8 Days – Exclusive Cuisine Tour

India | Exclusive Cuisine Tour

VALID FROM 01 APRIL 2021 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

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Indian cuisine has evolved over a period of 5000 years, and, shaped by the influences of religious beliefs, social customs and foreign infiltrations, offers a valuable insight into the diverse cultures of this exotic subcontinent.

Famed the world over for its cuisine, India can entice visitors for its gastronomic journeys alone.  Let your taste buds be tantalised with street food tours, traditional home cooking, gastronomic hot spots and regional culinary delicacies.

India’s cuisine can be as varied as its culture and landscape.  From the smoldering tandoors and slow cooked, meaty delights of Rajasthan and the Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow, – rich in mutton, paneer and deep spices, to the snack obsessed Gujarat, with its vegetarian delights.  In Ahmedabad, tour the delicious street food vendors and sample the spiced vegetarian food, carefully prepared with a strict adherence to the Jain religion.  In Amritsar enter the heart of the Sikh religion, and lend a hand in the kitchen of the magnificent Golden Temple, which serves more than 100,000 meals to its fellow community every day.

In West Bengal enjoy the subtle Bekti fish curries and sweet plump, pastel hued mithai.  In the South, Hyderabad, the most southern stronghold of the Mughal Empire is renowned for its fragrant biryanis, as is Goa for its spiced seafood & delicate coconut curries.  Take a cooking class at the colonial Siolim House, a beautiful Portuguese manor house situated in North Goa.  Both Kerala and Tamil Nadu offer distinctive cuisine, from the tantalising vegetarian thalis to idlis, delicious dosas and pungent, peppery Chettinad masalas.

In West Bengal enjoy the subtle Bekti fish curries and sweet plump, pastel hued mithai.  In the South, Hyderabad, the most southern stronghold of the Mughal Empire is renowned for its fragrant biryanis, as is Goa for its spiced seafood & delicate coconut curries.  Take a cooking class at the colonial Siolim House, a beautiful Portuguese manor house situated in North Goa.  Both Kerala and Tamil Nadu offer distinctive cuisine, from the tantalising vegetarian thalis to idlis, delicious dosas and pungent, peppery Chettinad masalas.

DAY 01    DELHI ARRIVAL 

You will arrive at International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you at the EXIT of the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building, holding a placard in your name. Later you would be assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival at hotel, proceed for check-in to your room.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 02: DELHI

Breakfast at hotel

Old Delhi Street Food Tour full day 9am – 16:00 –Includes the khari baoli visit as it is in Old Delhi and going there again on next day will be repetitive activity therefore suggested is to cover in one full day.

Also visit to Gurudwara- Sikh temple will also be part of the tour as they have amazing kitchen which serves food to everyone without discrimination and hence which could be a learning experience for the guest.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 03 DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day combined city tour of Delhi – The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India.  The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m.  The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower.The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04  DELHI /AGRA (BY SURFACE – 204  KM & 3½ HRS.)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Agra by surface around 0800 Hrs.
Arrive Agra and check in at the hotel.

Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. The city, situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, is known world over as home to a wonder of the world, Taj Mahal.

Afternoon visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort – The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. (Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for public visit.)

Also visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters nd the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05  AGRA/JAIPUR  (BY SURFACE – 237  KM & 6 HRS.)
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur by surface at 0800 Hrs.

Visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

After your visit, continue your drive to Jaipur and check-in at hotel.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”.  Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed.  There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people.  With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs.  The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06 JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning proceed to visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century.

An elephant/jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

Continue for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.

Evening cooking demo with local family in Jaipur.

Explore Jaipur in its kitchens, know what you are eating, and learn to cook Indian Meals on your next vacation to this amazing land of culture and heritage. A Land where what comes to your platter changes with every season. A land with a food philosophy of Simple eating & Simple Living for a calmer mind is followed.its kitchens, know what you are eating, and learn to cook Indian Meals on your next vacation to this amazing land of culture and heritage. A Land where what comes to your platter changes with every season. A land with a food philosophy of Simple eating & Simple Living for a calmer mind is followed.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07  JAIPUR / DELHI (BY SURFACE–270 /KMS & 06 HRS.)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Delhi by surface.
Arrive Delhi & check-in into the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08: DELHI  DEPARTURE[BY FLIGHT]

Breakfast at the hotel.

In time you will be met by our representative and transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination (late check out is subject to availability).

  • 07 Nights accommodation at the hotel mentioned below or similar
  • Meal Plan – Daily buffet breakfast at all the hotels.
  • Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival at Delhi airport.
  • All transfers, sightseeing & tours/transport services by 01 Air-conditioned vehicle as per the above itinerary (Transport services are not included for days at leisure) –
  • 01/ 02 Person – Air-conditioned Medium Car
    03/04 Person – Air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • English speaking local guide for city tours, sightseeing tours & excursion tours as per the above itinerary.
  • Elephant ride (alternatively by jeeps–one time) to ascend Amber Fort in Jaipur. (Elephant Ride is subject to availability.)
  • 01 Half day Street food tour in Delhi
  • 01 Cooking Demo with dinner with Indian Family in Jaipur.
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All currently applicable taxes including service taxs
• Internal airfare
• Entrance to monuments
• Visas
• Insurance
• Tips
• Personal items and any services not mentioned

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