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SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS :

TEXTILE TOUR IN INDIA

Duration : 22 nights / 23 days

Cities covered :
Delhi, Bhiwani, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Madurai, Madras

Highlights :
From time immemorial, India has been world-renowned for its textiles. Hand-woven, embroidered, machine-made, village work-centers, co-operatives, gigantic factories - view them all as you travel the length and breadth of India witnessing its beauty and technological might. This tour helps in learning not only the rich textile heritage of India but also lets you know more about conservation, nature, art, design, beauty and indigenous culture.
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[These Special Interest Tour Programs are best run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]

Day 1 - DELHI
Arrive Delhi.
Meeting and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 2 - DELHI
Morning visit DCM SHRIRAM HINDON RIVER MILL.
Visit Indian Institute of Technology to meet the Teaching faculty and students of textile division followed by Tea. Return to hotel.

Afternoon meeting with INDIAN COTTON MILLS FEDERATION. Evening, welcome cocktail at our Chairmanís residence where the group would also have an opportunity to interact with a galaxy of textile personalities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 - DELHI / BHIWANI / DELHI
Morning depart for Bhiwani 118 Kms (one way) by Coach. Visit the technological Institute of Textiles which is a pioneer Institution running B. TECH. degree course in textile technology and textile chemistry. It is also conducting Post graduate teaching /research in Textile Technology upto doctoral level. It is a unique Institute of tits kind as it has attached to it a large textile factory for the training of students under actual Mill working conditions. The institute has highly qualified faculty in the areas of textile technology, Processing, computer application as well as persons from manufacturing line who posses wide & mature industrial experience. The institute embodies a Novel and unique concept of combining class - roomsí instructions with the laboratory and mill training under one roof. Lunch at Institute and interacting on with students & Professors. Return to Delhi for overnight stay.

Day 4 - DELHI / AMRITSAR
Morning sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Red Fort, Jam Masjid drive past Chandni Chowk and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation sight of Mahatma Gandhi. In New Delhi visit Qutub Minar - 234 feet high tower, nearby stands the Iron Pillar, the tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun, the modern Birla Temple. Drive past India Gate (war Memorial), Presidentís House, which was once the Victory Palace, Parliament House and Secretarial buildings. Later transfer to Railway Station to board train Shatabdi Express for Amritsar.

Depart Delhi at 1620 hrs
Arrive Amritsar at 2020 hrs
On arrival meeting and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 - AMRITSAR
Morning visit Golden Temple - the sacred Sikh Sanctuary, Marbled, Bronzed and covered with Gold Leaf wherein the Guru Grant Sahib the Bible of Sikhs is placed reverently. Also see the Community Kitchen where 10,000 pilgrims are fed daily on voluntary and complementary basis, the historic Jallianwala Bagh where Gen. Dyerís bullets killed scores of innocent Indians and then the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens.
Later visit OCR TEXTILE MILLS.
Visit ESSMAA and its two processing units.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 - AMRITSAR / LUDHIANA
Morning depart by coach for Ludhiana.
Arrive and check in at hotel. Later visit OSWAL SPINNING AND WEAVING LIMITED. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - LUDHIANA
Visit VARDHMAN SPINNING MILLS - one of the finest mills and top of the rung in India .Afternoon free.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 - LUDHIANA / DELHI / AHEMDABAD
Morning transfer to the Railway station to board trains Shatabdi Express for Delhi.
Depart Ludhiana at 0705 hrs
Arrive Delhi at 1050 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 - AHEMDABAD
Morning visit CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM, one of the best of its kind anywhere in the world. A fascinating collection of antique textiles displayed and also provide a fair idea of textile. Visit the local textile market to see the block printing, Tye and Dye, Pichwari and other forms of textile.

Visit SELF EMPLOYED WOMEN ASSOCIATION to meet crafts women working at textile outlet. Return to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 - AHEMDABAD
Morning depart for a full day excursion to PATAN & PETHAPUR. At Patan see the world famous PATOLA sarees weaving, one of the finest hand woven textile, also to see weaving of Mashru. At PETHAPUR see the manufacturing of wooden block used in block printing. Return to hotel at Ahemdabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 - AHEMDABAD / MUMBAI
Morning visit SOMA TEXTILE & INDUSTRIES LTD. Thereafter visit ARVIND MILLS.
Evening transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai.

Depart Ahemdabad at 1920 hrs by IC - 104
Arrive Mumbai at 2020 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 - MUMBAI
Morning excursion to Elephanta caves by Motor launch. 9 Kms, from Mumbai lies this Island containing fine cluster of 6th-8th century rock-cut caves. They were carved during the golden age of Guptas and inspired by the worship of Lord Shiva. The Sculpture are beautifully executed and the most outstanding of these is the Maheshmurthy or Trimurthi, a 5 metre with three headed is the bust hewn cut from a single rock, representing the three aspects of Shiva, viz the creator, the preserver and the Destroyer. Return to hotel. Afternoon visit RAYMOND MILLS, THANE.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 - MUMBAI
Morning meeting with Mumbai Textiles Research Association.
Visit Mafatlal Textile Factory (Tentative). Return to hotel.
Afternoon visit CENTURY TEXTILE MILLS.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 - MUMBAI / COIMBATORE
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport to board flight for Coimbatore.
Depart Mumbai at 0950 hrs IC -657
Arrive Coimbatore at 1140 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Later visit the HOUSE OF LAKSHMI MILLS GROUP which consist of Textile Mills, Engineering works, Producing Spindles and Textile machinery, a factory for card Clothing and a rayon Factory. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 - COIMBATORE
Morning visit SOUTH INDIA TEXTILE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (SITRA), which conducts researches in problems of textile industry, advising Mills on new processes and better utilization of machines.
Afternoon visit the LOCAL TEXTILE MARKET.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 - COIMBATORE / TRIPUR / COIMBATORE
Morning depart for Tripur (51 kms), by surface. Tripur is the home of cotton. there are a number of GINNING FACTORIES. This town on the Noyyal river is to cotton hosiery what Ludhiana in Punjab is to woolens. Its under shirts and underwearís enjoys a great reputation. There are nearly 2000 units in the town and its suburbs and their products enjoy a vast market throughout India, South East Asia and South Africa. Tripur is also the headquarters of ALL INDIA VILLAGE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION and all khadi work in Tamil Nadu. The group shall have a meeting with this association, besides visiting other factories. Return to Coimbatore. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 - COIMBATORE SALEM / COIMBATORE
Morning depart for Salem by surface (158 kms one way). Salemís traditional industry is handloom. Arrive and visit THIAGARAJA POLYTECHNIC and have an informal interaction with the students. Also visit the main weaving centres GUGAI AND AMMA PETTAI. Afternoon visit SURUMANGLAM known for woolen druggets which are exported to U.S.A. Canada and Newzealand. Return to Coimbatore. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18 - COIMBATORE / MADURAI
Morning depart for Madurai by surface.
Arrive and check-in at Hotel.
Afternoon visit Meenakshi Temple, Teppakkulam and Trimulai Nayak Palace. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 19 - MADURAI / CHENNAI
Morning visit SHREE MEENAKSHI TEXTILE LIMITED at paravai owned by our Dalmia Group. Visit MADURAI COATS which covers all types from CHENNAI Handloom Yarn to textile Yarn; coarse drills and sophisticated blended fabrics
** (Tentative).
Evening transfer to the Railway station to board train.
Madurai - Chennai Express for Chennai.
Depart Madurai at 1615 hrs
Overnight on board the train.

Day 20 - CHENNAI
Arrive Chennai at 0725 hrs.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the Hotel.
Chennai is referred to as the DETROIT of South India. Among the Textile Mills, Buckingham of Karnatics (BINNYS) is one of the most important textile mill.
Visit BINNYíS Textile Mills. Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21 - CHENNAI
Full day excursion to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.
This morning you drive along palm fringed roads to the golden city of Kanchipuram, one of Indiaís oldest towns. Also one of the Indiaís most sacred spots, Kanchipuram is filled with medieval temples. Soaring towers covered with an astonishing profusion of sculpted images, typically representative of South India architecture, are everywhere. You will visit four of the most significant temples, all built between the 7th & 8th centuries. The very term Kanchipuram Silk is a dazzling array of colors often shot with threads of gold. Brides from all over India travel here to shop for bridal saris. Behind practically every door is a master weaver at work carrying on a tradition and a way of life that has hardly changed at all over the centuries. Before you leave visit one of the silk weaving factories. Proceed to Mahabalipuram- an ancient coastal town not far from Chennai. Against the backdrop of a blue ocean and forthing waves are dotted beautifully carved stone images, rock cut temples and glorious friezes - all works of medieval kings. Particularly memorable are the Five Rathas a stunning group of monolithic monuments and the Penanace of Bagirath a huge fresco carved into a ridge of rock. You will have sometime to enjoy the white sandy beaches - some of the finest in India. Look out for the numerous stone masons at work here chipping and carving likenesses of the images on these ancient complexes. Visit Silk factory and return to Chennai. Arrive and overnight at hotel.

Day 22 - CHENNAI
As you leave Mahabalipuram later this evening you will see the ocean filled with fisherman returning with their dayís catch. Morning city tour visiting St. George Fort, the Fort Museum, St. Maryís Church, San Thome Cathedral, the Mylapore Temple, local textile market and drive along the Marina beach. Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 23 - DEPART CHENNAI
In time transfer to the airport to board flight for onward destination.

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