Tour 2017

Traditional Rajasthani Potter Communities Tours 2017

Share my experiences collected over 14 years of connections with these communities assisted by local potters to ensure an in depth and unique adventure. These tours will focus on locations where traditional pottery clusters can be found, although other places of interest are included if conveniently located, see the itinerary below for details.

 10 days- 11 nights - max 6 people     $2250

meet on the evening of 21st Feb and tour 22nd Feb to the 3rd March

Proposed Itinerary                                     the small print.... subject to change              

 meet  4pm- 6pm in Old Delhi at  Hotel Tara Palace

Dinner: Old Delhi   Stay: Hotel Tara Palace

 Day 1  Old Delhi. Relax into India with a walk across the road to Jama  Majid then Kinari Bazzar, rickshaw to the spice market etc

Lunch: Old Delhi                                Dinner: Old Delhi                   Stay: Hotel Tara Palace

Day 2:  Metro to Uttam Nagar East. Travelling with us today and for the country tour will be Shirley Bhatnagar English/Hindi speaker, potter, has taught in Jaipur lived in the US and now living in New Delhi. Visit the Prasad workshop  then to Kumhaargram to the home and workshop of Manohar Lal  ( Manori  Ji )  and family  and visit several other family workshop, including an opportunity to have a turn on a pottery wheel.

Lunch: with family of Manori Ji         Dinner: Old Delhi                     StayHotel Tara Palace

 Day3  Move from Old Delhi heading towards Rajasthan. Visit Sanskriti Kendra Terracotta Folk Museum and a contemporary studio potter TBC.

Lunch:  TBC                         Dinner: Shirley’ suggestion  in Jaipur     Stay:  Tara Niwas, Jaipur

Day 4: Amber Fort, City Palace,  Jantar Mantar (Jai Singh’s 1728 astrological park* )

Lunch: TBC                                       Dinner: TBC                           Stay: Tara Niwas, Jaipur 

 Day 5 Heading east,  Abhaneri (Chand Baori, a step well*), Baswa to visit a potters cluster

 Lunch TBC                          Dinner. The Hill Fort Kesroli                Stay:The Hill Fort Kesroli

  Day 6:  Manori Ji will be with us today  Visit Potters in Ramgarh,  Manori Ji's home town of Lachmangarh, and potter Ganga Sai

Lunch: TBC                                  Dinner: The Hill Fort                     StayThe Hill Fort Kesroli 

 Day 7:  Rest morning, afternoon wander in Alwar, market area and City Palace precinct.

Lunch: TBC                                   Dinner:  TBC                                Stay: The Hill Fort Kesroli

 Day 8: Heading towards Agra, may stop at Nagar or Deeg on the way to Fatehpur Sikri *

Lunch: On the road                         Dinner: Hotel Maya                        Stay: Hotel Maya

 Day 9: Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, afternoon Red Fort, autoride to the otherside of the river for sunset views over the Taj Mahal

Breakfast: Cafe with a Taj Mahal view.  Lunch: Sheroes  Dinner: Hotel Maya  Stay: Hotel Maya

Day 10: Return to Delhi stopping at Vrindavan ( Holy City on the Yamana River),

Lunch: Vrindavan                 Dinner: Delhi TBC    Stay: Green Meadow Guest House  Green Park.

Day 11: Breakfast and goodbye                                                     * details given when appropriate

 We will travel in what is known as a Tempo Tourer ( 12 seats) other than the first 2 days in Delhi where we will take the most appropriate  transport including The Metro

Cost is based on twin share. Accommodation has been chosen for locations and ambience but with an eye for comfort.

All meals are included ( meeting evening dinner and departing breakfast)  with a preference for vegetarian but not fixed on this.  Alcohol would be at your own expense.                                                                                                

 Entrances to ‘sites’ are not included, the most expensive being the Taj Mahal$15

You will be responsible for.

 Getting to New Delhi and Hotel Tara Palace for the first night. They have fee airport pick up.

 Indian Tourist, Visa,  and Full Comprehensive Travel Insurance

 Personal health, immunisation etc.

 Snacks, water and personal possessions.

Some words from Serena Rosevear "I'm struggling to express how privileged I feel to have had this opportunity to experience India with the richness provided by your knowledge, experience and friendships. It has been an incredible first overseas trip, leaving me wondering if I will ever top it......." 

If you want to travel before or after your tour there are lots of options, you could also consider a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi Blue Pottery Trust co ordinate the pottery workshop there, the beautiful green grounds are a respite from the cacophony outside. Other suggestions, please ask.

I am happy to talk on any of the above on 0414015460

For details of some of my adventures in India with potter communities and  Indian potters  go to the archive in this website

 for images  2016 Traditional Rajasthani Potter Communities Tour  

 and  a 15 min film on Kumhaargram  http://youtu.be/ZsEFtG2hf6g

 Email me on sandra@sandrabowkett.com for more info and booking form.

 A non refundable $500 deposit and completing the booking form will secure a place with the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. 

 Full refund 8 weeks prior to departure, 6 weeks 75% 4 weeks 50% 2 weeks 0.