Curious Artisan – 7 Days

WORKING WITH YOUR ARTISAN
5 days @ up to 4 hours per day. Choose just one craft if you want to go in deep or two if you’d like a taste of something else as well!
ACTIVITIES
Your package includes one session to get you started. You can add on extras for an additional cost if you like.
You can choose your crafts and included activity any time prior to final payment. We are happy to chat and help you with your choices. Don’t panic, if you don’t like the craft you choose, we’ll do everything we can to accommodate changing it while on tour to ensure you have the ultimate experience.
TRANSPORT
Return private car transfers from Bangalore Airport. Transport by autorickshaw to and from your workshop and activities.
ACCOMMODATION
6 nights in a 3 star serviced apartment
Own room and bathroom
Free wifi
Shared kitchen/dining/living rooms
Laundry facilities
MEALS
Breakfast daily
1 lunch
3 dinners
HIGHLIGHTS
Cultural performance with traditional dinner
City Tour by Auto Rickshaw
Tour of Mysore Palace
Palace Illumination
OPTIONAL UPGRADE
Want to add a little bit of luxury? Upgrade to our Premium package and stay in a 4 star hotel with a pool, day spa, gymnasium, restaurant and bar onsite from as little as $70/day.
EXTRA NIGHTS? MORE ACTIVITIES?
We can provide pre and post accommodation and you can pre book as many extra activities as you like! Also choose from our range of Day Tours and Overnight Adventures to add that something extra to your holiday.

Day 1 Sunday – Arrival day
You will be met at Bengaluru Airport and transferred to your accommodation in Mysuru.
During the three hour drive you will have your first introduction to the somewhat ordered chaos that are the roads of India. You’ll be amazed as you watch bikes, scooters, cars, trucks, buses and more weave their way along the road with seemingly no lanes and no road rules! The cacophony of constantly beeping horns as the locals communicate with each other means your road trip to Mysuru will be an experience to remember and you can expect to see many wonderful and interesting things along the way. Welcome to India!
Meet your Tour Director and group at 5pm for a welcome briefing and dinner.
Following dinner you will be taken to the Palace for the weekly illumination. The palace is lit with 97,000 incandescent light globes creating a dramatic sight against the backdrop of the dark night sky. This is optional and well worth it even if you are jet lagged! If you are staying on any extra days after the tour you’ll get another chance, but this only happens on Sundays and National Days and we recommend you don’t miss it. It seems all of Mysuru are in the Palace grounds waiting and the collective audible sigh when the lights go on is a pleasure in itself.
Your Auto Rickshaw driver will get you back to your hotel by approximately 8.30pm
Day 2 Monday – Orientation Day
Let the creative process begin!
After breakfast meet your Auto driver for an interesting trip to the workshop that will be yours for the next 5 days. Meet your Artisan to discuss your project – let the learning process begin!
To get things off on the right foot we’ll get the safety brief out of the way today too.
Your Auto driver will be on hand to take you back to your hotel where you have free time until 5.30pm. Then he’ll pick you up and off you go on a city tour – it is amazing what you can see from the back of an auto and there is no better way to get a feel for the Royal City that is Mysuru. There are 13 palaces, countless temples, parks and statues larger than life, it really is a beautiful city. All this combined with cows wandering the streets, people everywhere you look, more motorbikes and scooters than you can imagine weaving in and out amongst the cars, it is endlessly fascinating to watch the world go by as you cruise around the city.
Days 3 Tuesday – Artists at Work
Let’s get to it. Project time. You’ve taken this time out from your day to day life to give yourself time to work in a creative space. We’ll do everything we can to support that journey.
After breakfast meet your Auto driver and head to the workshop around 8am. This day will be more or less on repeat for the next four days as you spend 3-4 hours each day working on your dream project. You’ll be learning from an artisan that has learned their craft from previous generations. In some cases the art form has been in the family for six or more generations – that’s what we call a Master Craftsman!
After you finish your session your auto driver, who is by now your friend, will be waiting to whisk you back to your hotel where you have free time until 2.30.
No visit to Mysuru is complete without a tour of the palace. You’ll be picked up at 2.30 and meet our guide Samir at the palace. He has a wealth of knowledge he enjoys sharing. He has been conducting tours at the palace for over ten years now, and learned from his father who has been a guide there for more than 30 years! Prepare to be wowed by the opulence and the rich history that lies within the palace walls.
Day 4 Wednesday – Artists at Work
By now you are getting into a bit of a rhythm and some days may seem the same but we promise you, in India, every day holds a surprise!
This evening you will be picked up at 6pm to head off to a Traditional Dinner & Cultural Show. You’ll not only enjoy a delicious home cooked vegetarian meal, you’ll be entertained by dancers and tabla players – we won’t give it all away here. This will be an evening to remember.
Day 5 Thursday – Artists at Work
We’ll pick you up in the morning as is our routine now, and take you to the workshop where your creative process continues! You’ll have a free afternoon and evening to explore Mysore, or fill in your time learning something else with one of our great activities!
Day 6 Friday – Your masterpiece is complete and it’s time to say goodbye
It’s arrived. Your last day in the workshop and by now you have completed 20 or more hours honing your skills in your chosen craft. You are already planning your next project to start when you get back home and you’re feeling great about all you’ve achieved.
Today you’ll finish up your work and pack it up to take home. Help will be available to arrange this. Your Artisan will present you with a certificate of attendance, and join you for lunch.
Your auto driver will take you back to your hotel to relax before meeting at 5pm to discuss and share your projects followed by a farewell dinner.
Day 7 Saturday – Departure day
Your tour finishes after breakfast today and you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

Start Finish Cost
15 October 21 October $1090 Introductory offer
12 November 18 November $1090 Introductory offer
3 December 9 December $1360 Coolest months
7 January 2018 13 January 2018 $1360 Coolest months
4 February 2018 10 February 2018 $1360 Coolest months
20 May 2018 26 May 2018 $1180 Warmest months
Summer Rains
3 June 2018 9 June 2018 $1180 Warmest months
Summer Rains
15 July 2018 21 July 2018 $1180 Monsoon
12 August 2018 18 August 2018 $1180 Monsoon
16 September 2018 22 September 2018 $1180 Ganesha Festival
14 October 2018 20 October 2018 $1360 Mysore Dasara
Festival
4 November 2018 10 November 2018 $1360 Diwali Festival
Cooler months