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Cuisine & Culture Of North India Tour Package

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations Covered:
Delhi - Devigarh - Shahpura - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Lucknow - Delhi.
Transportation:
Luxury SUV Car / Air conditioned Train Journey.
Accommodation:
Luxury Hotels / Palaces or Heritage Hotels.
Tour Type:
For group of 10 or more persons
Best Time:
Throughout the year
Day 01: Arrival Delhi

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 02: Delhi

After breakfast we will visit colourful and bustling city of Delhi, a rich and historic city on the banks of the River Yamuna. Here we will be witness the charm of Old Delhi on a guided tour visiting the historic Red Fort, an elegant citadel in red sandstone and then take a rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars and the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk. During the Old Delhi sightseeing we can also visit the famous Karim's Restaurant, known for its kebabs and curries. Later, we will visit the Raj Ghat- a memorial to Gandhi.
Lunch will be arranged at a famous India Restaurant called "Chor Bizarre". They have a branch in London as well. Evening cooking session at one of the chef's home or a speciality restaurant. Interested participants can join the group for cooking sessions. Others can opt to explore the markets and colourful streets of Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.


Day 03: Delhi - Udaipur - Devigarh

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel transfer to airport to board flight to Udaipur. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Devigarh Palace near Udaipur. On arrival check into Devigarh Palace. On arrival, we will have sumptuous lunch of street food at a special venue after a small introduction to Indian street foods and restaurants.


Devigarh Palace - Nestled in the Aravali hills, the 18th century Devi Garh palace in the village of Delwara, forms one of the three main passes into the valley of Udaipur. This all suite luxury hotel was conceived as a place where the past meets the future. The contemporary design showcased within this spectacular heritage property, complemented by personalised and intimate service, creates a new image of India for the 21st century. Evening talk on Indian food & spices by the chef and hands on cooking at the hotel's kitchen. Special Indian Thali will be served as dinner. Overnight at Devigarh Palace


Day 04: Devigarh

After breakfast excursion to Udaipur visiting city palace, and its museum. Lunch will be organised during the sightseeing at Udaipur. While returning to the hotel we will visit Nagda and Eklingji temples. Today in the evening we will have cooking session and interact with the chef. Participant can even have their own cooked cuisines for dinner along with the special Rajasthani Thali dinner. Overnight at Devigarh palace.


Day 05: Devigarh - Shahpurabagh

Morning drive to Shahpura Bagh. On arrival check into this exclusive family run heritage hotel. Afternoon explore the surroundings on your own or enjoy bird watching near the lake.

Evening cooking demo, where you can try cooking some local dishes and then have them as dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel


Day 06: Shahpurabagh - Jaipur

Spend the morning at leisure. Later drive 4 to 5 hrs to Jaipur. On arrival check into your hotel.

The remainder of this first day is yours to relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Evening will be free to explore the colourful markets and streets of Jaipur famous for its textiles, arts and handicrafts and gems and jewellery. Overnight stay at a hotel.


Day 07: Jaipur

Today after breakfast excursion to Amber Fort- ascending on this majestic fort on an elephant back. Lunch will be arranged at a traditional Indian restaurant serving the local Rajasthani cuisine. Participants not interested in cooking sessions can opt for other sightseeing tours of Jaipur. Later in the afternoon we will visit the city palace, the state of the art Observatory and the stunning Palace of Winds. This evening, enjoy a true welcome to Royal and culinary India. Enjoy the 2 hrs Elephant safari with barbeque dinner in the countryside with local folk dances and entertainment. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.


Day 08: Jaipur - Agra

Today after a relaxed breakfast, we drive to Agra en route stopping to see Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of Mughal Emperor Akbar and today a world heritage site. En route we will have lunch organised at Bharatpur at one of the hotels. On arrival in Agra check into your hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Agra.



Day 09: Agra

An early morning visit to the world famous Taj Mahal at sunrise, a monument wonder and a masterpiece in marble. We will then return to hotel for the breakfast followed by the guided sightseeing of Agra city visiting Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-dula. The city is also famous for its carpets, soapstone, gold thread embroidery and leather goods so enjoy the rest of the day to shop. Traditional Indian family dinner will be organised at a family's home, an introduction to the local people's life. Overnight stay at a hotel.


Day 10: Agra - Khajuraho

Early morning you will be transferred to railway station for train to Jhansi. Assistance on arrival at Jhansi railway station and drive 4 hrs to Khajuraho. Relax at the hotel in the afternoon. Evening enjoy unforgettable sound and light show at the complex of western group of temple. Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 11: Khajuraho - Varanasi

After early breakfast we will visit the world erotic temples of Khajuraho, known for the depiction of kamasutra and an examples of fine arts and architecture. Today we have around 22 temples consisting of eastern, southern and western group that survive and display.

Later transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi.


Varanasi is one of India's most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. It is one of the world's oldest living cities, and has been a centre of learning and culture for well over 2000 years. This afternoon is yours to explore on your own and experience local life and traditional cuisine first hand. Evening cocktails with informal talk on the local Indian products and share your views and tips. Later in the evening visit the banks of river Ganges and join the evening prayers.

Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 12: Varanasi

Early in the morning, we visit the ghats of the holy Ganges. We take a special sunrise boat ride passing through various bathing ghats and the burning ghat and special local music being played in the background. After breakfast city sightseeing of Varanasi visiting various temples, mosque and historical monuments. After lunch take an excursion to Sarnath, the place where the Buddha turned the Wheel of Law and delivered his first sermon attaining enlightenment. Evening at leisure or you may wish to explore the ancient city at your own pace. Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.


Day 13: Varanasi - Lucknow

Today after the breakfast we will continue your culinary journey and reach Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, famous for Kebabs and chikan embroidery work along with the Traditional Mughlai dishes. On arrival at Lucknow check into your hotel.

Afternoon free to explore the city of Nawabs or simply relax at the hotel. Evening we will have a simple cooking session and talk on the making of kebabs and biryani with the chef of a famous restaurant. The city is famous for its mouth-watering makkan maila, tundey kebabs and kakori kebabs, traditional Indian cuisine handed down generation to generation. We will have a special dinner with kebabs and biryani. Overnight stay at a hotel in Lucknow.


Day 14: Lucknow

This morning visit the 18th century architectural highlights of Bara Imambara with a visit to the largest vaulted chamber in the capital city of largest populated state of India called Uttar Pradesh and the centre of Urdu poetry. You'll also visit the Rumi Darwaza, a colossal, ornate gate which is a replica of the one in Istanbul. Lunch will be arranged a local traditional restaurant to give you an insight into the local cuisines. Evening hands on experience and cooking demonstration of the traditional rich and delicious Awadhi cuisine. Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 15: Lucknow - Delhi

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be proceed to the airport to board flight for New Delhi. Assistance & meeting on arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to you hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the capital city of India on your own. Today evening enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner at a famous south Indian speciality restaurant.

Overnight stay at hotel.



Day 16: Departure from delhi

Today we will transfer you to the airport, marking the end of memorable culture and gourmet tour of North India. Fly home recipes, memories and flavours of India.


Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations Covered:
Delhi - Devigarh - Shahpura - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Lucknow - Delhi.
Transportation:
Luxury SUV Car / Air conditioned Train Journey.
Accommodation:
Luxury Hotels / Palaces or Heritage Hotels.
Tour Type:
For group of 10 or more persons
Best Time:
Throughout the year

This tour has been specially designed in consultation with a renowned and celebrity chef who has travelled extensively with the groups sharing his experience, expertise and passion. On the tour you will also get a chance to see the local chef from various hotel and royal houses working in kitchens and serving guests. The culinary sessions in morning and evenings at handpicked destinations will give you chance to learn more about India cooking and create some fine dishes under the guidance of your master chef. Emphasis will be mainly on the India cuisines made from the local produce at each destination. This tour is for discerning travellers who would like to explore the cultures and customs of North India along interest for great India Food.

So welcome aboard, one and all, to your exclusive gourmet tour of India, full of culinary events to introduce you to some great India foods where heritage and culture forms the unique aspect of this magical country. People not interested in regular culinary classes can opt for sightseeing and excursions or simply relax at the hotels.




Tour Highlights:
  • Explore winding streets of chandni chowk bazaar by cycle rickshaw.
  • Visit Dilli haat - magical world of indian art and heritage presented through a fascinating panorama of craft, cuisine and cultural activities.
  • Explore udaipur, the romantic city of lakes.
  • Cooking sessions and demos at the hotels of or local family homes.
  • Elephant safari with barbeque dinner on the outskirts of Jaipur with local folk entertainment.
  • Boat ride at sunrise on the holy river Ganges at Varanasi to see the different ghats and people offering prayers.
  • Enjoy evening light & sound show at the western group of temple complex, khajuraho.
  • Visit to the western group of temples at khajuraho, a world heritage site.
  • Visit mesmerizing Taj mahal - A symbol of eternal love (World heritage site).
  • Explore the city of Nawabs, Lucknow and Enjoy some of most famous delicacies of the region.


Dates Tour Price Per Person
01 Oct 15 to 31 March 2016 USD 4990 Euro 3790 GBP 3280
01 April to 30 Sept 2016 USD 4490 Euro 3380 GBP 2890


*Prices are per person on twin sharing basis for minimum 2 persons traveling
Above price are not valid from:
20 Dec to 05 Jan 16 - Please contact us for travel during this period as hotels have some restrictions.
18 to 22 April 2016 - Please contact us for travel during this period as hotels have some restrictions .


HOTELS ENVISAGED FOR THE TOUR
City Hotels No of nights
Delhi The Imperial / The Oberoi 2 Nights
Devigarh Devigarh Palace 2 Nights
Shahpura Shahpurabagh 1 Night
Jaipur Jai Mahal Palace 2 Nights
Agra ITC Mughal 2 Nights
Khajuraho The Lalit Temple View 1 Night
Varanasi Nadesar palace 2 Nights
Lucknow Vivanta by Taj 2 Nights
Delhi Nidra by Four Points 1 Night




Land Arrangement Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Traditional welcome on arrival with garlanding at airport.
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunches, Cooking sessions, Cooking Demos and dinner at all the hotels mentioned above .
  • Elephant safari with BBQ Dinner, Folk Dances and local entertainment.
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned Deluxe Coach.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • Entrance fees to all monuments and sites as per the itinerary (one time only).
  • Local experienced and knowledgeable language speaking escort for the entire trip.
  • Exclusive boatride on river ganges at sunrise.
  • Exclusive boatride on river ganges at sunset to witness the Aarti.
  • Train tickets for the sector Jhansi to Agra in executive class.
  • Air fare for the sectors Delhi to Udaipur / Khajuraho to Varanasi & Lucknow to Delhi in economy class.
  • Sound and light show at western group of temples at Khajuraho.
  • Complimentary mineral water during the long drives.


Special Notes:
  • Check-In, Check-out time in hotels is 1200 Noon.
  • Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
  • Flight schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • Any cancellation within the stipulated period.


Passports & Visas:
  • All visitors to India require a valid passport. A visa for entry to India is required by most nationalities.



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