Per Person on twin sharing basis
On this tour, the culinary journey of just six cities will bring forth the variety and complexity of the cuisine but more importantly, you will get an in-depth view of 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 history and culture behind the food.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. INDIA Tailor Made Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel. Afternoon relaxes at the hotel. Stay three nights in Delhi. (No Meals)
Day 02: Delhi
After a brief introduction of the city by the tour Manager, we visit Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad, the vibrant, bustling old quarter of the city which was built over a period of 10 years by Emperor Shahjahan. Drive past The Red Fort, which was once the palace of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad’s- the seventh city in the Delhi site of lying at the city’s northern end along the right bank of the Yamuna. This tour will go by walk and by rickshaw, you will not only see Old Delhi’s famous food, but also daily life in this colourful and chaotic part of the city. The tour is great fun for those interested in photography and street life. Take cycle rickshaws and visit the famous Khari Baoli spice market. This is Asia’s largest wholesale market selling all kinds of spices and nuts; it is also a wholesale market for food products like rice and tea. One can see on this side of the street the traders selling spices like Cumin, aniseed, Indian cinnamon, cardamom and anything else you could desire. From Khari Baoli, on return take a rickshaw back to Chandni Chowk. Walk through Chandni Chowk area, to visit Paranthe Wali Galli (Lane of Parathas) and a famous jalebi stall. The tour of Old Delhi ends here, at Chandni Chowk. Form here between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour.
Stop for lunch at Old Delhi's most enduring restaurant Karim's. Next visit Jama Masjid – literally meaning the Friday Mosque and India's largest and best-known mosque and return to the hotel.
Evening welcome dinner at the Great Kebab Factory offering mouth-watering Awadhi cuisine. (B, L, D)
Day 03: Delhi
Morning takes a tour of New Delhi. Drive through Lutyens’ New Delhi, starting with Connaught Place, Delhi’s historic British era marketplace and the surrounding commercial buildings. This drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), as well as Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. After exploring Lutyens’ New Delhi you will be driven to visit the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239-foot tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower - unfortunately, the staircase is no longer accessible to visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in more than 1500 years. Enjoy multi-cuisine dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 04: Delhi – Agra (Driving Time Approx. 4 hrs)
After breakfast travel to Agra, the city that flourished under the patronage of Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years and attracted artisans from many countries to built amazing monuments including the one and only Taj Mahal. Here layers of history are peeled away to reveal an amazing tapestry of life, wars great architectural magnificence and above all a testimony of the undying love of a king for his queen.
Afternoon visit Itima-Ud-Daulah and Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar, its construction commenced in 1565 and was completed in 1571. It is built with red sandstone and is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. Later visit the sunset view of taj mahal. Enjoy live music with dinner at Paatra offering cuisine from Amritsar to Lahore. Stay overnight at Agra. (B, D)
Day 05: Agra – Jaipur (Driving Time Approx. 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and travel to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur for Lunch before travelling to Jaipur. Jaipur the first planned city of India is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. Upon arrival check in at the Hotel.
Afternoon free to relax. In the evening enjoy village culture with an ethnic dining experience. Stay two nights in Jaipur. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Jaipur
After breakfast travel towards Amber Fort; Drive by Jeep to the entrance of the Fort. Within the complex, Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh takes pride of the place. Also, a part of the complex is the Diwan-I-Aam (Hall of the Public audience) with its spectacular display of pillars. The typical merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Nivas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Beyond the rampant, the old city, once the abode of the aristocracy, has a wonderfully medieval flavour, though it has few buildings of majestic proportion that are still extant.
Afternoon Visit the Maharaja's City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory, take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal also known as Wind Palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and drive past the old part of Jaipur city. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition and has plenty of forts and monuments that remind you of the ancient glamour, glory and charm of Rajput rulers.
During the sightseeing, the girls can get themselves painted with the naturally coloured Henna (Mehndi) in the traditional floral motifs. The natural form of the present-day Tattoo, Henna has a special significance for Indian Women. Painting of palms is considered auspicious by Indian women on special occasions like marriage, fasts and festivals. About three days before a woman gets married, it is customary for her to invite all her female family members to her home for a mehndi ceremony. All the women get their hands and feet decorated with henna tattoos, but the bride’s tattoos are the most detailed. Applying henna to the bride-to-be’s skin is supposed to bring her good fortune as a new wife. You will also enjoy a brief stop for a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. Conclude your day with Rajasthani cuisine dinner at Spice court. (B, D)
Day 07: Jaipur – Mumbai (By Flight: TBA)
After leisurely breakfast transfer to board flight to Mumbai. Afternoon free to relax and evening enjoy dinner at Kebabs & Kurries at ITC Grand offering great selections of food from the kitchen of Lucknow Nawabs to Nizam of Hyderabad. Stay two nights in Mumbai. (B, D)
Day 08: Mumbai
After breakfast enjoys the city tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most famous monument and the starting point for most tourists interested in exploring the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. The structure is complete with its four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. The other famous sites we will visit are- the Dhobi Ghat, Prince of Wales Museum. This museum stands not too far away from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china clay work and other antics. Carefully preserved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building was built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surroundings.
The afternoon we will do the excursion trip to Elephanta caves (Closed on Mondays). Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD and is a cave complex housing a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is situated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai's harbour, about an hour's boat ride from the Gateway of India.
Evening enjoys the local cuisine dinner at the famous Diva Maharashtracha and if lucky you may see famous Bollywood stars also dining in the restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9: Mumbai - Cochin ( By Flight: TBA)
After breakfast transfer to board flight to Cochin a spice trading centre since the 14th century. Afternoon free to explore this famous and historical town and take a walk around Fort Cochin. Evening witness Kathakali dance show at a local theatre before enjoying your sea-food dinner at The Rice Boat at Vivanta by Taj offering authentic Kettuvallam ambience as well as delicious Malabar cuisine. Stay two nights in Cochin. (B, D)
Day 10: Cochin
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city which was an entry point for European, Portuguese, Dutch and the British ruled here until the 19th century. Visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese in 1510 and Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555. Evening free to relax and for a change enjoy multi-cuisine dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 11: Private Kerala Houseboat
Transfer to board your comfortably furnished Private and Traditional Houseboat at Alleppey. Relax and cruise through a splendid waterway of canals, lakes and coves. As you drift along, it is amazing to observe how life is lived on the water. People sail, fish, swim, wash their laundry and bathe themselves here. Your traditional home cooked lunch, dinner and breakfast will be served on board by your private crew which you enjoy cruising and overnight on board. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Cochin Departure (By Flight: TBA)
Disembark your houseboat after breakfast and tour finish with direct transfer to the airport where you board your flight for onward journey. (B)
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