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SUTRA global imports brings the beauty of handmade South Asia to the Midwest in a curated fairtrade collection  artfully staged in a renovated century barn in Dakota, Minnesota and through online sales. We also host workshops and talks in our space and Kim Hammer leads tours to India and Bali.

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Travel to India

Travel to India

January 26 - February 10, 2019

India is the most complex, colorful and chaotic place I know, and if truth be told, you don’t choose India; India chooses you. You go to India because there has always been some longing to step into Mother India’s rivers, bazaars and temples, and you trust this feeling.

Follow me to India, and immerse your creative soul in this ancient civilization.

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Romance India 2019 Tour

January 26 - February 10, 2019

Highlights Include:

  • View the Taj Mahal in the early morning light
  • Tour 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Make your own work of textile art
  • Visit palaces and other incredible architecture
  • Explore artisan villages and shopping
  • Enjoy the most excellent cuisine of India

Tour Size is Limited to 8 Travelers

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Join intrepid traveler Kim Hammer for a mid-winter adventure on the Romance India 2019: A Tour for Art Lovers!

  • Tour 7 beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites in northern India, which include forts, palaces, mausoleums, an astronomy observatory and old cities.

  • Experience the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, a world-class display of early 20th century history, and stroll through the gardens where the “Father of India” spent his last 144 days.

  • BY POPULAR REQUEST! Learn creative photography from Master Photographer Rohit Guatam on a walking tour through peaceful gardens and old temples in Delhi, the nation’s capital.

  • Behold the exquisite Taj Mahal, the world’s incomparable symbol of eternal love!

  • NEW THIS YEAR! Tour the world-famous indigo village of Bagru. Then, create your own Indian scarf using the age-old technique of block-printing, using authentic hand-carved wood blocks and pigment inks under the guidance of expert teachers.

  • Explore the exquisite and ornate Amber Fortress-Palace near the Pink City of Jaipur; the royal architecture was created in the 16th century by the trusted general of the Emperor Akbar.

  • Appreciate the ornate Meherengarh Fort and its historical museum in the Blue City of Jodhpur, with lunch overlooking a restored step well.

  • Soak up the home-cooked food and hospitality in a small-village homestay with a family of dhurrie rug-weavers in desert Rajasthan. Take a village safari to see wildlife and local Bishnoi culture.

  • Observe artisans creating beautiful clothing and other textiles, statues and jewelry, and other local handwork.

  • Wander through the painted havelis (mansions) located along the Silk Route, some decaying and others exquisitely restored, in the world’s largest, and very photogenic, outdoor art gallery. Lunch at the restored Haveli Nadine Le Prince.

  • At the start and the finish of the tour, enjoy meditative reflection in the Lotus Temple and within the devotional atmosphere of the       Sikh Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

  • Walk along the holy lake at Pushkar, said to be created when a flower dropped from the Hindu god Brahma’s hand to the earth.

  • Meals (vegetarian and chicken) are generally ordered “family style”, with dishes to share, so that by the journey’s end, you will have experienced a wide array of Indian food and local Rajasthani cuisine.  Alternatives (Chinese and snack foods) are available in most places.

  • .The accommodations are included, with mid-level (roughly 3 star) hotels chosen for their beauty, cleanliness, customer service and/or convenience to other sites, and the tour fee is based on twin-share rooms.  We do our best to provide locally-owned hotels committed to responsible tourism.  There are no international, luxury chains; many are art-filled or operate as a social enterprise.

Ready to travel to India?

January 26 - February 10, 2019

The 2019 India Tour Fee is $2950, (same as the 2018 tour!) and includes all breakfasts, most lunches and dinners, admission to all sites and guides, private driver with air conditioned vehicle, airport transfers, and the escort fee of your tour leader, and mid-level hotels, based on shared occupancy.  

Not included in this fee:  your international flight, tipping, a few meals, personal expenses, and expenses when you veer from the group/itinerary.  For single occupancy, add $500.  This small group tour is limited to 4-8 persons and is expected to fill!

A non-refundable registration fee of $800 will hold your place and is due no later than September 1, 2018.  Apply early, as we expect this tour to fill!  $1150 is due October 1 . The remainder of the trip fee (and your single supplement, if applicable) is due December 1, 2018.   You will be invoiced for each payment, so they are payable with credit card. The tour requires a minimum of 4 to be offered, and will be capped at a maximum of 8.

*TOUR DATES reflect the dates to BOOK your international flight to New Delhi, but please reserve your place and register BEFORE booking your flight. 

 
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Testimonials from Travelers

As a retired world-traveling US diplomat, I have a high bar to meet when traveling to distant lands. My trip to India, under Kim’s informed, organized, sensitive guidance, fully exceeded that bar.

Marvelous sights, mixed with exposure to a plethora of people and experiences, across as wide a swath of this extraordinary country as could be comfortably covered in two weeks—all made it meaningful and unforgettable. How Kim managed to arrange for such wonderful accommodations as well as a competent, thoughtful driver for such a reasonable/affordable price—is beyond me.

The proof-in-the-pudding: I’ve just signed up for her 2018 trip to Bali and am expecting more of the same!
— Peggy, India 2017 Traveler
Kim is such a natural and effective leader . I really appreciated your patience with us and enthusiasm for India.  When I look at my pictures and recall all that we saw and did I feel wonderful about the trip. 
— George, India 2014 Traveler
 

Meet Your Tour Leader:
Kim Hammer

Tour Leader Kim Hammer is an artist and fair trade entrepreneur, with a special love of the transformative power of world travel.  She has found a second home in India & Bali and is thrilled to share them with you!