Exclusive, special interest tours of India:
Colour India is a boutique tour company that Liz Light launched in 2014. Liz is a New Zealand-based writer and photographer who, after many assignments in India, grew to know and love this enigmatic and diverse country, its magnificent hand-crafted textiles, photographic opportunities and delicious cuisine.
Background. Cotton and silk were first spun and woven in the Indus Valley over 5,000 years ago and India remains the world’s heart of hand-loomed weaving, hand-knotted floor rugs, embroidery, block printing and resist dying. Indian silk and cotton textiles are as diverse as the country’s culture and geography. Over time with artistry, devotion to beauty and love of colour India’s hand-crafted textiles have developed myriads of different regional styles including weaving techniques, stitching methods, block work and fabric printing, mirror work and beading and quilting.
Fitness. You should be fit enough to comfortably walk two kilometers, most days. There are heritage walking tours in ancient cites with little alleyways that are too small for transport. Many of the villages we visit are down lanes that are too small for the bus.
The photography tours.
Background. The diversity of geography, architecture, culture and people make India exceptionally photogenic and people still enjoy being photographed. The light is amazing, people love wearing colour, the national parks are terrific and you may see tigers. We visit the Himalayas in the winter. It’s cold, the snow is low on the mountains and days are usually clear.
Fitness. You should be fit enough to comfortably walk three or kilometers, most days. We will walk in ancient cities with little alleyways, village back-lanes and crowded bazaars.
Eastern Himalayan flora and wilderness tours
Background.Sikkim is surrounded by the Himalayas. It’s best known for wild, mountainous beauty, forest temples, chanting monks, flickering candles and flying prayer flags. And, in botanical circles, Sikkim is famous for the diversity of its indigenous flora. Rhododendrons, orchids, magnolias and much more will be in bloom, in spring, when we are there.
Fitness. You should be fit enough to comfortably walk seven kilometers. These are day-walks, with picnic lunches, exploring exquisite mountain valleys. There will not be endless uphill slogs to high Himalayan passes.
Birds & wildlife
Background. India’s habitat diversity and altitude variations give it a rich bird life. It has over 1200 bird species, including 70 raptors, 30 duck and geese species and 8 stork varieties. We visit 3 magnificent National Parks and 3 renowned bird sanctuaries in four different geographical areas. In this season we see masses of migratory birds from Siberia and North Asia. The wildlife (tigers with luck) is a bonus as is the rural charm, sweet villages and magnificent vistas of the Himalayas.