Top 3 Textile Museums in India

by Nicole Farrell

. Living & Learning Design Centre, Bhuj, Gujarat

This LLDC centre consists of a craft museum, shop and cafe. It was opened in 2016 and is a modern, well laid out museum. I learnt a lot at this museum and would highly recommend adding it to your Gujarat itinerary. 

Kutch has more than 22 different crafts practised incudingembroidery, metal, leather, rogan painting, tie-dye, lacquer and silver work. LLDC is a place for preserving, promoting and celebrating the crafts.

   

It's open from 10 am - 6 pm, except Mondays. Entry is around 150 Rp. There is also a shop on the way back into Bhuj that is worth checking out.

  

2. Crafts Museum, Delhi

The Craft museum in Delhi is home to more than 33,000 artifacts from all over India. Unfortunately the lighting in the museum needs improvement.

The museum grounds are nice and there is a shop and cafe. My favourite feature is the craft demonstrations. Artisans from all over India are invited to exhibit their products and demonstrate their craft. This includes embroidery, paper mache, puppet makers, weavers, painters and more. It was a fabulous opportunity to meet artisans and learn more about their techniques.

 

  

It's open from 10 am - 6 pm, excluding Mondays. Cost is 200 rupees for international visitors.

   

 Be sure to include a visit to the craft museum when you visit Delhi. The exhibitors really appreciate your visit!

3. Calico Museum, Ahmadabad, Gujarat

This is the magnificent gate to the Calico Museum in Ahmadabad. The museum offer one guided tour a day at 10.30 am. 

It's free but bookings are essential. Phones, bags, wallets etc are not allowed. You can take a pencil and paper for sketching.

We have 2 tours in February/March 2020 that offer an excellent insight into India and it's amazing textiles. Our Textile, Temples and Tastes of India and our Gujarat Textile Tour are designed to be combined and offer 2 weeks in Incredible India. Travel with the peace of mind that you are in a small group of like-minded ladies with me as your tour leader.

Call me today to chat about this fabulous opportunity! ph 0402 650 190 Nicole

6 Free Travel Apps We Can't Live Without

by Nicole Farrell

Let's face it, our mobile phones have become almost as important as our passports when we travel. We use them to take photos, get directions, find the best place to eat, shop and even where the closest toilet is.

Here are my top 6 free travel apps.

1. Currency Convertor

 

This app is my all time favourite and I could not travel without it. It provides up-to-date exchange rates for over 160 currencies. It can be used offline too.

 

2. WhatsApp

 

This app is the communication life-line for travellers. It allows you to message, phone and video call free. You can also send photos and documents.

 

3. Trip Advisor

I hesitate to add this to my list as you can now pay to promote. This should be taken into consideration when looking at the rankings. I use this app as a starting point  to research things to do in each destination. 

 

 

4. Skyscanner

I use this app to research flights. I then book with my travel agent or direct with the airline. 

5. Flightaware

This app allows you to track your flight to ensure it is on time. It's handy and allows you to prepare ahead for potential delays.

 

6. Google Translate

To be honest, I rarely need this app much but it's a handy one to have. It allows you to translate text, handwriting and speech of more than 100 languages. 

These are a few of my favourite apps. I hope they help when you next travel. Pin this on your Pinterest travel board!

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Who are our tours for?

by Nicole Farrell

We are a small Australian, female owned company that attracts guests from all over the world. Travel is about connecting with people from other countries and cultures and we do this on tour with the friends we make and in the country through experiences.

We welcome travellers who have an open mind, go with the flow attitude and willingness to experience new things. There is no age bracket but we generally attract women over 50. We welcome husbands and partners as well as solo travellers. As a solo traveller,  enjoy the company of like-minded ladies and feel safe and relaxed knowing everything is taken care of. We offer a single supplement if you'd prefer a room on your own, or we can help connect you with other ladies travelling solo and you can discuss sharing a room.

Anne and Judy travelling like locals in India. Most of our tour is done in a private bus but you can't travel to India and not experience a tuk-tuk! We have a team of trusted drivers who will take care of you.

  

Our small groups allow for flexibility and spontaneity. One of the unique experiences on our recent Royal Rajasthan tour was a behind the scenes glimpse at a Bollywood movie set in Mandawa. The lead actor was staying in our havelli so we were able to meet him and get photos!

   

We love a spontaneous stop such as feeding cows in India or meeting a family on their farm in the Thar desert of Rajasthan.

  

On our walking tour of Jaipur, the pink city, we were warmly welcomed into a saree shop encouraged to try a saree with no pressure to purchase. The hospitality of India is incredible and this was a memorable, fun experience.

 Mandawa is off the tourist trail and is one of my favourite stops on our Royal Rajasthan tour. Mandawa was on the silk road and wealthy merchants build extravagant mansions (havelis) with amazing hand-painted frescos. Here our group can be seen in the courtyard of the haveli.  

We like to shop in markets and meet locals like this friendly father and son duo. The shopping in Marrakesh can be overwhelming at first but we'll be with you to advise how to bargain. (8 years living in Asia means I have fine tuned my negotiating skills!)

When in India, you'll often be asked for photos and selfies. It's part of the experience and a great way to chat to locals who are often exploring their country.

If these experiences appeal to you, contact Nicole to discuss a tour. Make 2020 a year for travel memories!