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Southern India: Textiles, Temples and Treasures

Join globetrotter and textile designer Lisa Fine on a stylish adventure that explores Indian craftsmanship, fashion, spirituality and colonial history in the cities of Chennai, Madurai, Chettinad and Hyderabad—mesmerizing cosmopolitan centers that are less frequently visited by the Western traveler.

What to Expect

On this journey, we will experience the best of India’s vibrant landscape, culture and craftsmanship with an engaging itinerary that features time in Chennai, Madurai, Chettinad and Hyderabad, with the possibility to add on a pre-trip to Delhi and Agra—where you can see the Taj Mahal at sunrise—and a post-trip to the award-winning Ananda spa in the Himalayan foothills.

We will visit lavish palaces and astounding temples, tour historical museums and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to bustling markets and artisans’ workshops under the expert guidance of Lisa Fine, a textile designer who has visited India over 50 times.

Special shopping experiences will allow us to peruse an incredibly varied array of jewelry, home goods and textiles, featuring both traditional and innovative interpretations intended to give you a glimpse of the richness and diversity of Indian craftsmanship. The itinerary will offer many opportunities for insight in this life-changing destination, with an insider who knows its stylish secrets. Most of all, it will open doors to hidden-gem cities, which are not usually visited by the average traveler to India.

Limited Availability
  • When
    Feb 15 or 19 – 28, 2019
  • Length
    14 days / 13 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Style Mavens , Ultimate Indulgers

This Journey's Host

As an Indagare Ambassador—and member since our company’s founding in 2007— Lisa has traveled to India more than 50 times in search of inspiration and transformation. Few Westerners know the country as well as she does. She learned her craft in its cities, and she now returns to share their marvels with our community. Lisa will impart an insider’s perspective of India—her second home—and open members’ eyes to its incredible customs, colors, flavors and more through a special itinerary that highlights the world-class shopping that India has to offer, with guided touring and meetings with some of the country’s most innovative designers and traditional artisans.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Off-the-beaten-path exploration of culture, fashion and colonial history in the hidden-gem cities of Chennai, Madurai, Chettinad and Hyderabad, which are less frequently visited by the Western traveler
  • Expert-guided touring in palaces, temples and museums
  • Curated, behind-the-scenes experiences at bustling markets and ateliers, under the expert eye of designer and India aficionado Lisa Fine
  • Special home visits and artisan workshop tours that will allow you to shop for an incredible array of textiles and objets d’art that display both tradition and innovation, to give you a glimpse of the richness and diversity of Indian craftsmanship and culture
  • Expert-guided touring at top monuments, museums and markets in the iconic cities of Delhi and Agra (pre-trip only)
  • A guided sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, with prime photography opportunities (pre-trip only)
  • Accommodations at these cities' finest luxury hotels, including the Oberoi Amarvilas and the Taj Falaknuma Palace
  • Private group dining experiences at these cities' best restaurants

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    Feb 15 or 19 – 28, 2019
  • Length
    14 days / 13 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 16 travelers
  • Host
    Lisa Fine
  • From
    $10,350

Includes

  • All accommodations indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals and beverages indicated in the itinerary
  • All touring, activities and admissions indicated in the itinerary
  • Insider access to top artisan workshops and guided shopping in markets
  • Expert guide(s) as indicated in the itinerary, including your host, Lisa Fine
  • Reservations at the best restaurants and hotels in India
  • VIP airport services upon arrival and departure
  • Airport and city transfers as indicated in the itinerary, including domestic airfare from Chennai through to Hyderabad
  • The services of our India partners and 24/7 emergency contact

Excludes

  • International airfare to and from India and airport taxes
  • Airport transfers outside of group arrivals and departures
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended – please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Other meals and alcoholic beverages (not indicated in the itinerary)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Optional activities
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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