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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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Romance India: A Tour for Art Lovers

Your Life is a Sacred Journey

Our small-group tours take you to places you have dreamed of your whole life long, like India with its breathtaking architecture, fragrant and lip-smacking cuisine, an extraordinary diversity of peoples and climates, and a spiritual depth unlike any culture, anywhere. It is impossible to have a neutral response to this chaotic, colorful, and exotic country; we guarantee you will be forever changed. All journeys we lead are small groups of 4-8 people, to maximize your experience of "real India". 

The Abhaneri Stepwell is seen in the film "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

The Abhaneri Stepwell is seen in the film "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

SUTRA global journeys 2018

Join Kim in India February 24 - March 12, 2018 !  "Romance India" HIGHLIGHTS include: Taj Mahal under the Full Moon, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, make your own work of art, palaces and other incredible architecture, artisan villages, shopping and most excellent cuisine! To receive information on the tour, scroll down and fill out the contact form.


Romance India 2018:  A Tour for Art Lovers

February 24 - March 12, 2018*

Join intrepid traveler Kim Hammer for a mid-winter adventure to experience the enchanting Thar Desert of Rajasthan! You’ll see the Taj Mahal under moonlight and experience firsthand the stunning arts and architecture of western India!

  • Tour 6 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.

  • 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, under the full moon!

  • Create your own work of art using the age-old technique of block-printing, using authentic hand-carved wood blocks under the guidance of expert teachers.  No artistic experience is necessary.

  • 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 the small-village homestay of a family of dhurrie rug-weavers in desert Rajasthan, with village safari experiences to see wildlife and local 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, which is 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 5 or more 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 India Tour Fee is $2950, and includes breakfast, most lunches and dinners, admission to all sites and guides, private driver with vehicle, airport transfers, and the escort fee of your tour leader, and is 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.  For single occupancy, add $400.  This small group tour is limited to 4-8 persons. 

A non-refundable registration fee of $800 is due September 1, 2017 to hold your place. $1150 is due November 1. The remainder of the trip fee is due December 15, 2017. ($1,000 plus the single supplement if applicable.)  You will be invoiced for each payment, so they are payable with credit card, or if in person, by check.

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

Happy Travelers at the Taj Mahal during the 2017 Romance India tour!

Happy Travelers at the Taj Mahal during the 2017 Romance India tour!

 

      Interested in traveling to India? Contact Kim to get on the wait list              for our 2018 tours.

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