverse and eclectic as the culture and heritage of the nation. Passed down from many generations, some dating to the prehistoric era, Indian art traditions reflect the diverse ethnic groups, cultures, traditions and beliefs that have left an indelible mark on the country.

Soak in these artistic wonders of India and explore the rich treasures of Indian history and literature; while you visit some of the most fascinating museums of India, iconic monuments and places of historic significance. This art rendezvous is ideal for art lovers, enthusiasts and critics as well as anyone interested in learning about new art forms and the history of Indian art and design.

The journey is also packed with a fun Bollywood tour, where you get to learn traditional Bollywood dance moves and even witness a live film shoot, with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes inside the glamourous world of the Indian film industry.

Tour Expert: Seema Srivastava
Seema Srivastava is an artist, art enthusiast and illustrator. With over 30 years of experience, she regularly conducts heritage walks, museum visits, and craft experiences for art and culture enthusiasts. She has wide experience in teaching art history and design-related courses. She is also a freelance artist and illustrator, involved in conceptualising and designing advertisements, books, magazines, calendars, brochures, etc.

At a Glance

  • Price is 
  • Duration is 12 nights in India
  • Accommodation is in delightful hotels.
  • Price includes all international and internal flights, accommodation, 

Itinerary

Day 0 (23 January 2020): Fly to Mumbai.

Days 1 – 2 (24 – 25  January 2020): Mumbai.
India’s Maximum City Mumbai has something to suit every tourist’s palate. Historical sights, a pulsating night life, a cosmopolitan population and the glamorous world of Bollywood. The Mumbai Dream is a world full of experiences, inspired by Bollywood, get a peek into the exciting world of Indian films and television.

Visit the Prince of Wales museum, founded in early 20th century to commemorate the visit of Edward VIII, who was then Prince of Wales.

In the evening, enjoy a heritage walk at the iconic Taj Hotel. Watch history come alive as their butlers keep you enthralled with its rich and varied stories, and anecdotes of yesteryears’ guests including some eminent personalities. Listen to the whispered secrets of the hotel’s beautiful Grand Staircase.

Accommodation: Hotel in Mumbai.

Days 3 – 4 (26 – 27 January 2020): Kolkata
Kolkata is a city frozen in time – life moves unhurried and languid here, largely unaffected by rapid modernisation. Crowded trams that criss-cross the city, yellow taxis that weave through crammed roads, hand–pulled rickshaws and British names for streets and city squares – are sights reminiscent of a bygone era that can be found in few cities across India!

Experience a walking heritage tour centred around the Dalhousie Square and explore the narrow alleys of Kumartuli – Kolkata’s traditional quarter for potters and sculptors and try your hand at some traditional handicraft making.

For dinner, join local art dealer and popular socialite Bomti Iyengar at his eclectic home, which was once part of a prominent British department store during the times of the Raj (think Harrods in Calcutta). This one-of-a-kind residence also houses Bomti’s contemporary art collection.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kolkata

Day 5 (28 January 2020): Varanasi
For a taste of the erstwhile British Raj, head to Victoria Memorial. The ethereal beauty of this white-marbled building makes for memorable photographs.

Our next destination is the historic city of Varanasi – widely considered as one of the oldest cities in the world – on the banks of the holy Ganges river. This evening offers the chance to experience faith and piety in action by witnessing the “aarti” ceremony at the “ghats” (banks) of the Ganges river. Watch the ghats come alive with the twinkling of thousands of lamps for the evening aarti.

Accommodation: Hotel in Varanasi.

Days

6 – 7 (29 – 30 January 2020): Agra
Enjoy an early morning sunrise cruise of Ganges before flying to Agra. Witness the spectacular “Mohabbat-e-Taj” show in the evening, which brings to life the monument of love Taj Mahal, with a look at its history and the epic love story that started it all – Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.

Visit the much-awaited monument of love, Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz. This magnificent monument took over 20 years and more than 20,000 craftsmen to complete, according to some accounts. We will also visit the little-known “Chini Ka Rauza” – the Persian-style riverside tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah, a scholar and poet who served as the chief minister of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Accommodation: Hotel in Agra.

Days 8 – 11 (31 January – 2 February 2020): Delhi
Delhi is a curious mix of the traditional and the modern. Prepare to be charmed by the seamless intermingling of the old and the new. Monuments that have stood witness to the rise and fall of empires stand harmoniously by new-age restaurants and bars that offer a variety of world cuisines!

Be part of The India Art Fair which is South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art and a portal to the region’s cultural landscape. This has become the bedrock of a now-booming cultural community with connections to every level of the market.

During you stay in Delhi visit to the National Museum, spend a day touring through the historic city of Delhi, drive past the opulent Red Fort, explore New Delhi, with its broad tree-lined avenues, visit Humayun’s tomb, walk around Dilli Haat, an open-air craft bazaar and food plaza and take a trip to Qutb Minar – the soaring red-brick tower that is perhaps one of the most iconic visuals of Delhi.

In the evenings meet artist and truly immerse yourself into the art of India.

Accommodation: Hotel in Delhi.

Day 12: Fly home