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Experience the diverse cuisines of India

Tour Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Palatable journey spoils all with that little mass gain yet worth all the indulgence. This tour lets you engulf in the essence of Indian culture and heritage by jaunting across 07 UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Binge on parathas (flat Indian breads), kebabs and butter chicken right where they originated amidst the hustle-bustle at Chandni Chowk. Hop on for a food walk across Lucknow, the culinary capital of India. Relish on some perfect blend of spices and mouth watering dishes around the cities of Agra, Jodhpur and Rohet. Food spree doesn’t end here as we gear up for cooking sessions administered by renowned chefs and entice on some self-cooked dishes. Finally, we adjourn our tour by relaxing over Lake Pichola, on a boat ride, in the city of lakes: Udaipur.

Tour Highlights

Food! Binds one and all. Indian cuisine is ancient, diverse steeped in tradition, an amalgam of different ethnic influences, much like the country itself. Throughout history, Indians have absorbed foods from all over the world giving rise to one of the richest and most sophisticated culinary traditions in the world.

As a food historian once said, “No foreign food was rejected in India, it was just made Indian!” This artistically designed tour is a cultural experience of India through food, cooks, kitchens, homes visits, spices, bazaars, meeting people as well as seeing the historical and cultural attractions of the country.

Savor on some delectable delicacies along with travelling across the vibrantly framed out culture and cuisines of states of India with our tour of Indian cuisine.

World Heritage Sites

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi:
Day 2: DELHI
Day 3: DELHI
Day 4: DELHI/VARANASI (FLIGHT)
Day 5: VARANASI
Day 6: VARANASI – LUCKNOW (DRIVE: 320 Km/ 07 Hours)
Day 7: LUCKNOW
Day 8: LUCKNOW/AGRA (DRIVE 340 KMS/ 05 HRS)
Day 9: AGRA/RAMATHRA (DRIVE: 225 KM/ 05 HOURS)
Day 10: RAMATHRA
Day 11: RAMATHRA/JAIPUR (DRIVE: 180 KM/ 04 HOURS)
Day 12: JAIPUR
Day 13: : JAIPUR/ JODHPUR (DRIVE: 340 KM/ 07 HOURS)
Day 14: JODHPUR / ROHET (DRIVE: 60 KM/ 1 ½ HOUR)
Day 15: ROHET
Day 16: ROHET/RANAKPUR/ UDAIPUR (DRIVE: 220 Km/ 05 Hours)
Day 17: UDAIPUR
Day 18: : UDAIPUR / DELHI/ HOME (FLIGHT)
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

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  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi:
    Namaste! We are greeted with flower garlands and welcomed to Delhi, our first stop in India! 
  2. Day 2 DELHI
    jantar-mantar-new-delhi A specially designed culinary tour of Delhi. Start with “Parathewali Gali” - a street with shops specializing only in “Parathas” - special flat bread stuffed with vegetables, cheeses, spices and everything else the chefs fancy! We get to taste some samplers of different kinds of breads and those adventurous enough may go for a full “Paratha” There after we visit Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market “Khari Bowli”. Spices plays an integral part in the Indian cuisine. This is perhaps one of the best places to buy some spices to take back home. We continue our quest at the famous Chandni Chowk bazaar and at Karim's Restaurant, known for its mouthwatering kebabs. Try some Kebab samplers before we head to Red Fort*. Later we reach The Moti Mahal Restaurant - birthplace of Butter Chicken where we will have our lunch. We end our tour with a drive through the Houses of Parliament and the famous Connaught Place before heading to our hotel. After the tour, we are treated to a welcome buffet dinner at hotel. Please note: - Red fort is closed on Monday. Old Delhi Market remains closed on Sunday.
     
    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 DELHI
    qutub-minar-new-delhi We start with a home visit. Our host is Mrs. Jyoti Agarwal - renowned award-winning chef who will demonstrate Indian cooking and explain to us the role of food in Indian culture. Getting the experience of an Indian home, we are in for a treat few have been exposed to. Jyoti’s family will join us for lunch – an interesting cultural introduction to India.  Afternoon is spent exploring highlights of the capital city to include the 13th Century Qutub Minar – a World Heritage Site*, Humayun's Tomb*. Dinner at hotel
     
    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 DELHI/VARANASI (FLIGHT)
    Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, we are transferred to our hotel. 
    In the evening we go to the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti after sunset performed by devout Hindus. 
     
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  5. Day 5 VARANASI
    ganga-aarti-varanasi In the early morning we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges for a most serene experience. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrims and priests fill the riverbanks bathing in the holy waters and performing various other rituals. This unique experience literally transports you to another world. 
    After boat ride we explore old Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, which houses a huge marble relief map of India; the Durga Temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir beside the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. After the tour we come back to hotel for breakfast and rest.  In the afternoon we explore Sarnath, the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath contains Chaukhandi Stupa, a lofty brick structure crowned with an octagonal tower and the remains of several stupas, monasteries and Ashokan column are built from the 3rd century B.C. to 12th century A.D.in brick and stone.
    The city is famous also for its silk sarees and we visit some of the houses where the beautiful silk sarees are woven. 
    In the evening, we enjoy a special Satvik (Vegetarian) Thali (meal made up of a selection of various dishes. It simply means a round platter used to serve food. The idea behind a Thali is to offer all the 6 different flavors of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate. According to Indian food serving customs, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavors).
     
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  6. Day 6 VARANASI – LUCKNOW (DRIVE: 320 Km/ 07 Hours)
    After breakfast, we drive to Lucknow - the culinary capital of India. On arrival we check in our hotel. Evening, we join our local culinary expert on a culinary walking tour. Lucknow is famous for its foodies, kitchens, chefs and taste buds. 
    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 LUCKNOW
    mosque-bara-lmambara-complex-lucknow Our Lucknow exploration includes the British Residency, Bara Imambara – an architectural marvel, the clock tower - the finest example of British Architecture in India.  Afternoon we are treated to high tea by Nawabs (rulers) of Lucknow. Evening, we have a cooking demo at Alishma, it is a restaurant -not an ordinary kind of restaurant which is run by the descendants of Nawabs of Lucknow. It is just at the back of famous Jama Masjid of Lucknow which is a nice place to sit and have food. 
    The cooking demo would be of special dish recommended by the owner of “Alishma” which is called “Murg Pasand Dara Nawabi” It is named after his grandfather (Dara Nawab). During the cooking everything is explained by the family member himself. The family claims that this dish cannot be found anywhere in India except their family). After cooking demo, we enjoy the dinner. Please Note: Residency War Memorial Museum remains closed on Friday for visitors.
     
    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 LUCKNOW/AGRA (DRIVE 340 KMS/ 05 HRS)
    taj-mahal-agra Drive to Agra. Tour of the majestic Agra Fort*.  Evening we are treated to a sumptuous meal at the famous Peshawari restaurant, with a lavish spread of delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs with the inimitable Dal Bukhara. 
    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 AGRA/RAMATHRA (DRIVE: 225 KM/ 05 HOURS)
    taj-mahal-agra Sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is the jewel of Muslim architecture in India. Drive to Ramathra which honors Lord Rama, who is believed to have camped here while on his epic journey to Lanka. Absent here is commercial traffic or food stalls. Every day, as the sun goes down, Bhajan-(devotional) singing and community activities are sung. Among its numerous shrines, the Ganesh Mandir and Shiva Mandir give the best flavour of local religious life. Dinner under starlight sky. 
    Please note: - Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. 
     
    Meals Included
  10. Day 10 RAMATHRA
    Ramathra Fort offers several interesting activities and excursions. Morning free to enjoy the place. Afternoon, we join our host Ravi and Geetanjali (owners of Ramathra- Subject to their presence) for a cooking session typical to the state of Rajasthan. Evening, we visit local vegetable farm and meet village folks.  
    Meals Included
  11. Day 11 RAMATHRA/JAIPUR (DRIVE: 180 KM/ 04 HOURS)
    hawa-mahal-jaipur Today we drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital city. In 1876, during the visit of Queen Victoria, Maharaja Ram Singh painted the city pink to welcome the guests leading to Jaipur being referred to as the Pink City. In the evening, we visit an Indian home- Ikaki Niwas and have a hands-on experience preparing Rajasthani dishes and chappati [Indian bread]. 
    Meals Included
  12. Day 12 JAIPUR
    amber-fort-jaipur Morning visit the 16th Century Amber Fort (By Jeep) – a distinguished example of the Mughal-Rajput architecture. Visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art. Next is the icon of Jaipur – the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds followed by Jantar Mantar (WHS) and the local bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Dinner at hotel. 
    Meals Included
  13. Day 13 : JAIPUR/ JODHPUR (DRIVE: 340 KM/ 07 HOURS)
    Drive to Jodhpur. On arrival check in at hotel. The remainder of the day is free. 
    Meals Included
  14. Day 14 JODHPUR / ROHET (DRIVE: 60 KM/ 1 ½ HOUR)
    blue-city-jodhpur Morning visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur. Perched on a 150-m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan founded in 1459. Continue to Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
    Afternoon drive to Rohet Garh-the ancestral home of Thakur Dalpat Singh since 1622 AD. Rohet became one of the most important Jagirs (fiefdoms) of the state of Marwar. 
     
    Meals Included
  15. Day 15 ROHET
    Today we enjoy a Royal Picnic- a recreation of a bygone era. We will be waited upon by liveried attendants; large mattresses with bolsters and soft cushions spread next to a soothing water body inviting us to kick up our feet. A unique cultural experience, which encompasses all that this region has to offer. A full day interacting with the locals preparing food on open fires using local ingredients and recopies, then drift into sweet slumber watching the pied kingfisher dive for his lunch just yards away! 
    Later in the evening, we join for a traditional cooking session. 
     
    Meals Included
  16. Day 16 ROHET/RANAKPUR/ UDAIPUR (DRIVE: 220 Km/ 05 Hours)
    city-palace-udaipur After breakfast, we drive to Udaipur en-route visiting the famous Ranakpur temples, constructed in the AD 1439.  The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kilograms whose sound echoes in the entire complex. After visiting Ranakpur, we drive to Udaipur. On arrival we check in our hotel. 
    Later we visit home of Anuradha Rathore. Hospitality has always been the part of their tradition and culture. So keeping up the same tradition the family feels immense pleasure to open their house for the cooking demonstrations. The guests are made feel at home so that they can be comfortable all the way. The family put in their entire efforts to make it a memorable evening for the guests. neither formalities, nor any hesitation could be seen at their home.  We enjoy a cooking class followed by dinner.  
    Please note: - Ranakpur Jain Temple opens at 1200 Noon. 
     
    Meals Included
  17. Day 17 UDAIPUR
    lake-palace-udaipur We start our experience of Udaipur by visiting the City Palace. The palace has several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. From the City Palace we can see the Lake Place, shimmering like a jewel in Lake Pichola. Later we visit the Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids and folklore museum. We end our tour of Udaipur with a boat ride at Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in 1551. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties. 
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  18. Day 18 : UDAIPUR / DELHI/ HOME (FLIGHT)
    After breakfast, we are transferred to airport for our flight to Delhi where we board our International flight to onward destination
    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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The travel agent in both India is great. Everything went smoothly and the guides were wonderful.
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