A Taste of India Overview

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Travel in comfort to cultural gems and highlights of India

Travel in style as we journey into the markets and restaurants of India for a gastronomic adventure. From the fascinating and often dramatic sights of the north to the laidback charm of the south, this trip discovers the authentic flavours of India. Sample local cuisine at roadside eateries, peek inside a royal kitchen and perfect Rajasthani delicacies at a cooking school. Add the best of museums, monuments, backstreets and beaches - this truly is a grand adventure through India.

  • Enjoy the seaside beauty of Pondicherry
  • Get a taste of modern India in Mumbai
  • Go shopping for fresh produce at a market in Udaipur
  • Learn how to make a hearty Biryani
  • Sample Goa's famous spicy cuisine
  • Savour the heady aromas of the Old Delhi markets
  • Sleep in an opulent castle in Bijaipur
  • Watch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    Kochi, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    28 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Heritage Property (8 nts), Hotel (18 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour, Agra - Red Fort, Agra - Taj Mahal, Backwaters - Village walk, Biryani cooking class, Boat tour, Brihadeeswara Temple, Chettinad Palace, Chettinad-style cooking class, Coffee plantation tour and home-cooked meal, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Cooking class, Cooking demo and dinner, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Dosa making demonstration, Fatehpur Sikri, Goa - Spice Farm visit and lunch, Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari, Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour, Jaipur - Hawa Mahal, Kochi - Dutch Palace, Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing, Kochi - Jewish Synagogue, Krishna Temple, Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple, Mamallapuram - Shore Temple, Mumbai - Walking tour of Heritage quarter & Chowpatty beach, Mysore - Maharaja's Palace, Old Goa sightseeing, Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Rural heritage stay - Village walk, Shravanbegalola Temple, Udaipur - City Palace guided tour, Udaipur - Lake boat ride, Udaipur - Thali cooking class and lunch

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1086kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. PLEASE NOTE: This tour has been discontinued for 2013.

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A Taste of India Summary

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Days 1-2 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Day 3 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Day 4 Karauli

A small town by India's standards, Karauli retains a lovely rural feel and has some impressive palaces and heritage buildings.

Days 5-6 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Days 7-8 Bijaipur

A small town located in Rajasthan, Parsoli is a lovely place which showcases the customs and life of people living in rural India.

Days 9-10 Udaipur

With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.

Days 11-12 Mumbai

A city of contradictions and never dull, Mumbai has truly wonderful sights vs the hard to see; incredible cultural depth vs rampant consumerism; immense riches vs crippling poverty.

Days 13-15 Goa

Tinged with a Portuguese flavour, the state of Goa is blessed with lovely beaches, rich traditions, mouth-watering cuisine, World Heritage buildings and a wealth of attractions.

Day 16 Udupi

Famed for its cuisine - especially the delightful dosa - Udupi is a small city of religious significance and pilgrimage due to its Krishna temples and Hindu heritage.

Day 17 Chikmagalur

A beautiful area with hill stations, waterfalls and verdant coffee and tea plantations, Chikmagalur is known for its numerous festivals, historic temples and a good cuppa.

Days 18-19 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Days 20-21 Mammallapuram/Pondicherry

Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century. A former French colony, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) has a distinct French feel while retaining its Indian roots, making it one of India's more surprising and delightful cities.

Day 22 Thanjavur

Thanjavur is renowned for its architecture - namely the Great Living Chola Temples - the Tanjore style of painting and its rice production.

Day 23 Karaikudi

With a history of salt trading and known for the unique limestone and architecture of the houses, Karaikudi is a small city with a delectable cuisine.

Day 24 Madurai

With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.

Days 25-26 Periyar

Periyar is an area of Kerala famed for its spice plantations and wildlife sanctuary, which is home to tigers and elephants, among other creatures, and beautiful scenery.

Day 27 Kerala backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Days 28-29 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.
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