Cultivist members across Europe and America joined us to explore the nation's first planned city, Jaipur, and India's capital city, Delhi.
We began in Jaipur, where we spent most of our week. Hawa Mahal, built from red and pink sandstone, exemplified why Jaipur is called the "Pink City." The palace was also the site of our studio visit with artist Shilo Shiv Suleman, one of the only artists to work inside Hawa Mahal.
Local historians accompanied us to UNESCO World Heritage sites Amer Fort, India's second most visited landmark, and Jantar Mantar, a collection of 19 astronomical functional instruments that are also stunning works of art.
Our time in Jaipur would have been incomplete without a visit to the Gem Palace, where we could sample a huge range of their incredible jewellery collections.
A taste for ancient jewels was appeased with a visit to the Havelli of Krishna Choudhury, where we were lucky to have been hosted for dinner.
The final days of our week-long trip took us to the bustling city of Delhi, but only after stopping for lunch at the Dera Amer elephant sanctuary en route.
In Delhi, we were hosted by some of the city's world-class collectors — Renu Modi, V Sunil, Sethu and Priya Paul — and visited Subodh Gupta's studio. One of the world's leading contemporary artists, Gupta has presented work at Frieze, Art Basel, The Armory Show, and the Venice Biennale.
Our eventful art trip ended with a visit to the India Art Fair, where we would employ all of the connections and knowledge gained throughout our time there, a fitting conclusion to the first of our six taking place this year.