Taste of India
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
Meet Up at Delhi (DEL) | Arrival & Transfer
Delhi | Food Talks, Spice Market
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.
Delhi | Humayun Tomb , Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride | Cooking Demo
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.
Delhi – Jaipur | Rajasthani Cuisine Food Talk
After breakfast, check out and drive to Jaipur.
Dinner at Durbar Hall in Diggi Palace with a food talk about preparing Rajasthani delicacies.
Jaipur | Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Stepwell, Rajasthani Cultural Village
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.
Jaipur – Agra | Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Food Talk
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.
Agra - Lucknow | Awadhi Cuisine Food Talk
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.
Lucknow | City Tour, Awadhi Cooking Demo
Enjoy an Awadhi cuisine cooking demonstration and dinner.
Lucknow - Mumbai | Food Talk
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.
Mumbai | Cooking Demo
Mumbai | Elephanta Island, City Tour, High Tea
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 High Tea
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departure except Sunday
|Tour Date||2 Persons *||4 Persons **||6-10 Persons*||12-15 Persons*|
|Sept 1 - Dec 15, 2019. Jan 10 – Apr 30, 2019||$5,675||$5,270||$4,800||$4,355|
|Sept 1 - Dec 15, 2019. Jan 10 – Apr 30, 2020||$5,960||$5,535||$5,040||$4,575|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy. Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.Tour does not operate during the Diwali holiday
‣ Domestic Airfare - Lucknow to Mumbai Airfare from: US$44
(Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
Booking Your FlightWe can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
- ‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals
- ‣ Cooking Demonstrations & Food Tasting
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ 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