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Itinerary:  Gourmet Tour of India

 

Tour Highlights

Cuisines of India
Colonial Charms of Cochin
Off the beaten track - Chattra Sagar camp
Jeep safari to local villages and chilli fields at Nimaj
Interact with local communities
Mopna Cuisine Cooking lesson at Tellicherry .
Spice market tour in Jodhpur
Travel by Private Car
Private Guide for Sightseeing /p>

Overview

The tour offers you an excellent opportunity to learn some of the treasured recipes of popular dishes, handed down from generation to generation. Join your hosts in the cooking demonstrations held especially in your honour in their splendid heritage homes. India's fabulous wealth of culinary delights is culled from her regional traditions and the cosmopolitan influences of contemporary times. Discover this splendid repository of food and beverage favourites that have seduced the taste buds of visitors from around the globe in her homes and her speciality restaurants. En route stay at Luxury Camps, Heritage Homes and Boutique Hotels to learn all about India's great culinary traditions.


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Day 1 - Fly to Delhi

Fly to Delhi.


Day 2 - Arrival Delhi

Meet and transfer to Hotel Oberoi Maidens / Imperial** at the start of the India gourmet tour.

There is much to do in Delhi. To begin with, Delhi - both Old and New - is a shopper’s paradise. India’s innumerable crafts and silks are all available here at various state emporia, Central Cottage Industries and in privately owned shops.


Day 3 - Delhi

Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi.

The Old Delhi or Shah Jahanabad, was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the first half of the 17th Century. Visit from Red Fort, or Lal Qila from outside as well as the Grand Jama Masjid. Visit the Kinari Bazaar -a colourful street set on Chandini Chowk.

Dinner at “Oh Calcutta”, a high end restaurant specializing in Bengali (East Indian cuisine) food.

Overnight in hotel


Day 4 - Delhi

Day at leisure.

Dinner at a Mughalai (type of Indian cuisine) speciality restaurant.

Overnight in hotel


Day 5 - Delhi / Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur (260 kms, 5-6 hours)next in the India gourmet tour. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Dinner at a North West Frontier (type of Indian cuisine)speciality restaurant.

Overnight at Samode Haveli / Rajvilas**


Day 6 - Jaipur

Morning guided sightseeing of Jaipur followed by an Indian street food lunch. Visit City Palace and its Museum (a part of the Palace still remains the residence of the Jaipur royal family), the Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory, and the legendary Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) which is nothing but an elaborate facade.

Home hosted vegetarian dinner with a local family.

Overnight in Hotel


Day 7 - Jaipur / Nimaj

Morning drive to Nimaj (220 Kms, 4-5 hours).Late afternoon nature walk around the lake and adjoining farms accompanied by hosts. Evening camp fire and a traditional meal by the camp fire. Stay in Chhatrasagar Camp.


Day 8 - Nimaj

Jeep safari to local villages and chilli fields with the hosts. During the safari visit a traditional farm and visit the local farmers’ house and meet his family. Later also visit a small village which is still living as it was 100 years ago. It is a self-sufficient village. Explore the village – visit silver & gold smith workshop and see how he makes traditional tribal jewelry, visit the black smith and watch him repair and make traditional farm equipment, visit the village cobbler & tanner who makes traditional leather shoes and the village Potter.

Evening sample local Bar-Be-Que dishes by the camp fire at Nimaj. Overnight at Chhatra Sagar.


Day 9 - Nimaj / Jodhpur

Morning drive from Nimaj to Jodhpur (110 Kms, 2-3 hours).

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Clock Tower & Sadar Market – One of the prominent landmarks of Jodhpur is the Old city clock tower the main attraction however is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old haat bazaar culture. It is a colorful but congested bazaar consisting of many narrow lanes, lined with tiny shops. Traditional rajasthani arts and crafts such as tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquerware, antiques, hand woven carpets and colourful puppets can be found here. One can buy exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery as well.

Spice Market – Just the right place for our sensory organs. A riot of colours and the air is heavy with the scent of exotic spices. Walk around the spice market and examine or purchase, a variety of spices used in Indian cooking.


Day 10 - Jodhpur / Mumbai

Fly to Mumbai. Met on arrival at Mumbai’s domestic airport and transfer to the hotel with a guided orientation tour enroute.

Dinner at local seafood restaurant.

Stay at the legendary Taj Mahal Hotel.


Day 11 - Mumbai / Cochin

Morning flight to Cochin.

Evening attend a spectacular performance of Kathakali - the famous and traditional dance form of Kerala in a theatre.

Stay at Taj Malabar / Brunton Boatyard Resort**


Day 12 - Cochin

Morning guided city tour of Cochin.

St Francis Church is considered to be the oldest European church in India This stone structure dates back to 16th century. It’s façade with its multi curved sides became an inspiration for later churches in India. The church has gabled timber-framed roof covered with tiles. Its doors and windows have semi-circular arches. Here we can see various tombstone inscriptions which have been secured to the walls. Chinese Fishing Nets are pretty nets that line the northern shores of Fort Cochin. These nets require four men to control them, and when not in use, are hung from arced poles and operated using levers. It’s widely believed that these nets were introduced to this region; by traders during the reign of Mongol king Kublai Khan. The famous fishing nets have become the most photographed image of Cochin. Take a walk through the local bazaar with its spice laden huge ware houses.


Day 13 - Cochin / Calicut / Tellicherry

Fly to Calicut and then drive to side Sea heritage home Ayisha Manzil (80 Kms, 2-3 hours).

Day at leisure.


Day 14 - Tellicherry

Mopna Cuisine Cooking lesson after purchasing ingredients in local market with hosts.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight


Day 15 - Tellicherry

Day at leisure.

Overnight.


Day 16 - Tellicherry/Calicut/Mumbai

Drive to Calicut airport and fly to Mumbai to connect to International flight for onwards destination.


Note

Upgrade to Hotel marked with ** will be at additional cost.

Suggested Adaptations to this tour

*From Kochi - Overnight cruise on the backwaters of Kerala in a traditional house boat OR a few days on luxury cruise boat Vrinda OR spend few days at an Ayurveda Spa in the backwaters or a Boutique Resort at Kovalam Beach.

Year round

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Oberoi Maidens / The Imperial
Samode Haveli / The Oberoi Rajvilas / Raj Palace
Chhatrasagar Camp
Chhatra Sagar
Taj Mahal Hotel
Taj Malabar / Brunton Boatyard Resort

Oberoi Maidens

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique when compared to the box-sized rooms of modern hotels. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees and tennis courts, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.

Situated in the North Delhi residential area with big " Turn of the Century" bungalows and the bank of the river Yamuna on the east; close to the University of Delhi Campus. The hotel lies within walking distance of the main Interstate bus terminal. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.


The Imperial

From the time The Imperial opened its doors in the 1930s, when India was beginning to write the last chapters of its saga on independence, there was little space in New Delhi for an Indo- British rubbing of shoulders. The Imperial provided such a space. Pandit Nehru, Mahatama Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India and creation of Pakistan.The Nehru family had a permanent suite here.

The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and contemporary international appeal. After many restorations, it has managed to preserve its charm, and exudes it’s former glory. The original Frasers and Daniells paintings and the tavern named after them, the symbolically baptized “1911” restaurant and bar, the Royal ballroom were the places where have met and are still as popular today. The Hotel is a jewel of architecture and its location in the heart of the city makes it the ideal venue for tourists around the world.


The Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas is a unique way to experience Jaipur, one of India’s most vibrant and exotic destinations. A luxury resort with its own distinctive character, it revives the gracious lifestyles of India’s legendary Rajput princes.

Recreating the magnificence of princely Rajasthan, in a beautiful fort setting, with Jaipur as its backdrop; The Oberoi Rajvilas is set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflection pools that create the romance and grandeur of Rajasthan. Rooms, luxury tents and villas with private pools are clustered around private courtyards in a richly embellished fort setting. At The Oberoi Rajvilas superb attention to detail creates a soothing blend of warm, effortless service and harmonious spaces.


Raj Palace

Among the India Hotels and Jaipur hotels The Raj Palace is recognised for its unique product as it is one of the only Places lived by the Maharajah that has been restored to its original glory and charm, We are situated at Rajasthan in India in the pink city of Jaipur, a city known for many historical places like the Hawa Mahal, the Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, the Amber Fort, the Rambagh Palace, the Jai Mahal, the Albert Hall Museum, as well as many other forts, palaces, castles, and haveli's with very rich heritage and architecture.

If you are looking for a real luxurious experience with a true Indian flavour, then we are the right place for you, as we are the best luxury hotel in Palace category in the world.


Taj Mahal Hotel

One of the most distinguished addresses in the national capital, The Taj Mahal Hotel is located in the exclusive residential area of Lutyens’ Delhi, close to the seat of government. Reflecting the heritage of Mughal Delhi, this hotel offers graceful architecture with modern facilities.

The warm, pristine white lobby of The Taj includes design details reminiscent of Mughal architecture such as intricate motifs, golden inlay work, and niches from ‘Shahjahanabad’, the erstwhile mogul capital. The hotel is a veritable showcase of artifacts with the intricate design work of the lobby’s domes and panels perfectly complimenting the calm marble fountain streams.


Taj Malabar

Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, the Taj Malabar combines old-world elegance with modern day convenience. In its heritage wing, built in 1935, graceful Victorian interiors aptly reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. Its tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary.


Brunton Boatyard Resort

Hotel Brunton Boatyard is a great contribution in the city of Kochi. Representing the early Dutch and Portuguese architecture of Cochin Fort, it blends very well into the Kochi sky line. It resembles the old colonial buildings of Kochi. The simple lime washed walls, sloping tile roof and terra-cotta floors wit the Giant "Rain Tree" complete the gigantic mansion.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Delhi
Day 2 - Arrival Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi
Day 4 - Delhi
Day 5 - Delhi / Jaipur
Day 6 - Jaipur
Day 7 - Jaipur / Nimaj
Day 8 - Nimaj
Day 9 - Nimaj / Jodhpur
Day 10 - Jodhpur / Mumbai
Day 11 - Mumbai / Cochin
Day 12 - Cochin
Day 13 - Cochin / Calicut / Tellicherry
Day 14 - Tellicherry
Day 15 - Tellicherry
Day 16 - Tellicherry/Calicut/Mumbai

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