• Colour India- Liz light
  • Colour India- Liz light
  • Colour India- Liz light
  • Colour India- Liz light
  • Colour India- Liz light

Colour India

Exclusive, special interest tours of India:

  • hand-loomed textiles
  • photography
  • Eastern Himalayan flora and wilderness
  • Indian cuisine
  • Birds and wildlife

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.

Textile tours.

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.
India is huge with an enormously diverse hand-craft tradition that is still proudly practiced by artisans in different regions so Colour India offers two different textile tours, of 16 days each, that visit to different areas and discover different hand-crafted textiles.
Tour 1 is more focused on embroidery and Tour 2 is more focused on weaving. But both cover each of these crafts and a whole lot more including block printing, resist dying, and batik.
Both tours will be accompanied by a guide from New Zealand, either Liz or Janie, and there will always be a local Indian guide. The 4 day Jaipur optional extra will have an experienced Indian guide with whom Liz has worked many times. The accommodation is luxurious (3 to 4 star) and includes modern western-style hotels, heritage hotels (similar to the Marigold Hotel), and resort-style hotels. We have a modern bus, with driver, at each destination. The main focus is textiles but there will be sightseeing in each place we visit.

Fitness.

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.
The tour is 20 days and Liz hosts it. It includes the wildlife and birds of central India’s magnificent National Parks, the people and heritage of incredible Kolkata, deeply spiritual Varanasi and incomparably beautiful Himalayan state of Kashmir.
This is India made easy. The accommodation is luxurious (3 to 4 star) and includes modern western-style hotels, heritage Indian hotels, resort-style hotels and a heritage houseboat in Kashmir. We have a modern bus, with driver, at each destination. There are no tiresome overnight train journeys and hard beds are avoided.

Fitness.

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.
We also visit Darjeeling, a hill station surrounded by thousands of hectares of tidily trimmed tea plantations. Darjeeling produces a quarter of India’s tea including some of the world’s best brews.
The tourThis exclusive 18-day journey to Darjeeling and Sikkim designed for flower enthusiasts, plants-people, nature lovers and walkers. There are day walks of up to 6 kilometres to explore pristine wilderness areas, temple visits, charming accommodation, our own bus and driver and an expert Sikkimese plantsman as our guide.
This is India made easy. The accommodation is comfortable (3 to 4 star) and includes modern western-style hotels, heritage hotels, resort-style hotels and lodges in magnificent gardens.

Fitness.

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.
The tour. This exclusive 20-day journey is designed for nature-lovers, bird and wildlife enthusiast’s and nature photographers There are gentle day walks of up to 6 kilometres to explore pristine wilderness areas, charming accommodation, our own bus and driver and an expert naturalists as our local guides. Small group (max 10 people) hosted from New Zealand by Liz.
The accommodation is comfortable and quirky (3 to 4 star) and includes modern western-style hotels, heritage hotels, a heritage houseboat and resort-style hotels in magnificent locations.