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Textile Tour of Rajasthan
Join Paula Watkins as she hosts the wonderful Creative Textile Tour of Rajasthan and explore the textiles of India.’ I am a Textiles and Mixed Media artist and tutor. I am, of course, addicted to art and creativity in all its forms and my passion in life is passing that enthusiasm on to others because I have seen the positive and transforming effect that art has on the lives of many people and because it is such fun to expand your knowledge and find the amazing artist hiding within you!’ To confirm this isn’t an artist in residence holiday therefore there will be no artist led workshops however you will be taught in authentic factories by real block printers. Your tour leader is there to support you on this trip.
This wonderful creative textile holiday features a range of crafts and textile arts so there is sure to be something that you will love! Colouricious creative textile holidays are a great way to see remote countries with ease. Everything is organised for you with a textile treat awaiting you everyday. From Heathrow Airport to the edge of the Thar Desert, you will get to explore India with a guide to assist throughout the entire journey. This is one of the most fabulous creative textile holidays is where you will explore the fabric, embroidery and block printing unique to this region. We will be travelling in our own private coach to visit beautiful palaces, amazing cities and of course see the fabulous fabrics of this exciting and exotic country. The most fabulous textile tour around Rajasthan, exploring the textiles, embroidery and block printing unique to this region. We will be travelling in our own private coach to the edge of the Thar Desert and on the way visiting beautiful palaces, fabulous fabrics and visiting the amazing Udaipur.
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Craft Museum in Rajasthan
New Delhi’s world famous National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum is one of the first stops our fully outfitted private couch will make. The museum itself is the work of celebrated architect Charles Correa, and it houses more than 33,000 separate specimens of India’s fantastic arts and crafts legacy.
The textiles housed here have been collected over the course of more than 60 years, featuring textiles form the Naga, Toda and Lambadi tribal traditions, chanderi saris, block printing form Rajasthan and Gunjarat, Orissan ikat textiles, bandhani tie-die fabrics, chikankari textiles works, kanthas and other embroidery.
As you can see the museum focuses primarily on handlooms and related textiles, but the collection is quite wide-ranging, also incorporating displays of metalwork, wood and stone sculpture, examples of the various tribal painting traditions, and various cane, bamboo and wicker crafts.
Indian Puppet Making
The use of Kaathputi marionettes (stringed puppets) in Rajasthani cultural events and simple puppet shows has thousands of years of history. They are used to communicate the history and mythology of this proud people from one generation to another, and as a form of social commentary on modern developments.
Jaisalmer is one of the most important centres for traditional wooden puppet making in all of India. The Bhat community there trace their puppetry traditions back to the time of Raja Vikramaditya or Ujjain.
The puppets themselves are lovely, and truly unique t the region. Usually manipulated with a single string, these puppets nonetheless are capable of a wide range of movements in the hands of a master puppeteer. They are also wonderful examples of wood carving, painting and textile art in their own rights.
Jailamer is known for more than just its puppet shows, though. It is also mere hours from the site of the Balagarh, also called Pokhran Fort. This incredibly well preserved structure was built in the 14th century as the primary fortress of the Champawats, one of the Rathores clans of what was then Marwar-Jodhpur.
The fort today is still owned by the royal family of Pokhran, and is run as a heritage hotel. The last Champawat ruler of the region, Jagirdar Bhawani Singh of Pohkran, ruled from the fortification until India won its independence and place in the British Commonwealth not so very long ago. In fact, he was elected to the lower house of the Indian Parliament in 1952.
Mirror Work Embroidery
Rajasthan is well known for its mirror work embroidery tradition, locally known as shisha. Before leaving Jaisalmer, we’ll spend some time seeing how traditional mirror work is done.
It is often combined with traditional textile techniques such as tie and dye, embroidery or applique work. Its history dates back to the Mughal Empire which gave India some of its most famous landmarks, such as the Taj Mahal itself.
The Meghwal tribes have a rich history in Rajasthan, and part of the arts and crafts heritage that sets them apart as a people is their Pattu Weaving tradition.
They weave narrow strips of wool textiles called ‘patti’ on traditional looms. These are then stitched together to make wide shawls (called ‘pattu’) which are worn by communities throughout Rajasthan and beyond. The Meghwal themselves have a highly developed set of rituals involving the pattu, mainly centred on the pattu as a formal betrothal gift.
The base cloth is either a plain or twill weave, and patterns are formed by inserting extra wefts of highly contrasting tones. Traditionally, women wore chequered pattern pattu, while older men were restricted to plain pattu. Young men, however, wore highly intricate patterned pattu.
Pokharan Potter’s Colony
One of our most popular excursions is to the potter’s colony in bustling Pokharan. Here, a clan of potters live and work in the traditions handed down in their families for many centuries.
One of Rajasthan’s most famous handicrafts is their traditional terra cotta pottery, and Pokharan is most famous for both its thin red and white Kagzi type pottery as well as its fine terra cotta statuary traditions.
You will get a chance to see how these trditinal craft masters live and work, witnessing the methods they have used for thousands of years to create practical vessels, toys and decorations and the region’s famous religious statuary first hand.
Old Delhi’s Arts and Crafts Markets
Old Dehli has been a bustling metropolis since the time when most of the world’s capitols were mere villages. A huge part of the city’s local culture is expressed in its traditional market places, where goods both ancient and modern vie for attention with street vendors and performers of all kinds.
The Cloth and Embellishments Market is something no traveller to Rajasthan could even consider skipping. Not only will you have the chance to buy some of the finest examples of hand crafted Indian textiles at shockingly low rices, you’l get a taste for the culture behind them!
The Dilli Haat market is quite probably Old Dehli’s largest. It has such a wide array of handicrafts, textiles and locally produced items that you could easily spend days exploring it, and still miss half of its best features!
Udiapur is one of the most picturesque places in Rajasthan, and the jewel of this site is the Jagdish Temple, just outside of the ancient royal palace.
The temple has been in use continuously since it was built in 1651, and has been meticulously maintained in all its glory for nearly 400 years. The temple houses some amazing examples of the region’s famed religious statuary, and is a experience no one should miss.
Indigo Printing Process
Dabu printing is one of the most fascinating techniques used in Rajasthani textile arts. It is at its heart a mud-resist process using wood blocks. The mud resist is a type of clay composed of finely sifted clay, ‘chuna’ (calcium hydroxide), ‘beedan’ (pounded wheat chaff) and ‘gound’, a natural gum. This is mixed with mud, dug from a dry pond.
You’ll be able to watch as the mud resist is applied using hand carved wood blocks, dried with sawdust, and dyed. The fabric is then washed to remove the mud, leaving a negative impression of the wood block.
The traditional process is as elegant to use as it is fascinating to watch. There is a reason it has remained practical for hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years.
Saheliyon ki Bari
Uidapar is a very popular tourist spot in Rajasthan, and for good reason. One of the most important sights is the Courtyard of the Maidens (Saheliyon-ki-Bari).
The spot is filled with history. Once a princess came to Udiapur to marry into the royal family, accompanied by her 48 attendant maidens. The Courtyard was constructed for their use, between 1710 and 1734. It forms a lovely green retreat from the harsh Rajasthani climate, and is still popular today (though it is no longer solely the domain of the women of the royal household).
In addition to the courtyard itself – filled with kiosks, fountains, statuary and the famed lotus pool – there is a lovely museum and history centre.
Block Printing Workshop
One of our ‘can’t miss’ full day excursions takes up to beautiful Pipar where we will not only get to watch some of the finest traditional block printing experts ply their trade, we’ll get to try it for ourselves. These literal hands-on experiences are what makes a Colouricious Holiday so unique!
Get to study a crafting technique from an expert in an ancient traditional art, you create something of your own under their tutelage. You take home more than just memories, you take home skills. bring designing your own textiles to a whole new level!
Tour of Udaipur and its City Palace
We’ll spend a half day in and around Udaipur, one of the jewels in Rajasthan’s ample crown. Udaipur is known as ‘the city of lakes’, as well as ‘the Kashmir of Rajasthan’. In ages past it was the capitol of the Mewar Kingdom, and it has lost none of its majesty now that it is a part of the state of Rajasthan.
The star attraction will be Udaipur’s City Palace. This fantastic structure took more than 40 years to complete. Started in 1553, its construction occupied many of the most famous rulers of the Mewar dynasty. It consists of several individual palaces varying from traditional Rajasthani styles to more familiar Mughal architecture.
Boat Ride Across Lake Pichola
One of our most popular excursions is the evening cruise along the shores of Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola is a ‘mere’ 650 years old. It is actually an artificial lake, created just outside Udaipur City in 1362. Most of the city’s lakes were created by damming rivers and streams, both to supply water to the thirsty city during the dry season and to beautify the landscape.
Whilst touring the lake, keep an eye out for the twin islands of Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas – once hilltops. Both are studded with palaces and similar structures and are truly a sight to behold as the sun sets. This is a magical experience that you can find nowhere else on earth.
Bandhej Tie Dying
The bandhej (or sometimes ‘bandhani) dying process is one of Rajasthan’s most iconic textile arts. Bandehani Sarees are sold throughout the world, and the best examples of traditional craftsmanship come from the Rajasthan region.
The technique involves plucking the cloth by hand to form tiny wrinkles or bindings which become part of a larger design or motif. The technique is at least 6000 years old, and perhaps much older. You can see how this is done today by watching textile masters who still use the techniques of their ancient ancestors.
There is so much of India to explore! We also offer different craft and textile tours across this beautiful country. Take a look at the other wonderful destinations we also offer such as Uzbekistan, Japan and Bhutan or if you India!
This is a taster itinerary and not the exact plan. On the evening of arrival you will be given an exact timetable as changes may be made. We under promise and over deliver!
Tues 3rd Dec 2019
Depart: London Heathrow (T3) – 21:35 – Virgin Atlantic VS300
Arrive: Delhi (T3) – 11:30 (04 Dec)
Sun 15th Dec 2019
Depart: Delhi (T3) – 13:35 – Virgin Atlantic VS301
Arrive: London Heathrow (T3) – 17.30
Hotels will be confirmed closer to the holiday date but you can expect similar standard to the below:
Day 1: 3rd Dec 2019
- Depart London
Day 2: 4th Dec 2019
- Arrive Delhi
- Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
- Afternoon, enjoy visit to Crafts Museum
- Rest if the day is at leisure
- Stay overnight at your hotel
Day 3: 5th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Morning, enjoy half day visit to Old Delhi’s cloth and embellishment market with Rickshaw ride of Chandani Chowk streets and visit to Spice market
- In the afternoon, visit Dilli Haat
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 4: 6th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Train Delhi-Bikaner [Bikaner Intercity: 0840-1640 Hrs]
- On arrival, check-in at your hotel
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 5: 7th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Visit to carpet weaving factory and Raisar village to witness rugs/ shawl making by local villagers in their houses
- Later drive to Pokran [235 Kms: 5 Hrs] and check in at your hotel
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 6: 8th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- After breakfast, witness Pattu weaving at Pokaran Fort and later drive to weaver’s village [11 Kms] to witness Pattu weaving on traditional looms.
- Visit Potter’s colony to see pottery making
- Later, drive Pokaran-Jaisalmer [110 Kms: 2 Hrs]
- Afternoon witness mirror work done by ladies followed by puppet making in Jaisalmer
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 7: 9th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- After breakfast visit to Jaisalmer Fort and Havelies
- Rest of the day is at leisure
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 8: 10th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Drive Jaisalmer-Jodhpur [286 Kms: 5.5 Hrs]
- Evening is at leisure to explore local markets
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 9: 11th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- After breakfast, enjoy workshop on Bandhej work [Tie & Dye] and visit Spice shop to learn different Indian spices & tea
- Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy independent activities
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 10: 12th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Drive Jodhpur-Pipar [60 Kms: 1.5 Hrs]
- Participate in block making on silk fabric in Pipar
- Drive Pipar-Udaipur [250 Kms: 5.5 Hrs]
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 11: 13th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Half day city tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jagdish Temple and weaving centre
- Evening boat ride at Lake Pichola
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 12: 14th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Morning is at leisure to relax
- Flight to Delhi [25Kgs check-in baggage per person]
- Transfer to your hotel
- Dinner is at your hotel
Day 13: 15th Dec 2019
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Transfer to Delhi International airport to connect with your flight back home
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Give to You Before
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You are required to advise us within 7 days of being notified of a significant change whether you wish to: (a) accept a proposed change or (b) cancel your booking and receive a refund.
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11 Delayed Return
11.1 In accordance with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point on the return date of your package due to “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” and where flights are included within your package we shall provide you with the necessary accommodation for a period not exceeding 3 nights per person. Where possible, this accommodation shall be of comparable standard to the accommodation booked by you under the package. For the purposes of this clause, examples of “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” include warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination.
11.2 The limitation of costs for 3 nights accommodation referred to above does not apply to persons with reduced mobility as defined by Article 2 of Regulation (EC) 1107/2006 and does not apply to persons of reduced mobility travelling by air and any other person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors as well as persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that you have notified us of their needs at least 48 hours prior to departure.
12 Our Liability to You
12.1 We agree to perform and provide the travel arrangements which make up your booking with reasonable skill and care. If the contract you have with us is not performed or is improperly performed by us or any of our suppliers, we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected your enjoyment of your holiday. We will not be liable for any failure in the performance of the contract with you if this is due to:-
- a) The fault of yourself and/or another member of your party;
- b) A third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable;
- c) Unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised;
- d) An event which neither we nor our suppliers, even with all due care, could have foreseen or forestalled.
12.2 Our liability to you and any member of your party, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your booking. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to
- a) The contractual terms of the suppliers we use in the provision of your holiday arrangements form part of your contract with us. These terms are incorporated into this contract as are;
- b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail, and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers, and loss, damage and delay to luggage.
12.3 We will not accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of your contract with us. These may include any excursion purchased during the course of your holiday and any additional services or facilities which we have not agreed to arrange or provide as part of our contract with you.
12.4 You must inform us, without undue delay, taking into account the circumstances of the case, of any lack of conformity which you perceive during the performance of a travel service included in your package travel contract.
12.5 If we are found liable for loss and/or damage to your luggage or personal possessions (including money) our maximum liability to you is limited to £1,000 per person unless a lower limitation applies under this contract or by virtue of international conventions.
13 Assistance by Us During the Course of Your Booking
If your contract with us is not performed or is improperly performed by us as a result of a failing attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of holiday services, or as a result of failures due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control the consequence of which could not have been avoided even with all due care, or as a result of an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not have foreseen or forestalled, and you suffer injury or other material loss, we will offer to provide you with prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances. If you or any member of your party suffers during the course of your holiday any difficulty as a result of any activity which does not form part of your contracted holiday arrangements, we will offer you prompt assistance without undue delay. Such assistance may include assisting you in making communications and helping you to find alternative travel arrangements. If the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or as a result of your negligence, we may charge a reasonable fee for that assistance which will not exceed the actual cost incurred by us. All assistance (financial or otherwise) is subject to our reasonable discretion and subject to you notifying us promptly of your need. If you are entitled to have any costs and expenses arising from such an incident met by or from any insurance policy or if you recover any costs and expenses relating to the incident from a third party you must repay us the costs and expenses we have incurred in assisting you.
14 Passport, Visa, Documentation, Immigration and Health Requirements
14.1 The passport and visa requirements of yourself and your party, together with any other immigration requirements, are your responsibility and you should check these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates prior to travel. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel if you have not complied with the relevant requirements in force prior to and at the time of travel.
14.2 It is also your responsibility to check all compulsory and recommended health requirements, including vaccinations, prior to travel and to ensure that you are in receipt of all and any necessary vaccination certificates and other health documentation. The costs of obtaining any such documentation are your responsibility and we are unable to accept any responsibility or liability if your travel arrangements are affected as a result of the failure to do so by yourself or any member of your party.
14.3 You must provide us with full details of any existing medical condition or disability that may affect your travel arrangements (including, in particular, any accommodation requirements) at the time of your booking. If in our reasonable opinion your chosen travel arrangements are not suitable for your medical problem or disability or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all assistance you may reasonably require, we have the right to refuse to accept the booking. If you do not give us full details of your medical problem or disability we can also cancel the booking when we find out full details if in our reasonable opinion, the travel arrangements are not suitable or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all assistance reasonably required. If we cancel your booking as a result of this, the cancellation charges set out in Clause 6.1 above will apply.
14.5 If we are required or asked to reissue tickets that have been lost, destroyed or stolen and we agree to do so, any charges incurred as a result of this will be payable by you.
15 Conditions of Suppliers
Some of the services which make up your expedition are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions and of the international conventions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned.
16 Denied Boarding Regulations and Transportation Delays
16.1 If any flight you have booked is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline in circumstances which would entitle you to claim compensation against the airline under EC Regulation No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004, you must pursue the airline for the compensation due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on 0330 022 1500 www.caa.co.uk.
16.2 Unfortunately, flight or other transport delays sometimes occur. Depending on the length of the delay and surrounding circumstances, the carrier concerned should provide refreshments when and where appropriate. We are generally not in a position to provide any assistance in the event of flight or other transportation delays and cannot accept any liability except where expressly stated in these Booking Conditions.
17 Health & Fitness
17.1 Activities within our holidays may require a certain degree of physical fitness. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the levels of fitness required for any activity you choose to participate in. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP before departure. We, and those retained by us, to supervise any activities, retain the discretion at any time to decline to allow you to participate in any activity, if we reasonably believe that in the interests of your health, you should not do so. In such circumstances, we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.
17.2 You must provide us with full details of any existing medical or physical problems (including unusual height or weight, allergies and dietary requirements) or disability that may apply to you or any member of your group and which is likely to affect your ability to take part in some or all of the activities forming part of your holiday (including, in particular, any accommodation requirements or difficulties that may be encountered in accessing buildings) at the time of booking. If, in our reasonable opinion, any particular activities or arrangements are not suitable for the medical or physical problems or disability or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all the assistance that may be required, we have the right to refuse to accept the booking or you may not be able to participate in certain activities, in which event we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.
17.3 If you do not give us full details of any medical or physical problem or disability at the time of booking and/or promptly inform us of any adverse change to any existing medical or physical problem or disability and/or any new medical or physical problem or disability that arises after booking then we can also cancel the booking when we find out the full details if, in our reasonable opinion, the arrangements are not suitable in the circumstances. If we cancel in this situation, cancellation charges as set out at Section 6 must be paid by the person concerned.
18.1 You must take out suitable insurance for all your needs before you travel and it is a condition of this contract that you or members of your party do so. We cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur as a result of failing to do so.
18.2 You must provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and 24 hour emergency help line number before you travel.
18.3 If you take part in activities whilst travelling that have been organised and arranged independently of us, participation is at your own risk and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have obtained the relevant insurance.
19 Your Responsibilities and Behaviour Whilst on Holiday
19.1 As part of your booking with us, you are accepting liability for any loss or damage caused by you or any member of your party during the course of your holiday. Payment for any loss or damage must be made to us or our supplier at the time that it occurs or as soon as is reasonably practicable thereafter. If the cost of the loss or damage is not known at the time, we will reasonably estimate it and if this reasonable estimate exceeds the amount paid, you must pay the difference once known, and if it is less, the difference will be refunded to you. You will also be responsible for, and agree to indemnify us, in respect of any claim subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and any other party’s full legal costs) arising from your actions.
19.2 You are also responsible for the behaviour of yourself and other members of your party. We can refuse to accept you as a customer or refuse to continue dealing with you and/or any other member of your party by terminating your travel arrangements if yours or their behaviour is or is likely to be, in our reasonable opinion or in the reasonable opinion of our suppliers, disruptive, upsetting or dangerous to yourself or anyone else, or if you or any member of your party have caused or are likely to cause damage to property. In these circumstances, we will not pay any refund, compensation or other sum whatsoever or any costs or expenses incurred by you if we have to terminate your travel arrangements due to such unacceptable behaviour. In this situation we will have no further responsibility for you or any other member of your party (including any return travel arrangements). If your unacceptable behaviour means that you are not able to board your outward flight, we will treat your booking as cancelled from that moment and you will have to pay the full cancellation charges referred to in Clause 6.1 above.
19.3 You must at all times follow the instructions of our guides, staff and local operators. Failure to do so, particularly when approaching an animal, may result in you being withdrawn from the trip and being unable to participate any further. Should your behaviour result in an animal making a provoked attack, a fine may be charged by the local wildlife officer for which you would be responsible. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to see all wildlife referenced in the description of the trip and its imagery or that the weather conditions will be as described.
20 Excursions and Activities and Resort Information
Excursions, tours or other activities that you book or pay for whilst you are on holiday do not form part of the travel arrangements provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator or provider of that excursion, tour or activity and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion, tour or activity or anything that may happen during the course of its provision by the operator. We do not accept any liability in relation to any such excursion, tour or activity and these Booking Conditions do not apply to them.
21 Local Charges & Tourist Taxes
Unless we have stated that a local service or facility is included or free in our accommodation description, you may be asked to pay a charge locally, for example, local tourist tax, room services (eg minibar), health and beauty treatments, snacks, drinks, etc. Tourist taxes may be payable by you when you check out of your holiday accommodation.
22 Local Health & Safety Standards
You should be aware that it is the standards and health and safety requirements of the country in which the services which make up your travel arrangements are provided which apply and not those of the United Kingdom. These standards will be different to those of the United Kingdom and may sometimes be lower.
23 Our Website, Brochure and Advertising
The information contained in our website, brochure and advertising material is our responsibility and to the best of our knowledge and belief it is correct at the time of publication. Occasionally errors may occur and information may change and you must therefore check all the details of your travel arrangements at the time of booking.
24 If You Have a Complaint
In the unlikely event that you have cause to complain during the course of your travel arrangements with us, you must bring it to our attention immediately. If your complaint is not resolved then you must repeat your complaint in writing within 28 days of the end of your travel arrangements with us by writing to us at our Registered Office or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must provide any booking reference and all other relevant information to enable us to fully investigate your complaint. Any complaints which do not involve death, personal injury or illness and which are not made in accordance with this procedure we are unable to accept liability. In accordance with the Alternative Dispute Resolutions for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 (“The ADR Directive”) we advise that Colouricious Limited does not utilize the services of an approved Dispute Resolution Service for the purposes of complaints.
25 Data Protection
In order to process your booking and to make sure that your holiday arrangements run smoothly, we need to pass the information which you provide on to relevant suppliers such as airlines, transfer companies, hotels etc. The information which we provide may also be provided to credit checking companies and public authorities such as customs and immigration if required by law. Where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (ELEA), controls on data protection in your destination country may not be as strong as they are in the UK. However, we will not pass your information on to any person who is not responsible for part of your holiday arrangements. If we cannot pass your information on to relevant suppliers, we cannot provide your booking, therefore in making this booking, you consent to your information being passed on to them. Your data controller is: Edward Malden . You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us and if you would like to see this, please ask us. It may be necessary to make an administration charge for providing this to you.
YOUR KEY RIGHTS UNDER THE PACKAGE TRAVEL AND LINKED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS REGULATIONS 2018
The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
Therefore you will benefit from all EU rights applying to the packages. Colouricious Limited will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.
Additionally, as required by law, Colouricious Limited has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes insolvent.
KEY RIGHTS UNDER THE PACKAGE TRAVEL AND LINKED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS REGULATIONS 2018
- Travellers will receive all essential information about the package before concluding the package travel contract.
- There is always at least one trader who is liable for the proper performance of all the travel services included in the contract.
- Travellers are given an emergency telephone number or details of a contact point where they can get in touch with the organiser.
- Travellers may transfer the package to another person, on reasonable notice and possibly subject to additional costs.
- The price of the package may only be increased if specific costs rise (for instance fuel prices), and if expressly provided for in the contract, and in any event not later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase exceeds 8% of the price of the package, the traveller may terminate the contract. If the organiser reserves the right to a price increase, the traveller has a right to a price reduction if there is a decrease in the relevant costs.
- Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee and get a full refund of any payments if any of the essential elements of the package, other than the price, has changed significantly. If before the start of the package the trader responsible for the package cancels the package, travellers are entitled to a refund and compensation where appropriate.
- Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee before the start of the package in the event of exceptional circumstances, for instance if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package.
- Additionally, travellers may at any time before the start of the package terminate the contract in return for an appropriate and justifiable termination fee.
- If, after the start of the package, significant elements of the package cannot be provided as agreed, suitable alternative arrangements will have to be offered to the traveller at no extra cost. Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee, where services are not performed in accordance with the contract and this substantially affects the performance of the package and the organiser fails to remedy the problem.
- Travellers are also entitled to a price reduction or compensation for damages or both where the travel services are not performed or are improperly performed.
- The organiser has to provide assistance if the traveller is in difficulty.
- If the organiser or the retailer becomes insolvent, payments will be refunded. If the organiser or, where applicable, the retailer becomes insolvent after the start of the package and if transport is included in the package, repatriation of the travellers is secured. Colouricious Limited has taken out insolvency protection with the following entities:
- For flight inclusive holidays: Civil Aviation Authority of 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE, www.caa.co.uk, telephone: 0330 103 6350, email: email@example.com
THE PACKAGE TRAVEL AND LINKED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS REGULATIONS 2018
Can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/634/contents/made
Online Booking & Payment Terms
Please book your holiday online – the booking form is found at the top of this page. Once you have submitted your booking form and made your payment, you will be sent a confirmation note and if appropriate an ATOL certificate.
Upgrading your flight?
If you are considering upgrading your flight we will be pleased to assist. Please call us on 0203 362 4114 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org at the time of booking for a quote.
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Then it makes sense for you make your own way to Jaipur and meet us there.
Simply email us at email@example.com and we will send you the details.
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“Hello Jamie, well what can I say? The Rajasthan Textile tour was fantastic. My sister Sheila and I found the whole experience way beyond our expectations. Isha and all the guides looked after us so well. The coach driver and the young man with him could not have been more attentive, helpful and patient. The workshops were very enjoyable and a real eye opener into all the skills that abound in India, and we are grateful that the craftsmen and women were willing to spend their time teaching us. The hotels were well chosen, I think we would have liked another night at the Hotel Heritage Resort Bikaner as the rooms and grounds had such a wonderful ambiance but we do understand that there was a schedule to stick to. I want to emphasise that we appreciated the welcome, the acceptance the friendliness that we met everywhere we went. I will email TWX to give feedback on Isha, of course. She made the tour extra special as nothing was too much trouble and nothing phased her. Thank you Colouricious for making our 2 weeks in Rajasthan so exceptional. Hope to see you again. Patricia & Sheila”
“Dear Jamie and the whole team, just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you the holiday was more than I could have imagined in every way the hotels the transport the visits to cities and villages the range of textiles we saw, and those that we had the opportunity to try our hand at. I was speechless from day one (not true I had a lot to say) the sights the sounds and smells and nor forgetting the company of the group all of whom shared a common interest . Oh dear, it was all amazing and also life changing in so many ways, thank you all for your superb organisation and sharing your love of textiles and India……………….I will be back ” Linda
“I am writing to thank you for a brilliant holiday. I was blown away by the care and brilliant planning of the tour, at every corner there was a surprise and it exceeded my expectations completely. The tour guides were wonderful, as were the hotels and all the artisans and their families. I would advise everyone interested in textiles to do this tour, which also contained such additions like participating in Diwali, visiting temples/ mosques, palaces and an oasis, not to mention the camel fair and so much more.” Julie
“The cooking demo and dinner in Delhi, followed by the visit to the spice shop in Jodpur I found very interesting and it helped in understanding how the different spices are used and a great addition to the holiday.I loved the 2 worksops (Bandhej in Jodhpur and block printing in Pipar). Sarah