India Unravelled with Natalie Miller
Weave your way through India's rich culture and textile heritage
Sunset at the Taj Mahal
Exquisite palaces & forts
Rug making in Jodhpur
Traditional trical weaving
Escorted by Natalie Miller
Small group of like-minded ladies
- Great for cultural heritage lovers
- 10 days
- Escorted by Natalie Miller
Astounding in its diversity of people, landscapes, religions, architecture and textiles, India is a sumptuous treat for the culturally curious.
On this exceptional 10 day journey you will explore the captivating cities of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, and have the opportunity to experience the soul of India - witnessing the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset, riding in the back of rickshaws, marveling at the humble artistry of ‘carpet wallahs’ and glimpsing the everyday magic of Rajasthan’s artisans at work. As one of India’s most revered cultural forefronts, textiles will be at the heart of this trip. Hosted by expert interior designer and textile artist, Natalie Miller, this journey has been delicately crafted for those seeking a deeper appreciation and understanding of Indian textiles and the role they play within Indian cultures both ancient and modern. 'Queen of Macrame' Natalie and will guide and interpret as you travel, heightening your understanding of the processes and techniques in action.
Starting your trip in the charming and highly photogenic 'blue city' of Jodhpur you will discover ancient forts, tribal cultures and the centuries-old tradition of carpet weaving on heritage hand looms before moving onto Jaipur, the home of block printing. From here you will journey to Agra to witness the magnificent Taj Mahal visiting at the quieter times of sunrise and sunset when the light is soft and the atmosphere is calm. Continuing the journey you will visit the Wildlife SOS Conservation Centre where villagers are knitting jumpers for rescued elephants who are vulnerable to the cold temperatures, before finally arriving in Delhi. Back in Delhi you'll enjoy a rickshaw ride through the old town exploring the captivating sights, sounds and smells of every day life, a visit to one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid and a browse through the impressive National Handicrafts and Handloom museum.
Throughout your journey you will stay in a handpicked selection of India's best art hotels, restored palaces and havelis, dine on exquisite cuisine, meet everyday people to experience authentic India and benefit from the very best guiding. Of course you will also enjoy Natalie's interpretations along the way, as well as a the companionship of a small group of likeminded female travellers.
This is an extraordinary and immersive journey showcasing the very best of India's textiles and traditions with experiences simply not available 'off the shelf'. As a one-off itinerary with limited space this journey will fill quickly. Please enquire now if you would like to register your interest.
Welcome to India! The group will arrive in Delhi today and spend one night at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity hotel, close to the airport.
Fly to the photogenic 'blue city' of Jodhpur. Visit an ancient stepwell and indulge in a little textile shopping - Natalie will show you the best spots!
Check into RAAS Jodhpur, a luxury design hotel in the shadow of Mehrangarh Fort.
Take to the streets for a privately guided walking tour of Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort and the Sardar market, then enjoy some time at leisure
to soak up the atmosphere or relax by the hotel's glamourous pool.
Leave the city and head for the surrounding rural areas. Visit a remote tribal village inhabited by Bishnoi people and witness traditional durry (rug)
Transfer to the 'pink city' of Jaipur by road, stopping at the small village of Bagru en toure, where the classic wooden block printing of Bagru which
is considered unparalleled. On arrival check into the beautiful Samode Haveli - a traditional Indian mansion
set amidst in a verdant garden within the ancient walled city.
Visit local artisans to discover traditional local crafts, block printing and 'tie and dye' techniques. Take a privately guided tour of the Ambert
Fort and City Palace.
Transfer to Agra by road and arrive in time to witness sunset at the Taj Mahal - a breathtaking spectacle. Stay at the ITC Mughal hotel for one night.
Rise early to catch the soft light of sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Transfer by road to Delhi, stopping en route at the Wildlife SOS Conservation centre
where local women are knitting brightly coloured jumpers for elephants who have been subjected to cruelty and chronic neglect and are vulnerable
to pneumonia and arthritis. On arrival in Delhi check into the your stylish boutique hotel in the old city, Haveli Dharampura.
Visit the impressive Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, then enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi's bustling network of narrow streets.
Take time to explore the local markets and shop for textiles, pottery and a whole array of trinkets before re-grouping for a sumptuous farewell
Visit the National Handicrafts and Handloom museum and take some time to shop for last minute souvenirs or relax in the hotel before transferring to the airport to begin your journey home or continuing with your onward arrangements.
About Natalie Miller
With the stunning Southern Highlands as a backdrop for inspiration, Moss Vale based artist Natalie Miller is a registered architect, interior designer, and textile artist. With 25 years in the interior design industry with a focus on textiles, carpet and fabric design, Natalie has explored how textiles can transform architectural spaces. Known for her sell-out workshops on tapestry weaving, heddle loom weaving, macramé, knitting and natural dyeing, Natalie is a master of all things in the woven and fabric worlds. Natalie’s artisan approach forefronts weaving and macramé techniques without allowing tools to dominate her work. Driven by reviving the beauty of hand making, Natalie is fascinated by the different cultural approaches to dying, weaving and creating textiles. Natalie hand dyes all her fabrics from Australian wool and natural dyes. Over the past 5 years Natalie has taught over 4,000 students throughout Australia and internationally in Hong Kong, Bali, Thailand, Singapore, Paris, Japan, New York and Columbus. Having led textile tours and retreats in Thailand, Bali and Japan, this will be Natalie’s first trip in India. Natalie has recently completed the two biggest macramé chandeliers in the world in Pacific Place on Hong Kong Island for Chinese New Year. Along with other notable collaborations, she has worked with other artists for fashion labels and installations for brands including Romance Was Born and The Woolmark Company. Natalie’s extensive training includes studying tapestry weaving at Sturt Art and Craft centre, Saori weaving at Saorinomori with Kenzo Jo in Japan and Batik dyeing in Bali. She has been featured in Elle Decoration, The Design Files, CountryStyle, Women’sWeekly and Instyle, to name a few.
For more information, please head to www.nataliemillerdesign.com
- Escorted by Queen of Macramé Natalie Miller
- 10 days
- 26 September to 6 October 2018
- Begins & ends: Delhi
- A$4,880 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
- For further details and a full itinerary please contact us