My colleague Sarah and I were fortunate enough to join the Nkuku India Trip for the conference held in Delhi. As this was our first trip to India we wanted to share some of our experiences.  After a sleepless flight to Delhi we were collected by a very smartly dressed hotel driver who informed us that ‘if you don’t use your horn while driving you don’t know how to drive!’  With that we tightened our seat belts and prepared ourselves for the ride.

On arrival to the magnificent hotel we were given a traditional Indian greeting wishing us luck and prosperity. After a short rest we got straight to work with our Indian Office.

The following day we woke up bright an earlier to the calming noise of the rush hour Delhi traffic. After a 4 hour journey to meet some of our suppliers we spent  the day touring the factories and meeting the employees. This enlightening experience showcased the artisans’ high level of skills. One supplier very kindly made us an Indian feast for lunch. Vegetable curry has never tasted so good!

After many more meetings we managed to grab an hour to go to a local market. We put to use our bartering skills and came away with goodies for family and friends (and of course ourselves to!

Our final day in Delhi was our Nkuku supplier conference. The day involved a great turnout, more delicious Indian food and an opportunity to strength our relationship with our suppliers.   The next morning we very reluctantly packed our bags to go home. We must have become immune to the chaotic Indian traffic as the M5 to Devon felt very civilised and boring. We can’t wait for trip number two!

To see some of the products created by the great artisans Sarah and Steph  met on this trip take a look here!

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