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Chef-Led Culinary Tour of North India

March 4 – 17, 2019
TripCompanion / Chef-Led Culinary Tour of North India

Chef-Led Culinary Tour of North India

$5195 $4895

per person

Prepare your taste buds for a fresh adventure on this culinary tour lead by a professional local chef. Food is an amazing and delicious pathway to understanding a culture. Discover the fine art of cooking Indian meals and savor the fragrant scents of cumin, coriander, turmeric and other colorful spices.

Learn about Indian food and wine while exploring top destinations that will have you experiencing the culture of India firsthand. See the famous Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace and Elephanta Caves. Explore regional Indian cuisines from Rajasthani, Mughal, Awadhi and Parsi. Each of these exotic cuisines reflect their home climate, history and religion.

March 4 – 17, 2019
14 Days, 13 Nights: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nashik

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Taj Mahal tourist attraction

Taj Mahal

Visit Spice Market

Taste Authentic Street Food

Thick Flat Granite Slab for Wet Spices

Gateway of India

Biryani Rice

Live Cooking Demonstrations

Nashik Wine Valley

Panipuri

Baileys Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)

Elephanta Island

Fresh Milk Delivery in Delhi

Mumbai Mango Market

Balcony of Jaipur Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace)

Chef at Work Explaining How Spices Are Used


THE JOURNEY


 

1

Meet Up at Delhi (DEL) | Arrival & Transfer

Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day.
2

Delhi | Food Talk, Spice Market, Indian Street Food

Start the day with breakfast and a food talk by the chef.
Every state of India has its own gastronomic secrets, distinct flavors, traditional recipes and cooking styles. Since Delhi is the capital, people from all regions travels here to work, live and inject the influences of the regional cuisine into the local food scene.
Visit a spice market to savor the scents of cumin, cardamom, turmeric and many other spices. Set off on a culinary walk to sample the famous and exotic Indian Street food through the day.
Evening dinner at a Haveli (mansion) with classic dance performance and food talk.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Food Walk  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
3

Delhi | Humayun Tomb , Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride | Cooking Demo

Delhi is the capital of modern India. It has also been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations as well as the British Raj, and each have left behind a trail of monuments.
Let’s tour Humayun’s Tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments and best example of Mughal architecture in India, Qutab Minar - the world’s tallest brick tower, and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. As we travel through both Old and New Delhi, don’t forget to add photographs of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Parliament House and India Gate to your album.
Lunch at Gurudwara (Sikh temple). Sikh temples serve large number of free meals according to their consume-by-sharing principle. Observe large quantity of vegetarian meal is prepared and served.
Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar on a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk.
An evening cooking demonstration followed by dinner.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
4

Delhi – Jaipur | Cooking demo

Today’s lesson - Rajasthani cuisine. Rajasthani food reflects the cooking in desert climate and the influence of the Rajputs.
After breakfast, check out and drive to Jaipur.
Our cooking demonstration shows you the art of cooking Rajasthani delicacies. Dinner at Durbar Hall in Diggi Palace.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
5

Jaipur | Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace

We visit the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput construction, perched on a hillside overlooking the dusty plains below, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples.  Reaching its summit on a jeep, we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior grounds.
Continue to Sheesh Mahal, "Palace of Mirrors" which takes its name from the reflective glass tiles that embellish the interior.
And then to Hawa Mahal, a palace so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while remaining unseen from the outside.
City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City.  It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings.  It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons).
Marvel at a 16th century step well near Kheri Gate. The step well serves as the community well, gathering place and swimming hole. If we are lucky, there will be bright red dragonflies playing on the glassy surface of the water.
This evening, stay at an ethnic Rajasthani resort. Immerse yourself in a village atmosphere and cuisine.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
6

Jaipur – Agra | Taj Mahal

Today’s lesson - Mughal cuisine. Mughlai cuisine consists of dishes developed in Medieval India at the centers of the Mughal Empire. It represents a combination of the cooking styles and recipes of Central Asia. Mughlai cuisine is an elaborate meal, and varies from mild to spicy dishes with a distinctive aroma from ground and whole spices.
Today, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire - a Muslim dynasty from Central Asia with strong Indian Rajput and Persian influences.
Visit the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631. The Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.
End today with Mughlai dinner.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
7

Agra - Lucknow | Agra Fort

Visit Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. This is our chance to size up the Itmad-ud-Daula tomb that is a Mughal era mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box" or the "Baby Tāj". This tomb has often been regarded as the inspiration for the Tāj Mahal.
Drive to Lucknow. Famed for its refined culture, classical dance and spicy cuisine, Lucknow is a historic city intricately linked to the "beginning of the end" of the British Raj.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
8

Lucknow | City Tour, Awadhi Cooking Demo

Today’s lesson - Awadhi cuisine. The Awadh cuisine has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques with similarities to Middle East and Central Asia cuisine.
Join your local guide to visit the highlights of Lucknow, including the British Residency, the Imambaras, Jama Masjid and the labyrinthine pathways of the Bhul Bhulaiya. Explore the bustling Aminabad Market, which is justly famous for jewelry as well as its many pickle shops!
Enjoy Awadhi cuisine cooking demonstration and dinner.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
9

Lucknow - Mumbai | Cooking demo

Relax this morning and then return to Mumbai today by flight.
Cooking demonstration and dinner.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
10

Mumbai | City Tour, High Tea

After breakfast begin a ½ day tour starting at the Gateway of India, a monument that commemorates the landing of King George V and Queen Mary. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which houses many interesting artifacts. Drive down the seaside on Marine Drive to see the Hanging Gardens.
Next, head to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1934. It is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. Enjoy a photo stop at the dhobi ghats, India's largest open-air laundry where workers pick up, wash, dry and deliver thousands upon thousands of pieces of clothing every day. The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Take a stroll through the bustling Crawford Market, Mumbai's most famous marketplace and the first building in the country to be lit by electricity in 1882. We’ll drive past the Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station.
Later this afternoon, follow English tradition to partake in high tea to remember the British colonization of India for a century. Experience old colonial charm with spectacular view of the Arabian Sea and an elaborate buffet spread of classic English delicacies and local Indian favorites complemented with fine teas and coffee at Sea Lounge.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
11

Mumbai | Elephanta Island

Today’s lesson - Parsi cuisine. Parsi (Persian) food came to India during the Arab invasion of 636–651 AD and is popular in Mumbai and Pakistan.
Cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D
End today with a Parsi dinner and food talk.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
12

Mumbai - Nashik

After breakfast, check out and drive to Nashik.
Nashik has a favorable grape growing climate at an altitude of 700 meters (2000 ft) above the sea level. Its ideal temperature variation, particularly in winter, helps grapes retain acidity and optimal sugar levels.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
13

Nashik | Wine Tasting, Farewell Dinner

Today’s lesson – Indian Wine and pairing wines with Indian cuisine.
Visit local wineries and learn about pairing wines with Indian cuisine. Enjoy this beautiful India wine country setting.
Farewell dinner.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Farewell Dinner
14

Nashik – Mumbai | End of Tour

After breakfast, return to Mumbai.
The tour comes to an end. Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your airport transfer to Mumbai (BOM) airport.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

 

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Taj Hotel or ITC Hotel *****
Jaipur Taj Hotel or ITC Hotel *****
Agra Taj Hotel or ITC Hotel *****
Lucknow Taj Hotel or ITC Hotel *****
Nashik ****
Mumbai Taj Hotel or ITC Hotel *****
 Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.  

Dates & Pricing

March 4 – 17, 2019 Tour- minimum of 12 and maximum of 16 guests
Book By DBL OCC* SGL OCC
Early Bird through Nov 30, 2018 $4,895 CALL FOR PRICE
Foodie Special through Dec 28, 2019 $4,950 CALL FOR PRICE
Regular $5,195 CALL FOR PRICE
Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
* Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
Deposit
‣ $750 ‣ Domestic Airfare - Lucknow to Mumbai Airfare from: US$44
(Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
Booking Your Flight
We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
Inclusions
  • ‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
  • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
  • ‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals
  • ‣ Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • ‣ Cooking Demonstrations & Food Tasting
  • ‣ Winery Tour and Wine Tasting
  • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
  • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
  • ‣ Cultural Programs

Exclusions
  • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
  • ‣ Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions