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14 Days India Culinary Tour

14 Days India Culinary Tour


Itinerary Summary

India is the country of varied cultures offering different tastes for your tongue. The food of India demonstrates different religions, the ways of living, cultures and languages that live together joining hand in hand in this paradise. India is the mother of many of the different herbs that are used for making different medicines, which are successful cure for many of the diseases. Also there are some of the remarkably resourceful spices that are used for making masalas used in the different foods of India. India culinary tour can take you to this unforgettable experience of different cultures, which can provide you with different tempting tastes of variety of foods.

SUGGESTED HOTELS:

 

City
First Class & Heritage Hotels
Nights
Delhi
The Park
01
Jaisalmer
Narain Niwas Palace (Deluxe Rooms)
02
Jodhpur
Ajit Bhawan
01
Udaipur
Shikarbadi Hunting Lodge
02
Jaipur
Raj Mahal Palace
02
Agra
Jaypee Palace
02
Khajuraho
Clarks Khajuraho
01
Varanasi
Taj Ganges
01

 

  • Day 1:

    Arrival at Delhi

    You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

    DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be at Delhi.

  • Day 2:

    Delhi – Jaisalmer

    Qutub Minar, DelhiStart a day tour of Old & New Delhi after breakfast.

    OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.

    Enjoy a Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

    NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

    Return to hotel and then transfer to station for overnight train to Jaisalmer. We would pack hot INDIAN PARANTHAS and SWEET PICKLE for your dinner on the train.

    Overnight will be on train.

  • Day 3:

    Jaisalmer

    Reach Jaisalmer and your car and driver will meet you at the station.

    Proceed to the hotel.

    Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

    The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.

    Proceed to the sand dunes in the evening for a camel ride at sunset. Your dinner will be Rajasthani Cuisine prepared in front of you and you will co-ordinate with the chef for the details.

    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 4:

    Jaisalmer

    After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert.� Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies.

    Visit the JAISALMER FORT – The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour)

    See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill.

    Jaisalmer being an old historic city was a part of the ORIGINAL SPICE ROUTE. Look for authentic spices in the market and know them. In the evening proceed to a royal family home and taste some local delicacies.
    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 5:

    Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

    (330 KM)

    Proceed in the morning after a leisurely breakfast and reach Jodhpur.

    Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is included by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

    Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel.� Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial.

    Enjoy the THALI DINNER – this is where in one flat round shaped utensil you will be served the full course. It is visually appealing and very wholesome. If you like any particular dish, the cook (note that he is not a chef but an expert from a fafily of cooks so his recipes will be old and authentic).

    Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

  • Day 6:

    Jodhpur – Udaipur

    (260 KM)

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Visit the museum of UMAID BHAWAN PALACE.

    Proceed to Udaipur.

    En-route, visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.

    Lunch on the way will be at MATRACHAYA again rich in local contents and example of simple and wholesome cooking.

    Reach Udaipur and check in at hotel.

    The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

    Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

    Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

    Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 7:

    Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

    Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum or the VINTAGE CAR COLLECTION.

    Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.� From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.� Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

    Have a lavish dinner at LAKE PALACE UDAIPUR. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 8:

    Udaipur – Jaipur

    (300 KM)

    Proceed for Jaipur after early breakfast. Stop at DEOGARH or KISHANGARH for lunch. (Taste the PANIPURIS – hard whole wheat dumplings filled with a mix of boiled potatoes, chick peas, tamarind extract and green chili) This lunch will also be made out of local produce. You will have first hand experience of making ROTIS FOR KINGS here.

    Drive to Jaipur.

    JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

    Reach Jaipur and check in at hotel. Shopping and relax in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 9:

    Jaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion will be taken to the Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.
    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort Amber Fort palace, jaipurpalace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
    Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting...

    CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
    JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

    HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

    Proceed to CHOKI DANI VILLAGE for a sit-down vegetarian dinner which is like a daily home menu. Note that the cuisine here will be rich in butter and GHEE.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 10:

    Jaipur – Agra

    (221 KM)

    Drive to Agra after breakfast visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route.

    The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its"ruins" are in pristine condition it’s not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

    Continue your drive to Agra and on arrival check-in at Hotel.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

    A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 11:

    Agra

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing of Agra.

    TAJ MAHAL: The fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built it in 1631 in the memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess. She died while accompanying her husband in Behrampur in a campaign to crush a rebellion, after giving birth to their 14th child. Her death so crushed the emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white in a few months. When Mumtaz Mahal was still alive, she extracted four promises from the emperor: first, that he build the Taj; second, that he should marry again; third, that he be kind to their children; and fourth, that he visit the tomb on her death anniversary. He kept the first andsecond promises. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. An Iranian architect designed it and it is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. It is a "symbol of eternal love".

    Having buried her down at Behrampur, it was time for the emperor to keep his promise and build a tomb there itself. But by and by, it was felt that it was virtually impossible to transfer all the marble there, as it would cost an entire fortune and an entire lifetime. So, when Agra was chosen as the only alternative, astonishingly her grave was uprooted and brought to Agra, only to be finally transferred to the monument, completed twenty-two years later.

    After Taj we will visit Agra Fort- which was built by Akbar In 1525 AD. After Agra Fort we will visit Baby Taj – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

    Spend night at Agra.

  • Day 12:

    Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho

    Proceed to station for train to Jhansi after early breakfast.

    Reach Jhansi and proceed to Khajuraho.

    Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

    Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and relax. In the evening proceed for the SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW and retire for the night.

    By now you would have your own list of favorite Indian dishes - The chef will brush up your knowledge and cook in front of you. Take the tips from him and note them down in your INDIA COOK BOOK which by now would be full of jottings and recipes.

    Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

  • Day 13:

    Khajuraho – Varanasi

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed for a MORNING TOUR of the temples. Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

    Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

    Visit Sarnath 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

    Visit the EXCELLENT SPICE MARKET here. Learn your spice and how to check for consistency. Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

  • Day 14:

    Varanasi – Delhi – Next Destination

    Proceed in the morning to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we’ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with yourguide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

    Return to hotel for a sumptuous breakfast.

    Proceed for day guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

    Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi.

    Reach Delhi and will be received at international airport. Proceed for LAST MINUTE SHOPPING and then FAREWELL DINNER (URBAN HOME DINNER where menu will be as per your wish-list which we would note the day before from you)

    Proceed to the airport for connecting flight home.

    TOUR ENDS

 

  1. DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  2. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  3. PRIVATE AC CAR WITH DRIVER,
  4. ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
  5. ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  6. ASSISTANCE AT STATIONS ON DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL,
  7. FIRST CLASS TRAIN TRAVEL FOR MENTIONED SECTOR,
  8. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
  9. ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES,
  10. ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT – JAIPUR,
  11. LUNCH AT ORCHHA,
  12. SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW AT KHAJURAHO,EVENING AARTI CEREMONY,
  13. ALL EXCURSIONS AS MENTIONED,
  14. FAREWELL DINNER,
  15. RICKSHAW RIDE AT OLD DELHI,
  16. SARNATH EXCURSION IN VARANASI AND
  17. BOAT-RIDE AT RIVER GANGES IN VARANASI.

 

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