The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, the state of Gujarat in western India, is an off the beaten track area where traditional artisans weave the fabric of century’s old traditions in tribal villages and embroider, dye and print some of India’s finest textiles.
The Malabar Coast is stunning and the inland areas teem with coconut groves, rice paddy fields, secluded beaches, verdant hillside spice gardens and isolated inland waterways. Slow-paced and rhythmic Malabar is the essence of authentic India. People here celebrate life with a myriad of marvelous rituals and colorful festivals, making this region one of the best places to see unique religious and cultural traditions.
On this trip we’ll explore the best of these areas. Highlights include two spectacular fairs, (the tribal fair of Baneshwar and the an Elephant Festival in Thrissur), the peaceful Backwaters of Kerala on your own private houseboat, the quaint Jewish Quarter and bustling spice bazaars of Cochin, the picturesque lanes and passageways in the Pols of Ahmedabad and the fascinating Rann of Kutch.
The trip will also include vibrant city of Mumbai, (formerly Bombay), with its contemporary, often in your face culture, reflecting both the affluence and poverty of more than 15 million people crowded onto this island.
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