Indian Cuisine and Cultural Heritage

Time Consumed: 19 nights/20 days.

Cities Covered: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Mumbai – Chennai – Cochin – Mumbai – Goa – Mumbai – Aurangabad – Delhi – Varanasi – Delhi
Highlights of the tour.

# Wazwan Dinner(Kashmiri Cuisine) at Chor Bizarre, a special restaurant in Delhi with a cooking demonstration.

# Lunch at local restaurant for Parsi/Gujrati/Jain/Sindhi food. Indian dinner accompanied by classical Indian dances at Tanjore. Restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai

# Dinner of traditional South Indian Chettinad food served on banana leaves at Karaikudi, a typically South Indian restaurant in Chennai.

# Cooking demo of authentic Rajasthani food at an Indian home in Jaipur.

# Fresh sea food from the Indian Ocean at Cochin with cooking demonstration at Panthal restaurant, a part of the casino group of hotels.

# Goan breakfast “Fejoda and Sanna” with a cooking demonstration of Vinadaloo, a fiery Goan curry at a Goan home.

Itineary:

Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Welcome to India. Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. Immediate occupancy. Morning is free for leisure. Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, a combined sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi. We recommend a drive through the prestigious streets of Diplomatic Enclave to India Gate, Rastrapati Bhawan and the Qutub Minar (one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world). In Old Delhi, visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) and Raj Ghat (memorial of Mahatma Gandhi). Also visit the Craft Museum. Wazwan dinner (Kashmiri Cuisine) at Chore Bizzare.

Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, walking tour of Delhi.Proceed for Lunch at Kwality Restaurant for delicious Chole and Bhature. Afternoon free for independent activities. Dinner at Moti Mahal with qawali.

Day 3: Delhi-Agra
In the morning after breakfast transfer from hotel to the railway station in time to board Shatabdi Express to Agra. On reaching to Agra, start with the city tour of Agra. Visit the famous Taj Mahal. After lunch visit the Agra Fort following the famous local bazaars. In the dinner try the special Biryani and Kabab at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Agra-Jaipur
In the morning, after breakfast proceed a journey to Jaipur (22kms/6hrs) via Fatehpur Sikhri. Late on transfer to the hotel. Also en route visit Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy the rickshaw ride for bird watching. Lunch at Laxmi Villas Palace, Bharatpur.

Day 5: Jaipur
After breakfast visit the Amber Fort on elephant back. Cooking demo with lunch at a private residence. In the afternoon enjoy city tour of Jaipur with visit to Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the City Palace (the royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles). Dinner at Chokhi Dhani Hotel which offers a variety of Rajasthani cuisine.

Day 6: Jaipur-Mumbai-Chennai
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning after breakfast transfer from hotel to airport to board the flight to Mumbai. Assistance at airport and drive past the city of Mumbai doing a short sightseeing tour. Lunch at local restaurant (Parsi food). After lunch transfer back to the airport in time to board flight for Chennai. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Chennai.

Day 7: Chennai
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning enjoy city tour. Lunch at hotel Saravana Bhvaaan (veg restaurant ). After lunch visit to Kanjivaram Silk Wedding Sari Shop, Pillayar Koil Temple and the adjoining flower market and stainless steel vessels shop. Dinner at the South Indian feast with Chettinad specialties at Karaikudi on banana leaves accompanied by local folk music in the background.

Day 8: Chennai
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to Mahabalipuram (an ancient Coastal Port, South of Chennai, world famous for its shore temple). Lunch at hotel Temple Bay. After lunch visit to Cholamandal Artist’s Colony, antique books and art shops.

Day 9: Chennai-Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is free for independent activities. In the afternoon transfer from hotel to airport in time to board flight to Cochin. Assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel. This city is a magical blend where you can see the oldest church in India. 500 years old Portuguese houses, the cantilevered Chinese Fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and the Palace built by the Portuguese. Evening witness a Kathakali dance performance, performed by various artists at a local theatre. Sea food dinner at the hotel.

Day 10: Cochin
After breakfast, drive to Kuthiathode (38kms) to enjoy country boat ride through the narrow coad anals. Arrive back to hotel during lunch time. Lunch & cooking demonstration at Panthal Restaurant (Casino Group), MG Road. In the afternoon, we begin our tour from the Jewish Synagogue. Later, visit the “Dutch Palace” with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana. Proceed to see the St Francis Church, the first European Church built in India.

Day 11: Cochin
After breakfast, full day visit to a Coffee Plantation with lunch.

Day 12: Cochin-Mumbai-Goa
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning transfer from hotel to airport in time to board the connecting flight to Goa via Mumbai. Pick up at airport and transfer to hotel. Few of the famous beautiful beaches of Goa are Calangute, Colva, Baga, Dona Paula, Bogmalo. Rest of the day is free for leisure.

Day 13: Goa
Goan breakfast “Fejoda and Sanna” at hotel. In the morning visit local farmers market. Lunch and cooking demonstration at a Goan home of Vindaloo/Sorpotel. Sunset cruise on Mandovi River. Special seafood dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 14: Goa-Mumbai
Goa Sausage and Pao breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Toddy Tapping/Fenny Factory. Afternoon transfer from hotel to airport in time to board the flight to Mumbai. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Mumbai. Day is free for leisure. Dinner and dances at the famous Tanjore Restaurant of Taj Mahal Hotel.

Day 15: Mumbai
After breakfast, we will visit Spice Market (at Crawford Market). Lunch at Rajdhani Restaurant (Gujrati Vegetarian/Jain Thali). In the afternoon visit Mumbai’s famous Tangam Philips Catering School and the Bollywood Studios. India’s Hollywood known for making more movies per year than the entire world put together. Alternate visit to the antique market bookstores and Jahangir Art Gallery. Diner at Kailash Parbat Restaurant (Sindhi Specialist)

Day 16: Mumbai-Aurangabad
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer from the hotel to airport in time to board the flight to Aurangabad. Reception upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, we will visit the extraordinary cave temples of Ellora.

Day 17: Aurangabad
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we have a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. Return to Aurangabad en route visiting a Sugar Factory. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 18:Aurangabad-Delhi
After breakfast, we will visit the city of Aurangabad. Tea/coffee at an Indian home with some cooking demonstration. Afternoon transfer from hotel to airport in time to board the flight to Delhi. Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 19: Delhi-Varanasi
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer from hotel to the airport in time to board the flight to Varanasi. Reception upon arrival and transfer from airport to the hotel . Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. Special vegetarian dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 20: Varanasi-Delhi
Early morning take a boat ride on the most sacred river of India, the Ganga. After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Varanasi, visit the numerous temples. You will be able to walk through narrow lanes and stop by at the bazaars to have a look at, among other things, the world famous Banaras Silks. Also visit Yoga Centre and the famous Benaras Silk Emporium. Afternoon transfer from hotel to airport in time to board flight to Delhi. Pick up from airport and transfer to the hotel in Delhi. Special farewell dinner with live Indian dances performance. Later transfer to international airport for the departure from Delhi.

TOUR ENDS.