Timeless Traditions 2017
Join cultural expert and intrepid traveler Carole Douglas on a slow journey into the traditional heart of Gujarat where time stops and tradition begins. We step back in history to the Indus Valley civilisation and follow a trail that leads to ancient ports on the Arabian coast and from remote villages to modern markets, from sparkling salt plains to wild wetlands and from vast deserts to pristine shores. Along the way you will experience a unique heritage shaped by time and diversity, mingle with master artisans who create timeless arts (you may even try your own hand at stitch, dye and print), meet traditional communities, drink chai with camel herders, swim in the Arabian Sea and relax under the moon accompanied by local music. At the end of the journey you will take home memories of extraordinary encounters, genuine hospitality and of a cultural heritage second to none.
‘My India experience was perfect for me. Your tour to Gujarat offered all the things I was looking for. Getting to the villages in the more remote areas and seeing the wildlife in the Ranns is more my style than the bustle of larger cities. I appreciated the attitude of the local people – I was never hassled or pestered and encountered nothing but friendliness and politeness. The workshops were excellent and in every one that you organised on our behalf I learned something new to add to my existing knowledge. You and Nirav possess huge knowledge and it was good to receive the information in small bites. The contacts you have made over the years, Carole, added immensely to the experience. This India trip was much more than I ever hoped for.’
Anne Groufsky, Whangarei, New Zealand