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Flavours of India

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A Culinary Journey through Northern & Southern India

Delhi arrival , Day 01

Our representative will receive you at the airport like a VIP as soon as you come out of the aircraft, walk you through immigration and baggage reclaim then take you to your car and transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Delhi , Day 02

Morning breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we go on a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Walking tour of Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple Akshardham, drive past President’s House, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Also visit Raj Ghat– the cremations sites
of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.

In the evening enjoy cooking demonstration and dinner with an Indian family to experience a casual interaction regarding Indian food, culture and the rich traditions of the evening meal. The occasion will include basic information about Indian herbs and condiments.

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Delhi – Agra (204 kms 4-5 Hours) , Day 03

Morning breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. After brief rest, we visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned
masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France  and  Italy taking over 17  years  to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed). Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan
spent years of confinement here at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.

Later in the evening we enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration of dishes very rich in history where one can experience firsthand the variety of dishes cooked and served in India. Namely Mughlai, Indian-south Indian, north Indian, Avadhi cuisines, Rajasthani etc. There is a long history of diverse cooking such as CHOOLHA, ANGEETHI, stove and gas choolha etc. Likewise the rich history of INDIAN Spices. Needless to mention, the variety of food grains like pulses and rice produced in India are varied in kind last but not least only in India you have ROTI the local unleavened bread which swells as you place it on the fire into magical round shapes!!!

Overnight at the hotel (Breakfast & Dinner)

Agra – Jaipur (237 Kms – 6-7 Hours) , Day 04

Morning breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses the tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces, which surprisingly have withstood
the ravages of time and are still in good condition. Later we continue driving to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.

Evening day is free to explore on your own.

Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast)

Jaipur , Day 05

After breakfast have an excursion to Amber Fort standing tall upon a small hillock overlooking the Pink City. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort-palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals.  Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the elephant ride, all the way up to the fort entrance.

In the afternoon embark on a half day sightseeing tour. The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace – the former royal residence – partially converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum, housing an impressive   array   of   weaponry -pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the textile museum. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the Observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

After a short rest, enjoy the cooking demonstration of various Indian cuisine and dining at Naila bagh in the evening.

Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast & Dinner)

Jaipur – Bangalore(flight) , Day 06

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Bangalore.On arrival in Bangalore we will receive you at the airport followed by transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. After brief rest, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of the “Garden City” visiting the Lal Bagh laid out by Tipu Sultan and his father in the 18th century which has a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces and an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also visit the Bull Temple and drive past the Government Secretariat, Vidhan Soudha (Legislature building) and Cubbon Park.

Evening is at your leisure, free to explore as you wish.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Bangalore – Mysore (140 KMS – 04 HRS) , Day 07

After breakfast, check out from hotel and continue our journey to Mysore. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.
Evening visit a local family for a cooking demonstration, and enjoy a traditional dinner served on Banana leaves with your hosts.

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Mysore / Bangalore (140 KMS – 04 HRS) , Day 08

After breakfast, check out from hotel followed by half day city tour of Mysore visiting the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture with magnificent archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures. Visit the Art Gallery, drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and have a panoramic view of Mysore from the top of the hill. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull.

Later drive back to Bangalore. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast)

Bangalore – Mumbai (Flight) , Day 09

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure / free to explore on your own.

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast)

Mumbai , Day 10

After breakfast, we go on a half day visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principle landmark.  This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church, Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai and Prince of Wales museum.
Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honor of a Muslim Saint on an island 500m out at sea linked by a causeway to the mainland.  Stop at the ‘Dhobi Ghat’, a local laundry area. Continue to the colorful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city.

Later in the evening, arrive around 1630 hrs to a local market & meet our hostess Mrs. Rashmi Sawant (house wife) a local of this state – Maharashtra. After a brief introduction & exchange of pleasantries we precede to the market to hand pick our vegetable / fish / chicken / lamb for the evening meal. You will observe scores of housewives using their bargaining skills to get the best deal for their culinary treasures. After our purchase we head towards Rashmi’s house where on arrival, you are welcomed in the traditional style and served homemade juices and savouries. While you engage in conversation with Rashmi, you will notice the typical Indian styled décor from draperies to couches and many more while feeling free to throw your questions at the hostess who will be happy to answer with a big smile. You are then invited into the kitchen to participate in preparing the meal learning the Indian way of cooking home food from the hostess. Rashmi’s domestic help joins us to help in washing / cleaning the vegetables. Rashmi will show you the uses of spices for the different preparations. Since, you hostess hails from the state of Maharashtra and from a Brahmin family, today’s meal will be an elaborate Maharashtrian fare including vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes. After the meal is prepared, the food will be served in typical Indian style using Indian styled cutlery. As you relish your typical home made Indian dinner, interact with your hostess free to discuss a broad range of topics including the Indian marriage, family systems, children, social systems, cooking styles, do and don’ts.

The meal comprises a combination of chicken gravy, fish, vegetables, pulao rice, puris, and Indian desert. Along with the meal enjoy the local Indian Wine or Beer.

Later, leave for your hotel with a memorable evening spent with a local family.

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Mumbai departure , Day 10

After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport to board your onward flight.

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