Mewar miniatures, illustrating Hindu mythological themes, which incidentally a Muslim artist initiated, mark the beginning of art schools in Rajasthan. You will view some famous miniature paintings, the fine brushwork made by using natural colours obtained from vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. Get introduced to the unique traditional techniques of miniature painting with a specialist, who will enlighten you with the use of natural pigments derived from plants and minerals. Observe the artists engrossed in various methods of grinding and mixing pigments inside beautiful shells; get to know about different brush techniques and the application of metal foils, gold work and burnishing. The use of ostentatious precious and semi precious stones and metals traditionally as well as in commissioned work in contemporary time is quite common. Gain an understanding of the intricate subject, stories associated with it and messages portrayed through this art form.
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More than just the Chicken Tikka Masala! Discover the cuisine of India as the scents of cumin, coriander and ginger; the tang of tamarind, mustard and mango powder mix with the fragrance of saffron, turmeric and cardamom. Indian food presents a range of flavours, subtle and intense, as vast as the country itself. Regional influences range depending on climate and elevation as well as history and religion. Throughout your travel, experience India’s warm hospitality and sample exotic culinary creations as you explore varied regions of the subcontinent, immersing yourself in ancient history and appreciating the ultramodern development of the 21st century.
Explore a part of India’s kaleidoscopic past as you discover the India of today. As you stroll through bustling city streets and bazaars, your guide will help you decipher the layers of history and culture now hidden behind dusty facades and crowded signboards. Experience the pomp and magnificence of western India as you delve into the art and culture of the city of Mumbai, and the kingdoms of Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Jaipur. As you walk through royal palaces, forts and fascinating museums that contain the treasures and magnificence of glorious empires, you’ll tread the path of kings and conquerors as you marvel at the rich tapestry of Indian history.
Woven textiles of cotton, silk and wool — dyed, printed, painted or exquisitely embroidered — have made the craft people of India famous. On this fascinating journey, explore the marvels of Indian urban and rural textile as you travel from handpicked workshops where you can learn about the art and science of this ancient industry. Discover the silk wedding saris of Varanasi, Lucknow’s intricately embroidered cottons, Kanchipuram’s hand-woven silk saris, the stunning zardozi embroidery work on Mysore silks, and the block-printed cotton fabrics of the royal city of Jaipur. Throughout your journey, experience the creativity and expertise of craftsmen that follow age-old techniques in bringing to you the spectacular creations only India offers!
Soothe and pamper your mind, body and soul as you journey on an unforgettable exploration of India’s exquisite opulent spa hotels and resorts. The spa retreats in India offer traditional ayurvedic treatment programs, various kinds of massage, aromatic rubs, aura imaging and herbal body pummelling to relax and rejuvenate you in an ambience of languid charm. If you’re looking for peace, healing and an extraordinary sense of well-being, embark on this journey of self-fulfilment and self-discovery in one of the world’s most ancient lands.