Discover the gastronomic delights of North India in comfort

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 in Bijaipur and perfect Rajasthani delicacies at a cooking school in Udaipur. Add the best of museums, monuments, backstreets and beaches - this truly is a grand adventure of Indian history, cuisine and culture.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Goa, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHKT
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
652kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get a taste of modern India in Mumbai
  • Go shopping for fresh produce at a market in Udaipur
  • Sample Goa's famous spicy cuisine
  • Gaze in awe at the mesmerising Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Savour the heady aromas of the Old Delhi markets
  • Sleep in an opulent castle in Bijaipur
  • Learn the intricacies of Indian cuisine in Karauli

Itinerary

Dive head first into the colour and chaos of India. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the crowded bazaars and scented spice markets of Old Delhi.
Wake early to see the Taj Mahal glimmer in the morning light and discover why it has been dubbed a 'teardrop on the face of eternity'. Afterwards, continue exploring Agra and visit the impressive Red Fort.
Wander the perfectly preserved palaces and pavilions of the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. In Karauli, learn the secrets to old family recipes and spend the night in a beautifully converted haveli.
In the 'pink city' of Jaipur, visit the Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort. Perhaps then head to the Raj Mandir Cinema to experience the glitz and glamour of a Bollywood blockbuster.
Explore rural India in style from the small town of Parsoli. Explore the surrounding villages and take a cooking class with a local chef, learning about local cuisine and gaining an insight into rural Indian life.
Travel to Udaipur and learn the secrets to buying fresh produce at a market. Spend a half a day perfecting Rajasthani delicacies at a renowned cooking school. Explore the lavish City Palace, one of India's largest royal palaces. A breathtaking sunset over Lake Pichola is the perfect finale to the day.
Take a short flight to Mumbai. Explore the dhobi ghats, see the Gateway of India and take a sunset stroll with locals on Chowpatty Beach.
Travel to Goa to discover how the hot climate and colonial Portuguese past has influenced local cuisine. Sample the spicy food and savour the fragrant scents of the spice gardens. The tour ends here on the sandy beaches of Goa.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (7 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Red Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Cooking class
  • Cooking demo and dinner
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Goa - Spice Farm visit and lunch
  • Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal
  • Mumbai - Walking tour of Heritage quarter & Chowpatty beach
  • Old Goa sightseeing
  • Rural heritage stay - Village walk
  • Udaipur - City Palace guided tour
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride
  • Udaipur - Thali cooking class and lunch

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Important notes

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

PLEASE NOTE: This tour has been discontinued for 2013. Please see HHSX for a similar option.

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