8 to 27 January, 2019

The CLOTH & STONE TOUR takes us to the state of Gujarat, in the western part of tyIndia with an area of 196,204 km2,  and a coastline of 1,600 km. The state is bordered by Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Arabian Sea and the Pakistani province of Sindh to the west.
It will be late winter in January with pleasant dry weather.
Click here for a more detailed description of the tour.

Download the application form: Application form: 2019 – Cloth and Stone Tour to Gujarat

What makes Kasu Tours different?
Our main point of difference is that we take a maximum of 6 guests.

  • We find that by keeping numbers small, we bond better as a group, becoming friends very quickly;
  • Low numbers allows us to stay in boutique hotels, family residences and havelis that cannot accommodate larger groups;
  • Small numbers allow closer encounters with the people of India;
  • Each person in a small group gets more one-on-one attention from guides and in workshops;
  • We travel in our own private 12 seater bus so there is plenty of room for everyone, and their luggage. And their shopping.  And boxes of food for picnics, and the cooler full of water;
  • Everyone gets a window seat;
  • Having our own private vehicle also means that there is no waiting around at airports, railway stations and bus terminals: more quality experiences every day;
  • It also means we are more flexible if we want to make a detour or unscheduled stops.

Our tour begins in Ahmedabad, largest city and former capital of the state of Gujarat and hub of India’s textile industry. Transport in the city will be by taxis or auto-ricks. After leaving Ahmedabad, we will travel in a comfortable private vehicle for the remainder of the tour.
Our tour ends in Bhuj, Gujarat, where a domestic flight can be taken back to Mumbai for onwards travel (Not included in tour cost).
Alternately, take advantage of a road trip back to Ahmedabad in our private vehicle at no extra cost.
See the end of itinerary for TOUR COST, DISCOUNTS and  the full list of INCLUSIONS in the tour cost.

Day 1 – Tuesday January 8, 2019

  • On arrival in Ahmedabad, you will be picked up at either the railway station or airport by our hotel, depending on how your decide to travel to Ahmedabad.
  • Dinner will be available in the dining room for hungry travellers.
  • Dinner included.

Day 2 – Wednesday January 9, 2019

  • Our Ahmedabad accommodation is a comfortable modern hotel with friendly staff and great food, close to the fascinating beating heart of the old World Heritage listed city.
  • We will have a leisurely start after the travels of the last few days with breakfast in the dining room at a time that suits you.
  • For early risers, a short walk takes you through the old city gates to a bustling local market: great photo and drawing opportunities and an insight into local Indian shopping.
  • We take lunch at a lovely pavilion restaurant opposite the beautiful Sidi Sayeed Mosque, which we will have time to visit.
  • Then we have some shopping time in a classy clothing store which features block printed fabrics and contemporary Indian design in their range.
  • Back to the hotel for an optional rest before our Welcome Dinner of traditional Gujarati cuisine at one of Ahmedabad’s finest restaurants.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3  – Thursday January 10, 2019

  • Our first stop is the world famous Calico Museum where examples of historic textiles from across India are lovingly kept and attended to by caring staff in a beautiful haveli surrounded by a walled garden.
  • We lunch at a local cafe.
  • After lunch, we will visit the Gandhi Ashram and museum on the banks of the Sabarmati River, home to Mohandas Gandhi from 1917 until 1930 and one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle.
  • Next we visit the wonderful Shreyas Folk Museums where we can see collections of crafts, utensils, domestic items, costumes and ceremonial objects from different communities and tribes in Gujarat, a collection of toys, crafts and objects of performing arts from across India, a gallery of fairs and festivals and a gallery of musical instruments of India and other countries.
  • Then back to our hotel for a quiet night and dinner.
  • Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4 – Friday January 11, 2019

  • The day begins early before the traffic gets too crazy with a guided walking tour through the old city with its wonderfully ornate houses and bird feeders, temples and mosques.
  • We will meet for brunch in the old city.
  • Then a visit to one of Ahmedabad’s architectural treasures, the Dada Harir Vav (step well).
  • Back to hotel for a rest, then to the fascinating night market at Manek Chowk for some wonderful street food.
  • Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5 – Saturday January 12, 2019

  • Our private vehicle picks us up at the hotel for a  day trip to Patan to visit the famous Patan Patola Museum where the Salvi family has continued the art of double ikat weaving since the 11th century – approximately 35 generations.
  • En route, we visit the Sun Temple at Modhera set in restful gardens on the bank of the river Pushpavati.  The temple was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty and was dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. Lunch of fruit and snacks in the gardens surrounding the temple.
  • We also visit Rani ki Vav, an intricately constructed stepwell on the banks of the Saraswati River. The step well, built in the third millennium BC, is a subterranean water resource and storage system and was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2014.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6 – Sunday January 13, 2019

  • Departing Ahmedabad in our comfortable  tour bus with a packed lunch, we head to the ancient ruins of Lothal, one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilisation. Dating from 3700 BCE, it is believed to be one of the world’s first seaports. We spend some time walking around the ruins and the small museum full of ancient artefacts.
  • We continue our journey through the countryside to Botad village to see some potters at work.
  • In the late afternoon, we arrive at the village of Sayla where we stay in an old haveli, once a royal guesthouse, and now a heritage homestay offering the personalised hospitality of the Yuvraj (crown prince) and Yuvrani of Sayla.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7 – Monday January 14, 2019

  • We have our own guide for a leisurely day exploring the village of Sayla and visiting families continuing the intricate ikat and endangered tangaliya weaving traditions.
  • During the day, we also visit some bead weavers and metal workers in nearby villages and maybe some unforeseen adventures.
  • A restful evening and dinner in the garden of the guesthouse with folk music and dancing by local villagers.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8 – Tuesday January 15, 2019

  • From our comfortable abode, we have another day with our guide visiting local important sites and some unscheduled adventures.
  • then back to Sayla for our last night in the heritage haveli.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 – Wednesday January 16, 2019

  • Back on the road, we head to Sasan Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the sole home of the Asiatic lion which has been brought back from the brink of extinction under the care of this park.
  • On the way, we stop for lunch and enjoy some amazing architecture in Junagargh.
  • After arriving at our well equipped luxury tent accommodation set in over 4 acres of gardens surrounded by a lush green mango orchard, we can spend some time in the gym, the pool and/or the spa**, or take a nature walk along the river edge.
  • We take the first of our safari tours in the evening to see if we can spot the reclusive Asiatic lion and other species in their natural habitat.
  • Note: there is a camera charge* of about $30 on the safari. This will be at your own cost. The charge does not apply to phone cameras.
  • Depending on time of return from the safari, we can enjoy evening entertainments in the gardens of the resort.
  • Gym and pool included
  • *Camera charge on jeep safarat own cost
  • **Spa at own cost with 15% discount
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10 – Thursday January 17, 2019

  • The day starts early with another jeep safari to search out the reclusive Asiatic lion and other species in their natural habitat.
  • Note: there is a camera charge* of about $30 on the safari. This will be at your own cost. The charge does not apply to phone cameras.
  • After breakfast, we can take a guided nature walk along the river edge, spotting migratory birds, flowering trees and maybe a crocodile.
  • Time for some more walks, leisure by the pool, in the gym or spa.**
  • More evening entertainments in the gardens
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Gym and pool included
  • *Camera charge on jeep safarat own cost
  • **Spa at own cost with 15% discount

Day 11 – Friday January 18, 2019

  • After breakfast, we continue our adventures with a drive to the fascinating Khambhalida Caves, believed to have come into existence in the 4th or 5th century AD. They were carved into the limestone rocks by  a saint of  the Dinyan branch of the Buddhist tradition.
  • Lunch on the road somewhere and then on the road again heading for Bhuj, main town in the Kachchh (Kutch) area of Gujarat and our base for the next four days. We pass through a section of the wild ass sanctuary and hopefully along the way, we may spot some of these rare and beautiful creatures in their only natural habitat.
  • Arriving in Bhuj, we book into another heritage haveli – a fully restored 150 year-old traditional Parsi ‘courtyard’ house where the descendants of the original owners still live.
  • Dinner is a Parsi style home cooked meal.
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Day 12 – Saturday January 19, 2019

  • After a nourishing home cooked breakfast, we take a walk through a fascinating bazaar in the old city where traditional embroidered textiles, silver jewellery, antiques and all kinds of necessities of daily life can be found.
  • We visit the Prag Mahal (palace) and see the fading grandeur of earlier times.
  • After lunch in the bazaar, we visit the award-winning Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) situated on a three-building, eight-acre campus to view and learn about the various tribal textile traditions of the Kachchh area.
  • Then a visit to a fair trade organisation with some wonderful hand woven textiles for sale.
  • In the late afternoon, we visit an Australian clothing designer who has made Bhuj her home, and uses local textiles to create her
    India-inspired one of a kind designs.
  • Back to our haveli for some more home-cooked goodness and an early night in or a stroll through the streets before bedtime.
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Day 13 – Sunday January 20, 2019

  • After breakfast, we head off to  the acclaimed Kala Raksha organisation – a grassroots social enterprise, dedicated to preservation of traditional arts and to documenting existing traditions. Our day will include a visit to the museum which houses a collection of heirloom textiles, a viewing of a very special animation about the organisation, an embroidery demonstration exploring two traditional styles of stitching, a Gujarati lunch and time to spend in the very tempting shop.
  • In the afternoon, we visit a private textile collector and view the collection of local tribal textiles.
  • Time permitting, we can visit a Kachchhi craft store near our lodgings.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 -Monday January 20, 2019
Today we meet our local guide for the rest of our time in Bhuj.

  • In the morning, we get our hands dirty with a block printing workshop
  • followed by a mud-work workshop.
  • After lunch, we get out of town and visit a metalworker who specialises in making knives
  • And then on to another village to see a demonstration of Kharad rug weaving.
  • There will be an opportunity to purchase directly from the makers.
  • Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 15 – Tuesday January 22, 2019

Today our tour takes us to the Great Rann of Kachchh where will will book into our mud-built village resort. Our guide will take us to visit local villages to see:

  • a demonstration of copper bell making,
  • a demonstration of lacquer work,
  • and a demonstration of leather work.
  • We arrive at our accommodation – a mud built resort in a village – in time for lunch.
  • Some free time to enjoy our surroundings is followed by a visit to another village to see more embroidery styles and meet the makers.
    Sunset will see us at the famous ‘white desert’ – a desert of salt, then back to the resort for traditional Gujarati dinner with folk music supplied by the villagers.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 – Wednesday January 23, 2019

  • After breakfast, we head off to the village of Nirona to see a demonstration of a very rare craft – Rogan work.
  • Hopefully we can work up an appetite to savour some of the best samosas I have ever tasted 
  • Back to our desert resort for lunch (if we haven’t over-indulged in the excellent samosas!)
  • After lunch and a short break, we take a leisurely drive to a far-flung village to  visit some potters and wood carvers.
  • Then we head to Kalo Dungar (Black Hill), the highest point in Kachchh at 462 metres, from where one can see a panoramic view of the Great Rann of Kachchh in time for sunset.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 – Thursday January 24, 2019
Departing our village resort, we head south to Mandvi on the coast, stopping along the way for lunch and visits to:

  • A Namda artisan. Namda is felted wool and its origins can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilisation,
  • a batik block printer,
  • and a tie dye artisan.
  • We arrive at our luxury tent accommodation in time for lunch.
  • After lunch we have the opportunity to visit a weaver using mashroo style of weaving and/or a maker of model ships.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18 – Friday January 25, 2019
We’re glamping (that’s ‘glamorous camping’) on a beach, so some chill-out time is factored in here.

  • Weather permitting, you may choose to take a swim in the Arabian Sea, or a long walk along the nearly deserted beach to see if you can spot some flamingos.
  • Or, we have the choice of visiting the local village and bazaar and/or boat makers.  Or maybe a tour of the Vijay Vilas Palace with its interesting architecture, nestled in 450 acres of lush greenery with marble fountains and its own private sanctuary where one can see blue bulls, jackals and an occasional chinkara (Indian gazelle), peacocks and partridges.
  • As our tour is drawing to an end, we celebrate with a farewell dinne .
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19 – Saturday January 26, 2019
We depart Mandvi and head back to Bhuj, staying at the heritage haveli again.

  • Back in Bhuj, we may need to visit the post office to unload some excess baggage.
  • The remainder of the day will be flexible: rest, catching up with more artisans or bazaars, find the very special mithai walla (maker of sweets), or check out some local fashion and crafts.
  • We say goodbye to our trusty driver and private tour bus.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Our last night spent in Bhuj before departing the next morning.


Day 20 – Sunday January 27, 2019

  • If you flew to India via Mumbai and intend to depart from Mumbai, you can take a direct flight from Bhuj at your cost. A taxi will take you to the airport (taxi included in tour cost).
  • If you need to get back to Ahmedabad for your connecting flight, our vehicle will be returning to Ahmedabad and you are most welcome to take advantage of this final road trip at no extra cost in our comfy vehicle.
    The vehicle will depart Bhuj about 8am and the trip is about 6 hours’ duration, arriving in Ahmedabad about mid afternoon.
    Depending on the time of your flight, should you need an extra night in Ahmedabad, this can be arranged for you at cost.  Contact me for price.
  • For train lovers and a taste of India Rail, there are frequent trains running between Bhuj and Ahmedabad. Your train fare can be arranged by our agent in India at cost plus a small agent fee.  A taxi will take you to the railway station (taxi included in tour cost).

Breakfast included.

  • Click here for a more detailed description of the tour.
    Check out the GALLERY page for some pics from the tour.

The TOUR FEE includes:

  • arrival & departure transfers to airports and/or railway stations
  • all tour accommodation
  • all breakfasts, 12 lunches,  all evening meals except one.
  • a constant supply of bottled water
  • all ground travel in our private vehicle and some taxis and/or auto-ricks
  • Australian guide for the whole tour
  • local guides in Sayla, Bhuj and Mandvi
  • local guides at monuments
  • admission to all monuments and workshops in itinerary
  • police permit to enter tribal areas
  • tip to our bus driver
  • a downloadable booklet with information about our destinations

The TOUR FEE does not include:

  • International flights
  • connecting travel within India before or after the tour
  • meals other than those mentioned above
  • admission and guides to monuments not specified in the organised tours
  • camera charge on the jeep safari – about $30
  • Spa cost – but there is a 15% discount for guests
  • tips to guides and other individuals, laundry, beverages.

  • PLEASE NOTE: The accommodation indicated in the itinerary is accurate at time of publishing. On very rare occasions, our preferred accommodation may be unavailable. In this instance, similar accommodation will be booked.

  • TOUR FEE*  $6,800
    DEPOSIT*  $1,800
    (*All prices are in Australian dollars.)

  • An EARLY BIRD discount of $250 applies if you book and pay your deposit before the end of September 2018.
  • For every person you introduce to Kasu Tours and bring on the tour, you will receive $100 off the price of your tour (may be used with other discounts up to a total of $350).
  • If you gather a group of 6 people to come on the tour, including yourself,  a discount of $350 applies to all six people (cannot be used with any other discounts).
  • If you have ever purchased something at Kasu Emporium, you receive a discount of $100  (may be used with other discounts up to a total of $350)
  • Ethical Travel Club Members receive a discount of $350 (cannot be used with any other discounts).
  • Comparing prices with other tours?  Some things to look out for to help you decide >>>>


  • Download the application form: Application form: 2019 – Cloth and Stone Tour to Gujarat
  • Or Contact me for an application form.
  • Your deposit (plus Single Supplement if applicable) is due with your application to ensure a place on the tour.
  • The deposit is used to secure hotel bookings, and other services.
  • The deposit is non-refundable in the event of your cancellation. However, if there is a waiting list to join the tour when you cancel and your place can be filled, you may be refunded part or all of your deposit.
  • There are only 6 places available on the tour and bookings will be processed in the order of receipt of deposits.
  • Deposits received after the tour quota is filled will be returned and the client placed on the waiting list.
  • FINAL PAYMENT is due by 31 October 2018
    Failure to make the final payment by the due date may result in cancellation of your booking and loss of deposit. 
    The bank account details will be supplied when you make a booking.

  • *All prices are quoted in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS
    The TOUR PRICES are based on exchange rates, cost of services and applicable taxes at the time of publication. Prices may be subject to change in the event of significant currency fluctuations or the introduction of new taxes, up until final payment is received. In the event of a price increase by parties other then KASU TOURS, whether because of a currency fluctuation, increase in taxes or a correction in advertised prices, we will advise you and you have the option of accepting the amended prices, inclusions and booking conditions or withdrawing from the tour and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. Once final payment is received, all prices will be guaranteed.

    Check out the FAQ page. If you don’t find the answer there, please email me.

As with KASU EMPORIUM,  a percentage of profits at KASU TOURS is donated to selected charities we work with in India.

The boys

Welcoming smiles from some of the lovely waiters at one of our stays.

6 thoughts on “ITINERARY & COST – Gujarat

  1. The more I read the more interested I am! Good website info Beverly but I await the costs! Often a consideration for some of us. Win


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