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North India Food Adventure

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North India Food Adventure

$3445

per person

Prepare your taste buds for a fresh adventure on this sizzling culinary tour. 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 authentic Indian food with our local food guides whilst exploring top tourist destinations that will have you experiencing the culture of India firsthand. See the magnificent Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace and Elephanta Caves. Taste regional Indian cuisines from Rajasthani, Mughal, Awadhi and Parsi. Each of these exotic cuisines reflect their home climate, history and religion.

12 Days, 11 Nights: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

International Landmark of the Taj Mahal

Sunset at Taj Mahal

Visit Spice Market

Amber Fort Elephant Ride

Amer Fort USA to India Tour

Amber Fort

Flat Bread with Mixed Vegetable

Live Cooking Demonstrations

Thick Flat Granite Slab for Wet Spices

Gateway of India

Biryani Rice

Panipuri

Making Samosas

Baileys Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)

Elephanta Island

Fresh Milk Delivery in Delhi

 

Mumbai Mango Market

Balcony of Jaipur Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace)

Shrimps with Chutney


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 Talks, Spice Market

Start the day with breakfast and a food talk by a local food guide.

Every state of India has its own gastronomic secrets, distinct flavors, traditional recipes and cooking styles. Since Delhi is the capital, people from all over India come here to live and work, and inject their home cooking styles into the Delhi food scene.

Visit a spice market to savor the fragrant scents of cumin, cardamom, turmeric and many other spices.

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     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.

Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar on a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk.

An evening cooking demonstration (butter chicken, Yummy!) 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     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 | Rajasthani Cuisine Food Talk

Today’s lesson - Rajasthani cuisine. Rajasthani food reflects the art of cooking in a desert climate and the influence of the Rajput class of society.

After breakfast, check out and drive to Jaipur.

Dinner at Durbar Hall in Diggi Palace with a food talk about preparing Rajasthani delicacies.
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    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, Stepwell, Rajasthani Cultural Village

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.

We spend the evening at Chokhi Dhani to enjoy traditional performances of dancers & acrobats, snack stalls, paintings, costumes and tasty Rajasthani thali cuisine at this Rajasthani Culture Village.

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   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, Agra Fort, Food Talk

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.

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.

Agra Fort 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.

End today with a Mughlai 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    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 | Awadhi Cuisine Food Talk

Today’s lesson - Awadhi cuisine. This cuisine is greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques with similarities to Middle East and Central Asia cuisine.

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.

Enjoy a food talk about local Awadhi cuisine 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    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

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 an 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     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 | Food Talk

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.

Relax this morning and then fly to Mumbai today.

End today with Mumbai style cuisine (including street food and more) for 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     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 | Cooking Demo

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

This morning is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore this bustling city on your own.

Late afternoon, enjoy a Parsi 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    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Cooking Demo & Dinner
11

Mumbai | Elephanta Island, City Tour, High Tea

After breakfast, cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D.

Afternoon 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.

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 and an elaborate buffet spread of classic English delicacies and local Indian favorites complemented with fine teas and coffee.
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.   High Tea
12

Mumbai | End of Tour

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

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

Hotel Information

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Lemon Tree ****
Jaipur Lemon Tree or Mandawa Haveli (Heritage Hotel) ****
Agra ITC Mughal *****
Lucknow Lemon Tree ****
Mumbai ITC Maratha *****
  Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.  

Dates & Pricing

Daily departure except Sunday
Tour Date 2 Persons * 4 Persons ** 6-10 Persons* 12-15 Persons*
Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2018. Jan 10 – Apr 30, 2019 $4,860 $4,390 $3,920   $3,445
Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2019. Jan 10 – Apr 30, 2020 $5,105 $4,610 $4,115 $3,615
 Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.  Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price. Tour does not operate during the Diwali holiday
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
  • ‣ 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
 

3 Days Nashik Wine Valley Extension (See Details)

Nashik is just about 100 miles northeast of Mumbai, there lies a hilly terrain 2,000 ft above the sea level with ideal temperature that is perfect for vineyards. From Chenin blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon, these 30 plus wineries offer a wide variety of wine to match your palate.

On this winery tour, we will visit the best of Nashik wineries and enjoy Indian cuisine paired with local wine.

Day 12: Mumbai - Nashik

After breakfast, check out and drive from Mumbai to Nashik.

Nashik has a favorable grape growing climate at an altitude of 700 meters (2000 ft). 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     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

Day 13: Nashik | Wine Tasting, 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 Indian wine country setting.   End the day with 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     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

Day 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     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

Nashik Wine Valley

Wine Tasting