2015 Knitting holiday with Debbie Bliss

Debbie Bliss led our 2nd Indian knitting holiday

24th January – 4th February 2015


Feedback from the holiday:

 

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed my ten days in Mysore, it really was an amazing experience.”

“Thank you for the most wonderful experience which is up there with a handful of marvellous events in my life. I’m really missing the company and the warmth, sights and sounds.”

“A wonderful holiday.  It was a dream come true for me, as my three main passions in life are knitting, India and helping those less fortunate!  I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, loved every minute.”

“I had a most wonderful time – thoroughly enjoyed myself…Debbie was inspirational, and she was right, it was a privilege to be there.”

“The Green Hotel was a real oasis and the meals were delicious”

Where:

The award-winning Green Hotel, Mysore, South India. The Hotel was set up as a model of sustainable tourism by the Charities Advisory Trust, our parent charity. All profits are distributed to charitable and environmental projects in India. It’s a small Palace, with a garden block. For the last 10 years our 2 acre garden has won the prize for the best garden in Mysore. The hotel has a small craft shop with a selection of goods made by National Award Winners, India’s leading craftsmen.

the green hotel

Debbie Bliss with text

Debbie Bliss:

Debbie Bliss is a knitwear designer of over 30 years experience. She is known for her own brand of highly successful classic knits with a contemporary twist, which are sold worldwide. She is also the most published knitwear designer, with over 50 books and her own magazine.


What to expect:

  • beautiful sunny weather (around 30 degrees)
  • delicious food (buffet meals, including vegetarian options)
  • special diets catered for
  • good company and friendly atmosphere
  • a chance to meet new people
  • wonderful shopping opportunities
  • improve and extend your knitting techniques
  • learn to design your own patterns
knitting

the princess room & the garden block

Price includes:

  • 11 days full board (all meals buffet style to include vegetarian options and non spicy food if preferred)
  • bottled water
  • transport to and from Bangalore Airport to Mysore
  • knitting workshops
  • local taxes
  • visits to projects and places of interest

Price per person:

Traveller’s Room:
Single occupancy per person: £1,895
Double occupancy per person: £1,595
Deluxe Room:
Single occupancy per person: £2,250
Double occupancy per person: £1,955
Palace Room:
Single occupancy per person: £2,655
Double occupancy per person: £2,250

To Book:

Places are limited, early booking is advised.


Sightseeing:

Mysore is a charming town (RK Narayan’s Malgudi). It still retains its old world charm – full of palaces, a world famous market, temples and Raj style buildings, bird sanctuary and nearby wildlife reserves. A more unusual opportunity is offered, you can if you wish visit projects the Green Hotel and Charities Advisory Trust (Knit for Peace’s parent charity) support, and teach the children from the orphanages and slums to finger knit.

market with text

Transport

Getting there:

The nearest international airport is Bangalore (Bengaluru), which is 115 miles away from Mysore (by car). British Airways flies direct. We will arrange for you to be met off the BA flight. You can also travel from Bangalore to Mysore by train and we will meet you at Mysore station. There is also an internal flight but the inconvenient times of the BA flights and the distance from the airport to the station in Bangalore makes the option of being met by car possibly the easiest. And for those visiting India for the first time the struggle with the porters at Bangalore station fighting over who is going to carry your luggage is a bit daunting.


What people said about our first knitting trip:

“My time at the Green Hotel was one of the best holidays I have had and there is the bonus of getting involved with Knit for Peace projects too”.
“A magical week, full of colour and laughter. Learnt a lot, Can’t wait for the next time”.
“I was a bit worried about going to India, but we were cosseted all the way”.
“The 2014 Mysore Knit for Peace holiday was more than a knitting holiday. Yes, we had excellent workshops and spent 12 days in the sun eating good food and enjoying each other’s company. The extra special element was being privileged to meet about 60 children living in 2 children’s homes that are supported by the Green Hotel and also visiting several other projects in the area that the hotel supports. Add to this the Mysore market, the shops and the Sunday evening lights at the palace and you have a wonderful, memorable time. I can’t wait for the 2015 holiday and I know that several of my friends are keen to come for the first time. Roll on January 2015!”

Extending your stay:

The hotel travel desk can arrange transport and accommodation (for those wishing to extend their stay, perhaps to the Kerala waterways, or ruins at Hampi or the textile and craft museums at Chennai (Madras and Pondicherry).

finger knitting with text

Our first Knit for Peace holiday, The Colour Experience, led by Erika Knight at the Green Hotel, Mysore, was a great success. See our blog to read more about what we got up to.

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