13 DAYS & 12 NIGHTS
DELHI I JAIPUR I AGRA I LUCKNOW I HYDERABAD
On this tour, the culinary journey of just five cities will bring to the fore the variety and complexity of the cuisine but more importantly, you will get an in-depth view on the culture of the people that is inseparable from the food they eat. On this culinary journey, discover not just the food of India but the culture behind the food.
Meet on arrival by our executive.Transfer to your Hotel.
Briefing of the tour by the executive and handing over of exchange orders/vouchers.Delhi – discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.
Overnight at hotel
Depart for guided tour of Old Delhi visitingDelhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history.
Dinner at Bukhara restaurant (on your own expenses)Overnight at hotel
Enjoy a cooking class along with a sumptuous meal with local family at their home in Delhi. A delicious home cooked meal prepared by you and our chef together during the class. Chat with her and get a glimpse of contemporary India in urban cities.Afternoon is free to relax
Dinner is planned at the Indian Accent (on your own). The Manor awarded as the best restaurant for the 21st century. Savor the contemporary menu created by Chef Manish Mehrotra. He is innovative and creates a unique amalgamation using the freshest local produce. Mehrotra combines home style nostalgic tastes with unusual ingredients from across the world.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Jaipur and check in at hotelJaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert land of India. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.
In the evening enjoy the walled city authentic Rajasthani food which in itself is a brand ambassador for the grandeur of Rajasthan. One of the more famous dishes of Jaipur is Kota Kachori which is served with mint sauce. Another famous snack is the Khasta Urad Dal Kachori. Eating the Kachori accompanied with a glass hot tea (chai) will give you an exact idea about taste of the Jaipur street food.Dinner at Spice Court – a multi cuisine restaurant (on your own)
Overnight at hotel
Morning depart for Amber fort - Situated atop the Aravali hills, it is the ancient capital of Jaipur and a magnificent example of Rajput architecture. We ascend to the fort on the back of a caparisoned Elephant. Return can be on foot or by shared jeep.Lunch is at Anokhi Café – a cafe that offers healthy and tasty fresh food with an international flavour. Food here is made from fresh seasonal organic produce grown locally at Anokhi farm
City Palace Museum
The evening is reserved for a special cooking demo/dinner with Thakur Durga Singh, the current custodian of Dera Mandawa who is a keen observer of history, culture, religion, and current affairs. Try hands on cooking experience with the lady of the house. Learn to make Indian breads, Rajasthani barbeques and eggplant or potato dishes. The inquisitive tour members can have endless conversations with Thakur Durga Singh on a number of his pet projects like rain–water harvesting, biogas plants, solar heating and, even, healthy cooking. He would be more than delighted to share his experiences with you.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Agra en route visiting Abhaneri & Fatehpur SikriAbhaneri is a small village which situated in the Dausa district in Rajasthan. This place is located at 95km away from jaipur. This village is known for Harshat Mata temple which belongs to the 9th century. Only some portions of the ancient Harshat Mata temple remains now such as the sanctuary walls, fore chamber and the terrace. The sanctum and shorn of this ancient structure is enclosed with an ambulatory.
The walls of the ancient shrine are carved with the images of the deities. The worn out images of the deities indicate that the shrine was originally dedicated to the creator of Hindu trinity, lord Vishnu. The columns and walls of the temple are adorned with various scenes of music, sport, and dance and also love. A few of the panels of the temple have been shifted to amber and central museum, archaeological museum of Jaipur.
Continue your drive to Agra and check in at hotelAgra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the Moslems, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.
Rest of the day is free to relaxOvernight at hotel
Depart for half day tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal – (closed on Fridays) – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Described as a most extravagant monument ever built for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most appreciated icon. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
Late afternoon you will be taken for Agra Food Trail Journey, not just of taste, but of knowledge, as passionate people tell you about how this food has ended up on your plate. This tour is approximately 2 to 3 hours. Foodie exploration of the City of Agra meant for those who think from the Stomach. In the tour, we take you to the oldest and most popular food joints for tasting of a variety of Indian cuisine and chaat and show you a wholly different site of Agra, which you may not see being on any of the other tours.Dinner at Peshawari restaurant (on your own). Experience the wonder of this cuisine in Agra only at Peshawri, with a lavish spread of delicious kebabs – vegetarian and non-vegetarian that are cooked in myriad ways, a range of Indian breads – from the decadently indulgent to light and fluffy breads and of course, the inimitable Dal Bukhara – all of which is paired with an exclusive collection of wines and other beverages.
Overnight at hotel
Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotelLucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, was also the capital city of the Nawabs of Awadh. The city was a favorite of the nawabs and many magnificient buildings and monuments have been built by them. Situated on the banks of River Gomti, the city of Nawabs is famous all over the world for its etiquettes and Tehzeeb or the graceful and polite behavior. Famous for its lovely monuments, architecture, dance and handicrafts, Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is today one of the growing metropolitan cities of India. Known for its Urdu poetry or Shayari, the city offers its travelers a perfect blend of its glorious past and the modern present.
Lucknow can very well be termed as a city that has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes for the want of discovering and re-discovering the Awadhi Cuisine. Till date Lucknowites spend the most of their earnings and time on their kitchens. Lucknow is one place that has a colony of chefs called 'Bawarchi Tola' and then there is a full street where one can find the best from Lucknow's very own kitchens.We take you for this evening walk and allow you to hop-in, hop-out of the traditional roadside eateries making you try the best that is on the menu. This is a guided tour with our own set of cutlery and basic dining gadgets that allow you to experience the best of the best in the restaurant without having to worry about how to eat without a fork or to wipe your hands clean after you are done.
*This walk is essentially for meat eaters and is conducted everyday except Thursdays and Sundays at 1845 hrs. It starts from Akbari Gate and ends at Akbari Gate. The total duration is about 1.5 hours. This walk also remains suspended during festivals such as on 10th Mohorram and 6 days after Eid.Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel and post breakfast, we visit the architectural marvel of age, La Martiniere School which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin as a palatial home. Even to this day, Claude martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow.
Sadat Ali Tomb
Depart for visit Lucknow Residency a place where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny. The sprawling British campus witnessed nothing less than 3000 deaths to keep the Union Jack flying. Yet the British could not defend their domain and the buildings were lost to the high spirited and enthusiastic Indians who fought till their last breath. The trees, bullet sprinkled walls, unusable canons, worn out firearms all cry aloud with the burden of deaths that were witnessed here. We also visit the graveyard to pay our homage to named and unnamed soldiers who gave up their lives in the defense of The Residency.
Dinner will be a lavish spread where you will learn about authentic Awadhi Cuisine, especially the preparation with exotic spices and garnishing with dry fruits. This cuisine was introduced to India by the deputies of the Mughal Emperor, namely, the Nawabs of Awadh, who were originally inhabitants of Persia (modern day Iran). They enjoyed a particular diet of grains, fruits, dry fruits and vegetables that were available in their country. So the Mughlai style of cooking was further refined in Lucknow by the Nawabs by adding exotic flavours of saffron and dry fruits.
Overnight at hotel
Morning is free to relaxIn the late afternoon transfer to Lucknow airport in time to connect flight to Hyderabad
Hyderabad has a population of over 4 million. It is known as the City of Pearls and the City of Nizams and the place which is very much known for its custom and traditionOvernight at hotel
Hyderabad, one of the stunning cities in India, has successfully retained its past glories and grandeurs. Be it the ‘Shahi’ charm of the old city, the delicious cuisines , everything offers a unique and unmatchable identity to this state. This 4-5 hours tour offers a splendid way to witness and experience the old world charm and authenticity of Hyderabad.On assembling at the Charminar at around 10am or 3pm, embark on this tantalizing tour of Hyderabad with a cup of Irani Chai and Osmania Biscuits. Known as two of the best and most delicious specialities of the city, one cannot afford to miss either of them on a Hyderabad trip. You can savour upon other delicacies and confectionaries like puffs, pastries, stuffed bread like dil-pasand and dil-khush.
Post this, visit a nearby market and delight on delicacies like Nahari Kulcha, roti kheema and bhaja curry. After 11:30am, you can also sample the most authentic Hyderabadi Biryani in this market and get your taste buds greedier. In addition to this, you can also sample naan and marrg (soup), lukhmi (patty) with mincemeat, kebabs and pattherkaghosht.After a scrumptious day of sampling and savouring different cuisines of Hyderabad, conclude this food tour by relishing desserts like double kameetha, khubanikameetha, malai and several others.
Rest of the day is free to relaxOvernight at hotel
Depart for half day tour of Hyderabad visitingCharminar - Built by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the Charminar is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches facing north, south, east and west with 56 meters high slender minarets and spiral staircases. These arches support two floors of rooms and a gallery of archways. It is these four (char) minarets (minar) that give the building, its name 'Charminar'. Each minar stand on a lotus-leaf base that is a recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings
Salar Jung Museum
This Fort, originally built by the Kakatiyas, the rulers of the neighboring state, was made with mud. Later, the Shahis converted it into a marvelous piece of architecture using advanced acoustics wherein sound signals could pass from the entrance of the fort to the top without the use of any electric gadgets. There is a sound and light show in the evening which is quiet popular. The grand fortress is protected by three formidable lines of defense. The first, an outer fortification made up of granite blocks. The middle wall surrounds the base of the hill and the innermost one follows the contours of the highest ridge. The Fort was famous for its great hoard of diamonds, mined nearby. The Kohinoor diamond was a celebrated jewel of the Fort, now a part of the British Crown Jewels.Dinner at Bawarchi restaurant (on your own)
Overnight at hotel
COST & INCLUSIONS
|Delhi||Oberoi Gurgaon||Taj Mahal||The Lalit||Suryaa|
|Jaipur||Oberoi Rajvilas||Taj Rambagh Palace||Trident||Holiday Inn|
|Agra||Oberoi Amarvilas||ITC Mughal||Trident||Crystal Sarovar|
|Lucknow||Vivanta by Taj||Vivanta by Taj||Renaissance||La Palace Park Inn|
|Hyderabad||Falaknuma Palace||Taj Krishna||Lemon Tree||Aditya Park|
Share twin accommodation with breakfast
Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
Services of Local English speaking Guide
Cycle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Visit to Spice Market in Old Delhi
Cooking Demonstration in Delhi
Elephant ride in Jaipur
AC Chair car train ticket for travel Agra/Lucknow by Intercity Express
Walking tour of Old Agra City walk – food
Walking tour of Lucknow Street food market
Present Applicable taxes as on 31st May, 2018
Entrance tickets to Monuments
Visa fee & Insurance
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc