Tailor-made Tour 14 days from £3474 per person
Places Visited: Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai
India is as famous for its wonderfully rich and diverse cuisine as it is for its iconic monuments and wildlife. In this itinerary we focus on the north, giving you the chance to try the region's food at its most authentic while actively getting involved.
You'll visit local markets, learn about, and shop for, all the necessary ingredients, join in with the preparation and cooking, and eventually sit down and eat.
We've included a wide range of dining experiences from street food and family meals to afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.
But it's not all about the food! We'll also take you to some of North India's top tourist sights including Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, Lucknow Residency, Old Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur's City Palace and the Gateway to India in Mumbai.
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Fly from the UK to Kolkata.
On arrival in Kolkata you'll be met by your guide and driven to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax after your flight.
In the morning you will be taken for brief driving tour of Kolkata, including Victoria Memorial and Howrah bridge. After lunch there is a trip to the Indian Coffee House, a chain of coffee shops established in 1936 and today a popular hangout for students and young people. Certainly a place to experience its history and atmosphere, rather than the quality of its coffee! In the evening you will be taken for a cooking demonstration and dinner at a Bengali family home. The family (or at least the cook in the family) will show you how they prepare the meal and all the ingredients they use. And of course you'll get to participate and help out with the cooking.
Morning flight to Lucknow. You will be met and driven to your hotel; this afternoon is at leisure. For dinner you will be taken to a Nawab’s Haveli where you will be served the famous local cuisine, Awadhi.
This morning you'll be taken on a sightseeing tour of Lucknow, visiting the great Imambara, built in the 18th century. In the afternoon you will be taken to a local restaurant, to sample local cuisine under expert guidance of Prateek Hira (Avadhi Cuisine Expert).
In the morning visit the Lucknow Residency. Later you'll be driven to the railway station to catch an overnight train to Delhi. Dinner will be served onboard the train.
After breakfast at your hotel you'll set off for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. In the markets of Old Delhi sacks of spices and nuts, edible sheets of silver and local pickles make for an aromatic day out. In the lanes of Khari Baoli you will be introduced to saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, by one of the oldest and largest distributors of this exotic spice. Lunch will be at Sagar Ratna, a South Indian restaurant, which serves authentic regional specialities such as dosas, vadas, appams, parathas, chutneys, sambar, rasam.
Early morning you'll be driven to the railway station for a train to Agra. On arrival you'll be taken to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. This afternoon there'll be an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Continue on to Bharatpur to board an express train to Jaipur.
Today there is a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Highlights of Jaipur include the City Palace, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal.
This morning you'll be free to relax at your hotel or walk out and explore Jaipur on your own. This afternoon you'll be taken to meet a local family for a home cooking experience - Jaipur style. Head out with the family to a local market to shop for all the ingredients needed for dinner. Back at home it's time to roll up your sleeves and get cooking! You'll be shown how to prepare various dishes and when it's all ready you'll sit down with the family to enjoy the results.
Take a morning flight from Jaipur to Mumbai. On arrival you'll be taken to your hotel and will have some free time for lunch. After lunch you'll be taken on a sightseeing tour to Mumbai. The tour will include visits to the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, the Hanging Gardens of Malabar Hill, the Tower of Silence and Crawford Market. Later in the evening you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Trishna Restaurant for dinner. A seafood speciality restaurant serving coastal cuisine, Trishna is particularly famous for its crab.
This morning's main activity is a food-orientated bazaar walk in the Matunga area. A bustling, prosperous area, Matunga is home to three main communities: Hindu Tamil Brahmins, Hindu Gujaratis and Jains. As you walk through the market your guide will show you vegetables, herbs and spices typically used by the local communities, as well as seasonal specialities on offer. You'll stop at a local shop to see, and sample, the dazzling array of snacks and treats on sale, and at the 'mukhwas' counter you can sample the wide range of mouth fresheners for post-snacking! After the bazaar walk you'll be taken back to your hotel to ready yourself for your next Mumbai experience, afternoon tea in the beautiful surrounding of the Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Palace. Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, afternoon tea is popular in Mumbai and the Sea Lounge is a real afternoon tea institution. Alongside a delicious array of English treats, expect some local favourites to adorn your plate, which you can enjoy with views of the Gateway of India and live piano music. The rest of your evening is free and you may wish to take part in a popular Mumbai past-time, a sunset stroll along Marine Drive. If you've done enough walking for the day then you may prefer to sit back with a cocktail and take in the fantastic views of Mumbai's seafront from the rooftop bar Dome at Hotel InterContinential.
It's time to return home so you'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport for your return flight.
Tailor-made Tour 14 days from £3474 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 11 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Breakfast daily, all meals mentioned in itinerary
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
Places and Experiences in this tour
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The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, has a markedly different feel from the other two corners of the ‘Golden Triangle’. The traffic is no less intense, but the architecture of its wa...
Kolkata, or ‘Calcutta’ as it was known prior to 2001, is the capital of West Bengal state, and India’s third largest city, with a population of approximately 14.1 million. The tra...
Lucknow, congested capital of Uttar Pradesh, in many ways epitomizes the problems of modern India. Yet the city is also known for its highly sophisticated traditional culture, ref...
Delhi, India’s capital, is home to an estimated 20 million people. A compelling hotch-potch of ancient and modern, it holds the vestiges of at least seven great urban centres: Afg...
The city of Agra makes up one-third of India's 'golden triangle', along with Delhi and Jaipur, three of northern India's most popular destinations for tourists. Agra’s heart-stop...
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